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Historical Traveler Reviews Sea View Hotel Bal Harbour
My husband and I just returned from a vacation at the Sea View hotel. We arrived after 10:00 pm starving! The hotel does not serve any food after 10:00 pm including room service.
My family enjoyed our stay last week. We booked direct with the hotel, which I highly recommend. You need to specifically request an ocean view and bed sizes when making reservations. We did, and were satisfied on our arrival.
Not what we expected
This Hotel once had its day, but that was long ago. My wife and 2 kids stayed three nights in April, 2004. The room was clean but small, as was the bathroom. The place closes up at 9 pm, There is nothing to do. If I was staying there myself for a business trip I would have been comfortable, however, as a family trip, it was embarassing. The sheraton next door would have been so much better. I would have checked out to the Sheraton if I hadn't prepaid thru EXPEDIA, who by the way charged more than the hotel did. 199.00 per night. The hotel quoted 189.00 for a second room that connected to our small room. We left a day early, went home to Charleston SC. Should have never left.
We booked our hotel stay through hotels and stayed here for 3 nights during March. I had specifically requested a room with an ocean view and king size bed. We paid $600.00 to stay here and expected something way better than what we got. What they gave us was a first floor room with 2 full size beds and the window was facing the parking lot! I was so upset I went to go complain to the receptionist and she told me that when we book rooms through hotels that is the type of room that they usually give. They ended up giving us another room with a king size bed but no ocean view. The rooms were not that nice either. I had seen their web site and was very impressed but it was totally different in person. I do not recommend staying here. While driving down Collins Ave., we saw many beautiful hotels we could have stayed at for the money we paid.
We just came back from Miami and we stayed in the Sea View for 3 nights. Maybe something changed since other people who wrote reviews stayed there ( or hotel's owners wrote these positive reviews) but we had completly different experince.
Great Place to Relax!!!
We stayed two nights in late October. The Hotel is very well located; on the beach and within walking distance from Bar Harbour Mall. Staff (with very few exceptions) is very helpful. Rooms are nice and clean.
We had an oceanview room with a balcony...just great! Breakfast was very good and service at the restaurant was excellent. The Pool is clean and its staff is very attentive. Beach was nice and quiet. We definitely recommend the Sea View Hotel.
We enjoyed the Sea View Hotel and recommend it to anyone seeking an oceanfront hotel in the calmer Bal Harbour area. We planned our week-long vacation to be split in half starting in Bal Harbour/Miami Beach and then ending in Key West. The Sea View could use some exterior updates, but all interior spaces were beautifully done. You can tell care was taken into decorating the rooms, even down to the cute stained glass turtle nightlight. Every person on staff (front desk, security, concierge, bellman, restaurant, housekeeping) was extremely helpful and friendly. We definitely felt like they aimed to please. We were originally booked on a 1st floor bayview room, but couldnt see anything so we asked for a room with a better view. They accommodated us to a higher corner room that allowed both bay and ocean views, with a balcony to boot. Mid-week, we left for Key West--our hotel in Key West (Key Lime Inn) ended up being a disaster so after two fitful nights, we headed straight back to the Sea View. On such short notice, they accommodated our request for a higher room with a view and put us in a 12th floor bayview room with balcony. The point being, they will do whatever possible to accommodate their guests. To give a total objective review, I have to mention that pool lounge cushions are $5 and cabana rentals are extra. If you bring a pillow from your room, the hardwood lounge chair (sans cushion) can actually be comfortable. There is also an $8.50 charge each time you use their gym. We asked why there wasnt a flat resort fee to cover all these extras and found out there are private owners of units within the Sea View so that is the system that has been set up for guests. The gym consists of 2 treadmills, an elliptical machine (legs only), universal weight machines, free weights, 1 Reebok step set and 2 t.v.snot the latest and greatest, but they serve their purposes for diehard workout fanatics. The gym and salon are located on the same floor as the housekeeping laundry room and kitchen. The pool is big, but there are some tiles that need to be replaced. If you want a party hotel, dont stay at the Sea View--head down to the Sheraton instead. There isnt much to do near the hotel other than shop and lay out by the pool or beach, but South Beach and Ft. Lauderdale are nearby and easily accessible by cab or bus if you dont have a rental car. If you want a beautiful quiet high-end hotel with an attentive staff, then head to the Sea View. (p.s. If you love playing piano, bring your sheet music--theres a music room with a piano.)
I stay in scores of hotels for business and they all generally feel like hotels. They have that hotel smell and well they just don't feel like home. Sea View was different. Not only was it in a great part of town, but the accomodations were wonderful.
Pleasant, but limited
Chose the Sea View because of the Bal Harbor location and the suspiciously low rate ($99/night for a guaranteed high floor, bay view). The room was all that I would ask for for the price -- well kept, simply decorated, nice balcony and a personal refrigerator rather than a minibar. The service, however, was real spotty (sometimes clueless, sometimes slightly rude). I felt like I got my money's worth, but would not have paid one penny more.
What a find!
Elegant hotel on the beach. We were in Miami for family wedding and this hotel was perfect for our needs. Since Miami Beach hotel reviews so mixed we took a chance on this older hotel in Bal Harbour. Since it was off season it was quiet but the room was lovely (the hotel is remodeled--check out their website) and the hotel service and food in restaurant were excellent. Pool, cabanas. Clublike lounge off restaurant and lobby. Bal Harbour Shops and restaurants across the street.