This was our first trip to Panama City Beach. At this time of year it's more of a high school/college party town and not suitable for families with young kids.
Emerald Beach Resort's is a large and the layout is confusing upon arrival but once you figure it out, though time consuming, it's easy to get around. The resort is located within walking distance of Sharkey's restaurant which was a pleasant surprise. Not much else within walking distance, but lot's of great places a short drive away. Since we'd be arriving at night, I called the week before to arrange grocery service but the staff was clueless and did not offer to find out. After arriving we found a Super Target and a Walmart [via a phone app] a mile away. Be warned that because of the layout you need to get a hotel cart to get your groceries to your room.
Upon arrival we found our rental to be extremely dirty. The walls had staines and marks on them and the carpet [why have carpet in a Florida rental??] was stained and filthy. Lamps were broken or not working. Even though the place was spacious and had a great view of the ocean the nice amenities were overshadowed by the disgusting/gross carpeting. We'd not even let our kids walk around without their shoes. We reported this to the front desk and were told that a work order was put in for carpet cleaning. Five days into our 7 day stay the carpet had still not been cleaned. So, we checked out 2 days early.
The website states there is Wi-Fi which is misleading. Wi-Fi is only on the Skybridge. The rooms do have internet via an ethernet cable [that our room did not have].
The beach was nice and there was a chair rental service. There are two pools, we preferred the beach side pool that was heated and had a Tiki Hut. Believe it or not the resorts security guys were the best experience [Emerald Beach Resort staff wise] they were pleasant, friendly and opened the gates and doors for us.
It is pricey, which would lead you to trust that for the price your rental unit would be clean and updated but this is not the case. So unless you are college age spring breakers don't waste your money at Panama City Beach Emerald Beach Resort.
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- Also Known As:
- Emerald Beach Hotel Panama City Beach
- Emerald Beach Panama City