Hotel Breakers - A Dump?!

Tuesday, August 8, 2006 11:39 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

The tower rooms would be on par with mid-priced chains like Radisson or Hampton Inn. The old rooms are like motel rooms with old bathroom fixtures, dull yellow lighting and dreary decor.

Excellent descriptions! :)

Sadly, SS has not aged well.

Haven't stayed there for almost 6 years now and it wasn't aging well then. :(

Wednesday, August 9, 2006 12:53 PM
I personally like the Breakers Hotel. The beds were comfortable, there wasn't any unpleasant smells that I remember, the room was clean, and the employees were friendly. My only problem was that they stuck me in a room where almost everyone walks by at one time or another. Like someone said earlier, the greatest thing is being able to walk back to your room within minutes if you get too tired, hot or are just ready for a break.
Wednesday, August 9, 2006 1:26 PM
The BonAire section (closest to Soak City) of Breakers was built in 1926. You can put new carpeting and furniture in the rooms but 80 years is 80 years.

The newer sections of Breakers are more along the lines of Hampton Inn or better. The suites are fabulous and provide some of the nicest views of any hotel I've stayed at - ever. The Horizon Suites are even better and if you have $1,000 bucks to spend the Presidential Suite is quite a sight.

Sandcastle is on one of the nicest pieces of property on the Great Lakes but it was built on the cheap b/c Cedar Fair didn't know the potential of the resort side of the business. I have no doubt that at some point it will be replaced by a higher end structure that will command high dollars.

Wednesday, August 9, 2006 1:27 PM
eightdotthree's avatar Just make sure you get a tower room. The other wings are pretty bad if you don't enjoy the smell of bug spray.

The CP resort is pretty nice, but as a destination it lacks a lot. I it weren't for the convenience of staying on the CP property I don't think we would be talking about it.

Wednesday, August 9, 2006 1:36 PM
If DisneyWorld weren't in Orlando nobody would be vacationing there either.

Location, location, location.

Wednesday, August 9, 2006 2:07 PM
Frantic Ferret's avatar Whenever we go we stay in the old section right above the lobby. I've never had a problem with the rooms. They are clean, everything works, and the beds are adequate. I really like the feel of that section as well. Gives a sort of ambience to the trip.
Wednesday, August 9, 2006 2:24 PM
eightdotthree's avatar

If DisneyWorld weren't in Orlando nobody would be vacationing there either.

Orlando is in the middle of a state known for its beaches, far from a vacation spot until Disney was built.

My point is, if the older wing of Breakers was off site the rooms would be $50 and the experience would be null. If any of the Universal resort properties were off site, they would probably be just as attractive a place to stay.

Wednesday, August 9, 2006 4:11 PM
Can anyone verify if the newer section(s) of the hotel have king beds?
Wednesday, August 9, 2006 7:38 PM
Ahhh the Hotel Breakers.

A couple of years ago...about the time of SF buying GL...this is when the "Friendly War between parks" really started is when I decided to stay at the Hotel Breakers.

Usually I stay right outside the point if I'm going to stay overnight. But I figured my wife and I would stay at the Point. We also made reservations opening night to stay in one of the "Themed Snoopy Rooms."

Well...when we got up there, The bell hop was just sitting on the side curb and offered no help even while looking at us directly. We get up to the counter and go to check in, and they say behind the counter (after no greet) that they "Don't have a reservation for us"

I had the paper. They said the confermation code was not right.

All hell broke loose.

They kept telling me they had nothing. They were all booked, and we weren't staying there. I had to make some calls and ONE hour later...They got us a room in the new tower section, and not in a theme room like what we ordered. Mind you this was probably one of the rudist, misinformed, untrained employees I have ever encountered at CP.

My wife was in tears over all of it. They offered no explanation, no sorry, no understanding, no detail about why the date said that day, but their code wasn't right, why are names didn't work etc.

The rooms I was dispointed with. I DID have a high standard though, since this was a "resort hotel" The tower is just your typical "Plug and Play Module Hotel Rooms"

Like many have said, the view was great though, but needless to say, the view didn't make up for what we went through at CP.

That was one of the first years, things had started to change my opinion of CP for me.

We went to the new SFO the next day and had one of the best experiences ever at a theme park in terms of customer service.

Two parks two different days same week, one dropped the ball and one made a three point play with it.

Do I know things have changes since for both, absolutely.

In the end a couple years later, I know it was just down to opening day, and a very badly trained staff.

That's why in customer service and hospitality, though, you have to give every guest your complete hospitality...because you never know.

As for the nice stuff about it. I of course have since been back inside for various things and events, but I have yet to go back and stay. And probably never will. I do however like the restaurants they have in there. Both have just a unique location and atmoshere. I like the swimming options, and I do like how it's of course right on the beach, and CP does a GREAT job at maintaining their beaches.

If anyone has never actually taken a stroll on CP's beaches, you MUST do so. It's a great experience that many do not take in the time to enjoy while at CP.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2006 8:25 PM
^ Oh, things like that happen all the time. I have my own story.... It's really funny, when you hear Dick Kinzel talk about how to improve the "family experience" and "increase park spending," you expect to get SOMETHING at LEAST in the way of a decent room when stay at one of their hotels. My experience was a joke. It makes me have little sympathy for the company when I learn that their profits are not where they want them to be.

