Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach
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Left the beautiful Portofino for a quick (6 hour) trip up the coast. Gorgeous beach' to play in. After a great dinner at the Salt Water Grill, kids spent late night at the resort pool.
To start with, I love beaches! So, back in october 2011, when I visited one of my best friends in Atlanta, Panama City Beach was in the works of the travel plans. She had already been there once.
My first impressions of the city: The air port was small but neat. The drive to the beach itself was lush green pretty. Stopped at a few places just …
... for a while until they decided to crank up the music and close the window to drown out their argument. Darn...I was enjoying that. (something about some missing money...uh oh)
A van full o' people showed up late at night with a crying infant in tow. Babies just love camping; which this one proved by shrieking nearly every other hour throughout the night.
... so good to sit in that dark room with air conditioning while supping on a large diet coke. The vendor had asked me where in Oz I was from, which is the first time i have heard that comment in a while. I'm starting to wonder if maybe I am really from Australia? 6 out 10 Americans can't be wrong can they?
For the record we watched the latest Woody Allen flick "Blue Jasmine", which i thought was pretty good, although the only other couple ...
... shoes which I made fun of him for until the manta ray buried itself in the sand and disappeared...then I wondered what else I might be stepping on.
It was also a lot of fun to hear Louise scream every time fish got a little too close or frisky...although I was screaming at the end when the school of fish went right over me bouncing off my back as they went.
Chris and I don't last long in the heat or at the beach so we went back to shower and chill out for a bit. ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Fitness/Health center
Rooms a little small, but kids liked the bunks. Outside is lovely, and beach access out our door is really cool :)
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach
Holiday Inn Sunspree was a wonderful experience. It was everything our family hoped for. One thing I noticed that sums up just about everything I'm going to say is that when you looked at all the other guests at the hotel everyone was relaxed and smiling - obviously having a great time. Stricking up a converation was easy and several persons I talked with said they had visited this resort several times. That is the highest of compliments to a hotel.
I received a few positive recommendations from people, and then read the (mostly) good reviews here and decided to stay at the Sunspree for my family vacation in early July 2003. I had never been to Panama City Beach (PCB) before this trip.
I am so disappointed in the Sunspree resort. I read lots of reviews before staying there and expected a better experience. Check-in went was fast and easy. Things deteriorated after that. The door to our room did not shut tight, the door frame was warped and molding was hanging loose. There was no soap or toilet paper in the room on arrival. The floors were dirty!!! Hair, dirt, sand, and grit was everywhere: the dresser, the air conditioner, the bedside table. We called three times to get the safe repaired since it would not lock. The fourth time they finally replaced it. When I turned down my bed the first night I was surprised by dirty sheets. The sheets had hair, stains, food, and sand on them. The walls and ceiling were covered with stains, like some sort of food fight had occurred. The room smelled like urine. The elevators have glass walls that look they they have never been cleaned. Hand prints and smear marks cover the glass. The pool itself is beautiful but always crowded. Most of the children use floatees. With so many plastic boats, alligators, and dolphins in the pool there is no room to swim. The beach is great except for the trash. Cigarette butts litter the sand. Beer cans and garbage are left on the beach and picked up only once a day, if then. Security presence is everywhere but most of their attention is directed at the "walking bikinis". This is a vacation resort for the spring break type crowd only.
I Love It!
I love the Sunspree! It is the best hotel that I have ever stayed in. I will NEVER stay anywhere else. It is WONDERFUL.
We stayed at the Holiday Inn Sunspree in late June 2003, and had a great time. The rooms were very clean, the pool was awesome, and the staff was very friendly and helpful. The only problem we had was at check-in. Do not arrive to early to check in because you might have to wait. We got there way to early thinking maybe we could get in a room on a higher floor earlier but it turned out that we should have waited.
This is a wonderful hotel for couples or families. I have been 3 times with my parents and 2 times with my friends. This will be the first year I haven't been in five years (b/c we're honeymooning elsewhere). The pool is fabulous...not just your typical concrete square. There are beautiful trees and flowers everywhere to make you feel like you're on a tropical island, not at a hotel. The grill is great, but it is pricey. The indoors restaurant is okay, but it is better to venture out to other places for dinner (try Spinnakers, Chubby's and Pineapple Willy's). These places offer more atmosphere and are cheaper. The balconies have a great ocean view, and the rooms are clean. The one problem with the hotel has to do with the guests, not the place itself. People tend to leave towels on pool chairs the night before, so that it is impossible to get one after 9:30am. Therefore, either go to the beach first, or get to the pool before 9:30 to reserve your own seat. The complaint about the walk to the beach is crazy. You merely walk out of the hotel, past the pool, and down a ramp and you're on the sand. This is AT MOST a 200 foot walk from the hotel doors. Overall, there is really nothing bad to say about this place. Great hotel, great beach, great pool, great fun!
The pool is awesome! Lots of great fun for the kids, right on the beach. The rooms are small, nothing special at all. The staff was friendly, the outdoor snack bar was ten times better than the sit down resturant. The resturant was just TERRIBLE. The food was awful, the service was ok--she was friendly, but did not seem too aware of what was going on, even though we were one of two tables. The guest counter employees were friendly, especially when I made the reservation via the telephone. There was somewhat of a wait when I arrived to check in, one of the employees had a conflict over hotel charges with a group of spring breakers checking out. All in All, I prefer Destin for the money. My husband and I noticed PC looking a bit run down and trashed. Not nearly as nice as it once was. I think way too much spring break partying has taken a toll on this area.
TO GLAM FOR ME
I think that the Sunspree resort is absolutely beautiful, however it is over priced and to glammed up. I do have to say that the rooms are very clean. The problem is that you have to wind through this overly created tropical scene to ge to the beach. By the time oyu make it there, it looks like a big lake. It really takes away from the beach. The pool is very nce, however it is overcrowded. And if yu foget something in your room, you will have a nice long trip back to the hotel and in the elevators to get it.
Spring Break etc
What an amazing place. I went their for 5 different spring breaks! I never bothered going elsewhere. I had a great deal with my college and most college students will end up paying twice as much for a place half as good. I wound up coming back again on a non springbreak trip to show my parents how nice it wasI don't know where to begin. All rooms face the beach which is excellent. Nice central location of the beaches. The pool area is beautiful- first class, you can't beat it- tiki bars, grill etc. Blue Marlin is a great restaurant inside the hotel. All rooms come with a kitchen and fullsize fridge. The beach is great and there was entertainment provided and shuttles provided to the clubs at night.
The most beautiful beach ever! Was kept very clean. The pool area is almost as nice! Had my 3 year old son with me,he had a ball there without ever getting his feet in the sand. The only downfall I saw was somewhat slow maid service. Very friendly,helpful staff. Has everything you need to never have to leave,your own little piece of heaven-truly paradise..