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Hotel Biba
Ranked #18 of 34 Hotels in West Palm Beach
Reviewed March 4, 2013

Booked it through Expedia as the photos looked good. Hotel is cosy, about 30 rooms, nicely but sparsely decorated. Good shower, large bed, surrounded nu gardens. Small but Nice pool. Breakfast is ok, nothing special, just bagels, kelloggs, croissants and yoghurt. About 2 Miles from main dinner locaties om Clematis street. Nice staff too.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

We are really very disapointed about this hotel The desklady was correct but not friendly at all, hello, your id and credit card, you are set, and here is the plan to get to your room. That s all she said. They purchased cheap the old creepy neighboor motel , made a nice garden, put some(bad-done) white paint and some design furniture arround. Everywere, even the bar(white room with some design furnitures, the style for them “less is more“ but it is“ Less is cheaper“! But the 0 isolation, all kind of noises(!) From the neigbours and bar and even the horn of passing trains(very close, horns for 2- 3 minutes) is terrible,all street noises. We heard everything, I saw every hour of the night. Queensize bed because it is not possible to put a kingsize in this mini sized-room, smaller is not possible, and the smallest I ever had, laptopscreentv-miror-small table, + minitable, 1 light. No hairdryer. Empty mini bathroom(even no garbage can!, They put in their site, with luxury aveda shampoos, not there, they lie! Lowcost in stead, pictures of their room is from a nice room in main building. That s not correct at all, because allmost all their rooms are in 2 “crapmotel“buildings around. To less parking, so we have to put our car in a tow away parking of one of the worst neighbourhoud of West palm beach, Scared to walk arround so we did,nt. Only old and closed shops and creepy restaurants,(that s wat they called “historic old town“ you have to drive several miles to get in a right neighbourhood to eat well, Never stay there again even if they give a week for free! I slept in more than thousands hotels and for this price is this my worst experience! On the morning desklady(the same like the other, only: “checking out?-all on same card? , I said I saw every hour of the night, hear everything. She said nothing, even no sorry or something. Search further and find better( so easy to find better!)

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank christophe s
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

We booked this hotel from the internet and we weren't disappointed. We arrived early and we weren't supposed to check in till 3. We however did have are room available and could use it before 12. The person at the check in was very nice. The lobby is small and had some unique glass art. Our room was old with a wall air conditioner. It wasn't noisy at all. The hotel is 1 mile from the airport and it was in the flight path of the planes. The air did drown out the train every nite and the planes. The breakfast was great! You could eat out side or in the new refurbished bar. We had a assortment of bagels, muffins, sweet roll, yogurt, fruit, oj, cold cereal and milk and coffee. The breakfast started @7 and ended @10. We took a walk everyday the homes are "huge'. A very interesting neighborhood. The intercostal is within walking distance but unable to swim. We found a very small beach but the water was very col in Feb. The most disappointing thing was the cost to park to go to the beach. It was 5.00 a hour!. You pay with credit card and the meter police will ticket you for 50.00-60.00 for a violation. The house cleaning staff was excellent especially Demisel and Franchesca they were very friendly and helpful and very pleasant to talk to. They worked very hard the whole week we were there. We would stay here again!The pool was cool no heater. We did use it almost every day.

Room Tip: I would not want to be by the ice machine or the 2nd floor of the lobby. There is no elevator. The r...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

After a long flight, we made it to the Hotel Biba in West Palm Beach. We were early and weren't sure we would be able to check in yet. We were not only allowed to check in early, the check in process was a snap. The lady was very friendly and the lobby is very nice. Once we got to our room, we were a bit hesitant. Our room was very basic and simple - linoleum floors, evaporated air conditioner unit in the wall, etc. But the price was right and we thought we'd give it a go. Wow! Are we glad we did. The bed was super comfy and the air conditioner had just enough of a hum to help us sleep so good! Never heard a sound from outside and our room was very near the street. The room got really cold at night and I loved that. We travel a lot and I don't like not being able to get the thermostat to my desired liking. So two thumbs up to that as well. One thing I was concerned about was there not being a fridge in the room. But they had an ice machine, so we just used ice in the sink to chill our beverages. The next day when we got back to the room, the housekeeping staff had brought in a cooler and it was filled with ice. We never asked, they just noticed the not so great way we were chilling our drinks. I was very impressed by that. That's what I call great customer service. Going above and beyond. I would definitely recommend staying here.

