Submitted on 03-07-2016
We recently stayed at the new Hilton Bimini Resort during an event with several other Boston Whaler boat owners from South Florida. Hilton is the hotel brand of choice for my business travel, so we were pleased to have this option in Bimini. The hotel is beautiful and new, with great furnishings, fixtures, linens, etc for your room. We stayed in a room on the bay side with a roomy balcony overlooking the pool that runs the length of the hotel, the bay, and a side view of the marina. The reso...
We recently stayed at the new Hilton Bimini Resort during an event with several other Boston Whaler boat owners from South Florida. Hilton is the hotel brand of choice for my business travel, so we were pleased to have this option in Bimini. The hotel is beautiful and new, with great furnishings, fixtures, linens, etc for your room. We stayed in a room on the bay side with a roomy balcony overlooking the pool that runs the length of the hotel, the bay, and a side view of the marina. The resort is a bit spread out; however, there are two pools that are very convenient to the main hotel: the ‚??lazy river‚?? that runs the length of the hotel and seemed to be more relaxed and quiet, as well as the larger pool in front of the marina which was definitely for the livelier crowd. There is an ‚??infinity‚?? pool on the ocean side in the villas piece of the resort, but we did not take the extra time to visit this pool as we were in the resort. If you want to visit the amenities at either end of the resort (fitness center, snack store, sandy beaches), you may want to get a golf cart ‚?? especially the beach on the ocean side of the resort.
The staff was incredibly friendly throughout the hotel. A special thank you to Aretha in the Tides restaurant and Jonathon of the general staff. We hope the hotel can maintain that culture of customer service over the long-run. It certainly left a positive impression with us.
The only recommendations for improvement I would give is about two design points and one observation. The first design point is the bathroom. As mentioned, the rooms are all brand new, which is great. However, whoever designed the bathrooms clearly didn‚??t think about people sharing rooms or women in general. All doors to the bathroom as glass ‚?? mostly see through glass. There is strategically placed ‚??frosting‚?? to the toilet room in the narrow middle of the door, but you can clearly see the person sitting on the toilet, undies at feet through the clear glass! Even more uncomfortable was the shower. There is a full length, clear and non-strategically frosted window from the shower into the main room. There are blinds you can let down, however, the control of the blinds is on the bedroom side. Yes, you can be taking a shower and the whole room can watch..did I mention they have control of the blinds ‚?? not the person in the shower? We didn‚??t look in any other rooms, so not sure if this is the situation in all, but as it is new, I‚??m guessing we weren‚??t the only room this way. Finally, there is no step or ledge in the shower for women to use when shaving their legs. Since it is a standup shower only, you have no place to prop up your foot to shave. Given that everyone is mostly there to wear bathing suits and shorts, this will be an everyday occurrence to show your flexibility in the shower to get down to your ankles! The second is the design of the sun chairs at the lazy river pool that runs the length of hotel. They are the curvy chairs that make for an incredibly comfortable day if you only plan to lay out on your back. If, like most, you turn over on your stomach to even up your tan, you are out of luck on these chairs. Perhaps a mix of curvy and straight chairs in this area would be the quick fix. The last observation was the consistency of the food. As you might guess, it can be pricey to eat out every meal in a hotel. We ate dinner at the Tides on a Tuesday night, then on a Wednesday night. The conch fritters on Tuesday night were large, perfectly light and airy, filled with conch, beautiful orange color from spice. Some of the best we‚??ve ever had. On Wednesday, we couldn‚??t wait to order more as an appetizer. They came out small, white in color, dense with breading not conch. So dense that we ate couple and took a pass. Perhaps a kudos that they aren‚??t frozen and are clearly hand made, but we suggest a good training from the chef that makes them as first described.
In summary, this hotel is really beautiful, largely secluded and has all the amenities you want and need. The staff across the board were very friendly. The buffet food in the Tides for breakfast is great, and the sushi bar that also serves great Asian favorites like fried rice, pad Thai, and tempura shrimp was great. Use the refrigerator in your room to save money on waters, sodas, etc that you can bring with you on your boat or take a golf cart and buy off property to save a little money on food and refreshments. Overall, we loved the marina and hotel experience. We will definitely be back to this hotel in Bimini.