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Hotel Breakwater South Beach
Ranked #108 of 208 Hotels in Miami Beach
Manila, Philippines
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14 hotel reviews
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“Great for People Who Want to Party!”
Reviewed April 13, 2012

I booked this hotel before I read the reviews. It seemed like a very good choice at the time because the hotel photos looked very good. Before the trip I was very worried about the reviews regarding complaints about the noise level in their rooms.

I was traveling with my son and husband and we came from very long flights. The receptionist gave me a very good room at the back side of the room. We had no view, but we had very peaceful evenings. I was very happy with this, it put my worries to rest.

The rooms are big, new, and modern. Very good value for money. The location is also right in front of Ocean Drive and walking distance to the beach.

The hotel is excellent for people who want to go out and party. They will surely get the most from this hotel. But for people traveling with children, I think I will get a resort hotel next time.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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MiamiSunManagement, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Breakwater South Beach, responded to this review, April 15, 2012
Dear Flojo10,

We are glad we were able to accomodate your need for a quiet room. Because of our location on Ocean Drive, our Hotel provides proximity to the best entertainment within walking distance of our Hotel. If you are looking for a more spacious room; we always suggest to book our VIP penthouse suites. They offer a maximum occupancy of 4 guests and offer the privacy and quiteness that our guests may require. Please e-mail us at info@breakwatersouthbeach.com should you need any more details.
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Reviewed April 13, 2012

Clean, comfortable, hip, newly renovated, spacious room. "Free" use of bikes (if you're not 6'6 like my travel partner, then you have to pay for Drco Bike rentals which are in better shape anyway. Rooms facing the "courtyard" is a stretch. You can barely see the sky. Though very noisy, overall a fun place right in the heart of it all. Don't eat there though.

  • Stayed April 2012
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MiamiSunManagement, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Breakwater South Beach, responded to this review, April 15, 2012
Dear Sulztrip,

We sincerely appreciate your review. Our location is in a prime area of Ocean Drive and gives our customer easy access to the best entertainment and restaurants. We are within a walkway to the beach and as always it provides for atmosphere of fun and relaxation. We will forward your input about the bikes to our management team in order to better serve you.
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed April 12, 2012

Not a good place...my room smelled of stale smoke (as did all my clothes upon my return).
Lock on door didn't work, told "just hang up DO NO DISTURB sign"

Booked ocean view room and was told it would be too noisy; got "quiet room" and still needed earplugs.

In general, not a pleasant stay....filthy hall carpets....YUK

Watch out for $5.95 breakfast....after 2 coffees, a diet coke and a tomato juice, the bill was $48.
You get the idea.

Then went to the private beach area and was told no towels were available for the rest of the day.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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MiamiSunManagement, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Breakwater South Beach, responded to this review, April 15, 2012
Dear Lindatalavera,

Thank you for the review posted about Hotel Breakwater. All of your opportunities have been relayed to our management team whom are assessing the breakdowns. Please do contact us at info@breakwatersouthbeach.com should you need assistance. We would love to hear from you personally in order to better assist you in your future stay.
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Reviewed April 11, 2012

I am not saying don't go to Hotel Breakwater but the facts should be known.
Form over Function is definitely what this hotel is about, but not in the positive manner it should be for this iconic building.
The receptionists are very beautiful, but a about as helpful as a burlap chair on a haemorrhoid.
The hotel refit has not been designed well or fully thought through.
The rooms are well laid out, there is one full length wardrobe, but the safe is right in the middle of it, therefore you cannot hang items of clothing, the side table is can open 3 inches because it is fouled bay the six foot mirror. Cupboards are rectangular holes with no shelving.
The hotel food and drink is overpriced but then most establishment on Collins and Ocean Drive are.
If you want a hotel right in the middle of the action its location is ideal with local bars open until 4 am.
As for the noise we found it no problem, if you have earplugs, a must for ocean view rooms.
As for the view of the ocean don't forget your windolene, as the hotel has.
If you are looking for somewhere less noisy go north of 15th, south of 8thor west of Collins
Not a lot management can do about the location or the quality of the room finish, but they can train their staff to an accepable level of customer care.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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MiamiSunManagement, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Breakwater South Beach, responded to this review, April 15, 2012
Dear Ridon1973,

