We arrived last November in the middle of the night. Walking in to the grand lobby of The Breakers, it was hard to believe we were still in America. Imagine magically lit high ceilinged, marbled entries and corridors. Imagine frescoed walls and ceilings, authentic and painstakingly brought over from Italy over 100 years ago. Our 1 a.m. welcome could not have been more gracious. Our room, facing the parking lot and with an uninteresting view, was still beautifully appointed and comfortable. Sheets, towels, bed, closets -- all of these amenities were well above average. The service was excellent, across the board. As we were part of a conference, most of our meals were provided by the hotel's catering service. The food was acceptable, though not exceptional. I am sure that their restaurants serve higher calibre fare. As we were experiencing a significant tropical storm that weekend, the weather was dramatic. High swells and wind kept everyone off the beach and away from the pools. Never mind, as just being in the hotel is entertainment enough. There are many cozy corners to snuggle in to, to read a book or enjoy a game of cards. Being at The Breakers felt like really getting away -- to another era, to another country. My only disappointment is that the Hotel has slowly sold off its property over the years. Surrounding the hotel now on all sides are awful condos and golf courses. I wonder what the extensive gardens might have looked like 100 years ago. All and all -- we had a marvelous time, and look forward to returning one day.