We were there for Spring Break (3/24 - 3/31) and stayed in the Grand Carribean West Condos. The condo had a beach theme decor but looked worn down. The place was pretty clean when we arrived but you could tell the carpet could use a good deep cleaning. The were little or no towels, washcloths, or pans to cook in. The dishes they had were unmatching and mostly fragile glass. This place is geared toward families so why everything was glass (dishes, dining and deck table etc.) I have no idea. The coffee maker did not work, but it was replaced the same day so we were happy. We did have in unit washer and dryer so that was an added plus. The "beach equipment" that was advertised was rusted and broken, so it was unusable. The beach toys were few and in bad shape so we bought our own.
The pool and whirlpool were good sized and kept very clean and good condition. We were very impressed with that area. The walk to the beach was easy, just across the street (scenic 98, easy to cross and most cars stop for you) and down the ramp on to the beach. We were on the 3rd floor and had a great view of the Gulf between the Crystal Sands condos. The spring break crown was there, but it was a quiet, respectful group in our area. We met some of the kids that stayed there and they were all nice and respectful. The rooms seem to be insulated well so noise is not a big problem.
For the price (just a bit over $100 a night for spring break) I would recommend to those on a budget, or have families and/or pets. If you can spare a couple of hundred more for a week, stay on the beach side at Crystal Sands. I toured the Crystal Sands out of curiosity while we were in Destin, and when we go back we will stay there. The rooms are bigger, nicer and right on the beack with beach service.
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