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The Breakers
Ranked #3 of 10 Hotels in Palm Beach
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2013

Am a very tough critic and demand great service. Also stay in a variety of higher end hotels and I must tell you these folks are simply superb. The level of service I experienced was close to perfect. From the housekeeping staff to the bellman to the golf course staff. All simply superb.

A great choice of on site dining and a wide variety of food and prices. We had two meals as part of a large group and that was very well done as well. The grounds are impeccably well maintained and the pool area is gorgeous.

Was her with adults...not sure what and how they cater to children. Can not offer an opinion here.

All of this comes at a high price but remember you get what you pay for. Think they do just an outstanding job. Now remember this is an older hotel but I believe over the years they have done a nice job of upgrading when and where necessary.

Expensive but worth every penny.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2013

Was disappointed by the breakers!
Individual staff are great and try hard, but you come back to the fact that it is a resort and a very expensive one. rooms are very average - we had a partial ocean view on the 5th floor, but no desk, no tea and coffee making facilities. Was very hit and miss getting your room made up - some mornings 9 another day 3.30pm - really?

The other point I'd add, is there are a lot of kids 7/8 years not being managed by parents who doing lunch and too busy. This can be annoying to say the least - I felt for the poor guys in the swimming pool with lane swimming that was invaded. By 3 such kids. Overall - wouldn't return sorry!

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013

the breakers has recently expanded to include more kid friendly touches like pools just for children/families, games/activities for young kids, a restaurant for families, etc etc. this has changed the hotel's atmosphere completely. traveling as a child-free couple, it's far less relaxing for us than it used to be. it's clear young families are now the breakers #1 target audience. that said, it's still a lovely setting with nice service, but i think if you're a young couple, a couple without children, or a solo traveler, there are many other resorts that you'd feel much more comfortable or relaxed at.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

Nothing can beat the Breakers! The facilities are gorgeous, the service excellent, the location beyond compare. It is like being on an elegant ocean liner from the 1930s.

Be aware that the port cochere can be a little frantic so build time in to get your car if you have left it with the valet.

Staff at the Club Level were fabulous.

Only minor complaint is that the pillows are WAY too soft, and you need about 4 on top of each other to equal what I would consider 1 regular pillow.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013 via mobile

Our first visit to the Breakers lived up to the (high) expectations of a (high) Christmas season visit. In fact, it would be hard to imagine a better high end family experience. Five pools, endless activities (including the spectacular Winter Festival and Carnival), and the merciful kids night camps, which allowed for sexy date nights at the new HMF lounge and delicious Flagler Steakhouse. At these exorbitant holiday rates ($1100 per night for a standard room), we're allowed a few quibbles. Why not put 2 queen beds instead of 2 double beds in what was a nice, large room? And, although some families liked the kids action, we felt The Italian restaurant was complete kid chaos. But, again, minor quibbles for a iconic, luxurious resort retreat. We can't wait to return.

Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2013

We had a great trip to the Breakers (family of 4, kids aged 8 and 10). We stayed 4 nights in an ocean-front room. The hotel facility is beautiful. We were there between Christmas and New Year's, so it was quite busy, but the staff was very friendly and attentive. The front desk asked our kids names at check-in, and they remembered the names throughout the stay. Our room was large, quiet, very comfortable and had a spectacular view of the ocean from our balcony on the 5th floor. Hotel staff arrived each evening to make up the pull-out. We spent much of each day by the "Active" pool, which is right by short stairs to the beach. Lifeguards were appropriately attentive - and it was easy to go between the pool and the beach -- and always felt safe with the kids in the water.
We rented a car - but really didn't need one. Short, nice walk into town for breakfast and dinner. Our kids spent time at the children's activity center, which has a basketball court and playground, along with some indoor play areas. The kids also did a couple of the evening activities on the lawn -- glow in dark volleyball and soccer -- and had a really nice time.

Restaurants and service were all fine -- although we didn't eat dinner at the resort. One very small critique is that there is no outdoor restaurant or bar to eat/drink in the evening. Neither of the restaurants by the pools was open for dinner. The resort map mentioned an outdoor "tiki bar" on the beach, but I was told it was damaged in a storm and taken down.

Overall, a great family vacation (family voted this their #1 trip) - great room, pools and beach -- very relaxing, very kid friendly.

Room Tip: Balcony on ocean front rooms was a big plus.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2012 via mobile

World-class, first-class AMAZING. From the minute you pull up to valet your Breakers experience begins. You are treated like royalty here and the place looks like it. The main building is beautiful the property is manicured to perfection and the staff's eagerness to help just right. Whether you go for a couples romantic get-away (there is an adult-only quiet pool) or there with the family (plenty to do with or without the kids) The Breakers does not miss a step. Great property, great food, great great great!

  • Stayed December 2012
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Property: The Breakers
Address: 1 South County Road, Palm Beach, FL 33480-4023
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Location: United States > Florida > Palm Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Palm Beach
#1 Business Hotel in Palm Beach
#2 Family Hotel in Palm Beach
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Palm Beach
#3 Spa Hotel in Palm Beach
#3 Luxury Hotel in Palm Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Breakers 5*
Number of rooms: 540
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in the heart of the island of Palm Beach amid 140 acres of picturesque oceanfront property, The Breakers is recognized as one of North America’s iconic resort destinations. Independently owned, this legendary resort has been completely revitalized to offer a paradise for couples, families, and special gatherings. Revel in a new tropical feeling at the glorious beachfront, play the greens, and enjoy the blissful spa, delicious dining, and incredible services energized by a genuinely caring staff, integral in helping you make fabulous memories. * Nine distinctive restaurants and five bars* A private beachfront oasis with five sparkling pools, bungalows and watersports* An oceanfront spa, offering moonlit massages amid Atlantic breezes* 36 holes of championship golf including the on-site Ocean Course and Rees Jones® Course; a golf academy* 10 lighted Har Tru tennis courts and instruction by USPTA/USPTR-certified professionals* 10 on-site boutiques including Lilly Pulitzer, Guerlain and Ralph Lauren* A family entertainment center and kids’ camp; 11 boutiques.* The Flagler Club, private club level with a private concierge and residential ambiance, Interactive Family Entertainment Center and Kid’s Camp. ... more   less 
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