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Southbay by the Gulf

940 Highway 98, Destin, FL 32541
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Recently returned from a fantastic week long holiday in Destin. We rented unit 91, it was clean, modern, a stones throw from the beach and has the pool right next door. The area was quiet at night, and very close to the supermarket. Booked some deep sea fishing 2 mins down the road. Although I don't have children, there was... More

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Allen, TX
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

This was our first time to Destin, and it was wonderful! We rented a unit in Southbay with another family, and we had a fantastic time! Each couple had their own room, and the 4 kids shared a “bunk room” which had plenty of space for them to sleep. Like a previous reviewer said “Southbay is one of the oldest... More

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Tolono, Illinois
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

First time staying in Destin. Overall a less than pleasurable experience with this unit. Overpriced for what you get. This unit was dated and dirty. Most blinds were broken in some fashion. Sliding rear door takes a strong adult to slide it. Had to re-wash any dish we used. Felt the need to get a tetanus shot after using the... More

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Wisconsin
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32 hotel reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

We've been repeat Southbay fans for about 12 years. We love it because it offers what many other locations can't. Here you get two story town homes,a large complex with two pools and kiddie pools and tennis courts. More importantly, you have to only walk from your room to get to the beach. No highways to cross, no elevators to... More

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Crestview, Florida
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013 via mobile

We are repeat renters at Southbay and look forward to our upcoming vacation there. I'm leaving this review only because of the bad reviews left here and would like to respond to them by our experiences there. The rooms were indeed clean and were maintained well. The only bug issue we experienced were those you would normally find near the... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012 via mobile

We stayed at Southbayjust last week and it was such a horrible place! We stayed in unit #30 and the place was small and dingy! The carpet was stained upstairs, the bathrooms were so small and old looking and felt dirty, the outside patio was just horrible!! The table and chairs looked like they haven't been cleaned all year! The... More

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fort worth,tx
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

We stayed in #61 for 5 nights in July 2012 with my husband, two tweens, and my parents. First, the condo. It was just ok. The pros of the condo itself: It was well stocked with kitchen tools and bath towels. It had a full size washer and dryer. It had a full bath in each bedroom and a half... More

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Doug1028, Owner at Southbay by the Gulf, responded to this review

As owner of #61, a seasoned traveller and retired airline captain, I would like to make a few comments on this review, i.e. constructive criticisms 'yes', wonderings 'no' 1) A guest book is available in the condo for suggestions & comments - not a single entry was made by this client. Most entries are positive and also enable us to... More

Destin, Florida
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2012

One of the best places to stay in Destin. Stayed for 4 months. It was peaceful, the people friendly, area safe, very clean. The owner and management very considerate and helpful. Close to everything. Stay in unit 35 - Nice layout and nice furniture. Walking distance to the beach.

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2 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2011

We rented unit 76 in Southbay by the Gulf through the management company Emerald Coast Vacation Rental. Unfortunately, this was a last minute rental during there peak season. This was my first time visiting Destin. We had a great time in Destin, but the condo was terrible. The bed sheets and pillowcases were dirty, so I washed the linen. The... More

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2011

Our family very much enjoyed our stay in unit 57at Southbay by the Gulf. This unit was clean and offered the best of both worlds. We fed the birds off our balcony and enjoyed the lake watching the sunset. The pool was heated so the children enjoyed afternoon swims. The private beach was very nice. This was the best unit... More

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Additional Information about Southbay by the Gulf

Also Known As:
Southbay By The Gulf Hotel
Southbay By The Gulf Hotel Destin
Address: 940 Highway 98, Destin, FL 32541
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Destin
Hotel Style:
Ranked #44 of 58 Specialty lodging in Destin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Truly Unique! One of the last remaining secret gems of Destin. A 15 acre beach front vacation townhome property with a lake for fishing, 2 pools, tennis courts, BBQ grills and centrally located while still offering a seclusion for relaxing. 2 & 3 bdrm townhomes now available! New onsite management is Emerald Coast Vacation Rentals ... more   less 

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