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“The class system rules in this condo hotel” 3 of 5 stars
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Sea View Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   9909 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour, FL 33154   |  
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Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Bal Harbour
New York City, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“The class system rules in this condo hotel”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

Lovely old hotel with terrific location, but as you spend time here you realize that the owners of rooms here have rights superior to those of us who decided to pay $330 a night. Want to sit by the pool? Only over there away from the owners' area. And it's $10 a chair. Want to use the health club? Fine if it's within the few hours it's open. Want to eat by the pool? If you're an owner, fine. If not, move up to the restaurant where the service leaves a lot to be desired. We eventually gave up trying to do anything in this hotel, lest we discover new rules that restricted what we have become used to getting for this kind of rate at other hotels. We'll be back if we want to buy a unit. If we want to rent a room in a hotel fof three nights, no way.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sea View Hotel o, Manager at Sea View Hotel, responded to this review, October 10, 2014
Dear Philip S,
Thank you or taking the time to voice your concerns. We certainly appreciate your comments and take your concerns seriously. We apologize for the way you felt that you were being treated in relation to the owners. True, there are owners who reside at the hotel as this is a condo-hotel. Seasonally, the owners frequent their property with the knowledge that it operates as a hotel. If you felt like a second rate guest, please note that is certainly not our intention. We have the utmost respect for guest and owner and treat the same. Guest experience is paramount to our management as we want every guest to feel as comfortable as if it were their home.
Please contact us again if you decide to vacation in Bal Harbour again and we will do everything we can to make your experience and awesome one.
Many thanks,
Anthony Hill
Sales Manager
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

I just loved this hotel. My boyfriend and I went to FL in July for a sports event and decided to stay at this hotel as it was in between all the places we wanted to visit. This hotel has great and helpful staff. They have a restaurant on the first floor (don't eat there unless you really have to). The restaurant was pricey and not good. The bar right next to the pool is a plus though. When you walk our of the back of the hotel you go through the restaurant, to the pool and right after the pool is the beach. It is quiet and not crowded. Perfect place for a getaway. The hotel looks old from the outside is nice on the inside. Super clean. Walking distance from a mall, restaurants and gift shops. The hotel provides a booklet with activities. TAKE A TRIP FROM THE BOOKLET! They book has parasailing, water skiing, snorkeling and all other activities. Sign up for ONE. The bus will pick you up and take you to the Keys. Once you are there you do your activity and have the rest of the day to sign up for other activities (which cost half of what you paid for the first one because the first one includes transportation). I will definitely stay there again. I forgot to say breakfast is included in the price.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sea View Hotel o, Manager at Sea View Hotel, responded to this review, October 10, 2014
Dear patricia200820,
We appreciate your kind comments from your recent stay with us at The Sea View Hotel.
We are pleased that you and your partner had a fantastic stay during your time in Bal Harbour. We always welcome you back and hope to see you soon.
Best regards,
Anthony Hill
Sales Manager
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Miami
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

Quiet, well maintained and friendly staff. Great ocean view from restaurant. Excellent food and service. Mahogany bar. You may see one or more Washington elected officials here. Not a South Beach experience Great, safe location across street from Bal Harbour Shopes. Two blocks north of Surfside's Harding Ave, ( same as A1A-Collins Ave south bound lane) commercial district. A variety of good ethnic and American restaurants. Flannigan's here, also! If you want a quiet relaxing vacation in a warm tropical climate where you are near a great city with many options for entertaainment and yet you are making the choices on noise levels, this is the place. A gem!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sea View Hotel o, Director of Sales at Sea View Hotel, responded to this review, October 10, 2014
Dear ralpael,
Very glad to hear you had a great time while at The Sea View Hotel.
And yes, the location is great as well!!
We hope to see you again real soon.
Many regards,
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Lehigh Valley, PA
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31 hotel reviews
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

This has to be the best value in an otherwise incredibly high-priced section of Miami. Sea View is a beautifully-kept older resort with a fantastic private beach, ample pool, friendly service and a modest offering of restaurants. Yes, it's far-removed from the South Beach scene, but isn't that the whole point of Bal Harbour? I'd stay here again in a heartbeat, particularly at the off-season rate that I paid for three days.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sea View Hotel o, General Manager at Sea View Hotel, responded to this review, October 10, 2014
Dear 4richer4poorer,
Very pleased to hear you enjoyed yourself while at The Sea View Hotel!!
We appreciate your comments as they help make the hotel a better destination for our guests.
We hope to see you again real soon.
Regards
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Kiev, Ukraine
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

