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The Breakers
Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Palm Beach
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Reviewed August 10, 2010

Stayed 8/7-9th in room 1589. Arrived by cab from W.Palm airport ($20 + tip) on Sat 12:30ish. Was able to check in early to a room that was upgraded to ocean view. Went to the beach that afternoon. Beach is very small and over-crowded by chairs and umbrellas. The water was very nice. Walked to an Italian Rest. for dinner that evening (exit hotel and go right) and had ok food. Sun. AM walked to Publix grocery store (right out of hotel and left on small street past the restaurants) to find a 40yr old store that was not worth getting a fresh pastry and coffee - use the News Cafe for the their coffee and pastry $5. Had lunch on Sun and Mon at the hotel grill rest. - a bit pricey but good. Breakfast was included on Mon @ The Circle dinning room @ hotel - was ok...small selection of pastries and cold cereal, coffee and juice. Loved the historic ballrooms and lovely hallways. The relaxation pool was the best for adults. Did not like the plexiglass walls on top of sea wall...reminded me of a cruise ship. overall loved the hotel...did not like all the outsiders using the pool and beach due to some type of club membership.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 9, 2010

We stayed at the Breakers over Memorial Weekend with our 3 young children and HAD THE BEST TIME! We will be back! The rooms are beautiful, there is a variety of restaurants to choose from, the staff is incredibly polite and catering, there are 4 pools to choose from, private beautiful beach and of course the kids club and activity center which gave us parents a little break and was a total blast for our boys! Worth the splurge.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 6, 2010

The Breakers was beyond our expectations. The staff was wonderful. The food delicious. The spa ...so relaxing. We sat at the serenity pool and could overlook the beach at the same time. We walked for miles on the Beach. Loved every restaurant and ended most nights with friends at the tapestry bar. We had to force ourselves to leave to try Flagler and Echo. Both amazing. First trip in quite a while childless. Early anniversary as we will have 3 in college soon. They gave us champagne and dessert for two. We will definitely be back. Want to bring our 4 children. They will love it too!

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 5, 2010

I stayed a week at this wonderful hotel. The food is great, which is unusual for a hotel, and the atmosphere is top of the line. Be prepared to pay, but you get what you pay for. And I cannot forget the staff. The best trained staff I have ever seen in an American hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 30, 2010

Truly a top of the line hotel/resort. It was everything I had heard it could be. The staff could teach the rest of our country about poise, friendliness and service. The price may be on the high end but this is a fine example of 'you get what you pay for'.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 29, 2010

My wife, young son and myself stayed at The Breakers for 2 days in July 2010. We decided to end our 2 week Florida vacation on a high note and we are so glad we did. We had researched several hotels for the Palm Beach area on Trip Advisor and the concensus was always the same, if you go, stay at The Breakers.

Amazing customer service is everywhere. Anytime we would pass any member of the hotel we were always warmly greeted. From the time we arrived at the valet to the moment we left, there was no doubt that everyone wanted to make your experience as wonderful as possible.

The hotel is very opulent and very awe inspiring. It is very easy to see that much pride is taken in keeping the hotel beatiful at all times. They have an enourmous flower arrangement by the front desk that was pure heaven to smell each time we passed it. The main lobby furniture is extra large and luxurious and I swear they had a seat for every person in that hotel.

Our room was very well appointed. We came to discover that our room was on their un-renovated floor, but you never would have guessed it by how beautifully maintained the room was. There wasn't a single scuff mark on any of the walls, not even in the closet. The room was fresh and inviting and while the bathroom was a touch small the very large windows made the bathroom seem much larger. The mattress and linens were first class and very soothing at the end of a long day. The only issue we had with our room was a slightly off-putting smell that emitted from a drain that was in the bathroom on the second day there. We called the front desk and spoke with Jennifer (Jen) and within 5 minutes a maintenance worker came to examine the situation and informed us that housekeeping would come to sterilize the drain. Whatever they did worked great and by the time we returned from the pool, the room was odour free. Jen left us a message asking us if the problem was fixed to our satisfaction. If not, she offered to relocate us to a superior room for the inconvenience and even offered to have her staff assist us in packing up our belongings and help us move. ABSOLUTELLY UNBELIVABLE!! We were flying out the next day and wanted to use the hotels amenities rather than re-pack so we decided to stay in our room. When we returned that night from dinner, we discovered that Jen had left a teddy bear and two toy ducks for our son on our bed...he was super excited. On a minor note, the pressing iron in the room should really be upgraded to a better unit. It lacked a cap over the opening where you pour the water and it made ironing very tedious, if you moved the iron too quickly the water would spill all over your garment you were pressing.

