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“Great Rates” 4 of 5 stars
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Ranked #11 of 46 Hotels in Panama City Beach
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CANTON
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17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great Rates”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Enjoyed our stay at The Flamingo.
Our tower room was clean and the beds was very comfortable.We did not see any ants or bugs like some of the other reviewers commented.The view from our balcony was beautiful.
Our only complaint was no ice machine and limited parking in the front .
The staff was always friendly and willing to answer any questions we had.
We would stay again at The Flamingo.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Montgomery, Alabama
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27 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

My first thought, "How did this hotel get so many good reviews?!"

My family frequents PCB a lot for vacation, but we have always stayed in condos. However, my husband and I were just passing through PCB for 1 night and needed something convenient and preferably inexpensive. I remembered a co-worker had suggested this hotel a few years back (something I would later regret remembering)!

The exterior of the hotel was cute and it seemed to be kept up. They were able to get us a room facing the ocean on the 1st level for around $50. There wasn't any parking available, so we had to park across the street and haul our luggage across the main road...yikes!

The hotel has two pools (one heated) and a hot tub (we didn't use any of them). There is also a garden area that the rooms are situated around. At first glance, it seems charming but at a closer look it needs to be better kept up (uneven walk ways, trash on the ground, old/dead plants, weeds, etc). They have a patio with beach chairs overlooking the ocean, but you have to climb down stairs to get down to the beach.

The first thing I noticed when we entered our room was the smell of smoke. Then, I noticed how small it was. There was barely enough open space for my husband, myself, and all of our luggage. The room included a mini fridge and microwave (we didn't use either). There was also a fairly new TV (small). The bed was too soft and uncomfortable, leaving my back sore the next day. Plus, there were loud creaking noises all night that kept waking us up.

Now on to the bathroom *shudder*. It had an overwhelming smell of bleach, which was obviously masking another foul odor. With the nasty smells mixed together, I couldn't go in there without plugging my nose. Plus, there was no fan and the window was rusted shut. There were ants on the wall by the sink and it was so tiny that my butt bumped into the wall when I bent over the sink to brush my teeth! The shower was also tiny and you couldn't access it without first closing the bathroom door. It was so scary looking that both my husband and I opted not to take showers! There were clean towels....that is the best thing I can say about the bathroom!

I don't consider myself to have extremely high expectations, but when you'd rather sleep in your car than a hotel, there is something wrong! It definitely was not worth the money we saved. I know for sure that we will never be back!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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5 Thank EyeLuvMyLife
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Flamingo63, Owner at Flamingo Motel, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
This guest stayed one night in the least expensive room in the hotel. We have the option of non-smoking rooms and a viariety of floorplans. If this guest had brought any concerns to our front office, for as little as $20 per night more they could have been moved to a gulfront, non-smoking, floor plan with plenty of living space and a private balcony.
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Greenwell Springs, Louisiana, United States
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

This place is HORRIBLE! Don' t be fooled by the pictures which are very old & their descriptions which are very inaccurate & incomplete- this place is run down, has bugs & ants in the room & mold all over the ONE AIR vent in the front room, the employees are very RUDE & the owner is worse! I insisted on speaking to her about the bugs, lack of air in our room & employees attitude & I quickly learned she did not care & I am sure the root of the problems. She yelled at the employee for bothering her, who although I didn't care for her, I feel did the right thing by calling the owner when I insisted on speaking with her. The was NO AIR IN THE BACK BEDROOM! Not that it was broken, it's built that way! They have a box fan. A BOX FAN IN FLORIDA!!!! Do you really think a cheap, old box fan is going to keep you cool in the hot, humid, summer heat of Florida??? They don't mention that in their descriptions! What they do mention in small print on their brochure which you likely didn't see if you booked online & also in the "small print" disclaimer is that they WILL NOT refund you if you choose not to stay in this hell hole once you arrive & see all of the problems. They offered to move us to another room, none of which fit our needs of a separate BEDROOM for the parents & a 1 year old (a necessity) & they offered us bug spray if we wanted to stay in our room! Just what I want to do, spray chemicals all over the hotel room & then let my 1 year old crawl on the floor. The owner refused to refund our money for the first night & it affected our entire vacation because we had to find another place to stay, which at last minute of course cost us more & we were out an entire nights rental cost for a place we didn't stay. If I did not have my kids with me, especially a baby, I may have stayed for the night & left in the morning but I was not going to allow my child to be bitten by bugs & ants &/or stay in a room with fresh chemicals sprayed all over the floor & try to keep them from crawling on it. It was very apparent that this is a regular occurrence at the place by the way the employee & owner spoke & handled things. I never expected a 3 or 4 star hotel when I booked here, but I did expect a clean, bug free place for my family with courteous people who cared. I honestly would have rather slept in my car for the night then stayed in this place. DO NOT STAY HERE- if you do, consider yourself warned!!!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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6 Thank Trudi D
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Flamingo63, Owner at Flamingo Motel, responded to this review, January 11, 2013
This guest stayed one night in July of 2012. The guest was unhappy and was offered other rooms that did not satisfy what she was looking for.The guest was refunded all but the night of her stay. It is always our deepest regret when we can't completly satisy all of our guests. We address each concern and make changes where neccesary. As you can see by the overwhelming number of positive guest reviews over the past 5 months since this guest's visit, the Flamingo continues to be a favorite home away from home on the beach.
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013 via mobile

