We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Perfect family getaway!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach

Save Saved
You added Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach to your Saves list
Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Show Prices
Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   11127 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32407   |  
Hotel website
  |  
Hotel deals
  |  
  |  
Hotel amenities
Special Offer
Earn a Free Night!
Atlanta, Georgia
1 review
“Perfect family getaway!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

This place was the perfect family vacation destination. The staff and management provided excellent customer service. During our stay we brought our 1 year old and she loved the water park. My wife's birthday was also that week and Nelson in management was able to bring a cake for her and order flowers to be delivered in the room. We feel the security and customer service are one of the top qualities of this resort. We are planning our next vacation and are highly considering to come back to this resort!! The rooms were also nice, clean and comfortable with a beautiful ocean view.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

1,284 people have reviewed this hotel

Traveler rating
    806
    290
    97
    46
    45
See reviews for
580
279
35
69
Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (406)
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Hayesville, North Carolina
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

The rooms are clean and comfortable. I would recommend asking for a room on the third floor or above for a fantastic view of the Gulf. The hotel staff is absolutely the best anywhere. The front desk staff were very friendy and helpful especially Kim on first shift and Wendy during the night shift.
The Security staff were incredible. They helped us with parking (we drive a full size handicap van) and Mark and Adrianne even pushed me out to the beach and back in the resorts beach wheelchair. Bethany was very helpful with getting the beach wheelchair for me.
The restaurant "The View" is the very best in all of Panama City Beach, FL!! We tried several of the local restaurants for a seafood meal including "Bishops"(absolutely horrible) but found the best seafood buffet right here at the resort. They also have the best breakfast buffet anywhere!! The waitstaff were all great but especially Melissa. She took very good care of us and made sure that we had everything that we could possibly need. Ronald was a real pleasure and we really enjoyed his magic tricks.
There is nothing negative that I could say about any of staff of this resort. They are all absolutely wonderful and have made our vacation one to remember!!!! We will definitely be back and will be recommending this fantastic place to everyone!!!!!!!

Room Tip: Asking for third floor or above.
See more room tips
  • Stayed August 2013, 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
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
phcolvin, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach, responded to this review, August 26, 2013
Thank you for sharing your experience at our resort on TripAdvisor! It’s great to hear that you had a great time at our resort! It’s great to hear that you felt comfortable with our Security Team Members and they were able to assist you with the Beach Wheelchair. We’re so glad you enjoyed the Seafood Buffett in The View Restaurant; it’s quickly become a favorite among our guests! We hope to have you as our guest again soon, thank you for choosing the Holiday Inn Resort!

Kindly,
Nicole S.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Newnan, Georgia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

My wife and I have stayed in many places from the Gulf, to the west coast, to several in the Caribbean. If you want a romantic getaway for two this is probably not the place for you. If you have children on the other hand, this is definitely the place for you. While I give this resort 5 stars, it is not a 5 star establishment. I think the 3 star rating is very accurate but they do those 3 stars to the max. The rooms are nice with a flat panel tv, dvd player, coffee maker, microwave, and full size refrigerator.

The dining is far from amazing, but hey, it IS an all you can eat seafood buffet at a Holiday Inn. You are paying for convenience more than anything. The chicken wings at the pool on the other hand, are outstanding! Pizza specials for $1 a slice on a few of the days we were here made for a cheap $8 (full pizza) lunch for the family on more than one occasion. If you crave better food, you are in luck. There are about 100 different places to eat from dives to fine dining in either direction. If you can’t find a place to eat in less than a 5 minute drive, you are too picky and need to evaluate your palate. Pier Park which can satisfy your food and shopping needs is less than 10 minutes away.

I guess beyond all the fluff, we get to what I consider the meat and potatoes of our stay. The amenities for my son, and the staff. I will start with kids. This place really caters to children. The beach is straight out the front with most rooms providing a nice beach view. Try to get 3rd floor or above of you will be looking at the palm trees. The terrace level has a huge patio but no view. There is a small water park for the kids that my 2 year old has enjoyed every single day. At night, weather permitting, the staff sets up a big screen and plays a movie for children. We have seen Finding Nemo, Peter Pan, and various others. We actually watched one from the balcony. They even have macaroni and cheese by the pool at the little café. One thing I noticed was the handicap access is amazing. While I do not have a special needs child, both pools have a chair hoist to assist you in getting elderly or special needs people in the pool. They also have two “bubble wheel chairs” that allow handicap individuals to float on the water and enjoy things like everyone else. They float on water and glide across the sand which normal wheel chairs cannot do. The main pools are salt water for minimal eye irritation for young children like mine that don’t know to keep their eyes closed and refuse to wear goggles.

Now let’s get to the crappy part of our trip. On Wednesday morning at 1:30 AM I awoke to what sounded like a jumbo jet landing in our room. Apparently our air conditioner had seen its last days. I called the front desk and talked to John and to make a long story short. Maintenance was at my door in less than 5 minutes, and by 2 AM we were lights out, with a new and quiet air conditioner cooling the room. My theory is, crap happens, and usually at the most inopportune times. It’s not as important to me that something broke, as it is how it was handled. We did not have to change rooms, we were only inconvenienced for less than 30 minutes, and the matter was handled fast and professionally. THAT is what matters to me. Every staff member that I had the pleasure of running into was pleasant, professional, helpful, and attentive to our needs. There is on site security and although there presence is known by the black shirts, they are ever so minimally invasive unless needed. They are full service as one brought us a luggage cart on check in, and another brought my son ketchup when the café was out. There is no “that’s not my job” mentality at this resort.

