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“It's all about expectations” 4 of 5 stars
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Splash Resort Condominiums
3.5 of 5 Condominium   |   17698 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, FL 32413 (Formerly Sterling Splash)   |  
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Nashville, Tennessee
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“It's all about expectations”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

We just returned from a great trip to PCB and Splash. And much to our surprise, we had an excellent stay at Splash. We were a bit reluctant to stay here after reading the very mixed reviews of the resort. And we came to this conclusion - it is all about your expectations. We went hoping for a kid-friendly vacation, one where our kids had plenty of age-appropriate things to do, a place where there were a variety of water activities. And that's exactly what we found.

I don't think we have ever been more nervous walking into a condo than when we got to Splash. Those concerns immediately went away when we walked in our unit. It was very spacious (we had a 2BR unit with the bunk beds) and extremely clean. We were shocked at how much room we had in the unit. Master bedroom was far enough from the other bedroom and bunks that we had privacy, but still close enough for us to keep an eye on the kids. Living room was very comfortable. Our older kids LOVED the bunk beds and our youngest son slept in a pack-n-play in the 2nd bedroom. The washer and dryer was a life-saver. We ate several meals in our unit, both at the large table and on the deck. The kitchen was nicely stocked.

We checked in on a Monday, so it was a breeze. Walked right in, picked up our keys, and went straight to our unit. And since it was Monday, there were plenty of luggage carts available. Our kids absolutely loved the water park features, including the infant play area. And if one of the areas were crowded, it was easy to move to another area or head down to the beach. Sure it could be a little crowded, but what do you expect when you go during peak season. If we felt the crowds, we would just go to another area.

The play areas were kept clean, which is a task in itself considering it is a kid-focused resort. It was very impressive to see the staff cleaning in the mornings - skimming the pools, scrubbing the grills, hosing off the deck areas, even building sand up on the steps down to the beach. Security was always visible during the day and night.

We used the grills twice. it is a little annoying having to contact security to unlock/light the grills, but they were very prompt and responsive.

We really didn't have any major complaints during our stay. Yes, there were occasional waits on the elevators, but that's to be expected...we were there during peak season. One of the elevators was out of order, but was very quickly repaired and back online. We had no issues with security, but then again we were not trying to sneak a quick smoke break on our balcony (thankfully, it is a non-smoking resort).

Our biggest complaint was hearing SO many other guests complain - complain about the elevator wait times, the wait for a luggage cart, complain about the pools, complain about security, etc. I just don't get it. You saw the resort online - it looks just like the images online, what you see is what you get. You knew it was a kid-focused resort, there are going to be LOTS of kids around. It's July - it's going to be crowded. It's Saturday - most people check in/out on Saturday. It's all about expectations - if those things bother you, then choose another time to come or another resort. It just got very old hearing so many complaints. We had a great time - especially our kids. They loved splitting time between the beach and the water park/pools. It was a great way to break things up during the day. With small kids, we made multiple trips to/from the condo throughout the day - we never had a long wait on the elevator. Our only wait was Saturday morning during checkout hours, which is to be expected. We will definitely go back, although we may try later in the season.

We did book our trip directly through the resort, so we were unsure of our unit until check-in. We requested a lower floor since we have small children (we were on the 9th floor). We saw several units on VRBO, but opted for booking through the resort since it was our first visit and in case we had any issues with our unit.

If you are looking for a place to stay for the entire family, then definitely give Splash a consideration.

Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013 via mobile

Our room was right on the beach, lovely furniture and a great view from our three balconies. This is not a hotel, it's a set of condos, do not come expecting to be able to order room service, you'll be dissapointed. This place is great, however, if you want a home away from home, all appliances are included in rooms and it's a very private environment.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

Just got back from a weeks stay at Splash. We had a great time. The other reviews are spot on about the elevator wait times and lack of luggage carts. But after lugging all our bags and crazy wait time on elevator the room made up for it. We stayed in 307w. The condo was huge! The furniture was nice with minimal wear and tear. The condo was clean and well appointed kitchen. The pools were on the chilly side, but it didn't bother us. The beach was very nice. All tents and other big big things were taken down before dark. I personally didn't have much interaction with staff, but my mother-in-law said everyone was nice. Our blender didn't work and the resort had a new one for us the next day. I did notice that not very many people were wearing the arm bands that they give you. There were a lot of people in all of the pools, but I expected that during peak season. We had a huge balcony. We did have a hard time when we left because it took forever to find a luggage cart again. I know they can't add more elevators, but they sure could buy more carts. All and all we had a great time. I would go back again, but would check in on a weekday and not on a Saturday.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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West Point, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

