Travel Blogs from Bal Harbour
... of 25, slight blue ocean with a few light clouds. We have seen two other vessels in the distance, the first since leaving Funchal on Saturday. Off to happy hour soon and then dinner. The show tonight is Jon England, Piano Showman in 'Rhapsody in Red, White and Blue' This was another great show and he was just brilliant. He is playing again tomorrow afternoon so that's a must see. After his show we went to Dazzles night club and enjoyed a ...
... remember I have always wanted to take off and land on water and we did. In the end, not that much different to taking off and landing on tarmac - but at least I can now say I've done it.
Well that was it for Miami. A few good restaurants, lots of beaches, plenty of 'strolling'. Now off to update you on the next leg ... when we met up with Kevin's brother and family in Orlando.
Don't forget comments on pics or K's pic titles / description always ...
... to the shop again to buy more wine and then we came back and had a bit of Internet time. Turns out I have a bit of good news about a potential job back in Bristol and it is thanks to my dear friend Jess. The music in the club we were going to tonight was hiphop so we got told to dress up, so the heels came out! We drank our wine at the hostel and then walked to the first bar where the drinks were $5. The music in there was mainstream and we had a good time. Then ...
... been planning this trip for waaay to long and there's hundredths of flights I could have bought...
Why this one???
I guess I'll add some pics of the 4th to make this fun.... After all... It was a fun day in the water, dispite the part that i had to be at ski beach! That place is Grossss!!!!
It's almost 12pm and all 300 of us are standing in a line, waiting to find out what's going to ...
The morning after the Rush concert, Tim, Johnny and I left Steve's beautiful home in Del Ray Beach and Johnny drove us back to his house on the PGA National Golf Course. That Thursday evening we went out to dinner in Miami at a very good seafood restaurant with another friend of Tim and Johnny's named Yale. If I had more time and better Internet connections in the past few days, I would have gone into way more detail about our ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Oceanfront Resort Bal Harbour
Exceeded my expectation!!!
This was a most pleasant surprise..this is a very nice, clean, and comfortable hotel..early checkin was no problem..Sign is posted saying two hours late checkout is $25, 3 hrs is $40..this was great!! NO hassle, no special considerations for this coutesy..The complimentary breakfast was great..fresh bagels, pastries, juice, cofee, cereal, and cocoa ..eatery had a refreshing view of the ocean..The heated pool was awesome...no strong chemical smells..very refreshing..very upscale neighborhood..St.Patrick 's church nearby for daily Mass..Thanks!!!..a wonderful extra day after the cruise.
We stayed at the Best Western Oceanfront resort for 17 nights. When we first entered our room we were worried. It was very dated, needed some paint and appeared run down and in need of a major renovation. None of the sliding doors worked, our front door had to be jammed open, and the TV console cabinet would not close (broken). The kitchen was tiny and very dated. We almost left but decided to give it a try, and we are glad that we did. It is very clean, the maids are excellent and work very hard. The air conditioner was very cold, and there were absolutely no bugs (budget hotels in Florida tend to have roach problems). The beach was beautiful and steps from our door, and the room comes with beach chairs. There are two pools that appeard clean and well maintained. There is no charge for parking and free continental breakfast. Breakfast was minimal, coffee, juice, boxed cereal, canned fruit salad, bagels and pastries. There are also two washer and dryers for guest use that seemed to always be available when we wanted to use them. So if you are comfortable in a budget hotel, and can deal with some minor inconveniences, then this is a great value for the money. We had a full one bedroom (fairly good size) with two double beds in the bedroom and a sofa bed in living room, two 25" TV and fully equipped kitchen for $69 per night. We booked at destination coupons which seemed to have the very lowest rates. The other tenants were very nice and came from all over the world, and the Bal Harbour mall is across the street as well as a great grocery store, drug store and many cafe's.The nieghborhood was very nice and we felt extremely safe. This hotel was a great value.
Some of the TripAdvisor reviewers of this place don't seem to appreciate a great deal when they get one. We stayed here several nights recently and were delighted with everything. A large, oceanfront unit with balcony, full kitchen facilities, and parking for free when most any other similar Miami Beach property would tack on a bundle just for that.
We selected this hotel because it was north of the busy Miami beaches area. It is a low rise building set between high rises right on the ocean. The heated pool was very warm. The unheated pool was very small and we did not see anyone use it. The beach was clean and spacious. Our room was very clean, though the smell of bleach was a bit much after housekeeping had been in. The front desk was very quick to respond to our questions and requests. The on site free parking was certainly a benefit. The continental buffet breakfast was served in a cafe that allowed poolside, beachside, or inside dining. There was an adequate selection of breads, pastries, cereals, and beverages to start your day. Of course, with a wonderful kitchen - you could always make your own! This was a family oriented place and we would stay at this hotel again if we get the chance.
