Our stay at WaterColor was a combination of business and extended vacation. The setting is great, the beaches are pristine, and to its credit, this resort offers not only beach time, but a "quiet pool" for adults, away from the cacophony of the family pool.
As a business group, we were treated extremely well, and the catering/banquet staff did its very best to be helpful while at the same time discreet (not disturbing meetings). In fact, the entire staff has an excellent attitude and obviously cares about the guests.
Our top-floor room was bright and spacious and the bathroom, with big shower and two sinks, was well designed. High Adirondack chairs on the balcony allow water views.
Food in both the lobby bar and "Fish Out of Water" was good, though pricey.
The library has books to borrow and 400+ DVDs to check out - although 3 of the 4 we borrowed needed to be cleaned before they'd play in the in-room player. Good diversions for a rainy day.
WaterColor is obviously a destination, but there are some elements that are missing, and therein are the puzzlers.
1) Dining choices are limited. There's not a casual dining or family place, either at the resort or in Water Color Village, and breakfast choices were particularly limited.
2)There's not "grab and go" food of any kind...no store offering yogurt, snacks, bottled beverages. That element is sorely lacking.
3) The Inn is four blocks west of downtown Seaside, and very walkable, but the resort does not offer any shuttle service into Seaside itself. With a fleet of Suburbans and "short busses" in the parking lot, you'd think guests would be offered access to the town every 30 minutes or so. But that's not the case. What do elderly or disabled people do? That's another shortcoming..
4) There appears to be an odd relationship between the town (Seaside-where the Jim Carrey movie "The Truman Show" was filmed-and it still looks like a movie set) and the Inn. No good maps or retail listings available at the Inn's front desk, and staffers were reluctant to make restaurant recommendations or ideas on "what to do."
WaterColor has a lot to offer, and it deserves its reputation for "guest care and attention." But its' operating philosophy could stand a review, and necessary updating.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- WaterColor Inn, nestled on nearly 500 acres of sugar-white sand beach, is surrounded by 1,400 linear feet of beachfront and pine forests alongside Western Lake, the state’s second-largest naturally occurring coastal dune lake. The 60-room Inn offers deluxe accommodations designed by David Rockwell, each overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and donning a pair of Adirondack chairs on the patio (and on the first floor, a private outdoor cabana shower). Perfectly encapsulating the spirit of an intimate beach getaway—while providing the functionality necessary for a family vacation—the freshly redecorated beachfront rooms bring the outdoors in, mere footsteps from the sand. From the soft linens to the spa-inspired toiletries, every well-appointed room offers a relaxing and comfortable seaside oasis. Owned by St. Joe Club & Resorts, this distinctive hotel property affords guests access to a bevy of the private membership club’s amenities. These include private golf and beach club access; complimentary bicycle use; kayak, canoe, pontoon boat, and discounted YOLO board rentals; and more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Watercolor Hotel Santa Rosa Beach
- Water Color Hotel
- WaterColor Inn Florida/Santa Rosa Beach