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Historical Traveler Reviews Chateau Motel Panama City Beach
My review from our last stay at chateu motel
This is not a fancy place, but, it is probably worth it if you are going for wild loud fun. If you are going in off season, not around spring break time, you will get your moneys worth.
We stayed here a few times from the time I was little girl, until April 2002.
The pool area is nice for the money. The rooms at beach level are pretty cool if you have little climbers like I do. But, if you are going in the summer or during spring break and have a family, you might want to book it somewhere else. It gets pretty wild.
All in all tho, the motel is pretty kept up. IT has been there forever, and within walking distance to a lot of shops.
I reccommend staying on Thomas Drive if you are not into crowds.
We love crowds tho.
Best Spring Break Hotel in PCB!!!
If you want to stay in a great location for an affordable price and not have security breathing down your throat, stay at the Chateau. It's packed with spring breakers all March long which makes for a lot of fun. What sets the Chateau away from the others is the laid back atmosphere. You don't have to worry about security telling you what you can and can't do on your vacation. You are pretty much free to do whatever you want as long as you are not causing trouble of course. Also, the location is second to none. It's located right next to Harpoon Harry's and Latitude's which is great 'cause your room is only a short stumble away. Hooter's is also right nearby and that place is always a good time. A few hotels will get more hype, but look no further than the Chateau. Trust me, you will not regret staying there.
Good Spring Break Hotel
My girlfriends and I stayed here for Spring Break and had a blast. It was perfect because the rooms are right on the beach, so you can literally just walk out your door and lay out on the beach! There were also a lot of other spring breakers there so that was nice. The pool area was good too, and the staff was very helpful. There was even one night we locked ourselves out of the room at 1:00 in the morning and they came out and let us into our room!
I also think that the location was nice because it was close to bars and restaurants, and everything is pretty much within walking distance. For the cheap price, and being a Spring Breaker you can't beat it!
However, if I was bringing a family along and it wasn't Spring Break, I would probably pay a little more and stay somewhere a little nicer. I'm not sure how wonderful the place would have been if we weren't on Spring Break!
I had a trip planned to the Chateau on Sept. 7, 2004. All news channels are saying to stay out of the pan handle of Florida due to Hurricane Frances, however, the Chateau and there rude staff will not refund my first night stay. The manager was insistantly rude and unconcerned about their guests safety. I would never take my chance staying there after this experience.
This was our first visit to Panama City Beach. I must admit that I was apprehensive not knowing allot about the Chateau motel but it was a great value as compared to other properties in the area. The property is located right in the middle of Miracle Strip which is great because you can walk to allot of attractions. Also the proerty has all Gulf front rooms. The front desk personnel were very friendly and helpful. Our room was clean and decorated accordingly. I will admit that the motel was probably built in the 60's but has had many updates to the property. We enjoyed this property mostly because it was not a motel that had 300 rooms and was not an high rise. Parking was somewhat of an issue but not enough to dampen our spirits. The pool and area around it was clean and was regulary maintiained each morning.
Additionally there were plenty of pool chairs and not a hassle to get one each morning. A nice family budget type motel that I would reccomend.
Chateau Motel was good but Beach a top rated beach???
I had been to Destin before and thought it was beautiful so we decided to go to Panama City Beach in July of 2004. It was rated as a top 10 beach destination on the Travel Channel. To be honest it wasn't as clean as I had hoped. There were a lot of bottles and trash laying on the beach and a lot of seaweed. I was told by the locals that the city does not pay anyone to pick up trash and if hotels don't then it isn't picked up. We did stay at the Chateau Motel. It was pretty nice -- nothing elaborate but clean and affordable. The pool was nice. The people who rented chairs behind the hotel did pick up the trash so this stretch of beach was cleaner than a lot I saw. I would stay at the Chateau again if I ever went to Panama City . Don't think I'd go there -- I would go to Destin.
I don't recommend this motel
After reading the reviews here, I expected much more. But...the motel is very run down. In fact, the whole area around the motel is run down and old. And all the hotels are charging too much for all the construction going on around there.
But back to the Chateau. I was so let down when I saw the old discolored concrete of the corridors and the nasty dirty stairs. Of course, this was after they made me pay up front for the four night stay I had reserved online. They even made me initial an area indicating my check out day. This should have alerted me, but I stupidly paid anyway.
The room was old and dirty. The beds had just one top sheet and the bedspread. No blankets! I get too cold sleeping with just a sheet and it was so gross to sleep with that nasty bedspread. The sheets had stains and holes in them. The matresses were thin and the side of it was very dirty. The room had no alarm clock. The fridge was as small as they come. Don't expect to put much in there at all. The plug-in for the fridge was about four feet off the floor up on the wall so it showed above the fridge. It just looked very trailer trash.
The maid service was very slow. They never cleaned the room until after 12:30. The first day I left a tip and a note asking the maid to change our sheets and give us blankets, but she did not. I know she didn't change the sheets because the same stains were there! SO NASTY.
Oh yeah, I got a glimpse of the rooms they keep the bedspreads and other supplies in. They were disgusting! Dirty concrete floors and some shelving. At times the doors were left wide open for all the critters to investigate too!
The third day of our stay, I noticed a small dead insect on our bathroom floor. This bug was still there after the maid came!
I feel so ripped off after staying at this nasty motel. It is too expensive to be this run down. There are much nicer places to stay at the same price. I do not understand the positive reviews left here.
The Chateau was very nice. They were doing some painting and putting new air conditioners in while we were there. The graduating teens started coming in and then it kind of went down hill from there because they were loud and stayed up on night partying. They were drinking beer and anyone could see they were underage but nobody did anything about it. The cops were there the last couple of nights but I couldn't see where they did anything either. Got up the last morning to pack up and there was chicken bones all down the walkway and wet towels and beer cans, not a very pretty site for sure. The price wasn't bad though and it is close to Miracle Strip and some food places. I do not think it should say it's a family hotel though not with letting all the teenagers in to drink and stuff. I have mixed feelings as it was a pretty good place until the teens hit they just went wild.
This place is great if you like parties and don't mind paying a premium to be near them. I've stayed at this very popular place a couple of times. Unfortunately, I have started avoiding it due to its student-oriented environment and declining room quality. Don't get me wrong...the rooms aren't bad. They're clean and comfortable, but the wear is becoming very evident and the upkeep is starting to slide. Oddly, as the property declines, the rates seem to get higher. It has become an illogical choice in my opinion.
Positives: It is right next door to Breakers, a very popular and classy restaurant/night spot. It has a nice pool area and all rooms overlook the ocean (most with private balconies).
Negatives: This place takes alot of kid abuse and it shows. The parking situation is TERRIBLE! There is a ridiculously oversized detached lobby and independant gift shop in the parking lot, which take up badly needed space. Also, this is one of the party capitals of PCB. Don't expect a great deal of R&R.
If you like a party and don't care about the room, this is the place for you. However, if you really want a nice place to stay for a family vacation, you can save $$$ and do better down the street.
The Chateau is a wonderful getaway, everyone at the motel was very nice the desk clerks are great. The rooms were clean and neat, a great value for the price. I plan to go back next year and I wouldn't dream of staying anywhere other than the Chateau.
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