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“Bring Ear Plugs!”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of The Breakers

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The Breakers
Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Palm Beach
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Bring Ear Plugs!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2012

Pros: Hands down, The grounds are absolutely beautiful. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Breakfast everyday with Lynn, our waitress was a real treat. She was a delight and so personable. The breakfast is delicious and worth the price. The gym is small but you can still get a good workout. As a HR professional, they get good grades for their employee orientation. Staff is well trained and professional. If you don't want to eat on site, you can walk to a few really good places. Trevini on Sunset was very good. I would recommend it hands down. Nicki & Johnnies was good for lunch. Blue Martini in West Palm is fun for Happy Hour, 1/2 price drinks and a very nice and friendly staff.

Cons: For a place that is this historic, one would think the walls would be 12-inches thick. NOT the case at all. You can hear everything in the next room. We asked to me moved after the first night to a different room since the couple next door were watching TV and talking and you could hear every word. Hence, the suggestion for ear plugs! Be mindful that if you like to take an afternoon nap, it won't be easy. The housekeeping staff are working and talking and you can hear them. Not their fault. Again, thin walls!
If you can, bring your own pillow. You will thank me for this suggestion. The hotel really scores low here. Pillows are limp and flat. Even with two, you're still laying flat. Smoking should NOT be allowed at all. I had a gentleman sit in front of me and light up a cigar. I asked the pool guy if that was allowed and he said it was permitted at "this pool" which surprised me since I would have thought that The Breakers would be a smoke-free property. I would have moved to a different chair, but there were no other chairs available. The 20% mark-up adds up so be very careful. Everything has a surcharge and parking is $20.00 per day.

The Breakers were always on my list of places to visit so I'm glad I made the trip. Was it worth the price? Not really sure. However, if and when I do go back, I'll make sure I get one those summer specials where the prices are more customer friendly with a more perks!
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2012

I liked the feeling of the hotel, it almost brings you back in time....
Loved the cabanas as well...

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2012

I have to say this is one of the worst vacations, spring breaks I've ever encountered,. My 9 year old daughter was injured today in the pool and when I complained to the life guards they had the nerve to ask me what I expected them to do. For starters it was another guest who was playing football in the pool that slammed his head into my daughters nose! They then proceeded to give me a cold compress pack that did not work. The life guard proceeded to call security to fill out a head injury report. My daughter's nose was swollen and she was saying she was having trouble breathing through it. I asked if they knew where I could take her to have a X-ray performed to make sure it was not fractured and was told no they did not - I then talked to the pool manager who told he thought she was fine and would be ok. However, having been a nurse for many years I didn't leave it and was handed over to management - I was then basically handed a list of clinics and was dismissed and was told to fend for myself getting there. I was here on vacation with not one but 2 children alone without my husband. I ended up taking my daughter In a cab to a clinic I was told to go to - and the hours had been changed - and was closed. The cab driver then took us to a hospital er! Long story short - she does have a fractured nose and now I must follow up with a maxilla facial surgeon in am - not once did anyone even follow up with us to see how she was when we returned at 1000pm at night. I am appalled at the entire experience and will not return here again. This situation aside - the room is horrible and service has been less than warm or timely. Nthe room service is slow and not the food quality less than what you expect at a posh resort. We are paying over $600 a night for a total lack of concern and quality. I am finished with the Breakers. I am truly disappointed with the entire experience.

Room Tip: I have been here before and do not think one exists
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Morristown, NJ
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2012

I am here on a business convention (repeat visitor) and frankly am underwhelmed. The service is competent but not warm and inviting. The feeling one gets is that it's all about the money and not about making the guest (who is paying a fortune to stay at this place) welcome and comfortable. The room is nice but not much more than that for the price and given comparable class establishments throughout the world (and I have stayed at most of them). I'm just underwhelmed.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled on business
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2012

This storied hotel has a well-deserved reputation for elegance and a beautiful property. The lobby of the main hotel is magnificent, the grounds are beautiful and the overall feeling is very posh. The staff is uniformly professional and courteous. That's the good news and to be fair to them, that's all pretty important. But sadly, the bad news far outweighs this: Now having completed my 7th visit there with various conferences and meetings, I must say that the food is uniformly mediocre at best; I realize that a resort such as this will charge $19 for a chef salad but I don't expect limp iceberg lettuce and cut-up pieces of chicken, cheese and egg and tasteless dressing that are EXACTLY the same as the salad at McDonalds! The rest of the food is the same story. Unfortunately, that's true of the rooms as well - yes, they are heavily decorated in Palm Beach style, but many rooms have tiny closets and bathrooms, noisy air conditioners; and in general you get way more space at a Marriott Courtyard. The Ritz and Four Seasons a little further south are much better values if you want a luxury experience. Unless you HAD to go to Palm Beach, or were going just for the golf course, I can't really see why you'd make this your luxury vacation destination given the availability of so many other upscale, newer and better-value resort hotels on beaches throughout the US and Caribbean.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled on business
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Calabasas, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2012

If you love being catered to from head to toe, remembered by name and going to a place where you truly feel like family, The Breakers is a one stop destination! Unfortunately, in season you will be PAYING a PRETTY PENNY for all this luxury, however off season you can get the same amazing service/experience at 1/4 the price plus a mosquito bite or two...

Room Tip: When it says Resort View, it truly means a room looking at another part of the building, not a view...
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2012

The Breakers is set up perfect for all ages to enjoy a great vacation .the pools and Cabana's are coordinated according to your family needs. Rooms have been renovatived and are very comfortable and beautifully decorated.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: The Breakers
Address: 1 South County Road, Palm Beach, FL 33480-4023
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Region: United States > Florida > Palm Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Palm Beach
#1 Business Hotel in Palm Beach
#1 Green Hotel in Palm Beach
#2 Spa Hotel in Palm Beach
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Palm Beach
#2 Family Hotel in Palm Beach
#2 Luxury Hotel in Palm Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Breakers 5*
Number of rooms: 540
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Originally built in 1896, The Breakers remains one of America’s legendary resort destinations. Renowned for its seaside glamour and world-class service, the 538-room, Italian Renaissance-style hotel resides on 140 acres of oceanfront property in the heart of Palm Beach. With unapologetic luxury, The Breakers indulges its clientele, whether couples on a romantic getaway, multi-generational travelers on a family vacation or large gatherings in celebration. Thanks to the gracious dedication of its longstanding family ownership, the iconic resort re-invests a minimum of $30 million each year in the property’s ongoing enhancement and revitalization to ensure that it continues to captivate its guests. Most recently with the debut of Flagler Club, an ultra-luxury boutique hotel set within the resort. Resort amenities feature a private beach, four oceanfront pools, five whirlpool spas, 25 luxury beach bungalows and a variety of watersports; a new luxury spa; indoor-outdoor Ocean Fitness center; 36 holes of championship golf, including the Ocean Course and The Breakers Rees Jones® Course; 10 Har-Tru tennis courts; a Family Entertainment Center; an array of on-site boutiques; and nine acclaimed restaurants, with settings ranging from casual beachfront to stylishly sophisticated. ... more   less 
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The Breakers Hotel Palm Beach
Breakers Palm Beach
The Breakers Resort
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