WaterColor Inn & Resort
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Location
4.9
Cleanliness
4.9
Service
4.8
Value
4.4
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Overlooking the sugar sands of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, just a short distance from popular attractions including Seaside and Rosemary Beach, you will find WaterColor Inn, a warm family-friendly destination steeped in southern hospitality, history and charm.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Pool
Bar / lounge
Beach
Bicycles available
Children's playground
Valet parking
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Fence around pool
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Happy hour
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Poolside bar
Tennis court
Canoeing offsite
Tennis court offsite
Waterslide
Board games / puzzles
Children's television networks
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids pool
Highchairs available
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shops
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
ATM on site
First aid kit
Umbrella
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Room features
Blackout curtains
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Desk
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Sofa bed
Walk-in shower
Housekeeping
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Seating area
Sofa
Telephone
VIP room facilities
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Iron
Laptop safe
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
iPod docking station
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Great View
Languages Spoken
English
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Location

34 Goldenrod Circle, Seaside, FL 32459
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles286 reviews
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The WaterColor Inn & Resort garners acclaim for its spotless environment and inviting ambiance, complete with thoughtful complimentary treats that enhance its cozy yet family-friendly atmosphere. Nestled in a prime beachfront location, it offers guests easy access to local dining and shopping. While the rooms earn praise for their comfort and views, some guests have noted discrepancies during renovations. The staff's warm service is often lauded, although there are mixed reviews on housekeeping and beach service. Despite the range of appreciated amenities, including various pools, some guests argue that the overall value doesn't justify the high cost and extra fees.
Location
Beachfront
Atmosphere
Inviting
Rooms
Comfortable
Value
Expensive
Cleanliness
Meticulous
Service
Attentive
Amenities
Top-notch

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Drkhaz wrote a review Aug 2022
Hotel's Favorite
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We love 30A and when it came time for us to come back for a visit, this time with two little boys (2 and 6 yo), we decided Watercolor would be the perfect location. We chose to stay at the Inn for ease of access to all the amenities and close proximity to the beach and Seaside shopping and fun activities. Our kids loved it! FOOW restaurant has delicious food and wonderful views and service and we ordered out multiple times as well for when we wanted to relax in our room. The numerous accessible pools, including some with zero entry, and access to Camp Watercolor lazy River and slides were perfect for our boys. Family vacations can be stressful, but we definitely felt more relaxed with all of the options at our fingertips and had the time to focus on making a memorable trip for the whole family.
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Date of stay: August 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Esther Spears, Guest Services / Front Office at WaterColor Inn & Resort
Responded Sep 5, 2022
Dear Drkhaz , Thank you for choosing WaterColor Inn and Resort, and for taking time to complete a survey. We're delighted to hear you enjoyed your overall visit Should your travels bring you back, we invite you to connect with us at wciconcierge@stjoe.com and we'll be happy to help coordinate any arrangements to ensure another memorable visit. We hope to welcome you back again soon. Warm Regards, Esther Spears Director of Lodging & Guest Services
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MarCat11 wrote a review Aug 2022
Atlanta, Georgia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
To say our vacation was perfect would be an understatement! We stayed at WaterColor Inn about 4 years ago and returned this year. The staff provides impeccable service and they go out of their way to make you feel welcome. Since our last visit, there have been several upgrades to the Inn. We loved the new smaller, quieter pool directly in front of the Inn. John, at The Gathering Restaurant by the pool was so welcoming for our first evening and a quick snack. Fish Out Of Water is always such a treat and the food, service and view just can't be beat. Zain was our server each morning for breakfast and he was awesome! Todd and Chris at the valet desk were wonderful. All of the front desk associates treated us like family. The property is very clean and well maintained. The rooms are beautiful and so breezy and beachy. Housekeeping will spoil you. We keep asking ourselves..."who is going to come in and make up our room and put cookies on the bed when we get home?" We can't wait to return!
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Date of stay: August 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Fourth floor facing the ocean has the most beautiful views.
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Response from Esther Spears, Guest Services / Front Office at WaterColor Inn & Resort
Responded Sep 5, 2022
Dear MarCat11, Thank you for choosing WaterColor Inn and Resort, and for taking time to complete a survey. We're delighted to hear you enjoyed your overall visit. Should your travels bring you back, we invite you to connect with us at wciconcierge@stjoe.com and we'll be happy to help coordinate any arrangements to ensure another memorable visit. We hope to welcome you back again soon. Warm Regards, Esther Spears Director of Lodging & Guest Services
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Kim F wrote a review Sep 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed in a terrace level room and it was fabulous. A patio with outdoor shower and quick access (3 doors down) from the private beach boardwalk and a few doors down from the new watercolor inn private inn guest pool and restaurant. Room and amenities were great including a tote bag for the beach or pool and a treat room for snacks and drinks located by the elevators.
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Date of stay: September 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Sara M wrote a review Jul 2022
Kansas
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was our first stay at WaterColor Inn & it was wonderful! The location is within walking distance to so many shops, restaurants & other amenities as well as direct access to the gorgeous beach. Our room was on the third floor & had a beautiful oceanfront view. The room itself was clean, comfortable & well thought out. (personally, the amount of hooks to hang things up was my favorite!) Our kids loved the surprise "snack suite" across the hall & looked forward to the daily cookie delivery to our door! This made it feel special vs other places we've stayed & very much appreciated.

