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The Palms
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

My family of 5 stayed here the last week of March. We were very worried about the weather being too cold but other than one day in the 60's, the weather was great. Like other reviews have said, the pool is very small and on the side of the building- no hot tub either. If you want a place where you can hang by the pool, this is NOT the place. Access to the beach was easy and the complementary beach chairs and umbrella were very nice. Great views of the beach from the balconies. The elevator in the building is extremely slow! As long as you are not in a hurry, it was fine. A few parking spots are on a pretty steep slope. If you have and physical limitations that make it difficult getting in and out of your car, these parking spots may cause some problems.
The unit (504) was not bad. If you are looking for "high end" accommodations, this is not it. Older kitchen cabinets, formica countertops, and bathrooms were a little dated. But, with that said, the unit was clean, and all appliances worked. The management company- Brooks and Shoney was easy to work with at time of booking and check in. No complaints, good value for what we paid, but next time we will look at other places with a larger pool.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 6, 2012

I am not sure what standard some of the previeous reviews were based on, but as for our 5 day, 4 night stay. My family and I have never had a better experience. We arrived late, but had instructions for our late check-in. We returned to Brooks and Shorey the next day to complete our paperwork and get coupons and items given to customers. That evening we arrived and parked in the designated parking spot, which was level and under the building. I found the best way to enter it was to just back in from the road, allowing you to back into the parking slot, and after a few times, it became much more easy. The only negative thing that I found was our next experience. The elevator is outside, so its hot and its slow. That said, we entered our room to find it very clean. It is a 2 bed/2 bath unit with a full kitchen and stacked washer and dryer. There is a 55" flatscreen in the living room, a 36" flatscreen in the master bedroom, and a 25" older tv in the double bedroom. All worked fine and would easily accept game consoles or other items that you may wish to connect to them. The units appliances were in good working order and found that we had everything we needed except for our food, there was even 2 boogie board and 2 folding chairs in the kitchen closet. We had a comfortable firm bed, coming from home where we sleep on a tempur pedic bed. The girls had no problems with thier beds and the bathrooms were of good size to accomodate all of us. The water pressure in the shower was great and then found that we had an Iron and ironing board. The balcony can be entered from the master or living room and is very large for our needs. But it overlooks the beach and gave us wonderful views to wake to. The next day we went to Brooks and Shorey to finsih resgistering and found out the added percs that we were not aware of: 1 round of golf per day for 2 with 1/2 off your cart rental, free beach umbrealla and 2 chair rental, and a movie card that works like "redbox" located in Fudpuckers for 2 free movies at a time, unlimited. We were right on the beach with perfect access, a shower to rinse off on the walkway in/out. There is a "Tom Thumb" convience store at the end of the street, a easy walk off the property. The pool did apprear small and is in from of the building as you enter, but we never used it to comment on it. Again, the entire stay was one that we will never forget, we went on to book the unit for the 3rd week of July 2013. Hope thats not in your plans, But certainly worth the price. Note this unit will sleep 6. 1 queen master, 2 twins in other bedroom, and a sleeper-sofa that has instructions in the tv stand on how to use! Love to hear from anyone else, but can not recommend this unit enough, based on the experience that we had!

Room Tip: Make sure that you know what is included when you book the room. The packet included for your stay has a lot of information on the Island, as well as Coupons.
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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4  Thank medic803
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Reviewed July 2, 2012

The Palms is a small condo complex which worked for us. Easy access to the beach. Unit 203 is a ok unit but the managment is very bad. Brooks and Shorey is the worst. Unit was not that clean, food left in refrig from previous renters. Called Brooks and Shorey and even spoke with the owner. Not very nice people. Stay away from Brooks and Shorey and unit 203. Unit was decorated very nice.

Room Tip: Not sure what to advise. After coming to Fort Walton Beach for 20 years I moved to a smaller complex with not property management on site. Pick one that has property management on site.
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank Bruce L
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Reviewed June 22, 2012

We spent the week in unit 401 this June and had a great vacation. We're from Tampa but had never been up to this part of the state before so wanted to check it out. The beaches here are wide with soft white sand, and there's nice surf that you don't see in other parts of the gulf. The condo building itself is older but in good shape, and the location is perfect directly on a quiet stretch of beach but not far from the activities in Destin. The unit we stayed in was nicely furnished and clean, and the perfect size for a family of 4 (2 bedroom, 2 bath). I agree with other reviews about the swimming pool being small, but we did not use it. If a pool is important to you, that could be an issue.

Room Tip: I can't speak for the other units here, but 401 is a nice unit to rent.
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank mkjava
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Reviewed July 21, 2011

My wife and I we're passing through Las Vegas on the way to Colorado. We received a great rate for a Monday night stay. The room was clean and very comfortable.The staff was friendly and helpful. There was no charge for parking. We ate at Guarduno's, the Hotel's Mexican Restaurant. The food was wonderful and the prices were reasonable. My wife and I had a wonderful experience at The Palms and we shall return.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank takenname
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