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“Great staff makes up for some minor flaws.” 4 of 5 stars
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Osprey on the Gulf
Ranked #1 of 46 Hotels in Panama City Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Kingston, Tennessee
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33 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great staff makes up for some minor flaws.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

Our recent trip to Panama City was very nice, and thanks to the fantastic staff of The Osprey/Driftwood Lodge, it was quite comfortable. We had originally booked our stay at Driftwood Lodge, but upon arriving and finding out that there were no elevators at the Driftwood, (one of our party has back problems), and finding the lack of private balconies, or privacy in general, we requested to change to their property next door, The Osprey. The front desk young lady an gentleman were both extremely friendly and worked with us to find a suitable room, and even helped us to move our luggage over! We ended up choosing one of the "end rooms" that had a seperate bedroom, plus a large murphy bed in the living room. The balcony was also very large. The only complaints we really have was that the screen on the sliding glass door was broken, and also the air conditioning in the bedroom had been leaking, and as a result, the carpet in the bedroom had a VERY BAD odor. As soon as we reported it,though, they sent up two very nice people from housekeeping to clean the carpet. The smell still lingered, but we just bought some Febreeze and an air freshners and tried to ignore it. The planned activities that theydo during the week, (movie night, cook out, etc.), are also a nice touch. The Osprey is also within easy walking distance of Pier Park , a very nice bonus!

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Tracy S, General Manager at Osprey on the Gulf, responded to this review, November 18, 2013
We are so glad that we could accommodate you during your recent visit to Gilmore Resorts. We strive to make sure that your stay with us is much more than just putting your head in a bed. "Family friendly" is more than just a motto with us and our Wednesday Cookouts and Thursday Night Movies (with popcorn and Lenny's Famous Peanut Butter Fudge) are just a few of the fun things we offer. We are very glad to know that our housekeeping and maintenance staff were prompt and courteous. We look forward to hosing your family here again in the future.
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Plymouth, Indiana, United States
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

We were extremely happy with the Osprey! Had never been to PCB, so wasn't sure what to expect, but was really happy we booked there. I agree that there are some little things that could use improving on, like the lack of Kleenex in the room. As far as the size of the TV, it was just fine for us, we weren't there to spend time watching TV anyway. The balcony and view were amazing except after dark when we go visited by "bugs"! I don't know if this is just something common in Florida or what, but we just avoided the balcony after dark. We will bring some bug spray next time. This will not stop us from returning, it was well worth what we paid for it! If we wanted fancy, we could have stayed at one of the highrises for alot more money, but we were there for the beach and relaxation which we found at the Osprey! The staff was extremely helpful when we needed it! Parking was a little tricky in the garage, but we managed. We are already planning our 2014 vacation for PCB and the OSPREY!! See ya next year!

Room Tip: All rooms have an excellent ocean front view! No "ocean view" here, only ocean FRONT!!
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Driftwoodpcb, General Manager at Osprey on the Gulf, responded to this review, October 1, 2013
Glad to know your stay was so great that you already have plans to come back.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

We were pleasantly surprised by how well kept this motel is. Rooms were clean,view was great, and everyone was very friendly. In a good location for shopping, eating, etc. However, we didn't sleep very well because of the mattress on the bed. We will definitely consider staying there again

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Hutctra
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Driftwoodpcb, General Manager at Osprey on the Gulf, responded to this review, October 1, 2013
Thank you for sharing your comments. We are excited about your next vacation with us.
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Newburgh, Indiana
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

this was our second stay this year and was as great this time as last. we love this place! employees are friendly and beach is where we hang out all day! never went to pool but it looks nice in passing! This was the first time in my life to see a shark evacuate the gulf waters!!!! That has nothing to do with motel just thought it was cool! The wife and I flew in to ECP and didnt even rent a car. Veteran shuttle service picked us up at airport promptly ( flight was over 2 hours late but Robert waited for us the entire time so he didnt miss us) and took us back day of departure! New Walmart is walking distance ( 1 mile) from the Osprey but sidewalks only go half way! again not motels problem. we will be back next year as soon as I can book a flight there! Love what the Gilmore's have here, a nice quite comfortable hotel thats not a 30 story highrise with all the comforts of one! keep up the good work!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank wallat30
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Driftwoodpcb, Owner at Osprey on the Gulf, responded to this review, October 1, 2013
Thank you for your kind words. We work hard to make sure you have a good vacation. We look forard to seeing you all again real soon.
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Marion, Kentucky
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16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

We stayed at the Osprey and loved it. The room was clean and efficient, exactly what we were looking for. We liked the hotel's close proximity to Pier Park Mall. We walked over everynight for dinner and stopped to listed the live music played at a lot of the open air venues. The views from the balcony was great. One night we ate dinner on the balcony and watched the sunset. Overall wonderful visit. We can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Driftwoodpcb, General Manager at Osprey on the Gulf, responded to this review, October 1, 2013
We can't wait for you to come back! FYI - the sunsets in October are spectacular!
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Boonville, Indiana
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Loved, loved, loved the Osprey!! Will sooooo stay here again. Room was great, clean, spacious. Balcony view of the Gulf was awesome! Was within walking distance of almost everything we wanted to do. Beach access was first rate! Staff was extremely friendly & helpful. Grounds were clean & welcoming! I can't say enough about my experience. I was visiting for a weekend trip with a best friend. Will definitely come back with husband as well. Location is great for whatever kind of getaway you're after!!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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3 Thank SarahE368
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Driftwoodpcb, Manager at Osprey on the Gulf, responded to this review, October 1, 2013
We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us. We look forward to seeing you and your husband real soon.
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Middle Tennessee
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16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Wife and I stayed 8/28-9/2 for a spur of the moment, quickly planned, much needed getaway. Osprey had a good rating as well as a good price for a beachfront room. Check in was easy, desk was always friendly. Parking on the property is extremely cramped and limited. You'll probably have to unload everything and the pull across the road and park in their lot over there. This wasn't an issue to us, but I could see it being a problem for some. Not sure if I had overlooked this in the planning, but I wasn't aware of it until check in. $10 deposit required for room keys, (real keys), and wristbands for the property. I found this policy slightly odd, never once did we put on one of the wristbands, and were never asked about them.
The room itself was nice enough, clean, and comfortable. Lavatory/vanity is very small, which was an unwelcome challenge for my wife. The lower vanity door was also broken at the hinge and would fall off in your hand when you opened it. Kitchen area is functional, but no dish soap or dish towels was a bit strange. No paper towels for kitchen either, so take this in account when shopping for snacks or whatever. Flat screen TV was about a 26", no movie channels. Balcony was nice and large, great view. Sliding door was a challenge. You better have some strength about you to get it open.
Coffee in the mornings, some donuts would be nice. Pool is VERY small with no room directly around it for deck chairs. Four or five kids in it and it's full. Great beach area with easy access. Tiki bar on site was nice.
I could go on and on about little negatives, but in the end we feel like we got what we paid for, which is all I ask, and if we were coming back soon we would more than likely stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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Driftwoodpcb, Manager at Osprey on the Gulf, responded to this review, October 1, 2013
Thank you for sharing your experience with us. When you come back, remember that we operate the Driftwood Lodge next door and guests of the Osprey are invited to enjoy the amenities at the Driftwood, too, for example, our cook outs, games and watermelon time! We have addressed the maintenance and housekeeping issues with our staff and expect your next visit to be an even better one.
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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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