Everything was great rooms clean smelled clean beds were comfy sofa sleeper wasn't but thats the only thing I have negative about the flimingo the view was awesome pools was clean the deck was nice we bbqed and ate at the picnic area the staff was super nice even when we ask for tissue at 11 pm I will return ohh as far as parking we got lucky m parked in front of the hotel up til the last night but u can park n get the luggage cart get your things out n drive your car across the road its worth the minute for all that's waiting for you on the other side I'm sure the tower took away from the parking all in all the flimingo is the bomb

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank FrankHolinder
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Atlanta, Georgia
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

We recently stayed at the Flamingo Motel. Nothing fancy but the beds were adequate. I didn't ask if it was smoking or not and when I had moved everything in the room I saw an ashtray. I asked the clerk and she said it was a smoking room. I wish they had told us in advance. The clerk was not friendly and gave no information. The location is excellent. It was very close to the beach and had a nice pool and landscaping in the garden area. The room is very basic but the rate was great.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank southernchick55
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Boston, Massachusetts
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18 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

We very much enjoyed our week-long stay back in 2010, and were pleasantly surprised to get the same room in the tower this time. It was a spur-of-the-moment trip; the weather was promising to be warm this 1st week of December, so my wife and I jumped at the chance. I was concerned about arriving without a reservation, but the snowbird population was low enough we had no problem getting our preferred room as walk-ins.

As before, the room was clean and without moldy odors (which we've noted at a couple other PCB motels), the furnishings were simple but well maintained, and the kitchen appliances performed well. The dishes, pots, and utensils were enough to meet our needs.

There are 3 wifi signals. From where we were, the "tower" signal came in strongest, and I was able to work via VPN comfortably. There were 2 days when you could connect to the "tower" wifi, but not get onto the Internet - which says the router is having problems with the signal from their ISP. When I tried to explain this problem to the desk, their eyes glazed over - clearly, I was talking over their heads. I offered to trouble-shoot, but they were unwilling, which I can understand. In lieu of the "tower", I switched to the "garden" signal and that worked OK for those 2 days.

We would stay there again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Fred C
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Tallahassee, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

Stayed Thanksgiving 2012 for 4 days. Very clean and well maintained with beautiful views. Simple accomodations with everthing you need. Heated pool is great on cooler days.
Lower beachfront rooms remind one of what Fla. beaches used to be like with dunes and sea oats. One of the last hotels with that style of accomodation. Three to five steps and you are on the beach. I am putting my mother up for the month of December at a great monthly rate. Try it--you'll like it and come back again. Wifi is available even in the beachfront rooms.

Room Tip: Elevator a little noisy but not excessive.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Lee M
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Property: Flamingo Motel
Address: 15525 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413-2598
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Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Panama City Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Panama City Beach
#4 Business Hotel in Panama City Beach
#6 Romantic Hotel in Panama City Beach
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Panama City Beach
#10 Family Hotel in Panama City Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 68
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An award winning Family Owned and Operated beachfront motel for over 35 years. ... more   less 
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Flamingo Hotel Panama City Beach
Flamingo Motel Panama City Beach

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