I stayed at the Best Western Oceanfront Resort for a few days during the later part of march. The hotel is easy to find, and has a lot of free parking spaces for guest...the hotel is in good conditon, although, a new paint job would not hurt it, but its not terrible...the rooms are easy to find, and the staff is very helpful. I stayed in room 212, an oceanfront balcony suite...it was very nice. The kitchen provides alot of room to cook, there is a publix supermarket about 1-2 blocks away with very decent prices...the bathroom and sink area was kept clean. The t.v. offers limited channels, but who's there to watch t.v. anyways? the balcony is really nice, although a sliding glass door is available in some rooms, the room I stayed in didn't offer this feature. The balcony had ample space to move around, and offered lawn patio furniture. One concern with the balconys the divisons between rooms are only like 1/2 private, so they can see you and you can see them, but everyone is pretty friendly. The free contintenal breakfast is very limited, but heck you got a full kitchen so use it. One concern though, it was very windy when I was there and the open hall-walk ways was a breeding ground for noise, the wind was loud whipping through there, at times it wasn't that bad...but if your a complete sound freak, and can only sleep in complete and total silence, stay somewhere else, or if its not windy it will be fine. The beach area was very clean, daily crews came out and clean the beach area. It was a throughly enjoyable experience, and I will look forward to staying there again.
We checked into this hotel and immediately checked out. The place is really outdated. The pool is small. When we went up to our room, half of the room had no power and they didn't know what to do about it. They didn't even offer us another room and expected us to stay there like that. It is also in a nasty area of town with a lot of seedy people walking around. We did not feel safe. We left and stayed further south.
Stayed with my family (2+2) in February 2004 for 11 nights. Very nice and clean. Had an Oceanfront suite on the 3rd floor, beautiful view.
The temprature of the heated pool water is perfect. The only downside is the lack of ESPN (or any other serious sport channel) on the TV.
Perfect budget vacation
We stayed at this hotel in Nov /03 for 7 days. This place is like a regular Howard Johnson but very very clean and friendly staff. Very close to the beach with a walking/jogging trail. Supermarket across the street to buy your own groceries if you feel like cooking your meals in your own kitchen. The rooms are standard (don't let the "suite"pictures on thier website deceive you) but are exceptionally clean.I would recommend it if you're not looking for a Hilton and are on a budget and love the beach..I would return anytime.
I recently stayed at the Best Western Oceanfront in Bal Harbour, FL from 1/4/04-1/9/04. The hotel is very average but clean. There were mostly college students and europeans staying at this hotel. The breakfast is the same everyday consisting of orange juice, coffee, milk and cereal, small bagels with cream cheese and some pastries. The living room in the suites are not very big but the bedroom is a good size. There was also a sleep sofa for two. The maids cleaned the rooms and changed the sheets everyday. We had a kitchen which consisted of a full range and oven, full size refrigerator, microwave and sink, along with utensils for 4 people. There were also pots and pans and coffee cups. The walls seemed thin. At night you could hear other peoples conversation in the room next door. There were two pools, one heated and one not. I didn't see anyone clean the pools the whole week I was there. Not many people swam in the pool. You could ask for as many extra towels as you needed, no one seemed to keep tabs on how many you used. There was a coin laundry for guests consisting of 2 dryers and 2 washers. The beach was nice and the water was beautiful. There was a Publix supermarket across the street if you needed to buy anything.
We (Two Familes with Kids) spent the new year03-04 in this Hotel (- 'Resort' is perhaps pushing it a little too far). What you get is a well priced, nice, clean friendly no-nonsense place. The heated pool is good though the second unheated one is small. But who cares when the ocean is only a hundred yards away. Our kids were welcomed. The beach is kept spotless by the municipal team. True resorts with gardens and beachbars, are there if you want (Check out the Raddison)-but just check out the prices first!The hotel serves a simple continental buffet breakfast which is good fun. The hotel is well situated with plenty of attractions and restaurants nearby just two blocks South of the Bal Harbour shop complex. Its away from the more busy 'trendy' areas but only about 15 min away by car. There's a large airy Publix about 50 yards away. Tha hotel is easy to find, being on Collins Ave. The rooms are a decent size and are well equipped. We really enjoyed and would have no hesitation in visiting there again. (There is confusingly, another Best Western on 4000-something further South on Collins Ave.