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“Affordable, clean, safe, pleasant beachfront hotel” 5 of 5 stars
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2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   380 Santa Rosa Blvd., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548-6136   |  
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Ranked #3 of 30 Hotels in Fort Walton Beach
Rochester, MN
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Affordable, clean, safe, pleasant beachfront hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2012

This hotel is of the typical pre-fab concrete, Soviet-era concrete structure in terms of design, but everything else is wonderful. The back side pool leads, via boardwalk, right to the beach, where Dan(the man) appoints you two chairs/umbrellas to the location of your choice.

Staff, from the housekeeping to the front desk, to Dan to the Bartender(sorry, forgot his name) seem genuinely pleased to know you and to have you as a guest. Service was wonderful, and the housekeeping staff was alway so apologetic when they could not fit you onto the elevators with them.

in fact the only complaint I have(in addition to not having more time to stay here) would be the slow elevators, but the open-air stairwells gave me the daily cardio I was looking for!

Even the non-beach view rooms gave a nice view of the city. The rooms were fine for a family of four, with a refrigerator and microwave as well. Bathroom was huge, and it never felt damp in the room, even with rainwater gathering outside the door in the breezeways. These rooms are technically outdoor accessible, but they are all within the center core of the structure in a fairly limited access area. We never felt unsafe, even on the beach at night. Substantial walk down to the pier/restaurant area, but nothing too harsh. Grocery store right back across the causeway as well.

Breakfast was good enough since it was free. However, there's not a lot of seating for everyone(especially when it's raining and you can't sit on the deck), but we always could have gone back to the room to eat.

We'd definitely come here again to stay.

Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Toni R, Director of Sales at BEST WESTERN Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review, May 8, 2012
Thank you for your recent review of our hotel. We appreciate your input. Undoubtedly, we are a colorful beachfront hotel! Thank you for the staff compliments. We look forward to your next visit with us!
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 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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Sarasota, Florida
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2012

This is a great hotel. This was the first time we have visited the Ft. Walton Beach area. We had a Gulf view room which overlooked the beautiful beach and the Gulf. What a view. I would recommend a Gulf view room. The "inside" rooms face the parking lot on the other side of the building. It is worth the little extra cost.

The rooms were clean and the staff was very friendly. The front desk personel were always there to answer questions and get whatever you needed. They made some great recommendations on places to see and eat. The pool was nice and clean. The beach was fantastic. Special kudos to the beach guy who put up the umbrellas and chairs each morning and took them down in the evening. He made a point of checking on everyone to see if they needed anything. He is a hard worker. The breakfasts were great and included both hot and cold foods and plenty of it. Another kudo to the breakfast lady. She worked very hard to keep all of the serving trays full and the coffee fresh! You will love this place! A great family resort.
Goree Waugh

Room Tip: The best rooms face the beach. I say that because the view is spectacular.
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  • Stayed April 2012, 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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Toni R, Director of Sales at BEST WESTERN Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review, May 8, 2012
Thank You for your recent review of our hotel. We agree, Dan our beach person is a wonderful individual. This was your first visit and we hope not your last visit with us!
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Crestwood, KY
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2012

This hotel is located in the perfect location. The hotel is directly on Fort Walton Beach on Okaloosa Island. The rates are very reasonable and include a daily hot breakfast that includes: eggs, sausage, fresh "make yourself" waffles, juices, large cereal selection, biscuits and many other breads, muffins, coffee, and tea. There is a beach attendant who can assist you in the morning when you go to the beach which is right out the back door. You are provided with two chairs and an umbrella. The water is clear and beautiful, the sand on the beach is clean and "sugary". The staff was very friendly and were able to offer suggestions and assistance. The rooms are clean and the cleaning staff is prompt and helpful. The pool outside is very clean and the property is very well maintained. Even the maintenance engineer, Adam stops to make sure you are enjoying your stay, and even asked up if the pool was okay in temperature for us. If I had to say one thing negative is that the carpet can get a little sandy, but the staff comes everyday to vacuum to help maintain cleanliness, so it only can get sandy when you return from the beach until the next morning, and the staff would have been happy to come if asked. The Tiki bar serves delicious drinks and the bartender, Don is hilarious. It make for a wonderful and relaxing vacation for me, my husband and my daughter. I will definitely be back. We even stayed in one night and ordered pizza so we could just hang out and go back to sit on the beach in the evening. When we did leave the hotel, we were able to walk to several restaurants, but Destin was just a short drive to go to the Outlet Mall and other restaurants. The hotel really does try to provide you with everything you need so you can just relax on the beach or at the pool. Again, can't wait to go back.