Very good value hotel in the midst of a luxury and expensive district. Very clean rooms, comfy beds, we had 2 cloackrooms in our room! There is a coffee machine in the room, an iron and an ironboard. Breakfast was included and was quite good. The beach is awesome and feels very secluded. Very friendly and helping staff, especially concierge Rafael! You have to pay for sunbeds by the pool though, but we didn't use any, we just used beach towels, which were free of charge and hung out on the beach.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sea View Hotel o, Guest Relations Manager at Sea View Hotel, responded to this review, October 10, 2014
Dear justgalina,
Thank you much for your comments about our hotel. We appreciate your remarks as they help build the morale of the hotel staff thus reflecting on our guests. We welcome you back as soon as you are ready to come. We will leave the light on for you!
See you soon.
Many regards
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Cannes
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91 reviews 91 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

We stayed here just as a tropical storm was approaching and now hope to return when the weather is better to really get the most out of its great beach location and poolside facilties. The hotel has a traditional feel, is really comfortable and clean and the pool plus outside bar look excellent. It backs onto the beach which sadly we could not use this time, but would be really convenient during good weather. Helpful staff, large, clean room.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sea View Hotel o, Guest Relations Manager at Sea View Hotel, responded to this review, October 10, 2014
Dear CaptainswifeCannes,
We welcome you back during the sunshine and blue skies. Very sorry you had to experience Miami in general during the stormy weather. The beaches are pristine here in Bal Harbour and if you like to walk or jog, this is the place for you. Our hikers path along the beach will not disappoint. You can be pampered out by the pool and have a nice lunch at the bar. Fine dining in the area or just relax at the local bars too. Choice is yours.
We hope to see you again soon.
All the best
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buenos aires
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

The sea view at Bal Harbour is a perfect combination of a nice beach, location and price. The room was overlooking Collins ave, but far away from the street, it was big enough,full of light, had 2 walk ins, two queen beds, very comfortable.
The beach is very, very nice! It has a nice pool that I never used because the beach is right there.The cleaning became poor through our stay, at the beginning was all right but as we stayed 10 days, they just made the beds and a light cleaning that I had to call the maid and point out some dirt, but nothing very dramatic if you compare the price with the place. The breakfast is a bit of a dissapointment: eggs, bread, croissants and cereals. Jam and cheese. Period. No yogurts!!That part of the hotel needs refurnish... The carpet with old drawings and the old curtains, not nice at all. But...I would go back without hesitation. Two brigdes away from aventura mall, excellent sea, and Carpaccio to dine at Bal Harbour shopping mall just across the street.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sea View Hotel o, Director of Sales at Sea View Hotel, responded to this review, October 13, 2014
Dear littletheresa,
We thank you for your feedback as we always look for ways to improve our hotel. Our guests expect the best and we strive to deliver just that. Your feedback has been brought to the hotel management staff and ism in the process of being corrected. We are disappointed when we don't deliver 100% for our guest. We hope to see you again real soon and thank you for choosing our hotel.
Regards,
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Additional Information about Sea View Hotel

Address: 9909 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour, FL 33154
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Location: United States > Florida > Bal Harbour
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Bal Harbour
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sea View Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 220
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Sea View Hotel is a deluxe European style, full service beachfront Hotel best known for its exceptional personalized service. The Hotel features spacious designers appointed newly renovated Guest rooms with views of the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay. An intimate private oasis of luxury with an awe inspiring landscape and breathtaking sunrise provides a personalized ambiance to our Guests whether sunning, swimming or jogging down the shoreline or beach jogging path at any time of the day.Located directly across from the World renowned Bal Harbour Shops. Equidistant(18 miles/30 minutes), from the Miami International Airport and the Ft. Lauderdale International Airport. Within walking distance of fine shopping and dining, just minutes from South Beach, Aventura Mall, South Beach, Sunny Isles Beach, Haulover beach and the Art Deco District, Downtown Miami and four superb PGA Championship golf courses ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Sea View Bal Harbour
Hotel Sea View
Sea View Hotel Bal Harbour, Florida

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