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“My family hosted its bi-annual reunion at the Ramada Plaza...” 4 of 5 stars
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Ramada Plaza Fort Walton Beach Resort/Destin
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   1500 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548   |  
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

My son and I enjoy the Ramada Plaza every summer. We love the fact that once we arrive and unpack, we don't have to get back into our vehicle until it's time to leave. This hotel has everything! Three pools, splash garden, three bars, two restaurants and an Alvin' s Island gift shop all on the property! With the Boardwalk next door (also walking distance) you just can't beat it. The rooms are always clean and nice. We always get pool or gulf side with a microwave and mini frig. Such a great deal!

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Yield-ramadafwb_123, Manager at Ramada Plaza Fort Walton Beach Resort/Destin, responded to this review, August 5, 2014
Thanks for coming back again! As you mentioned, our pools, bars, restaurants, and gift shop have everything needed to have a fun time at the beach. We'll see you next year!
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Royal Wootton Bassett, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Arrived at the Ramada Plaza after spending the 1st 3 weeks down the road at the Four Points Sheraton after needing to move hotels due to room availability due to staying another week for work. Not impressed with the service and the sheer quality of the hotel. Grubby and outdated comes to mind with having stayed in some pretty naff hotels around the world, this one is up there on my list. I was given a room overlooking the main pool with the constant load noise coming from drunken guests in the pool and hot tub till the early hours and the constant roar of the waterfalls which was defining till it was switched off on a night. Situated at the top of the hotel the view was brilliant but I was also right under the main function room and had a wedding reception on two occasions. This wasn't the problem as it's a special day for those involved but the noise after the events that caused me to be woken several times right thru till 2-3 am by the hotel staff de-prepping the function room for the next day..."What a nightmare"
Parking was horrendous with on several occasions not being able to locate a parking spot for 10-20 minutes and on one occasion I had to park in a different hotel some 200 yrds away. The only good things about this hotel was the BBQ shack and the front bar.
Don't get me wrong the hotel tried its best and I'm sure if I had complained enough they would have moved me? I was on business, but if I had paid for a family holiday to this low grad hotel I would have demanded my money back.

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Yield-ramadafwb_123, Manager at Ramada Plaza Fort Walton Beach Resort/Destin, responded to this review, August 5, 2014
We appreciate you taking time to give us feedback on your experience. I'm sorry to hear that the noise level and parking were problems encountered during your stay. I hope that if business travel brings you back to the area you will give us another chance.
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Franklin, Indiana
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15 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

The room was clean and the outdoor pool was heated which made that very nice. the Grato was great but cold. Once you get used to water then not so bad. Indoor bar was a plus. Overall very good. One or two suggestions. Get a lower level room there are no elevators. The breakfest bar was not worth the money. The eating room was beautiful but the quality and size of buffet was not very good. If they want to charge 10.95 a plate then at least the food could be worth the money. They only had scrambled eggs on buffet which was powdered or liquid egg and not very tasteful. The hasbrowns were greasy and tasted bad to me and food selection on buffet was limited. The price of the room was pricey but probably average for that area.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Yield-ramadafwb_123, Manager at Ramada Plaza Fort Walton Beach Resort/Destin, responded to this review, August 5, 2014
Thank you for the review. Your suggestions for improvement of the breakfast buffet offerings has been shared with the restaurant manager. I'm happy that you enjoyed the pools and bars. We hope to see you again!
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Birmingham, Alabama, United States
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21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This hotel has seen some stuff. Yes it's older. Yes it could use some updating. However the beach bar, grotto bar, and BBQ shack provide just what I need for a casual vacation. This hotel has always shown me friendly service and a great time. I would love to see the owners step up the rooms with new things but keep the lovely old Florida charm and beautiful facilities.

Stayed June 2014
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Yield-ramadafwb_123, Manager at Ramada Plaza Fort Walton Beach Resort/Destin, responded to this review, August 5, 2014
Thank you for writing a review to share your experience. Our resort is historical to the local area and we appreciate that you see the charm in it. See you for your next visit to the beach!
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Willis, Texas, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The beach is what it is, great! We had our 30th High School reunion, stayed there. It seems no real upgrades since the parking garage. Its time to upgrade, especially for the room rates, we stayed 5days

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Yield-ramadafwb_123, Manager at Ramada Plaza Fort Walton Beach Resort/Destin, responded to this review, August 5, 2014
It was such a pleasure to have you here for your 30th reunion. Thanks for telling us about your visit. We hope to see you for the next one.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 via mobile

Although the rooms themselves were average at best, the resort overall was wonderful! Great location - just before the bridge that links Fort Walton Beach to Destin! Private beach access so we didn't have to get sand in our vehicle! Great pools - one huge cool pool with swim-up grotto waterfall bar, one large heated pool, huge hottub, small kiddie pool, and a really awesome splash garden for kids! From 5-10pm, you can order homemade pizza from downstairs .....we had it TWICE from Monday night to Friday morning, it was delicious! Would've eaten it every meal! Wish I had pizza that good here at home! Garden buffet breakfast was yummy! Plus super yummy poolside BBQ place, with the BEST burgers! Maid service was great! Rooms were clean, just small and crowded for a family of four! Walking downstairs out of the elevator, you turned left for pools, right for beach! Very close to the water compared to other nearby hotels! Sugar white sand! Very clean walkways, multiple outside showers to wash sand off! Although we would've liked a BIGGER room, we loved the resort! Would definitely stay again!

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 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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Yield-ramadafwb_123, Manager at Ramada Plaza Fort Walton Beach Resort/Destin, responded to this review, August 5, 2014
Thanks for the compliments! We are glad you enjoyed our Dine In Chef brick oven pizza so much, as well as the Garden Cafe breakfast and the Bayou Country BBQ outside near the pools. If your travels bring you back to the beach, we hope to see you again.
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Address: 1500 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
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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 Restaurant Room Service 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 — Ramada Plaza Fort Walton Beach Resort/Destin 3*
Number of rooms: 335
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