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Wyndham Garden Fort Walton Beach Destin
Ranked #7 of 29 Hotels in Fort Walton Beach
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Winter Park, Florida
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Reviewed August 28, 2005

We've stayed at this hotel twice. Pre Hurricane in May 2004 and again in June 2005. Both were great stays in clean, comfortable rooms at very good rates. The hotel management has done a lot to recover from the Hurricane and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The kids program is incredible and we recommend this property to anyone traveling with little ones. Friendly staff.

  • Stayed: June 2005
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Evelyn B, General Manager at Wyndham Garden Fort Walton Beach Destin, responded to this reviewResponded February 5, 2016

Greetings Reviewer,

Thank you kindly for your feedback! It has certainly been a few years since your visit. We are now the Wyndham Garden Fort Walton Beach Destin Hotel. Throughout the years we have transformed into one of the favorite resorts in Fort Walton Beach. Under our new flag, we invite you back into the Wyndham Garden, to create a memory that will last for many generations to come.

Sincerely,

Evelyn B.
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Reviewed August 10, 2005

Spent 5 nights there in Aug 2005. Rooms are nothing special - be aware that Gulf Front means partial gulf view only. Staff were friendly but not very useful. Both our kids were stung by jellyfish - they couldn't find a first aid kit, when they did there was nothing in it, so I got some vinegar from the kitchen. If anything serious had happened goodness knows what they'd have done. Since the latest hurricane they appear to have built a huge bank of sand between the pools and the beach, result is the pool feels claustrophobic - 7 storey room blocks on 3 sides and a 12 foot wall of sand on the 4th. Hotel was full of military personnel - seems to be a huge air force presence in the area. After a few days felt like we were staying in a military barracks ! Didn't eat there so don't know what the food's like. The outside bar was rarely open - probably something to do with the dodgy weather - when it was we felt $7 for a daquiri a bit steep. Parking is easy and free. White sand beach is pleasant but nothing special, not helped by overhead fighter jets and transport aircraft. The free sports (kayaks etc.) were rarely available, the slightest wiff of rain and everything closed down. Still trying to figure out why they offer surfboards, body boarding was barely possible. Take your kite though - good kite flying in the evening. In summary - too pricey for what it is, location isn't the best, we preferred further along the coast towards Destin. Watch out for yet more development towards Grayton Beach - will it ever stop ????

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Evelyn B, General Manager at Wyndham Garden Fort Walton Beach Destin, responded to this reviewResponded February 25, 2016

Greetings Reviewer,

Thank you kindly for your feedback! It has certainly been a few years since your visit. We are now the Wyndham Garden Fort Walton Beach Destin Hotel. Throughout the years we have transformed into one of the favorite resorts in Fort Walton Beach. Under our new flag, we invite you back into the Wyndham Garden, to create a memory that will last for many generations to come.

Sincerely,

Evelyn B.
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Reviewed July 8, 2005

My fiancee and I spent time there before he headed off to Afghanistan. We really enjoyed the clean room, great view of the gulf, both pools and the kick butt beach! We stayed at 2 other hotels and this mini vacation and by far loved the Holiday Inn the best. One piece of advise I would give travelers to this area is to find a great place to stay in Destin, FL instead. All the fun stuff to do is in Destin and the beaches are just as pretty. If you want great Italian go to GRAFITTI'S in Destin. Get the Lobster Ravioli........TO DIE FOR!

  • Stayed: June 2005
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Evelyn B, General Manager at Wyndham Garden Fort Walton Beach Destin, responded to this reviewResponded February 25, 2016

Greetings Reviewer,

Thank you kindly for your feedback! It has certainly been a few years since your visit. We are now the Wyndham Garden Fort Walton Beach Destin Hotel. Throughout the years we have transformed into one of the favorite resorts in Fort Walton Beach. Under our new flag, we invite you back into the Wyndham Garden, to create a memory that will last for many generations to come.

