We spent a week (July 7-12, 2008) at Splash. Four adults and four children between 4 and 7. The kids loved it. Plenty of water activities with the lazy river, the water park, pools, etc. Our unit was great. Property employees were nice. Convenient to grocery stores, etc. Elevator waits were not as bad as I have read in the reviews. We had longer than average waits only one day out of the six. 90% of the time we waited 2-3 minutes at most. Carts were hard to find, but we managed to find one. There were plenty of parking spaces available in the deck directly across the street. Parking is not a problem, unless you are unwilling or unable to walk across the street (via a covered, air conditioned sky bridge).
The bad.....the beach was WAY overcrowded and very dirty. My biggest complaint was related to something that Splash management has no control over, but it still should be a concern to anyone considering coming here. We had rain on Saturday morning. Within an hour of the time it started raining, filthy black water could easily be seen piped from storm drain pipes directly into the ocean within yards of the Splash beach front. I took two pictures of this from our 12th floor unit and it is sickening to see what is being pumped into the beach swimming area directly in front of Splash where we were swimming. See the pictures associated with this review. The beach is empty because it is pouring rain. Within minutes the entire beach swimming area turned a dark black!! See the pictures and make your own mind up, but I will not go back there as long as Panama City is piping filthy storm runoff water directly into the ocean.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beachfront condominium waterpark resort. Family oriented and no smoking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sterling Splash Hotel Panama City Beach
- Splash Resort Panama City Beach