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“Veranda 201, nice view clean unit, but !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
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Reviewed February 28, 2014

We stayed in the Veranda 201 in Feb 2014. The unit it's self is very nice. It has it's own washer/dryer. The bathroom was very clean with a very clean shower. There is a nice pass through door from the bathroom into the bedroom. The bedding was very nice and clean but we could have used another blanket. I'm sure had we called the owners they would have taken care of the blanket issue for us, but we didn't.
The elevator was nice for taking suitcases etc up to our level. It wasn't the cleanest but I wasn't going to sleep in it. The Elevator Service Man was there while we were there. So it does get serviced.
Parking: It SUCKS. Although there is parking under the building it is very narrow and unless you have a roller skate for a car you won't be using it. There are 7 stalls outside for 9 units to use and one of them is handi-cap. So if the building is full as it was when we were there you may not have a usable parking stall when you return from outings. Some of the units have more than one vehicle as was the case with an owners son and girlfriend. The parking lot surface is made from a material that could cause you to turn an ankle if you don't watch were you step.
The beach is very nice and it is very easy to access from the Condo grounds. If you plan on spending time on the beach be prepared to bring your own chairs and equipment. Unlike other Condos we have stayed at on the Island they do not provide anything for you.
The kitchen was fully stocked with any items you will need to make your own meals should you need to.
Another downer is the area. The Veranda is surrounded by blighted empty buildings. This includes a large rundown empty Sandman Motel directly across the street. There are also abandoned condos one one side that are in very bad condition. We were careful about not leaving things in our car. This is the only area like this on the gulf side of the island.
All in all I would say this unit would be perfect if it was on the west end of the island. But it is within walking distance to the Tom Thumb convenience store, Waffle House and Helen Back bar that has great pizza

Room Tip: Second or third floors for better beach/water views
  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

The condo we are staying in is very nice, clean, and updated. I have no real complaints about the unit itself, but was a little disappointed that in all of the reviews I've read no one mentioned that the view toward the east is partially obstructed by another condo. This may not be a big deal to some, but for someone, like me, who likes to sit on the balcony and "beach watch" it was a little annoying. Another thing I'm surprised no one mentioned was the parking! One thing we look for when researching condos is whether or not it has covered parking. While this condo DOES have covered parking, the stalls are so narrow it is VERY hard to park. While we were able to park our car in the stalls after some maneuvering, most of the full size suvs that were here while we were had to park in the few spaces that are provided outside of the building.

Now on to the good things! The building and grounds are very well maintained. The pool is nice with plenty of chairs for lounging. One of my favorite things about The Veranda is the fact that the beach directly in front is so un-crowded. Be sure to bring your own chairs because beach service is not provided but it was a good trade off to have the beach virtually to ourselves. All in all, we really enjoyed our stay here. The prices were very reasonable which makes it easier to overlook the couple of small disappointments we experienced.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 21, 2012

This condo is not only a great value but it exceeded my expectations in every way. It was the cleanest rental that I have ever stayed in. The beds were plenty comfortable and the linens and towels were nice. The kitchen was well stocked and we cooked all of our meals--breakfast, lunch and dinner--except one. The beach view and access is superior to almost every other place that I have ever stayed. The elevator was a nice plus. The pool was clean, cool and mostly deserted. The beach is pristine here. And the owner supplies four chairs and two umbrellas. I can't say enough about this condo. It really was perfect!

Room Tip: We stayed in the one bedroom because there were only 4 of us. If you needed more space the places on...
  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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4  Thank nikkirchristensen
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Reviewed August 23, 2011

It was clean and neat and had all the ameneties we needed! Right on the beach. The hotel the other reviewer commented on was closed and we felt completely safe in this complex. Great Vaca! Great Location!

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank rikkibri
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Reviewed May 12, 2009

The Veranda 202, Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa Island, left alot to be desired. The condo was decorated nicely. But the bedroom fan once turned on about came out of the ceiling. The pool deck was covered in pigeon poop as well as the edge of the pool and in the pool. The elevator was rickety and the fan in the elevator could not be seen because it was covered in nasty hair and whatever else imaginable that could be in a fan. A dirty motel, The Sandman was behind the Veranda and you were afraid to leave valuables in your room. The stairwells were unlit and dirty. Never saw a maintenance man do anything to the pool water for the week that we were there. We were on balcony at 6 a.m. in morning at out late at night. Did not swim in pool. The best thing about this condo was the beach and water. I would advise to check any other condos but this one in the area. The health department was contacted concerning the nasty pool area, as well as the elevator.

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Address: 462 Abalone Ct, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548-6944
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Fort Walton Beach
Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #14 of 15 Specialty Lodging in Fort Walton Beach
Number of rooms: 9
Also Known As:
Veranda Hotel Fort Walton Beach

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