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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
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Minimal service...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013 via mobile

After having booked our stay with ebookers I was disappointed to note that
- they gave us a room on the first floor view on parking lot
- breakfast association not included nord cheap
- the rug was old and stained
- the fitness room was not accessible at 5.40 pm (!!) . I was told machines would be too complicated for me
- they billed usd 18.- per day parking fee !

No next time for us

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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New York City, New York
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3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

We just visited for christmas holidays and stayed for abt 1 week. The Seaview is a great location right across from bal harbor mall. There were a lot of good restaurants and shops nearby.

We found the staff and service to be very helpful and friendly. We liked having the room cleaned twice a day with a turndown service at night.

We found the food in restaurant to be very good. We also enjoyed eating at the coffee shop which is like an old-fashioned luncheonette.

The pool is nice and the beach is right in back of the hotel.

We had a very relaxing stay

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Chicago, Illinois
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4 helpful votes 4 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.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with an ocean view on a middle floor.
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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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Miami
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30 helpful votes 30 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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Lehigh Valley, PA
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41 helpful votes 41 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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Kiev, Ukraine
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 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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Additional Information about Sea View Hotel

Address: 9909 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour, FL 33154
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*
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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