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“Hesitant to call too much attention to this perfect hideaway” 5 of 5 stars
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Huntington by the Sea
2.5 of 5 Condominium   |   140 Monaco St, Destin, FL 32550-4006   |  
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Ranked #46 of 59 Specialty Lodging in Destin
Arkansas
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54 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Hesitant to call too much attention to this perfect hideaway”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2011

We did lots of research about lodging for our first trip to Destin, and in the end decided on Huntington by the Sea at the recommendation of a close friend. Thank goodness for intelligent friends!

HBS was perfect for our week-long stay and comfortably housed our family of four (two adults and two children under 6) plus my husband's 23-year-old sister. The condo was spacious, clean and comfortable. There are no frills, except for the magnificent view which we took full advantage of for every sunrise and sunset. The small complex boasts less than 30 units, which means daily prime real estate on the private beach. The pool is small and shallow, but our kids loved it. They also loved the free DVD rentals at the nearby Crescent complex, and being walking distance from the beach so we could catch crabs every night. We loved the appliances, dishes, etc in the kitchen that allowed us to eat several meals there and save some money to splurge on dinners out. (See my separate reviews of the restaurants we tried.)

It wouldn't be fair to say everything at HBS was 100% perfect, though it was close. Our iron in our unit was literally in pieces and it took multiple calls to receive a replacement - which was also broken. The good news is the humid FL air allowed us to hang clothes outside to steam. Even more annoying than the iron issue was related to the beach chairs and umbrellas. HBS contracts with a local company to provide chairs and umbrellas every day for it's guests. Our first day was great. Chairs were up by 8:30a and we didn't have to fight the crowd to secure a spot. Every morning after that first day, the team showed up later and later. I was at the front desk one morning trying to settle our iron issue when someone else from HBS called to complain about the chairs. The employee gave an unsatisfactory excuse - saying rain was slowing them down. In fact, it had sprinkled for 10 minutes and the men were next door for an hour putting up the Crescent's chairs - we watched from our balcony. Still, this is an easy blip to work around by bringing your own chairs and umbrella!

Finally, also bring paper plates, paper towels and trash bags. HBS provides two trash bags per unit per stay (and would not give Jaime more when we asked on our last day). They also provide only two small packages of dish detergent. So if you have a family, like we did, you'll need to wash dishes more than twice or opt for paper!

Also, HBS has a washer and dryer on site - one per floor - that can be used for a fee. There is not a washer and dryer in the condo. This didn't bother us, but possible renters should know in advance.

All in all, HBS is a great place for a family vacation and at a much better value than what we could find anywhere else. We can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Hattiesburg
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2010

We have stayed here 3 times in the last 5 years. We love the location and the fact that all condos face the ocean and there are only 4 floors (not a high rise). This time we rented 3 condos. They were not clean, the bathrooms looked like no one had cleaned them, floors were dirty and carpets needed cleaning badly. The bedding and towels were fine. We complained to management and they said they could have the man who cleans for them come do some cleaning for us the day after we moved in. We declined because there were several small children and it just was not convenient. It has never been like this before. If I recommended this to anyone I would tell them about the "clean" issue. The grounds are pretty and pool clean and it is right on the beach!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank panders1
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West,
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2010

Huntington by the Sea in Destin offers wonderful amenities at an affordable price for a family of four. We have children ages 11 and 7 and enjoyed every moment of our stay. This condo is not directly in the hustle-and-bustle of downtown Destin, which affords the opportunity to have peace and quiet, but close enough to visit for good food and shopping.
We spent hours on the white beach and in the crystal clear water looking for shells and fish. At night, we sat on the balcony and watched the kids play in the pool or on the beach.
We asked our kids this year where they would like to go for our summer vacation and they unanimously decided "Back to Huntington by the Sea!". We've already booked... ;)

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank JJWest231
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poole, uk
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147 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2010

Stayed on ground (1st) floor room. We were Initially disappointed as we wanted a view of the gorgeous sandy beach from room but as we had doors opening onto garden and were near pool area it actually felt like it we had a bit more space and it would be good for small children to run out on the grass. Accommodation comfortable but no safe in our room and no hairdryer which is unusual. Service was excellent though and staff very friendly. Pool not heated this time of year so too cold to swim. Company we booked it through said it was free Wi-fi but it actually costed $50 for Wi-fi so that made me a bit cross. Good laundry facilities. Overall great location right on the beach and good value but would prefer safe in room.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank helwise
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South Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2009

