The Breakers Palm Beach Hotel

, Palm Beach, United States
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The Breakers Palm Beach Hotel

5 star

Rooms: 560

1 South County Road - Palm Beach - Florida - 33480 - United States Hotel Website | 561 655 6611
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Top of the line Hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
Just spent a week at this hotel, and I have to say this was the best Hotel I have stayed at. First the room we had was a ocean front suite, it was gorgeous, we had 3 balconys all facing the ocean, the room itself was very spacious and very comfortable. The Hotel itself is fabulous, and the staff very very helpfull and friendly. The Resturants are very very expensive but worth every penny i.e if you have to ask the price you cannot afford this place, (seriously speaking)
The spa is wonderful, all the Therapist are very friendly and go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and relaxed.
This is truely a gorgeous hotel, (expensive) but you have to experience it at last once.

s Night

from A TripAdvisor Member
After having driven by this property since I was first learning to drive, (let's just say the Beatles were still issuing yearly recordings-formally known as albums) I finally booked a room as part of a convention.
The hotel is truly magnificant from the outside and features well maintained public areas on the inside, but might make a better museum than a place to spend the night.
The romance ends as you enter your room to find not much changed since the Fab Four ruled the radio. The TV was a 19 inch model, and was placed so far from the bed that the management has installed an overhead speaker to discourage compensatory high volume viewing.
Not only was there no coffee maker, a call to the front desk revealed that none was forthcoming, even to honor a special, if annoying, request.
Of course, no refrigerator, microwave nor other means of avioding the high priced hotel dining options were anywhere to be found.
Though 800 calls were suprisingly free (credit where credit is due), the high speed acess,now standard in almost all roadside motels, was priced over $10 /day.
Were this a "budget" property, even the overdone resort decor might be easily forgiven, but at the prices charged, one can only wonder why anyone would choose to spend a small fortune for a "hard day's night".
Pretense and history nonwithstanding, this hotel is best imagined from the outside rather than experienced from within.

Room for improvement

from Jupiter
My husband and I stayed at The Breakers for our honeymoon in May 2004. Whilst we had a nice time, the hotel didn't live up to our expectations.

When we booked we were quoted a rate of around $400 per night, however a few weeks before we left I checked the website and found there was a special deal, so I rang up and had our room rate changed to $260 per night. I wonder if we'd have had to pay $400 if I hadn't checked?

From the outside the hotel is very grand and imposing and inside the lobby is breathtaking. On checking in we were delighted to be given a room upgrade as we were honeymooners, however our room was very disappointing. It was on the mezzanine level, which is split in two by a ballroom, so if you use the 'wrong' elevators you find you can't walk right along the corridors because the ballroom is in the way! Consequently we had to use the elevators near the seafood bar, which meant fighting our way past hundreds of people on conventions every day, making us feel like we were outsiders.

Our room was directly above the seafood bar (which incidentally smelt gross - and anyway, why would you want to eat seafood from a glass fishtank containing live seafood?) and slap bang next to the hair salon, meaning there were a lot of comings and goings. It was, however, lovely to throw open the doors and have the ocean so

Our room was big but wallpapered in a strange duck-egg blue colour, meaning it felt very cold and unwelcoming. The bed was the most uncomfortable I have ever slept in and the pillows were tiny. The bathroom was wonderful though, equipped with a separate shower and bath, separate WC and twin basins. There was also a great walk-in dressing room.

The hotel grounds were very well-kept but we found the staff were not particularly friendly. They certainly weren't unfriendly but we have had far better service elsewhere. The pool areas were also disappointing, mainly because the sun loungers were plasticky and cheap, not at all comfortable. The poolside drinks service was sporadic - sometimes we wouldn't see a waitress for days and other times she came round several times a day!

There are lots of restaurants to choose from but there wasn't a good balance. It ranged from the very high-priced posh nosh (fois gras/snails etc) to the Italian restaurant which is great if you want to be surrounded by kids (not ideal for honeymooners). Consequently we spent most evenings at CityPlace, a newly-built padestrianised shopping/eating area in West Palm Beach. The concierge at The Breakers described it as 'downmarket' but it was really superb - a great mix of restaurants including The Cheesecake Factory, loads of shops including Banana Republic, Pottery Barn etc, ice-cream parlours, a theatre and a 20-screen cinema. There is also live music at the weekends.

In defence of The Breakers' dining experiences, I have nothing but praise for the shop The Breakers News & Gourmet. It sells muffins/pastries, ice creams, deli sandwiches, magazines, souvenirs, books, greetings cards, great gifts and kitchen supplies.

