Sandpiper Beacon Beach Resort
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Never changed the alarm clock and woke up early for a breakfast. Then Coach Crawl to go through all the different units. We had a group shot photo. Then for a Soup Supper catered. Very hood homemade soup and desserts. Hung around for a little karaoke. Ate dinner with Jim and Nadine, Lester and Margaret. Pooped ...
... one of the first ones down there so we had fresh knives. We drove for 2 hours from New Orleans to Alabama..."sweet home Alabama" where we stopped at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial park to look at a huge war ship and lots of old military planes. It was chucking it down whilst we were there so we had to be careful where we stepped so our feet didn't get soaking wet. From here we drove for about an hour to Cordova Mall in Pensacola Florida where we had an hours lunch break. Jake ...
... and the weather is beginning to convince us that if you want warm winter weather, go where the weather stays warm. These frigid temps are making us think about extending our 2015 reservations at Everglades City to 6 weeks. But our experience at Topsail is good. If a person came here in late spring or in the fall, it would be great, particularly with grand children like our Jacob and Elise who we miss ...
... prevent departure are minimized or completely overlooked and caution and good sense are thrown to the wind. Thus, it was in this state of mind we decided to depart Pensacola. The sun was shining, the winds were tolerable, the waves moderate and that made conditions more or less perfect in our mind. Whereas a few days ago the frigid temperatures would have been an issue, by this time the fact that it was only 24 degrees had absolutely no influence on our plans. By golly, we ...
... We made our way back to the Scamp for a typical rainy evening of drinks, rowdy Uno, and some pasta. There was a lot of rain in the forecast for the next 24 hours so we were prepared to entertain ourselves inside and waited for the weather to clear up, fingers crossed that we could enjoy the beach!
On Saturday, we waited for the storms to clear up and were eventually able to wander down to the beach again. It was extremely hazy and foggy out, with ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sandpiper Beacon Beach Resort Panama City Beach
We loved it!
We stayed there in 2001, and we had a great time! We had our 2 & 5 year old sons, and no complaints! We went into the lobby, and the manager talked with us & even let "Chicco" the bird do some tricks for us! My husbands family has always stayed there, and so will we! In fact we are leaving this weekend to go there! We wouldn't stay anywhere else!
Last week my family and myself traveled to Panama City Beach for my sisters Softball World Series. Along with the rest of the team we stayed at the Sandpiper Beacon, A.K.A. Motel Hell. Upon arriving it didnt look as nice as it should have been for as much as we paid. We checked into the hotel and got our luggage to take to our room. Upon walking to our room we saw not one but three cockroaches on the walls in three different areas of the hotel. The corridors werent very nice, but we expected more out of the rooms. As a matter of fact the halls were so small that you had to stop and press up against the wall if someone wanted to get by. There was garbage and dirty towels in the hall constantly, and the carpet was so dirty that there were literally ants in it. We got to our room and went to the balcony, which contained cigarette butts all over the ground and mold infested tables. The room wasnt much better. There were holes in the sheets and cigarette burns in the mattress, there was mold in the shower, the towels all smelt like garbage, the television was covered with dust, and so on. The halls where so filthy that if you walked bare foot, the bottom of your feet looked like you had walked down a road and they had gotten dirty that way. I took a shower, got the dirt off my feet, and walked over to the bed. I looked at the bottom of my feet and they were covered in dirt again, even in the room! House keeping was the worst. The only thing they did was make the beds, empty the trash, give you towels and take the dirty ones. If you needed more toilet paper or soap you had to go to the front desk and ask. Every other hotel I have stayed in has cleaned the bathrooms. Sandpiper left us with broken pieces of soap, toothpaste in the sink, soap caught in the drain, and wrappers in the shower. If you plan on washing your hair you better bring your own shampoo, because unlike every other hotel, Sandpiper doesnt provide it. Also, dont let the web-site fool you. The miniature golf is six holes and is so nasty you wouldnt want get near it. The six pools that they claim to have are only three pools unless you count the kid pool, the lazy river, and the hot tub. The lazy river is not as you would expect. The website makes it seem like it is long, but in reality it goes in the little circle it shows and is only about 30 seconds long. The water in the lazy river is freezing and the jets dont even propel you through the water. It is more on a kiddy pool than anything. Just when you think it couldnt get any worse it does. The staff is the most rude and inflexible staff you will ever encounter. They require you to wear a wristband in order to be on the property and if it falls off you have to pay for a new one. My wristband ripped and security came up to me and started screaming at me like I was some criminal. I was taken to the front desk and told them I needed a new wristband. They wouldnt give me one because they said I was bringing extra people into the hotel and giving them my wristbands, which wasnt the case at all. My parents came down to talk to them and get me a wristband. The manager came over and chewed us out for trying to get away with sneaking people in. My father got mad that we were accused of something we didnt do so asked for his bosses name and number. We later learned the manager lied and gave us a fake number. My father told the manager that he would make sure everyone knew the truth about the place and the only thing the manager said was, Ok, Thanks, *******. Sandpiper Beacon is definitely not the place for families. There are drunks running around not only at night but all day as well. Everyone we were with, which was about 40 people, hated the place and felt ripped off. If you are looking for a good time, steer clear of Sandpiper Beacon.
