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“Family Friendly” 4 of 5 stars
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8109 Surf Dr, Panama City Beach, FL 32408   |  
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Ranked #6 of 43 Hotels in Panama City Beach
Wausau, Wisconsin
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“Family Friendly”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

We love the Sunset Inn. This is the only place we stay in PCB. My whole extended family enjoys the Sunset. We like Jim at the front desk & he is always friendly & accommodating. It is a nice, family friendly, family owned place. It is an older motel & does not have the finest amenities, but the beautiful deck on the beach makes up for it. It is only 2 stories, so getting your luggage in & out is easy. You don't have to walk very far to get to your car. There are 2 pools & lots of lounge chairs. We enjoying grilling out on the deck by the ocean. I can't wait to go back!

Room Tip: Some rooms have ocean views Some rooms open up to the pool (watch the kids in the pool while you st...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Our labor day weekend almost got messed up by Royal Ameeican charging us $200 extra at time of chek in!!! But driving around we found SUNSET INN, and they were super nice and friendly and no extra charges!!
Place has great location, at the beach, rooms are nice clean and big with kitchen microwave coffee pot toaster dishes and refrigerator!!!! Thanks to them our weekend turn out to be awesome!!! Family and couples have a great option in this place!!!

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mount Carmel, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at the Sunset in an economy suite that had a queen & sofa bed in the living space with a separate bedroom and full kitchen. Anthony's beach service was very helpful. If you have mold allergies might want to look at the room first.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Walla Walla, Washington
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013 via mobile

Get away from the high rise hotels and try this affordable gem on the beach. There are kitchenettes in every room making this even more of a value. The staff is very nice and helpful. We would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 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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Dallas, Georgia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I left the kids and headed out on a 3 night getaway. Because it was just the two of us, I was looking for something more low key and laid back. I am so glad I stumbled upon the Sunset Inn. I cannot say enough about the cleanliness, the location, the service.... everything was perfect! From check in to check out, the whole experience was simply outstanding. We stayed across the street, which is really just a side road with virtually no traffic. We could be on the beach quicker than we could get on an elevator if staying in a high rise. As an added feature, there were numerous portable grills (the kind with 2 wheels) that guests were free to use. If you're looking for a nice room that's beautifully decorated and a place that had tons of amenities, then this probably isn't the place for you. (The furniture is a bit outdated here) But if you're more interested in the beach, and just want cleanliness, GREAT value, and friendly, personal service.... then this is it!! We will definitely be staying here again, and next time we'll be bringing our kids. This seemed to be a nice place for families, as its not in the middle of all the hustle and bustle, but yet plenty close enough. And as a side note, it is within walking distance of The Hognose Snapper, a delicious place to eat, where everything (including the fries) is made fresh.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Avoid the Madness that is the PCB strip (Front Beach Rd) and stay in this quiet, less-congested, east end of beach, family-owned and operated motel. It doesn't have the flash and all of the amenities you might find at some higher-priced establishments, but it does have comfortable/clean rooms, good space (including kitchenette), less crowded section of beach and a staff that truly cares about your stay.

Easy block-and-a-half walk to a breakfast buffet (Capt Jack's) and dinner, a couple of other restaurants and convenience stores nearby, about 5 minute drive to Capt Anderson's and about 10 minutes or less (via PCB Pkwy) to Shipwreck Island waterpark and Pier Park (outdoor mall, restaurants, movie theatre and amusement park).

Rooms to fit most family sizes.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 241 in the newer building on the property. No complaints.
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  • Stayed July 2013, 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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Atlanta, Georgia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

We visited this place a few weeks ago. This is the first time that we have stayed in Panama City in more than 15 years. We arrived late in the evening and called ahead and the staff was nice enough to accommodate our late arrival. When first walking up to the place, I was a bit skeptical because of its outside appearance. Our room faced the pool and it had 2 queen sized beds, a full
Sized refrigerator, stove, microwave, and wifi access. The room was clean and the maid staff cleaned the room daily and we didn’t have to ask them to like some of the previous reviewers. The hotel is right on the beach and just a few steps to the water. It is also in a more quiet area on the beach than some of the other places to stay and liked the fact that it was easy to get to without having to wait in traffic. The hotel has 2 pools. One pool is approximately 8 feet deep and the other pool is approximately 5 feet deep. We enjoyed the shallow pool because there weren’t as many people swimming in it.

There were only a few negative things that we found. One was the guest laundry. On the website it states “On premises Laundromat”. This to us meant that there was a place that we could come and go to wash and dry our clothes like a coin laundry. However, this was not the case. After searching the hotel looking for the laundromat and not finding it we asked the front desk and they told us that you have to obtain a key from the office in order to use the laundromat. Every time that we would contact the desk the key was checked out or they couldn’t reach the person who had the key because they weren’t in their room. This is very inconvenient and time consuming. We ended up having to leave to do laundry at a laundromat several miles down the road. Another negative aspect is the noise level next to the pool. It can be quite loud sometimes with all of the people in and around the pool. There was also paint/part of the ceiling missing in the bathroom and our toilet constantly ran all of the time.

Overall, the place is a good place to stay for the price and we would stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Address: 8109 Surf Dr, Panama City Beach, FL 32408
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Panama City Beach
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Panama City Beach
#12 Romantic Hotel in Panama City Beach
#13 Family Hotel in Panama City Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Also Known As:
Sunset Hotel Panama City Beach
Sunset Panama City Beach

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