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“Relaxation at it's best!” 5 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 #31 of 39 Hotels in Destin
Clanton,
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Relaxation at it's best!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

We reserved a king suite and checked in quickly. Our late check in was not a problem and we had a first floor room. It was clean and we had everything we needed. The bed was comfortable. We were there to go to the beach so we did not use the pool but I did note the extra pool towels conveniently located near the pool for guests to use as needed. Breakfast was good both mornings. They served fresh fruit, cereal, yogurt, bagels, pastries, apple/orange/cranberry juices, waffles, eggs, grits, biscuits, gravy, sausage, homestyle potatoes etc. while we were there. It was delicious! Kudos to Ms. Katrina who kept everything running smoothly in the breakfast room. She made sure that there was ample food for the guests no matter what time we arrived to eat breakfast and was constantly keeping up with keeping the breakfast tables clean after each guest left. I was very pleased at how close this hotel was to everything. I would definitely stay here again and recommend this hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed May 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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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

We stayed in this hotel for one night in late June 2012 on our way to New Orleans. The hotel is in a good location close to shopping outlets and restaurants. Check in was quick and our room was quite nice although the decoration was a bit tired. The room and bathroom had everything we required. We drove a short distance to the Henderson state park beach shortly after arriving and were pleasantly surprised how nice and well kept the beach was in the middle of a built up area. Because we were at the beach for a couple of hours we gave the hotel pool a miss but it appeared quite nice. After shopping for a few hours (a number of shops are within walking distance if you didn't have a car), we went for an evening meal. We choose TGI Fridays which is less than 100 meters from the hotel, which allowed me to have a couple of drinks without driving. The meal exceeded our expectations and the service was also very good. The breakfast was the usual fare for country inns and set us up well for the journey ahead. The breakfast area was kept well stocked and clean. If we returned to destin, and we would definitely like to, we would certainly consider this hotel. Whilst it is not the best hotel you will stay in, the location is excellent and the price for this area is hard to beat. At least this was our experience as it was around 40 percentage cheaper than other comparable hotels near the coast. I would however stay in a more luxurious hotel if we were staying 3-4 nights or longer.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Ft Walton Beach, FL
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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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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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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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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:
#14 On the Beach Hotel in Destin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — White Sands Inn & Suites 2.5*
Number of rooms: 83
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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