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“Condo #206” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Destin Gulfgate

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Destin Gulfgate
1180 Scenic Highway 98, Destin, FL 32541   |  
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Ranked #1 of 58 Specialty lodging in Destin
Jefferson City, Missouri
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Condo #206”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

We rented this condo (which was an end unit) for a week this September and were pleasantly surprised! The unit was VERY nicely appointed, and the view of the beach from the balcony was amazing. The staff was super friendly, and attended to our every need during their business hours. Every rental receives two beach chairs and an umbrella that is setup and taken down each day by property staff. It is right on the beach, and close to restaurants, grocery stores, and Blaylock's fresh fish market. They have a brand new pool and health club that we did not use, but it sure looked nice. They even had 3 charcoal grills available to grill your own food.

Our only complaints were that the housekeeping staff did not remove dirty undergarments (including Depends) that had been left in the bedroom drawers by the previous renters, and a large "dust bunny" was noticed near the balcony. In addition, the new looking dishwasher had a bad smell which their maintenance staff tried to fix, but were unsuccessful.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here, and fully believe that the unit was a good value. Even with the couple of hiccups mentioned above, we can't wait to return again next year!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    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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Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

We stayed September 2013 in this condo(this was the first time it was ever rented so there are not any more reviews about it on the site!
It was beautiful with furnishings that were great.Close to restaurants including (The Back Porch)and others.There are 2 bedrooms(each with its own bathroom...huge condo.4 TVs.,Bose surround sound speakers,DVD,wet bar(you will never run out of ice...it makes a lot of ice).,full size washer &dryer...and so much more.All the units at Gulfgate are oceanfront.Very helpful people at check in desk...friendly and professional.
The view from this condo are great with a huge balcony.

Room Tip: This condo in my opinion is one of the best.The reason I did not check the box for room service is t...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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 September 3, 2013

Everything you could ask for a GREAT vacation with the Family. We spent seven days in 305. The condo was EXTREMELY clean and tidy. With all comforts of home. The kitchen was very well equipped, with everything a chef would need. The bedrooms and beds were very comfortable. And the view from the balcony was great. (Watched the dolphins every morning while having coffee). The pool was perfect for the kids (8 & 4 yrs old). The Concierge "Chirstin S." made the stay even better. She was fantastic, giving information about the Resort and Destin that only a insider would know. Our First of many stays at Destin Gulfgate.

  • Stayed August 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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Fayetteville, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

We just spent a week at the Destin Gulfgate and had a fabulous time, once again. This was approximately our 16th or 17th visit to these condos. Every year we stay in a different unit, but this time we were in one we had previously stayed in, unit 1003. It appeared to have acquired new furniture and kitchen upgrades recently. These condos are fully stocked with kitchen items and linens. We prefer a unit with a bar area and ice machine, which this one has, but it was missing a sink in the bar area, which is a really nice addition. The units are clean, beautiful and spacious. The view and close proximity to the ocean can't be beat! Most of our meals were enjoyed on the deck looking at the gorgeous view of the water, instead of waiting in lines at local restaurants. Our weather was wonderful with calm seas, which is nice for snorkeling and swimming. The last day was good for boogie boarding, with bigger waves. We had very little rain during the week. The beaches are pristine and the beach attendant this year was fantastic - very attentive. The office staff was friendly and helpful. The pool upgrade and enlargement, and the new fitness center overlooking the pool are wonderful. We plan to come back and just won't stay anywhere else when we come to Destin every summer! Why search for someplace else when we love the place we have always stayed? We highly recommend the Gulfgate for families, couples or groups of friends.

Room Tip: We have never stayed in an end unit and have never been bothered by people around us. We like a con...
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  • Stayed August 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

This was a great condo location and the condo itself felt like home away from home. The staff was helpful and friendly (even though our lunch was snatched by a staff member from the condo refrigerator during the 5 minutes of us checking out). I was really impressed with the condo condition and furnishings; it was well stocked with the necessities. I even whipped up some waffles using all their kitchen wares without missing a beat. These condos feel big and roomy. The beach is very convenient.

It's a medium-sized complex so you won't have the beachfront amenities of a mega-plex like on-the-spot waverunner rentals etc. Just drive a couple of miles towards the city and rent them there for less and drive them up the coast on the water to the condo beach. The smaller size provides a less crowded beach which we preferred.

The fitness center was a nice amenity, it provides the basics. We never got in the pool.

Garage parking isn't a big deal, everything is close together.

Boogieboard advice: Destin has VERY small waves, except during inclement or windy weather but even then they are still pretty small and difficult to ride with a boogieboard unless you’re a young kid like 14 or under. If you’re going to try to boogieboard and you’re over 100 lbs, do yourself a favor and DON’T buy the cheap foam boards at the local souvenir shop (i.e. $14.99). If there is any weight on them, with the slightest pressure, they crack and are a lot less useful afterwards. If you plan to go to the beach often and have the room in your car, get yourself a real board, usually $50 which holds up and performs its job well over many vacations.

Room Tip: We stayed at 402 and after 4 days we have no reason to stay anywhere else. If you are into super qui...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013 via mobile

This was our families first stay at Destin Gulfgate and we fell in love with the place. We all agree we want to make a return visit. The condo was nicely appointed and roomy for us. The close proximity to the clean beach with the complimentary beach umbrella and two chaise loungers was such a nice amenity. Our only disappointment was that the water was not the normal Destin clear blue. :( We are guessing weather conditions played a part in that. The wonderful white sand did not disappoint. Thanks Destin Gulfgate for a great stay! ☀

  • Stayed July 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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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

We love Destin Gulfgate and always stay here when visiting Destin. This time we rented two condos and brought our children/grandchildren. For two of the 6 days while there, extremely loud construction began in the condo above us at 10 a.m. until late afternoon. This made it extremely difficult to get a four year old to take a nap. Also it was impossible to hear the TV or have a conversation. This is our only complaint, every thing else was great as always. The beach attendant was great!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1180 Scenic Highway 98, Destin, FL 32541
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Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Destin
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 58 Specialty lodging in Destin
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