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“Fabulous, Awesome & Perfect!” 5 of 5 stars
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Huntington by the Sea
2.5 of 5 Condominium   |   140 Monaco St, Destin, FL 32550   |  
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Ranked #22 of 58 Specialty Lodging in Destin
South Texas
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“Fabulous, Awesome & Perfect!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2009

We stayed in # 407--it was really incredible. Huntington is a small 5-story condo complex with maybe 35 units. The private white sugar sand beach is just a few yards away--it was so much less crowded than the public beaches in Destin proper, and there was no road to cross to get there. We could enjoy the gulf from the balcony, and keep an eye on our teenagers down on the beach. There is also a beachside pool. The unit is simple, 2 bed 2 bath, but comfortable. The kitchen is generously equipped. There is no washer/dryer in the unit, but there is one on site. All the attractions of Destin are just 15 minutes or so down the road, and the Silver Sands Outlet Mall is a block or two away. We can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2009

This is a small condo, so it was uncrowded. We had a perfect view of the ocean. We were directly on the beach. The rooms were comfortable and clean. No frills, but that was ok. We had a few jelly fish for a couple of days. Only one person got stung in our group. I had the vinagar ready. We had a great time and a beautiful view of the turquoise water.

  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with friends
    • 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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Ohio
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2008

If your goal in visiting Destin is to spend as much quality time on the beach without spending an arm-and-a-leg on decent accommodations, Huntington by the Sea is your kind of place.

This complex is very modest in size, but blessed with a beautiful, generous stretch of white-sand beach. From the back of the complex, it is a mere matter of a few steps down the wooden stairs to reach the beach. One of the best things about Huntington, then, is the spaciousness of the beach in ratio to the number of guests. We walked to or saw a number of adjoining beaches or others in the area, and many were crawling with guests from the June crowds. Not so at Huntington, which you would surmise from its age was built at a time before the Miramar Beach zone boomed and thus was not so prohibitive in acquiring a generous piece of beach frontage.

Huntington also offers value. As noted, it has some years behind it -- I would estimate it was built earlier than 1990 -- but that's not all bad. For one thing, the units are quite large. Unlike more modern trends, there was no obvious effort here to scrimp and salvage every square foot of space available, just to squeeze in one more unit they could sell. Our condo was a generously sized two-bedroom unit. While not readily apparent from the street-side view, most indications we saw supported the idea that updating and modernizing have been a priority for the units as a whole. It is not universal -- the bathroom fixtures in our unit were older, but in decent shape. (The kitchen, though, was of more recent vintage and just great). If you're a traveler who needs modern and gleaming in every aspect of the place you stay, you may not be totally happy here. But if you're value-
minded (and in the current economic conditions, most of us are), Huntington is an excellent option to consider. We were able to stay on a per-night basis (not weekly) in June for about $270 per day.

A couple of other points to mention: the pool and the location. If you're a pool swimmer as opposed to an ocean swimmer, this may not be your top choice. The pool is fine for what it is, which is a modest, rectangular design that again says in its appearance "circa 1985." But it is clean, well-maintained and beach-front, right at the top of the steps leading to the beach. It was the least-elaborate pool at any of the choices we considered, and particularly if you have younger kids used to the current generation of mega-pools with lots of bells and whistles, this pool will seem very tame. Location, on the other hand, is a real strength for Huntington. Besides what has already been said about the beach itself, the Miramar Beach area (several miles to the east of downtown Destin) is quieter and calmer, while still having a ton of choices for dining and other activities. In particular, if you have shoppers in your crew, the huge outlet mall that is a half-mile away is a tremendous perk. After visiting Destin proper several times and also seeing the Sandestin property, we were very pleased with how our choice worked out. In particular for those who are new to Destin or unsure of how to sort through the myriad accommodation options (I was in this category, having only been once before and that was 18 years prior), I would report that a low-rise set-up like Huntington has many advantages over the potentially more opulent but also more bustling high-rise developments.

The ultimate question, of course, is: Would we go back? There's no question we would.

  • Liked — Beach access, beach views and value
  • Disliked — A few loose ends that could have been better tended to
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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VA
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2007

If you are looking for a quiet place to stay with a great beachfront view, then this is the place to stay. My family and I stayed here for a week and we loved every minute of it. Our room was very clean and we had so much space we felt like we had our own apartment. This is a great place for families. The location is perfect. The staff was also very friendly. I could go on and on about how great this place is. I know we will go back.

  • Liked — Being in a quiet location and having a clean room.
  • Disliked — There is nothing not to like.
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Huntington by the Sea

Address: 140 Monaco St, Destin, FL 32550
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Destin
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 58 Specialty Lodging in Destin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Huntington by the Sea 2.5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Huntington by the Sea is a mid-rise beachfront condominium resort located in the Miramar Beach section of Destin off Scenic Highway 98 and near family activities, popular restaurants, and shopping. Huntington by the Sea offers 2- and 3-bedroom fully-equipped condominiums with private balconies featuring gulf views. Amenities include a beachside pool, high-speed Internet access, and free DVD rentals for Sterling Resorts guests. ... more   less 
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