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“Great location, TERRIBLE BEACH SETUP.” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Westwinds at Sandestin

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Westwinds at Sandestin
Ranked #17 of 56 Speciality Lodging in Destin
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8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great location, TERRIBLE BEACH SETUP.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2013 via mobile

Room was adequate, but outdated a bit. Location is awesome and resort is very clean and accessible. What I wish someone would have told us is that's there are no rules when it comes to renters bringing their own chairs and putting them wherever they like. We paid $200 for two beach chairs and an umbrella, and the first day we go out, we find several families literally right in front of our chairs, blocking our view and and walk to the beach. If they would have told me that I can go to Alvins Island and buy a $10 chair and put it whoever I pleased, I would have went that route.

It's a shame because we really like this resort.

Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Montgomery, Alabama
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2013

Stayed in Westwinds 4762 this past week with my family. The condo was completely updated and very spacious. We found the kitchen to be satisfactorily stocked with everything we needed to make simple meals and newer appliances in good repair. The condo was clean and well maintained and the manager, Marcella, was exceedingly easy to communicate with and always seemed to be quick with a response.
This year's experience was completely different from our stay with Sandestin 2 years ago and I would recommend going with an individual owner when coming down to enjoy Destin's beautiful beaches.

Room Tip: Stay away from Sandestin and go with a private owner so you can see exactly what you're getting...
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank Lawrence B
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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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39 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2013

Loved it. Great condo, very well taken care of. Awesome view, little close to the pool, but overall, great condo. New Years Eve, tram service was no where to be found. The transportation on San Destin can be a challenge. The golf courses do a GREAT job picking you up and getting you back, but they take care of that themselves. Smart move. Good luck getting anywhere on the tram, it's gotten worse the last few years. It's to bad. The place is awesome.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Shoelessbarney
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DFW
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28 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2012

Unit 4789 has a nice full beach view. Great sunset view! However, unit has been redone in the "cheapest" way! Have ya heard of barstool height patio furniture so you can see the view without it being obstructed by the top patio railing. Granite counters-no updates on appliances. How cheap is a microwave with a turntable?? How long has it been since you've seen one without it?? Flatscreen TV on living room wall--didn't swivel(light distortion from sun) Great size bathroom but no upgrade in ventilation--$10 box fan in closet--really!!! Built-in end tables in bedroom and egg crate mattress topper not what one would expect in higher end resort property maybe cheap rental apartment. Carpets need to be stretched in both living area and bedroom. This could be dangerous with an elderly couple. Check out time being 10 a.m. we had taken all of our belongings to our vehicle except for my purse and one sack of clothes only to be called by our rental agency at 10:15 telling us that the housekeeping people said that we were not out of the unit. Our stay was in October! Certainly not "peak" season. It's just the little things that add up to the whole experience.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank destinsbest
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Birmingham, Alabama
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14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2012

You can't beat being right on the gorgeous beach. The amenities at the resort are perfect, and you don't even have to leave to have nightlife - including food, bars, etc. Very close to the outlets which is great. Staff is very nice and courteous. Loved it!

Room Tip: ask for a higher unit facing west for great views
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Elizabeth S
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Seattle, Washington
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51 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2012

So, Sandestin has seen better days but it hasn't lost all its shine. This extremely large resort has been around a long time and it shows. But, considering the price you pay for gulf front condos (in this case Westwinds), it's a good deal. Now having said that, I have rented in Westwinds for years from multiple rental agencies -- VRBO, Sandestin and My Vacation Haven. By far, renting via VRBO is the way to go. Do your research on VRBO and you save a ton vs renting through Sandestin. Sure, you give up some resort amenities because you chose to save big bucks with VRBO but you really won't miss them... really, you won't. The price difference is astonishing. Oh, and chose off season to avoid the "jorts" wearing crowds... like I said, Sandestin peaked in the 80's and draws some loud-ish sorts that also peaked in the 80's but you can dodge most of that during the off season.

Bottom line, Westwinds truly gets 3.5 stars b/c of the overall resort. But, it's affordable and gulf front which begs some forgiveness. Do your research and look for a renovated unit on VRBO with great reviews... then reach out to the owner/manager and see if the communication is prompt, courteous and professional. Our last stay (early Sep 2012) was outstanding with a unit that was even better than the photos, absolutely spotless along with an owner who was incredible to work with.

Set a realistic expectation and you will get exactly what you pay for.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank ATL-Travelbug
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Sugar Land, Texas
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67 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2012 via mobile

We have enjoyed all of our visits to Sandestin and Westwinds. This year we were on the 7th floor in an end unit - near the rubbish chute. The room was very quiet and comfortable. The walk-in shower in the master bath was very nice. Our views were very nice. This unit has 2 balconies so when the breezes were nice we would open both balcony doors and a nice breeze through the unit.
We have stayed oceanfront several times and probably prefer this as it is more private (you really can't see in any other condo or it's balcony) but we were not disappointed by this unit.
HELPFUL HINT -
When driving over to Baytown Village park at the Grand Sandestin - it's a very pleasant 2-minute walk over.
During the day we don't lug beach chairs
back and forth - we set up on the beach and leave it until we ce up to our condo for the day - we have never had a problem with theft - use your beat judgement on this.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank J L
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Additional Information about Westwinds at Sandestin

Property: Westwinds at Sandestin
Address: 9300 US Highway 98 W, Destin, FL 32550-7268
Region: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Destin
Amenities:
Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 56 Speciality Lodging in Destin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 115
Also Known As:
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Westwinds Sandestin
Westwinds At Sandestin Destin, Florida

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