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“Fun, smaller and more laid back place” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Capri by the Gulf

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Capri by the Gulf
3.0 of 5 Condominium   |   3100 Scenic Hwy 98, Destin, FL 32541   |  
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Richland, Washington
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53 reviews 53 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Fun, smaller and more laid back place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

We stayed at Capri by the Gulf in the "low" season in April 2013--between spring break prices and summer prices. The property was smaller than most of the other big establishments and due to this, it seemed more "intimate" and not so impersonal. The time we went was a lower price due to being between two more "desirable" seasons. We were very pleased with the time we went as the crowds were minimal yet the weather was not too hot nor humid. Eating in restaurants was also easy as once again, there were fewer people. The location was amazing--especially for the price. I went on a 3 gal trip and the room (106) suited us well. We had a king size bed and a pull out hide a bed so the 3 of us had room. The bed was comfortable and the room was quite clean. Recent renovations had been done to the unit we were in--tile floors, granite counter tops, bathroom redo, new cupboards in the kitchen, big flat screen TV. We were also just steps away from the beach and having the beach be private, there was lots of space (again, we were not in "high season"). The chairs and umbrellas are a must and they provide for your use two chairs and an umbrella. If there are more people in your party than the 2, then you pay $5 for the additional chair. Knowing this, and having the opportunity--bring your own chairs if there are more than just the two in your group.The beach is extremely clean and the city has it machine cleaned every other day. What a treat to sit there and watch dolphins swim right off shore. Also, the fishermen are more than happy to explain and show how and what they are fishing for. New experience for us as we are from the NW of the US. We arrived after the office was closed and had the code for the locked box to retrieve our key--however, the salt air made the lock not work but no problem, the manager came to help us in @ 10 minutes. The only problem we had was our TV would not play the DVD player as the people staying before us had used the TV to play games on and did not connect the wires back correctly. The maintenance fixed that for us readily. We also did not have a hair dryer--but some units do. Each unit is individually owned so most are similar with supplies, but not identical. Best to ask when making reservations what is and is not supplied. You do get good "starter supplies" (soap, shampoo, 1 toilet paper, dish liquid, dishwasher detergent) but must buy other supplies if you use these up. There is a central laundry room--but we did not use this. It is nice to have a security gate but don't forget the code. Also different code for the drive in gate and the walk in gate. The unit next to us had half of it washed out to sea during hurricane Ivan as well as portions of the deck and swimming pool. I did hear that they plan to have a new pool reinstalled fall of 2013. I would rather be in the ocean or near it rather than a pool. I would stay there again given the chance. I prefer smaller places like this one rather than the "big box" type places. Seems more relaxing. We loved that our room was the next closest to the ocean as we sat in our chairs each morning and evening drinking our coffee/wine and reading books or watching the sunset.

Room Tip: Get a room close to the ocean. Also, try to get one of the rooms that have been renovated.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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Lafayette, Louisiana, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

My family and I stayed here 3 years in a row. We stayed in room 109 the first 2 years. Both years we were very satisfied. This is a quiet, cozy little place right on the beach. You can open your door and see the beach. The 3rd year I wasnt as pleased with our room....not sure of the room number but, we still had a nice time. Good place for the price especially since its right on the beach. I would recommend staying here!

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

walked into the office to check in and the woman behind the counter didn't even look up from the whole chicken she was eating to say hello! Handed us the keys to our room with greasy fingers and actually belched as she pointed out where our room was. The condo was old and dated, the room was filthy, sheets and wet towels in the tub, dirty dishes in the sink and food on the floor! We were so grossed out we asked the same woman, who was still eating, for a refund and she said "absolutely not!!" She tried to tell us to relax and was extremely rude and condescending.
A note to our fellow vacationers.....you'd be better off to drive right past this dump!!

Room Tip: Wouldn't stay here if it was FREE!!!!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012 via mobile

We have been going to destin for years. We have spent the last 4 vacations at the Capri. We have stayed in a different condo every year and have enjoyed every one. The gate makes you feel so secure, and the location is perfect. It's so peaceful and quiet. You couldn't be closer to the beach unless you were sitting in the sand. The staff is great and they provide beach chairs and umbrellas every day. There is a shower by the steps to the beach so you can rinse the sand off before going in. There is a laundry room and the condos we have stayed in have every kitchen item you could want. There is a big community deck with a great view of the ocean. We now have several family members who come along and rent their own condo. We love it and can't wait to go again next month. We will never stay anywhere else.

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

My husband and I grew up on the East coast of Florida and have never vacationed on the Gulf. Having been in Texas now for 18 years, we were long over due for some serious beach time. For our kids, 6,8 & 9, Capri provided for a wonderful experience. The room was perfect, freshly appointed with comfortable sleeping and everything we needed in the kitchen. Our mornings were spent sitting outside our room watching the dolphins swim and enjoying our coffee, while days on the beach were just a few steps down the path from our room. The staff was extremely friendly upon arrival and during the stay. We loved being ablle to do laundry on site-even at the beach, my kids changed clothes three times a day! We look forward to sharing our gem of a find with friends and family who vacation in Destin! Will return for sure!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nashville, TN
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67 reviews 67 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

This marks the second time we have stayed in this location. It is right on the beach and central to Destin. If you are on a budget (or making last minute reservations in our case), this is a great place for a couple to stay right on the beach. The room we stayed in (Capri 113) was decorated wonderfully. Updated bath and very nice and clean. Harmony Beach Vacation staff keeps the property managed well. Gated community for that extra sense of security and typically very quiet. Although this is really more of a reflection of the unit rather than the complex, I gave this a 4 star rating because of the bed in the unit. It has the room for a king, but there is a queen, and it seems like a very small queen. Also, only 4 units are facing the beach, the others are perpendicular to the gulf front. Other than that, this complex is perfect.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Huntsville, Alabama
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

Our room was near perfect; the kitchen area was really large and had every conceivable appliance and doohickey; and the beach access was a splendid perk. Can't think of a thing to complain about. Onsite laundry facility was another nice perk. The site didn't allow me to be accurate about when we stayed; it was back in late 2009, but I had to put up a review when I saw the unreasonable reviews giving this place a 1. What nonsense. :) Some people can't think logically.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Capri By The Gulf Hotel Destin
Capri By The Gulf Hotel
Address: 3100 Scenic Hwy 98, Destin, FL 32541
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Destin
Amenities:
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Ranked #50 of 58 Specialty lodging in Destin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Capri by the Gulf 3*
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