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Beachcomber By The Sea
Ranked #9 of 48 Hotels in Panama City Beach
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2012

Just returned from our 5th stay at the Beachcomber and had another great stay. We took advantage of the 4th night free offer, stayed 10 nights and enjoyed every minute. We got in around 1 in the afternoon and while we were registering with Ric who was great our room became available so we got checked in and was on the beach by one thirty. I had requested room 509 which we had stayed in before, it is one of the few rooms with just a king bed and microwave and mini fridge instead of a full kitchen which suits us fine since there are only two of us. The room was very clean, no bad smells, bed very comfortable, very nice bathroom and beautiful view. The pool and hot tub were cleaned every day. Housekeeping were very friendly and efficient, we usually only needed towels and trash taken out. as far as the breakfast, it's a continental breakfast folks, what part about that don't you whiners understand? Two types of muffins, bagels, yogurt, juice, coffee is pretty much standard for continental breakfasts. There are some people who will never be satisfied no matter what and I believe that some people exaggerate things hoping to get some sort of compensation. Our toilet backed up the second day and they were there in five minutes had it plunged and cleaned up in fifteen minutes and we never had another problem. The tvs are small and not hd, so what, did you come to Florida to watch tv or enjoy the beach and attractions? As some people have noted before, there is Winn-Dixie and CVS half a dozen or more eating places within walking distance, Buddys' seafood market and a waffle house a half mile away. Pier Park is half a mile away also, so if you want stay away from the busy east end this is the perfect location. We will definitly be back and are looking forward to the next time.

Room Tip: Some rooms on the lower 2 or 3 floors may have partialy blocked views by trees
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Lawrenceville, Georgia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2012

First the positives. It's on the beach. That's about it. Terrible beds, terrible bathrooms, terrible TV's with mangled screens, A/C units that are subpar, worst continental breakfast in hotel history and the list goes on an on. Not worth more than $35 a night for a "suite". The beds they claim are "queens" are full size at best. False advertising on everything about this room. Oh, and paper thin walls, so don't plan on getting more than a couple of hours of sleep per night. They also charge a hefty fee for wifi and the connection blows. Showers for oompa loompa people (I am only 5'7" and I have to bend down to wash my hair). If they offered me a free room to come back I would rather pay to stay somewhere else. I could add more but I think you guys get the point. Thumbs way down to this place.

Room Tip: My tip is to try Legacy By the Sea about a mile or two down the road. Similar price but by FAR super...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2012

Every room has an ocean view because of the sling-shot floorplan of the room. Entry from street side, to bed area with TV, bath and kitchen space next, sitting/TV area with large window to balcony on backside. Anything above 4th floor gets a great view with no palm trees in the way. Not a luxury hotel at all, but very clean, comfortable and friendly staff for a great price. Elevator access was helpful, too. Beach and pool are wonderful, even with Hurrican Issac on the water. Staff was prepared and attentive for guest safety. Breakfast was simple packaged muffins and juice, yogurt and coffee. Convenient to shopping, restaurants and airport. Great for family to bring in supplies with microwave, stove and refrigerator. Simple, clean, affordable - We loved it!

Room Tip: Fourth floor and up gets the best ocean views, sans palm trees.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Columbus, Georgia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

The hotel is fairly decent but the free breakfast is a joke. The rooms need updating but they are overall clean. The pool is nice also. The toilet in my room backed up and no one came to clean up the mess or provide extra assistance. Parking is very limited.

Room Tip: Higher Floor rooms are best
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2012

The staff were very helpful and friendly. They tried to make sure our needs were met for all of our activities. The price fit our budget and rooms were clean and the sitting area and kitchen were a plus! IM of Atlanta, GA

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Morrow, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2012

The stay was very nice and the staff was very accommodating. Our rooms were very nice, love the beach front view from the balcony. Would definitely stay there whenever visiting Panama City Beach again.

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Decatur, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2012

The rooms were clean and the kitchen was a plus. Enjoyed the view of the ocean. The staff were very accommodating and professional. Will definitely visit there again. We received a great group price and rooms were ready when we arrived.

Pat Rowe

Room Tip: Suites are large and nice
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Beachcomber By The Sea

Property: Beachcomber By The Sea
Address: 17101 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, FL 32413-2343
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Panama City Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Panama City Beach
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Panama City Beach
#8 Romantic Hotel in Panama City Beach
#15 Family Hotel in Panama City Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Beachcomber By The Sea 2.5*
Number of rooms: 96
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Comfort meets convenience at Beachcomber By The Sea, one of BY THE SEA RESORTS' four gulf-front Panama City Beach hotels. The many ball teams, festival-goers and bikers that visit the "Real. Fun. Beach." Prefer the Beachcomber because of its proximity to Frank Brown Park. Families love the heated, gulf-front pool and convenience to the Pier Park shopping, dining and entertainment complex. Couples crave the Jacuzzi suites. Church groups and brides-to-be adore the affordable rooms and banquet room located across the street at the Beachcomber Retreat. All of our guests enjoy perks like FREE continental breakfast and discounts at area attractions. Other amenities include gulf-front accommodations with private balconies and fully-equipped kitchens, a heated, gulf-front whirlpool, a laundry facility, a computer lounge and more. ... more   less 
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