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“Don't judge a book by its cover.” 4 of 5 stars
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17403 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, FL 32413   |  
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Ranked #15 of 43 Hotels in Panama City Beach
Tellico Plains, Tennessee, USA
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“Don't judge a book by its cover.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

The outside of the hotel looks a bit run down. After convincing my hesitant husband to give it a try, we booked a room. The rooms had been remodeled and were nice and clean. Each room had a private balcony but if you want ocean front and are offered a partial view, ask to see the room first. The partial view room we looked at looked straight at another hotel and the room was TINY because of it being a corner room. The ocean front room was much nicer. Even though it looked worn on the outside, the rooms and ammenties were nice. There is a ton of things to do at the hotel without even leaving. I also liked its location...away from the excitement a bit.

Two things I did not like- The hotel was only three stories...I like to be higher up. You cannot make reservations online. It must be done in person or over the phone.

Room Tip: Ask to view your room before finalizing your stay.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Greenwood, Indiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

Yes it is an older property but we still love it. We have been for fall break twice now and spring break once. I love being on the beach and all the amenities the Sandpiper offers. We have enjoyed watching the movie on the big screen at night. Although my kids are getting older now they had fun on the big slide during the day and enjoying the other kid friendly activities. The family atmosphere in the bar area until 9 p.m. was a shock to begin with but then I realized how nice it was to be able to enjoy a cocktail without having to worry about driving and watching the kids participate in karaoke. And I feel safe letting them walk the property and hang out with new friends we meet. The Sandpiper is very forthcoming about when college spring break is and when family spring break begins. Luckily our kid’s spring break has always fallen in the “family spring break” time. If not Florida period would probably not be a spring break destination for us at all. Our first visit to the Sandpiper, having never seen the hotel, we were disappointed with the room we chose. They were very amiable about upgrading our room, at a nominal charge, to a beach front walk out room. The rooms our budget could afford are a little small for four people but really how much time do you really spend in a hotel room on a beach vacation to Florida! My daughter loves the mall in Panama City Beach. And we have enjoyed going over the bridge to old town Panama to go to antique stores. My son, the fish, just wants to be in one of the pools at Sandpiper at all times. I really love Destin but they do not offer a hotel that we can afford, with all the amenities Sandpiper has to offer. Our last trip to Destin was spent in a high rise 20 floors up looking down at the beach. So we definitely will be back to Sandpiper so we can walk out our sliding door, take a few steps and stand on the deck to watch the sunset over the Gulf.

Room Tip: Beach front bottom floor is the way to go, nice table to sit at and watch the sunset.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cape Coral, Florida
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

Stayed for one overnight on our way to Pensacola. Checked in at sunset and enjoyed the beach location and beautiful views. Older hotel, but room was clean. Just before turning-in we discovered two live cockroachs in the room. Called front desk and after an apology, was given the option to change rooms or have ours sprayed. We chose the latter figuring if they were in our room, they were in other rooms as well...it was too late to change hotels. Lousy night sleep and nobody overly concerned at desk when we checked out. We wont be back.

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012 via mobile

We stayed here for my daughter's 20th birthday bash and loved it, so we wanted to come back. Kinda wished we hadn't though. We are here now 12-3-2012. We drove to Destin for some shopping and we got back to our room and it had not been touched. When I called down to the front desk I was told that they do not have house keeping in the off season. We were not told that when we cheked in. So we had to take our own trash out and make our own beds and gather up our twels.
My Mom has bouts were she can't sleep and wanted our porch light fixed so she could go and read on the deck. No one has shown up yet. The housekeeping ladies showed up yesterday (the same ones we were told that would not be there) and then cleaned. THey said they would not be back until Tuesday so we didn't clean our beds off today and they showed up and cleaned half the room. They have list of rules about no drinking around the pool and no animals on or near the pool deck and there was drinking in the hot tub and older folks have thier dogs all over the pool deck. Not to mention the 50 cats wandering all over. There were also dogs on the beach taking a dump and no one there to make sure the poop was picked up. Big disapointment this time. Won't be back. Off season or in season.

Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Portland, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

They have remodeled alot here so it was worth 65 a night off season. They accept spring break kids so dont go near here when that is happening.The rooms are ok,clean and all, this is an old motel. I went down the road a bit and found an efficiency that I liked better but I paid more too.

Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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Nashville, Tennessee
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

First, this is not one of the big highrises on the beachfront. This place has been around for a while. Everything that needed to be painted was painted. We had the standard king room with a kitchenette. The vanity in the bathroom had no counter space. The kitchen sink was a single bowl. The room was clean and had been updated. No hangers provided and small area to hang things. Am I sounding critical, maybe, but I would go back in a heartbeat. Go ahead, pay the big bucks for the big names. This was a place that was extremely affordable, staff courteous, plenty of parking for PCB standards. Many amenities ie tiki bar, outside grills, tables, lounge chairs and on and on. Let there be no doubt, you will not be disappointed as long as you don't think you are the king or queen.

Room Tip: Second or third floor down the way from the tiki lounge
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Montevallo, Alabama, United States
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

we had a wonserful time at the sandpiper beacon in panama city.
the entire staff was very friendly and very helpful.(one of the staff members even took us to our room!) they were all great!
the room was spotless and very nice.
the hot tub,the swimming pool and the tiki bar was right around the corner with a ocean view in front of us.....couldnt have asked for more!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Sandpiper Beacon Beach Resort

Address: 17403 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, FL 32413
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Panama City Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Panama City Beach
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Panama City Beach
#15 Family Hotel in Panama City Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 199
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beachfront hotel/resort catering to families with children of all ages and offering a FUN beach vacation experience that is difficult to find in other Panama City Beach accommodations. With a wide variety of amenities, activities, and on-site conveniences, most guests never even have to leave the resort! ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Sandpiper Beacon Beach Hotel Panama City Beach
Sandpiper Beacon Beach Panama City
Sandpiper Panama City Beach

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