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The Watercrest
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Reviewed June 29, 2014

One of the best condos we've stayed at on the Gulf. It's right on the Gulf, has some of the best amenities...I especially like the indoor racquetball court and the tennis court. Quiet part of the beach and close to all the marinas and the state park.

Room Tip: The western end units are the best, sunset views with wrap around balconies that are HUGE. But you'll want to be on 6th floor or higher
  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with family
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Thank Brian P
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Reviewed June 20, 2014

Patti was wonderful to deal with. Could be updated and had to clean a little when we arrived
Other than that everything was very nice. View is unbeatable. Spent a lot of time on the balcony! The building is very quiet. We never heard our neighbors. Nice peaceful week. Would definitely stay again!

  • Stayed: June 2014
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Thank Lhand66
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Reviewed March 16, 2014

The Watercrest is an older property that is beautifully maintained. It is the cleanest condo property I've ever seen in the area. The grounds are way above average in terms of landscaping and flowers. The inside atrium sets the property off from others, and the pool and hot tub area is beautiful. They also have well-maintained shuffleboard and tennis courts, exercise rooms where all the machines actually work, and the beach's only handball court. Directly on the Gulf of Mexico, all rooms have a great view of the world's most beautiful beaches.

There are several ways to rent units here, and I would recommend Joni's Beach Rentals (our choice) or the on-site rental service, Sterling Resorts. When you see a complaint, it is typically because they rented from a less than reliable agency or an owner with a poorly maintained unit. Joni's and Sterling will not rent a unit that is not up to par (note: Joni's rates are more competitive).

We were in #1001 which is on the east side of the building and has a great view looking out over the Gulf all the way up to St. Andrews State Park, and a huge balcony from which to enjoy the view. Although most of the units in the building have tile flooring, this one has carpeting which we actually prefer. It has two bedrooms and two full baths. The living room and both bedrooms have TV's, and ceiling fans. The completely equipped kitchen has everything you need including a full-sized washer and dryer. Everything works (except the trash compactor which is a total non-necessity).

All facilities you could want from grocery stores to restaurants to entertainment are nearby. This is a great place to spend a week or more.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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4  Thank 820JerryM
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

Hi there.....Our family's been heading down to PCB for many many years & we've stayed at seems like hundred's of condo homes throughout the years. I always try to find one for our "family" vacation where the adults & my grandchildren are comfortable. I want my two grandsons and my nephew to always have their own space and bedroom/bathroom. I feel this is very important not only to us but these little guys! Well, I came across just one here lately on our (July 2013) trip that totally fits the bill! I rented VRBO # 175782 (Owner, Kristi's home away from home) located on the 11th floor with an amazing view and very large patio. The two full "master bedrooms" are located ocean front with their own private baths and doors that lead out on the patio. The third huge bedroom is located in the back right corner adjoining a big walk in closet and another huge bathroom. There is a nice kitchen w/front view window, counter/barstools overlooking the dining room and out into the huge great room...floor to ceiling windows. The kitchen is wonderfully stocked! Beautiful cookware, serving dishes, nice place settings, glasses and a fantastic amount of colorful plastic ware. Everything you need to cook a nice meal, serve to guests etc. Even a muffin tin, which we used! Yeaaaa! The condo was super stocked with fresh clean white towels and wonderfully fluffy bedding for a great nights sleep! The living room is very spacious, cozy with a large screen TV......perfect corner chair/ottoman for the hubby to relax! lol lol All bedrooms and very nice flat screen TV's and fee internet......service was wonderful! The one thing I do want to point out was WaterCrest is a very clean, safe place for families to vacation at. The pool area has great seating, umbrella tables and an unobstructed view of the Gulf, which was to die for! We stayed here for a week and wished it could be longer, we never heard any grumbling about seats or table use around the pool & families were pleasant and helpful to each other. I also will point out that WaterCrest has great security walking onsite and good front parking. Be sure to place your parking pass in the front window where it can be seen at all times.....if not your car will be towed. This is not to be mean but, it is a rule meant to be followed. WaterCrest is located down Thomas Drive on Biltmore Beach, within driving distance to great eating places, Wal-Mart, Pier Park etc. We were very happy here and would defiantly rent it again!

Room Tip: Always look for a vacation condo that your family would be comfortable in, call the owner and chat, ask question & study the photos given......read & look at the dates where other vacationers have posted reviews. If you get a good feeling after your call, go with that and rent it. Owner Kristi Hobson is wonderful to work with and super family oriented.
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank natakatt4u2006
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

Our recent visit to The Watercrest unit 305 was wonderful. Our family had everything you would need. The view of the pool and the ocean, the well decorated condo and the friendliness of the owner, Marleen Hess. She was great to rent from and will again. We had 4 adults a d 2 granddaughters and everyone loved it. Thank you helping us to have a great vacation!!

Room Tip: We stayed on the 3rd floor and liked being at that height. Views of pool and ocean were beautiful.
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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4  Thank Ladybug305
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