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Holiday Surf & Racquet Club
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Sanford, Michigan
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Clean, safe, on the beach, perfect! ”
Reviewed 20 December 2013 via mobile

The people that work there are super friendly, and super helpful. There are loads of things to do, including tennis, a small gym, sauna, heated pool, and even movies at the front desk that you can borrow.
I felt extremely safe, behind big gates, and a security hut at the entrance.
You really couldn't be much closer to the beach too. Walk out the back doors, around the pool, open a gate, and you find yourself on a nice, clean stretch of Florida Beach.
Our rooms were spacious, clean, and very well stocked. We were able to prepare an entire Thanksgiving meal with no trouble at all.
We all loved it and plan on coming back again next year.

Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Gatlinburg, Tennessee
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2013

We went to Destin on the spare of the moment! We arrived very early after driving all night to get there. We were greeted by an incredibly friendly and helpful front desk manager, Alden, who gladly helped us make the decision to stay with them. He accompanied us on a tour of the property where he made us feel so welcome and truly glad we were there. The next 3 days continued with more great hospitality. The units were nicely furnished and extremely clean! The kitchens were well equipped. Of course the view and location were perfect!! I would highly recommend this resort! I am also in the tourism industry and found this resort to exceed my high expectations! Great job to all that made our visit one to remember!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Oklahoma, United States
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2013

Great view of the beach. It is an older property but it is well maintained. There are two tennis courts right out by the beach and the front desk has racquets that can be borrowed for free. If you're an avid player, not the balls are not in good condition.

The staff was not so pleasant. Check-in was a confusing process. We were told by the owners of our unit we could get the key and parking pass from the front desk. And front desk insisted we contact the owners. After a bunch of comotion, the front desk gave us the keys and parking pass. Another time, I needed help from the front desk after hours (6pm) and there was a sign on the front desk glass window with a phone number to call after hours. We called it and security answered. When I explained the issues, he litterally scolded me saying "this number is only for emergencies!" I explained I only called it because it was posted on the front desk window for after hour assistance. And then he showed up in the lobby and scolded me in person.

Also, as with most places, umbrellas and chairs at the beach cost $$. Haggle with the person running the umbrella-chair rentals on the beach in front the hotel if you need to. But it's pretty much a rip off. For two chairs and an umbrella for the day, we started at $30 and came down to $20. But if you're there for a couple days, you're better off going to a near by $1 or $5 store or walmart.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
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Reviewed 26 October 2013 via mobile

Great family friendly condo building right on the emerald coast in Destin. Love it and have been coming here for years! Very friendly staff and great customer service attitude. Sunrises and sunsets are wonderful here any time of year, but fall brings some of the calmest and most beautiful scenes.

Stayed October 2013
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dublin
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209 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2013

Two couples stayed in unit 219 for three days in September. It is obviously one of the original condo complexes in the area. Check in was painless, with pleasant staff. The beach was great, as well as the pool. Two very well maintained tennis courts were in the center of the complex near the pool. There was also two shuffle board courts. Nice boardwalk leading to the beach. Everything was clean in this area. One umbrella and two chairs is included with a condo rental. If you need an extra setup it is $20 a day. The fitness center certainly was in need of repair. Lots of equipment,but all seemed to be in need of maintenance.
The condos are just naturally dark due to the set up. Little light, and the condo we stayed in had very dark furniture.
The only real complaint we had was the stairwells. They were FILTHY and very poorly lit. I realize this is a beach resort, with lots of sand, but there is no need for spilled drinks, dirt that appeared to be there for a long time, and trash. With the rest of the complex being well maintained this was a bit of a surprise.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Level 5 Contributor
93 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2013 via mobile

My wife and I just returned from Destin and we miss it already. HS&RC is my choice for our next visit without a doubt. Rent thru the club directly for free chair and umbrella or you will have to pay! I witnessed the surprise of other renters finding this out on the beach. We rented unit #220 that was remodeled back in the spring and it is very nice. Donna at the rental office is so helpful. We will return!

  • Stayed September 2013
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Ocean Springs, MS
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23 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2013

Ended up here as a last-minute July 4th weekend rental. The rooms were clean and the facility was in overall good functioning condition. The location is excellen! Mother Nature didn't cooperate so, the close proximity to pretty much everything was great. We did get a chance to go snorkeling around the jetty just East of the condo. Great spot.

My review is fairly neutral, I realize. But that's the way I feel about the place. Been to better, been to worse. I do feel that it was a fair value for the price.

If you MUST have WiFi, be sure to get a lower level room or at least one located near the center of the building. Out on the ends of this V-shaped building, WiFi was almost nonexistant. Plan on working on your laptop or tablet from the lobby.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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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 55 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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