Holiday Inn Resort Fort Walton Beach
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After visiting the Florida Panhandle PCB last fall, I knew my next vacation has to be in another one of those sugary white sand beaches. Finally it's vacation time, all's planned, we picked Destin. The vacation time line was June 25th through 29th 2012. Right before the journey, I hear about a tropical storm Debbie coming Florida's way. So I call …
Our trip is coming to an end. We arrived at our last stop - Henderson State Park in Destin, Fl. around noon. Weather is threatening but not too bad. We walked the beach which has a red flag flying due to high surf and undertow. The water is so warm, it would have been fun going for a swim. Oh well. We hope to see the sun rise over the Gulf in the morning, then we'll be on the home stretch - 488 miles to Palm Harbor.
We arrived late Friday night the staff was friendly and helpful they allowed me to park my travel trailer with the assistance of their staff. The facilities were clean the bathrooms were amazingly clean. All around great trip camping on the beach. ...
... them for dinner as our next stop was the village at Baytown Wharf where we spotted the Acme Oyster house and introduced the girls to raw oysters on the half shell.
Later that evening we found the Truman Show on Netflix.
This huge bank of clouds off across the sea looks like trouble for today. Have now sat watching for half an hour and the direction seems to be to the West of us. Hurrah. There have been big lightning flashes inside the huge cloud but I am always just too slow with the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Holiday Inn Resort Fort Walton Beach
I agree that this hotel is highly overrated. We were there from July 24-31. Like others, we were told when we arrived that the luggage racks "should be out there". Like others, we had trouble finding parking when we came back after 10:00 p.m. The outdoor movie was fun, but they only put out about 1/2 enough chairs on the beach. While the kids do eat free in the restaurant, the restaurant is really more of an old time "coffee shop"; and only open for breakfast and dinner. If the kids eat the breakfast buffet (3.99 for kids, 5.99 for adults), the breakfast isn't free. I had crab cakes (which were okay), with mashed potatoes which turned out to be instant. However, the servers in the coffee shop were by far the most friendly employees and attentive in the hotel, with the people at the front desk being the least helpful. When my small son was stung by a jellyfish, I went to the desk to have them have a look at it (not knowing what a jellyfish sting looked like) the front desk staff acted as if I was imposing on them, and finally handed me some meat tenderizer which I was told to put on it. Another guest heard the whole thing and got some cream to put on it. Also the maintenance staff was found to be very helpful and courteous when I accidently changed the combination to my room safe and he had to open it. Also, I had no problem getting my room cleaned promptly. In fact, most of the time I had to ask them to come back later. The kids program was overrated. They play a few games of bingo and give the winner a coke. Burgers at the pool cabana are $5.00, pretty typical resort price. The biggest problem I had with the room was the air conditioner. While the room was very comfortably cool, the air conditioner was pretty loud, and during the night it would cycle on and off. The difference in the sound level woke me up the first time it cycled off, and every time it came on and of thereafter. Would I come back? Probably, but I would try to come at a time when they weren't so busy. It's definitely not worth $150+ per night.
I have to agree with "What happened?"... the "backup" staff must have been on July 24th as well. Overall I think calling this place a "resort" is a bit of a stretch too. A lot of unexpected and unwelcome surprises. We arrived 1 hr before normal check-in time, which I thought was ok since I'm a Priority Club member supposed to have early check-in...room wasn't ready so we had to twiddle our thumbs a bit. Couldn't even find a cart to get our luggage to the room. When asking someone reply was "they should be out there" instead of "let me find one for you". Room was a bit smaller than what I'd imagined. Next day actually had to call housekeeping 2X to get our room cleaned up...and this was at 1:30pm. Restaurant is tiny and unimpressive. We got suckered into renting two chairs and umbrella for $20 a day (please) We DID find one super helpful guy to tell us about local restaurants, etc. but the rest of the staff gave you a blank stare and said "I don't know" a lot. Not very helpful if you're from outta town. Beaches and the town are wonderful. Will definitley come back to the area...just not this hotel.