At least "part" of Hotel Breakers is a dump....The Bon Aire section, billed as the Hotel's "historic" section, lies on the very end of the Hotel. The Hotel had parallel wings similar to the Bon Aire section that branched off of the Rotunda, and all of these were removed when the Breakers Tower and Breakers East sections were built. Only the end sections remain.

I booked a night at the Hotel Breakers earlier this summer - June specifically - .... I called the Cedar Point hotline, spoke with a "resort specialist" (what a joke), and was offered a series of rooms at Hotel Breakers at exhorbitant prices ranging from $250.00 to $300.00 per night (I am currently booking a Disney vacation and many rooms at their "value" and "moderate" ranges are cheaper) . Then, while I was waffling as to whether or not I wanted to spend that kind of money, the resort specialist told me he had an "$89.00 room without a view with one king bed." Well, I thought, that was a no-brainer. I had not stayed at the Hotel in years, way before the new sections were added... I really didn't even know older rooms existed, what shape they were in, or whether they were still putting guests there. So, being value-minded (but not cheap!), I grabbed the room for $89.00 a night and didn't give it much more thought.

After waiting 25 minutes to check in in sweltering heat (the lobby and Rotunda are not air conditioned, and the staff checking guests in were hardly competent), I finally got checked in and made it to my room in the Bon Aire wing (I suspected I didn't have a "great room" as I was walking for fifteen minutes down a hallway to my room, with the paint, wallpaper and carpeting getting progressively grimier and grimier all the way). Historic??? What a joke. The room had ALL of its prior Victorian charm stripped out of it, it smelled like mold, and dated and dirty 60's decor was the rule. The bed was creaky and stiff; I felt dirty even being in the room. It was 10 times worse than a cheap Motel-6. The bathroom was no bigger than a closet and was decorated in late 60's/early 70's yellow and orange wallpaper and vinyl flooring.

I immediately called the front desk and told them that my room was unacceptable, that it smelled, and that it looked dirty, and they wanted me to come to the front desk to discuss it with the manager. After walking ALL THE WAY back up there, I was greeted by the "manager" - some 17 year old girl, who smugly explained to me that "the Bon Aire section is our historic section." I don't know if Cedar Point tells their employees to treat customers like they're idiots or not, but at this point I was pretty turned off on my experience and just simply wanted to leave.

I then hinted that I wanted an upgrade in the newer section of the hotel; and she told me I could pay for the "only available upgrade - which would be another $250.00 per night." I told her that I was not about to spend more than twice what I had already paid for another room and she simply told me that my only other alternative was to check out. So I did and she refunded all of my money.

Needless to say, I'll NEVER stay at any of the Cedar Point resorts again. At least I got my money back, and I wound up getting my parking refunded too (by mistake). So I spent the day at the park with parking "on the big man." I suppose that's some consolation for ruined plans to spend the night at the point. *** Edited 8/10/2006 12:33:24 AM UTC by ophthodoc***

Thursday, August 10, 2006 1:31 PM
Good experiences can be had at lesser hotels and bad experiences can be had at better hotels. That is the nature of the beast.

The problem they have at Cedar Point is that their resorts operate at very high occupancy rates, during much of the season at 100% occupancy. If you aren't happy with your room when you get there they aren't joking when they say their only choice is to refund you your money so you can make arrangements elsewhere.

I don't deny that the Bon Aire wings are old and musty. They are, as one might expect from a facility built in the '20s. But, paying $89 on site is pretty realistic when you consider supply and demand. The reason Disney can offer such "deals" is that they have more property and more inventory. But, if you want to stay on the monorail line you ARE going to pay more and the rooms at the Contemporary and the Poly aren't really much better than the rooms in the newer sections of Breakers.

Now, the rooms should be clean...even if they are I've got no problem with being upset if the rooms were not clean.

Oh, and if you want to complain about long walks to the front desk then stroll on down to the Gaylord Palms hotel in Nashville.

Thursday, August 10, 2006 1:55 PM
I'm no hotel snob, but forget it. I'm booking at Breakers Express. The worst I've heard about this hotel is that the rooms are clean and comfortable, but plain. Very Holiday Inn Express. Sounds good to me.

Yes, I don't spend much time in my room, but I don't want to return to a dirty, musky room after walking around the park all day. And if there's a early September heat wave and the A/C isn't working (like I've read so much about)? Yuck. I'll bite the bullet and drive 5 minutes to the park in the morning. No biggie there. Thanks for all the comments.

Thursday, August 10, 2006 2:17 PM
If you don't mind paying for parking when you get to CP, I would stay at the Maples Motel. Sure, the room is not chock full of amenities and the bathroom is small, but the rooms are clean, and the beds are fairly comfortable. In addition, the owner is just about the nicest woman I've ever met. She'll do whatever she can to accomodate your needs.
Jeff Young

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