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Sterling Sands Condominiums
Ranked #37 of 55 Specialty Lodging in Destin
Reviewed July 15, 2012

Condo was average at best in comparison to others we have stayed at for a summer vacation. Unlike previous years we were forced to book later than we would've like due to uncertainty around our daughters college schedules. We read many of the reviews and "took our chances" on this place. The unit and complex were clean however were in need of some decorating updates and general repair... My only real complaints were that connecting to their free WI Fi was non existent. I asked the lobby clerk and she said reception was best towards the balcony end of each unit...I connected briefly only once in our four day stay. My second complaint was something we never expected and did not see anything mentioned in any of the reviews. I brought a pop up tent as a way of saving on daily beach chair rentals. We were surprised to find that many of the properties have the chair umbrella rentals on "the front line " extending from property line east all the way to property line west. Anyone else not renting chairs are left looking at the backs of those who do...quite clever I guess but totally wrong in my mind. Early bird gets the worm to set up behind on the ends with hopes of a bit of beach view provided the neighboring properties are doing the same thing. One last thing to be aware of...the pop up tents have to be taken completely down at sunset - not certain if this was a property mgmt rule or city ordinance. Units had adequate space aside of very small bedrooms. Sleeper sofa was larger than bed in second bedroom.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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6  Thank KevinCataula
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

We booked this condo on short notice through Hotels.com so I was concerned when they could not tell me what floor we would be staying on. I requested a higher floor for the view. This was our first trip to Destin so I was not familiar with where to stay or what to do. At arrival, much to my dismay, we were told we were on the first floor-- but thanks to the parking level underneath, the view was still WONDERFUL! A lot of the condos in other places have a partial view or are at a slant toward the beach. Sterling Sands balconies are directly parallel to the beach. The condo was roomy, clean, had good appliances, and comfortable beds. It was on the main strip of Destin, and close to many attractions/shopping. The only downside I can think of is the $29 rental for the beach chairs. We brought our own, but you had to put them behind the row of the ones they rent. The beach was not overcrowded when we were there. Overall, we had an awesome stay in #103!

Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
1  Thank annelori
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Reviewed June 28, 2012

We've stayed at Sterling Sands for 9 straight years now and haven't even considered trying anywhere else. The condos are super nice and everything is well kept. The beach is super close to your unit and isn't crowded unlike some of the high-rise condos that are nearby.

Special thanks to Sonya and her staff, they are always helpful and courteous.

Great place and highly recommend.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank Stkg
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Reviewed June 21, 2012

We had a 6 day stay in room #303 with a view looking to the beach from our balcony. Our room was nicely decorated. One bedroom was small even though it had a queen bed, the master was just fine, The washer and dryer worked well, as did the A/C. We had a small problem with water leaking from the sink and were told they would be there in 1 hour, after talking with my husband and that they would have part ordered. They NEVER came until the next day when we went to the office and said the leaky pipe did need to be fixed. Our facuet in the bathroom was very loose, but no problems. We enjoyed the room and would stay again. Our daughter and family of five stayed in #212 and it was like a model house, granite and crown molding, tile on floor, very nice and had a great view of beach.

Room Tip: Either rooms #303 or 212 are good choices. Room 212 did not have much storage containers for leftov...
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank staandjo
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Reviewed June 11, 2012

After a 12 hour drive we checked in and were ready for bed, surprise! Hairs on the sheets. Yuck, but let's move on, went to the sink in the master bathroom, tried to turn on the water and the faucet handle falls off in my hands. Now let's head to the kitchen, nice granite counter top but the niceness ends there. The refrigerator looks as if it were bought at a garage sell, none of the inside door panels were there so we couldn't store drinks etc where you normally would. The ice maker in the freezer didn't work so we had to go and buy a bag. Two of the boys with us were going to use the sleeper sofa but couldn't as it literally fell apart while trying to open it, of course then it wouldn't go back in place so then we couldn't sit on the sofa either. The lovely balcony view that is advertised fails to mention it can also be used as a kiddie pool as it had over an inch of water covering it with no way of draining it. I could go on but why bother, DO NOT stay at unit 702, it is a dump and not worth half of what they charge. P.S. the Internet they have is a joke, if your planning on using it expect long delays.

  • Stayed: June 2012
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7  Thank IkCCki
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Management response:Responded July 5, 2012

Unit 702 is not managed by Sterling Resorts. It is just one unit in this building that the on site office does not manage or clean. While we are saddened that this guest had a bad experience, we wanted to point out that Sterling Resorts does not manage this unit.

We do hope this guest will give us a call next time.

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Reviewed May 3, 2012

Just finished a month at Sterling Sands, our first visit to Destin. Loved our two bedroom condo, it was immaculate, well decorated and the kitchen was first class. The view was amazing and we spent many hours on the balcony watching all the water activities and the beautiful Gulf. The staff in the office was great, and the employees do a wonderful job everyday cleaning the pool and the grounds. Yes, the pool and beach got crowded at the height of of Spring Break, but that was part of the fun- meeting people from all over the country. We enjoyed Destin, and loved, loved, loved our location - close to everything! And Robert, the young surfer in charge of the umbrellas, was really sweet - telling us all about the Gulf, marine life, and always with a smile! Can't wait till next year!

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 29, 2012

This place is exactly what a beach vacation condo experience with your familly should be.

View is perfect. Roomy condo, not like the newer cracker boxes. Great staff. You go stay somewhere else and tell me I am wrong. Hve stayed here for YEARS.

Room Tip: Get all reservations recorded. Make sure the balcony faces where you want it to face. Make them send...
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  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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1  Thank jcolvin
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Additional Information about Sterling Sands Condominiums

Address: 1080 Highway 98 E, Destin, FL 32541-2942
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 Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #37 of 55 Specialty Lodging in Destin
Price Range: $244 - $465 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Sterling Sands Condominiums 2.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sterling Sands is a modern, beachfront mid-rise conveniently located in the heart of Destin near family activities, popular restaurants, and shopping. Sterling Sands offers 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom fully-equipped condominiums with private balconies in a resort setting that includes a free-form pool and spa, picnic area with grill, and beachside deli. Children's activities, meeting/reception facilities, and free wi-fi in all rental units.2013 Update: Sterling Sands under went all new exterior upgrades. New paint, new tiled walkways, new pool deck, new lighting, new elevators, new vending area, new poolside restrooms and more. Come see us!!! ... more   less 
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