I don"t know what happened to the staff and hotel in the other reviews, but they were not there the week of July 15, 2004. To start, upon check-in I was informed that the Gulf View room I had reserved was not available and I would have to take a room with a view of the roof of the convention center and parking lot. The room was also a smoking room and smelled awful, and the A/C was leaking on the carpet. Of course I was refunded $30 a night, big deal. At the Tiki Bar drinks were expensive, $7 each and watery. The bartender was rude and unpersonable. Don't waste your money on the chairs and umbrella on the beach, I did only to find out that if there is any wind over 2 mph they keep the umbella closed even if you have young children that need a place to get out of the sun. The cabana boy even went as far as scolding one parent that opened their umbella. On two nights we returned to the hotel late only to find no available parking places. I could go on but I think I've made my point. On the good side the beach was wonderful and we loved Fort Walton Beach and the Destin areas. My only question is with all the options for a place to stay why would anyone stay here.
Had a great time
we spent four days at the sunspree back in early june 2004. The resort is on Okaloosa island (on the gulf). The beach/water was gorgeous. We got up real early the 1st morning we were there and saw a family of dolphins playing in the surf. We were maybe 20-30 ft from them. Also, saw a mother and a baby the next day in the afternoon. Expect to see pelicans, osprey, and terns. The pier is maybe a mile from the hotel. Its $1 to walk on it. There is a gulfarium and restaurants nearby.
The hotel itself was clean, the rooms were large, and we had a balcony with a view of the gulf/bay. It seems like they have lots of stuff to do for kids...there's even movies on the beach at night. We look forward to staying there again>
What a Resort!!!!
The Holiday Inn Sunspree is a superb place to stay. The staff is overly accomodating and friendly from the front desk to the housekeepers! My children loved movie night on the beach and all the extra activities in the kids program. The rooms are beautiful with great views of the ocean / gulf and a full kitchen. This resort has clean and well equiped rooms. The Tiki Bar was my favorite and great drinks too! I would recommend this hotel to anyone traveling to the Emerald Coast. The free beach activities kyaking, volleyball etc really made our vacation a blast, not to mention those two beautiful beachfront pools! Thanks Holiday Inn Sunspree we will be back.
It was a gooood time
The weather was bad but the stay was enjoyable because the staff would go out of their way to make sure you were being taken care of. i would go back again
Most fun vacation!
my kids loved this resort. the fish mascot and the kids program kept them happy and gave me more time alone with my husband. we had free surfboards and surf kayaks while on the beach and even saw a movie on the beach that night. we'll be back this june.hotel staff couldn'thave been friendlier!
Visited in July 2003. My wife and I had to cancel our wedding anniversay trip to Cozumel because of a hurricane and couldn't have been happier with our "plan B". Fort Walton is great place to get away, the beaches were beautiful (although a little murky and full of seaweed due to FL's own tropical storm a month before.) We stayed in a room with a small but full kitchen with a full sized refrigerator. It wasn't an ocean-view room but we had a great view from the side of the hotel.
Loved the Hotel
The hotel was great. Huge rooms with balconies that overlook the beach and ocean. We saw dolphins and stingrays almost every night right before the sun set. The staff was very friendly and helpful. My youngest daughter had misplaced her favorite stuffed animal and the hotel had everyone they could spare looking for it. It was found just a short while later and everyone in the family was happy again. The rooms have refrigerators and microwaves in them so we were able to cut down on the cost of buying lunch in a restuarant every day. Great place. We made our reservations for next year already!
Loved your resort
we loved your resort.our suite over looked your lagoon pool and the beach.we actually were comfortable w/ 2 adults and 4 kids(that's a first); a real suite.the activities for the kids were the best we've seen; and the staff made us feel like family.thanks we'll be back.