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“Quirky luxury - just right!” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Biba
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   320 Belvedere Rd, West Palm Beach, FL 33405   |  
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Ranked #15 of 33 hotels in West Palm Beach
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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“Quirky luxury - just right!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

The Biba is a small, lux, boutique motel converted from a predecessor of unknown description that is hip, convenient and just perfect for the shorter stay couple visiting Palm Beach who do not want an apartment. The Biba provides personalized service with a smile and no request is too small for their attention. Even the house cleaning staff remembered us from our last visit a year ago and seemingly are keen to know that we have everything we need. There is a lovely pool, a bar and a great breakfast provided with the price of the room. There can be no better value anywhere!

Room Tip: Really they are all great however you might want to ask for a newly renovated room.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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orlando
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

I stayed at this hotel for one night to go to an event at the Performing Arts Center. The location is a short distance from all of the action...City Place, the beach, and downtown. The rooms were nice and clean. Furniture was a bit dated but large rooms. We stayed in a room off of the pool area. The breakfast that is included was great....cereal, pastries, bagels, fruit and yogurt. The only disappointment is the bar which I read about in other reviews. It is a night club with loud horrible music and looked to be locals in there, not hotel patrons. We would have gone in there for a drink if it was just a quiet, relaxing bar. Overall good value for the money and I would stay there again.

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

In January 2005, while a blizzard hammered the mid-Atlantic and Donald Trump invited all his friends to Palm Beach for his wedding, hotel accommodations were scarce and hard to find as airports canceled all flights north. Luckily, the Hotel Biba was nearby the West Palm Beach Airport and only a taxi ride away. They took me in and welcomed me while I waited out the storm wondering when airports would reopen again in the Philadlephia area.

The Biba is American's first motor lodge with a listing on the National Historic Landmarks, and it was later converted into a more trendy boutique hotel. It offers basic ammenities and a comfortable setting without the fuss. Currently, it is undergoing yet another renovation phase where all the rooms will be updated again with new tile, bathrooms, and individual heat/air systems.

During this newest transition, thankfully, one of the Biba's most enduring and gracious employees, Evon, makes the tried travler feel at home. Evon is one of Hotel Biba's greatest assets and given her longevitity at the Biba, she knows all its returning visitors while also greeting its newest guests. Her daughter, Priscilla, also works at the Hotel Biba, and they both do their best to welcome you as family. Jonathan Lefebvre is the Biba's new general manager, who is working hard to manage the Biba's newest renovation project. He helps the weary traveler with their accomodations while excelling at managing unexpected situations.

In early March 2013, I returned from my ninth annual stay at the Biba and I'm already looking forward to next year and my annual business travel in Florida again.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

Arrived at Hotel Biba before the regular check-in time, and the staff made me comfortable in the lounge while they finished getting my room ready. The lobby and bar are minimalistic, but clean and comfortable. The rooms are similarly sparse, but very clean and comfortable. Breakfast was nice (the coffee was great and plentiful!) and I'd definitely recommend this hotel. As a woman traveling alone, I also felt it was safe, and had no problems going out for early morning runs.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

Booked it through Expedia as the photos looked good. Hotel is cosy, about 30 rooms, nicely but sparsely decorated. Good shower, large bed, surrounded nu gardens. Small but Nice pool. Breakfast is ok, nothing special, just bagels, kelloggs, croissants and yoghurt. About 2 Miles from main dinner locaties om Clematis street. Nice staff too.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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bree
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

We are really very disapointed about this hotel The desklady was correct but not friendly at all, hello, your id and credit card, you are set, and here is the plan to get to your room. That s all she said. They purchased cheap the old creepy neighboor motel , made a nice garden, put some(bad-done) white paint and some design furniture arround. Everywere, even the bar(white room with some design furnitures, the style for them “less is more“ but it is“ Less is cheaper“! But the 0 isolation, all kind of noises(!) From the neigbours and bar and even the horn of passing trains(very close, horns for 2- 3 minutes) is terrible,all street noises. We heard everything, I saw every hour of the night. Queensize bed because it is not possible to put a kingsize in this mini sized-room, smaller is not possible, and the smallest I ever had, laptopscreentv-miror-small table, + minitable, 1 light. No hairdryer. Empty mini bathroom(even no garbage can!, They put in their site, with luxury aveda shampoos, not there, they lie! Lowcost in stead, pictures of their room is from a nice room in main building. That s not correct at all, because allmost all their rooms are in 2 “crapmotel“buildings around. To less parking, so we have to put our car in a tow away parking of one of the worst neighbourhoud of West palm beach, Scared to walk arround so we did,nt. Only old and closed shops and creepy restaurants,(that s wat they called “historic old town“ you have to drive several miles to get in a right neighbourhood to eat well, Never stay there again even if they give a week for free! I slept in more than thousands hotels and for this price is this my worst experience! On the morning desklady(the same like the other, only: “checking out?-all on same card? , I said I saw every hour of the night, hear everything. She said nothing, even no sorry or something. Search further and find better( so easy to find better!)

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

We booked this hotel from the internet and we weren't disappointed. We arrived early and we weren't supposed to check in till 3. We however did have are room available and could use it before 12. The person at the check in was very nice. The lobby is small and had some unique glass art. Our room was old with a wall air conditioner. It wasn't noisy at all. The hotel is 1 mile from the airport and it was in the flight path of the planes. The air did drown out the train every nite and the planes. The breakfast was great! You could eat out side or in the new refurbished bar. We had a assortment of bagels, muffins, sweet roll, yogurt, fruit, oj, cold cereal and milk and coffee. The breakfast started @7 and ended @10. We took a walk everyday the homes are "huge'. A very interesting neighborhood. The intercostal is within walking distance but unable to swim. We found a very small beach but the water was very col in Feb. The most disappointing thing was the cost to park to go to the beach. It was 5.00 a hour!. You pay with credit card and the meter police will ticket you for 50.00-60.00 for a violation. The house cleaning staff was excellent especially Demisel and Franchesca they were very friendly and helpful and very pleasant to talk to. They worked very hard the whole week we were there. We would stay here again!The pool was cool no heater. We did use it almost every day.

Room Tip: I would not want to be by the ice machine or the 2nd floor of the lobby. There is no elevator. The r...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hotel Biba

Address: 320 Belvedere Rd, West Palm Beach, FL 33405
Location: United States > Florida > West Palm Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in West Palm Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Biba 3*
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