To sum up, The Breakers is certainly a very grand hotel but parts of it are completely contrasting, eg the very expensive restaurants vs cheap plastic sun loungers. It didn't spoil our honeymoon though, because we had fun in Palm Beach seeing the sights and gawping at all the mansions. If I were to go back I would try the Ritz-Carlton, because despite not being in such a beachfront location as The Breakers, I know the standard and service would be impeccable.


from Crescoia
We just finished a multi-night stay, and after reading the other reviews I agree with what I see as a building consensus. I'll break it down by specifics.

Outstanding Public Areas - May be the finest I've seen and that is no small compliment.

Rooms - We had a club floor, partial ocean view and that is exactly what it was. Nice room, nicely furnished, turn down service, etc., and the only knock was the size. This is due in part to the hotel's age; newer luxery hotels definately give you bigger rooms for your dollar, but newer hotels don't always have the grand public areas.

Restaurants - We tried most and loved them all. L'Esaclier deserves its top rating. From the beautiful room, to the Vercase china and open theater kitchen it was truely a dining experience. We had the Tasting Menu and were not disappointed. The Flager Steakhouse also rates high marks, but not as intimate, and a more American menu. The Seafood Bar should also not be passed up thinking of it as a bar. It is a first class seafood restaurant.

Grounds - The beach may be a little disappointing, espically to those wanting to swim in the water. It isn't as nice as any Hawaii beach or most Florida beaches. Although it is private, that doesn't mean it isn't crowded, it definately is. The golf course (ocean course in particular) is another story. This is a beautiful golf course, not overwhelming to the average handicapper.

Prices - The biggest complaint I've read. In general I would agree that this hotel is on par with the Four Seasons and Ritz-Carlton chains, and priced a bit higher. The only explanation for the higher prices is the Palm Beach location. Both FS and RC also have Palm Beach Hotels, but not as centerally located as The Breakers. The best comment here was by another reviewer. If you always ask the price of a drink before you order, this may not be your hotel.

Service - I'll end with the hotel's finest point. The service was outstanding from everyone at the hotel, not just the front of the house people. I have recieved this level of service at some Four Seasons and Ritz's but not at all of them. On the club floor in particular they have concierges who would rank with some of the industry's best.

Surprisingly family-friendly

from travelD
My recent trip to the Breakers was absolutely fabulous. We were impressed by the oustanding public areas- the massive entry lobby was quite breathtaking. The room we had was extremely nice, with a partial ocean view (and full ocean sound!), an enormous marble bathroom with every amenity. The attention to detail was exceptional- such as the high quality of the bedcoverings and upholstery; and piping the TV sound up to the head of the bed and into the bathroom to keep folks from blaring their tvs. Even the rollaway we required was actually a twin bed on wheels that could be tilted on-end against the wall (no folding).

The price was high, but I would have to say it was worth it. We got a $200 room credit to use on on-property charges every three days. I actually appreciated the built-in gratuities (for all the staff, not just wait staff) so I didn't have to constantly fish around for change. There are excellent restaurants within walking distance if you need a breather from the on-site prices (hint-walk on the golf course path next to the hedge, not on the city sidewalk).

The Breakers was surprisingly family-friendly, not only providing a roll-away for us, but the kid meals were very reasonably priced and came with Wikki-sticks to play with. There is even a restaurant that has built-in babysitting in the kids' area, and a fun hedge maze. Though we did not use them, there are also kid clubs and employed babysitters (not referrals). A word to the wise, however- make everyone dress up a little- jeans and t-shirts won't get you thrown out, but you may not feel comfortable. The same goes for parents- they don't require a coat for men and high heels for women, but we really wished we'd brought them. Hawaii resort dress isn't Palm Beach resort dress.

The beach and pool area was wonderful, though Hawaiian beaches are better, that isn't the fault of the Breakers Resort. I did love the way they shone the floodlights on the waves at night.

Super Accomodations

from A TripAdvisor Member
First of all, the service and personnel at the Breakers was amazing. From what I understood, there are nearly 2000 employees at this place, and aside from a slightly presumptuous bartender, everyone across the board was pleasant, attentive and personable, which is no small feat. My room, which was priced at over $500/night, looked over a roof, so the views were not great, but the room was super clean. I ordered breakfast the first morning, and although it was extrordinarily expensive, the presentation was top-notch and the food above average. I ate at all of the hotel-run restaurants, except the Steak House, and all of them were excellent, especially LEsaclier, where each diner had their own waiter. The price-fixe with wine selection was around $150, but the food was incredible. The matre'd was a Belgian man who was a marvel to watch manage all the personnel--like a conductor of a symphony--and he managed to spend quality time chatting at my table, asking about how I enjoyed the food, the stay, the area. I have dined at some of the best restaurants in NYC and the Riviera and was very impressed by this restaurant and its personnel. The pools (all 4 of them) were wonderful, the ocean was very rough so I did not venture in. Someone went out too far and was caught in a riptide, and the lifeguards were on the scene quickly to pull him out. The price of nearly everything was high (diet coke in a bottle--6 oz was $2.39) but one can have a good time without breaking the bank. The presence of conventioneers was off-putting, as each time one group came, the environment changed just that much. For someone who needs access to email and bus equipt, the business center was okay--I had to wait for two people using the two computers for nearly 2 hours. For someone from New York, the presence of so many New Yorkers was a bit much as well, but the hotel, the personnel and accomodations were top rung.

