This was our first time renting a "high rise" condo (there are 23 floors), so we were a little nervous about large numbers of tennants and over-crowded beaches. While there were more people than we were used to from the 3-4 story condos we've rented, it wasn't that bad. Further down the beach in either direction was a nightmare, however.
We rented unit 2106 on the 21st floor. It was tastefully decorated & for the most part clean. The carpets could use a heavy duty shampooing or replacement & there were a few things the cleaning service forgot, but this was all fairly minor stuff.
The kitchen wasn't really the best equipped. There was only one dish rag and one dish towel in the whole kitchen. Had most basics (but at a bare minimum), except no spaghetti strainer & no pot holders (had to use a bath towel to get things from the oven). Would have also loved to have had a muffin pan & a laundry basket, but realize that may be a bit picky.
Some slight maintenance issues like the faucet dripped, slats missing from the blinds, & lightbulbss burned out in foyer and over stove. I reported (but without urgency) most of this to Kathy (who we rented through) and she immediately reported it to maintenance. We were also missing our pool bands that were supposed to be left for us and housekeeping brought those almost immediately. I was impressed with that.
The main positive was the AMAZING view and huge balcony. It is like no other we've seen! LOVED IT! Also, very sound proof. Never heard a peep from neighbors.
The condo has two pools beachside...nothing huge or fancy though. The outdoor one seemed fairly clean. There was also a hot tub that we didn't use and another pool that was half indoor and half outdoor. No way were we swimming in the indoor part....it smelled terrible in there! Later, my husband said it was thesewage from the bathrooms off of the pool. For the price you pay, you should never have to deal with that! So that was the biggest negative.
There were also only two grills for use for all 23 floors so be prepared to snatch one early.
There were 3 elevators and we never really had to wait long.
There are two levels of parking under the building (which was sometimes difficult to find a spot) and three levels of a parking garage across the street with a catwalk connecting it to the building. This was very convenient. Never a problem finding a spot there.
Our condo was not equipped with anything for the beach...no chairs, toys, etc. (which was a first for us as renters). You can rent chairs and an umbrella from a beach service...the price they try to charge is a bit much, but you can negotiate. Aaron was in charge of this during our stay. Very friendly guy and he made our beach stay very pleasant. For the most part the beach was clean and the water clear. We were about .5 miles from Pineapple Willies, so we walked the beach for some drinks to go. Loved that!
Overall great stay. Hoping the owner stocks the kitchen with just a few more basics (really need more than just one rag/towel) and that they fix the few minor issues. Also, linens were provided. FYI: only two queen beds, but does have two sleeper sofas in unit 2106. My kids took turns on the couch because they refused to sleep in the same bed!
Would definitely consider staying again. Great location close to pretty much everything. Walmart is across & down the street...but that place was a complete zoo everytime we went!!! Beware! Also, the Panama City Beach Club sits next door to Ocean Villas. It is vacant, condemed looking & has been on fire...a huge eyesore. Hoping they tear it down soon. It didn't bother us that much, but it may someone else.
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