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Resorts of Pelican Beach
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“Too crowded”
Reviewed 2 August 2013 via mobile

This was our second and last stay at pelican beach resorts! The beachfront is way over crowded! They are trying to accommodate two resorts with one beach area. Front desk help was rude! Rooms were nice and clean. Only one washer/dryer per floor. People kept moving our laundry from washer to dryer. It couldn't have been done for too long. Pizza was great at the cafe. Black mold around the pool area, and my son fell 3 times. Our first experience here was excellent, sorry to say we were very frustrated with the overcrowded areas!! The rows on the beaches were five and six rows back with neighbor resorts being one row!!

  • Stayed July 2013
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

Resort is very convenient to everything--it's in the middle of the block. Lots of eateries and shops closely nearby (e.g. Chick fil A, Golden Corral, Wendy's, McDonalds, Winn-Dixie, Target, Hog's Breath, whataburger, Ihop, Water Park, Go-karts, etc.).
Beautiful scenery w/ palm trees, clean and very serene. Having a security guard office in front to monitor incoming cars is very nice. We stayed in terrace bldg which was literally a 2-3 minute walk to main bldg/beach--didnt need to take advantage of the FREE Tram rides. Bldgs are well maintained. Beach is clean but rather small area--that's b/c there are tons of resorts all lined up in a row along the beach next to each other. We chose to rent beach chairs/umbrella ($7/hr) if you're stay is short. Elevators are fast!
Our 2 BDRM/2 BATH condo was nice and modern--3 flat screens and updated washer/dryer. Balcony is nice and long--extends down to master bedroom. It would have been nice to have whirlpool tub in master bedroom. Make sure u bring a couple of extra rolls of toilet tissue to have on hand--they provide 1 extra roll in each bathroom. If staying a week and cooking in your room also bring extra trash bags (3) and dish washing detergent--they only provide 2 packets for dishwasher. You'll definitely need laundry detergent--none provided.

You must try Shake's Custard while here! We went to the Donut Hole early--like 8:30 am and had only 5 minute wait for a table. Ate breakfast and It was just okay--a bit pricey. Donuts were just okay--lots of variety but taste was not "good or great".

  • Stayed July 2013
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Kentucky
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Reviewed 18 July 2013 via mobile

I don't understand how this place gets such great reviews. The resort, which consists of two buildings (the Terrace is 1/4 mile back from the beach) is nice enough - no issues with the room. However, condo and home owners associations now control much of Destin's beachfront. As a result, all guests have to stay in the beach area right in front of their lodging. Yes, you can still walk the beach, just not stop and sit. Pelican has too many units for the small amount of beach. We were so far back that WE COULD NOT SEE THE OCEAN! We ended up going to the public beach down the road. On the bright side, all the tacky beach property divisions and enforcers leave at about 5:00 PM. So you can use the beach in the evening.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Springfield, Tennessee
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2013

We have stayed here twice and both times it was a wonderful experience....this time we were there on the official start of summer...even though it was crowded, we still had excellent service from the front counter and the staff was pleasant and helpful. Loved the beach, the view, the condo in itself...we stayed in 1704 which was great for dolphin watching. Will absolutely stay here again and again!

Room Tip: Recommend rooms above 9th floor...better view less noise.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2013

We stayed at Pelican Beach resorts in June for a week and had a great time. We stayed in condo 409, a 1 bedroom with bunk beds and pull out couch. The condo is on the beach, with a balcony over looking the gulf. Great view all day long!! Condo was clean and nice, with extra linens!! Full kitchen and we used it everyday.The condo is owned by a family and rented out by the onsite resort company. That is who we rented threw,PB on their website. We did here of a couple families that rented from the owners directly and had problems with the condo. The resorts staff did help these guests, even though the issues were not their fault. The pool was good but in the shade by 1pm, beach is awesome, powder sand and clear ocean water!! You can see your feet. There is a small café & store on site that serves food/coffee, lunch & breakfast. It was good, got pizza twice. The bar on the beach boardwalk did not stay open long enough, closed too early. Pelican beach resorts is close to a lot of restaurants and the Harbour walk area. Go to Big Kahuanna across street for some water slide family fun. Buy your tickets at the desk of PB and save about $8 pp. There are some gas grills out by the pools for guests to use too. This beach does have a beach chair rental company serving the beach and they set up early ( 6am). If you put up your chairs first they will set around you. There daily events posted each day some free, other for a small fee for the family to do. We Loved the condo 409! Awesome view of beach and Gulf.

Room Tip: all 1 bedroom condos face directly to the beach.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 July 2013

I took my 15 year old son and his friend for 4 nights. We stayed in a one bedroom dolphin unit with bunk beds. (#703) The unit was immaculate! Close to elevators and across from laundry facility, but still not too noisy considering the amount of traffic thru the walkways. The staff is extremely helpful and friendly! The only downfall to the property is the beach chair set up. It can get rather crowded since their beach front is not large enough to accommodate the 2 buildings. Regardless, the beach service crew was friendly and we enjoyed the beach even though it was crowded.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2013

Booked thru Panhandlegetaways : TV had been deprogramed and batteries missing from remotes...Hideabed broken, 3rd person had to sleep on the coach x 3 nights until bed was repaired..cleaned up area on kitchen floor due to spill, floor was not clean...shower curtain in master bath had mold and mildew, as was grout around the front of the bathtub...several towels under the sink that were neatly folded, looked as though someone had mopped the floor, washed in cold water and refolded for the next guest...sheet in 2nd bedroom was lined with plastic as if an infant would be using that bed...made the guest sweaty and could hear every movement one made...suggest having a plastic sheet on hand, if needed, but not on bed as your only choice !!! several wall outlets were so bad that ones PC plug-in or curling iron would not stay in place....couch in living room looked like something from a Goodwill Store, not a nice condo...dryer vent was so plugged up with lint ( could see from outside condo door on the wall ) reported to Pelican Beach due to possible FIRE hazard...afraid to use dryer until cleaned...took pictures of this lint outlet and the towels and sent to Panhandlegetaways ...unable to use dryer x 4 days due to respect of others if this were a fire hazard ....clothes were damp due to humidity and unable to use dryer...reported all incidents to Panhandlegetaways...no comment from them as of this date....DESTIN ? beautiful, Resort great ! ammenities great ! restaurants around town, wonderful...Harbour Walk excellant !! wonderful time, but UNIT # 513 needs HELP or lower the price to a cheap motel

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Resorts of Pelican Beach
Address: 1002 Highway 98 E, Destin, FL 32541-2992
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Region: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Destin
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 55 Speciality Lodging in Destin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3 star — Resorts of Pelican Beach 3*
Number of rooms: 345
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pelican Beach Resort and Conference Center and the Terrace at Pelican Beach are located in the heart of Destin. Pelican Beach Resort includes 340 gulf-front and gulf-view condominium units, 19 floor high-rise with 1 and 2 bedroom units. The Terrace includes 95 units lakefront views with 2 and 3 bedroom condominium units.Guests at either property can use the facilities at both, which include 3 large pools, one kiddie pool, two hot tubs, two fitness centers, two saunas, tennis, and an arcade/game room. ... more   less 
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