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“It's All About the Beach!”

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Holiday Surf & Racquet Club
Ranked #7 of 55 Specialty Lodging in Destin
Certificate of Excellence
Michigan
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“It's All About the Beach!”
Reviewed June 15, 2013

WOW….what a great vacation at a great price! Our family was looking for a place to enjoy the beautiful beaches and found it at Holiday Surf. We stayed in Unit 117, and the arrangement worked perfectly. Our car with luggage and groceries was ten steps out our front door while the sandy white beach was 20 steps out our back door. The first floor was definitely a wise decision and worth the few extra bucks.

Like many of the other reviewers, we found the beaches to be clean and safe. In fact, they were so safe that we were completely comfortable making the 20 minute walk along the shore to the jetties at midnight.

The building seemed like it was one of the earlier models in the area for two reasons. First, it was stucco (which just reminds me of “early Florida”), but second, it was so close to the beach. In talking with one of the other guests that had been visiting the area for years, he said that it was built before zoning required condos to be set further back from the water.

The property was nicely maintained with no-frills amenities. We were able to exchange our towels three times during the week, use the tennis equipment, and checkout free DVD’s. The beach umbrella and chairs were free too. We chose Unit 117 based on the website photos. It was clean, comfortable and well-equipped…actually even better than what we saw in the photos.

We are already looking forward to our next vacation!

Room Tip: Stayed in Unit 117. Perfect location on first floor with easy beach access. Clean and well-equipped.
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Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Highland Village, Texas
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Reviewed June 6, 2013

Coming up on our 26th year visiting Destin. This is our favorite of all the places we've stayed. The quite beach, access to the harbor, just wonderful. Love taking the water taxi, love our unit #119, love being on the first floor. Clean, friendly, just love it!!!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Olathe, Kansas
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14 reviews
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Reviewed May 29, 2013 via mobile

This is my second stay at Holiday Surf and I love it! We are still here one more day! Is it an older facility---yes somewhat---but each owner of the condos can decorate and update if they choose to. Some have, some have not. We are in 418 and it is very nice and clean. The view is great. The beach is not crowded, because it is a private beach. The guys that set up the chairs and things are great about making sure only guests of HSRC use the beach and check off your name when you go down. Internet is intermittent, So if you rely on it, you may need to get closer to the lobby. The staff is extremely friendly. The location is great on Holiday Isle. The pool is nice and has to be quiet after 10. A security guard walks around at night. We have teenagers with us and they too are having a great time. I will definitely stay here again. :)

  • Stayed May 2013
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Louisville, Kentucky
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68 reviews
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

We had 3 people staying in the one bedroom condo. Elevator is only on one side of the bldg so it can be a bit of a walk to your room from the elevator. Everything was fine but the furniture was not comfortable. We took turns sitting in the recliner. The pull out bed on the couch was brand new and slept great~!! the air conditioner was noisy. The wifi was too weak to access in the room and my kindle nor my friends Ipad would not pick up on the balcony. The Balcony scene was great~!! View of ocean was wonderul. We watched Manatees and Dolphins. The chairs are old and hard to get out of if you are getting older. We had 2 chairs and 3 people so that was an issue. Extra chair was $7 a day. The pool and lounge chairs were great. Deposit was sent back to me quickly. It was a nice stay but not excited enough to return.

Room Tip: The higher up the better for the view~!!
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Westlake, Ohio
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17 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed April 15, 2013

We spent a week here for Spring break April, 2013. Condo was pretty good; built in 1974 but we go for the beach. The property is in a v-shape so all rooms appear to have an ocean view which was amazing! 2 issues: 1) lost about $50 worth of towels and toys from the beach. You get two chairs and an umbrella each day. These are removed at 5:00 pm. We left our things on the beach chairs to get food from our condo on Day 2. We returned about 6:00 and all of our things were gone. We asked at the desk and were told they were probably locked up with the chairs. Next day, the chair guy said they never lock things up with the chairs as there isn't room. I found it odd that some random person would steal everything as it was quite an assortment of toys from sand pails to boogie boards. The staff was not helpful at all in finding our things. I asked about the 24-hour surveillance signs and was told those don't reach the beach. However, the only way off the beach to the property is a boardwalk where the surveillance sign is located. A lady at the desk said she would ask security to review the tapes. Never heard back about that. So, if you go here, don't leave anything unattended! 2) No wifi in the rooms. You have to go to the lobby. This wasn’t just our unit as I saw different people all week with their laptops in the lobby. Due to lack of wifi in the condo, my daughter burned through half of her monthly data on her iphone in 6 days. There is one computer and printer for guest use. Quick return of $300 security deposit – received check within 1 week! Enjoyed our stay but probably wouldn’t return because of the wifi issue.

Room Tip: We had unit 308 which was toward the middle of the V-shaped building and overlooked the pool and ten...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Tallahassee fl
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35 reviews
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

My family member rented through Holiday Isles.....that was a mistake b/c amenities such as beach chairs, hair dryers were not available unless you rented through HSRC, but we didn't know so our bad.
This condo has 7 floors and two elevators; one elevator each day was being worked on, by the last 2 days we could use either one but they seemed a bit creaky (and creepy).

The unit was OK.....the beds and baths were clean; the area rugs looked they've never been cleaned and I never went barefoot (Imagine a condo at the beach and I didn't feel like I wanted to take off my shoes!)

Plenty of towels, no bath soaps, decent supply of utensils, pots and dishes in the kitchen.
This unit needed redecorating and a good overall cleaning.
I'd never rent this unit again nor would I return to this condo.

PS the beach was fabulous......

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Clarksville, Tennessee
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52 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed March 30, 2013

I took my three teenage children to Destin over spring break 2013 and stayed here due to a friends recommendation. The beach was fabulous, gorgeous, clean, safe and beach access was very good. The condo was clean and somewhat updated, i go to the beach for the beach not because the condo is swanky. It was adequate for what we needed,the cost was reasoable and we would return.

Room Tip: We stayed in condo #404, very nice.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Holiday Surf & Racquet Club
Address: 510 Gulf Shore Dr, Destin, FL 32541-3038
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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 #7 of 55 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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