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After spending our past 4 weeks in Canada, we flew to Florida to spend 10 days catching up with Lucy's family in Florida. We were fortunate to be joined by Lucy's Mum and sister from London, so we had good reason to celebrate and enjoy ourselves with a family reunion in full force.
Deidre, Sean, Van and Neil live a few minutes drive from the beach, we spent the first week relaxing, eating great food and catching some rays. Sean and Deidre are avid boaters and Captain Sean ...
... put everything together, the realization that I will soon be embarking on a one month long adventure by myself started to finally sink in. All I could think was, "wow...this is real life! This is actually happening!" I am so excited for my adventure and I hope I am able to write something everyday, I don't want to let down my fans (mom and dad) after all! ...
So today was the first day it became really hard to get up in the morning. We got up at 7, went back to sleep for an hour, that was repeated once again until we finally got up and moving around at about 9. After we got out of the hotel we headed to BK to get some breakfast and went on our way to Lion Country Safari.
The drive was kind of long but the excitement was what made it seem like forever. We got there and bought our ticket s and they supplied a ...
After the deep-sea fishing-turned-skydiving hoax I pulled on Rufio last summer (see "Extreme Sporting" entry for details), I felt he truly deserved one of his last big bucket list adventures for his 20s. I decided deep sea fishing would be his primary 2011 Christmas gift, and with that the gears of planning were set in motion. Initially the plan was to go the week of Christmas with my family, but his work schedule didn't allow it. Then he ...
... knit community, living in close quarters for 3 and a-half months and we will never all be together at the same time like that again. It was really wonderful always having friends to spend time with, without the distraction of cell phones and the Internet. Everyone was always in the present. Lifelong learners were there to share their wisdom and stories with you. Sea Squirts were around to play games with. It was great lounging on the pool deck surrounded ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Breakers Palm Beach
The breakers and beyond
the breakers hotel is a fabulous destination where the public rooms are more like those of a palace then a hotel. the bedrooms are more then comfortable even the basic rooms and the housekeeping is of the highest standard. the swimming pools are no better then good. the drawback is as the saying goes, if you have to ask the price of anything you should'nt be staying there. cheap it aint. however a good tip is that no more then a 5 minute walk down the road is a parade of buildings containing 3 good reasonably priced restaurants apharmacy/diner, great for breakfasts some shops and asupermarket. best attractions in palm beach which is very quiet are the flagler museum and worth avenue, floridas answer to rodeo drive . 10 minutes further on in west palm beach the norton art gallery is a magnificent collection and city place contains great shops restaurantsand cinemas.
A Very Big Let Down
I was expecting the best but was extremely let down. The only thing that I was impressed with was the grounds, they were excellent. Well First off my room was just another average room comparable to any marriott, but the price is not comparable by a long shot. Along with the o.k. room came the horrible smell that a later found out from other people was common in some of the parts of the hotel. Then lets go to the extreme prices of all of the bars and restaurants. Just two drinks will run you about twenty five dollars. Tip is already included twenty percent. Rooms are alright restaurants outrageously priced and don't try and bring friend or family to the pool or beach with you because that will cost you twenty dollars a person. So all in all the only thing the breakers will do is cost you a lot of money, which is O.K.
when you get what you pay for, but not here.
Luxury at The Breakers !
We stayed at The Breakers at the start of October and had a superb time. The room was a "standard deluxe" and was fine. The resort itself is wonderful with a great Spa, three pools and, of course, the beach.
At the time we went it wasn't too busy and we had the "run of the place". I played the Ocean Course a couple of times and whilst not long, is a fine test of precision golf and is immaculately maintained.
We ate mainly at the Seafood Restaurant which is very good with views of the ocean; beware the italian restaurant which caters mainly for the families at the resort and can get vey noisy with all the kids ! The staff were attentive, polite and helpful but not intrusive. Sure, incidentals (drinks, coffees etc) are expensive but you expect that sort of thing at such a resort. A real plus for us was that you didn't have to leave the resort for anything. A wonderful experience and we can't wait to come back next year !
Up since 4:30 AM
Since I have been up since 4:30 AM this morning [ The Breakers decided to send someone right outside my room to clean the imposing balcony above the entrance using ultra high pressure water: impossible to sleep with such a high pitched noise ], I thought I might as well share with my fellow tourists my experience at the breakers.
I am staying here for a 2.5 day conference organized by the IIA. The rate is $149. I was upgraded, by mistake, to a 'Superior' room, as they call it here.
I travel extensively and stay at 30 to 40 hotels a year.
The Breakers is 'decent' only if my company picks up the tab. The food is horribly expensive. Breakfast can not be had for less than $20.