We appreciate your response to your recent stay in Hotel Breakwater. We will pass along the input provided about our service to help us become better. Please let us know how we can better assist you in your future stay by e-mailing us to info@breakwatersouthbeach.com and speak to one of our Managers on duty so we can better assist you.
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Long Beach, California
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Reviewed April 6, 2012

I recently vacationed at the Hotel Breakwater in South Beach Florida. The experience was very enjoyable. The first day was a bit disturbing initially because it was during the end of the Music Festival and my very nice corner room overlooking the patio was far too noisy. Accommodations were made the next day to move to a interior and smaller room which was more peaceful. The staff was very professional in particular Nathan the manager, Axle the GM and the very pleasant and helpful VIP Concierge Tricia and Karina. Breakfast at the outdoor restaurant was good, but a bit slow even when the facility was not crowded. Hostess greeted me very nicely each morning I left for my morning workout. Very limited workout gym on the property. I chose to buy a visitor's package at Equinox around the corner. Professor321

Room Tip: Inside room would be ideal. Do not get room over looking the patio or front corner rooms. Too much n...
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Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
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MiamiSunManagement, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Breakwater South Beach, responded to this review, April 15, 2012
Dear Professor 321,

Thank you for the review posted. We are glad we were able to accomodate to your needs in a prompt manner. As you may know, our Hotel is conviniently located in the heart of Ocean Drive withing walking distance to all the nearby restaurants and entertainment. Winter music conference does turn the atmosphere around Miami Beach a lot more lively than usual. We sincerely thank you for staying with us and can not wait till your return!
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Arlington, Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed April 5, 2012

I would not consider this a 5 star, but it was quite clean, with an excellent location. I loved the fact that you can walk right across the street to the beach and that chairs and towels are complimentary for guests. The pool was open and looked nice, but I did try out the water. The room I stayed in was tiny, but the bathroom was an ok size. The bedding and facilities were clean. The hallways were narrow. Overall this was a nice stay in SoBe, but if you are accustomed to 5-star, you would not agree that this makes the cut. If rooms were larger, then perhaps. The staff was very pleasant and accommodating.

Room Tip: I had no trouble with noise. Not sure which rooms do not face the street, but my room was very quiet...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
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MiamiSunManagement, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Breakwater South Beach, responded to this review, April 6, 2012
Dear Pretty key,

Thank you for the review posted about our Hotel! We are conveniently located on Ocean Drive within a few steps to the beach. Please let us know for your future reservation, should you need a larger room so that we can better accomodate you. We have an array of rooms that face the courtyard, partial ocean and ocean fronts that cater to a maximum occupancy of four. For more information, contact us at info@breakwatersouthbeach.com.
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South Florida, Florida
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Reviewed April 5, 2012

My husband and I recently stayed at Hotel Breakwater. Our room was great and so trendy as well. The front desk was very professional and nice. Since Breakwater is in the heart of Sobe, it was a little loud at night, but totally bearable. Wish the pool was a little bigger, but it was still relaxing. Overall, we really liked Hotel Breakwater!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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MiamiSunManagement, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Breakwater South Beach, responded to this review, April 6, 2012
Dear Brittany0486,

We are glad you were able to enjoy your vacation at the Breakwater Hotel! We are ecstatic that we are able to fulfill your needs while staying at the Breakwater Hotel. Please let us know how we can be of further assistance upon your return by contacting us at info@breakwatersouthbeach.com.
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Property: Hotel Breakwater South Beach
Address: 940 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139-5013
Location: United States > Florida > Miami Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #108 of 208 Hotels in Miami Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Breakwater South Beach 3.5*
Number of rooms: 99
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Breakwater, is a fun, bustling and entertaining historic Art Deco hotel located in the heart of South Beach's famous Ocean Drive. The hotel is a non-stop, active delight right in the center of everything that is South Beach. You'll find yourself within walking distance of a wide variety of outdoor cafes serving every style of cuisine imaginable, art galleries, night clubs, the famous Beach, the Versace Mansion, beach front walking, biking and jogging paths, world class events like the Wine and Food Festival, as well as the fabulous shops of Lincoln Road Mall. ... more   less 
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