My husband and I, along with our three adult children, son-in-law and daughter-in-law, and granddaughters ages almost 4 and 6, spent two nights at the Breakers. We were there for a family weekend to celebrate our 40th anniversary. We had three lakeview rooms (beautiful view) on the second floor of the BonAire section of the hotel as part of the Halloweekend package. After reading so many of the negative reviews we were a bit apprehensive about staying in this part of the hotel, our fears were completely unrealized. The recent updates (curtains, carpet, bedding, furniture, and TV) were more than adequate. In the bathroom, there was some wear and tear on the flooring - not sure if it was also replaced, but with a low quality material, or if it was just due to previous guests spilling or dropping items on it. But the rooms were clean and with plenty of towels, soaps, tissues and t.p.! There was a slight closed up smell when we first entered the rooms, but I brought Fabreze air effects with me and after a few squirts it was fine. These rooms do not have fridge or microwave, but we brought coolers with us. Having no elevator wasn't an issue for us as we generally use the stairs anyways unless we are above a 3rd floor. Some people might not like to see the pipes running along the upper walls of the rooms, but after all this section was opened in 1926 - to us it adds to the ambiance of a period hotel. Do wish they hadn't added drop ceilings here, though!
The decorations were fantastic, especially the bats in the rotunda. Some of us ate dinner Friday night at TGIFriday before the rest of our group arrived. Yes overpriced but I have not stayed in any hotel where it wasn't more than the off site restaurants - you're paying for the convenince and after a three hour drive we weren't interested in leaving for a meal. Lots of decorations here, too. Used the pool later that night (three feet depth only) and the whirlpool. Nothing special about this area. Plus opposite the entrance to Fridays with a long window wall - not private at all.
We had left the park Saturday due to the rain and tried to eat dinner at Perkins or Fridays, but were faced with an hour and a half wait minimum. Not possible with 9 hungry people. Perkins had an entire section of the restaurant vacant, too. Not enough staff? Their loss - we are all hearty eaters and big tippers!!! Luckily those coolers we had brought were full of cheese, ham & turkey chunks, pickled bologna slices, veggies & dip, fruit, water, milk,juice and soft drinks, plus we had an assortment of crackers, pretzels, chips and cookies. We had an indoor picnic!
We did not feel the price was out of line for three lakeview rooms, two days entrance into the park (we upgraded our Friday night tickets to Sunday ones) and included parking (that alone would have cost us a minimum of $90.00 for three vehicles). Overall we had a great experience and would definitely stay again - too bad they aren't open the Sunday night of these weekends to avoid a long drive home!
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