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Sea View Hotel
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Bal Harbour
Reviewed February 9, 2010

Built in 1948, the Sea View reminds me of those places shown in movies depicting life on the beach near Miami from the "good old days." Great staff, rooms and beach front all combine to make staying at the Sea VIew a memorable experience.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled on business
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Sea View Hotel o, Manager at Sea View Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2014

Dear mflick,
We appreciate your feedback and will share with our staff as always.
Keeping our guests satisfied is our driving force thus we like to reorient staff periodically
to make sure we meet our guests expectations as we have done so with your visit.
Thank you again and yes we are that old world charmer of a hotel! Definitely a throw back to the 40's and 50's with the twist of modern services that our distinguished clients demand.
We hope to see you on your return.
All the best,
Anthony Hill
Sales Manager

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Reviewed February 1, 2010

We stayed here for a conference. This hotel is in Bal Harbour - definitely not a hot-spot, exciting area. If you are looking for a night out on the town you need a car and about a 20 minute drive south. But about the hotel...as you enter the hotel you can tell it is old Miami. Some of the units are actual apartments that people own; so there is a mixture of hotel vacationers and owners. The furnishings are dated, but the place is clean, which is important. The room was pretty big; we had two walk-in closets and a small bathroom. We had a view of the street and parking lot, but this was expected. The sheets were clean, as well as the bathroom. Plenty of big, soft towels (I hate when hotels skimp on this). The staff is very friendly and accomodating. Especially the man who runs the coffee shop, off the pool. They treat you like you've been coming there for years. The pool area, I must say, is beautiful. It is HUGH, warm and its a salt water pool.
The dining leaves much to be desired. The one restaurant there was empty - I mean no one was eating there. We chose to sit a the bar. The food was OK, just basic bar type food, but again, very good service. If I were coming to North Miami again, I'd stay here.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled on business
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1  Thank Julie1022
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Sea View Hotel o, Manager at Sea View Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2014

Dear Julie1022,
We are extremely flattered by your comments regarding your recent stay. We also thank you for the time you have taken in detailing us your experiences and positive experiences, since they are an encouragement to all of us and especially for the staff who attended. We continue to work in search of excellence and total quality, eager to serve you in the near future.
Many thanks,

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Reviewed January 4, 2010

This hotel located at Bal Houbour, NOT Miami Beach FL, which priceline told me Miami Beach FL.

The window is so dirty then what kind of ocean view you can get!!!

Coffee maker is so dirty which look like at least one year not being cleaned!!!

The outside of the building looks like an apartment building, total not like a hotel
I doubt that this is a 4 star hotel which was claimed by priceline.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled with family
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1  Thank jswangcanada
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Sea View Hotel o, Guest Relations Manager at Sea View Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2014

Dear
Although we are the Greater Miami area, we are not Miami Beach. We are proudly located in Bal Harbour which is a quiet little village north of Miami Beach about 20 minutes and a shopping destination for the distinguished shopper from around the globe. Our guests appreciate the quiet ambiance of this village and the emerald waters with pristine white beaches. We appreciate your comments and hope you'll give us another visit one day soon.
Many thanks,

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Reviewed June 17, 2009

excellent location for Bal Harbour shops. Breakfast staff very friendly and helpful, especially Bobby, who worked at the Sheraton until it closed for re-development.
The pool area could do with a bit of attention, especially the pool bar, where there was no atmospheere at all. They would probably do well if somebody went around the guests on loungers offering bar service. The charge of $10.50 per person a day for a lounger is a bit much.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled solo
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1  Thank HepburnSomersetUK
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Sea View Hotel o, Manager at Sea View Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2014

Dear HepburnSomersetUK,
We are extremely flattered by your comments regarding your recent stay. We also thank you for the time you have taken in detailing us your experiences, since they are an encouragement to all of us and especially for the staff who involved. We continue to work in search of excellence and total quality, eager to serve you in the near future.
Many thanks,
Anthony Hill
Sales Manager

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Reviewed June 12, 2009

I have just returned from a week at the Sea View Bal Habour. The room was very clean and a decent size (we had two double beds, 2 single armchairs, table and large fridge). We didn't choose a room with a balcony as we have a young child, but i did view one and it was similar in size to our room.

The staff were friendly and polite at all times and always did their best to help us.

The pool was a good size and clean and varied from 3ft deep to 9ft deep (useful to know if you have kids) As people have said previously - loungers cost $10 a day per person or $5 for half a day. Cabanas are also available, although i am not sure of the cost.

The beach is just very close to the hotel and you do have the option to have a lounger on the beach, although i am not sure they could be moved too far down the beach.