We visited Camp WaterColor, which is a great amenity for younger kids but was still comfortable & relaxing for adults too. My teen preferred the beach or kayaking Western Lake. The lake was beautiful, quiet & we had a great time exploring here. My husband & I loved the private pool available only to Inn guests which made it less crowded. The Beach Club was very busy, as expected this time of year, but we were still able to find chairs & enjoyed the overall vibe here. Pools & ocean view were wonderful!

We ate at FOOW, Gather, the Camp WaterColor Canteen & WaterColor Grill. All were equally good & service was excellent. There was a longer wait at FOOW for food, but again, it's peak season & to be somewhat expected. Our waitress apologized & handled it all very well.

All the employees we encountered during our stay were very welcoming, helpful & kind. I know it takes a team to make it all work & it was apparent to us they cared. Kudos to them all!
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Date of stay: July 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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jdaka83 wrote a review Jun 2023
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Watercolor Inn is superb. The hospitality, amenities, location and housekeeping are unmatched down to the smallest details. The hotel staff are the shining stars! The ocean view rooms, heavenly pool options, convenience of fine dining options like Gather, FOOW and Scratch Kitchen allow for never needing to leave the resort to eat. We loved the convenience of being able to walk to Seaside. Quaint and family friendly...there's nowhere else we will ever stay.
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Date of stay: June 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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340jordan wrote a review Sep 2022
New Braunfels, Texas
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I decided to spend our 20th wedding anniversary in Seaside since we had never been there before. We choose Watercolor Inn due to its location and the photos showing it’s beautiful renovation. There are only 60 guest rooms which explains why the front desk would greet us by name. Even though the rest of Watercolor has access to the beach club, there is a private pool and restaurant that only the guests can use which was nice because they were never crowded. We are at FOOW twice because it was convenient, the view of the water was amazing and the food was outstanding! All the staff was so friendly, from the front desk, to the valet’s, to the bartenders. Everyone engaged us in conversation which seems to be a lost art these days. We will definitely be back to WatercolorInn!
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Date of stay: September 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Kaitlin519 wrote a review May 2024
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Hotel staff was wonderful, beautiful property with the renovations. Always felt welcomed.
However I feel the beach attendants with the chair service was lacking. Paying 72$ for 2 chairs and an umbrella with sand all over the chairs with no help getting them cleaned off and set up was unexpected. We were pointed in the direction to look for our reserved chairs. This could be improved as well as the dried up seaweed between chairs and rows could be raked and cleaned up in the mornings. Would make the beach a more pleasant experience.
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Date of stay: May 2024Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Shelby Carrico, General Manager at WaterColor Inn & Resort
Responded May 15, 2024
Hey Kaitlin519, we are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us! Thank you for your feedback on our beach service, we will bring this feedback up to our team. We hope to see you again in the future!
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nmiranda1106 wrote a review Apr 2023
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The WaterColor Inn made our baby moon just even more special than it already was. We love coming to Seaside and when looking for somewhere to stay this was recommended by one of our friends. I can honestly say that with wanting to come back to Seaside every year we will stay no where else but the WaterColor Inn from now on. From the very first moment we arrived the staff all the way to the room service was very accommodating and even gave us some cake on our first night because we were celebrating our baby moon. It's great for families, couples and the location, the amenities and the staff at the WaterColor Inn cannot be beat and highly recommend a stay here if your looking at vacationing in seaside.
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Date of stay: April 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Esther Spears, Guest Services / Front Office at WaterColor Inn & Resort
Responded Apr 25, 2023
Hi, thank you for your kind review; we are happy to pass along your comments to the team here at WaterColor Inn! Thanks again for the recommendation, and have an amazing day!
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945natalie wrote a review Oct 2022
3.0 of 5 bubbles
There were bugs in our room the entire time and the sofa it looks like someone threw up on it. We use the bikes that they graciously gave us follow the directions that they told us and then once I got my bill they charge me $2000 for for missing bikes. We returned the bikes just like we were supposed to. Manager does not care about customer service. Refusing fees on credit card but this is frustrating and time consuming. We will unfortunately never stay here again. Several other issues too.
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Date of stay: October 2022
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Esther Spears, Guest Services / Front Office at WaterColor Inn & Resort
Responded Oct 25, 2022
