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“wonderful family resort” 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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Baton Rouge, LA
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“wonderful family resort”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2009

Overall, we had an enjoyable visit. We booked this hotel mainly for the spray park (Aqualand) for our toddler son. We were quite impressed with the pool areas and entertainment (tropical dances, movies, DJ). Speaking of entertainment, I will mention that we could hear the music and bass in our room up till 11 PM our first night. Great if you are partying at the pool, not so good if you are trying to get a toddler to sleep. Also, the rooms have plantation shutters but do not have curtains. So as soon as the sun came up, our room had light. Rooms are old too. We did notice many balconies had a safety net on them. We called and had a safety net installed within 10 minutes. I also feel the restaurant was overpriced. The breakfast buffet was $20, not including your drink. I wasnt fond of walking with a toddler through the tunnel to get to our car either. They had a golf cart, but it was often full, not in sight, or we had our stroller. Would recommend if you want a hotel with entertainment.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • 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
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  • Cleanliness
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Dallas, TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2009

We just returned from our two-day stay at the Holiday Inn SunSpree in Panama City, and all in all it was a really good experience. The resort has many, many fun activities for families with kids of all ages. The staff tries extremely hard to be nice and to make guests feel welcome and comfortable.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2009

This was our second yr going to the sunpree and we will continue to keep going. Our room had a microwave and a full fridge in it. We bought groceries that we could heat up in the microwave, sandwhich stuff, and snacks. The pool is huge and so is the hot tub. Aqualand, which is the kids pool, has slides and tons of water features, My daughter loved it. On the pool deck, there is a DJ, bar, grill, and hawaiian shaved ice stand. There is also a small store that has tons of items in it if you forget to bring something with you. They have activities all day. Games for the whole family. We love this hotel!

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
    • 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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c10chevy
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2009

Once again we had a great stay. Second year here, but I could tell the economy is taking it's toll since we had a few issues that were not addressed. Probably due to staff lay-offs as told by a staff person. Usually there is someone checking the arm bands as you're coming from the beach into the resort property. This year I didn't see anyone doing that. The ice machine on the eighth floor was not functioning properly. It would produce small cubes mix with an abnormal amount of water. This was reported to the front desk on day one, but during our seven day stay was never fixed. We had to visit the seventh & ninth floors to get ice. The change machine in the game room was out of service. This too was never resolved. Despite these inconveniences we still had a great time. On the plus side the fitness room is fantastic. As was the sauna and steam room. As usual the kids enjoyed all the activities for children. Jim the DJ was again simply wonderful. I hope they never replace Jim. But what the Sunspree could really do that would make this a more enjoyable place would be to have more choices for adults. I'd love to see a live band with a dance floor in the lounge. The bowling alley across the street also had billiards, skating, an arcade and a sports bar. So that really helped us adults. The poolside snack bar is a nice touch, but bring your wallet since the prices in my opinion are a bit steep for what you get. And due to the prices of the on site restaurant we never ate any meals there...simply outrageous. Local activities are plenty. We never ran out of things to do. Beware of the Adventures-by-the-Sea which the Sunspree linked to on their website. We rented a pontoon boat, but not once during the reservation or on their website did they mention that they required either a $20 non-refundable fee for insurance or a $100 refundable insurance fee. The difference between the two is if you pay the $20 and something happens to the boat you're fully covered and pay no more than the $20. With the $100 insurance fee you pay the cost of anything that happens beyond what the $100 pays for. The $20 is not that big of a deal, but it's always good to have full disclosure before you book any reservation. All in all we will probably be back to the Sunspree in the future.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Smithville, TN
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2009

My wife, two teenage boys and I stayed at the Holiday Inn SunSpree in June. I would have never imaged that I was treated THAT GOOD.

The Holiday Inn Staff is 2nd to none. They would step out of their way to ask if they could do anything to make my vacation in Paradise any better. Fact was, they were already doing to it. IT WAS A PERFECT VACTION.

It was fun for the whole family with Karoke, Live Entertainment, Dive In Movies and Dancing by the pool just to name a few things. I will take my family back WITHOUT A DOUBT.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
    • 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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TN
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2009

The Definition of... va.ca.tion: time of rest and freedom. I truly experienced that for the 1st time at The Sunspree. The service was unmatched with our every need met. More than a Hotel, they ARE a Resort. The Dive-In Movies, Polynesian Fire Dancing, On-site Resturant, and the kids activities, all allowed us to draw closer as a Family and enjoy doing things together. Aqualand was incredible for parents of a 3yr old energetic little girl. We could actually relax and enjoy watching our toddler splash around safe in 8 inches of water having the time of her life. I could go on, but the best compliment I could give them... is that Our Family will be back next year.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2009

On Saturday, May 23rd, two friends got married on the beach in Panama City Beach. My wife and I tried the Holiday Inn Sunspree just to see if we could find a hotel in PCB that actually had good service. From the moment we pulled under the entryway, we were made to feel special. After checking in and receiving free drink passes to the hotel bar, we made our way up to the 9th floor and a beautiful view. From outside the front door we could see all of downtown PCB. From the balcony was the pool area, palm trees and ocean. The hotel is a semi circle shape so no other buildings are in sight from the balcony. Each night, they have a Polynesian fire and hula show that we only had time to admire from our balcony. Afterwards, they set up a big screen on the patio area and showed a family movie. The rooms were quite clean, the beds comfortable and the shower had plenty of pressure. The staff is extremely friendly and the pool area is open until 2:30 in the morning. It is, of course, beachfront with parking across the road and a tunnel between the two locations. There are extended golf carts driven between the cart and the resort so you don't have to walk.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 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 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 Spa 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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