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“Old and Tired” 3 of 5 stars
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BEST WESTERN Ft. Walton Beachfront
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
North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Old and Tired”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

We stayed here for a week, and it is clear that this hotel has seen it's better days. The room is subpar for sure - everything is old in the room. They need to do a major renovation, and this could be a really great Ft. Walton, FL beach destination as it is oceanfront. They need to capitalize on this. The price is reasonable because it is old and tired. I would rather pay a little bit more, and the hotel be clean, and modern. This is our first time in Ft. Walton, FL, but not our last - but, we won't be staying at this hotel. There are new hotels being built in the area.

There is a bar onsite, and it has live music from 8pm to midnight, and we could hear the loud music, and we couldn't go to sleep most nights until they stopped playing the music.

No fitness center.

Dan, who makes sure that guests have umbrellas, and chairs on the beach, is really nice. He was very helpful with information about the area like things to do, great restaurants.

The beds are not comfortable.
Pool is great (always 85 degrees)

I would suggest really doing your homework before you book your next trip here. There are other hotels in the area (also, in Destin, FL)

Room Tip: Book the highest floor (6th floor) so you are away from the loud music from the bar.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Toni R, Director of Sales at BEST WESTERN Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review, April 8, 2013
We appreciate your feedback on your recent stay with us. We apologize for not meeting your expectations. Please do not hesitate to contact us so that we may be able to discuss this further. (850) 243-9444, ext. 104. Again, thank you for your input, we do truly value your comments.
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  • 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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Benton, LA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here three nights on reward points from credit union over Spring Break. Nice gulf front room with incredible views! Good breakfast every morning and coffee all day. Very heated pool, which felt great in cool temps. Staff were extremely responsive to requests. Would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Toni R, Director of Sales at BEST WESTERN Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review, April 8, 2013
Thank You for your review on you recent stay with us. We appreciate your feedback and it was our pleasure to serve you. We look forward to seeing you on your next visit with us.
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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12 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013 via mobile

It's a little on the older side but they keep it up! Great location. Very quiet on the beach. You see dolphins everyday from your balcony... Get the balcony! Breakfast is just so so. See pictures for more info. Room 401 2 queen beds.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 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 2, 2013
Thank You for your review on your recent stay with us. We are excited that you had a good time and look forward to your next visit. It was our pleasure to serve you!
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

We stayed at this hotel in early March and had a wonderful relaxing weekend! The hotel is tastefully decorated in 1950's style with cheerful colors. The building is older, but very well maintained! The staff was very friendly and accommodating: We requested a higher floor to avoid the noises from Spring Breakers and were given a room on the 6th floor, which offered a fantastic view! As a side note, the Spring Breakers were VERY nice and we had absolutely no issues! The room was spotless and the beds very comfortable! The breakfast is okay - nothing super fancy, but a good variety of breakfast items overall. The beach service is an awesome amentity: Dan (?) was very friendly and helpful in setting up the chairs. The hotel provides beach towels, which is a nice feature, and there are pool toys for kids, too! The pool is heated and that was one of the reasons we chose this hotel (the Gulf was still cold)! I definitely recommend this hotel and am planning on returning this summer. It's not the fanciest hotel, but an excellent value for a clean, oceanfront place!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Toni R, Director of Sales at BEST WESTERN Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review, March 26, 2013
Thank You for your in-depth review on your recent stay with our hotel. We appreciate the feedback and kind words. It was truly our pleasure to have served you and we so look forward to your next visit, this summer!
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Youngsville, Louisiana
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Hotel STAFF was absolutely fabulous, from CHECK in to CHECK out and EVERYTHING in between…Everything and EVERYONE was just AWESOME! Rate, cleanliness, service, SMILES, BEACH BUTLER, breakfast was fantastic, not to mention the location to amazing fun and lots of great places to eat. Booking today for our next family get-a-way! Thanks Best Western. This will be an annual get away for US!

  • Stayed May 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, March 22, 2013
Thank you for your review on your stay with us. We appreciate your kind feedback. It was our pleasure to have served you. Thank you for booking your next vacation with us, we will look forward to seeing you soon!
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Bartlett, Tennessee
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

Beautiful hotel with a cute, 50s retro themed lobby. Rooms were very clean. Initially we were placed in 209, above the inside bar and just next to the tiki bar. But upon hearing the language of the tiki bar patrons from our balcony, I asked to be moved further away from the bars for my child's sake. Even though they were nearly booked up, they were accomodating and we were moved to 311. I think the reason that room wasn't booked is because it had a very noisy a/c, but I figured that would drown out the spring breakers and it did for the most part. Hopefully they will replace that thing soon. This hotel has a great staff, a heated pool outside, incredible beachfront and kayaks for rent during the day. We would definitely stay here again. Love the new colors, green and blue!

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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 22, 2013
Thank you for your review on your recent stay with us. We apologize for any inconvenience. We do appreciate your valuable feedback and will be happy to see you on your next visit with us!
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Sardis, Ohio, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

This place really felt like home!! The beds were comfy & the towels were fresh. The breakfast was super yummy each morning! Our kids loved going downstairs to get fresh popcorn and lemonade each day. The view was spectacular!! The lifeguard was....well, I can't say enough...he kept the beach clean, he was always putting up our umbrellas, and he was super nice to our kids...giving them floats and beach toys each day. This place is a gem!!

  • Stayed August 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, March 22, 2013
Thank You for your review on your recent stay with us. We appreciate the kind feedback. It was our pleasure to have served you. We hope to see you very soon!
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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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