This is a lovely hotel with a very cool evening bar/restaurant scene. Lots of beautiful people. Rooms are very nice and plenty big. Overall service is pleasant. Location is fabulous - steps from the beach and lots of wonderful shops & restaurants.
We arrived Friday evening minutes after another couple. There was one valet on duty apparently solely responsible for taking care of the cars and greeting guests. We were left standing in the street unloading our bags on our own and then schlepping them up to the front desk after not being greeted until we initiated contact. Not a great first impression. There were a couple of hotel personnel at the front desk, but apparently only one person could do check in. So we waited while the folks in front of us completed their check in. Things improved after being presented with glasses of Veuve :). Nice touch. Very sweet gal gave us a tour of the hotel. It is a very pretty hotel. The weather was not very wam during our stay, so we did not use the pool or jacuzzi, but they looked nice - albeit small. We spent the one very sunny day we had on the beach. Loved that. It is easy to reach and Warren did a great job out there. I hear they will soon be offering food and cocktail service out at the beach, which would be fabulous. We did use the spa services. Average at best. They do the services in curtained off cabanas pool side. Takes away a bit from a relaxing massage to hear the chatter of other guests and a child. They tout their iPads in each room and the techie touches. However, I found it perplexing that you could neither view a menu of spa services, nor book your spa appointment on the provided iPad. It also did not include menus for the hotel restaurant. I loved the decor of the restaurant and the food was very good, not excellent, but very good. Was not busy at breakfast, didn't check it out at lunch, but the dinner scene was hopping. Seemed like the place to be in Rosemary Beach for late night cocktails. Turn down service was excellent, as was housekeeping overall. I wish the bathrooms had double sinks. Also, there is a niche just off the room entry that is crying out for a full length mirror. Otherwise, only mirror is the one over the sink in the bathroom and part of that is obscured by the tv in the mirror (I did enjoy that, though). The room doors are gorgeous, heavy wood. Beautiful to look at, but they make a racket when closing them. I knew each night when our "neighbors" arrived in. Lastly, unbeknownst to us, we happened to book our stay during Rosemary Uncorked - what looked like a very cool wine and food festival. When we saw the posters for the event, we asked the front desk about it. We were told (1) the hotel had had some package for it and (2) the tickets were sold out. It was disappointing to me that this event/package had never been mentioned to me at booking or prior to our arrival. It also would have been nice if the staff had expressed any interest in trying to procure tickets for us instead of just flatly stating they were sold out.
Overall, we really enjoyed our stay. Part of that is due to just loving Rosemary Beach in general. But the hotel really was nice and has potential to be great.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With its pointed turrets, sunlit terraces, and black-and-white striped awnings, The Pearl Hotel brings an ultra-luxury experience to South Walton in Northwest Florida's Scenic 30A corridor. This adult-oriented 55-room boutique hotel features beautifully appointed sophisticated accommodations, destination worthy cuisine, and an alluring spa in the heart of South Walton's most exclusive beach community. Guests enjoy complimentary beach chairs and oversized umbrellas on the beautiful sugar-white sand beach just footsteps from the hotel; as well as access to exclusive St. Joe Club & Resort amenities including the Beach Club at WaterSound(R), championship golf and more. Managed by St Joe Club and Resorts. Resort Manager: Gabrielle Testa Director of Food & Beverage: John Ryckert Executive Chef: Matt Moore Lodging Manager: Elliot Ford ... more less
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