Don't think about staying here if you are looking for a relaxing getaway. I never thought a trip to the beach could be so arduous and painful.
First, I travel frequently and have stayed at just about every type of hotel under the sun. I've never had an experience like this before. I'm not even sure how to describe the beds here. They aren't just a little uncomfortable; they are deeply painful. The sheets are like sandpaper and don't expect someone to come change your linens or provide fresh towels... they don't do that here.
Second is the beach service. They wont give you a chair and umbrella in the first row facing the beach for some reason I was never able to ascertain. They kick you out of your beach chair at or around 4:30 P.M. while there is still hours and hours of sunlight remaining.
There is no beachside bar, despite what they describe on their website.
The elevators alone are enough to warrant a rating of "Terrible" for the whole property. They routinely get stuck, you have to wait on average 6 - 8 minutes for one, and they are not air conditioned. This might seem petty, but just try getting into one with 10 sweaty shirtless beach goers and 5 screaming children.
Once you come to realize how fruitless your attempt to enjoy the beach is, you might be tempted to go visit one of the two outdoor pools at this "resort". I hope you enjoy laying on the deck of the pool because you aren't going to find a lounge chair, they simply don't have enough and they are generally taken by early morning.
The one positive think I will say about the place is it's location. It's not close to the hustle and bustle of Thomas Drive. It's away from the primary area of the PCB debauchery.
Oh, I almost forgot, you have to wear a "wristband" every where you go otherwise the cop wannabe security guards will descend upon you. That's right, for upwards of $200 a night, you have to wear a wristband like you are staying at the Holiday Inn during spring break.
Needless to say, I wont ever stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tidewater Beach Resort is a first class resort condominium featuring an impressive array of amenities for owners' and guests' enjoyment. Two huge lagoon pools with hot tubs, a 4,300 sq. ft fitness center with roman spas, saunas and steam rooms, a 5,000 sq. ft. conference center, a movie/media center, indoor pool, seven elevators and much, much more... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tidewater Beach Hotel Panama City Beach