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“Great unit, great beach!” 4 of 5 stars
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Crystal Sands Condominiums
3.0 of 5 Condominium   |   3290 Scenic Highway 98, Destin, FL 32541   |  
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Ranked #46 of 58 Specialty Lodging in Destin
Vonore, Tennessee
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Great unit, great beach!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2011

We stayed in 305B with a total of 4 adults and 4 children. The unit has been refurnished recently. The kitchen, living area, master bedroom, and both bedrooms are nicely appointed. The upstairs loft room has older wicker-type furniture, but the mattress seemed fine. The bunk room lacked decor and had typical bunkie mattresses, but it served its purpose for the kids. It is necessary to walk through the loft room and upstairs bathroom to access the bunk room, so there isn't much privacy in the loft room. The beach and the view were gorgeous. We claimed an umbrella and chairs early each morning, but the beach was never very crowded. The kids enjoyed the pool as much as the beach. We took advantage of the early bird menu at the Crab Trap which is a short walk down the beach.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 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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English first
Nashville, Illinois
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2011

We have stayed here for 4 years and can say that this property is great for a moderately priced place to stay. There is plenty of room in a one bedroom on the lower level for 4 people. There is a bedroom, 2 bunk beds in the hall way for kids, and the sofa makes out to a bed. The kitchen is all stocked and it is just perfect for a laid back vacation. This is not for people who want a fancy condo high rise. This property is for easy access to the beach. There are 2 buildings that are low rise. Close to Bass Pro and the outdoor mall. Suits us just fine! Small outdoor pool. We found it very clean also, and there are complimentary beach chairs included. Have a great time!

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Birmingham, Alabama
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2010

We stayed in condo 308A and the location is great. You are a few steps from the ocean. Beach was very nice. The condo did have a few flaws. The beds need to be replaced in the master and the bedroom with the twin beds. The refrigerator is very old and needs replaced. The bedrooms are not very well lit. I did notice a few changes from the pictures on the internet. They replaced the table and chairs and the bar stools.

  • Stayed June 2010
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New Orleans
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2010

We've stayed here several times now (Unit 103B-East) and enjoy it each time. Sleeps 6 with 1King bedroom, 2 bunks in hall, and a sofabed. With a first floor unit it's just steps to the white sugar sand beach where umbrella/2 chairs rent for $30/day during peak season, and being on Scenie Hwy 98 in Crystal Beach area, it's convenient to everything. Try www.VRBO.com for finding great places to rent in Destin.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2009

Overall, Crystal Sands was nice. We stayed in unit 110B. The unit itself was a little disappointing compared to other units we have stayed in here at Crystal Sands. The furniture is worn out, the bathroom vanitys were literally rotten from water damage. Both toilets were loose. The appliances were old and rusty. They need to update the unit a bit.

On the other hand, the location is one of the best in Destin. The Crystal Beach area is very nice and this condo complex is right in the heart of it. I could see my free beach chairs set up on the beach from the condo I was staying in. This complex is about location, location, location.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kentucky
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2009

We have stayed at many places in Destin, and this one offers the best beach location!! The beach is almost at your feet. If you stay in a bottom unit the sand is just a hop skip and jump away. You don't have to walk 10 miles carrying your stuff to get to the beach. Once you stay here a few times you will know which rooms are the best. Try to get a room on the bottom, that is the way to go! The pool is located in the front of the building not very big, so if that is your thing don't stay here. It is all about beach here.

  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Nashville, Tennessee
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2009

We stayed in room 210A, which had been recently remodeled. Our high hopes were quickly diminished upon entering the room and only got worse.

Positives
- Great location, great view, and great beach service

Negatives
- MOLD, MOLD, MOLD was on the shower walls and on the air conditioning vents. You could smell the mustiness in the bedroom and bathrooms. The shower curtain liner was covered in mildew as well.
- We tried to sleep on the fold out couch (because of the mold in the bedroom) but it was missing two support bolts and couldn't be used.
- The bathtub was clogged and so a shower ended up being more like a bath.
- Wireless access was intermittent at best and not reliable.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Crystal Sands Condominiums

Address: 3290 Scenic Highway 98, Destin, FL 32541
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Destin
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #46 of 58 Specialty Lodging in Destin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Crystal Sands Condominiums 3*
Number of rooms: 85
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