Wow. Not sure where to begin with this place.
I will break it down into to area. "Condo Building" and "Condo"
"Condo Building"--What a craphole. First the elevators are THE WORST EVER. We go to the beach every year, Panama City Beach, Destin, Hilton Head, Myrtle Beach and so on and on. This is the WORST elevator situation I have ever even heard of. After waiting a minimum of 15 minutes for an elevator they are small, and of course people pack on cause its so hard to get on an elevator. Then it stops at every floor, and on top of that they all stink from people probably peeing on them at night or whenever. Several times during the week I walked up 21 flights of stairs carrying beach chairs (and other items) and raced the wife who waited on an elevator. I usually beat her by at least 10-15 minutes. I am a triathlete and it is a good little quick exercise jaunt but carrying coolers and everything else I was probably still slow up those 21 flights.
Almost impossible to get a lounger by the pool unless you throw your towel down at 7:30AM and leave it there ALL day like everyone else. It's ridiculous. They have signs that say "towels do not reserve loungers, people do". But it is not enforced. I put my towel down one morning at 7:30AM, read for two hours and saw only a couple of people. As the day wears on they leave their towels there and are probably on the beach, out to eat or who knows where.
Pool was probably the nicest thing at this place. No complaints about the actual pool.
Parking garage is a zoo. If you have a reserved parking spot, make sure you get a good description of where that spot is located, there is no rhyme or reason as to where they are located...they do not go by room number or anything. Just a big cluster you-know-what. Also parking spots were pretty small but I didn't think it was a big deal, take your time and you are OK.
As the sun goes down, lots of people stand on the balconies and yell "wooo-hoo" until well past midnight. Nothing is going on they just yell like idiots. (might have been fun back in college, but not at 41 years old with my family). Good thing was if we went inside our condo we could not hear the "yay-hoos" very well.
Wristbands, pain in the butt. The whole scanning system to get out to the pool broke for a couple of days while we were there. And keep in mind you have to pay $25 per day to use the facilities while you are there. That is after you pay to rent your condo.
Tiki bar was fine. Tropical frozen drinks got thumbs up from my wife. We never had any food from the tiki bar.
"Condo"---Our condo was fine, no problems. Very clean. It was rented through an owner.
No way I would return to stay at Shores of Panama. Even for free, I would not want to waste my days off work or my time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This 23 story gulf front luxury resort is loaded with amenities including a full spa, kids club, 13,965 square foot gulf front pool & hot tub, heated indoor pool and hot tub, covered parking on-site, 24 hour front desk check in, health center with fitness equipment, steam room, 2 tiki bars serving food and cocktails, beach activities and rental services, high speed internet access and more. ... more less
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- Shores Of Panama By Oaseas Hotel Panama City Beach