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Beachcomber by the Sea
2.5 of 5 Resort   |   17101 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, FL 32413   |  
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Ranked #20 of 45 Hotels in Panama City Beach
georgia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Great Hotel!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2011

Was pleasantly surprised by the room and grounds at Beachcomber by the Sea. Both were very clean. There were people cleaning every where I looked - even cleaning the walls and floors in the elevators. Staff was very friendly. Beds were firm but comfortable; and the pillows were awesome! Will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Louisville, Kentucky
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2011

Staff very nice, was able to check in early. They called my cell phone when our room was ready. We were able to view and pick which room we wanted, ended up staying in room 306. View from the balcony was breath taking. Furnishings are out dated and the stoves need to be replaced but the suite was very clean. Great water pressure in the shower and never ran out of hot water. Wished the shower had a line for swim suits to hang on, but we used the balcony for that just had to make sure they did not blow away. The weather kinda sucked the week we were here and the sea weed was pretty bad. But we didn't let that ruin our fun. The beach area was nice and clean. Pool and hot tub was nice. There were some homeless men wandering around next the resort where the public beach access is to the right but they never bothered us.
Loved having a full kitchen in the room, saved on dining out. The only thing I wish they had was a bar in the pool area near the beach. I also wished the beds were bigger like at least a queen size, they are not big enough for 2 people. If your on a budget I recommend staying here.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lombard, Illinois
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2011

We checked in..room was outdated, couch was disgusting, door to balcony was stuck and broke. Beds were small and uncomfortable. Older kids drinking and noisy, and the besides the water being full of seaweed, which was completely disgusting. There were homeless people walking around asking for money. They hang out by the pool and hot tub. They congregate on the pathway on the right side of the hotel, so keep an eye on your kids. Also, I rented a seat for 35.00 for the day, never got to relax, too many college aged kids screaming, beer bonging and being completely rude. Will NEVER go back to this beach. Excellent stay for the college, drinking crowd. Not for families!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Auburn, Alabama
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2011

This was a nice hotel. It appeared to be very old and pretty pricey. But the room was clean and the noise wasn't bad at all. Overall it was a nice stay.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2011 via mobile

Amazing price, room, and location. Simply can not be beat!

  • Stayed June 2011
    • 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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Fort Wayne, Indiana
2 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2011

I have read through the numerous comments regarding stays at the Beachcomber By The Sea. My husband and I have been guests at the Beachcomber for about 10 years. Since we have retired, we are winter guests staying for 4 months. I believe we have the “inside” information regarding the Beachcomber. I’m going to address some of the comments as follows:

The Continental Breakfast: Does anyone really know what a Continental Breakfast consists of? Obviously, NOT. Well, it’s not eggs, toast, bacon, and potatoes. The Beachcomber’s Continental breakfast is: 3 different kinds of breakfast juices, milk, delicious coffee, cocoa, instant oatmeal, bagels, assorted jellies and jams, cream cheese, muffins, apples, bananas, and oranges. And the best part: FREE.

Scratches on the faucets? My only concern when I’m taking a shower is the fact that the tub is clean NOT that there are scratches on the faucets.

Mattresses: Yes, the mattresses are sometimes uncomfortable and lumpy; however, they are replaced on a semi-regular basis. Of course, it’s not going to be your pillow-top mattress.

The kitchenette: This area is comfortable to work in and could be considered a “2-butt” kitchen. Plenty of room to work in, but not so much that you’re wasting steps preparing your meals.

Stains on the sofa-bed: Two years ago, all the sofas, at various times, were re-upholstered. When we returned, there were stains from obviously “piggy” people. Is this how they take care of and treat their homes’ furnishings? Probably not! We weren’t happy with the stains, but I took a flat sheet from the dresser in the living room and put it over the sofa -- NO BIG DEAL!

A statement was made about someone banging on the doors on their floor at 3:00 a.m. -- someone drunk and couldn’t find their room. Didn’t it occur to these people to call down to the desk and report it. We had a similar situation where a group coming off the elevator were “tromping” along and I reported “elephants” on our floor. I called the front desk, security came up and checked it out -- NO MORE ELEPHANTS!

Bugs: Folks from the South call them “Palmetto” bugs. Up North, we call them “cockroaches.” In the almost 10 years that we’ve been staying at the Beachcomber, we’ve had 2 Palmetto bugs. Since we were leaving for the fishing pier, we told the front desk on our way out and we were informed that someone would come up and spray! Isn’t that what you would do at home?

The pool: Unless there was some sort of tropical depression or storm, we have never noticed the pool being dirty or un-kept. The maintenance staff squirts off the tables and all the chairs each morning and tidies up the pool deck area. During the colder months, January and February, if the water temperature appears to be a little cold or uncomfortable, the staff is very gracious to us and “ups” the water temperature.

Slow check-in: If you came down during Spring Break, didn’t it occur to you that there would be tons of people trying to check in also? I don’t believe there would have been a single property that was involved in the Spring Break check ins that could have “speeded-up” the check-in process. It’s SPRING BREAK!

The Lobby: The sofa is a beautiful caramel leather color, with end tables, a coffee table, lamps, a decorative chest, and 2 additional chairs. The color scheme is very inviting and the area is very comfortable. The comment was there were “old” magazines! Oh, my gosh.

Since we’re from Indiana and our main goal is to get away from the ice, sleet, snow, and cold weather up North, we don’t spend much time in our room. Why should we? Our main purpose for coming to P.C.B. is to enjoy the balmy weather. With all things considered, you can’t beat the view of the gulf from the balcony at the Beachcomber. To look out the picture window and see the beautiful emerald green water and the sugar white sand, is a trip to paradise. Absolutely, post card perfect.

Last, but certainly not least, is the entire Beachcomber Staff. The front desk receptionists, the cleaning staff, the maintenance staff, and the security guard, have ALWAYS been very kind, courteous, and respectful towards us. We are scheduled to return again this year and, as long as we’re able, we’ll be winter guests at the Beachcomber By The Sea.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2011

you can park your car and walk to lots of stores and food joints, great beach views

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Beachcomber by the Sea

Address: 17101 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, FL 32413
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Panama City Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Panama City Beach
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Panama City Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Beachcomber by the Sea 2.5*
Number of rooms: 96
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Comfort meets convenience at Beachcomber by the Sea, one of BY THE SEA RESORTS' three gulf-front Panama City Beach hotels. The many ball teams, festival-goers and bikers that visit the "Real. Fun. Beach." Prefer the Beachcomber because of its proximity to Frank Brown Park. Families love the heated, gulf-front pool and convenience to the Pier Park shopping, dining and entertainment complex. Couples crave the Jacuzzi suites. Church groups and brides-to-be adore the affordable rooms and banquet room located across the street at the Beachcomber Retreat. All of our guests enjoy perks like FREE continental breakfast and discounts at area attractions. Other amenities include gulf-front accommodations with private balconies and fully-equipped kitchens, a heated, gulf-front whirlpool, a laundry facility, a computer lounge and more. ... more   less 
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