Hello Ms. Kryscynsky, I am sorry to hear about the unfortunate experience during your stay with us at the Watercolor. I wish to further discuss the issues with you, my number 850-534-5000 Warm Regards, Esther Spears Director of Lodging & Guest Experience
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hhclemrn wrote a review Sep 2023
Navarre, Florida
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
First, I would like to say I live on the Gulf Coast just about 45 miles west of Seaside. I visited this little town back in June on a girl’s trip, and just fell in love with it. I knew I needed to come back and bring my husband. So we just spent our 27th anniversary there this week. We chose to stay at the Water Color Inn and we were so happy with our stay! It was absolutely incredible. We had booked a room on the second floor with “coastal” view and when we checked in, the fellow asked what brought us to Water Color, so we told him it was our anniversary. He offered us a complimentary upgrade to an ocean front room with a balcony! We we’re obviously pleased with this, but it only got better throughout the stay. They bring you cookies (really yummy cookies) in the evening. They have slippers, cozy robes, black out masks with their logo, a bag to take to the beach, they have “Treat Suites “ where you can get fruit, sodas, popcorn, ice cream sandwiches (all complimentary), they have a little basket on the room table with biscotti, an orange, a muffin, an adorable little jar of jam…everyone was so nice. Everyone wanted to make sure we were comfortable and happy. There are multiple pools, everything is incredibly clean, the beach is lovely, there are multiple dining options on the property, as well as nearby. Their toiletries were very nice, and they even include aloe vera for those who may get a bit more sun than they intended:). Upon checkout, they give you a little gift of bath salts. They have thought of every detail. The whole little community is a vacation destination. So the Inn was wonderful, but the whole area has everything you could possibly want without having to go more than a mile or two. They have complimentary bikes as well. We chose to walk wherever we went, but it was nice to know the bikes were an option. Additionally, if I understood it correctly, they also had a complimentary hour of paddle boarding available each day of the stay. I know this was a long review, so if you read this far, please know that I highly recommend this place. It was amazing. I wish I could remember everyone’s names who helped us while we were there. We absolutely loved it!!
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Esther Spears, General Manager at WaterColor Inn & Resort
Responded Sep 10, 2023
Hi, thank you for your kind review; we are happy to pass along your comments to the team here at WaterColor Inn! Your recommendation means so much to us and we're so happy to have earned it. Thank you again for taking the time to let the world know about your positive experience. Have a great day!
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Answer from David J
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December is a beautiful time of year on the Gulf coast, but not warm enough to swim for most of us! Most stores and restaurants in the Seaside are are open and the pace is much slower than spring or summer.
Mark H wrote a tip Jul 13
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Just book the resort & enjoy every minute!"
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Global645611 wrote a tip Jun 2024
Gunter, Texas54 contributions6 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bring your own towels and chairs and expect to climb multiple stairs to and from the beach. There are no chairs available at pool"
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Meander827159 wrote a tip Jun 2024
Wichita Falls, Texas8 contributions1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Go somewhere else"
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M S wrote a tip Apr 2024
New Orleans, Louisiana131 contributions90 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for a quiet room."
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Miguel wrote a tip Mar 2024
Amarillo, Texas496 contributions196 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We were there right before Spring Break which made a great couples trip."
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PRICE RANGE
$564 - $816 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
watercolor hotel santa rosa beach, water color hotel
LOCATION
United StatesFloridaFlorida PanhandleSeaside
NUMBER OF ROOMS
67
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Frequently Asked Questions about WaterColor Inn & Resort
Which popular attractions are close to WaterColor Inn & Resort?
Nearby attractions include Sundog Books (0.5 miles), Fusion Art Glass & Fine Jewelry Gallery (0.4 miles), and Seaside Beach (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at WaterColor Inn & Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at WaterColor Inn & Resort?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at WaterColor Inn & Resort?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at WaterColor Inn & Resort?
Yes, free parking and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to WaterColor Inn & Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Modica Market, The Meltdown on 30A, and Great Southern Cafe.
Are there opportunities to exercise at WaterColor Inn & Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness center during their stay.
Does WaterColor Inn & Resort offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a banquet room and conference facilities during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to WaterColor Inn & Resort?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Eden Gardens State Park (3.7 miles).
Does WaterColor Inn & Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is WaterColor Inn & Resort accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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