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We're off and on the go! We had an early departure from Fort Walton Beach airport so we arrived early in Charlotte and are now relaxing in the lounge while waiting for our connection flight at 6:20PM. It's a long flight (about 9 hours) but thankfully we're ...
Dana clicked her ruby slippers and in just 14 hours, we made it home Monday! Our night is Paris on Sunday had corresponded with the finish of the 2014 tour de France. We actually watched the end of the final leg as the riders passed through the Arc de Triomphe in a slight rain ... from the club lounge of ...
Despite our abysmal trip through Alligator Alley we had a lovely drive as we headed north out of Florida. Once on the gulf coast Lew and I decided to stop at Siesta Key. The key is proudly adorned with signs proclaiming it the #1 Beach in the USA. It was quite beautiful, but none of the beaches were dog friendly. That leaves it's rankings far below the #1 ranking it boasts, but I'll post photos and allow you to decide for yourself.
After an interminable ...
... little miss slept all but about 2 1/2 hours of the drive down there.
-Stay in a condo. This is something we did even before kids, buts its even nicer now. We eat breakfasts and lunches at the condo and then treat ourselves to dinner out.
-Check out places like restaurants.com, groupon and livingsocial for discounts on meals and activities. Its definitely a great way to make the most of your vacation ...
... She gobbled up the cheezits and looked all around trying to figure out where we were but didn't fuss a bit! After a quick cruise around the harbor we headed out to the gulf. As soon as we got out to the gulf we immediately saw a pod of dolphins, as soon as I saw them I pointed them out to hubby and little miss must have sensed my excitement and crawled over my lap to the edge of the boat and looked over board in sheer ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews BEST WESTERN Ft. Walton Beachfront Fort Walton Beach
We stayed 7 nights Sept. 19 2003. Oceanview is the only way! Very clean rooms and overall well kept. The staff is freindly and helpfull. Great pool and wonderful beach. The swizzle stick is handy for bar time, daily specials..
Enjoyed my stay!
I stayed here Veterans Day Weekend, 2002. Originally booked an inland room but was treated to a free upgrade to a beautiful ocean front room upon arrival. Rooms were clean and well kept - decorated in pleasant beachy pastels. Staff was very attentive and helpful. There's a free breakfast in the art deco lobby every morning which is simple but adequate. Hotel is conveniently located within walking distance of shopping, restaurants and area attractions. The Emerald Coast is Florida's best kept secret. Would definitely stay at this hotel again!
Not for that price
Stayed at this hotel last August (Aug 2002) for my 4 year old daughter's first trip to the beach. At $140 a night I expected much more! The elevator was very hot and stuffy. The desk staff was not exactly up to speed. There was only 1 washer and dryer for the entire hotel adn they were almost blanketed in sand. I only used teh dryer to get the worst of the damp out of our swimsuits before the trek home.
The room was only average although the housekeeping staff did do a really good job (that was the hotel's main saving grace). The beach view was nice but the non-smoking floor was the 4th floor and the restrooms downstairs was not an option so it was quite a trek from the beach back to the bathroom. Also, the parking was awful and the drive up entrance shelter had numerous ceiling panels missing and I wasn't quite sure if the hanging wires had electricity in them or not but it was nervewracking walking under them.
I'm headed to the beach again this year but the Best Western is definately off my list! I'm staying just down the road in a very reputable resort with beach view for only $85 a night and they actually have a restaurant on the premises instead of the cold cereal breakfast the Best Western offered.
Wonderful view, great deal
Our family stayed here over spring break in April 2003. After a mix-up over our arrival date, the manager gave us a gulf-front room that was fantastic! Easy walk out to the most beautiful beach! Breakfast was basic but plentiful, and the only two negatives were that we were directly above the lounge, and it got a bit noisy a couple of nights, and the staff was a bit slow to take care of a sanitation issue in the pool. Overall a wonderful stay. If you go make sure you get an upper floor away from the lounge, especially on the weekend.
