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“Not quite what hoped for but still good” 3 of 5 stars
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Wyndham Garden Fort Walton Beach Destin
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   573 Santa Rosa Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 (Formerly Holiday Inn Resort Fort Walton Beach)   |  
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Ranked #10 of 30 Hotels in Fort Walton Beach
Bunia, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Not quite what hoped for but still good”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

We chose this hotel for a 1-night stay in Fort Walton because it is right on the beach. I accidentally made a double reservation, both at non-refundable rates, but the manager was very kind and did not charge us for one of them after I explained.

We stayed in a gulf-front room with a king-size bed. Very comfortable, well-furnished. The only problem I had with the room was a persistent smell of air freshener. We opened the front and back door to try to air it out, but it was still there. Not a big problem though.

If you book "gulf-front", you probably want to ask where the room will be. Ours actually overlooked the swimming pool rather than the beach, though we could see the water beyond the pool. That was disappointing. They also played music by the pool from 7AM to 10 PM (or perhaps later). I had hoped to just hear the lapping of the waves. My guess is that this hotel is more for younger people who want a party atmosphere? Next time we'll stay somewhere else.

The staff were very helpful and courteous.

Room Tip: Ask for a room that overlooks the beach, not the pool, if that is what you want.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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holidayinnresort, General Manager at Wyndham Garden Fort Walton Beach Destin, responded to this review, November 20, 2012
Dar Our Valued Guest;

We thank you for taking time to share your comments with us via the online survey. I appreciate your business, and the feedback you provide us. We are pleased to know that your expectations were met with the cancelation of your second reservation. Thanks for your kind words!

In regard to the air freshner issue, it was due to the fact the carpet was shampooed in the morning. We apologize for the inconvenience. Secondly, we would like you to know that we hotel welcome every guest to our hotel. Actually, arround fall and winter, most of our visitors are couple. As we are replying to your survey, we have advised the maintenance department to turn on the pools radio from 10:00AM-8:00 PM to avoid any further noisy disturbance to all our guests. When you come back, we wll try to put you in the 7th or 6th floor. Your response is so unvaluable that it helps us take immediate corrective actions toward guest's satisfaction.

We hope you will give us another chance by visiting us again as we addressed all your concerns.



Best regards,
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Hattiesburg, Mississippi
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33 hotel reviews
Reviews in 64 cities Reviews in 64 cities
205 helpful votes 205 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

I wish there was a rate between 3 and 4. Anyway the hotel is Good and it suited our needs exactly. Nice King Bed room with a balcony view of the gulf. The rub is presently they are remodeling. This is going on in lobby area of "B" building and there is somewhat a big hub-bub in front of the main door. After you've checked in you can leave all that behind. We stayed in "C" building. It appears a little tired but considering the pounding they must take from the seasonal tourists, I'd be tired too. The room was clean. The bed was very good. No complaint. I've noted some reviewers think the hotel is somewhat "off the beaten path", Well I'm seeing that as a big plus. It is a mile down the beach from US 98 on Santa Rosa Avenue.You leave behind the busy traffic, the omnipresent police cars, fire trucks and ambulance sirens that whiz by on US 98. With one main road out there on Okaloosa, count me for enjoying being off the beaten path. We'll be waiting and hoping for next year in November.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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holidayinnresort, General Manager at Wyndham Garden Fort Walton Beach Destin, responded to this review, November 16, 2012
Dear Our Valued Guest;

We want to thank you for having chosen to stay with us during your visit here in Fort Walton Beach. We would also like to thank you for taking time to share your feedback with us and other propective guests. Your comments are very unvaluable to us; they are well considered in the process of our continued improvement philosophy. We are refreshing our product to make it the first choice to all guests when choosing a place to stay.

We are looking forward to seeing you again next fall.


Best regards,
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Indianapolis, IN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

We stayed for a few nights in late October 2012.Absolutely no complaints, smooth and quick check in, great service, and clean rooms.They gave us a studio suite with a small kitchenette. The room was a little dated, but it served us well. The pools were heated and kept well stocked with towels. The beach is amazing, chairs are available at no cost. This is the perfect hotel if you are looking for a low-key, family vacation. We will be back next year.

  • Stayed October 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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holidayinnresort, General Manager at Wyndham Garden Fort Walton Beach Destin, responded to this review, November 16, 2012
Dear Our Valued Guest;

We would like to thank you for your business, and the time which you took to fill in this urvey for us. We are delighted to know that we have exceeded your expectations. We also appreciate the efforts you made to tell other guests about the features and amenties, which our property has to offer. On the other hand, we would like to make you aware that we are refreshing our guest rooms, lobby and the restaurant. You will experience a differet atmosphere when you come back at our hotel for your next vacation.

We are looking forward to seeing again.


Sincerely,
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Jonesboro, Arkansas
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Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

I visit this hotel ever year. The staff is great and it has the best view and beaches ever. I wish I could pack up and move to this hotel. It has two pools one with a tiki bar. The hotel gives you access to a beach umbrella and two beach chairs. You can purchase more from the beach boy if need be. I cant wait to visit again!

Room Tip: Of couse the beach side view is wonderful
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  • Stayed September 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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holidayinnresort, General Manager at Wyndham Garden Fort Walton Beach Destin, responded to this review, November 5, 2012
Dear Our Valued Guest;

We thank you for having chosen to stay with us every year. We really appreciate your patronage and the love that you have for our hotel. We are honored to know that the enjoyment of our service and product have exceeded your expectations. Your feedback is very invaluable to us; and it is well considered in the efforts to daily motivate our team toward the delivery of excellent service to all our guests.

We are looking forward to seeing you again in the near future.


