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“Great Little Room, Exactly as Advertised” 4 of 5 stars
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Islander Beach Resort
3.0 of 5 Condominium   |   790 Santa Rosa Blvd, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548   |  
Hotel amenities
Bowie, Maryland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Great Little Room, Exactly as Advertised”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2011

This poor little place hasn't had many recent reviews. It looks Exactly the way it's advertised. The view is BEAUTIFUL. The bed IS comfy and everything is in working order. We had no problem with the management. They were accommodating and helpful.

I wish someone would have written that you can hear the waves crashing from the bed.. with the door closed! Great bargain for what you get!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Saint Louis, Missouri
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2011

We found the Islander to be nice enough. Condo 502 was a very small studio. It would have been nice for two people, but for three we had to open the sofa bed which took up a lot of space and was very uncomfortable. The condo was clean and the decorations were nice enough. The view was amazing. The first problem that we had was not necessarily with the Islander but with the area. There was a tremendous amount of seaweed to contend with on the beach, making swimming unpleasant because it would stick to hair and skin. Lots of seaweed washed up onto the sand and with it floating in the water, the water did not look clear and bright. Very disappointing. For some reason unknown to us though, we traveled 7 miles to Destin and there was no seaweed at all. Another problem was that it rained off and on for the first day and a half and the drainage at the entries to the Islander parking lots is terrible. To get anywhere I had to drive through what seemed like a foot of water that was standing at each entry to the parking lot. I have always heard that driving through standing water is bad for vehicles, but there was no way around it. For these reasons, I won't go back to Fort Walton Beach. I will try Destin next time.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Jacksonville, Florida
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18 hotel reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2011

There were three couples and one child that stayed in our condo. The condo was 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. The half bath really helped with so many people. The condo was decorated nicely and laid out well. The view was gorgeous and right on the beach. Nothing is really within walking distance so you do have to drive everywhere- too far to bike as well. The area is kind of hidden though, so the beach is nice and quaint. There are chairs reserved for you on the beach with umbrellas which is nice. There are several grills in a courtyard with a table or two but nothing in the shade. My only complaint is that the condo did not seem that clean. Linens were clean but when I spilled my water on the kitchen floor and cleaned it up, it made my towel filthy... so I don't think the cleaning service does a great job. Overall good value though.

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Columbus, OH
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2009

We stayed in Unit 604 at the Islander Beach Resort in Fort Walton Beach, Florida from November 1st through November 6th. This is our second visit to unit 604 at the Islander. The room was perfect for my husand and I and our 17 month old daughter. The views are absolutely breathtaking. You can see the sunrise and sunset from the balcony. The beach has the whitest sand I've ever seen. The pool is heated and always very clean. The room had enough storage space to put away all of our things. The day bed that pulls out and King bed provide enough sleeping space. It felt homey and nice in the room. We didn't want to leave. There are plenty of things to do and see in the area. We highly recommend taking a short drive to Destin and eating at Harry T's and viewing the sunset from the docks. I can't say enough good things about the resort and the area. We had an amazing time and can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Nashville, TN
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2009

We stayed in unit #7004. The condo was very nice and had a great view. It was stocked well for the two of us and was decorated very nicely in a beach motif. We rented through Brooks and Shorey and had a great experience with them. Check-in/out was a breeze and we enjoyed the amenities that are included in their packages so we will definitely rent from them in the future. We especially like having access to chairs and umbrella without spending a small fortune and since it was the end of Sept we were easily able to get a great spot on the beach.

As for the condo itself, our only major complaint is that the beds were hard as rocks! Seriously, after sleeping in the master king sized bed for 3 days, we had to go to Urgent Care because my husband's back was killing him and he could hardly move. They gave him a couple of shots which made him feel a lot better and that night he tried sleeping in the full sized bed in the 2nd bedroom. Even that was too hard so he slept on the couch which he said was actually very comfortable. I understand some people like a very firm mattress but in a rental situation, I would think you would want to furnish a more middle of the road bed. We are looking for a place to come back to year after year but unless the owners replace the beds, I'm afraid we will need to find another condo to stay in for our annual trip.

The only other things I would caution about are the TV in the unit and the elevators. The main TV in the condo is pretty old and it looks like the bulb is about ready to go out. This is a very small thing since the beach is the main attraction but we enjoy watching movies in the evenings before we go to sleep so the dimness was a little inconvenient. As for the elevators, they are VERY slow and they did not appear to have air conditioning in them so the ride to and from the 7th floor was very uncomfortable.

Overall, we would probably stay at this property again, but we would choose a different unit. We really enjoyed that it was close enough to Destin that you could easily get there to eat, shop, etc., but far enough away to get out of the congestion.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2009

We stayed at the Islander 7008 for 6 nights. Overall we had a great trip. We booked through Brooks and Shorey and everything went smooth from the time of booking the trip until we left. The condo was very nice. It had a great view of the beach and we spent a lot of time on the balcony enjoying it. The only problem with the balcony was that one of the rocking chair legs was broken and our friend almost busted it when he sat in it. The condo was clean and neat. We were not provided with trash bags so bring your own. The other issue was the closet doors, they would not stay on track. We thought the condo was nice however both the master bed and the extra room queen bed were hard as rocks. I ended up on the sleeper bed with my son every night and our friends stated they did not get more than 4 hrs of sleep per night in the king bed. Some people may like hard beds but not us. Overall we would rent this condo again if new softer mattresses were purchased. We had a great time despite the beds.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2008

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Feedback on unit 703 which we stayed at for a wedding Dec 27 and 28 is not good at all. The unit smells strongly of dogs throughout. The bed had worn out (clean?) bedspread, old sheets and no blanket. There were no amenities at all except bath soap so we had to drive out to the pharmacy for shampoo. No hair dryer, a noisy fan in the worn out barely clean bathroom. There was a coffee maker with one hotel coffee packet that we used the first morning. No maid services. The TV did not work. With three remotes we could turn it on and off but it had only unwatchable channels-unable to get clear cable reception. For these problems there was no recourse as the office is closed on Sunday. I woulld have changed our room after the first night. FYI you have to drive everywhere for restaurants and supplies.
On the positive side the beach is lovely even though it seems to be shrinking. The wedding was lovely There were lots of clean white towels available.
All in all this is an outdated worn out hotel/resort. It was just adequate for two nights but we would never go back there
We bought our tickets at travelocity but the resort was the location of and recommendation from the wedding

  • Liked — the wedding
  • Disliked — room 703
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Islander Beach Resort

Address: 790 Santa Rosa Blvd, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Fort Walton Beach
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Fort Walton Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Islander Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 121
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