When I was a little girl back in the 80s, I vacationed here with my parents. Back then, this hotel was called the Sea Witch and had red rooftops. Aside from wishing that A) the hotel was still called the Sea Witch (cool name); B) the internet was better (no Comcast here?); and C) the hotel would take my dog (most dogs are better behaved and cleaner than most Spring Breakers, and you can always charge cleaning fees), I thought everything was as close to perfect as possible. I paid an off-season price of $71 per night - it will be much more expensive than that once Spring Break hits. We got a top floor 2-bedroom with a gulf front balcony. If I could nitpick one more time, one bedroom has the flat screen tv and gulf view, and the other bedroom has no tv, no view. My mother took the latter bedroom, despite my insistence she take the 'good one', but she is a saint who never stops spoiling people rotten (I can't help it!). So I took the good room: the bed was comfortable, the tv had good cable reception, the gulf view was incredible, and at the top it was quiet as a mouse. The carpet was clean; my bare feet came up clean (thank you!) The kitchenette had a full size fridge, cabinets, sink, and microwave. There was no regular stove, but that is OK. The bathroom was small and vintage but was clean and had a good walk-in shower. The balcony was small but who cares. The view was incredible. Just don't lean on that railing; it is a bit scary. The emerald waters and beach, no doubt smooth from being so often trod upon, make up an incredible view. In a way, I prefer Panama City Beach (specifically the quieter west end of Laguna Beach/Sunnyside) to my other sentimental childhood place, Sanibel Island, and that is saying a lot because Sanibel is ranked the #1 destination in the world for a reason! The hotel shows its age in some areas. The elevators are rickety and scary; sometimes I took seven flights of stairs to avoid them but also relive my childhood when I played on those stairs. I didn't use the pool, but the pool area and gardens beside it were very nicely kept. I've been in a lot of hotels in a lot of cities, luxury and budget, and this hotel is one of my favorites, even though it is a little ragged around the edges simply because of its age but that is part of its charm. I can't come as often as I like because it is painful to leave my German Shepherd, but it is an easy 7-hour drive from where I currently live, and I will be back!
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I wanted to thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts about your recent stay at the Beachside Resort. it's so wonderful to hear from our guests that have been coming to the property since "the good ole days". The Sea Witch has a proud history in Panama City Beach lore and I can only hope to add to that legend as we move forward with the Beachside Resort.
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To a couple of your unique comments: we do have plans to add a TV to the second room in our two room units. Also, I'm sorry you we aren't able to also welcome your German Shepherd to our property. It was a tough decision, but one we came to after considering that Bay County rules do not allow pets on our beach. I will also follow up with our engineering staff concerning your remarks about our elevators.
Again, thank you so much for coming back and revisiting those great memories from your past. My hope is that we are allowed to help you make more memories in the future. Thanks again, and we hope to see you again very soon.
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