Residence Inn Sandestin at Grand Boulevard
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Historical Traveler Reviews Residence Inn Sandestin at Grand Boulevard
Good Experience at Residence Inn !
The Residence Inn Sandestin gets two very big thumbs up!!
Our family of four stayed at the hotel from 12-23 to 12-27-06.
It is a new hotel and it was very clean. The front desk staff were very helpful. We had a 2 bedroom suite and it felt very upscale in the decoration. The King beds very comfy. Even the pullout couch had a nice mattress. Our room faced the pool with a nice view. Very quiet in this location.
The free breakfast was awesome. The selections were rotated so there was always something different from the day before. Eggs,sausage, gravy, biscuits, items for a breakfast buritto, french toast and those yummy waffles...just to name a few items. They also had a social hour M-Th. with hot food. We saw baked chicken and potatoes one night.
We had hoped for sunny warm weather but it is gamble in Dec. So having a nice, new hotel to hang out in was a great plus since we did not get to bank any beach hours or swim. The hotel's pool wasnt heated so that was not an option. With the cool /rainy weather it was nice to be locate near the Baytown Warf, Silver Sands, and Destin Commons for all the shopping.
We usually rent a condo near the beach.....but we had Marriott Reward Points and used those for this visit. When we go back to Destin we will rent a condo again. The hotel is very nice but it is pricey. You can rent a condo on the beach for the same rate per night. We will go back in spring or summer.....December was just to big a gamble weather-wise. But we had a lovely trip and would give the hotel a great rating. Happy New Year! Deb-Indiana
Perfect, Great Value, Great Breakfast,Nice Touches
Everything was perfect. We stayed New Year's Eve in a two bedroom suite. Clean, Clean, Clean! Lots of extra touches, for example popcorn in the room - made a great late snack for the kids, FreeBumper pool in game area(loved not having to shell out quarters for arcade games), Hot tub with towels provided. Previous reviews cautioned about noise from busy highway. We were on the 4th floor(#408), along the highway and noise was NOT a problem, even on New Year's Eve. Maybe the higher elevation was the difference. Breakfast was truly suprising. Something for everyone. Clean, Clean, Clean! They offered Coffee, Tea, HotChocolate, Eggs, Sausage, Potatoes, Donuts, Muffins, Various Breads, Honey, Cream Cheese, Peanut Butter, Yogurt w/toppings, Fresh Fruit (4 kinds), Oatmeal w/toppings, Apple and Orange Juice, Cereal(4 kinds) and best of all freshly prepared Belgian Waffles w/ toppings- easy enough for my 9yr old to prepare. One interesting side note. They will grocery shop for you for the cost of the groceries. No additional charges!
Amenity card, given at check in allows you access to Sandestin Resort. The front desk was super about calling the tram to pick us up. We had our own bicycles and the on site bike racks made storage much easier than having to re-load our car bike carrier each time we rode. You will not be disappointed.
Perfecto, sale fantástico de precio, el desayuno es fenomenal y tiene buenos detalles
Todo estaba perfecto. Estuvimos alojados durante Fin de Año en una suite de dos dormitorios. ¡Limpio, limpio, limpio! Y muchos detalles, por ejemplo, palomitas en la habitación - ideal para que los niños tengan algo que picar a última hora, un billar tipo Bumper Pool gratuito (me encantó no tener que guardar monedas para las máquinas de videojuegos) y un jacuzzi para el que te daban toallas. Algunas críticas anteriores han advertido que se oye ruido de la autopista ya que pasan muchos coches. Nosotros estuvimos en la cuarta planta (nº408), al lado de la autopista y NO tuvimos ningún problema de ruido, ni siquiera en Fin de Año. Quizás era porque estábamos en un piso más alto. El desayuno fue una sorpresa, había para todos los gustos. ¡Estaba todo limpio, limpio, limpio! Ofrecían café, té, chocolate caliente, huevos, salchichas, patatas, donuts, magdalenas tipo muffin, varios tipos de pan, miel, queso de untar, mantequilla de cacahuete, yogur con cosas para echarle, fruta fresca (de 4 tipos) y lo mejor de todo, gofres belgas recién hechos con cosas para ponerles por encima - tan fácil que mi hijo de 9 años podía prepararse uno. Un detalle interesante. Te hacen la compra por el precio que te cueste lo que compres, ¡no te cobran ningún suplemento!