Room Tip: Sushi Jo across the street is very good. Service was so so, but the sushi made up for that.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled on business
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Thank Nikki G
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

My wife and I booked this hotel for 3 nights, starting the 31st of December, 2012 with departure on the 2nd of January, 2013. Our first night was OK but when we came back from the beach to get dressed for our New Years eve party, imagine our surprise when we found our bed unmade, no clean towels and the room had not been cleaned. Not something you want to deal with on New Years eve but we tried to so that at least we would have a made up bed to return to. Unfortunately no staff could be found at the front desk. We were left with no option but to go to a friends house to bath and change. We immediately left, we could not check out as there was no one there to check us out. We relayed this information to Hotels.com who promised to take it up with the manager when he returned this they did not do and told us we would get no refund. I would highly recommend anyone not to use Hotel.com as once they have your booking tough luck if its not what you expected as for Hotel Biba, definatyely needs new management.

Room Tip: Don't use Hotel.com
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

We arrived about 9pm after a long flight, and a drive from Miami airport,to be greeted warmly by the receptionist and very quickly given our rooms, we had booked 2 king garden rooms, and were not disappointed, they were simply but chic furnished, very spacious, with very nice bathrooms, crisp white bedding, comfy bed, fluffy white towels, and spotless. (I completely agree that a chest of drawers is needed)as the wardrobe only as one shelf in it. Breakfast was lovely, good choice of cereals, jugs of milk, orange juice, coffee, tea, bagels, croissants, cheese, yogurts, fresh fruit, all served and replenished by a lovely girl. Breakfast is taken in the garden which is pleasant, only once did we have to eat inside in the bar area, because the weather was cool. We didn't use the pool but it looked fine. We did hear the train on the first night but not after that, so that want a problem. All in all a very pleasant 7 nights, would certainly recommend.

Room Tip: Choose a garden room.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 9, 2013

Hotel Biba was perfect for my stay as I was traveling alone. The staff was friendly and helpful. My first room was a little tired looking and smelled musty and a/c very noisy but the hotel gave me a new room with a brand new a/c which was clean and comfortable. When I arrived at the hotel it was hard to find at night and I had to call hotel for more specific directions. Better lighting on the sign would be helpful. Contiental breakfast which was included was perfect and easy. Since the owners seem to be in the process of renovating, I would stay there again!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled solo
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Address: 320 Belvedere Rd, West Palm Beach, FL 33405-1212
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Location: United States > Florida > West Palm Beach
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in West Palm Beach
Price Range: $92 - $119 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Biba 3*
Number of rooms: 44
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This 44 room boutique property is found in the quaint El Cid Historic District, Hotel Biba is an ideal location no matter what you've planned during your visit. Hotel Biba is just one block from the waterfront promenade stretching to beautiful downtown West Palm Beach, the fair grounds and marina's with an active schedule of fairs, concerts and festivals. Hotel Biba is a quick five minute drive to Florida's famous beaches, Palm Beach Atlantic University and the Palm Beach International Airport. It is situated within a mile of centers of art and culture with Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Norton Museum, The Society of the Four Arts, the Palm Beach County Convention Center, The West Palm Beach Antique Row, City Place shopping and world class dining and entertainment. Hotel Biba is also in proximity of West Palm Beach's highest rated restaurants, some within walking distance and Clematis Street's lively dining and nightlife. Included in your stay is a continental breakfast in our relaxing courtyard. ... more   less 
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