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“Nice place & great value for beachfront condo” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Holiday Surf & Racquet Club

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Holiday Surf & Racquet Club
Ranked #6 of 56 Specialty Lodging in Destin
Certificate of Excellence
ga
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23 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Nice place & great value for beachfront condo”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2011

My daughter, granddaughter, my mother and myself booked 4 nights arriving May 18.We went for a niece's beach wedding in Destin.We had not been to Destin and it was difficult to find a condo on the beach.Most were across the road and everything was very expensive.We found Holiday Surf & Racquet Club on the internet right on the beach.We rented 719 and it was great for our group.The bedroom had 2 beds for my mom & myself and the sofabed for my daughter & granddaughter.The rooms are large and the balcony was large and screened with great beach view. The location is awesome.The wedding was at Henderson State Park and it was beautiful(if you want info for beach wedding).One night a group of us went to a club named The Swamp and it was awesome.If you like rock, the band was Splendid Chaos and they rocked it.I would love to go back to Destin and definitely stay here.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank travelingweekend
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Olive Branch, MS
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2011

Generally, you get what you pay for, but not with this place. The condo was larger than a hotel room, around 750 sf. It was super clean and stocked with every need: extra pillows, every imaginable kitchen need, books, etc. The other guests were super awesome. Laid backpeople looking to enjoythemselves. I expected rowdykids and there were none. 1st
row Beach setups were gone early,
but we got one every day but the
4th. There are units for sale and we're looking into buying one. I can't wait to go back!!! This is far and away the best Destin trip I've been on yet.

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank jennyprice
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metairie,la
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2011

We recently spend our spring break with the kids at Holiday Surf and Racket Club. We had a wonderful time. It is a very family friendly enviroment. Our boys loved it. Perfect place to bring the family. We stayed in Unit 711. Very nice two bedroom two bath unit with a great view of the swimming pool and beach. Can't wait to go back in the summer.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank wagstace
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ANDERSON
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64 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2011

I would like to first say that the only reason that I ever write reviews on tripadvisor is because I have come to rely on what I hope are honest reviews on this site and I try to return the favor.

My husband and I stayed here two years ago on our anniversary trip. We were so pleased with the accomodations that we decided to bring our children here.

We always choose locations with full kitchens for our family trips so that we can save money on our eating expenses. The kitchen in this condo was well stocked and reasonably clean. A few dishes needed to be run in the dishwasher but we did that upon our arrival.
The view was wonderful and it was a quiet peaceful room to sleep in. It was confortable and the kids had good accomadations.
The pool was clean and uncrowded.
there is a computer in the lobby if one needs to utilize one and did not bring thier own.
The staff seemed friendly enough, however, our interaction with them was pretty limited.
There is a pay laundry on the fourth floor, there was no washer and dryer in our unit be that may be available others, i am not sure.

The master bedroom furnishings are a little dated but that didn't bother us at all. The bed was comfortable and the whole area was well kept. I felt comfortable with my family utilizing the space.

The grounds are well maintained and inviting.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 Thank M R
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atlanta,ga
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45 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2010

We decided to spend 9/30 - 10/4 at the Holiday Surf and Racket club . Thought that it was
a great value for the price, and they were offering a free night if you booked 4 night. All of the staff were very friendly and helpful. It is an older complex but it is well maintained and right on the beach. We spent all day at the beach and hope to get back again.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank Steve_Georgia
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St. Louis
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2010

The rates are very reasonable for the beachfront property. There was construction of a new seawall barrier that I am sure is a much needed upgrade. The only effect this construction had on the guest was walking around the construction site to the beach. No problem. The front desk staff was friendly and the laundry service employees went above and beyond always with a smile. We left some items in a drawer and realized many hours after we left Florida. The front desk staff sent it via UPS the next day. Thank you Holiday Surf for another excellent time to remember!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank thrifty2700
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Memphis
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2010

Holiday Surf and Racquet Club use to be a fun place. Now the staff appears miserable, which I was told by a young lady, was primarily the result of the Board of directors receding the first raise the staff had received in 3+ years and not explaining why.

Although the staff was helpful and was not by any means rude, it was apparent that their morale was very low. Also there seemed to be a LOT of work started throughout the property ... large section of parking lot cut up, sea wall has 8ft deep x5ft wide hole the length of the property, main deck is destroyed, half the property is caution taped off, check-in office covered in spackle etc etc.

In the past the employees were always friendly, helpful and smiling, but now that there not (even though they are all the same employees) I dont plan to come back. Its ashame and I will miss HSRC, but the "gloom" is too much.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank memphican
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KentinDestin, Manager at Holiday Surf & Racquet Club, responded to this review, November 22, 2011
Holiday Surf & Racquet Club is a much different place since this review was written back when we were recovering from storm damage in Feb of 2010. Thanks to the hard work of our staff the place looks and feels great! Our people are friendly, helpful and have been serving our customers and making memories for years.

We changed management and have spent the past year improving our little slice of heaven. Upgrades include; new fitness center, new game room, tennis and shuffleboard courts refinished. We are family friendly, a GREAT value and are proud of the work we have done.

HSRC has a simple goal .... to be the "Best on the Beach" and we try to focus on that goal every day. While not perfect, we are so much better now than this review paints us to be. Come on out and see what we have to offer.
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Additional Information about Holiday Surf & Racquet Club

Property: Holiday Surf & Racquet Club
Address: 510 Gulf Shore Dr, Destin, FL 32541-3038
Phone Number:
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Destin
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 56 Specialty Lodging in Destin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Holiday Surf & Racquet Club 3.5*
Number of rooms: 87
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful one and two bedroom condos overlooking Destin's beach. Warm Gulf waters, soothing waves, and beautiful sand add up to a relaxing and fun vacation for the entire family. Each condo offers Gulf views, a screened-in balcony and a full kitchen. Located directly on the beach, Holiday Surf has great amenities like tennis courts, a heated pool, 24 hour personnel, laundry facilities, copy & fax services and more. Get a complimentary beach umbrella set up with 2 chairs March through October 30. Ask about our Seasonal Specials! ... more   less 
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