Room Tip: I would definitely request a room on an upper level. I made the request through Best Western and the...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toni R, Director of Sales at BEST WESTERN Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review, May 8, 2012
Thank You for your recent review of our hotel. We appreciate the time you put into your evaluation. Many thanks for the kudos of our team members Adam and Don. On behalf of our entire team we are thrilled that you and your family had such a super time! The white beaches, the emerald waters and the Tiki Bar will be waiting for you on your next visit with us.
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Lakeland, Florida, United States
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51 reviews 51 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

This was an excellent hotel and the staff was extremely friendly and helpful. The rooms were clean and the beds were comfortable. We received an upgrade by staying longer. The hotel had a small "office" area with a computer and fax for the guests. The pool was clean and clean. Located right on the Gulf the views were spectacular. The hotel also had a retro 1950's era lounge with personable bartenders, great drinks and prices, and live music. Close to restaurants and the city proper.

Room Tip: Look over the property. The room at the front were cheaper but really had no view. The beach front w...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toni R, Director of Sales at BEST WESTERN Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review, April 10, 2012
Thank You for your recent review of our hotel. We are happy that you had a wonderful experience. We agree wholeheartedly that the views are spectacular! We look forward to having you come stay with us in the future.
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near New Orleans, LA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2012

We loved our stay at this hotel! The decor is unique, the breakfast is free, beach umbrella & 2 beach also free (per room), access to the beach is easy and super close and not one bar but two! The swizzle stick bar with the live entertainment was so much fun and how can you beat a tiki bar on the beach? The staff we met were professional and courteous even when we checked in at midnight. The room also had a microwave and fridge which held enough goodies for our weekend stay. It was nice to have such a wide selection for a free breakfast. The favorite was the make your own waffles but both days there were egg and sausage biscuits as well as a host of cereals and breads to choose from. The flavored coffee creamers were a pleasant surprise. For the price we paid it was a steal!!

I read some of the reviews that mention smells and carpet issues but we had none of that. The room appeared to be newly updated and we had no complaints. Someone also mentioned that the pool wasn't heated, I have to disagree with that. I know what a non heated pool feels like in March, this pool heater was working :)

The location was perfect for us...just a short walk to Fudpuckers and souvenir shops right around the corner. We are looking to book another vacation there soon and wouldn't think of staying anywhere else when in Fort Walton / Okaloosa area. Highly recommend

Room Tip: We loved being on the second floor so we could take the stairs & be sure to ask for a room facin...
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  • Stayed March 2012, 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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Toni R, Director of Sales at BEST WESTERN Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review, April 10, 2012
Thank You very much for your detailed review. We really appreciate the time and thought you put in your critique of our hotel. Most importantly, we are thrilled that you had a wonderful time. Please come see us again, we'll be waiting for you!
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Hartselle, Alabama, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2012

I love this hotel! The 1950's retro look is adorable! My family goes here every year! Great staff, clean rooms, good price, beautiful beach! You can't beat it.

Room Tip: Get a beach side room. It's worth it.
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  • Stayed June 2011, 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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Toni R, Director of Sales at BEST WESTERN Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review, October 4, 2012
Thanks for your review on our hotel. We appreciate your feedback and we look forward to your next stay with us.
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Woodbury, Georgia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

The staff was very friendly and helpful. The rooms were very clean and great view of the ocean. The rooms were however a bit small.. Heated pool, great continental breakfast, convient to beach area. I would recomment this hotel to families and couples. I would stay here again

Room Tip: We were in room 207 and we had a great view!
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toni R, Director of Sales at BEST WESTERN Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review, March 28, 2012
Thank you for sharing your comments on your recent stay with us. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to having you stay with us again!
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Address: 380 Santa Rosa Blvd., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548-6136
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Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Fort Walton Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Fort Walton Beach
#2 Family Hotel in Fort Walton Beach
#2 Romantic Hotel in Fort Walton Beach
#3 Business Hotel in Fort Walton Beach
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — BEST WESTERN Ft. Walton Beachfront 2.5*
Number of rooms: 100
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