We traveled for the first time to Florida and the beach, it was the first vacation in 10 years for our family. We had requested a nonsmoking room and was told when we got there that there were no nonsmoking rooms and we would have to stay there. When we got back to our room, the maintenance guy was spraying Febreze all around, nice gesture, but now the room smelled like smokey Febreze. There was mold on the plastic curtain on our window, and the laundry room was very dirty not to mention the fact that there was only one washer/dryer for 6 floors of rooms. The one thing I can say about this experience, is that the bed was comfortable.
We stayed here the week of June 22,03. We thoroughly enjoyed it. Our oceanfront room was great. Enjoyed the continental breakfast each morning. Nice pool and the hotel employees where very nice. Would definitly stay here again.
The hotel is clean and bright but I got gyped by the hotel and Orbitz. For $140 a night I had thought I was booking an oceanfront view but was given a room overlooking parking lot. They were not very helpfull in trying to rectify the situation. My contact with the ocean was limited.
My husband, son, infant son and I stayed here last summer for a week. This is a very nice hotel. It is kept very clean. I would recommend this hotel to anyone.
Great hotel, great view!
Finally a mid-priced beachfront hotel with some style. This place looks awesome! The decor is right out of a hip George Jetson movie, funky colors, fun look and beautiful beaches. We loved the friendly staff, made us feel so welcome the week were there. Why can't other hotels get this? Just be friendly and nice to everyone and they will love you.
Cool furniture, very beachy and 50's retro, though the hotel is only two or three years old.
Great pool bar and the coolest bar inside the hotel called 'The Swizzle Stick Lounge'. Straight out of a 1950's movie set. It's small and hip with live music at night. Seems to be very popular with the locals. A cool marrtini-style cocktail lounge at the beach.
The rooms are very comfortable and ours had a fantstic view of the Gulf from our balcony.
We will return this spring!
Done in a very 1950's art deco, think the Rat Pack, style with bright pastel colors everywhere, the Best Western in Fort Walton Beach is a hip place to stay. Great views of the ocean are available, and man is that water pretty... Emerald green and sugar white sand beaches that you thought were only in post cards.
The pool is nice, and the pool bar is well stocked and manned by fabulous bartenders. Inside, you'll find the Swizzle Stick Lounge, the coolest Martini Bar in the Destin area! The bartenders are the best in town, and they make the most fantastic martini's here. Don't forget to keep a few plastic monkeys and a mermaid swizzle stick or two as reminders of the fun you'll have in this intimate and hip lounge.
While there is no restaurant at the hotel, you are just a few minutes away from some of the best dining in the entire Destin area! For the most part, the food is better, and at least 15% less expensive than in Destin itself, so make sure you try the local establishments before braving the traffic to Destin.
Places to go for dinner are:
The Old Bay Steamer for steamed seafood. No, they don't serve fried seafood, hence the name... They do serve the best darned seafood in the entire area, and the prices are downright reasonable. The homemade honey viniagrette salad dress is to die for, but make sure you save room for your entree! There is just no other place in the area to go to for good seafood!
Pandora's Steakhouse for steaks and prime rib. Great steaks and prime rib are what Pandora's is known for, as well as their awesome wine list. Prices are affordable and the ambiance is cozy.
Italian food... Now you have 2 great choices on the Island, Pranzo's and Giovanni's. Food and wine lists at both are top notch. Ok, don't make me have to choose. Try both! You won't be sorry.
French food. Ok, hands down the most romantic dining spot in the entire Destin area is The Bay Cafe. Dine on the deck overlooking the water. Very small and intimate, The Bay Cafe is my favorite dining spot in all of the Destin area. Incredible food, great wine list, friendly service, and what a view! Please don't pass this one up.
Elegant dining is to be found at The Summerhouse. This renovated old mansion has great views of the water, a wonderful menu, and a great wine list. Service is of course, superb. A lovely evening out is guaranteed.
BBQ... Mmmmm! The home of "comfort food" is just over the Brooks Bridge at the aptly named Brooks Bridge Barbeque. All of your favorite homemade southern comfort food can be found here at very affordable prices. It ain't fancy, but it's GOOD!
So why make the drive into Destin when you don't have too? The Best Western in Fort Walton Beach is a great palce to stay. They rates are quite affordable, and there's just so much to do! Just remember... There's just no need to go spend a fortune on "tourist food" at the big restaurant chains and tourist traps. Try the places the locals have been eating at and enjoying for years!