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Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village
Ranked #2 of 55 Specialty Lodging in Destin
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Acworth, Georgia
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“Just Fantastic”
Reviewed March 25, 2014

A fantastic family vacation spot. A pleasure for all ages, Great restaurants, shopping , VIEWS, and amenities in famous Destin,Fl. A venue all to itself, you never even need to venture into crowded , touristy, main street Destin. LOVE this place !!!

Room Tip: ask for ocean view.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Houston, United States
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Reviewed March 24, 2014

We stayed at the Emerald Grande from December 14, 2013 through March 22, 2014 in various suites, and while we enjoyed the nicely appointed suites tremendously, IF you are looking for a quiet place, this is not it. If you are planning on staying up late and having fun while you are in Destin, this is the spot you want to stay. From our mid-December arrival through the end of February, things were relatively quiet and very comfortable, but once college kids started arriving at the beginning of March, it was noisy well into the wee-hours of the morning.

The HarborWalk comes alive in March, with jet ski and pontoon boat rentals, as well as being able to take boat rides from the HarborWalk Marina. Live music starts in March, as the weather supports outdoor venues. You can even rent kayaks here!

The Suites are very beautiful, with large baths, beautiful full kitchens and great views from the balconies overlooking either the pool area, or looking out over the Gulf of Mexico and Destin Harbor. Beds were very comfortable, but are inconsistent, as many of the suites are owned by private parties and furnish them however they wish ... the corporate owned units we stayed in were the best, with the most comfortable beds.

The internet service was pretty bad, with regular disruptions/disconnections. After several days of particularly bad internet access, and with a Board Package that I needed to get out for an upcoming Board Conference Call, Emerald Grande sent a Tech to the room to install a private router that I could use to help boost the signal in my room, which really helped. We had cell phones with both AT&T and Verizon and routinely lost calls, and only had one bar of service.

Room service was a nice touch at this predominantly condo/suite hotel, as many others don't have that, however my wife got food poisoning from a club sandwich around Christmas so we never ordered room service again. There are plenty of restaurants right by the Emerald Grande, several within walking distance, so you don't have to cook your own food (although that is very easy to do in the well equipped kitchens). The HarborWalk has several restaurants and bars, and there are restaurants across the street as well.

If you want a relatively "quiet" room, ask for one that faces the pool area, BUT up on a high floor ... the room we had on the 3rd floor was very loud from the continuous music played from 10 am - 10 pm whether anyone is outside or not ... but the noise was even worse on the 5th floor of the West Bldg facing west, where we heard road noise all night and drunken college students until the middle of the night ... definitely a concern if you have children that need to sleep. Overall the best room was on the 12th floor facing the pool area, where we were above the noise of the kids playing in the pool and generally didn't hear the music blaring like you do on the lower floors.

I found the front desk staff and reservations staff to be friendly, efficient and helpful. Maid service was less so ... we paid for a monthly maid service as part of our monthly rental, but only received it once during the 3+ months we were there. Bellmen were great, security was helpful (you get mail through security).

We plan to return to Emerald Grande, so please don't take the criticism as overwhelming, I am just letting readers know of what we experienced during our 3 month stay, and where best to stay if you have children that need to sleep when the crowd starts to get noisy.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the pool are quieter ... higher floors have less noise from 10 am - 10 pm music playing...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Destin, FL
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Reviewed March 22, 2014

What a great treat to discover the Emerald Grande and all it's amenities. The huge resort is perched on the mouth of East Pass and the Destin Harbor and has become a landmark to locals and tourists alike. The 2, 3 and 4 bedroom condos are exquisitely appointed with stainless steel kitchens, spa- style bathrooms, comfortable furnishings and an expansive view of the bay, fishing fleet and the Gulf of Mexico beyond. Room service and a first- class concierge desk highlight the attention to detail and great value offered to guests. The Harborwalk Village on the waterfront level offers diversified eateries to please every palate, kids activities such as airbrush tattoos and a zip line, live music and wonderful shops that discount goods to guests of the EG. A free beach shuttle, cocktail service and chairs and umbrellas are waiting at the pristine beach adjacent to the property. A world class spa, gym and cafe style restaurant are worth checking out during your stay. Safe, underground parking will allow peace of mind and keep your car away from the hot sun as you may never leave once you park... there are enough activities to fill the week with fun for the whole family. We will definitely come back!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Chesapeake Beach, Maryland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

