Port d'Hiver is the best bed and breakfast we have ever stayed in and sets the standards that all other such places should adopt. Service was amazing – nothing was to much trouble. It started the moment we arrived with Matt greeting us in the car park, showing us around and then carrying our heavy luggage up to the Indian River room on the first floor. It’s a lovely light, airy room with a king size bed that had a personal greeting card on it to welcome us. There's also a nice bathroom, with complimentary L'Occitane shampoo, soap etc which has a large bath / Jacuzzi that was much bigger than you find in most USA hotel rooms. At 5pm we were invited for drinks and canapés which was a great opportunity to meet other guests and to discuss where was best for dinner which Matt then booked for us. Glasses were refilled a number of times which helped make this an enjoyable social occasion on both the evenings we stayed at Port d'Hiver.
Breakfast started with fresh fruit and some form of homemade cake that was still warm from being freshly baked along with tea, coffee and fresh fruit juices. Then there was a choice of at least two ‘special’ cooked breakfasts each day though we stuck to the eggs, bacon and toast as these seemed rather large meals for us. We couldn’t manage the homemade cake but this was always wrapped for us to eat later. Freshly made cookies were also available at anytime throughout the day along with tea and coffee. Each evening our bed was turned down when another freshly baked treat would be left for us.
Port d'Hiver will also provide you with any beach furniture (the beach is just over the road) you need including chairs, parasol – even a bucket and spade if you want to made some sandcastles ! We made use of these on our last day especially as we didn’t have to leave for the airport until 5pm and prior to our leaving we were able to shower (outside) and change in the restroom as suggested by the staff. Then there was the missing map – I couldn’t find my road map so Matt rang the maid but she hadn’t seen it so he kindly produced some Google directions with a map so that we wouldn’t get lost (I’m sorry to say that I found the map in my suitcase when I got home !).
Why can’t all B&B’s be like Port d'Hiver ?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Escape your everyday cares at our romantic Melbourne Beach bed and breakfast, a Select Registry Property. Our comfortable yet elegant Melbourne Beach inn is only 200 feet from the Atlantic Ocean featuring luxurious rooms and suites, gorgeous ocean views, a full gourmet breakfast, afternoon wine hour, and a bubbling spa pool surrounded by lush tropical landscaping. If you are looking for Melbourne Beach, FL hotels or a Cocoa Beach bed and breakfast, the Port D'Hiver is the perfect choice. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Port d`Hiver Hotel Melbourne Beach
- Port d`Hiver b&b