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“Okay if you like partying” 3 of 5 stars
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White Sands Inn & Suites
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   4415 Commons Drive East, Destin, FL 32541 (Formerly Country Inn & Suites Destin)   |  
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Ranked #28 of 39 hotels in Destin
Ft Walton Beach, FL
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Okay if you like partying”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here hoping for a nice simple place to rest overnight while we enjoyed the area. Even if we could ignore the springy bed, the shower curtain falling off, and the chunks of dust balls in the fans and vents, we could not do so with the multiple parties in the rooms around us. The front desk staff was nice enough to intervene for us on one occasion earlier in the night, but by 2:30 am I realized that 1) we were in the minority as far as wanting to sleep, and 2) the walls were paper thin so we were out of luck if we were looking for quiet. If not iPods blasting or drunks yelling, it would be TVs blaring or doors slamming.

Very disappointing overall for an "executive king" room upgrade.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Wonderful rooms, clean and friendly employees! Great location and the breakfast are yummy! TFI Fridays is right next door and will provide room service. Nice after being on the beach all day. The heated pool and spa feels good in the evening after a full day shopping at the Silver Sands Outlet Mall.

Room Tip: The large suites 215 and 315 are the best!
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  • Stayed February 2013, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

Good central location near the mid bay bridge. Close to the beach, but not really walking distance due to the high traffic in the area. Clean rooms and nice lobby. Above average hot breakfast. The bed was a little saggy on the side, but overall a nice room.

Room Tip: Higher floors on the south side have a Gulf view.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

This Country Inn & Suites is located on the north side of Hwy 98 near restaurants, grocery store, etc. It is a short walk from the Destin Commons shopping area. It would be a long walk to the beach - if that is your destination (no pun intended).
The suites are two rooms and a bathroom. The bedroom of my unit had a king size bed, dresser, flat-screen TV, and two nightstands. It has two smaller closet alcoves. The bath has a tub and shower and one sink. The second room has a pullout couch, small table, dresser with flat-screen TV, chair and wet bar with small fridge.
The rooms need renovation. Frankly they are beat up. The bathroom was very well cleaned so I think they are doing their best. The bed and linens were very comfortable.
Breakfast is on the cheap side for chain hotels that include breakfast. I think a lot of the hot items must be pre-made and heated. It's ok and it's convenient.

Room Tip: You can walk up the center staircase to the rooms on the 2nd floor. The back rooms face the pool an...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Alpharetta, GA
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16 hotel reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

I can't find anything I really liked about this place, except for the friendly people at check-in. I would not choose to stay here again. Our 'suite' is in desperate need of updating. Dim lighting, peeling wall paper and it just felt old and yuk. Even the cookies tasted old and stale.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Pensacola, FL
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68 reviews 68 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

We booked this hotel on Priceline as an express buy for a family vacation to Destin because the hotel offered breakfast and free parking, so it was a very good value. They also have a heated pool and hot tub as well as a gym with a few pieces of equipment. The breakfast was very good, including eggs, sausage, potatos and more. The rooms have flat screen tvs, very comfortable beds. The bathroom has a hair dryer and nightlight. They offer complimentary daily paper, including the Destin paper on Sundays. Cookies, including fresh baked ones, are available in the evenings, and coffee and tea around the clock. They even have a library of books in the lobby for those who need reading material. The front desk clerk was very helpful and patient when I asked her about restarants. The room was very clean except we found a previous customer's dirty socks under the bed as we were checking the room before we left.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Columbus, Ohio
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56 reviews 56 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

The Country Inn & Suites in Destin, Florida is conveniently located. I loved that I could walk to Publix for groceries, go shopping at the mall, and visit the beach easily from this hotel. Front desk staff were very helpful and friendly. The cookies were not what I expected (I thought they would be fresh baked cookies) but one of the nights a batch of fresh cookies were baked; my family and I really enjoyed this feature. It would be a nice touch if they were fresh baked throughout the day vs the cookie jar of what seemed to be store-bought "just okay" cookies. I booked two rooms to be right next to each other but initially our rooms where divided by the the staircase. Day two of our stay the staff contacted our boys room to indicate they would have to be moved to another room due to work scheduled in the room. Once we went to discuss the changes with the desk staff they ended up giving us a suite and we gave our room to our boys. This hotel is in desperate need of updates. I would still stay here again but I would love to see the interior refreshed by the next time we do. The tired and worn fixtures/decor is the only reason I give this hotel an average review. We booked this room through Priceline name your own price. I initially was a little concerned once the bid was awarded based on the pictures and reviews but end the end we all had a very enjoyable stay at this hotel.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about White Sands Inn & Suites

Address: 4415 Commons Drive East, Destin, FL 32541 (Formerly Country Inn & Suites Destin)
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Destin
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Destin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — White Sands Inn & Suites 2.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Full complimentary hot deluxe breakfast with rotating menu, heated pool, fitness center, 5 minute drive to the closest public beach access. It is easy to pass the day on the outdoor patio at the White Sands Inn & Suites of Destin. The heated pool and hot tub are surrounded by greenery and comfortable seating. Complimentary cookies and coffee available 24/7. The hotel also makes a great base camp for visiting local attractions, including award-winning golf courses and white-sand beaches. Its rooms and suites are clean. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. Walking distance to a variety of restaurants and shopping, adjacent to Shops at Paradise Keys shopping center. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Country Inn And Suites Destin
Country Inn & Suites Destin Hotel Destin
Country Inn Destin
Destin Country Inn

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