Whilst the quality of food was good, i was disappointed by the limited variety of food, especially for vegetarians. The dinner menu was the same everyday. although i am not sure if this is due to it being low season. I would also recommend buying goods from the nearby shops as the gift shop is very overpriced i.e. $5 for water compared to $1.29 in the supermarket. We also bought strawberries and bananas for a fraction of the hotel price.

Overall i would recommend this hotel, but if you are planning to do activities like the seaqurium, zoo and jungle island, be prepared for long bus rides or organised tours.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled with family
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Sea View Hotel o, Guest Relations Manager at Sea View Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2014

Dear
We are extremely flattered by your comments regarding your recent stay. We also thank you for taking the time in sharing with us your experiences, since they are an encouragement to all of us and especially for the staff who was involved. We continue to work in search of excellence and total quality, eager to serve you in the near future. Our location is most unique which is what our guests seek. We are revising our fee policy and hope to have that completed soon.
We welcome you back and hope to see you soon.
Many thanks,

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Reviewed March 12, 2009

This is by far the worst hotel I have ever been. The staff was very arrogant and unhelpful even after we informed them that my husband had suffered a medical emergency, tthey refused to call the doctor directly, gave me a wrong number and only when I personally approched the concierge I finally obtained a valid number. Not one person enquired about our wellbeing in 8 nights...When asked if we could scan an emergency document to the medical insurance people they refused steadfastly and instead charged $24 per fax (3 pages). After we needed to extend our stay, which was going to be paid by the insurance, the rates suddenly increased by 75%. A fraud it is not too strong a word. I asked to make a formal complaint about the appalling customer service and was reluctantly given the business card of the assistant general manager. There were also coakroaches scuttering around the swimming pool chairs. The staff consistently ignored our 5 years old needs including refusing to serve him his complimentary breakfast on our first morning, although they were quick to notice him when it was necessary to charge him $10 for the deck chair by the pool. This hotel is only after your credit card, regardless of the interor and exterior looking quite tired their prices are astronomical. The concierge once addressed me with "Do you want help or not?". Please, choose any other hotel, I will be happy to provide evidence of our stay and the service received. I promised I would do anything in my power to alert the public to their disgraceful service.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled with friends
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1  Thank MiamitripDurham
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Sea View Hotel o, General Manager at Sea View Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2014

Dear MiamitripDurham,
We appreciate your feedback from your past visit with us at The Sea View Hotel.
First off, we apologize for not making your stay a comfortable and satisfying experience. We are a family friendly hotel and strive to be the best at it. We apologize again if the staff mistreated you or your family in any way. We consistently strive to bring the level of service up and are always raising the bar to reach new heights of excellence. Your comments have been shared with our management team and staff so we can learn from this experience to not repeat it again for you or any guest in the future. Reorienting our staff is the best way for us to meet the expectations of our guests, be it a single jet-setter flying in for a quick shopping excursion at the Bal Harbour Shops to the family that likes excursions to the beach and pool.
We invite you back to experience a newer Sea View Hotel as much has changed around here and continues to do so as well. From seeking more qualified staff to a renovation of the hotel, we are always looking for ways to better the hotel experience.
We hope to see you again.
Regards,
Raj Singh

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Reviewed February 2, 2009

We stayed three nights at the Sea View in January 2009. The main event that weekend was the College Bowl Championship game in Miami, but we were in town for the beach. Arriving by rental car from the Keys, we looked somewhat disheveled, but the staff were as good to us as to the chap who pulled up next in a Ferrari.
The room was wonderful, with a small balcony from which we could watch the sunset. The noise damping from the adjoining room was not sufficient to keep us from hearing revelers who came home after 2 AM, but it was not bothersome (they were soon asleep).
The dining room is good, with a nice menu, but not too imaginative - prices what one would expect for the neighborhood. For breakfast, we preferred the coffee shop for an informal bite and a place to read the paper. Nearby restaurants are excellent for dinner, as well.
Staff were consistently helpful; there is a small office space with internet access where we could print our boarding passes for the flight home, and this was readily available. The concierge was not as well-connected as at some similarly priced hotels in NYC, but information was available.
There are too many small charges for beach chairs, towels and such, but we avoided those by going five minutes away to Haulover Beach, which is a larger and more comfortable beach anyway (if you don't mind that it is clothing optional).
In all, the Sea View is a classic top of the line hotel and a good value in Bal Harbor.

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled with family
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Sea View Hotel o, Manager at Sea View Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2014

Dear skyjim,
We are extremely flattered by your comments regarding your recent stay. We also thank you for taking the time in sharing with us your experiences, since they are an encouragement to all of us and especially for the staff who was involved. We continue to work in search of excellence and total quality, eager to serve you in the near future.
We hope to see you again soon for your next holiday.
Many thanks,

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Address: 9909 Collins Ave, Bal Harbour, FL 33154-1808
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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
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Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Bal Harbour
Price Range: $174 - $348 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sea View Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 220
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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