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Review of Bay Club of Sandestin

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Bay Club of Sandestin
Ranked #25 of 56 Speciality Lodging in Destin
Falcon, Colorado
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Nice Experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2014

We recently stayed 3 nights at the Bay Club. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. Upon check-in, we were greeted very kindly, felt like we were long time guests. It was quick, smooth and hassle free. Throughout our stay, everyone treated us in this manner. It was very refreshing. There is Community Coffee available in the lobby each morning as well as an assortment of hot teas. As with any other accommodations, they were willing to book you excursions and help you find great places to eat.
The Bay Club is located on the grounds of the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. The Sandestin Resort is very large and contains a multitude of accommodations from hotel, house, condo, etc. The Bay Club a timeshare club with condo like units.

The Room
- we stayed in a 1 Bedroom unit that sleeps 4. It was clean and well maintained. There were 2 full sized bathrooms. The master bath has a jacuzzi tub and a separate shower. There is a small kitchen, a dining area and a living area with a pull out couch. There was plenty of room for the 3 adults and 1 toddler. The balcony is good sized and great for enjoying coffee in the morning, although the view is not great. The kitchen has all cooking wares and serving ware. It is well stocked.

There are free washer and dryers on floors 2, 4 and 6.

The Bay Club building does not have amenities inside it or connected to it. They are all throughout the resort. The building is really just a place for you to sleep, eat, relax. Do not be discouraged by this, as there is so much around the resort.

The Pools
- There are 4 pools within the resort that are open to guests of the Bay Club. They are located througout the resort complex at LeCiel, Elephant Walk, near Heron Walk and the Fairways/Linkside pool.

Getting around the resort
- there is a free shuttle that will take you anywhere within the Sandestin grounds. Pools, restaurants, the beach, golf, tennis, the Wharf...anywhere. It makes it stops every 30 minutes. You can rent bikes to ride around the resort on. Rent a Golf Cart!!

Activities on the resort
-There are several playgrounds. One at the Baytowne Wharf and the other is on Jolee Island.
-Baytowne Wharf has restaurants, shopping, music, kids activites, movie nights, the list goes on and on. Great place for all ages.
-The Beach. Great private beach. You can rent chairs and umbrellas or just bring your own. Great sand, great water and great people because it is private to the resort guests.
- Tennis
- Golf

Eating out on the grounds
CASUAL DINING:
Acme Oyster House.
Another Broken Egg Café.
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s.
Graffiti & The Funky Blues Shack.
Hammerhead’s Bar & Grille.
Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q.
Mangos Paradise Grille.
New Orleans Creole Cookery.
Osaka Sushi Rocks.
Roberto’s Pizzeria.
Rum Runners.
FINE DINING:
Bistro Bijoux.
Finz.
Marlin Grill.
Poppy’s Seafood Factory.
The Solaris. Cruise the Choctawhatchee Bay on this 125-foot luxury yacht for a leisurely romantic dinner and evening of moon, stars, and live entertainment. Located and setting sail from the Baytowne Marina.
TREATS & SNACKS:
The Candymaker.
Fat Tuesday Daiquiri Bar.
LaBonboniere.
Linkside Pub.
Sweeties Gelato and Desserts.
The Village Deli Café.
Starbucks Coffee.
Trader Tom’s Dogs & Suds.

Room Tip: Floors 5 and 6 bayside will give you a view of the bay.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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Destin, Florida
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19 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2014 via mobile

The units are beautifully decorated. The new fitness center is a huge plus. The staff are very nice and accommodating. Close proximity to Village of Baytown Wharf (loads of restaurants and shops). Will stay again for sure and recommend to family and friends coming for visits.

Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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20 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2013