We stayed in # 407--it was really incredible. Huntington is a small 5-story condo complex with maybe 35 units. The private white sugar sand beach is just a few yards away--it was so much less crowded than the public beaches in Destin proper, and there was no road to cross to get there. We could enjoy the gulf from the balcony, and keep an eye on our teenagers down on the beach. There is also a beachside pool. The unit is simple, 2 bed 2 bath, but comfortable. The kitchen is generously equipped. There is no washer/dryer in the unit, but there is one on site. All the attractions of Destin are just 15 minutes or so down the road, and the Silver Sands Outlet Mall is a block or two away. We can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank OrangeLeopard
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kentucky
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2009

This is a small condo, so it was uncrowded. We had a perfect view of the ocean. We were directly on the beach. The rooms were comfortable and clean. No frills, but that was ok. We had a few jelly fish for a couple of days. Only one person got stung in our group. I had the vinagar ready. We had a great time and a beautiful view of the turquoise water.

  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank sandytoesKentucky
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Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2008

If your goal in visiting Destin is to spend as much quality time on the beach without spending an arm-and-a-leg on decent accommodations, Huntington by the Sea is your kind of place.

This complex is very modest in size, but blessed with a beautiful, generous stretch of white-sand beach. From the back of the complex, it is a mere matter of a few steps down the wooden stairs to reach the beach. One of the best things about Huntington, then, is the spaciousness of the beach in ratio to the number of guests. We walked to or saw a number of adjoining beaches or others in the area, and many were crawling with guests from the June crowds. Not so at Huntington, which you would surmise from its age was built at a time before the Miramar Beach zone boomed and thus was not so prohibitive in acquiring a generous piece of beach frontage.

Huntington also offers value. As noted, it has some years behind it -- I would estimate it was built earlier than 1990 -- but that's not all bad. For one thing, the units are quite large. Unlike more modern trends, there was no obvious effort here to scrimp and salvage every square foot of space available, just to squeeze in one more unit they could sell. Our condo was a generously sized two-bedroom unit. While not readily apparent from the street-side view, most indications we saw supported the idea that updating and modernizing have been a priority for the units as a whole. It is not universal -- the bathroom fixtures in our unit were older, but in decent shape. (The kitchen, though, was of more recent vintage and just great). If you're a traveler who needs modern and gleaming in every aspect of the place you stay, you may not be totally happy here. But if you're value-
minded (and in the current economic conditions, most of us are), Huntington is an excellent option to consider. We were able to stay on a per-night basis (not weekly) in June for about $270 per day.

A couple of other points to mention: the pool and the location. If you're a pool swimmer as opposed to an ocean swimmer, this may not be your top choice. The pool is fine for what it is, which is a modest, rectangular design that again says in its appearance "circa 1985." But it is clean, well-maintained and beach-front, right at the top of the steps leading to the beach. It was the least-elaborate pool at any of the choices we considered, and particularly if you have younger kids used to the current generation of mega-pools with lots of bells and whistles, this pool will seem very tame. Location, on the other hand, is a real strength for Huntington. Besides what has already been said about the beach itself, the Miramar Beach area (several miles to the east of downtown Destin) is quieter and calmer, while still having a ton of choices for dining and other activities. In particular, if you have shoppers in your crew, the huge outlet mall that is a half-mile away is a tremendous perk. After visiting Destin proper several times and also seeing the Sandestin property, we were very pleased with how our choice worked out. In particular for those who are new to Destin or unsure of how to sort through the myriad accommodation options (I was in this category, having only been once before and that was 18 years prior), I would report that a low-rise set-up like Huntington has many advantages over the potentially more opulent but also more bustling high-rise developments.

The ultimate question, of course, is: Would we go back? There's no question we would.

  • Liked — Beach access, beach views and value
  • Disliked — A few loose ends that could have been better tended to
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Property: Huntington by the Sea
Address: 140 Monaco St, Destin, FL 32550-4006
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Destin
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #46 of 59 Specialty Lodging in Destin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Huntington by the Sea 2.5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Huntington by the Sea is a mid-rise beachfront condominium resort located in the Miramar Beach section of Destin off Scenic Highway 98 and near family activities, popular restaurants, and shopping. Huntington by the Sea offers 2- and 3-bedroom fully-equipped condominiums with private balconies featuring gulf views. Amenities include a beachside pool, high-speed Internet access, and free DVD rentals for Sterling Resorts guests. ... more   less 
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