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“Great inexpensive getaway” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ariel Dunes at Seascape Resort

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Ariel Dunes at Seascape Resort
Ranked #22 of 56 Specialty Lodging in Destin
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14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Great inexpensive getaway”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2012 via mobile

The ladies in my family decided to have a girls getaway, so I decided that a condo would be a better option. We were pleasantly surprised by how clean the unit was that we stayed in. It was exactly like what the pictures displayed along with a great view. We enjoyed ourselves and especially liked being close to the outlets and other shopping centers. Hope to go back again!

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Huntsville, Alabama
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149 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2012

For me to only have one complaint, this is a great place! My complaint is probably pretty common in beach condos and I didn't attempt to get management to fix it. The floors were swept clean of sand but after thirty minutes of walking around barefoot our feet were completely black. Pretty gross. We just had to keep our shoes on constantly.

Having said that, here are the good things!

We stayed in unti 610 in tower two. It was a corner unit with a view of the pools below, the small "lake" on property, and a partial ocean view. Not an incredible view of the ocean, but we knew that when we booked. There was a second balcony off one of the other bedrooms that looked out over the golf course.

The three bedroom was 1700 some square feet and slept six of us easily. Each room had its own bathroom which is so nice.

I read reviews that said "short walk to the beach" but I just wasn't sure. It is true. I was able to walk by myself and my 2 and 4 year olds (no stroller) down to the beach. It probably took us 10-15 minutes sometimes but keep in mind that two year olds walk pretty slow, especially when they are stopping to look at the ducks. We walked across the wood walkway that is close to tower two. This takes you to the Whale's Tail restaurant on the beach. The plus to this is that there is a restroom there for those who are staying at Seascape. If you don't care about having bathroom access, you can cross the street right at the entrance to the resort and it's only about a 5-10 minute walk all the way to your chair.

There are several pools. It was too cool for us to do much swimming but we visited the heated pool (which is small) a couple times. They were on a trial basis of letting both towers use all the pools. Usually you can only use the pool at the building you are staying at. Tower one has the heated pool as well as the pool with the fountain you see in all the resort pictures as well as a hot tub. Tower two just has regular pools, nothing fancy.

Parking was fine for us but I can see that it could easily fill up as the resort gets crowded. It's a big building (24 floors). There are luggage carriers in the lobby to use to carry your luggage up to your room so that is helpful. There was also a grocery cart in the lobby that we used to carry in our groceries!

Our unit was owned by the resort. It had a good selection of pots and pans and utensils. Appliances all worked. Bathrooms all worked and were in great condition. Really no complaints other than the floor.

I would definitely stay here again. I booked through bookit.com this time but noticed the rates aren't too bad right through the resort if you have to.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank ac6804
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Nashville, Tennessee
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35 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2012

My family stayed in Arial Dunes The week of July 4th, 2011. The condo was very clean and well kept and so were the grounds surrounding the complex. The view was just OK, as it was across the street and behind 2 other complexes. One thing we were VERY disappointed in was the pool access; we stayed in building 2 and the pool with the kids mushroom fountain was located in building 1, we were NOT allowed to use this pool because our condo was not located in building 1; the kids were so disappointed. Overall, we enjoyed our stay but we will not be staying there this year.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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6 Thank LoveTheBeach315
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Panama City Beach, Florida
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2012

This property was amazing! I surprised my son with a trip here for his 10th birthday and everything was PERFECT! This condo had everything from flat screens TVs to the most comfortable bed I have ever slept on. There are several pools on site with a zero entry pool for the younger kids and a heated pool that we enjoyed in January. The balcony was HUGE and my family of 5 had plenty of room to sit and enjoy the view and sound of the gulf. We stayed in a one bedroom condo and the bunk beds were a HUGE hit for my kids, ages 7, 10 and 12. The location was perfect and close to many shops and restaurants. At night, there was a band playing in the cafe downstairs. I would certainly recommended this condo to my family and friends and plan on returning in the future!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank kellyablount
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New Orleans
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34 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2011

We found Ariel Dunes online. This was for an off-season trip with a small group of people. We were able to get a two bedroom condo suite with a view for $370 for the weekend including cleaning fees. The place sleeps 7 and includes a kitchen with appliances and cookware, a washer/dryer, two full bathrooms with shower and jacuzzi in the master bath. The balcony is huge and overlooks the beach which is across a two lane road. There was a noisy party a few floors above but with the doors shut it was completely silent. There are two huge pools to choose from and a full service bar and restaurant on the ground floor.

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank jasonh300
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Winnsboro, Louisiana, USA
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2011

We were a little disappointed in our trip! The condo itself was very nice and clean. It slept 7 adults very comfortably. The biggest problem we had was that at 10pm they expect it to be totally silent. We actually had the cops called to our room to tell us to keep the noise down. As I said there were 7 Adults staying here, No children. There was no loud partying goin on, only friends sitting on the balcony talking. There are actually signs posted that say "quiet time 10pm to 10am". Seriously??? This is vacation people. The other thing we didn't like was the fact you had to take a short hike to the beach. Most of the ads say that you have to cross a small street to get to the beach. They don't mention you have to walk across your parking lot and then past another hotel and then a main road. I suggest you get up early and get a parking spot at the beach. Especially if you are taking chairs and icechests. So basically, if you are looking for a very Quiet condo then this is the place for you.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank Tigerfan1313
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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30 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2011

We booked this trip last minute on bookit.com. The price was very affordable and we got more than what we paid for in our opinion. There was plenty of room and it was a fully furnished condo. The building we stayed in was a very short walk from the beach. We got free chair rental on the beach everyday that we stayed and we utilized this feature everyday. There are several restaurants around within walking distance and parking is not an issue. I would reccommend Ariel Dunes for anyone headed to Destin.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank aweiler
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Additional Information about Ariel Dunes at Seascape Resort

Property: Ariel Dunes at Seascape Resort
Address: 112 Seascape Dr, Destin, FL 32550-7029
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Destin
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 56 Specialty Lodging in Destin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Ariel Dunes at Seascape Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 225
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