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Review of Destin West Beach and Bay Resort

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Destin West Beach and Bay Resort
new york
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79 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“A great place to stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2009

stayed at the condos Osprey section.. place was clean and large..Nice Lazy River.. Went down for a wedding on the beach and the reception at the Emerald Grande Hotel in Destin.. Plenty of places to eat and have fun.. Ate at Logans Steakhouse on a recommendation from a friend. Also tried "Another Broken Egg" for breakfast.. also good food. Went deep sea fishing on wednesday and caught alot of fish. I wold go back tomorrow to this place..

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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New York
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15 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2009

We had unit Pelican 502. It was was a nice unit on the bayside overlooking the pool, but this unit is a bit dated and needs new carpeting and paint. It is a 10 min. walk on the bridge over the road to the beach. The beach is great, sugar white sand. The pool is the big attraction to kids, more time will probably be spent at the pool than the beach, so it made sense to stay close to the pool than in a beach unit. This complex requires you to bring your own towels and laundry soap. We are not snobby, but the crowd was not high end and made us a bit uncomfortable. The pool is what it is all about. As great as the pool is, next time we would look for a place a bit newer and with a higher end clientele.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank TrippperNewYork
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Lima, Ohio
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2009

My family and I truly enjoyed Destin West. We booked through Compass Resorts and were very pleased with the communication and ease of check in/check out. We stayed in Gulfside #306. Although the decor was a little bit dated, the condo was very roomy and kitchen was fully equipped. The entire resort was well kept. The numerous pools, lazy river, splash garden, and hot tubs were all well-maintained.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 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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1 Thank SibertClan
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texas
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38 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2009

My family of 5(2 year old, 5 year old and 10 year old) stayed on the gulfside in unit #211 for a week august 8-15th. We rented through vrbo and got a great deal. we arrived early at 2 and the owner was still cleaning, but she let us come in and change and head to the beach. Unit 211 is considered a 1 bedroom, but the bunkroom was great with it's own bath and shower. The unit had everything we needed in the kitchen for the week including a great blender. it had internet, but it wasn't wireless. we pick up ramada's wireless most of the time. the balcony had a great view of the ocean. the beach and ocean was beautiful all week. the lazy river is across the skybridge and a bit of a walk, but worth it. i will rent this same unit again next year unless we decide to get a 2 bedroom+bunkroom. highly recommend!

  • Stayed August 2009, 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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New Orleans
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28 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2009

Our recent stay marked the third vacation spent at the Destin West on Okaloosa Island at Fort Walton, Florida. It's an annual trip that we will continue to make with the entire family for years to come.

We like Fort Walton because it's NOT DESTIN (forgive the name of this condo). Destin itself is overcrowded and overbuilt. Go there to eat dinner, but my relaxation hours are better spent in the less populated Fort Walton area.

The Destin West has several pools, a lazy river, and direct access to the beach. There are several buildings to choose from, but we always stay in the Gulf side. These overlook the pool and the balconies have a clear view of the beach. TIP: The first floor units have large patios that allow direct access to the pool, but don't see over the dune (i.e. no beach view). We've opted for these twice, because we think it's a good trade off. If you absolutely want to see the beach when you relax on the balcony, then get a unit on any one of the upper floors.

The 1 bedroom units can accomodate a family of 5 comfortably if your kids are small. The bunk cubby puts two beds just off the hallway and, provided your unit has a sofa sleeper, one can sleep there. It's not a bad option. If your kids are older and someone needs a bit more privacy, the 2 bedroom unit is probably for you. There are no 3 bedrooms on the Gulf side that I'm aware of.

There are also four buildings on the bay side (Heron, Osprey, Sandpiper, etc.). These are more the "granite & chrome" variety and are more plush than the Gulf. They overlook the lazy river and/or the bay, which isn't bad. But, when you want to go to the beach, you've got to haul all of your gear over the sky walkway across the highway, past the parking garage, and past the Gulf side units. Personally, I wouldn't opt for the bay side for this very reason.

Booking on the website is cumbersome. Keep in mind that the units are individually owned, which means that they aren't all appointed the same. Similarly, but not identically. Use the website to check availability and pick a shortlist of units. Call the front desk to make your reservation. They are VERY friendly and helpful.

Units are advertised as "one week stay, Saturday to Saturday only." That's their wish, but it's not a rule. When you check online, just leave all options blank (no arrival date and no length of stay) and just browse. Otherwise, it's going to hide a whole lot of possibilities.

Overall, I'd HIGHLY RECOMMEND the Destin West.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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New Castle, Indiana
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2009

Very much recommend to anyone that needs to spread out and would otherwise require two hotel rooms for your party. The rate is equal to 2 regular hotel rooms.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Southern Indiana
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2009

Yellow Submarine at Destin West Beach and Bay Resort was cozy, well equipped, clean, and well situated in this resort complex. Easy beach access, great pools and lazy river! Great for all ages...we had children ages 2-17 and everyone stayed happy! We booked through Destined Management and they were super easy to deal with!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank 911melissa
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Property: Destin West Beach and Bay Resort
Address: 1320 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Okaloosa Island, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548-6822
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Fort Walton Beach
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 15 Specialty Lodging in Fort Walton Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Destin West Beach and Bay Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 279
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Destin West offers the best of many worlds. We encompass both sides of the island, with beautiful views of both the Choctawhatchee Bay and Gulf of Mexico from our family-friendly condos and penthouses. Tired of the sand? Relax on the deck of our large Gulf-side pool while kids enjoy the adjacent Splash Garden. Or float in the Lazy River at our Bay-side tropical pool oasis. We feature villa units all the way to 3 bedroom fully equipped condominiums, all with private balconies. Penthouses feature double decks with roof-top private hot tubs. ... more   less 
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