Probably the nicest place I've ever stayed at. Rooms are large but cozy, the location on the boardwalk can't be beat and the amenities seem endless. So much to do right outside the hotel!
The staff is so professional and friendly. The pool area is incredible with an awesome view of the harbor and a great place for the kids to play. I want to come back.

Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
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VictoriaWyatt, Manager at Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village, responded to this review, March 27, 2014
Waylon M,

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us. It's great to hear the positive feedback you had on your room as well as our staff. We look forward to serving you on your next vacation with us!

Best,
Victoria Wyatt
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Reviewed March 16, 2014

The boardwalk is very unique, enjoyed all of the shops as well. Walking to see all the boats and tours you can take advantage of. Walked through the Grand Harbor WOW it is large and beautiful to see. Pricing looked reasonable

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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VictoriaWyatt, Manager at Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village, responded to this review, March 27, 2014
Loyce B,

Thank you for your kind review! I'm happy to hear you enjoyed your visit to HarborWalk Village. I hope you can pay us another visit in the summer when we have fireworks every Thursday and Fat Tuesday parades every Tuesday. If you decide to stay on property next time please call one of our vacation planners at 800-676-0091 for assistance booking one of our luxurious condos!

Thank you again,
Victoria Wyatt
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Alexandria, Louisiana
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Reviewed March 13, 2014

Our children have always wanted to stay here when we come to Destin. I surprised them and stayed here during their spring semester break. It is absolutely stunning. Extremely first class property with every amenity needed available on site or at the HarborWalk Village. We will stay here every time we come back to Destin.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Middletown, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed March 11, 2014

Family of 5 stayed here thru the Wyndham Timeshare. We had 2 master suites and another bedroom with full bath. Three balconies. Super large kitchen w/stainless appliances & even 2 sinks. great for cooking! We came for spring break and even though the weather did not cooperate with us we had alot of fun. The outdoor pool is heated enough to swim on cool days and the indoor pool was a surprise to us. We took the boat to the private island. It was a fun ride and everyone was super nice. The elevator is super fast, so expect a dizzy head. We used the parking garage and had no trouble. Upon check in all of our luggage was brought up for us. When we couldn't get the ice maker in the freezer to work maintenance brought us 2 bags of ice and quickly fixed the problem. We would definitely come back to this Grand Hotel.

Room Tip: We asked for harbor View. We were kinda facing the traffic strip side but had a nice view out the li...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Property: Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village
Address: 10 Harbor Blvd., Destin, FL 32541-7374
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Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Destin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 55 Specialty Lodging in Destin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village 3.5*
Number of rooms: 286
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village is Destin's shining jewel overlooking some of the most marvelous turquoise water and sugar sand beaches in creation. The one-of-a-kind architecture blends harmoniously with the harbor front setting. All rooms have spacious balconies with panoramic views overlooking the Emerald Coast. With four different resort residence categories to accommodate families of all sizes, you'll enjoy luxurious accommodations that include custom-crafted furnishings and lavish baths, with a level of service that sets the standard for all other family resorts. Amenities include a full service European spa and fitness center, indoor and outdoor heated pools overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, full-time concierge, numerous restaurants to choose from as well as in-room dining, state-of-the-art business center, garage parking and 24 hour security. Emerald Grande is nestled inside HarborWalk Village where activities and entertainment waits to please each and every member of your family-dive in and make memories that will last a lifetime. Here you can find waterfront shopping, water sports, boat, pontoon and ski rentals, world class fishing, aqua adventures, dolphin cruises, clubs and nightlife, weekly fireworks, seasonal festivals, live entertainment, magic shows, and an array of restaurants to satisfy all tastes. ... more   less 
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