I've stayed at the Beachcomber 12 times, each time for a week, this in itself is a wonderful testimonial and ranks it very high on my list. It's very charming, the staff are friendly and helpful, the property is very well maintained and very clean albeit not quite as up-to-date as some much newer hotels. It's on the quieter west end of Panama City Beach (PCB), less developed, but there is enough within walking distance ( a mile) to be able to park the car for a week and leave it there. There is not much to the continental breakfast but certainly enough to get me through to lunch, juice, coffee ( available 24 hours), muffins, bagels, and a few other things. The outdoor heated pool is always clean as is the hot tub, sometimes you need to ask them to turn on the heat to the pool. It sits right on the beach and every room has a balcony facing it. The rooms all have outside access and I thought this would bother me in feeling less secure as compared to inside access rooms, however this has not been the case, the property feels very safe and secure. You have to pay for internet access, affordable by the week but pricey for one day, in today's world, charging for internet access is not in tune with the times and quite frankly is annoying.
There are times to avoid going unless you are a college student or a motorcyclist. The Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally is held in PCB twice yearly, I was there once and kind of enjoyed the tail end of the event, but it was hard to sleep because of the noise. I've never been there on Spring or Fall break but I could imagine it to be rowdy.
Overall a very good value.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Beachcomber By The Sea Hotel Panama City Beach