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Reviewed September 12, 2012

We stay at the Sandpiper every year and have been doing so for about 15 years now ! When we call for reservations it's usually for about 45 + people . It always goes smoothly ! This year we were really worried about the children having anything to do ,but the staff at the Sandpiper kept them busy ! You see a hurricane was heading for us the beach was shut down so there was no sailboat or any kind of boating or parsailing or jet skis 'nothing in the ocean ! We couldn't even ride the waves !!! The staff still had games and things for the children to do they saved the adults on our trip ! Any time there is ever a need or a problem with the rooms they are very quick to fix it . they kept us all informed on what was going on in the Gulf so we weren't glued to the T.V. we could still go have fun in the pools or the hot tub or the Lazy River or the Tiki Bar ! Heck some of us even learned to HULA ! The Sandpiper is the Place to stay while in Panama for the YOUNG ,OLD ,YOUNG AT HEART AND ALL THOSE IN BETWEEN !!!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank Terri L
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Reviewed September 12, 2012

Wonderful place to stay.....right on the beach.....we enjoyed it so much....nice pools and hot tub was really nice....kids enjoyed the water slides, especially the turbo slide....tiki bar is great and the polynesian show was awesome.....always something fun going on.....my kids loved it...i can't wait to go back..... (:

  • Stayed: September 2012
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1  Thank kcoronna
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Reviewed September 12, 2012

The best place you can stay, the staff is great, everything is right there. Once you get there you dont have to leave unless you want to! The staff can not do enough for you and love the Tiki Bar. If you want elegant rooms you may not want to stay, if you want comfort and clean rooms then you have found the spot. I would not stay anywhere else, my daughter is a hotel/motel snob and she was very impressed and said she would be back. Thanks for making my and my daughters first vacation ever a great trip! See you next week!!!

Room Tip: dont want to let them know so I will have a great room, LOL
  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 5, 2012

Your stay can be great or not so much depending on what you are expecting. Let's start with the rooms. They are very old and outdated with severe shortcomings. Our one bedroom had no way to get the air conditioning into the bedroom (no vents) so the air had to filter through the bedroom door but that was even compromised by the room exit door being in the bedroom thus outside hot air always coming in when someone enters/exits. Thus the bedroom door could not be closed! And the main room was always frigid trying to cool the bedroom. The bed I slept on had such a slant from the foot to the head I had to sleep backwards on the bed. We found roaches in one bed (and a friend found roaches in their bed in another room) and as I write this a small tiny baby roach is crawling across the ceiling. The bathroom is tiny and the tub is a bathfitter plastic shell redo. And certainly don't expect amenities such as coffee maker, hair dryer or workout room. Conversations by guests outside sound as if they are standing next to your bed and with lots of little kids running around yelling it is noisy. Room location can be important because many of the gulf side rooms have obstructed views from tents, tiki bar, various buildings and such. See below for which rooms truly have great beach view. Thus, if you are expecting Westin or Wyndam or even Hampton Inn type accomodations, you will be sorely disappointed. The facility does not have a gym or workout room. So, at 250 dollars a night for one bedroom, you decide if the value is worthy.
The family activities are designed for smaller kids, maybe 10 and under, as are the pools, the lazy river and the small flumes. The grounds are well maintained and clean. Despite the roaches, the rooms were very clean. But the biggest attraction is that wonderful beach. 1000 feet of private white sand beach that had waves big enough for an adult to body surf (a short distance) and the kids were boogie boarding and having a great time on the beach. The large condos and hotel/resorts towering nearby all had their beach areas clogged with people in the water and on the sand, but not our long and private beach. How nice!
Bottom line? If you have smaller kids and family gathering with kids, this could be great place if you aren't particular about the rooms. If you don't have kids and are looking for a nice place to stay, this would not be a good fit, especially at this cost.

Room Tip: Best are the 5th, 6th and 7th floor tower rooms x00-x09 (I don't know what size) as they have great view of the beach, sunset etc. In the main building, if paying for beach side I would make sure to have 3rd story so as not to have obstructed view. The best view were rooms at the far north end of the building, 2nd or 3rd story.
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Richard H
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SandpiperBeacon, Manager at The Sandpiper Beacon Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2016

We apologize for such a late response to your feedback. 4 years have now passed since you visited us, and we have been continually making changes and improvements since then. We are deeply sorry that you didn't enjoy your last stay more. We'd like to invite you to visit us again. We're confident that you'll be pleasantly surprised. Thank you for your feedback, it helped us improve.

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Reviewed September 4, 2012

We arrived on Fri. Sept. the 31st had lunch and went to Alvins Island to shop around and see the alligator and then we went to the pier to play in the sand before going to hotel to check in. We were checking in with a large group (30) of people and the checking in and out went smoothly. There were plenty of carts to use outside of the lobby to transport things from your vehivle to your room. It was probably bc of Hurricane Issac but the Resort was pretty empty Fri and Sat the 1st. The family activites were nice for us. Although I do wish that the activities were held somewhere else besides the Tiki bar, I got a face painting of a dolphin and my daughters (ages 2 & 4) also got a face painting but of a butterfly. There was a nice lady doing balloons also. We were able to take the girls to the movie on the grass area which was The Lorax the evening we were went. They had lawn chairs out to use which was nice even though we brought our own not knowing. There were 2 volleyball areas noone was using on our trip and they were a nice place for our group pics with no background traffic. Free putt-putt also on sight. The room we stayed in was a rm for 4. There were 2 queen beds and a couch (not sleeper) a refridgerator w/ freezer which worked very well. The fridge had ice formed in our bottled drinks it stayed so cold. There was a microwave and a dresser w/ mirror and 1 endtable. Nice enough for 2 adults and 2 children. The bathrooms have been remodeled since we were here 2 years before this and that was a very pleasant surprise! Rm 125 is right behind the arcade room and Shop so theres lots of noise from that oh and I'm a light sleeper and was kept up often by the air conditioner coming on and off so if you could turn it down and turn the fan up you may sleep better. We saved lots of money by bringing food and drinks and snacks with us and eating in the hotel room instead of going out. We found lots of shells and a few sand dollars. One evening a gentleman gave our children a grab her had caught and we lost our sunglasses in the waves (should had known better, lol) but our overall experience was satisfying.

Room Tip: Rm 125 on the groud floor and rooms on same side are right behind the arcade room and the Shop so theres is noise that comes from that. Its also close to an elevator and the front pool with slide. There is however a close hall leading right out to the beachdeck and beach.
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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