The rooms are 2 star at best. I can only imagine the quality of the 'regular' rooms. I am supposedly paying an ultra-low rate. My room temperature control doesn't work. I asked the hotel to fix that but they haven't done so yet: as far as they're concerned, it works. Yes, it does work: full blast cooling to 60 F all night long. I just decided to cool the room during the day and cut off the AC before getting into bed.
Valet parking is $12. The one decent rate here. A car is a must to go out and about in the Palm Beach area. Good restaurants in the area.
There are 2 gyms: one free and it is better than 80% of the ones I see in other hotels though worse than 99% of the 5-star hotels in North America [ it is basically 2 rooms put together, you walk in and you can smell the sweat of uncle Harry who stayed at the breakers in 1967 ] and a pay per usage one which is in the spa [ roomier, more open, windows all around ].
Honeymooners, stay away. There are far better and more romantic places.
Anyone paying $600 a night should head to Rome or Paris and be treated like a prince/princess for their honeymoon. If you truly want a beach resort experience, head to southern Spain.
The Breakers has an awesome 'shell' but it is all 'shallow' inside. The staff just doesn't keep up with the image the building/structure/architecture/landscaping calls for [ this is a widespread problem in Florida: well qualified workforce that can provide the 5-star treatment a Breakers ought to be providing ].
The beach is nothing to be crazy about. There are much better beaches a few miles north of this area.
It remains a unique place in North America where 'castles' like this are seldom seen. Worth a day visit but stay somewhere else.
I probably should not complain for the privilege of staying here for $149 plus a few taxes. I am glad I have now as I will never stay here again, specially if I have to pay for it out of my pocket.
Palm Beach is an interesting area: it is like a third world country resort = super affluent neighborhood with the Breakers as a resort next to super poor dilapidated neighborhoods where the average family income probably does not exceed $15k.
Great for that Special Vacation
My wife and I just spent 6 nights at the Breakers. Room and service were excellent. The hotel with it's restored gilded age elegance and modern features was delightful. Related activities such as beach, pool, tours, golf, spa, snorkeling, eating complemented the environment well.
Take not just the hotel tour, but visit Flagler's home and take the water tax tour of the island. While it may seem a bit pricey up front, we concluded it was a bargain when desiring that special vacation.
Family Friendly Too!
I've traveled to four continents and stayed at some of the finest hotels and resorts and I can safely say that The Breakers has them all beat! From location, to amenities, to service, The Breakers excels.
An interesting and surprising aspect for a 5-star property, it is kid-friendly. That's right - I was traveling with my seven year old daughter and not only was she made to feel at home, but they rolled out the red carpet for her and the many other families with children who were staying that weekend. The Breakers has it all - its posh reputation, spa, Atlantic beachfront, golf, immaculate grounds and tons for families and kids.
I can't recommend it enough! Rates can be very reasonable during off months which in Florida are May - September. (I visited in July 2003.)
Stayed for 4 nights at the famous Breakers in a $600 a night suite to celebrate our wedding anniversary. There was a screaming child in the room next door; we had to call for them to make up the room at 5:00 pm as they had not done so; after the second day there were no bathrobes; and this is after I had called a month ahead and let them know the occasion. The night of our wedding anniversary I had arranged for rose petals and candles throughout the bathroom while we were dining to surprise my wife. We came upstairs: they had made up the sofa bed but left the bed unmade in the bedroom and wet towels were left in the bathroom. The candles and petals were there though. A pot of coffee in the morning was $21; two eggs with toast, juice and coffee was $58. Too little at too high a price.
Stay at the Breakers!
My family just returned from a Florida trip which included 6 nights at the Breakers. What an awesome stay! My wife loved the elegant furnishings of the hotel and the large room. The breakfast dining room is spectacular. My kids (9 and 6) loved the beach, and we rented an oceanfront cabana most days to hang out in. The staff was very friendly, especially the staff for the kids programs. Since we were there over the 4th of July, there was plenty for the kids to do. Food was expensive, but given the upgraded room at the discount price ($149/nt) I figure it all evened out! The only other hotel I have stayed in which matched the Breakers was the 5 diamond Chateau Du Sureau in Oakville CA - and I paid probably 3x more per night! Great deal, great hotel.
Excellent!! Cannot wait to Return!!
I just got back from a 4 day stay at The Breakers. What a wonderful experience. This a beautiful Resort. Great Summer Rates. Service,Food and Rooms were excellent. If you happen to be there on a Sunday do not miss the Brunch.
The best resort and service you will ever find. We where upgraded to the president suite, you can not do better, the people where great ,the resort, the food, everything was prefect. It truly in a class of its own!!!!