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Days Inn Panama City Beach/Ocean Front
Ranked #27 of 48 Hotels in Panama City Beach
Everett, Washington
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“Pleasantly Surprised”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2013

After checking out all the reviews here on TripAdvisor we hesitantly decided to choose Days Inn on the Beach in Panama City Beach, FL over Holiday Inn Resort.

In the off season we were worried about ongoing renovations and construction noise, but were amazed at what we found. We were warmly greeted by a lady who seemed to enjoy her job and promptly checked in. There were no noticeable odor yet the building had seen better days. We noticed each day that there was freshly made popcorn, and there was always hot coffee available in the dining area.

Arriving at room 312 we noticed a couple of construction trash bags in the hallway but no noise. While it was evident that construction was ongoing (we saw workers ever so often, and the elevator buttons were being switched out), we heard NO construction or remodeling noise the entire time we were there.

Walking into the room was an eye opener. The room was bright, pleasing colors, and the entire room was tiled (we were use to carpeted rooms) and with the sand from the beach, it made perfect sense to have tiled rooms. While you could tell that the building was older, it was extremely clean and the bedding neat and tidy. The room held a small microwave, a college size refrigerator, iron & board and an older tube style television.

There was damage where the shower head came out of the wall and the bathroom ventilation fan didn't work. The balcony railing paint was flaking and needing repainting yet even with these minor flaws, we enjoyed our two day stay because the view was breathtaking and falling asleep to the sounds of the ocean waves was incredible. We noticed one reviewer mentioning the noise of the ocean kept them awake, yet for us it was exactly the opposite.

Our final day there we tried out the continental breakfast. The disposable saucer sized plates were way too tiny to hold the lukewarm sausage gravy and biscuits, boiled eggs and such but the lady who oversaw the area was friendly and helpful. The breakfast area was clean and well stocked, and for a free breakfast one shouldn't complain.

Checkout was quick and painless when we paid our $112 bill for two nights stay, realizing that our stay cost us 1/3rd of what it would have cost us to stay at other locations. While other resorts might be pristine, modern, shiny and new, you usually pay an arm and leg to stay at them and often face hidden charges. Here, there were NO hidden charges, and the bill was exactly the amount quoted when reserved. The only reason for a less than 5 rating was for the older damaged building which seems to need constant remodeling and repair.

If you're on a budget or just wanting to see more bang for your buck, we'd heartily recommend giving Days Inn on the Beach a try. It was worth more than what we paid and made us realize that you don't have to pay a mint to have a nice stay in one of the worlds most beautiful locations, Panama City Beach, Florida. Thanks Days Inn !

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Felicia S, Front Office Manager at Days Inn Panama City Beach/Ocean Front, responded to this review, January 25, 2013
Thank You for taking time to share your experience with our hotel on Trip Advisor! We appreciate your kind words, and are happy to hear that our efforts at providing a great value vacation destination are recognized. I am glad that you were able to enjoy a peaceful and relaxing stay with us along our beautiful emerald coast. We hope to have you as our guest again soon, and will continue to make improvements to our rooms, roof, and balconies, in order to provide an even better experience and unbeatable value for the future. Thank You for choosing Days Inn Beach! Also, be sure to ask about our returning guest discount!
Sunny Regards,
Lori D.
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013

We booked a room here because of the fabulous location and views (directly on the beach), great internet price, and amenities such as handy frig/microwave, spacious rooms, comp breakfast, and free parking. However the property is old and really needs a refresh. Also the loud crashing of those beautiful waves kept us up all night. Thus we did not get any sleep that first night. We passed a Wal-Mart on the way in so went there first thing the next morning to purchase ear plugs. That, plus the fact that we were exhausted from lack of sleep, allowed to get some sleep the following nights. They need to update and sound-proof those rooms which will make this property a winner.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Felicia S, Front Office Manager at Days Inn Panama City Beach/Ocean Front, responded to this review, January 7, 2013
Thank you for sharing your experience with our hotel on Trip Advisor. I am glad to hear that you found us to be a great value directly on the beautiful Panama City Beach, and also that you were able to take advantage of some of the amenities our hotel has to offer. You'll be happy to hear that renovations are currently being made to our rooms, roof, and balconies in order to improve your experience in the future. Thank you for choosing Days Inn Beach, we hope to have you as our guest again soon.
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Lori D.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2013

I have seen a few negative reviews so I was a little concerned about staying here but boy was I surprised! Th hotel is RIGHT on the beach with an AMAZING view of the beach & ocean from the balcony. We checked in and the lady at the front desk was VERY helpful in pointing us in the right direction to get to our destination in the city. The room was very clean. Plus they had an extended check out time since it was new years and they served us a huge breakfast of biscuits and gravy. Will def. use this place when we travel to Panama City Beach in the future.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Felicia S, Front Office Manager at Days Inn Panama City Beach/Ocean Front, responded to this review, January 7, 2013
Thank you for taking time to share your positive comments about our hotel on Trip Advisor! I am happy to hear that you found our staff to be friendly and accommodating, and were able to enjoy great views of the beautiful Gulf of Mexico from your room. We appreciate your feedback, and hope to have you as our guest again soon!
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Lori D.
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Additional Information about Days Inn Panama City Beach/Ocean Front

Property: Days Inn Panama City Beach/Ocean Front
Address: 12818 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, FL 32407-3300
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Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Panama City Beach
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Panama City Beach
#17 On the Beach Hotel in Panama City Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Days Inn Panama City Beach/Ocean Front 2*
Number of rooms: 188
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
All rooms are ocean front with balconies, except 1st floor has semi private patio. Hotel offer's 6 story waterfall swimming pool and hot tub along with pool side bar (seasonal) and deluxe continental breakfast. All rooms has microwave and refrigerator's. Centrally located on Panama City Beach main strip known as front beach road. ... more   less 
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