We just spent the last week in PCB attending the USFA Softball World Series. After reviewing the hotels available, our team selected the Sandpiper Beacon. Their website and brochures depict a family friendly, feature rich facility that caters to families and that places the comfort and fun of their guests above all else. We were treated like teen agers on Spring Break the entire stay!
We booked 3 nights in a room with 2 Beds and a Sofa Sleeper. We sent our $380 required deposit.
I really loved sandpiper!!! Though I am 19 years old which is the age range of the people who stay there. I would recomend this hotel to other college students however I would not recomend it 2 families or older adults..its just not that kind of hotel. The only problem I had with this hotel is all of the extra charges but this is probley b/c of all the trouble they do have with the younger crowd. I will stay at this hotel again me and some friends are actually planning a visit for spring break 2004!!
GREAT PLACE! :)
Personally I loved the Sandpiper Beacon. I had a great time! I do agree that the resort has a great deal of 18-25 year olds but I'm in that age range and I had fun. But I also saw many families that seemed to be having a great time. They have a elavator so you don't have to walk up 7 flights of stairs. The beach was great I thought the staff was nice people were great and I had a good time. If your looking to have fun with friends and just let the good times role... come here :)
My family and I stayed at the Sandpiper Beacon during the month of May (around Mother's Day) about 2 years ago. As far as location goes, it's on the upper west end of the beach which is kind of away from most attractions but not horribly so. As for the motel itself, do NOT stay here!! This motel caters to college age kids and it is absolute chaos.
HATED THE SNADPIPER BEACON
We stay 1 night after paying for a week. The room noisey and kids played and screamed until 10:00pm until. You could hear someone on the phone in the next room you could hear every door slam it was the wrost place I have ever stayed. My friend and I moved the very next morning to the BEACHCOMBER IT WAS OUTSTANDING!!! I would not recommend the SANDPIPER BEACON TO MY WORST ENEMY!!!
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Myself and 6 family members stayed at the Sandpiper Beacon 6-16-03 through 6-20-03. It was like a horror story. The staff and management are by far the most un-friendly bunch of people I have ever had to deal with. We even had 3 employees tell us they get complaints on a daily basis but the manager doesn't care because he knows someone else will come along and rent the room. They change their prices from one minute to the next. They charged us a $15 deposit for room keys after we paid $895. for the 4 days. Plus another $10 for tv remote controls. We found a used condom and wrapper under our mattress after the first nights stay. One of the airconditioners went out in our room and had to be replaced. We were charged another $50.00 because we misplaced the safe box key. After paying a $10. deposit and $1 per night on that key. This place is nothing like it shows on their web-site. I would NOT recommend this place to anyone. I filed a report with the BBB and they have an Unsatisfactory rating on the SandPiper because of so many complaints unresolved. That in itself should say enough. I just wish I knew about these boards before I went. It would have saved my family alot of money and aggravation. I love Panama City Beach and will go back again but I will NOT be staying at the Sandpiper ever again.