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Holiday Surf & Racquet Club
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New Orleans
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Heaven”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2014

The view, the beach, the water, is so gorgeous here. We love to go in May and October. The water is crystal clear turquoise blue, and the sand is white with plenty of seashells washing ashore to pick up, along our walks to the jetty. The decor in the condos are usually very nice, but since they are all owned by individuals, we like to view the rooms on the website first, and request certain rooms, according to personal decor taste. We also like to choose the outer rooms if available, because they offer better views of the ocean, although all offer great views. There is a grill for cooking dinner, dining room tables in each condo for dinner and family gatherings, and bathrooms are right off the bedrooms, but accessible for guests. The pool is great, and laundry, and exercise facilities are available, too. We usually have at least one tennis match on the courts, which is a great amenity to have.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Memphis
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2014

Next time, we will probably visit a little later in the year. - late may or early june - but we will be back! The weather was cold and windy the entire week.

But the condo is nice, and conveniently located. Our unit was decorated tastefully and accurately reflected on the website. I was worried about the view given the V - Shape of the complex, but we had a nice view of the ocean from our unit's balcony and also from my parents unit that was closer to the pool. Again, the photo was accurate.

The decor in some of the other unit photos does look outdated, so i'm not surprised by some of the reviews.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Alabama
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31 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2014

Didn't care for the condo or the balcony. I didn't like that the balcony was screened in. It was impossible to get pictures from your room of what would have been a great view. I also didn't like that the condos were in a V shape. This kept you from seeing the sunrise and the sunset. The cooling system was inside a closet in the hallway/kitchen and was so loud you couldn't sleep. We also had to go buy bed crates because mattress was so hard.
The pool and beach area were nice and it was clean but I wouldn't want to stay there again.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Sanford, Michigan
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31 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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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 #7 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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