La Amenity card que te dan al registrarte te permite el acceso al Sandestin Resort. En recepción fueron fenomenales a la hora de llamar al tranvía para que nos recogiese. Nosotros nos habíamos traido nuestras bicicletas y el sitio que había para dejarlas allí hizo muy fácil guardarlas, y así no teníamos que ponerlas en el portabicicletas del coche cada vez que las utilizábamos. No te decepcionará.
Great Stay at this Beautiful New Hotel
We stayed at this wonderful, new hotel for a long weekend (Friday through Monday). We booked a two bedroom suite and were traveling with a pet. Our room ( a two bedroom suite) was ready and waiting three hours BEFORE scheduled check-in time. It was very clean and well appointed (even a gas fireplace with remote). Pets are welcome and treated wonderfully - dogs cookies were given every trip we made through the lobby.
The hotel is located in a lovely area of town. Staying here, you get access to all of the Sandestin Amenities (beaches, the Village, swimming pools, shuttle, restaurants, etc...) Not to mention, the complimentary hot breakfast in the morning is fantastic. They have everything you need to start your day off right!!
I will have to agree with a previous poster, besure to request a hotel room closer to Grand Blvd. than Highway 98. Our room backed up to Highway 98 and the traffic was VERY noisy (most noticable at night when you are trying to sleep). After the first night, we got used to it.
Smaller than usual, noisy, not your typical Residence experience
We've had a lot of experience with staying at Marriott branded hotels like Residence Inns and Courtyards. As a matter of fact, my husband and I often seek them out for business or vacation travel because they seem to offer clean, comfortble, dependable quality stays.
I had read other good reviews about this hotel and never questioned that we wouldn't have another typical comfortable Residence experience.
Let me start by saying that I had some doubts when we pulled up and saw a basketball/volleyball court so close to the rooms. Of course it went through my mind that there could be some noise coming from those courts to disturb us in the evenings. But I had read in the other reviews to avoid the highway side of the building and I definitely didn't want a room on on that side. Then I thought that the pools and court area should close by 10 PM and would not be a problem. Wrong. On our first night there we had to call the front desk at 11PM about the noise coming from a large group of kids playing ball. And still the noise problem was not resolved until around midnight.
The next morning, before dawn, a garbage truck pulled up right across the parking lot from our room. The noise of the truck emptying the hotel dumpster was enough to make you think they were taking a wrecking ball to the building. That was a nice wake up call when you were kept awake until midnight. Now, I know that garbage collection is probably out of the hotel's control, but it is still a problem for guests anyway. And, for a change, we were on vacation and didn't want to wake at the crack of dawn like we do everyday at home. Come on... give us a break here.
Let me also tell you that the room we had was pretty small for a Residence Inn. We had a 2 bedroom suite and the beds practically take up the entire bedrooms. There's no place really to set your luggage and unpack and not much space to put your close and belongings.
I have some other complaints about this hotel, but these were the biggies.
There were a few positives about it: you get to enjoy the nice resort amenties, they have a hot breakfast that is of fair quality, it's in a fairly convenient location for shopping, dining out, and going to the beach.
We talked to the manager and let him know of the problems and he was very fair about it and was very apologetic.
I think this hotel is trying to provide a typical quality Residence Inn experience, but they are missing the mark. I can't recommend it.
Great Place for a Family Stay
Just got back from a weekend stay at the Residence Inn and it was wonderful. The hotel is brand new and only a few months old. I traveled with my pregnant wife and 2 year old daughter. The room was a studio room complete with a kitchen that included a refrigerator, stove (two eyes), dishwasher, and fully stocked kitchen (cups, plates, etc). The kitchen and bathroom countertops are granite and look spotless. The floors in the kitchen, bathroom, and the bathroom shower walls are a good quality ceramic tile and there are no blemishes to be found. The service at the hotel was great and we were met with smiling faces at the front desk and by the service staff. For recreation, there is a jacuzzi, a relatively small pool, and an one-goal basketball court available. Small and cozy and good for the kids
Probably the greatest feature of this hotel is that it is a part of the Sandestin properties. This means that you have access to all of the Sandestin amenties including the Wharf which includes several shops and great restaurants. You also have the option to take the shuttle to the other areas of Sandestin including the beach.
Also have to add that there is a full breakfast available daily that includes sausage, eggs, waffle maker, fruit, oatmeal, cereal, and more. Good spot for the kids to fuel up before a nice day out at the park.