In all, a wonderful family vacation. If you want a place that is mostly adults, I would not choose this resort. If you have children and would like a great vacation location, I don’t think you could ever go wrong here. If you don’t have children and don’t mind them, you still can’t go wrong. We will definitely be back.

Room Tip: If you want to see the water, make sure you are floor 3 or above.
See more room tips
  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
phcolvin, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach, responded to this review, August 26, 2013
Thank you for sharing your experience with our resort on TripAdvisor. We’re so glad you and your family enjoyed your stay with us, and were able to take advantage of so many of our onsite activities and entertainment. Thank you for taking notice of our beach wheel chairs; for those who need them, these chairs really do help to make sure everyone can enjoy the sugar white sandy beaches that our resort rests upon. We’re sorry to hear that the air conditioner in your room gave you some trouble during your stay, but are glad to hear that the Maintenance Team was able to take care of it promptly so you were not inconvenienced for very long. Thank you for choosing the Holiday Inn Resort; we hope to have you as our guests again soon.

Sunny Regards,
Nicole S.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013 via mobile

The rooms and the staff are very nice! Everyone is so helpful and nice! Christy, is the best and sweetest bartender here!! Nelson and Mark are very welcoming and very accommodating! This is the only place I will ever stay in Panama City Beach! I love this place, everyone is very nice. Thank you for making our vacation the most perfect trip ever!

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 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
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013 via mobile

I have been to Panama multiple times staying at different places and this is by far my favorite! The rooms are nice and clean. Beautiful pool and great tiki bar all beach side. Christy the bartender is amazing! Everyone is so accommodating and so friendly, never been to a place where they ask what they can do to make your stay better. Recommending this place to everyone!

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 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
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
phcolvin, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach, responded to this review, August 26, 2013
Thank you for sharing your experience at our resort on TripAdvisor! We’re so glad that you enjoyed your visit with us! It’s great to hear that you were able to enjoy all our resort amenities as well as the superior service that our valuable Resort Team Members provide. Thank you for choosing the Holiday Inn Resort, we hope to have you as our guests again soon.

Kindly,
Nicole S.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Top Contributor
116 reviews 116 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

This place was GREAT. Resort had everything you could ask for and then some. If you like seafood, try their seafood buffet. Kids loved it as well as us adults. We stayed 5 nights, 3 adults and 2 kids age 3 and 13. We can not wait to go back and stay at HIR again. Staff was great as well. You can not go wrong by staying here.

  • Stayed August 2013, 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
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
phcolvin, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach, responded to this review, August 26, 2013
Thank you for sharing your experience with our resort on TripAdvisor; we’re so glad you and your family enjoyed your stay! Our Seafood Buffett is very popular; it’s great to hear that your children enjoyed it as much as you did! Thank you for choosing the Holiday Inn Resort; we hope to have you all back to visit us again soon!

Sunny Regards,
Nicole S.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Let me start by saying that my husband and I had high expectations upon our arrival. We were nervous because this was our honeymoon and we wanted everything to be perfect. We checked in and the front desk was very accommodating and a great first impression. Room was clean and the view is amazing. We went down to check out all the resort had to offer. Hubby was hungry so went for pizza we met Chef Paul. He was very friendly. Went to dinner twice and food was excellent. Chef made his way to our table both nights. We were impressed!! The next day we met our favorite:), Mark McCraney! What a huge asset he is to your establishment. Take good care of him or he WILL get stolen away. Overall your management team blew us away (Nelson, Dave, Sean, Chef, and of course Mark). Also let us mention Rolando who we could tell takes great pride in his job. From the servers, to the housekeeping, to the management we were thoroughly impressed. Thank you to everyone for fulfilling and then exceeding all our expectations. Sincerely, Kelly and Carolyn Spivey

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 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
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
phcolvin, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach, responded to this review, August 26, 2013
Thank you for sharing your experience at our resort on TripAdvisor! First off, congratulations!! We hope you’re honeymoon was a wonderful start to your lives together; we’re so thankful that you choose to spend it with us! We’re so glad that so many of our Resort Team Members were able to enhance your vacation and we hope to have you both as our guests again very soon. Thank you for choosing the Holiday Inn Resort.

Sunny Regards,
Nicole S.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Been to Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach

Also Known As:
Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach Hotel Panama City Beach
Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach Hotel
Holiday Inn Panama City Beach
Panama City Beach Holiday Inn
Address: 11127 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32407
Phone Number:
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Panama City Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access 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 On the Beach Hotel in Panama City Beach
#1 Family Hotel in Panama City Beach
#3 Business Hotel in Panama City Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach 3*
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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with IHG, Booking.com, Agoda, Orbitz, Venere, Priceline, getaroom.com, Expedia and Hotels.com so you can book your Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.