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Hilton Sandestin Beach, Golf Resort & Spa
Ranked #8 of 39 Hotels in Destin
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Destin, Florida
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10 reviews
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“Like being in the Caribbean, but with American amenities”
Reviewed February 27, 2014

I live here, but always enjoy my visits to the Hilton. The beach, the deck and outdoor bar/restaurant, the swimming pools, indoor and outdoor, and the restaurants are among the best in the world. I travel a lot, but have never found a resort as good as this one. You won't believe the sand and water. The hotel sits right on the beach and there is free tram service all over Sandestin resort, to the Village, the golf courses, and tennis facilities, not to mention a great marina. Just the best around.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Edmond, United States
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Reviewed February 26, 2014

Beautiful view and place. Once construction is finished it will be a great place to vacation. Recommend bringing the family here or a honeymoon place. I don't have anything else to write but this thing wants me to put a minimum of 200 characters which is really silly because I don't want to do that

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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Reviewed February 25, 2014

Visited the Hilton Sandestin for four nights in January 2014 for business. The meeting facilities were very nice and the food/service throughout the week was excellent. My king room was very nice and clean. Refrigerator, small microwave and nice flat screen TV (also had bunkbeds for those with children). The weather was very chilly the week I was there, but the beach looked nice and clean. The pool area had a lot of construction underway, but seems like it would be very nice when completed. I would recommend waiting to vacation there until the renovations are completed. It should be very nice.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
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New Haven, Connecticut
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Reviewed February 24, 2014

Our stay at this Hilton was quite possibly the best vacation my family has ever had. We specifically wanted to head south during an off-peak season and felt like we had almost the whole Hotel to ourselves despite at least 3 largely attended business/religious conferences taking place at the same time as our stay. The staff was incredibly attentive to us individually despite this.

The room was wonderful, peaceful and quiet. We did not once hear outside noise from the hallway or other guests. We had a family suite with a waterfront view and Hilton graciously provided a crib (as a courtesy-no extra charge) for our 1 year old. Every single call and room service request was handled promptly. In regards to the room, it was spacious, we stayed for a week and unpacked our things in the drawers provided. We used to hotels laundromat (not the laundry service) which was nice and convenient!

I am at a loss as to the complaints over the construction as I was told about this when booking the hotel and gladly took the risk of whatever inconvenience this may provide. I mean, come on, have you seen the ocean view???? There were a few times that we had to ask someone where to go (as some things like the spa and breakfast room were currently being worked on) but our questions were answered immediately and we always found our way.

We ordered room service four times during our stay and were pleased with the food. The breakfast buffet was DELICIOUS! I looked forward to it every morning and was happy that our daughter was able to eat free. Also, one quick note on the maids, THEY WERE PHENOMENAL! One of them even went so far as to wash our some dirty bottles we had left on one of the counters. They were all cleaned our and drying upside down on a towel. They totally went out of their way to make our stay a little more relaxing!

Our one small complaint would be this: the outdoor pool apparently has suffered some during the construction and the heater was not always working. Some days it was and some it wasn't. I'm sure this will be resolved during our next stay and am not worried.

From our room, we saw some of the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets imaginable. We slept every night with the door open so we could hear the waves. After coming home, I'm still missing the quiet reprieve those waves provide. I would HIGHLY recommend the Hilton Sandestin.

Room Tip: Definitely shoot for an ocean front view. The rooms ending in 16 or 17 (on all floors) have a perfec...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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Birmingham, Alabama
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

Serenity will once again be back at this location once the construction is complete. Throughout my quick stay, I would say that the staff catered to my families needs and were very professional and accommodating. I'm looking forward to returning after their March 1st grand reopening. Two issues; size of the "queen beds" and breakfast. The queen beds felt more like full size beds. Something to check into considering that Hilton is known for spacious rooms, beds included. Also be careful with the breakfast. We received breakfast coupons and didn't fully read that it was for continental breakfast. Since they are under construction, the breakfast area is in close quarters with the hot items in the front. Very clever set up if you are not paying attention. Just a FYI.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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HSBGeneralManager, General Manager at Hilton Sandestin Beach, Golf Resort & Spa, responded to this review, February 25, 2014
Dear Sap811,

We here at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa appreciate your compliments regarding our service levels. In addition, I am pleased to hear that our property wide improvements did not cause you too many inconveniences during your stay with us.

