We stayed here last week and loved it!! Great staff that are super friendly every time you walk in, great housekeepers, good breakfast, nice décor, EXTREMELY COMFORTABLE BEDS, and the BEST location you could ask for. It was perfect!! Its a tiny 2 story in the midst of several high rise condos for half the price but with the same amazing beach!! The beach was a perfect clean white sugar powder and you have the choice to rent a sun lounger or bring your own. We went into Destin to check out some other beaches and sites and came right back to our own. It was by far much nicer. It wasn't crowded, there were showers to rinse the sand off, a place to rent kayaks, canoes or paddle boards and a small pool that's perfect for a quick dip after the beach. There are even side entrances for easy access back into the hotel after a day at the beach, rather than walking back to the main entrance to get back inside.
You've got beach stores and restaurants within walking distance and the Boardwalk is a mile down where there is fantastic beachside dining (and an after hour dance club) and the Okaloosa Island Pier. We had the best time walking out on the Pier! Everyone was great and even let my kids catch their first fish!
Destin is a 6 mile drive but don't go between 430-730. It's madness!! WAY too crowded and traffic was crazy!! It just wasn't worth the hour that it took to get such a short distance when we had everything we needed right there in Fort Walton.
I was extremely impressed. We will be back every year and won't stay anywhere else. The not so positive reviews about this hotel blow my mind.