Sincerely,

Evelyn B.
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Reviewed July 7, 2005

I had heard there were problems with getting the room you want (we wanted a beach view) called to verify the reservation the Tuesday before our Saturday arrival. Everything was ok. Till we got there. Then all they had available was a pool front room on the second floor. The lady was so unconfrontational and unhelpful it was making me nauseous. I asked for a discount, she offered me 189 - the rate I had was for 198 - I told her it would have to be more. She talked with her 'friend' a little and then came back and told me she didn't know how I got quoted the 198 in the first place - I told her off the hotel's website. She wouldn't budge and since it was Fourth of July weekend and no other place to stay, well, they had us suckered.

The room: There was only one sink and it was in the entrance hallway with no vanity area to put your stuff. We were very cramped in that area the whole trip. And it was either freezing or hot - no in-between.

The pool was nice and the kids loved the rock slide. We didn't see any volleyball or kayaks or anything like that as advertised. The pool bingo was a joke, two of us one bingo on the same game and they didn't have enough prizes to give out so I let the kid I was tied with have the cheesy prize (a nerf ball). The staff was rude about it so that's why I mention it here. I quit playing after that.

The pool bar was outrageous at 7.50 a drink and the drinks were very weak and the bartender was quite rude. She didn't even put the ingredients in as posted. If she didn't have cranberry juice for the cosmo, well grapefruit juice would have to work just as well (YUCK!).

Parking: Don't plan to be out past 8 - you won't have a parking place to come back to!

Housekeeping: Don't get dressed by the door! They barge in on you even when the privacy sign is on the door and you've yelled at them to go away. She said our room was listed as a checkout on the 'board', which we weren't checking out.

All in all, there are other beautiful places to stay and we will be staying elsewhere next time for sure! I'm sure this will be followed by a few excellent reviews to cancel this one out - but don't be fooled! This place needs some major work in the service department!

  • Stayed: July 2005
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Evelyn B, General Manager at Wyndham Garden Fort Walton Beach Destin, responded to this reviewResponded February 5, 2016

Greetings Reviewer,

It has certainly been a few years since your visit. We are now the Wyndham Garden Fort Walton Beach Destin Hotel. Throughout the years we have transformed into one of the favorite resorts in Fort Walton Beach. Your feedback has contributed to the improvement and 100% correction of your concerns. Under our new flag, we invite you back into the Wyndham Garden, to create a memory that will last for many generations to come.

Sincerely,

Evelyn B.
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monroe, la
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Reviewed June 28, 2005

  • Stayed: June 2005
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Florala Alabama
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Reviewed June 22, 2005

  • Stayed: June 2005
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Harrodsburg, KY
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Reviewed June 21, 2005

  • Stayed: June 2005
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Additional Information about Wyndham Garden Fort Walton Beach Destin

Address: 573 Santa Rosa Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548-6912 (Formerly Holiday Inn Resort Fort Walton Beach)
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Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Fort Walton Beach
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 Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Fort Walton Beach
#6 Family Hotel in Fort Walton Beach
Price Range: $112 - $229 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Wyndham Garden Fort Walton Beach Destin 3*
Number of rooms: 195
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Wyndham Garden Fort Walton Beach/Destin, Florida is a family oriented beachfront hotel tucked away from the Destin traffic on Okaloosa Island. No other location compares to the world's whitest beaches and emerald green waters. With fishing, golf courses, shopping, and other attractions nearby, you are sure to find a way to pass the sultry Florida days. Our full service resort features all the helpful amenities needed for a comfortable stay, including luxurious penthouses and one bedroom suites with kitchens. Romantic getaway? Our fabulous honeymoon suite presents cozy bedding in a warm setting and a deluxe view of the Gulf of Mexico from the Jacuzzi tub. Visit the Crab Island Cafe specializing in seafood entrees, or our seasonal poolside Manatee Grill & Bar. We haven't forgotten the business traveler or conventioneer. With 3,500 sq. Ft. Of meeting space, we are ideally suited to accommodate any function from a business conference to a wedding celebration. Relax, our professional event and catering staff can offer creative, budget-conscious ideas for a successful event. Want to add some fun to your day on the beach? Take advantage of all that is offered for free - bikes, ping pong, bingo by the pool, beach service with chairs and umbrella. Our Dive-in movies deliver drive-in quality in a wet atmosphere as our main pool becomes a cinema. Guest under the age of 24 must be accompanied by parent or guardian. ... more   less 
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