We stayed 8 days in 1201 East. We rented from the VRBO website. It was a lovely, well-decorated condo. It was very clean and perfect for us. We had 5 adults, including a nanny, and 4 kids from 6 months to 6 years. We were very pleased. We had a slight issue with a sliding door being hard to open, and Paul and Julie had it fixed immediately. The beds here were so comfy! like a very expensive hotel. This condo is right on the beach, wonderful view. (Just a tip when traveling with baby, I tried on 2 occasions to rent a high chair from a local baby equipment rental place so we wouldn't have to bring one. They never responded, we went to Walmart and bought a baby booster seat that worked great and was much cheaper than the rental would have been.) The Splash Resort is great for our family. The beach chairs that came with this rental were fabulous. The Riptide Grill poolside/beachside has great food and cocktails. In all, we had a great time.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Ringgold, GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

My husband, son, and I recently stayed at Splash resort in room 304W from July 15-20, 2013. We found it very clean and the condo had everything we needed. We didn't have to check in with the resort. We rented through VRBO.com and just walked right in and went to our room. We stayed for 5 nights and on the last night we were walking in our room while our neighbors came out. They had 5 smaller kids with them. We never would have known. The walls must be sound proofed fairly well, however the unit above, not so much. We could hear scraping across the floors and banging, but luckily they didn't keep us up. There are only 2 elevators for the entire building and they are clogged fast. We could use the stairs since we were so close. We were on the 3rd floor, however counting the ground and lobby floors we were actually on the 5th floor. We had a great view and didn't have to wait forever for the elevators. My son enjoyed the water park the first day, however became annoyed at how often the bucket splashed down. He just turned 4 a week before we went. Other kids were running around having a great time though. The water was the perfect temperature too. There are several pools and a lazy river. However, our primary reason for coming here was for the beach. The beach was amazingly clean! We are used to going to Myrle Beach every year and wow! I think we have a new vacation spot! We walked a few buildings down where less people were gathered and set up our beach tent right up towards the water. We were mostly surrounded by other families so we didn't have to listen to inappropriate music or conversations. Splash is also a non smoking resort! That was really nice. I was surprised to see no lifeguards. I'm not sure if this is common throughout Panama City Beach or just the area we were at. We didn't get in very far with a 4 year old anyway though. We ate dinner and a snack at the Rip Tide bar by the pools and it was good. We drove down to Pier Park one evening and ate at Pompano Joe's which was good and the atmosphere around the shops was wonderful! My son and I road a choo choo train down the road for $5.00 each and he played on the bouncy house structures for $8.00. We had ice cream at Kilwin's, which by the way is way worth the wait! I also recommend driving to Bayou Bill's. Probably the best food we ate all week! We ate a bucket full of crab, oysters, mussels, shrimp, corn, sausage, and potatoes. Yum! And their peanut butter pie was great, which my husband got free for his birthday. There's a souvenir shop across the street under the parking garage. The only complaint I had was that on check out day ( a Saturday) people must had horded the carts in their room the night before. We left at 7:30am and had trouble getting a cart, however on check in day (a Monday) we had no problem at all getting one. That was annoying, but we survived. Overall I must say we were very pleased with the resort. We didn't see any mold on the pools like a previous person who posted witnessed and the security guards were pleasant and didn't bother us. You have bracelets you have to wear at the pools and they do look for them, but as long as you wear them, no issue. I would recommend this resort and would consider returning.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013 via mobile

First I'd like to say this was my second stay at Splash, and they were two totally different experiences. It is a good place to stay with children in OFF PEAK SEASON ONLY! Pros: Short distance to the beach, children enjoy the variety of pools. Cons: They have two elevators per tower. A twenty minute wait is not uncommon. Check in and check out times are a nightmare. We actually used the stairs numerous times with heavy loads due to the elevator situation. Not enough luggage carts to accommodate guests. Horrible water pressure! I seriously mean a trickle if you attempt to do more than one thing at a time! This was definitely my last stay at Splash!

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013 via mobile

We love this place because of all the swim options for kids. Lazy river to buckets and slides. Half covered from the sun. My previous 2 visits we booked through VRBO and had clean and beautiful condos. This time we booked through Sterling and got one of their company owned condos and it was not very clean!! Furniture was in terrible condition. We are booked again for October through VRBO because we really like this place but will never book through Sterling again!

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Sterling Splash Hotel
Sterling Splash Hotel Panama City Beach
Splash Panama City
Splash Panama City Beach
Sterling Splash
Splash Resort Panama City
Splash Resort Panama City Beach
Splash Panama City Beach Fl
Address: 17698 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, FL 32413 (Formerly Sterling Splash)
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Panama City Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #45 of 76 Specialty lodging in Panama City Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Splash Resort Condominiums 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beachfront condominium waterpark resort. Family oriented and no smoking. ... more   less 
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