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“Really good vacation spot for families great amenities wonderful location” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Holiday Surf & Racquet Club

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Holiday Surf & Racquet Club
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ANDERSON
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64 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Really good vacation spot for families great amenities wonderful location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2011

I would like to first say that the only reason that I ever write reviews on tripadvisor is because I have come to rely on what I hope are honest reviews on this site and I try to return the favor.

My husband and I stayed here two years ago on our anniversary trip. We were so pleased with the accomodations that we decided to bring our children here.

We always choose locations with full kitchens for our family trips so that we can save money on our eating expenses. The kitchen in this condo was well stocked and reasonably clean. A few dishes needed to be run in the dishwasher but we did that upon our arrival.
The view was wonderful and it was a quiet peaceful room to sleep in. It was confortable and the kids had good accomadations.
The pool was clean and uncrowded.
there is a computer in the lobby if one needs to utilize one and did not bring thier own.
The staff seemed friendly enough, however, our interaction with them was pretty limited.
There is a pay laundry on the fourth floor, there was no washer and dryer in our unit be that may be available others, i am not sure.

The master bedroom furnishings are a little dated but that didn't bother us at all. The bed was comfortable and the whole area was well kept. I felt comfortable with my family utilizing the space.

The grounds are well maintained and inviting.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank M R
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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atlanta,ga
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45 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2010

We decided to spend 9/30 - 10/4 at the Holiday Surf and Racket club . Thought that it was
a great value for the price, and they were offering a free night if you booked 4 night. All of the staff were very friendly and helpful. It is an older complex but it is well maintained and right on the beach. We spent all day at the beach and hope to get back again.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Steve_Georgia
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St. Louis
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2010

The rates are very reasonable for the beachfront property. There was construction of a new seawall barrier that I am sure is a much needed upgrade. The only effect this construction had on the guest was walking around the construction site to the beach. No problem. The front desk staff was friendly and the laundry service employees went above and beyond always with a smile. We left some items in a drawer and realized many hours after we left Florida. The front desk staff sent it via UPS the next day. Thank you Holiday Surf for another excellent time to remember!

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank thrifty2700
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Memphis
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2010

Holiday Surf and Racquet Club use to be a fun place. Now the staff appears miserable, which I was told by a young lady, was primarily the result of the Board of directors receding the first raise the staff had received in 3+ years and not explaining why.

Although the staff was helpful and was not by any means rude, it was apparent that their morale was very low. Also there seemed to be a LOT of work started throughout the property ... large section of parking lot cut up, sea wall has 8ft deep x5ft wide hole the length of the property, main deck is destroyed, half the property is caution taped off, check-in office covered in spackle etc etc.

In the past the employees were always friendly, helpful and smiling, but now that there not (even though they are all the same employees) I dont plan to come back. Its ashame and I will miss HSRC, but the "gloom" is too much.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank memphican
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KentinDestin, Manager at Holiday Surf & Racquet Club, responded to this review, 22 November 2011
Holiday Surf & Racquet Club is a much different place since this review was written back when we were recovering from storm damage in Feb of 2010. Thanks to the hard work of our staff the place looks and feels great! Our people are friendly, helpful and have been serving our customers and making memories for years.

We changed management and have spent the past year improving our little slice of heaven. Upgrades include; new fitness center, new game room, tennis and shuffleboard courts refinished. We are family friendly, a GREAT value and are proud of the work we have done.

HSRC has a simple goal .... to be the "Best on the Beach" and we try to focus on that goal every day. While not perfect, we are so much better now than this review paints us to be. Come on out and see what we have to offer.
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Metairie, Louisiana
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2009

my visit to holiday over the july 4 week,a total of 10 days was extremely pleasureable experience. the staff could not be nicer or anymore helpful especially scott on the beach. the beach was beatiful and the weather was great. mary and charkie were right the beach was perfect for intimate night walks.it gives you a chance to get away from everyone for that special moment,it just added to my visit.thanks to mary and charlie looking forward to getting back next july and seeing you two. all the best. dont forget the anniversy walk in october ill be there. its great ill get to holiday twice. happy holidaysa.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank gaynellk
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Newmarket, New Hampshire
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17 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2009

hurricane Ida was in town with us so we had the place to our self. only a handful of owner where here. the sauna are nice, but i didn't like the fact that they are segregated man/women. they had a nice dock down to the water,but not now after Ida. the heated pool came in handy with the cool wind that was blowing all around over all had a good time in the bad weather i found the condo nice a roomy. each room has a nice balcony that is screen in.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank C S
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Georgia
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21 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2009

We just returned from our Destin 4 night "getaway" and I couldn't wait to post to let everyone know what a wonderful time we had. When choosing our condo we reviewed pictures of the units online & I have to say the one we chose was exactly as seen on the website. In fact our condo looked like it might have been recently redone because it was so nice!

This complex has been around for years, but rest assure it is VERY WELL maintained. And with us taking advantage of the "stay 3 nights, get the 4th night free" promotion, the price was definately right! And we also got a free beach set up (2 chairs & umbrella) EVERY DAY!!! Wow.....you can't beat that anywhere

We had some great food at our 2 favorite places MacGuires & Old Bay Steamer. If you have never tried them, you really need to do it.

Thanks to the Holiday Surf & Racquet staff for making our getaway so special!!

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank nanapopdavis
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Additional Information about Holiday Surf & Racquet Club

Property: Holiday Surf & Racquet Club
Address: 510 Gulf Shore Dr, Destin, FL 32541-3038
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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 Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 56 Speciality Lodging in Destin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Holiday Surf & Racquet Club 3.5*
Number of rooms: 87
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful one and two bedroom condos overlooking Destin's beach. Warm Gulf waters, soothing waves, and beautiful sand add up to a relaxing and fun vacation for the entire family. Each condo offers Gulf views, a screened-in balcony and a full kitchen. Located directly on the beach, Holiday Surf has great amenities like tennis courts, a heated pool, 24 hour personnel, laundry facilities, copy & fax services and more. Get a complimentary beach umbrella set up with 2 chairs March through October 30. Ask about our Seasonal Specials! ... more   less 
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