My family had stayed a week at St. Pete Beach, Fl this week and we decided to stop in Panama City on our way home to stay the night becauseis was a half way point driving home. Because I was a blue green owner and I had such a great week staying at the Tradewinds Island resort I called Blue Green to see what was available last minute to stop in Panama City, Fl. They had an opening at Ocean Towers but due to the 2 night minimum stay I had to pay for 2 nights but was only staying for 1 night which was $200 but we wanted to rest in Panama so of course I booked it. Since we were still traveling from St. Pete to Panama City I pulled up the reviews to see what I should be expecting. To my disappointment the reviews looked bad so I started to worry. My husband said to just wait and see what we thought when we got there. When I walked into the office there was 2 ladys behind the counter. The one took my ID and started checkig me in. She asked for a credit card or cash for a $200 incidental fee. I explained to her that I had paid over the phone $200 for the night and because I had been on vacation all week long and that I did not have $200 cash and at this point I had been to an extremely nice Resort through Blue Green at The Tradewinds island resorts and they did not ask for me to leave a credit card. I asked the girl how long they would hold the $200 on my card and she repied 5-7 days. This hotel was not worth me handing over $400 for a 1 night stay even with expectations of getting $200 back. The lady said that only the manager could waive the incidental fee and asked the other employee if they needed to call her but the other employee rudely said no because that was their policy and I would have to pay it. I stepped outside and called Blue Green. They apologized and cancelled the reservation without charging me the $200 that I had paid earlier. I went next door to the Holiday Inn Express Resort which looked so much nicer and the price was $235 a nightbut I did not have to pay for 2 nights because they did not have the 2 night minimum stay and they did not charge me any incidental or other fees but also gave me 3 kids meal vouchers and 2 drink vouchers for me and my husband so the $35 difference was well worth it. The Holiday Inn Express was such a great place and I am soooo glad it did not work out for me to stay at that aweful Ocean Towers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ocean Towers is a family friendly timeshare that offers vacation rentals weekly. All rooms are beachfront with full kitchen, washer, dryer, family room and dining area. We offer one and two bedrooms. Property was built in 1982, we are updated yearly, older than most properties on Panama City Beach but clean and affordable. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ocean Towers Beach Club Hotel Panama City Beach