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“Good Value and Location” 5 of 5 stars
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Driftwood Lodge
15811 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413   |  
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Ranked #4 of 53 hotels in Panama City Beach
Lawrenceville, Georgia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Good Value and Location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

My wife and I took short vacation to P.C. Beach Florida and found the Driftwood Lodge a wonderful place to relax and be near the ocean. The rooms are spacious with a kichenette. You have all the utensils you need to cook and eat. There is a large refrigerator in the room. You can store any food items thast you may want to bring to the room.

The ocean is within short distance to the rooms. There is also a nice warm pool and deck to relax. Everry day the Lodge has some activity for families and guests. There was a movie showing of "Finding Emo" for families and small children one eveing. Fresh popcorn is available during the day and evening. The staff are friendly and courteous. The beds are comfortable but the pilllows are a bit soft for my tastes. You msy want to bring your own pillows. Otherwise, the room is comfortable. If you are looking for a fancy room with amenities then the Driftwood Lodge may not be for you. But if you are looking for relative inexpensive lodging that has an ocean view, swimming pool, close to restaurants, amusement parks, oyster bars, and events on P.C. Beach, then you will have a wonderful time at the Driftwood Lodge.

Room Tip: All rooms facing ocean have a balcony. If you have trouble climbing stairs, then first story rooms...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tracy S, Owner at Driftwood Lodge, responded to this review, May 13, 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us about stay at the Driftwood Lodge. We appreciate you trusting us with your precious vacation time. We look forward to welcoming you back again.
Hospitably yours,
The Gilmore Family
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Covington, Georgia
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118 reviews 118 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

Old Florida feel. Not a upscale mega but thats what we were looking for. They have entertainment for kids during the day and a Movie by the pool with popcorn and homemade fudge by owner (atleast I think it was the owner it could have been by the manager.) at night sometimes. We stayed in the cabana rooms facing the beach and would go back everytime. They could send a little money on updating rooms but all in all good time. You can use pool next door also they have a hot tub. Staff was Great and helpful.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tracy S, Owner at Driftwood Lodge, responded to this review, May 13, 2013
Thank you so much for your kind words. It is our goal to provide our guests with a fun, relaxing family vacation. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you and your family in the future,

Hospitably Yours,

The Gilmore Family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here one night & it was everything we were looking for: Clean, beachfront, reasonably priced. We were on 1st floor, big picture window framed a beautiful view of the Tiki Deck & beach. Also had a nice private patio & picnic table. Front desk hosts were friendly & had just popped corn for the guests that were visiting in the common living room. We will be returning. I think this would be a great place for a family reunion.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Decatur, IL
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Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

I went to Panama City Beach during the week of Christmas. I read some reviews from the Driftwood Lodge and settled there. I had one of the cabana rooms which was pretty much on the beach. The room was clean and nicely furnished. The bed slept comfortably and it also had a little kitchen to it. There was no stove but grills outside were there to use. I did grill out one night where I bought from the local fish market. The front desk staff was very helpful with the few questions I had. The internet did not work due the cabana rooms being brick. They told me the internet worked fine in other parts of the hotel. I wished the weather would of been a bit nicer but the Driftwood Lodge had nothing to do with that.

Room Tip: If you want to be on the beach grab a cabana room!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sparta, Tennessee
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

Well Pa and I returned again in the fall to visit Driftwood Lodge without all the grandkids and as usual it was really great. The couple that went us in May also returned with us (no grandkids there either this time). They loved it too. Really great atmosphere and the weather was really nice. The staff was so glad to see us and asked where the kids were and how they were doing they never forget anyone thats what makes it so nice, then when we returned home the kids asked about the staff so therefore everyone remembers, therefore the feelings are great ( memories are made) and cant wait to get back to vacation time. So Driftwood watch out in May hereeeeee weeeeeeeeeee come again. Love uns.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012 via mobile

This was our second year staying at Driftwood. Last year we stayed in the beachside Cabanas when we brought our kids and those rooms are right on the beach. This year for our 10th Anniversary we went back without the kids and stayed in an upstairs King Efficiency. This is an older hotel and some people might prefer the newer built tower hotels, but this place is family owned with lots of personal touches you won't find other places. They knew it was our Anniversary and when we got in our room there was a pair of wine glasses for us, filled with candies and sitting next to Driftwood t-shirt. There was always a staff member either sweeping or washing sand away or maintaining the grounds. Throughout the week they have contests, events, movies and more which only strengthens their family atmosphere. Plus, you can't beat the price, especially for a hotel that is within walking distance of the pier and Pier Park. I highly recommend this places and we will definitely be back.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 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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Norman, Oklahoma
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

I just wanted to say a quick few words about the Driftwood Lodge. My family (3 brothers, Father and everyone's spouses) all stayed here for a full week the weekend after Labor Fay. It was my family's second time to stay and my first. I can not say enough about how nice the owners, staff and other vacationers were to all of us! As other reviews state on this site, you truely felt like part of the family! They took care of ever need that you could think of. The housekeeping staff were on top of their game the entire stay. The front desk was always staffed by a friendly smile that spoke good english! The grounds were very well maintained and no thrash what so ever! It seemed like every afternoon there was some type of cooking going on by either the owners or guest wishing to share with everyone that wanted too!
We have booked the same rooms again for next year and like so many others we will be part of the Driftwood family!

Room Tip: Stay in the Bungaloos. It is closet to the beach. We rented all four units so we had the entier plac...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 15811 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413
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Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Panama City Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Panama City Beach
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Panama City Beach
#4 Romantic Hotel in Panama City Beach
#4 Best Value Hotel in Panama City Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Driftwood Lodge is located directly on the Gulf of Mexico. A large shady palm lined courtyard wraps around our beachfront heated pool and sundeck. The courtyard is where our guests find themselves making new and often lifelong friends. Throughout the year there are planned activities, ranging from cook-outs and sunset parties to Easter Egg Hunts and other children's games. Pier Park shopping and entertainment district is located within easy walking distance. ... more   less 
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