The Besr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
I have been a guest at the Breakers many times over the last 15 years or so. Each time we go it is better than the last. Great place for kids as well. Expensive but still a bargin. Very well managed operation top to bottom. If there is a better Hotel please let me know where it is.

great week at the breakers with our kids.

from A TripAdvisor Member
We just returned from a week at the Breakers. The Breakers is, by far, one of the nicest, most relaxing and accommodating hotels to visit. It is beautiful and elegant, but it is also 100% kid friendly. They have a huge entertainment center that consists of a toddler play area, huge arts and crafts room, Xboxes, computers and a movie theatre. There is also an arcade. In addition, the camp they run each day is superb. They offer the kids arts and crafts activities, field games (tag, etc.) as well as walks on the beach and visits to the playground. The staff couldnt have been any nicer. Their sole purpose is to make you feel pampered. They graciously accommodate any need and are friendly without being saccharin-sweet. The beach area is not large but you can walk in either direction for many miles. The shelling on the beach kept our kids amused everyday. For adults there is a world famous spa and gym, as well as good restaurants and a relaxing hot tub. We highly recommend the Breakers for adults and children alike.

Amazing Hotel, Dissapointing beach

from A TripAdvisor Member
stay at the breakers, there is no doubt. but the beach here is a little dissapointing. when we got there, they just had extended it 100 feet because the waved just crashed against some sea wall. the sand is's pretty far down there and the sand is brown. Lots of waves. not too relaxing. you have a tiny are to swim in. crowded. the water was like southern california.

Keep Looking

from A TripAdvisor Member
My wife and I just returned from the Breakers where we had rented a $600+/night suite. I must say we were not impressed, as a matter of fact we came back early. One thing you must keep in mind about this place is that it's an OLD hotel. Yes, the lobby and the grounds are beautiful and the staff are freakishly attentive but the small, outdated rooms, cheap additions to the old building, the horrible value make this a must pass. As soon as you step off the elevator, you are greeted with floral print furniture, gold leaf and turquoise carpeting.
It's a huge disappointment because the lobby is beautiful. There is nothing cool about this place. We stayed at Las Ventenas in Cabo for the same price and were in awe the entire time we were there. Our two room suite at the Breakers was very small and it smelled. We had the window open the entire time which may have the first time in 100 years the window had been opened. Many of the features the hotel touts are poorly executed add-ons. For example, the children's obervation area for the Italien restaurant is really just a glass partition at the entrance to the restaurant with some toys thrown in it. The steakhouse is the top floor of a pre-fab golf clubhouse that you have to take a bus to. As for the food, we ate at the Italien restaurant, ordered room service and also ate at the cafe at the pool. In all cases the prices were absolutely in the stratosphere, which I guess we expected but we didn't think that we'd be getting average food for the price. What I mean, is I can understand paying $30 for a goat cheese omelet but not for scrambled eggs and Cheerios. This hotel is old school value at its worst. You may wonder what the dress code is at the hotel is, well, the answer is business casual since the hotel is teaming with conventioneers with plastic name tags hanging around their necks. The funny part is that we originally chose the Breakers because their web site gave us the impression that while the hotel was old these guys clearly knew what modern luxury was all about. It turns out that they really just have a good website.

Top Local Tips for Palm Beach

Flagler's Steakhouse Do NOT MISS this if you are in Palm Beach -- it is open to the public and not exclusive to The Breakers - the food and service are out of this world!

water taxi iFew people seem to know about this water taxi which you get at the Harbor and gives a tour of the mansions. (They can only be seen from the water). The narrator was excellent and we learned a lot of local gossip!Plus only costs $24 per person.

Excellent Shopping in Palm Beach Worth Avenue has the best shopping/window shopping in S. Florida


Other names for The Breakers Palm Beach Hotel

  • the breakers resort
  • breakers resort palm beach
  • breakers palm beach
  • breakers hotel palm beach
  • Address: 1 South County Road - Palm Beach - Florida - 33480 - United States
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