Best regards,
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California, Maryland
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

I'm staying at this hotel right now and just had a wonderful experience! I'm not feeling great today, so I decided to put the "do not disturb" sign on the door and just spend some time watching tv while relaxing in bed (it's pretty windy/chilly today, so it's not like I'd be missing much outside anyways!). I've stayed at so many hotels, and usually the "do not disturb" sign means waiting until the next day for fresh towels, etc., but the housekeeper just called the room to make sure there wasn't anything I needed! It was such a pleasant surprise that I couldn't wait to write a review! Everyone else has been absolutely wonderful so far as well. I have to say that the coffee in the lobby was fantastic compared to most other hotels I've stayed at. My only complaint is that there isn't a complimentary breakfast at this hotel (it would've been really nice to have that this morning since I don't feel well enough to go find a restaurant), but my rating of this place isn't going to reflect that since the hotel did not advertise having breakfast.

Room Tip: Room 423 has a bunkbed, as well as a king sized bed. If you have kids, they will absolutely love it
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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holidayinnresort, General Manager at Wyndham Garden Fort Walton Beach Destin, responded to this review, October 30, 2012
Dear Our Valued Guest;;

We thank you for giving us your feedback while still being here at the property. Your feedback has been unprecedented. You are the first one who ever filled out a survey that way. We would like you to know that we are very appreciative of your business and the time which you spent to write us such a wonderful survey.

Additionally, we want to stay to be great until check-out time. If there is anything we can do to make your stay more enjoyable, please do not hesitate to call and ask to speak to the GM or AGM. Our ultimate objective is to create an everlasting experience for all our guests.


Enjoy stay ! We are at your service.


Sincerely,
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Dayton, Ohio
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

We stay yearly at The Holiday Inn Resort, on Okaloosa Island, Fort Walton Beach, Fl. We find the staff to always be friendly and helpful. My husband uses the work out room early morning each day, hot tub and pools are clean and ready for use also early in the day. Of course, THE BEACH, is only a LOOK and stroll from the Gulf view rooms. Food on site is good and reasonable. WHAT'S NOT TO LIKE!!!!!! Keep up the GOOD WORK HOLIDAY INN RESORT. We love you.

Room Tip: Love the Gulf View rooms. Small refrigerator and microwave in room to stock your drinks of choice a...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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holidayinnresort, General Manager at Wyndham Garden Fort Walton Beach Destin, responded to this review, October 30, 2012
Dear our valued guest;

We would like to thank you for your business and the time which you took to write such a positive feedback about everlasting experience you had at the hotel. Your comments are well considered as they transform into a catalyst that can energize our team toward service excellence. Again, we really appreciate every second of the time taken to fill out this survey for us.

We are looking forward to seeing you again.


Best Regards,
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Huntsville, Alabama, USA
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012 via mobile

Been staying here for a couple of years when I come down for work. Love the pool areas, the tiki bar, and free movie kiosk. The staff has always been very friendly and taken care of any problems that have come up. The rooms are alright but could use some routine maintenance (slow drains, shower head and curtain rods need secured).

Not a huge fan of the kitchenette rooms, the balcony is half facing the next building and I had to take the microwave off the shelf so I could plug it in an outlet. But the king and double bed gulf front rooms are very nice, love the balcony and never head problems with pool noise.

Great spot on the beach, hotel is always clean, the tiki bar guys make great daquaris for my poolside enjoyment, the restaurant food is very good. Overall a great place other than minor room issues which it sounds like they may be working on.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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holidayinnresort, General Manager at Wyndham Garden Fort Walton Beach Destin, responded to this review, October 22, 2012
Dear our valued guest;

Our ultimate goal is to ensure that guests like you enjoy what our property has to offer. We are very thankful of the time which you took to tell others via the internet the great experiences that you had here. Your business and the time are very invaluable to our continued improvement. No issue is minor to us. We will address comments with each department for the betterment of our product and service. As you may have seen, we are in the midst of a rproject to refurbish our property to make it more enjoyable. I hope you will come back to witness firsthand how much we have changed. On the other hand, we are also excited to learn that you enjoyed all the features and amenities including the ocean view while staying with us. Thanks again for laying stress on the friendliness of the staff, the ocean view and the pools' features.

We are looking forward to seeing again.

Best regards,
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Additional Information about Wyndham Garden Fort Walton Beach Destin

Address: 573 Santa Rosa Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 (Formerly Holiday Inn Resort Fort Walton Beach)
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Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Fort Walton Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Fort Walton Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Wyndham Garden Fort Walton Beach Destin 3*
Number of rooms: 195
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Wyndham Garden Fort Walton Beach/Destin, Florida is a family oriented beachfront hotel tucked away from the Destin traffic on Okaloosa Island. No other location compares to the world's whitest beaches and emerald green waters. With fishing, golf courses, shopping, and other attractions nearby, you are sure to find a way to pass the sultry Florida days. Our full service resort features all the helpful amenities needed for a comfortable stay, including luxurious penthouses and one bedroom suites with kitchens. Romantic getaway? Our fabulous honeymoon suite presents cozy bedding in a warm setting and a deluxe view of the Gulf of Mexico from the Jacuzzi tub. Visit the Crab Island Cafe specializing in seafood entrees, or our seasonal poolside Manatee Grill & Bar. We haven't forgotten the business traveler or conventioneer. With 3,500 sq. Ft. Of meeting space, we are ideally suited to accommodate any function from a business conference to a wedding celebration. Relax, our professional event and catering staff can offer creative, budget-conscious ideas for a successful event. Want to add some fun to your day on the beach? Take advantage of all that is offered for free - bikes, ping pong, bingo by the pool, beach service with chairs and umbrella. Our Dive-in movies deliver drive-in quality in a wet atmosphere as our main pool becomes a cinema. Guest under the age of 24 must be accompanied by parent or guardian. ... more   less 
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