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“Nice hotel but losing that ol Osprey family charm of years past.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Osprey on the Gulf

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Osprey on the Gulf
Ranked #1 of 46 Hotels in Panama City Beach
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100 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Nice hotel but losing that ol Osprey family charm of years past.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013 via mobile

Maybe it was due to it being springbreak but the staff was not nearly as friendly as years past. They threw away a box of ours that had misc.supplies in it. When we asked the maid about this, she was very short about it and basically blew my wife off. At the end of our stay we inquired about a free t-shirt that we had recieved an email about. I even showed the night attendent the email. They acted like we were trying to get something for nothing. I was shocked at this attitude over a $6 dollar t-shirt. We left without the shirt. They informed us that if we would call in the morning and the email could be confirmed, they would mail the shirt to us. I am thinking that would cost as much as the shirt is worth to mail it. We and our family have stayed at this hotel in the past when the staff was alot more cordial/compassionate
On the plus side, the view is stunning, the rooms are quiet and clean but keep in mind the only amenity is free wifi and it is very very weak, it seems that they are great to work with until they get your money. After which they really dont act like they want to do much for you. Not sure I want to advertise for them anymore anyway.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank macdevousa
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Tracy S, Owner at Osprey on the Gulf, responded to this review, May 13, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to tell us of your experience. We take pride in our friendly and helpful staff, I am sorry we disappointed you. We did offer a coupon which could be redeemed for a T-shirt. Unfortunately, the clerk you spoke to would have needed to see the coupon on your phone, laptop, or printed copy to have offered you the free shirt. I apologize for the inconvenience our policy has caused you, but I trust you understand the reasoning behind it. Thank you for your business. We value you as a customer.
Regards,
The Gilmore Family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

The Osprey is a very family friendly and safe feeling hotel. We stayed during Spring Break week and it was not loud. It is a beautiful home owned hotel. The staff is friendly and they are easy on the pocket book as well.... great deals and very good to repeat customers. The Osprey is a winner in my book.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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3 Thank crissiemcmahan
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Tracy S, Owner at Osprey on the Gulf, responded to this review, May 13, 2013
It was thoughtful of you to write about the service you received at the Osprey. Our goal is offer your family a fun, friendly, family atmosphere. Thank you for trusting us with your family’s vacation. It means a lot to each of us when someone takes the time to recognize the work we do. We hope you will keep us in mind the next time you are in our area.

Hospitably yours,

The Gilmore Family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

Just checked in at 11am with a top floor room awesome service in the lobby tips and coupons. With out the hassle of some timeshare bull crap. Rooms are recently updated. Awesome view. Awesome location. Will definitely be back!

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank adamwatkins
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Tracy S, Owner at Osprey on the Gulf, responded to this review, May 13, 2013
Thank you for letting us know how much you enjoyed your stay at the Osprey. It means a lot to each of us when someone takes the time to recognize the work we do. We hope to see you again the next time you pass through Panama City Beach.

Hospitably yours,

The Gilmore Family
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Osprey Motel is currently the #2 rated hotel in Panama City Beach on Trip Advisor.

Trip Advisor is normally great to find top rated hotels but we were totally steered wrong with this motel.

We checked in, went to the room, walked back down to the lobby, and checked out. We were willing to lose our non refundable deposit. Yes, it was that bad.

Here were the reasons why:
-10am checkout policy with a $10 charge for each additional hour of late check out
-$10 cash deposit just to receive your room key!
-Extremely dated rooms (note: a $200 flat panel TV thrown on the wall doesn't count as a remodel)
-Poor paint job with stains on fixtures
-Nasty, old style comforter (you know, the kind that you wonder if they wash)
-Balcony had nasty railings with the paint chipping off.

The location is ocean front but that was about the only thing desirable.

We learned our lesson the hard way this time!

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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20 Thank johnathanhogan
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Thailand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

we walked in with 2 couples for 2 rooms and within minutes we had the keys for huge studios 4th fl with big balconies right on the ocean, completely equipped, big kitchen just everything you need.
right opposite there is a liquor store, minimarket and several restos and within a 10 min walking distance a big shopping and restaurant arcade, big supermarkets within a few miles
the beach is awesome and the Osprey has several heated pools, free coffee and wifi downstairs, relaxed and lovely staff

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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3 Thank magmur
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Grapevine, Texas
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39 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

Well, I am back and a bit late in writing my reviews. We had our wedding in October and drove from Texas to PCB. I booked us into the Osprey based on reviews and one of my customers that recently stayed there too. Wow, we were trying to budget our money and still have a nice honeymoon. The Osprey really helped in that department. The hotel is celebrating its 25 year but the building sure does not seem that old. It has been kept up to very high standards. All the rooms are gulf front. There is some parking under the building and a big lot across the street. Who knew that the new development of the pier park would be so close to the hotel as it is now. We loved the location as we did not even drive anywhere a few days. We just walked to the shopping and to eat out. The helicoptor tour operator has their helipad behind the hotel but it was not noisy at all. I thought it was great to be in the room or out on the balcony watching the surf and then go out the other door to watch the helicopters come and go.
The room has a small kitchen with a full size fridge, sink, microwave and was stocked with dishes. We did not use the dishes but we could have.
How the staff keeps up with this hotel is amazing. Each day the floors were first swept and then mopped too. There was a broom and dust pan in the closet they used and I appreciate that is was there for me to use a time or too from some of that awsome white pcb sand. We made sure to leave a tip for our house keeper each day. She saw us leaving late one day and made a point to stop and thank us for the good tips, ask if there was anything else we needed and point out there are is a washer and dryer on each floor. That was great because I had not really thought about it but then I did wash all the beach towels I brought.
We stayed right at the beginning of the off season so we only saw a few kids. The couple staying a few doors down told us they stay there 3 times a year and that during season there are a lot of familys and activities for the kids.
I will try to post some pictures later, but I will say that we plan on coming back. I was happy with the room, the location and the staff. There are newer high rise hotels all around, but the quality of the osprey and its fair pricing will allow us to come back and stay a day or two longer.

Room Tip: All the rooms are gulf view with private balcony and have a small kitchen just like my first one bed...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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4 Thank Blair W
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Iowa
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29 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012 via mobile

I stayed here for only one night not knowing it had extended stay amenities. I found the room to be very clean and very well maintained and updated for an older place. The staff was super helpful and friendly. The view was amazing and access to the beach was right out the back door. Walking distance to pier park and lots,of great restaurants. Only down side was the hot tub and pool were a bit undersized for the number of people. I would definitely stay here again.

Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Osprey on the Gulf
Address: 15801 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413-2509
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Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Panama City Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Panama City Beach
#2 Romantic Hotel in Panama City Beach
#4 Family Hotel in Panama City Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Osprey on the Gulf 2.5*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located directly on the Gulf of Mexico, Osprey On The Gulf offers the family vacation of a lifetime and the memories to match. If you are looking for a vacation that offers the combination of tranquility and adventure in an atmosphere of natural beauty, let the the Osprey on the Gulf serve as your perfect family vacation spot. Each room offers full kitchen and extra large private balcony over looking the Gulf of Mexico. ... more   less 
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