I loved this resort. I consider myself rather picky when it comes to places to stay, and I rank this one extremely high. I was rather skeptical before going because there were poor reviews. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the resort. The resort has been remodeled with new carpet, new linens, draperies, and furnishings. There were new, flat screened TV's, and I had read that the outside balconies had been repainted. I was also pleasantly surprised that the kitchen was nicer than what the pictures showed. It didn't look nearly as outdated. I was pleased with the bathrooms as well. There were shower doors, no shower curtains! They were bringing in new pictures as we left the resort. The two bedroom unit wasn't huge, but it was very nice. We had five people, and there was plenty of room! The staff was friendly and helpful. The biking trails were fantastic! You can ride to the beach through an underground tunnel that runs underneath the busy highway. The pool which is beachfront was fantastic, absolutely beautiful. We just had to show our room key. We were able to park at the front of the parking lot everyday, making it easy to access the beach and pool. We did not have a washer and dryer, but no problem. It was sooooo much better to just sit our dirty towels outside the door and have them replaced. That was wonderful! The entire property spelled tropical. We did not have a room that faced the bay, but I found it incredibly relaxing to spend time on the lounge chairs on one of the TWO balconies. Yes, it overlooked the parking lot, but there was palm tree leaves surrounding the balcony. I would love to go back again! This was a wonderful vacation and a wonderful resort. There is lots to do, although you do need to do a little planning to see what's in nearby areas.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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14 Thank chryso2013
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Pompano Beach, Florida
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17 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2013

Bay Club is a low rent hotel (not a resort) located within the Sandestin resort complex. Almost no amenities at Bay Club itself except for grills located next to the parking garage for that nice exhaust taste in you meat. They did remodel the rooms - looks like lipstick on a pig. Very old, worn out hotel. The hallway leading to out room was a dungeon. It was only 6' to 6'3" high ceiling with water stained carpeting, peeling paint, rusty access panel in the ceiling along with fire extinguisher system to hit you head on - about 5"11" clearance. The rooms had a very nice kitchen but only big enough for one. The living room/dining room was a very small combination. Decorative style was Motel 6 chic. They do exchange towels and take out the trash every day. You leave them outside of your room and they take the trash out and exchange the towels. Internet service was slow. Entrance, elevators and hallways were not air-conditioned and very hot. Lobby did have A/C. Very limited front desk hours. If you had a problem afters hours there was a contact number to call. Only about 10% of the room had a view. Have look over the parking lot and the other half look out to the bay but most are block by another resort and 50+ foot high pine trees. We were on the bay side on the 4th floor and had no view due to the tress. The place was so depressing we left on Thursday into a Saturday to Saturday stay. There are SO MANY options at Sandestin, skip this one!!! I was going to rate it terrible but upgraded to poor because of the updated room interior and new kitchen. --- Maintenance loves to start work about 7:30 and drive trucks down the alley behind the hotel. They woke me up every morning. Grumpy, unfriendly staff. Room not ready at check-in time.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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10 Thank Carl H
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2013 via mobile

Recently remodeled, the Bay Club is a great value being located in the Sandestin resort. Many amenities. Lots to do. A great family place for vacation. Surrounding Destin area presents activities and restaurants for every interest. Great pools, beautiful beach, and playgrounds for children. Definitely Give the Bay Club a try.

Stayed June 2013
Helpful?
8 Thank Bill M
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Wetumpka
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2013

I have been staying here for several years and really enjoyed it, BUT now it has been totally renovated from fresh outside paint to all new furnishings, including linens, and the new flat panel TV's are a major improvement. Very family friendly with excellent amenities including a free shuttle to the Wharf and the beach. It appears that the entire staff, from housekeeping to management, wants to make certain that guests are pleased with their stay. Highly recommend Bay Club!!! A new fitness center is under construction.

  • 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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8 Thank Mike O
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Owen Sound, Canada
Level Contributor
18 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2013

We booked this as a last minute. We wanted to try a different area. The beaches are nearby and are beautiful. Destin is about ten miles away. The usual shopping, a waterfront wharf experience exist here. The wharf area is very nice. The Bay Club is a large scale multi-level development with several golf courses, beach access and a wharf, boutique shopping restaurant area which is nicely appointed. As with most other Intrawest facilities, there is a bit of everything, overpriced
The building we were assigned to was dated, the furniture and amenities were dated. While we were there, they were redoing the rooms. Upstairs above us hammering started at 0730 am and went on for two days. Both elevators were tied up with relocating furniture. We left three days early. While I realize renovations are temporary, they should not have booked rooms in areas where renovations were taking place. This was inconsiderate. Therefore, I would not recommend it.

Room Tip: Research this place carefully before booking. You are not near other amenities.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
5 Thank Scott W
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Property: Bay Club of Sandestin
Address: 120 Sandestin Blvd N, Destin, FL 32550-4564
Region: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Destin
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 56 Speciality Lodging in Destin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Bay Club of Sandestin 3*
Number of rooms: 44
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