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“Quiet beach” 4 of 5 stars
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El Matador
3.5 of 5 Condominium   |   909 Santa Rosa Blvd., Okaloosa Island, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548   |  
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Louisville, Kentucky
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Quiet beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Have stayed here several times over the years and have always enjoyed our stay. It is showing a little wear in spots but is still very nice. Overall very clean and very quiet an well run. Beach is nice especially because this is last condo on strip and provides miles of open beach for privacy and room to roam. We stayed in late June and had the bad luck of lots of seaweed in water but you cant control things like that. I also like that the area is not as congested as Destin. We stayed in building 5 which had a nice view of beach as well as waterway and was very peaceful especially at night. We will stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I stayed on the 5th floor of building 5 and it was wonderful. It's so peaceful here. It isn't noisy like some places you go, which was great. The condo was very clean and I couldn't have asked for a better view. I highly recommend the El Matador.

Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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So illinois
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

We stayed here with a group of friends (booked 5 rooms in all). First off beautiful beach, nice pools. Those two things do not make up for all the bad! One room on the ground flood had roaches! Which probably walked in from the fact that you could not close the balcony door! All the rooms had mold on the ceilings and were absolutly filthy! Dirt, used toiletries left in room, hair everywhere, stained sheets! The rooms we had have not been updated since this place was built (guessing by the look if it probably the 1960's). It was a 2 mile walk to find any food! Nothing on site! All of our drains were clogged with hair. I made the mistake of lifting the stopper and looking. Do not do that! For the money we spent we could have found a much nicer place to stay!

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Fort Smith, Arkansas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

My family has been coming to the El Matador since our old hotel in Panama City was torn down years ago. We only stay in buildings 3 and 4. The views are the best from those. Great beach, nice rooms (typical condo) and far away enough from the hustle and bustle to be very relaxing.

Room Tip: Building three and four are your best bet. They are closest to the gulf and they have the best views...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Woodbridge, Virginia
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We rented condo 224. The common spaces in building 2 could use a some work but the room was great. Loved the El Matador location and the clean, non crowded beach. The grounds were well kept and clean. The area was very quiet even with a lot of kids around. Will definitely return. Will probably go for a room in building 3 or 4 next time for direct view of the gulf (rather than from across the parking lot).

Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We have stayed here for 2 years consecutively. Love this place. Will most definitely be returning on 2015. Located at the end of the island before the military portion. Private beach was clean and the residents and staff are super friendly. Don't miss this place.

Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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Russellville, Alabama
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

My family of 4 has stayed at El Matador the past 3 years and LOVED it! My teenage son wanted to go "somewhere different" this year, so against my better judgment we stayed at another beach with a fancy pool. I immediately knew I had made a mistake the minute we arrived. My husband said it best, "We were in paradise and didn't even realize it"! Now we know for sure, El Matador!

Room Tip: Rooms in Building 3 or 4 are the closest to the beach.
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  • Stayed June 2014, 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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Additional Information about El Matador

Address: 909 Santa Rosa Blvd., Okaloosa Island, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Fort Walton Beach
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Fort Walton Beach
Hotel Class:3.5 star — El Matador 3.5*
Number of rooms: 316
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