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“Great property on a white sand beach” 4 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 #2 of 45 Hotels in Panama City Beach
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12 hotel reviews
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“Great property on a white sand beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Rooms a bit out dated but otherwise this property is beautiful. Sadly I was working and couldn't enjoy much during the day but having a beautiful view while kicking it on the balcony was wonderful. The lounge was functional. Nice crowd. Mostly attentive bartenders.
Did not try the restaurant. Good food in the vicinity.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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phcolvin, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach, responded to this review, November 7, 2012
Thank you for sharing your experience with us on Trip Advisor! We’re so glad you enjoyed your stay with us! We’re sorry to hear that you were working during your visit and unable to enjoy many of the activities and amenities we offer but are happy to hear you enjoyed the view! We do hope that you’ll come back to visit us when you have more leisure time! Thank you for choosing the Holiday Inn Resort!
Kindly,
Nicole S.
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Aurora, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012 via mobile

We were impressed with the room, views, pool, & beach! We were very satisfied with the breakfast buffet & menu. They made the omelet to order and it was very yummy! The waitress was friendly and helpful. We were impressed with the activities going on since it was not crowded. There was a DJ playing music, the poolside pizza & food were open, as was the bar. They had a kid's activity room which was decorated for Halloween & we saw kids dressed up. They had a pumpkin contest in the lobby. The rental cabanas on the beach were nice, our room on the 14th floor was big, clean, comfortable, with a great view of the pool, beach, & sunsets! It even had a full size refrigerator & extra sink. The ice cream place & restaurants across the street were very good also. We were very impressed with the pool & beach. Even the cab driver, Melissa, was very nice. I highly recommend this hotel!

  • Stayed October 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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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

We stayed here three nights and were generally were happy with our stay and will probably come back! Here are the pros and cons of the place.

Pros:
1. All the rooms have balcony with beach/ocean views. Watching sunset from the balcony was splendid.
2. Easy beach access.
3. Kid friendly with the water park
4. Great pool, jacuzzi and they provide pool towels.
5. Courteous and friendly Staff
6. Live music and lots of activities around the pool to keep you and the little ones entertained
7. Late night movie by the pool.

Cons:
1. The floors in the room seem dirty and we had to wear flip-flops throughout.
2. Even though they say queen size beds, it felt more like full size.
3. Food and drinks are expensive, but they give you free drink coupon upon check-in. Make sure to use those.
4. None of the restaurants outside are walking distance, so you will have to drive everywhere.
4. Beach/lounge chairs for rent on the beach for $30 a day. Exorbitant. So if you can, get your own chairs.

Tip: Ask for a room on higher floors (>5) for an unobstructed view of the beach or else the palm trees would block the view.

Room Tip: Higher floors (>5) have unobstructed views.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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phcolvin, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach, responded to this review, November 1, 2012
Thank you for sharing your experience with us on Trip Advisor! We’re so glad you enjoyed your stay! It’s great to hear that you enjoyed so many of the activities and amenities that our resort has to offer! While we do have restaurants onsite and serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner we do realize that you may want to venture around town. There are many restaurants up and down Panama City Beach but there are only a few in walking distance; across the street from our resort there’s Montego Bay – which is a casual dining restaurant, Fire Fly – which is more of a fine dining experience, and Sweet Basil's – which is an Italian restaurant. All of the “local beach restaurants” are just a very short drive away (between 5-10 minutes for most) in either direction. We do offer value added packages that include breakfast or even Beach Bucks (which can be used at any of the dining outlets or for beach chair rentals) to help save our guests money if they choose to dine with us, but we also offer coupon booklets that have offer savings at a variety of restaurants around town so be sure to check with the front desk to see what coupons we have available during your next stay. Thank you for choosing the Holiday Inn Resort; we hope to have you as our guest again soon!

Sunny Regards,
Nicole S.
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Frederick, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

My husband and I enjoyed our whirlwind trip to PCB. The hotel and its staff had true southern charm and I could not have asked for friendlier people.

The hotel and amenities were all pretty amazing! The pools, jacuzzi, and water park were very nice! We really enjoyed them being open from 8am - 12am everyday. The beach was nothing short of amazing. We would probably skip renting beach chairs at $15.00 a day on the next trip.

The beach bar was nice to sit at during the day. The bartender Pauly was nice to talk to and made some good drinks! The sunset bar was okay. Was pretty dead at karaoke on night one and was a lot more hopping the next night. I think most people at the hotel were given free drink coupons at check in and I would NOT go to either bar for a mixed drink without a coupon. $8.00 Captain and coke...yeah right!

