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Sterling Shores
Ranked #16 of 55 Specialty Lodging in Destin
Certificate of Excellence
San Antonio, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
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“Very nice but...”
Reviewed July 19, 2012

We enjoyed our stay at Sterling Shores. Beautiful condo, great views, fabulous pools and great beach access. But, and I know this is petty, they only provided one roll of toilet paper per bathroom for the extent of our stay. I was traveling with 4 women and one roll just did not cut it. I felt like I was in and episode of Sienfield. Thank God there was a Wal-Mart right accross the street but I really don't think I should have to go buy toilet paper when I am spending that much for a condo. I'll come back to Destin but I'll find a place that is a little less stingy with the paper products.

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Saint Louis, MO
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Reviewed July 18, 2012

Sterling Shores in Destin Florida is a very nice place to take your family especially if you have small children. The pool is a walk-in style so toddlers can enjoy the pool as much as the older children. You do have to cross a small street to get to the beach and the beach is very crowded. There are two beach bars which was nice. The property was very well maintained. Also note that your room overlooks the pool not the beach. Be very careful when booking condos in this property. Our condo was in bad shape! The dishwasher was broken, there was mold on the tub, the queen bed in the second bedroom was broken/slanted, we were missing a dining room chair, the living room table had the glass broken out of it and instead of replacing or removing the table it was moved to the side of the room. The master bedroom is roomy but the other two were very small. Sterling Shores needs to keep up on their owners to replace/renovate/restore their condos.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Gulfport, Ms
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

This is a great condo complex. Over the years we have stayed here on several occasions. The property is well maintained with nice "garden" areas and clean pool areas. The condos are individually owned and we have stayed in a few different units, all nice. Each one has had its own personality and I guess each owner pays attention to detail in their own way - some better than others. When reserving, ask for the platinum level condos. We found out that the condos are rated for their amenities and overall quality.

Sterling Shores has two pool areas, a cabana area where you can order limited menu items and drinks, and beach chair rental. One pool area has a lagoon style or zero entry pool with a "mushroom" fountain that is great for smaller children.

The complex is across the street from the Back Porch restaurant - plan ahead if you want to eat there in the summer as waits can be long! There is also the Candymaker. It has a little coffee house that is open in the morning and has decent coffee but a small menu. We picked up coffee and biscuits. The Candymaker is exactly what the name is, with a small gift shop. They make all types of candy in house; taffy, chocolate dipped anything, specialty chocolate items, frozen yogurt sold by the ounce, a wall of Jelly Bellies, and different types of caramel dipped apples. Ruth's Chris' steak house is also within walking distance.

Room Tip: Ask for the platinum level units.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Tifton, Georgia, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed June 1, 2012

Not sure all units are equal, but we lucked out with ours and were upgraded to deluxe ( more sq feet and double balcony ) for some reason...wow! Exceptional furnishings and decor and oh so clean! The large pool is amazing and perfect for all ages. Little ones had fun with the walk in style entrance to the water with a fun mushroom waterfall. Getting to the beach is easy, a short walk across small access road. Don't look for pool side waiters for drinks and such, but the tikki bar over at the smaller pool looked to be open occasionally. Chair and umbrella rentals are available if you want and the Backporch restaurant is positioned for all your lunch or dinner needs in the same walking path. Great place to head to mid day for fresh seafood and drinks where they welcome swimsuits and bare feet. Also in your walking area is a great candy store though you may not want the little folks to know this! We will certainly book here again for future stays in Destin.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Atlanta
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Reviewed May 29, 2012

We stayed in two different rooms while here for a long weekend when we visited in early May for a wedding. I stayed with my girlfriends one night. Then moved to a new room with my husband and child and other friends another night. Both 3 bedroom condos were very nice and spacious. The master bedrooms are on the deck/water side. It was so large that I was able to put one of the single mattresses from the other bedroom on the floor in their for our toddler. It has a very large bathroom with shower and jacuzzi tub. The other two bedrooms had a sufficient amount of space and shared a bathroom in the hall.

The rooms were clean. Kitchens were open to living area which was very large. The deck was nice and overlooked the pool/gulf. Depending on the floor you were on, the view could be very nice of the beach.

The staff was very friendly. The pool was really nice. The walk to the beach is extremely close and there's a slide for the kids just behind the restaurant on the beach where you'd camp out.

Room Tip: Ask for higher level floor for a better view.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Centerville, Indiana
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed March 28, 2012

Sterling is okay, but the quality of the furnishings is poor. The cabinets were falling apart, the dishwasher was in bad condition, the bedroom furniture was cheap and coming apart. They are very restrictive with service. Check in is from 3-6pm and check out is 10am. However, the pool was clean, the rooms were clean, and the location was close to the ocean.

  • Stayed March 2012
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Suwanee, Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed October 25, 2011

Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful. We have returned to sterling shores for several vacations, we have never been disappointed. The "street" other reviewers talk about (the beach is across the street) is a small little two-lane drive, not a busy street or anything. You're not going to have to cross at a cross-walk or anything like that.There are two pools, which we love (one next to the complex, and one beachside). 'BackPorch' restaurant is next to the lower (beachside) pool. They have a beach bar on the sand that we stopped at nightly. Also great for sipping a cocktail while you wait for a table. This is one of the nicest places we have ever been,

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Sterling Shores
Address: 1751 Scenic Highway 98, Destin, FL 32541-8542
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Destin
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 55 Specialty Lodging in Destin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sterling Shores 3.5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sterling Shores is a gulf-side high-rise condominium resort located in the heart of Destin near family activities, popular restaurants, and shopping. Sterling Shores offers 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom fully-equipped condominiums with private balconies in a resort setting that includes a picnic area, free-form lagoon pool, and a second beachside pool and clubhouse with a snack bar. A 42-seat surround sound theater, meeting/reception facilities, free DVD rentals, and free high-speed Internet access are also available. ... more   less 
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