We had a two bedroom condo in the tower above the parking garage (not gulf front but gulf view) on the 11th floor. The condo was reasonably priced ($167 a night through BookIt), clean, nicely appointed, quiet and convenient. The kids were thrilled they had a choice of sleeping in the bunks in the hallway or in the second bedroom. Walking to the beach using the pedestrian bridge to the gulf-front tower took a litlte coordination to avoid trips back to the condo but being in the same building as the parking garage made up for that. The main drawback was that there was no WiFi access in the condo. You had to go down to the lobby (coverage a little spotty) or the coffee shop next to the office. The resort says it only rents to adults over 25 but we saw many groups of college students there. However, they weren't rowdy and they have good security around the pool/beach area to make sure the public doesn't use the facilities.
Tips: Use the back entrance (off Hutchinson Road) to the resort to avoid traffic. Do not use Front Beach Road during busy times like spring break. The pool in the gulf front tower gets more sun but the one in the gulf view tower is less crowded. Look for the luggage carts not near the elevators - they're located in an alcove in a concrete pillar to the left of the doors to the elevator lobby. We found this out after we schlepped all our luggage up by hand. Go to the Wal-Mart near Front Beach and Hutchinson for cheap groceries, drinks, and beach items. There are a multitude of coupon/tourist books. Check all of them for coupons for different sightseeing trips or stores.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grand Panama Beach Resort boasts some of the Emerald Coast’s unrivaled amenities which include 2 Sparkling pools, 2 water spas, pool side Tiki bars and BBQ areas, exercise room, meeting room & 2100 Sq. ft. Conference room , covered secure parking, dining and shopping on site at the Village of Grand Panama, and the area’s best Southern Hospitality. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Panama Beach Hotel Panama City Beach