Where I will knock the hotel one star is the room. The rooms are pretty nice, but nothing spectacular. Why does this resort not have roooms with king beds? The advertised 2 queens seem more like 2 fulls.

We will probably be back!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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phcolvin, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach, responded to this review, November 1, 2012
Thank you for sharing your experience with us on Trip Advisor! We’re so glad you and your husband enjoyed your stay! It’s great to hear that you were able to enjoy so many of the amenities our resort has to offer! At our resort our guests are mostly families, so our rooms cater to the needs of a family of four or more. All of our rooms face the Gulf of Mexico and include an oversized balcony, full size refrigerator, full size microwave, and a sink both in the restroom and outside of the restroom; we do have different room types that include 2 queen sized beds, 1 queen size bed and 2 sets of bunk beds, and 1 queen size bed and 2 twin beds. If on your next visit you are still interested in enjoying the convenience of our beach chairs, you may want to consider one of our value added packages which gives you great savings on extras such as beach chairs. We also have a package that include Beach Bucks, which gives you some flexibility with which additional amenities you’d like to take advantage of throughout 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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

We stayed here one night; the staff (from the front desk to the restaurant and pool) was incredibly polite and accommodating. Never had a problem finding a chair at the pool, the kids' pool is cute for 6 and under, older kids will enjoy the large pool and hot tubs. Great live music everyday, good food at onsite restaurant and pool bar. Rooms are worn and old, but clean, but you don't spend much time in the room anyway. Great views from the balcony (we were on top floor). Beds are comfy and soft. No problem waiting for elevators, but it wasn't crowded when we were there; I imagine waits would be long otherwise. Only complaint is you don't get HI frequent traveler points for staying if you book through 3rd party site :( Would definitely return again if we were in the area.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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phcolvin, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach, responded to this review, November 1, 2012
Thank you for sharing your experience with us on Trip Advisor! We’re so glad you enjoyed your stay! It’s great to hear that you enjoyed so many of the activities and amenities that our resort has to offer! We’re so glad that our Team Members were able to make your stay even better, we’re very fortunate to have so many wonderful people on our Resort Team. When booking our hotel – and really this applies to most hotels – it’s always best to book direct as we are able to provide more service and clarity during the booking process and throughout your stay if you should have any questions about your reservation. When a room is booked through a third party site we are limited to the rules and policies of that site and their agreement with our corporate office so we are not able to make any changes, provide any of the loyalty perks, and truly we struggle sometimes to answer questions because we don’t have access to the information so our guests have to call the other company. We do realize that you want the best deal and to save the most money, but when booking a Holiday Inn you can count on their Lowest Internet Rate Guarantee, you should not be able to find a better deal on any other site so you can save both time and money. Thank you for choosing the Holiday Inn Resort; we hope to have you as our guest again soon!

Sunny Regards,
Nicole S.
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Tennessee
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4 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

We stayed at the Holiday Inn Resort for the first time. We came with our daughter,her husband
and three grandchildren. We had two rooms. Our grandchildren are begging to go back.The price was a little high but it was worth it for the children.Nick was very helpful.We went to Gulf World(get discount tickets from the hotel). We had a small problem with the safe--our granddaughter pushed the buttons and we could not get our safe open. We called the front desk. The safe was opened within 15 minutes. This hotel has excellent service. Our five year old granddaughter said "It is so beautiful
here." We had a great time and hope to return.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Terre Haute, IN
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

I'm going to start with the bad first. The pool chair situation during the summer is absolutely disappointing. The Holiday Inn Resort will allow guests to place a towel on pool chairs in the morning to "reserve" their seat. If you like to sleep in on vacation and make your way to the pool after ten you will be out of luck finding a seat. There is one sign on the hotel side of the pool that I believe reads something to the effect of "chairs are on a first come first serve basis".

My pool seating complaints may seem trivial, but check out the pool cam during the summer around 10am and see it for yourself! Check it out again through out the day. After 5 days of experiencing that - it's enough to make you mad.

I honestly have no other complaints. I am using my 2013 vacation money to put a pool in at home.

  • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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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 Top resorts Hotel in Panama City Beach
#1 Romantic Hotel in Panama City Beach
#1 Family Hotel in Panama City Beach
#2 Business Hotel in Panama City Beach
#2 On the Beach 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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