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“The Perfect Place” 5 of 5 stars
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Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   11127 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32407   |  
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Ranked #1 of 45 Hotels in Panama City Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Atlanta, Georgia
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81 reviews 81 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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“The Perfect Place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

I spent a long weekend here to get some R & R from a rough patch with work and to celebrate my birthday with my husband. From the moment I walked in the staff was completely on top of things. Every staff member we encountered was friendly and helpful and there is staff everywhere maintaining the cleanliness and security of the property. When the hotel found out it was my birthday they made me feel extra special by adding little things to my stay such as birthday balloons and cake! Throughout the day they have many activities for adults and children and of course the beach is gorgeous. Not too crowded, clean and the cabana rentals make it hassle free to relax and enjoy. The pool is a good size and there is a small water park for kids and a large hot tub. The Sunset Lounge makes for a great place to have a drink before dinner. Around the pool area there is a grill, bar and pizza by the slice. The hotel pays attention to the small details by even providing complimentary ice water and ice tea at the pool and in the lobby. The guest rooms are great, they all face the beach (I recommend reserving the upgraded rooms on the upper floors to get an even better view). This hotel is a great place for couples, families, young or old. I will definitely be back!

Room Tip: Spend a bit extra to reserve the upgraded rooms on the higher floors, it will be worth it.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach, responded to this review, July 2, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with our resort on Trip Advisor! We’re so glad you and your husband enjoyed your stay with us! It’s great to hear that our Team Members were able to enhance your vacation experience, especially for your birthday! The SunSet Lounge offers amazing views, we’re so glad you were able to relax and enjoy spending time together up there! We look forward to having you as our guest again soon, thank you for choosing the Holiday Inn Resort!

Sunny Regards,
Nicole S.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

All I can say is wow! This hotel is amazing. The staff is wonderful and security is in full effect. I will definitely stay here next year. Price was kinda high but well worth the money.

  • Stayed June 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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Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with our resort on Trip Advisor! We’re so glad you and your husband enjoyed your stay with us! It’s great to hear that our Team Members were able to enhance your vacation experience, especially for your birthday! The SunSet Lounge offers amazing views, we’re so glad you were able to relax and enjoy spending time together up there! We look forward to having you as our guest again soon, thank you for choosing the Holiday Inn Resort!

Sunny Regards,
Nicole S.
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Sandoval, IL
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

We took our family vacation and were all HIGHLY impressed with the resort! The pool was big and had enough patio room for families. They also had a kids water area that was very nice. Right on the beach in a great location. Staff were overly friendly and a special thanks to Nelson whose hospitality was greatly appreciated. Tons of free activities and shows...oh I could just go on and on! Room was clean....what can I say NO COMPLAINTS!

  • Stayed June 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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Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with our resort on Trip Advisor! We’re so glad you and your family enjoyed your stay with us! It’s great to hear you were able to enjoy our pool, kids’ water playground, and all the other wonderful amenities we offer! Thank you for choosing the Holiday Inn Resort, we hope to have you as our guest again soon!

Kindly,
Nicole S.
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Little Rock
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

This is our third time visiting the Holiday Inn Resort at Panama City Beach! They have made some wonderful changes to the room decor and this year the new spa was open. Although I did not take advantage of the full spa packages I did enjoy a complimentary 5-minute massage on the pool deck!

HIPCB is considered a "Family" resort and while they definitely do a lot of family related things my husband and I (no children) love to go there too! ALL of the staff (including maintenance, housekeeping, bellhops, management, food service, etc.) is always smiling and friendly and always willing to help. I didn't speak to a single staff member who wasn't willing to help in any way possible.

The room decor is classic and clean. The new all white bed linens are soft and comfortable and the bamboo style flooring and furniture gives it that beachy feel. The room includes a FULL SIZE fridge, a microwave, and a coffee pot. There is also plenty of storage for your snacks and lunch fixings. The bathroom is stocked with soap, shampoo and lotion in a wonderful coconut lime scent and travel size packets of sunscreen! There is a built in makup mirror and blow dryer. The large flat screen TV has all the channels you could want including HBO and a DVD player. (But SERIOUSLY why are you in your room watching TV when you could be on the beach?) The hotel was equipped with WiFi which I was even able to pick up on the beach!

We had a fourth floor room which was perfect. While each room has a gulf front view I wouldn't want a room lower than the fourth floor. The hotels beautiful tropical garden would mostly block the view of the ocean for rooms on floors 1-3. The deck was great and had two chairs for relaxing. We enjoyed several of the pool side movies right from our deck.

The hotel has a restaurant called "The View". We have eaten there on past visits but did not during this visit as we feel there are better deals in the area. The food is over priced and the restaurant, despite it's name, doesn't actually have a view of the ocean.

