My wife and I spent two nights at the Bayside Inn (March 30,31, 2008) in Sandestin. We were in Tallahassee for a wedding and had heard good things about the Sandestin area so we thought we would check it out for a couple of days.
We originally were going to stay at the Sandestin Courtyard Marriott but since this hotel – right on the bay and inside the Sandestin grounds – was the same price, we canceled our Marriott reservation and decided to stay here. Bad choice! I wish I had read the comments here before changing because most of the negative reviews here echo our feelings.
The Bayside Inn is an eight floor hotel. During our stay there were maybe only eight rooms that were occupied. There was NO STAFF – I mean NOBODY there at all during the daytime or evening hours and it was downright scary staying there! If you are not going to staff the hotel, then why not at least institute controlled access? There was no one at the lobby front desk, no one in the halls, no one anywhere – just an old TV in the area overlooking the bay blaring with no one watching! It truly reminded me of a setting for a bad slasher flic! While Sandestin itself is somewhat "access" controlled, staying here sure did not give us a secure feeling. Maybe it wasn't the 'season' for this place but still...it was creepy.
The Sandestin Resort website indicates that the Bayside Inn received a multi-million dollar renovation in 2006 – well you couldn’t prove that by me. Nothing here looked renovated it was right out of the 80's. And two double beds???? I haven’t seen doubles in years – why not queens or a king? The room furnishings were very dated, the bathrooms were small and spartan and the room wasn’t the cleanest place I ever have stayed. There were a couple of places where there was no baseboard and the wallpaper was peeling. However, there was a microwave and a dorm style refrigerator that would be plus for a family.
I would also have to disagree with others’ comments regarding the maid service. Ours was done promptly in the morning - of course there was NO ONE ELSE THERE to slow them down.
Overall, the Bayside Inn was in our opinion overpriced, somewhat dingy and poorly secured. It was not a pleasant lodging experience for us. We won’t be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bayside at Sandestin is a 175 unit condo/hotel situated on the beautiful shore of the Choctawhatchee Bay in the wonderful Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Bayside at Sandestin features fabulous bay views on the north and great golf course and lake views on the south. With quick and convenient access to the sugar white sand beaches of the Gulf Coast just across the resort. Great choices for shopping and dining abound throughout the Sandestin Resort as well as additional great shopping and dining nearby at the Grand Boulevard at Sandestin shopping center and Silver Sands Premium Outlet - one of the largest premium outlet centers in the country! The resort features 4 great golf courses, mini- golf course, full service marina, bike rentals, water sports, charter fishing, lots on on-site restaurants and entertainment options, and of course the gorgeous sugar white sandy beaches and beautiful emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bayside At Sandestin Miramar Beach, Florida