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“The Good, the bad & the ugly” 2 of 5 stars
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Club Destin Condos
3.0 of 5 Condominium   |   1085 Hwy. 98, Destin, FL 32541 (Formerly Club Destin Resort)   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #53 of 57 Specialty Lodging in Destin
Southeast
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19 reviews 19 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“The Good, the bad & the ugly”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2008

The good: Large covered pool. Gazebo-enclosed community jacuzzi. Scheduled events for children. Mid-week entertainment for family. Game room. Large movie room. Two small exercise rooms with relatively new exercise equipment (two tread mills, one stationary recumbent bike, two elliptical trainers, one large all-in-one weight training system)...both rooms have TVs and nearby restrooms. Pay laundry room. Motel-sized, air-conditioned "suite" includes: One room with two double beds/vanity area/private bath, toilet, shower/large closet/television/coded safe/clock-radio/telephone/dresser/side table/side chair/two lamps; One room with: sleeper-sofa, side chair, lamp, television, kitchen area with dining table and four chairs and ceiling fan/small microwave/small refrigerator/two-burner cook top/small dishwasher/sink/coffee maker/toaster/blender, cooking pot set, dishes, flatware and cutlery, drinking glasses, cups and goblets, private bath, toilet and shower/vanity area/large closet.

Each room is provided with toilet paper/facial tissue/soap/face & body lotion/shampoo/towels...four each... (bath, washcloth, hand towel) and one bath mat. The kitchen has two dish wash cloths and one dish towel.

The kitchen also includes dishwasher powder packets, dishwashing liquid, scrub cloth, coffee filters, one packet each of regular and decaf ground coffee packets. The refrigerator includes several ice trays and an ice bucket with plastic bag liner. There's a table-top ironing board and steam iron in the kitchen area closet, along with extra pillows, blanket and a manual carpet sweeper.

Also provided is a toilet plunger and each bathroom has a small garbage can and extra garbage bags. The kitchen has a garbage can and extra garbage bags, too. The rooms have a local telephone book, Bible and resort info and instructions, including times for towel trades (a short walk to the office area...bring your soiled towels to trade in for clean ones. This can be done four times a day). Maid service is on Wednesdays.

Both rooms were clean with sparse, but tasteful, furniture and decorations. The indoor-outdoor carpeting in both rooms appeared new. The kitchen area has tile flooring, as do the vanity areas and bathrooms.

No problems with the staff.

Pool and jacuzzi time (9 a.m. - 10 p.m.) strictly enforced.

Voice messages were left on the room phones reminding of planned family events.

Snack and drink machines are located near a couple of the entry ways.

Entry to the covered, indoor rooms, pool and jacuzzi area is by room key...nice security feature.

The bad: Rock-hard beds and pillows. Sleeper-sofa has absolutely no support and could not be used...we had to sleep on sofa as is, which was not a problem (since there was only three of us) but would have been had we been counting on that extra sleeping space the sofa-sleeper would have provided. The refrigerator door did not have a good seal and we had to make sure to shove the door fully shut to ensure it was closed. Hair in microwave (??). One toilet tends to clog easily (hence, the toilet plunger in that room). Walls must be paper-thin because neighbors are easily heard talking, etc., and in our downstairs room we were awakened some mornings by people running on the upstairs walkway. One bathroom and one closet door didn't close properly and the door between the adjoining bedroom and living /kitchen area stuck (seemed warped) and was hard to open/close.

To get to the beach, one must cross a very busy four-lane median highway, walk alongside a large condo and then you're limited to a very small area of beach sandwiched between two large condo areas. You're much better off going to a public beach instead. If you still opt for the tiny beach area, you must wait until you get back to Club Destin to shower off the sand before entering your room (there's a small public shower area).

There is supposed to be wireless Internet service but it was down the entire first day of our visit and went out occasionally afterward.

The game room contained one pay pinball game, one pay driving game, one other pay game and a machine where one puts in money to try and win a stuffed animal with a claw. It also contained a rather old pay pool table which didn't have enough room around it to properly execute some moves and not all the cue sticks had tips and there was no chalk to be found.

The movie room was rather large but movie were first-come, first-served, with a waiting list, and there were a limited number of movies available (some relatively new, some old).

The Ugly: Mold on inside plastic shower liner in one bathroom.

Extra: Tiny putt-putt golf course and shuffle board area. Use by appointment/first-come, first-served.

Also, the "resort" is not really a resort as one would imagine but it is a family-oriented atmosphere with planned activities, including a magic show, for the kids. The rooms appear more motel-like than resort-like but, for us, that wasn't a problem as the size was fine for our needs and the rooms were clean and temperature-controlled. Some rooms, such as ours, are by indoor access only; some rooms are walk-through and some are outdoor access only. I prefer the indoor access rooms as there is the extra added security feature of key-access only to that area.

