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Crystal Sands Condominiums
Ranked #30 of 55 Specialty Lodging in Destin
Certificate of Excellence
Nashville, Illinois
1 review
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“Great access to the beach!”
Reviewed March 3, 2011

We have stayed here for 4 years and can say that this property is great for a moderately priced place to stay. There is plenty of room in a one bedroom on the lower level for 4 people. There is a bedroom, 2 bunk beds in the hall way for kids, and the sofa makes out to a bed. The kitchen is all stocked and it is just perfect for a laid back vacation. This is not for people who want a fancy condo high rise. This property is for easy access to the beach. There are 2 buildings that are low rise. Close to Bass Pro and the outdoor mall. Suits us just fine! Small outdoor pool. We found it very clean also, and there are complimentary beach chairs included. Have a great time!

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Birmingham, Alabama
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Reviewed June 30, 2010

We stayed in condo 308A and the location is great. You are a few steps from the ocean. Beach was very nice. The condo did have a few flaws. The beds need to be replaced in the master and the bedroom with the twin beds. The refrigerator is very old and needs replaced. The bedrooms are not very well lit. I did notice a few changes from the pictures on the internet. They replaced the table and chairs and the bar stools.

  • Stayed June 2010
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New Orleans
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed June 8, 2010

We've stayed here several times now (Unit 103B-East) and enjoy it each time. Sleeps 6 with 1King bedroom, 2 bunks in hall, and a sofabed. With a first floor unit it's just steps to the white sugar sand beach where umbrella/2 chairs rent for $30/day during peak season, and being on Scenie Hwy 98 in Crystal Beach area, it's convenient to everything. Try www.VRBO.com for finding great places to rent in Destin.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Atlanta
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Reviewed September 22, 2009

Overall, Crystal Sands was nice. We stayed in unit 110B. The unit itself was a little disappointing compared to other units we have stayed in here at Crystal Sands. The furniture is worn out, the bathroom vanitys were literally rotten from water damage. Both toilets were loose. The appliances were old and rusty. They need to update the unit a bit.

On the other hand, the location is one of the best in Destin. The Crystal Beach area is very nice and this condo complex is right in the heart of it. I could see my free beach chairs set up on the beach from the condo I was staying in. This complex is about location, location, location.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with family
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Kentucky
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed August 10, 2009

We have stayed at many places in Destin, and this one offers the best beach location!! The beach is almost at your feet. If you stay in a bottom unit the sand is just a hop skip and jump away. You don't have to walk 10 miles carrying your stuff to get to the beach. Once you stay here a few times you will know which rooms are the best. Try to get a room on the bottom, that is the way to go! The pool is located in the front of the building not very big, so if that is your thing don't stay here. It is all about beach here.

  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed July 31, 2009

We stayed in room 210A, which had been recently remodeled. Our high hopes were quickly diminished upon entering the room and only got worse.

Positives
- Great location, great view, and great beach service

Negatives
- MOLD, MOLD, MOLD was on the shower walls and on the air conditioning vents. You could smell the mustiness in the bedroom and bathrooms. The shower curtain liner was covered in mildew as well.
- We tried to sleep on the fold out couch (because of the mold in the bedroom) but it was missing two support bolts and couldn't be used.
- The bathtub was clogged and so a shower ended up being more like a bath.
- Wireless access was intermittent at best and not reliable.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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familytimeohyea
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Reviewed July 31, 2009

While the beaches of Destin are beautiful, we were disappointed with our accomodations at Crystal Sands. The property is beachside, which was very convenient, we had a very pretty view and overall there was plenty of room in the unit. That is the only positive thing I can say. The pictures online of the property and rooms must have been taken when there was different managment! The rooms now are not very clean, the elevators smelled like porta pottys, and the room keys NEVER WORK!!!! We have been here for 4 days, and have had to request new room keys everyday. Ridiculous! We've spent so much time going to the managment office just to be able to access our room. We were told not to feel bad, lots of renters in other units have the same problem! The sad thing is this was supposed to be an upgraded room offered to us by Resortquest because our first property at Gulfview Condos was so dirty we could not stay there. That was our original booking. They moved us down the street to this unit, which was much better, but still not what we expected. I would NEVER return to any property managed and maintained by ResortQuest!

Stayed July 2009
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Property: Crystal Sands Condominiums
Address: 3290 Scenic Highway 98, Destin, FL 32541-5102
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Destin
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #30 of 55 Specialty Lodging in Destin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Crystal Sands Condominiums 3*
Number of rooms: 85
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