This hotel is a must-see and a good value for the price$$.
Nice place, but avoid the highway
I just took my family on vacation to Destin and stayed at the new Residence Inn. We opted for the 2 bedroom and it was large and very well appointed. One MAJOR exception however, is that we were on the first floor and the only one they had available was less than 20 feet from one of the main highways in Destin, 98. Even with double pane windows, the street noise was incredible. If you can avoid it al all, DO NOT stay in a room that faces the highway. Also, avoid room 116. Not only do you get the highway, but you also hear the elevator motors loud and clear. If you have to take that room, get earplugs!
The hotel is still relatively new so they are working out a few kinks. We had interminent water pressure issues throughout our stay. Other than that, the morning breakfast was more than adequate. The staff was very friendly and responsive and access to the Sandestin Resort services is VERY nice.
All in all, a good stay, but I will not stay in a room with a "view" of the highway!
Great stay at RI in Destin
We just got back from Residence Inn at Sandestin. This hotel was very accommodating even though they are not directly on the beach. However, there is a shuttle service to the Sandestin Resort beach. It runs from 6:00am to 3:00am. The staff will go above and beyond for every guest. The front desk is never without a smile - go Holly and Laura. We had friends join us at the last minute and they put us close together so the kids could go back and forth. The breakfast was excellent each morning. The kids of course loved making their own waffles. There was one gentleman who kept up with the demand quite well.
There is a pool on site and a gas grill if you get tired of waiiting in those great restaurants in Destin. We would go back in a heartbeat. Thanks for a great time!
Nice New Hotel in Destin!
Our family enjoyed 4 nights at the new Residence Inn in Sandestin. It is a lovely, upscale hotel with a large lobby with plasma tv and rooms with granite countertops & stainless appliances. Our studio room was spacious with a comfortable king bed, sofabed, club chair, desk with leather chair, and table with 2 leather bar stools.
During the weekday evenings, there is a cocktail reception, which one night included hamburgers & hot dogs. The next night, it was just cookies, along with complimentary beer & wine for the adults and lemonade for the kids. The breakfast each morning was substantial and delicious.
The only negative to this hotel is that it is not on the beach. You may take the complimentary Sandestin shuttle to the beach or drive to beach access in Sandestin or one of the public beaches (we would recommend Dune Allen Beach, about 10 minutes away.)
About a mile east is a shopping center with Publix, Moe's, Cold Stone Creamery, and Starbucks. Next door to the hotel is an Applebees restaurant. Otherwise, you can take the shuttle to the evening hotspot, the Village at Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin. The Silver Sands outlet mall is about a mile to the west.
I would consider the Residence Inn to be a good value, especially compared to the Hilton Sandestin.
Just returned from the RI in Sandestin
I just returned from a two night stay at the Residence Inn in Sandestin. The hotel just opened on April 25. I literally checked in 3 hours after they opened. I was traveling on business and believe this would be a great choice for anyone on business. I had a one bedroom suite which included a full kitchen and sitting room and a separate bedroom with bath. Since I was the first person to stay in this room, it was spotless and a wonderful experience. The king size bed was comfortable with six pillows. I especially appreciated the fact that the bed was double sheeted and had a comforter, not one of those foam blankets you get sometimes. My only complaint about the room was that my windows overlooked a busy highway. If you are a light sleeper, you will be bothered by the traffic noise especially when trucks and motorcycles and emergency vehicles go by. The entire back of this hotel is right up against this highway. The manager told me they used sound proof windows, but the noise did bother me. I would suggest you request a room not facing the highway. The staff was still on a learning curve but they all were very helpful and polite. They offer breakfast in the morning and cocktails and snacks in the afternoon. Breakfast is substantial with eggs, potatoes, sausage, waffles, toast/bagels, yogurt and fruit. The RI also has a small (but nice) fitness room with two treadmills, a stationary bike and a weight set. It has a very small outdoor pool which I did not have time to use, but looked nice, although very small. In the lobby they have a business library which has a computer and printer, table and chairs and sofa and T.V. This hotel is not near the beach or the bay. If you want a view of the water, or to be near the beach, you want to stay somewhere else. They have a tram system in Sandestin which will take you to the beach, restaurants and shopping. Overall, I think this is a great choice for business travelers and I would stay here again.