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“A 10 day visit with my Dad” 5 of 5 stars
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The Islander
3.5 of 5 Condominium   |   502 Gulfshore Dr., Destin, FL 32541   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #6 of 57 Specialty Lodging in Destin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Thunder Bay, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“A 10 day visit with my Dad”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

A beautiful quiet resort tucked away from all the hustle and bustle of the other larger hotels. A great launching pad for miles of walking. My 2nd Visit to see my dad as he overwinters for 4 months. Conveniently located to shopping, Amazing Staff, so very helpful, well equipped. BBQ'ing almost every night overlooking the beach...

Room Tip: All Rooms Face the Gulf
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  • Stayed January 2014, 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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IslanderDestin, General Manager at The Islander, responded to this review, April 17, 2014
Thank you for your loyalty and hope to see you soon. We hope you enjoyed the improvements and the new Gym.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

We first stayed at the Islander 25 years ago with young children, then again in January 2014 for a 2nd home house hunting visit. Our first reaction upon getting out of our car 25 years later was "wow this place still looks great" and it was. Well maintained externally, clean, well appointed and well stocked (linens) internally, and excellent service by staff. Our appraisal also comes after we looked at nearly 30 other condos to buy while on our trip but every day we came back after house hunting, we kept thinking the Islander Condo was the best one we saw for the money, whether for a purchase or rental. We stayed in 305. Definitely the one to rent if you go down there. Modern, great view, clean etc.

Room Tip: Rooms 01-09, i think have the more direct beach view and the 3rd floor is the perfect height for vie...
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  • Stayed January 2014, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

My husband and I stayed at the Islander in 508 at the end of December and what can I say, we had a fantastic time! The staff were all lovely and very helpful, the rooms were very homely, well decorated, fully equipt with all the things you may need and most importantly they were spotlessly clean! The view of the beach from the balconys were just breath taking, we were lucky with the weather which made for a nice walk on the beach which is just a very short walk from the condo.
We also made use of the heated pool, jacuzzi and tennis courts too. There's a lot to see in Destin, so it was great to have a car to get about to make the most of the places to go.
Overall, I would say that our stay at The Islander was just amazing and we've made some wonderful memories there. Thank you to all of the staff at The Islander!

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

we spent our honeymoon at the islander & had a blast! the staff were beyond incredible! the room was amazing! the view was breath taking! everything about our stay was absolutely perfect! i would recommend a stay at the islander over any other condo in destin! cannot say enough good about this place.. love it!!!

  • Stayed December 2013, 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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IslanderDestin, General Manager at The Islander, responded to this review, January 2, 2014
Thank you so much for coming to the Islander for your honeymoon, there are many choices out there and we are delighted you picked us. We are so glad you had a beautiful weekend and look forwards to seeing you soon.
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West Monroe, Louisiana
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

2nd time to stay at the Islander, the second time was just as good as the first. We were able to get a room on the 7th floor and it had a wonderful view. No issues with the room at all, very clean, TV, refridge, everything worked fine. Hope to return again in 2014.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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IslanderDestin, General Manager at The Islander, responded to this review, January 2, 2014
Thanks for your kind review, we certainly enjoyed having you here and hope to see you again soon.
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Warner Robins
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

I've been staying at the Islander for about 7 years now, at least once a year (usually fall). They have some very nice rooms, however the room we had this time was a little dated and had several bad stains on the carpet. The service was OK, not overly friendly. Also have to sign away yoru life,,,charge $500 if you smoke anywhere but one designated smoking area. (not even on the balcony) - I don't smoke, so no biggy,,,but couldn't believe you couldn't even smoke on a balcony! It would be bad for people who smoke right before bed or right after waking up - you gotta get dressed and go down elevator to smoke! Anyway, all it all it was still good and descent price. I love Destin - not a ton of beach area there,,,but it's doable. Now you are supposed to get 2 chairs/umbrella,,,but if you do not get there at 730 to claim your chair, you are sitting way back on the beach. They had also put in the "punch code" thing to get into the parking lot (which is fine),,,but also to get down to the beach and back! This was very frustrating when you have your hands full of beach chairs, etc. That needs to go!!! It is a long walk to the beach! Oh yeah, and one really bad complaint is ONLY ONE ELEVATOR WORKING! Seems like that's happened a couple of times. They were saying it would be two weeks before it was fixed. This is a big place to only have ONE elevator running the whole time - especially during check in/check out times! I probably will go back at least one more time, but certainly not the nice place we have been in the past!

Room Tip: You can see the rooms on-line, however you cannot see bad carpet stains!
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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IslanderDestin, General Manager at The Islander, responded to this review, January 2, 2014
Hi,
I am very disappointed that your visit didn't match up to previous visits, as you know everywhere you go today smoking is seriously frowned upon whether it be secondary or primary, so in the interests of our guests we decided to limit smoking to very small areas, and this appears to be working yours is the first complaint. All we can do is apologize about the elevator but that was totally beyond our control, the elevator electrics were fried by a water leak and the repair was controlled by ThyssenKrup and sadly their service to be wanting at best. We have had record occupancy this year right up to the middle of October, and carpet cleaning is impossible on the back to backs, of which your unit #418 was consistently booked. It was on the schedule for cleaning which was accomplished on your departure. Anyhow I hope you will give another chance in 2014, and if so we will look into giving you a discount for the problems you encountered. Thanks for your comments good or bad all help us moving forwards to improve the guest experience.
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Arcanum, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013 via mobile

Another 10 days in paradise. Feel like a local the staff is great and under new management. Stephen Parish the new manager making great changes adding a gym which will be a welcome addition. A new boardwalk has been added and the beach extended. Our unit was outstanding as usual. Love the sunsets from the west view

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 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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IslanderDestin, General Manager at The Islander, responded to this review, November 15, 2013
Hi Jeanette T,
Thank you so much for your kind comments, we strive real hard to be the best in Destin. We know you have many choices in this area and appreciate you coming to us. Thanks once again and I hope to see you in the new year.
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Additional Information about The Islander

Address: 502 Gulfshore Dr., Destin, FL 32541
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Destin
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 57 Specialty Lodging in Destin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Islander 3.5*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Islander condos are 2 bdrm/2 bath and feature a private balcony and a fully equipped kitchen. Amenities include 2 pools, whirlpools, tennis courts, shuffleboard courts, and a gym. Please note you must book through the Islander Rental Company to get the VIP program including FREE beach service. The off site rental companies do not offer our VIP program. ... more   less 
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