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Gulf Place
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Reviewed April 26, 2013

Gulf Place has everything your family will need for a fun filled vacation. Our condo unit was dated with a few aesthetic issues, but had everything you would need and expect. Both pools are heated in the off season, the central lawn is great for activities, a bike rental shop is steps away, three points of beach access, several restaurants on location, and minutes from shopping outlets. ResortQuest managed our unit and was very helpful, and the added benefits, such as beach service, was a nice feature. Gulf Place is usually less expensive than others places on 30A, but only a few minutes from Seaside and other scenic stops. Loved our stay, would recommend to anyone.

Room Tip: Units 109 and 110 in Caribbean building are ground floor with pool right in front of back porch.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

My family has been staying at Gulf Place (Cabanas and Caribbean) for around 10 years. We have reserved the condos through VRBO and have been happy with the condo and the area. The condos are clean and safe. Two bedroom condos have up to nine spots bed spots. There is easy access to the beach, with a trail right across the road. We get a lot of use out of the pool, hot tub, tennis courts, shuffle board, and grassy common area near the condos as well as the bike path that stretches for miles along the road in front of the condo. We frequent the Gulf Place shops (a pharmacy, gossip parlor, clothing store, bike rentals) during our stay as well. The area is quiet, especially compared to the surrounding towns of Destin and Seaside and is a relaxing, peaceful place to spend a vacation.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

This was a great place to stay the place was clean, people were friendly and it was affordable. It was within walking distance to the beach and a couple of shopping stores in the community. The beach was clean. You also get two free chairs and umbrella with stay which was real nice.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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5  Thank Travel705
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Reviewed August 11, 2012

Condos are right across the street from the beach. Cute little condos with shops under them. Shops are pricey pools looked a little dated. Security was out every night checking the property I felt very safe.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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1  Thank messmer123
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Reviewed July 21, 2012

Love GulfPlace and the Cabanas (308 ResortQuest). Perfect size and layout for our family of three. Everything you want can be found on property and the 30A bike path can take you everywhere else. With the difference in rent between Gulfplace and Seaside you can eat out every night at any of the nearby great restaurants every and still save $$.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 3, 2012

Just returned from a vacation in Santa Rosa Beach, Fl. We stayed in one of the townhouses in the Gulf Place resort and loved it! The place was called Almost Eden and we found it on VRBO. We were hesitant at first since they seemed a little further from the beach but it was perfect. They sit at the back of the complex so it's really quiet at night. The townhouse is spacious and well stocked...lots of beach toys. The pool is really close by and never crowded. Tennis court is less than a block away. The place is really nicely decorated and there is a nice screened in porch off the living room. Stay here! It's close to Destin, Seaside, and Watercolor but much less crowded on the beaches. Publix is close too if you don't want to eat out.

Room Tip: Look at the townhouses on VRBO. There are lots of pictures so you can choose from which one you like...
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 20, 2012

I've been renting condos at Gulf Place since 2000 so I have a bit of experience. It was practically new when I started staying there and it has aged well. A few of the stores have changed and they've added some new things over time. The town has definitely grown since 2000 as more people learn about it. But it still has a nice unhurried feel about it. Unlike Seaside down the road, it is not swarming with people during the high summer season.

As a single person, I rented the one-bedroom condos through VRBO with few issues. One time the owner's husband wrote down the wrong checkout date and the maid showed up to clean the unit a day early. But after a quick phone call, she moved us into her other unit a floor below with a profuse apology. I have not rented through Resort Quest as it seems their rates are higher than what you can find through VRBO.

The units above the stores (Miss Lucille's, etc.) are one-bedroom units with high ceilings and nice private balconies. Very open and nice for couples. We stayed in one on our honeymoon. The one-bedroom units in the other buildings are rather long and narrow but have plenty of space. How they are furnished and maintained depends on the owner, and the same goes for the prices. Some charge more than others depending on the season, etc. One of the best times to go is September when the rates go down, the kids are back in school but the weather is awesome.

For the last few years, we have rented the same ground-floor two-bedroom unit with great results. It is a clean, well-appointed unit with two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, large living/dining area, small kitchen and patio. The nicest thing is our unit back up to the pool so our son has quick access to it. The pool is always very clean, as is the hot tub on the edge of it. The unit also had bunk beds built into the wall for kids but we've not used them.

Beach access is directly across the street with a private walkway just for Gulf Place guess. There's also a shower to rinse off sand, grit, etc. The only time the beach was in rough shape was after a hurricane and the steps to the shore had been literally torn off. So you had to enter the beach from the public access, which was only a few steps down from the private walkway.
It had been rebuilt by the next summer. The beach is very clean and I've never had to deal with seaweed/red tide when we've been there.

The restaurant in Gulf Place, the Smiling Fish Cafe, is very nice. We've only eaten there for lunch but they are quite kid friendly and affordable. Dinner is more expensive and they have outdoor tables. Goatfeathers, a seafood place down the road, is definitely casual but the seafood is great. You can even buy fresh seafood in their market and take it home to cook yourself.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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5  Thank Peachyswan
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Additional Information about Gulf Place

Address: 145 Spires Ln, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459-8718
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Santa Rosa Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Santa Rosa Beach
Price Range: $124 - $165 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Gulf Place 3*
Number of rooms: 43
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A location that is a perfect destination for family vacations or a weekend retreat, Gulf Place is a vibrant community nestled in the heart of peaceful Santa Rosa Beach. Splashing fountains, park benches, tree-lined streets, footpaths, an amphitheater and parks compliment the town center's location directly across from the Gulf. And from these stunning accommodations, you're just a short stroll away from community pools, golf, shops and eateries. From Gulf Place, visitors can experience the the 26-mile stretch of the Scenic Highway 30-A area and its eclectic shops and artist colonies along the pristine coastal area. Enjoy breathtaking views and sunsets over the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico while sinking your toes into the sugar-white sands. Relaxation rules the day here, while at night visitors can enjoy the eclectic shopping and dining options of nearby Destin and Panama City Beach-both just a short drive. Nature preserves offer hiking, biking and wildlife watching, while the Gulf and surrounding bays provide an open invitation for deep-sea fishing and water-sports such as parasailing, snorkeling and kayaking. ... more   less 
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