The pool is large and kept very clean. There are two hot tubs although the smaller one was cold during our most recent visit. There is also a mini waterpark for the kids to enjoy. I was REALLY GLAD to see that the hotel is changing their policy on reserving pool side chairs. I have seen many guests get up at 6am or earlier to "claim" their pool chairs with beach towels. As we were leaving the hotel was placing signs around the area stating that this would no longer be allowed and that items left longer than 45 minutes would be moved to lost and found. I think this is a great policy change. Some people would claim their chairs then never show up at the pool until 10 or 11.

Around the resort there is a snack bar called the Bamboo Grill, a Pizza by The Slice shop that also makes full size pizza to order, a beach side bar, a Hawaiian shaved ice stand, a sunset lounge bar, a "convenience" store and a weight room. They also have an on sight photographer that will take beach side photos with no obligation to buy, an arcade and a laundry room.

There is a polynesian fire and dance show, a magician, several bands, a music variety show, kareoke, kids activities, a poolside dj, dancing, watermelon receptions, poolside movies with free popcorn and MORE.

This truly is an amazing place to stay whether you are a couple or a family.

We have been back three times and will return again next year!

Room Tip: Rooms on the fourth floor and up will have a better ocean view. We had a west end room and were abl...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Leitchfield, Kentucky, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012

This was the most awesome place ever. I figured it would be a good place to stay. Had no idea that we would not want to leave the hotel! The staff work really hard. My son really enjoyed the kids night out and other kid related activities. The day it rained, they set up a movie theatre in the conference room and showed movies all day. I can not say enough good things about this hotel. WE WILL BE BACK!

Room Tip: All of the rooms have a view of the beach, probably third floor or above would give the best unabstr...
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  • Stayed June 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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, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach, responded to this review, July 2, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with our resort on Trip Advisor! We’re so glad you and your family enjoyed your stay with us! It’s great to hear that our Team Members were able to enhance your vacation! Kids’ Night Out is a great activity – for both the kids and parents – we’re so glad you were able to take advantage of the activities program! Thank you for choosing the Holiday Inn Resort, we hope to have you as our guest again soon!

Kindly,
Nicole S.
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Birmingham, Alabama
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012

We never fail to enjoy our stays at the this very family-oriented hotel. The staff is so courteous and the amenities so plentiful. You need never leave the property. Only suggestion is that since the pool lounge chairs are in high demand, you get up early (like in 05:30) and "claim" one or more by draping your towel(s) over them. They're hard to come by during the day and leaving towels on the chairs overnight is not permitted. That's no big deal, though, and we continue to love visiting this place. The beach is spectacular! It's one of the most beautiful in the world and I've seen most of them. Enjoy your stay! It's very hard not to.

Room Tip: Higher floors may be a little quieter in the evening. If you usually go to bed early, you may want...
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  • Stayed June 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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, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach, responded to this review, July 2, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with our resort on Trip Advisor! We’re so glad you enjoyed your stay with us again this year! It’s great to hear that you were able to enjoy so much of our entertainment and amenities during your stay! We look forward to having you as our guest again soon, thank you for choosing the Holiday Inn Resort!

Sunny Regards,
Nicole S.
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New Albany, Indiana
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2012

From the moment we arrived everything was just like the internet pictures said it would be.. Friendly staff and anything you need they are right there to help. Never really felt like leaving the resort because there was always something fun going on there.. Clean Clean Clean..Two thumbs up from our family.. Our grandson had a blast too..

Room Tip: The room we had was on the 7th floor ..Beautiful,breathtaking views.. Seemed like all the rooms had...
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  • Stayed June 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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, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach, responded to this review, July 2, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with our resort on Trip Advisor! We’re so glad you enjoyed your stay with us! It’s great to hear that our friendly Team Members were able to make your stay even more enjoyable - and that you were able to enjoy so many of our great amenities! Thank you for sharing all of these wonderful photos of your stay! Thank you for choosing the Holiday Inn Resort, we hope to have you as our guest again soon!

Kindly,
Nicole S.
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Address: 11127 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32407
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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 ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Panama City Beach
#1 Romantic Hotel in Panama City Beach
#1 Family Hotel in Panama City Beach
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Panama City Beach
#1 Business Hotel in Panama City Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach 3*
Number of rooms: 341
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rediscover southern hospitality in a Polynesian Paradise on the sugar-white sands of the Gulf coast - welcome to the Holiday Inn Resort. For those who crave adventure we offer seasonal entertainment, activities, dive-in movies, water-playground, cascading waterfall pool, oversized hot tub and a game room. With our hotel's prime location, guests enjoy being minutes from area attractions and Pier Park Shopping but it is truly the experience that sets us apart from anyplace on Panama City Beach. ... more   less 
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