The Breakers Palm Beach Review

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1 South County Road, Palm Beach FL 33480
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Editor’s Review of The Breakers Palm Beach

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Breakers Palm Beach is Florida's most celebrated historic hotel. It could also be lauded as the most family-friendly and strikingly beautiful (and in a state full of resorts that work hard to cater to families, that's saying a lot).

Located on 140 acres and fronting a spectacular oceanfront stretch in Palm Beach, one of the nation's wealthiest zipcodes, the family-owned resort has been devoted to celebrating the good life since storied Sunshine State developer, Henry Morrison Flagler, built the original property here (then known as the Palm Beach Inn) in 1896.

That building burned down, as did the one that replaced it, and the beautiful 540-room Italian
... more Renaissance-style structure that exists today was constructed in 1926, with 73 artisans brought in from Italy to hand-paint the magnificent artworks decorating the hotel's lobby ceiling and other public spaces.

This is a formal hotel, to be sure, with elaborate floral arrangements everywhere, expensive boutiques, swanky restaurants and perfectly manicured gardens and golf courses. But the oceanfront pools (of which there are four), top-notch family entertainment area, wide range of restaurants and beautiful sweep of beach that fronts a terrific coral reef for snorkeling, promise the best in tropical luxury vacationing for families.

The Breakers is the kind of resort that makes it easy to stay put, with things like golf, tennis, basketball, scuba diving lessons and snorkel, kayak and paddleboard rentals all offered onsite. Plus, the world-class shopping and dining of Worth Avenue is just a short bike ride or drive from the hotel, as well as the more varied options that await visitors just across the bridge in West Palm Beach.

For old world Florida glamour in a setting that rolls out every modern comfort, there's just no beating the Breakers Palm Beach. less
Our Editor Loves
  • Four oceanfront pools
  • Family entertainment center
  • Children's programs and childcare
Family Interests
  • Beach
  • Bicycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Museum/Cultural
  • Water Sports
  • Sailing
  • Horseback Riding
Family Amenities
  • Babysitting
  • Children's Program
  • Connecting Rooms
  • Cribs
  • DVD Player
  • Family Room 5+
  • Game Room
  • Kids'/Theme Meals
  • Laundry Service
  • Onsite Dining
  • Pool
Our Member Reviews 601 Reviews
Summer fun at the Breakers
Reviewed on 09/30/2009
Overall: We go to the Breakers in Palm Beach every summer and it gets better each year! The staff is excellent and I feel they go out of their way to make certain we are having a good time. My kids are too old for the organized ...
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All of the Breakers' 540 rooms underwent a redesign in 2011 during a full resort, $80-million overhaul. The result is modern accommodations with a soothing color scheme (mainly taupes and sea grass greens), dark wood furniture, marble bathrooms and the option of a king bed or two double beds and ocean or resort views in all available suite and room options. Complimentary rollaway beds, cribs and connecting rooms are available upon request. Kids ages 16 and under always stay free in the same room as their parents.

If you're traveling with infants or kids ages 3 and under, you can request that your room be childproofed before your arrival with things like furniture corner guards, outlet socket covers and infant baths and spout covers for the bathtub. The Breakers can also provide bed rails, diaper changing tables, bottle warmers and even nursing equipment, all of which can be requested when you reserve your room.

Strollers are available for a nominal fee in case you don't want to travel with yours, and mini-fridges can be reserved in advance and delivered to your room, too, even stocked with juice boxes and the like at your request.

Premium View Rooms
Premium Resort View and Premium Partial Ocean View rooms are oversized versions of the standard guest room with 400 square feet of space to stretch out in and a couch. There's room for a rollaway bed in this room, so you can accommodate up to five people with two double beds.

Oceanfront Rooms
At the top of the room heap are the oceanfront rooms, with unimpeded views of the deep blue Atlantic, 460-square feet of space, marble bathrooms with a separate shower and bathtub and a narrow step-out balcony. Here, too, you can request two double beds or one king bed and there's room for a rollaway bed, allowing up to five.

The hotel has 68 suites, the smallest of which is the Classic Suite Resort View, at 500 square feet, with one kid bed and one sofa bed. The Junior Suite Resort View has 525 square feet with one king or two double beds and a sofa bed in the living area. The Oceanfront Junior Suite (600 square feet) offers one king bed, one queen sofa bed, a step-out balcony and separate shower and bathtub. The Deluxe Suite Resort View (600 square feet) category lacks the ocean views, but has a living room with a queen sofa bed separated from the king-bed master bedroom.

Executive Suites are similar, with a separate living room and sofa bed, but much larger at 1,100 square feet. Premium Suite Resort View rooms have a private living room and master bedroom in 800 square feet of space, and are close to the pools. Oceanfront Suites come in at 750 square feet and have beautiful views and a separate living room and sleeping space. And Premium Oceanfront Suites (900 square feet) also have a separate a living room and sleeping room and the addition of two step-out balconies to take in the ocean views (instead of just one). The Grand Suite Restricted View suites have 950 square feet with one king bed and one sofa bed.

The second largest suite is the Royal Poinciana Suite - it has 1,250 square feet with one king bed and a sofa bed, as well as a step-out balcony and six-seat dining area. The largest suite is the Imperial Suite with 1,700 square feet of space, one king bed, a large balcony and personal concierge services.

Club Level
The hotel's club level, on the sixth and seventh floors, is a restricted-access area called The Flagler Club, where the rooms and suites range from 300 square feet to 550 square feet. Staying here gets you personal concierge service and enhanced amenities that include continental breakfast, afternoon tea, evening hors d'oeuvres, fresh-baked cookies for the kids and more.

Additionally, the hotel offers Deluxe Resort View Rooms, with 300 square feet and space for up to two guests (rollaways are not permitted).


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