I delighted to announce that on Saturday, March 1, 2014, the Hilton Sandestin Beach will debut fully refurbished Spa Tower guest rooms, a redesigned indoor pool and a dramatically enriched main lobby and arrival experience for our guests. The resort will also unveil its newly designed Sandcastles Restaurant and Lounge, Hadashi Sushi Bar and Serenity by the sea Spa.

Once again, thank you for your compliments and patients during this challenging time.

Gary Brielmayer
General Manager
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Pensacola, United States
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Reviewed February 22, 2014

I would not recommend staying that this Hilton property until all renovations are confirmed 100% complete. I would recommend if you have the opportunity to dine at Seagar's Prime Steaks and seafood located on this Hilton property. Try and reserve one of the wine rooms for a personal romantic evening. EXCELLENT DINING EXPERIENCE!!!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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HSBGeneralManager, General Manager at Hilton Sandestin Beach, Golf Resort & Spa, responded to this review, February 25, 2014
Dear Rodney M,

Though we appreciate your compliments about Seagar’s Prime Steaks and Seafood Restaurant I am sorry to hear that our construction caused you some inconveniences during your Valentines Weekend stay. Please rest assured that our renovations will be completed by Saturday, March 1st 2014.

Our future guest will have the opportunity to enjoy over $25 million dollars in newly renovated Spa Tower guest rooms, newly designed dinning venues and enhancements to our award winning Serenity by the Sea Spa.

We hope to have the opportunity to host you again in the very near future.

Thank you,

GARY BRIELMAYER I General Manager
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Spring, Texas
Level 4 Contributor
47 reviews
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Reviewed February 21, 2014

I will begin by saying the staff and employees here are friendly, helpful, and really are trying to make guests feel comfortable.
HOWEVER, the construction that is currently underway here makes it difficult to relax AT THE HOTEL. The restaurants, bar, gift shops and lobby area are all undergoing renovation so they have moved them, crammed them in to guest rooms on the first floor, and all shops, bars, and restaurants in the pool area are completely closed. The lobby is in the basement on the backside of the hotel and has a small check-in desk, no chairs or place to sit if you have to wait on your room. On top of that, the shops are difficult to FIND because, as I said they are crammed into GUEST rooms with a paper sign on the door. I never found the SPA at all, which is a shame because I would have enjoyed a facial or massage during my stay. The new areas are slated to open by MARCH 1. I hope they can make that deadline, but they are going to really have to work quickly to do it.
With that being said, our room is very nice. We have a balcony with an ocean view. The room is large, with bunk beds for kids and a fold-out sofa. There is a bar area with mini-fridge and microwave as well.
If you are planning on staying here, I would suggest you call and make sure that the construction is finished prior to your stay. Especially if you have children and want to enjoy poolside or beach amenities or restaurants.
I gave it "very good" rating because I do think that once the improvements are completed that it will be a nice place to enjoy Destin.

Room Tip: Ask for an Ocean view - it is beautiful!
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
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Property: Hilton Sandestin Beach, Golf Resort & Spa
Address: 4000 Sandestin Blvd S, Destin, FL 32550-4279
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Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Destin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Destin
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Destin
#2 Spa Hotel in Destin
#4 Business Hotel in Destin
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Destin
#8 Family Hotel in Destin
#9 Romantic Hotel in Destin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hilton Sandestin Beach, Golf Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 602
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa offers guests beachfront paradise with six restaurants, three bars, three pools, two whirlpools, four championship golf courses and Serenity by the Sea Spa. ... more   less 
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