The Hilton Bentley must've been awesome in the late 90s. The mixed brass and chrome fixtures. The crown molding. The huge marble bathroom. It's a little tired looking now, and a little rough around the edges, but not in a bad way. I'd stay here again because they take good care of it, and the staff members are nice. Oh, and most importantly? It's right on the ocean, and the place isn't that big, so it feels comfortable.
They do a wonderful beach service - your chairs and umbrella and towels are included in a resort fee (I hate these, just charge more for the room) that also gives you a couple of free mojitos and free internet. The folks serving you on the beach are all very friendly and quick to help. Unlike the Sheraton in Ft. Lauderdale, Hilton provides tons of people to help you out there, and the area isn't nearly as crowded. The beach is big and beautiful because it's South Beach. This place really is close to perfect.
The hotel is a little off the beaten path, so if you walk to South Beach, you have to walk past the meh area to get to the less meh area. Though most of the happening stuff is now up on Lincoln Road or above South Beach, per se.
The pool is pleasant, albeit fairly small. But given the relatively small number of rooms at the hotel, this is ok. We jokingly called the huge beds overlooking the pools, "the cages." They were wonderful... except that they had nothing blocking out the sun...so they were just huge enclosed dark mattresses where you baked in the sun. Again, like at the beach, the pool staff are great and willing to keep you well-fed and -hydrated.
The valets were a bit slow. Which is why I hate valet parking to begin with. But it is what it is.
I'll gladly come back here. Would I pay the full rack rate? Nope. But a deal with HHonors points or a deal, in general? Sure. Quite a good place.
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