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The Sandpiper Beacon Beach Resort
Ranked #7 of 48 Hotels in Panama City Beach
Certificate of Excellence
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Hayden, Alabama
12
Reviewed March 15, 2004

This is definetly not a nice place for families. Don't be decieved by the brochure photos or advertisements. If all you care about is a beachside hotel in the heart of the strip, this is the place for you.
If what you want is an attractive, clean, vacation place then STAY AWAY!!!

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Louisiana
15
Reviewed March 7, 2004

One word: FILTHY!!!! Do not waste your money. The pictures on the brochure/website are deceiving. We needed an extra blanket and the staff would not bring it to us. We had to go downstairs and get it. The floors were very disgusting.

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Florida
16
Reviewed February 18, 2004

We stayed at Sandpiper after seeing the website, what a JOKE. They put us half a mile from the indoor pull I had requesteddome pool and lazy river ride, what a lie, you had to get phemonia to have the nerve to get in because the indoors as they call it with plastic covering openings was about 20 degrees, the hot tub was outside and freezing as well, none of the rooms looked clean, ours definatly was never once cleaned in 3 days, but worse of all the staff is snobbish, unhelpful and RUDE. DO NOT STAY!

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Lula, Georgia
11
Reviewed January 24, 2004

Our trip to the Sandpiper was not this last Christmas, but the Christmas before. The first hotel we THOUGHT we were staying at said they had a pool, which turned out to be a fitness club ACCROSS the street. We obviously left there and went to the Sandpiper. The first room we stayed in reminded me of the bottom cabins of the Titantic!
Gloomy and you felt like you were in a basement. Later moved to Very nice suite upstairs, ocean view, patio doors etc. The one problem we had was getting someone to fill the tanks down by the indoor lazy river for heat! It was freezing in the pool area, and NO one would fill the heat tanks. Mind you we were NOT the only ones there. Lots of people were there for Christmas that year. We froze our butts off every time we went down there. Mind you the Tiki Bar was ROASTING with heat!!
imagine that! But my kids lips were blue from being cold. Yes the parking was bad. Had to pull accross the street into trafic to get out.
Other then that, we enjoyed our stay, got a great deal on a room for the time of year. The beach was beautiful! Just nothing to do really in the off season.

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Owensboro, KY
12
Reviewed January 20, 2004

We stayed at this resort in the past (01) and it was a great time. We have a small boston terrier. This resort is about the only one left on the beach that allows small pets. It was a last minute decision to take a short trip to the beach, so Sandpiper it was. Jan 1-4. It was several minutes checking in w/all the signing and deposits for the dog, tv etc.
We got a King room w/partial ocean view. Most of our view was the condo next door...left side of resort...right side of resort has palm trees and a better view which is where we stayed the first time there. After putting our things away we turned the tv on to relax after a long day of driving. The TV sound was distorted and muffled, so we called front desk, they sent a matainance guy. He was so rude...he turned the tv up very very loud...then he turned it off.... then back on again, he then looked at us as if we were stupid or something and said "there is nothing wrong with this tv" (we are in our mid 40's) We asked him if could just get us another tv...he stepped back into the doorway and said "you're not going to tell me to get you another tv" we called management to come to our room to listen to the tv and report the way we were treated. The manager would not come to our room, he said policy would not allow him to leave office area (hmm). After playing phone tag with the manager he decided to move us to another room instead of changing out the tv set. After 40 minutes of dealing with this situation he finally sent another person in (not the rude guy, beacause we would not allow him back in our room) to switch out the tv. This was so uncalled for. We did NOT ask for another thing! So much for a short get-a-way to de-stress!

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Wood River, IL
25
Reviewed January 19, 2004

This was my second trip to Panama City Beach, and the warm weather during the day was a welcome change from the cold Illinois weather. My prior trip was in the summer, which wasn't as nice due to the crowds. We stayed at the Sandpiper Beacon Hotel in an ocean-view room with a full kitchen. The rooms are clean, and the hotel was renovating some of the rooms while we were there. It was very relaxing, and there were planned activities/trips that were available for more active people. The sunsets there are spectacular!

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St. Johns, MI
16
Reviewed January 11, 2004

It was AWESOME...two words Tiki Bar! I have to say that I had the most fun at the sandpiper beacon on spring break 2003! there were definately things that were not good about the place but every hotel has their bad parts! seriously we went out only one night of the entire trip because what's the point in going out when you have the tiki bar right there and you can meet people so close to your room!!! i definately wouldn't wanna be a family staying there on spring break but for college students it's the best!

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Additional Information about The Sandpiper Beacon Beach Resort

Address: 17403 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413-6023
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
#4 Best Value Hotel in Panama City Beach
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Panama City Beach
#9 Family Hotel in Panama City Beach
Price Range: $49 - $219 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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 
Also Known As:
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