  • Liked — Covered pool, clean rooms, wireless internet, exercise room
  • Disliked — Mold on shower curtain, uncomfortable beds and pillows, noisy
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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Mississippi
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2008

I was very disapointed with Club Destin Resort (it is NOT a resort). The door to our room had a half to one inch crack under the door, the next day maintance came out and made it about a quarter inch. I was told that there was an outside pool and there was NOT. The inside pool and spa was wonderful. Our door keys would not work after about one day and they had to be changed out about every other day. The ceiling in the bathroom was black with mold. The room did not get cleaned unless we cleaned it. The bed was very comfortable but the pull out bed was awful. Will not stay again!

  • Liked — Inside pool and spa
  • Disliked — crack in bottom of door and seeing a huge rat outside my door
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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alabama
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2008

The website they have was very misleading the rooms were not that clean the showers had mold and mildiew on them i would not reccomend that anyone stay at this condo i will not ever stay there agin GOOD THING ABOUT OUR STAY WAS THE LITTLE MAN THAT WENT OVER THE MAP OF THINGS TO DO WITH US HE WAS A VERY NICE MAN AND VERY HELPFUL

  • Liked — nothing
  • Disliked — everything
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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andalusia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2008

Our stay was short,thank God. We changed hotels and had a much better weekend!! Our Bookit rep told us that the photos were outdated, but that the resort had been updated in 2005, more like 1985!!(-)The rooms smelled like dog urine and like it had been shut up for years!! The carpet was filthy and the bathroom,omg, I would rather shower in the street than to use that bathroom. The shower curtain had alot of mold and the tub was dirty. However the staff was very helpful the night we checked in. I discovered that I left very expensive shampoo and conditioner, facial wash and body wash, called them the next day and they said the cleaning staff would throw out that stuff, the most likely took it home with them, they were brand new products and top of the line!! Thanks alot cleaning crew!!!!!Please do not stay here if you are an elderly person, they cannot accomidate you!!!

  • Liked — What accommodations!
  • Disliked — What accomodation?
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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kentucky
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2008

my family stayed for a week last of march first of april i too thought the walk to the beach was a little dangerous due to the light changing so quickly we had two people walking with canes so my sister and i went across early one morning to see what the walk was like we had to run to get across in time so we new this was not an option for the small kids or the elderly that was with us so we went to henderson state park and parked and used their beach it was beautiful we had a one bedroom unit with two full baths it was fine my parents and sister had a efficiency unit kind of small but was ok our unit opened into courtyard on bottom floor the pool and shuffle board and mini golf court was wonderful i liked the activities that they provided for the small children and i felt comfortable letting my daughter go to the tiki hut for them by herself due to the fact that you couldn't get in unless you had a hotel key unless you entered through the front lobby we could step out our door and see her all the time the staff was very helpful and most was friendly we encountered a few that wouldn't smile if their life depeneded on it but most were great had ice machine coin operated laundry could use a better laundry room that didn't cost to use since they charge if you break stuff (small salad bowl $3.50) if you stay check the list of items on the door of cabinet to make sure the count is correct so you are not charged for any missing items that you may have not broken i did drop this bowl while putting it in the cabinet there are certain pool hours for its use and the movie room is open 24 hours which is nice i will not use this hotel again only because of the beach access but would use it again because of all the fun the kids have and that is what vaction is all about for us is the memories that we make with the kids

  • Liked — the family oriented atomsphere
  • Disliked — the beach access
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Alabama
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2008

My stay at Club Destin Resort was not a good one at all. My shower curtain liner was dirty and I asked for another one...which I might add was dirty also...the chlorine smell was unbearable....I just felt that this place was not sanitary and would have rather stayed in a super 8!

  • Liked — Friendly staff
  • Disliked — cleanliness
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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pa
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2007

My family enjoyed our stay at Club Destin. Although we went in the off season, there was still much to do in the area and at the resort. They held activities for the children almost daily and had a great room to watch movies in. Our room was a suite with two full size beds (comfy matresses) two full bathrooms, a full kitchen and living room. The kitchen had enough needed to cook a full meal for my family. The staff was friendly and helpful. With going during Nov. it was really quiet, so not too many complaints.

  • Liked — N/A
  • Disliked — N/A
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Club Destin Condos

Address: 1085 Hwy. 98, Destin, FL 32541 (Formerly Club Destin Resort)
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Destin
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #53 of 57 Specialty Lodging in Destin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Club Destin Condos 3*
Number of rooms: 116
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