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The Island Ft Walton Destin by Hotel RL

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1500 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548-6213
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 06/17/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 06/17/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#15 of 34 hotels in Fort Walton Beach
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Located in the heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast, our newly enhanced beachfront resort features 329 rooms, 25,000 square feet of event space with a penthouse ballroom, two swimming pools, a grotto with a swim-up bar, Nineteen66 Southern Grill & Tap House, The Island Grille, Tripp Tide Beach Bar and a beachside coffee truck serving award-winning Victrola coffee.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Beach
Evening entertainment
Business Center with Internet Access
Parking garage
Wifi
Hot tub
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Kid-friendly buffet
Kids' meals
Wine / champagne
Vending machine
Swimup bar
Poolside bar
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Convenience store
Gift shop
Newspaper
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
ATM on site
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Room service
Refrigerator
Cable / satellite TV
Flatscreen TV
Safe
Telephone
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Room types
Ocean view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Family Resort
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Wendy R wrote a review Jan 5
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From the 6 hour wait to check in, to the lies and rude treatment by staff, either not lgbtq friendly or racially friendly as they were extremely rude and dismissive to my black wife but choose to speak with me instead, lack of follow through by management, the lack of room amenities”no towels, no shower amenities, not clean which is a huge concern, considering the pandemic.” Was not told that our room was located directly under the 6th floor party room that was hosting a huge wedding party until 12:30am. Had to call Security for the partying going on right outside our balcony at 1:30am. The strong smell of Marijuana in every hallway.
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Jay Odom, Owner at The Island Ft Walton Destin by Hotel RL
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you for the candid feedback WendyR1684. I apologize on behalf of The Island for the experience you encountered. This is not the experience we want our guest to have. I will make sure to share this feedback with our managers and staff. Hopefully you can give us another chance in the future and have a much better experience.
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Steadman2006 wrote a review Jun 2020
LaFayette, GA6 contributions6 helpful votes
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We had not been to the Destin/Ft. Walton Beach area in at least 10 years. I saw The Island online, read reviews, wasn’t sure what to go with due to mixed reviews. We got an ocean view on the 4th floor, and it was great. They also had swim up rooms at the pool that were neat looking! They have a number of eateries on site, a putting green, corn hole, 2 pools, a shop, etc. It is also in walking distance of The Boardwalk which hosts several restaurants and shops. The pier is also close by ($2 fee for the day to walk across it). Every employee we encountered on the property was super friendly, especially the housekeeping staff. It is a unique property, and we would definitely stay there again. Enjoyed it!
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from TheIslandFL, Front Office Supervisor at The Island Ft Walton Destin by Hotel RL
Responded Jun 12, 2020
Thank you for choosing The Island and for the kind review. Our ideal location provides our guests with an effortless way to enjoy all that Ft.Walton/Destin has to offer. Our goal is to provide comfortable accommodations and outstanding service, and we thank you for letting us know we exceeded your expectations. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.
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kris711 wrote a review Jan 2
Atlanta1 contribution
We are locals in Fl and stayed at the Island for a friend’s wedding. We were told the rooms had been remodeled. This was a joke. While the grounds and common areas were nicely remodeled and had a fun resort feel, the rooms were lacking. Sure, the floors were new and possibly the furniture, but mostly everything was just covered up with a coat of paint as you could see the mold poking through and still smell the essence of humidity and ‘spring break’. I was even hesitant to use the shower and while brushing my teeth was visited by a roach. The balcony door to our 2nd floor room didn’t even close completely and would not lock. My unworn clothes smelled terrible by the time we left. Lastly, the customer service was terrible. We arrived early as part of the wedding party and were promised we’d be contacted when our room was ready. 3hrs later members of the same wedding party were receiving their rooms (same type as ours) and when I called I was told we’d been ‘skipped over’ by accident. No apologies, they just blamed it on housekeeping which made no sense. Overall, I was seriously disappointed in our stay and the amount we paid for it. The only thing that made it worth it was not having to drive after the wedding. Don’t waste your money here!
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from Jay Odom, Owner at The Island Ft Walton Destin by Hotel RL
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you for the candid feedback kris711. Anything wrong with the room you could have contacted front desk and we could have took care of it. As far as your check in experience I do apologize for the delay, I have never heard the term skipped over used at our property. I will share your feedback through out management. Have a great day and Happy New Year!
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World Trotter Here and Beyond wrote a review Dec 2020
Atlanta, Georgia1,378 contributions12,724 helpful votes
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This is the best hotel along Fort Walton beach. The place is centrally located to all major attractions, restaurants, and activities. Room is clean and big. D building is the best if you’re going to book your reservations. Their pools are unique and spacious. We enjoyed the hotel pathways going to the beach. This place is perfect for taking pictures and watching the sunset. Staffs are amazing. Price is average. They regularly cleaned the rooms. There are spaces to social distance from other guests. Wifi connection is super fast. I will definitely recommend this hotel to everybody for all seasons.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Jay Odom, Owner at The Island Ft Walton Destin by Hotel RL
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you for the positive feedback regarding your stay. We are so happy to hear you had such a good time at our property. We look forward to you returning in the future to have another amazing stay here at The Island.
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Jean D wrote a review Dec 2020
Fayetteville, Georgia52 contributions10 helpful votes
We stay in the area once a month and this property is one of the best so far. It is beautiful. Caters to all types. The pool area is nice. However since. Covid has taken its toll on the entire area. It’s sad to see it so empty. The young lady who checked us in was fantastic. The room and view was terrific.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Jay Odom, Owner at The Island Ft Walton Destin by Hotel RL
Responded Dec 11, 2020
Thank you for the positive feedback. Glad you enjoyed your stay here at The Island.
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PRICE RANGE
$151 - $348 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
ramada plaza beach hotel fort walton beach, ramada fort walton beach, fort walton beach ramada
LOCATION
United StatesFloridaFlorida PanhandleFort Walton Beach
NUMBER OF ROOMS
331
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Island Ft Walton Destin by Hotel RL
Which popular attractions are close to The Island Ft Walton Destin by Hotel RL?
Nearby attractions include Escape Zone 60 (0.2 miles), John C Beasley Park (0.3 miles), and Wild Willy's Adventure Zone (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Island Ft Walton Destin by Hotel RL?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a swimup bar, free wifi, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at The Island Ft Walton Destin by Hotel RL?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at The Island Ft Walton Destin by Hotel RL?
Guests can enjoy a swimup bar, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Island Ft Walton Destin by Hotel RL?
Yes, free parking and a parking garage are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Island Ft Walton Destin by Hotel RL?
Conveniently located restaurants include Al’s Beach Club and Burger Bar, Floyd's Shrimp House, and Rockin Tacos.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Island Ft Walton Destin by Hotel RL?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness center during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Island Ft Walton Destin by Hotel RL?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Does The Island Ft Walton Destin by Hotel RL offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Island Ft Walton Destin by Hotel RL?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Does The Island Ft Walton Destin by Hotel RL have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.