The grounds of the hotel are picture-perfect from anywhere you stand. The landscaping is breathtaking and the grass, shrubs, and flowers are always perfect eventhough you never see anyone tending to them. In total we counted 2 main pools, a relaxation pool, a toddler pool and even a lap pool. Other people have mentioned that it is hard to get a pool chair but we never had an issue and really with some many pools and chairs, it seems that if you walk down before 12noon you would easy find a spot. Although we did not rent a cabana or beach bungalow there were several guests that did and you could look in as you passed by. The bungalows were almost as amazing as the hotel rooms.
The pool towels were super soft and smelled very crisp and fresh. They even have water dispensers at every pool; the lime and lemon in the water dispenser give the water a nice light citrus flavour. The chairs and umbrellas on the beach are complimentary aswell so no need to bring money.

Now to the BAD!! Some reviwers on here have mentioned that the food at the Breakers is amazing and that they loved to eat there. For some reason we had the opposite feeling. We ate at the "Ocean Grill" and "The Italian Restaurant". First about the Ocean Grill. The Breakers Burger is $16 and only consists of a very unspecial burger, some condiments and some curly fries. You could get the same burger at any fast food restaurant. Our son had Mahi-Mahi on a skewer, while this originally sounded great, the fish did not smell or taste particulary fresh and was really dry and overcooked. I had the Turkey Club and it was quite good. Oddly everything was served on a very flimsy plastic plate. It might have been a marketing concept (leisure eating) but it just came across as appearing cheap. The Italian Restaurant was not much better. We ordered a plate of mussels ($15), a pasta carbonara ($25), a ceasar salad ($13) and a kids meatball parmigana (??) and none of it was really anything special. The mussels and sauce were bland, the carbonara was just ordinary, and the ceasar salad was lacking in both size and taste. For a 5 star hotel the food was 3 star at best. My wife and I have dinned at many restaurants and we expect that for these kinds of prices you would at least receive a meal with some imagination, flair, and complex food pairings. The service at these restaurants was top-notch and every server was quite friendly and helpful. The 20% automatic tip was a bit off-putting but the service was great so we would have paid it anyway. We did eat offsite by Worth Ave and were much happier with our meals there.

We will definitely stay here again in the future. The hotel, the grounds and the staff are just too amazing to pass up. Hopefully our dining experiences will be more enjoyable next time.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 29, 2010

Its been about 10 years since I last visited the property. The Breakers is still one of the best hotels in the country~ Friendly, classy, and elegantwithout being stuffy. My husband and I traveled with other couples. Our room was upgraded upon arrival and was perfect. I especially liked the comfy bed and the noticeable quiet. You never hear hallway noise. Breakfast was included as was our tennis court and valet parking. The Circle room is a glorious place to enjoy your morning coffee and breakfast. Everything was so fresh.
Do make it for happy hour as we met some very interesting people. I could comment on every aspect of our trip, from the beautiful pro shop to the welcoming cold water botle on the complimentary shuttle. My only negative -we were not crazy about the recommended restaurant Echo- too dark and the food was just okay- so I suggest you skip it and head to another restaurant in town.
Everyone in our group agreed if they keep the summer rate in place we will all return next year. Next time we'll plan for one more day!
The Breaker's attention to detail makes it

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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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 Green Hotel in Palm Beach
#1 Business Hotel in Palm Beach
#1 Romantic Hotel in Palm Beach
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Palm Beach
#2 Family Hotel in Palm Beach
#2 Luxury Hotel in Palm Beach
#2 Spa Hotel in Palm Beach
Price Range: $500 - $1,722 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Breakers 5*
Number of rooms: 540
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Originally built in 1896, The Breakers remains one of America’s legendary resort destinations. Renowned for its seaside glamour and world-class service, the 538-room, Italian Renaissance-style hotel resides on 140 acres of oceanfront property in the heart of Palm Beach. With unapologetic luxury, The Breakers indulges its clientele, whether couples on a romantic getaway, multi-generational travelers on a family vacation or large gatherings in celebration. Thanks to the gracious dedication of its longstanding family ownership, the iconic resort re-invests a minimum of $30 million each year in the property’s ongoing enhancement and revitalization to ensure that it continues to captivate its guests. Most recently with the debut of Flagler Club, an ultra-luxury boutique hotel set within the resort. Resort amenities feature a private beach, four oceanfront pools, five whirlpool spas, 25 luxury beach bungalows and a variety of watersports; a new luxury spa; indoor-outdoor Ocean Fitness center; 36 holes of championship golf, including the Ocean Course and The Breakers Rees Jones® Course; 10 Har-Tru tennis courts; a Family Entertainment Center; an array of on-site boutiques; and nine acclaimed restaurants, with settings ranging from casual beachfront to stylishly sophisticated. ... more   less 
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Breakers Palm Beach
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