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“rip off hidden cost of 18$ a day for valet parking even if you dont use it.”
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Sea View Hotel
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Bal Harbour
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17 reviews
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“rip off hidden cost of 18$ a day for valet parking even if you dont use it.”
Reviewed 27 November 2011

Rooms are big and clean. There is a huge 18$ a day cost for valet parking which is added To your bill whether or not you use it!!! did not see this anywhere when i made the reservation.

  • Stayed November 2011
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Sea View Hotel o, Guest Relations Manager at Sea View Hotel, responded to this review, 14 October 2014
Dear Shev72,
Thank you for taking the time to post your comments regarding your last stay with us. Everyday we are improving the hotel and continue to do so until the renovations are completed, which should be early 2015. We are pleased to announce that we currently have the most cost efficent parking in Bal Harbour on the beach, not to mention ample parking at that. Parking is a premium especially for hotels that are located directly on the beach.
We are hopeful you will gives us another visit and experience the changes for yourself.
Looking forward to your return.
Regards,
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Reviewed 17 November 2011

This hotel probably could use a refurbishing, it's true. On the other hand, it's still quite okay the way it is, unless you're one that prefers a high-tech and glitzy look in hotels. If that's your preference, pass on this hotel. Still, it doesn't have the feel of a run-down hotel even if it isn't quite "up-to-date." Essentially, it's a conservative, "European" style hotel in the midst of the Route-A1A "luxury towers" which has a good number of hotels with more "newness."

The Sea View is very quiet and right on the beach and it has, in my opinion, an overall comfortable "feel" to it even if the "newness" factor would better be addressed by the owners.

If you'd opt for the continental-breakfast, don't expect too much, though there are limited hot dishes available like french-toast, for example, and it should be satisfying. On the other hand, you can order whatever you want from the regular menu, if you'd wish, and pay for that accordingly.

My main objection isn't so much that the hotel rooms are a bit "out-dated." Rather it is that, while well-kept with evening turn-down service, the bathrooms suffer from that scorge of a genuinely good stay at a hotel in a resort atmosphere or anywhere else, for that matter...mildew. This is something that I personally find objectionable, and it will now make me think twice about staying at the Sea View in the future...and I had stayed there many times since I go to southern Florida often. On the other hand, I want to point out that the rooms including the bathroom are very clean. But, the photos speak for themselves and for that reason I think the hotel doesn't qualify for a "very good" rating...and someone ought to pay attention to that....

Room Tip: There are rooms that face the ocean and others that do not, that are priced accordingly.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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Sea View Hotel o, Guest Relations Manager at Sea View Hotel, responded to this review, 14 October 2014
Dear avrumeleh,
Thank you for taking the time to post your comments regarding your stay with us. All our guests are encouraged to voice their opinion about their stay. The Sea View Hotel takes your comments seriously and has informed the management team of your concerns. If our guests do not feel comfortable and safe, then we have not done our job. We apologize for any discomfort you may have experienced. Our hotel is going through some major changes and we hope you decide to give us another try soon during your travels. We understand you have many options in hotel and always welcome you back so you can feel at home.
All the best,
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cleveland, Ohio
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Reviewed 8 November 2011

Might be good for some type of low brow retro 1940's film set. staff is a bit rude. food is just okay, kind of a weird place. nearly half the place is privately owned and not rented out day to day. makes for a strange visit. i would stay here if i got a really GREAT deal, otherwise move on. in room air conditioners are old school.> on off on off. super cool place i bet>> in the 1950's...wireless is barely acceptable. No free newspaper. No comp breakfast. Everyone has their hand out$$.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled on business
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Sea View Hotel o, Director of Sales at Sea View Hotel, responded to this review, 14 October 2014
Dear gaffer1A,
We thank you for your feedback as it helps us make our hotel better. Your concerns have been shared with our management team and staff to better assist future guests, such as yourself. The hotel is currently undergoing a renovation as the new air conditioning system is being installed followed by upgrade of the entrance and façade. The hotel does have that European flair and stands out in Bal Harbour amongst the newly erected hotels. For those who like the comforts of the "old school" feel, this is it.
We hope you will come visit again to experience these great changes.
Many thanks,
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new york
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Reviewed 19 September 2011

I appreciate chic retro glam, but this is just too dated, faded, and ultimately just sort of tired and sad. Needs a total renovation to bring back its past "glory" (which I suppose there was?). Would recommend staying at the Eden Roc or Fontainebleu in Miami Beach rather than the Sea View. I really wanted to like it, but I just didn't.

Room Tip: sea view helps . . .
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  • Stayed January 2011, travelled on business
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Sea View Hotel o, Guest Relations Manager at Sea View Hotel, responded to this review, 14 October 2014
Dear rover28,
We thank you for your feedback as it helps us make our hotel better. Your concerns have been shared with our management team and staff to better assist future guests, such as yourself. The hotel is currently undergoing a renovation as the new air conditioning system is being installed followed by upgrade of the entrance and façade.
The hotel is situated in the tranquil Bal Harbour Village amongst the newly erected hotels but we pride ourselves on that old school charm with an upgraded feel.
We hope you will come visit again to experience these great changes.
Hope to see you again,
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Warren, New Jersey
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Reviewed 3 September 2011

I visit the sea view whenever visiting Miami.. Clean, location on beach, wonderful pool, and close to action without the chaos of Miami..... Breakfast included, friendly staff, parking is reasonable rate for upscale hotel........will return again and again.....

Room Tip: Always ask for best rate...... Senior discount
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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Thank Jaduetsch
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Sea View Hotel o, Manager at Sea View Hotel, responded to this review, 14 October 2014
Dear Jaduetsch,
We thank you for your return visits and kind words during your most recent stay with us.
We appreciate your visits and hope to see you again real soon. We are always trying to better our guests' experience and welcome your comments to do so. I will share your comments about your experience to our staff and management team as they always appreciate rave reviews!
We look forward to seeing you again.
Many thanks,
Anthony Hill,
Sales Manager
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Property: Sea View Hotel
Address: 9909 Collins Ave, Bal Harbour, FL 33154-1808
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Region: United States > Florida > Bal Harbour
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Bal Harbour
Price range (per night): $209 - $431
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sea View Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 220
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Sea View Hotel is a deluxe European style, full service beachfront Hotel best known for its exceptional personalized service. The Hotel features spacious designers appointed newly renovated Guest rooms with views of the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay. An intimate private oasis of luxury with an awe inspiring landscape and breathtaking sunrise provides a personalized ambiance to our Guests whether sunning, swimming or jogging down the shoreline or beach jogging path at any time of the day.Located directly across from the World renowned Bal Harbour Shops. Equidistant(18 miles/30 minutes), from the Miami International Airport and the Ft. Lauderdale International Airport. Within walking distance of fine shopping and dining, just minutes from South Beach, Aventura Mall, South Beach, Sunny Isles Beach, Haulover beach and the Art Deco District, Downtown Miami and four superb PGA Championship golf courses ... more   less 
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