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“good enough, dont go for spring break” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Sandpiper Beacon Beach Resort

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The Sandpiper Beacon Beach Resort
Ranked #7 of 46 Hotels in Panama City Beach
Portland, Oregon
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60 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“good enough, dont go for spring break”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2012

They have remodeled alot here so it was worth 65 a night off season. They accept spring break kids so dont go near here when that is happening.The rooms are ok,clean and all, this is an old motel. I went down the road a bit and found an efficiency that I liked better but I paid more too.

Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Nashville, Tennessee
1 review
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2012

First, this is not one of the big highrises on the beachfront. This place has been around for a while. Everything that needed to be painted was painted. We had the standard king room with a kitchenette. The vanity in the bathroom had no counter space. The kitchen sink was a single bowl. The room was clean and had been updated. No hangers provided and small area to hang things. Am I sounding critical, maybe, but I would go back in a heartbeat. Go ahead, pay the big bucks for the big names. This was a place that was extremely affordable, staff courteous, plenty of parking for PCB standards. Many amenities ie tiki bar, outside grills, tables, lounge chairs and on and on. Let there be no doubt, you will not be disappointed as long as you don't think you are the king or queen.

Room Tip: Second or third floor down the way from the tiki lounge
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank docbab
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Montevallo, Alabama, United States
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2012

we had a wonserful time at the sandpiper beacon in panama city.
the entire staff was very friendly and very helpful.(one of the staff members even took us to our room!) they were all great!
the room was spotless and very nice.
the hot tub,the swimming pool and the tiki bar was right around the corner with a ocean view in front of us.....couldnt have asked for more!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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New Orleans, Louisiana
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

There are lots of conveniences- groceries, gift shop, laundromat. the food at the beach stand is good, but food across the street, at the Paradise Restaurant is better. There is plenty of staff around and they are pleasant and helpful. The guests were pleasant as well, friendly, chatty, helpful.
However, lots of kids in the "adult pool" which I don't understand as they have their own pool! We were traveling with our adult son, so we needed separate bedrooms. When we requested this, we were assured we would have two separate bedrooms, we were initially put in one room 2 beds. Upon refusing that room, with an explanation of why, we were escorted to another room with the same setup! The third try yielded a room with two private sleeping areas.

Room Tip: Don't take the first room offered! It took three tries for us to get the room we requested. We w...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Bessie_G58
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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145 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2012

We love staying at the sandpiper beacon! Lots of fun stuff to do for the family. Games, activities, prizes, movies, popcorn etc! Very close to shopping, and right on the beach! They have added hammocks this year for lounging in..very nice! Plus the rooms are all beng updated and they have finally added free wifi!!! Love this palce and will be returning next fall brrak !

Room Tip: They will do free room upgrades when you check in.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Lisa B
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Sparta, Tennessee
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2012

We stayed at The Sandpiper for 5 days following the rally. Everyone was friendly and helpful then as we checked things out much to our surprise this place is loaded with CATS. We counted 7 and we have never had this problem at any other place we have stayed (usually Sugar Sands) Worst part was havin to take my wife by a local clinic to get checked out being she is allergig to CATS. truthly don't think we would return unless something would be done about the Cats

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank rbrady38583
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Memphis, Tennessee
Level Contributor
7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2012

We were at the resort for 4 days & I liked it and it was very family friendly. We decided to extend our visit from 5 to 7 days. No problem still. However, on day 5 the Harley Davidson motorcycle festival arrived. No warning to us or anything. First the hotel blocked off all of the handicapped parking as well as 70% of the overall parking fir the motorcycle festivities. No there was not much paking fir normal hotel guests. The main bar/club Tiki which was family/children friendly changed to a biker bar with live bands & very loud announcements telling th guests to get neked & talking profanely about women's breasts. Children were present during all of this with many drunks & puking all over. Very loud motorcycle noise became a 24 hour event where people could not sleep.

The staff were not concerned with the hotel guests or children. What was an excellent vacation was trashed where we couldn't leave fast enough.

NOT RECOMMENDED FOR FAMILIES

Room Tip: Stay away fom this resort
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank hbrake32
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SandpiperBeacon, Manager at The Sandpiper Beacon Beach Resort, responded to this review, 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. Thank you for your feedback.
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Additional Information about The Sandpiper Beacon Beach Resort

Property: The Sandpiper Beacon Beach Resort
Address: 17403 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413-6023
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Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Panama City Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Panama City Beach
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Panama City Beach
#9 Family Hotel in Panama City Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 199
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Also known as the "FUN Place!" The Sandpiper Beacon Beach Resort & Tiki Bar offers year-round fun, activities, and entertainment for all ages. Located directly beachfront on Front Beach Road, the Sandpiper is a family-friendly resort-hotel with planned activities and entertainment, waterslides, multiple indoor/outdoor (seasonally heated) swimming pools, free WiFi, indoor lazy river ride, on-site Deli, Ice Cream Shop, Gift Shop, Restaurant, Arcade and more. Offering 24/7 resort services, including housekeeping, guest services, and maintenance. ... more   less 
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Sandpiper Beacon Beach Resort
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