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“PERFECT FOR FAMILIES!!”

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The Sandpiper Beacon Beach Resort
Ranked #6 of 48 Hotels in Panama City Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 26, 2014

This place was great!! Gorgeous beachfront, tons of activities for kids. Would I go here for a romantic getaway? No. The bad reviews on here are people that were expecting a luxury resort, I think. Our room was cleaned everyday, the staff was probably the best experience I've ever had at any resort. They were all so helpful and friendly. Definitely worth the extra $$ to have gulf views, I wouldn't even stay here without paying extra for the view as it gives you more privacy than the other rooms. I was so surprised at how great the Tiki Bar was and how kid and adult oriented everything is, they really made it so it's fun for all ages. The beachside deli was freaking delicious and very reasonably priced. Coconuts restaurant across the street was amazing. I would not only stay here again but I am counting the days to be able to plan another trip here.

Room Tip: Get a gulf view room!!
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  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with family
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7  Thank aimahutton
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Reviewed June 25, 2014

We stayed 3 nights with 2 kids 8 and 10 on a doble bed with a full kitchen, our room was very clean and everything was in good shape and working conditions and room service came every day and left the room just like we found it the first day, we did not leave valuable stuff in the room but it did not look like they touched anything either, although we did not need anything extra the staff we cross pads with was very friendly, the personel at the lobby and gift shop were very nice and helpful, the kids absolutely loved to be able to do so much without having to be drag around in the car, the location is great, there are just few parking places right on the premises, they do have enough place to park but is across the street, they do have elevators and carts to take your stuff up to your room, they offer beach and room service also.
The hotel is very old so don't spect modern fixtures...bathrooms are VERY small but they have what you need, pools are small and could use a little cleanning, the place is big so is too much to cover everything, overall we enjoyed the visit most important the kids were happy, the reason why we will never visit the place again is for the failure to enforce the non smoking policy, we are 100% suporters of the non smoking policy everywhere, this place says it is NonS. But even some members of the staff were doing it, smoking SHOULD NOT be allow anywhere near children any way, and definitely not in the beach, it was really sad for all of us to see how many people did not care about trowing trash in the ocean....on our next vacations we will come back to Panama City but will make sure we get a place that values customers concerns specially when it comes to health. Now if you don't mind the smoke and don't care for your children breading it, this is the place to go!

  • Stayed: June 2014
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1  Thank TravelerW3
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Reviewed June 25, 2014 via mobile

Not good for sleeping in late. Over all it is a nice place to stay . I have recommended this place to friends and they have tried it and has really enjoyed their stay.I will bring the kids back for a weekend.

  • Stayed: May 2014
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2  Thank algilbert170
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Reviewed June 25, 2014

Just got home from our first stay at the sandpiper. Cant say enough! Room was nice and up to date. Activities for the kids were AMAZING. We never had to leave the property. Pools and ocean were beautiful!!
Some of the negative things I read on here that made me a little Leary included:

BUGS--- never saw the first bug anyone on property
OLD and NASTY rooms--- yes the hotel it self is not the newest on Front beach road BUT our room was cleaner and more modern then some of the newer hotels we have stayed at!!
ALL ACTIVITIES TAKE PLACE IN A BAR WHICH IS NO PLACE FOR CHILDREN--- True I would not ordinarily take my 9,8 and 5 year old to a bar BUT up until 10 pm its not different then a restaurant that serves adult beverages. Most activities take place in the TIKI BAR but it was very kid friendly at this time. Never had any problems here..

I am proud to say we had a great time. Took advantage of all the planned activities and even extended our stay!!
I do wish they had a fitness center though. I tried to get out and run in the mornings but it was too hot so a fitness center on site with a few treadmills would have been a great touch!!

Room Tip: We didn't pay the extra for a BEACH front room. Ours actually overlooked the outdoor slide pool...
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5  Thank SLW475
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Reviewed June 25, 2014

This motel is probably one of the oldest beachfront motels in Panama City, but in my opinion, still the best place to stay while vacationing there. There are so many activities for children and grown-ups to do. We loved the lazy river! Rooms are clean and well maintained and the staff very friendly and helpful. Hope to stay there again one day

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank stammercindy
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Reviewed June 23, 2014

We loved this hotel! We took our 11 and 14 year old daughters (and 2 friends) and had a blast! The hotel is older, but well maintained and clean. So many fun activities to do. The beach is beautiful; fine white sands and clear water. We were in a 3 room suite and the beds were very comfortable. Staff was great! I will say that how much you enjoy your stay is directly related to the room you get...we had a great ocean front balcony on the back side of the hotel, so be sure you understand exactly where your room will be on the hotel map and the views you have.

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3  Thank J S
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Reviewed June 23, 2014

We love it !!!!! This was 2nd time to be there and it was even better than first . See you next year!!!!!! The grandchildren love all the activities,pools, lazy river, and if course the ocean and beach!! They played pool, the foam pit and the slide. Everyone was wonderful!!!

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3  Thank Beanier03
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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
#3 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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Sandpiper Beacon Beach Resort
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