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“Unit 12A - dirty, outdated disappointment”

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Nantucket Rainbow Cottages
Ranked #35 of 55 Speciality Lodging in Destin
Olathe, Kansas
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“Unit 12A - dirty, outdated disappointment”
Reviewed 24 September 2011

I'll start this review by noting that my husband and I lived in Destin for about 2 years, on Holiday Isle. We are familiar with the area, and in fact, always thought these rentals were adorable (from the outside) when we used to live in Destin.

We were excited to find this rental online for a great rate over Labor Day weekend. Well, the deal turned out to be too good to be true. The unit we were in - 12A - was run-down, outdated and dirty. Getting into the unit was a challenge. The entry door to the two units constantly got stuck because of the humidity. I often couldn't force it open and had to have my husband kick it open.

Then, once inside, the carpet on the steps was stained and dirty. There were two bunk beds at the top of the stairs. One of them had paint/veneer chipped off if it. The air return vent above the top bunk was absolutely disgusting. I don't think it had been cleaned in several years. The amount of dust hanging off of it almost made me gag.

The kitchen/living room area wasn't much better. The couch has stains all over it and the throw pillows were matted down from use and were pretty grimy. The kitchen cabinets had been sponge painted with a palm tree design (so 1980s), and again, the paint/veneer was chipping off the cabinets. There was a fridge, stove, microwave, toaster and blender, but no dishwasher. We didn't use the stove, but did use the toaster one morning. It couldn't even get hot enough to heat up a toaster pastry. Also, the glasses and dinnerware were mismatched. You'd be lucky to have enough pieces to serve 4 people.

On to the bedroom. This unit had a full bed. The dust ruffle was ripped. The coverlet was thin and grimy. The pillows had no loft. Our first night's sleep was awful. I called the ResortQuest office the next day and asked them to give us new pillows, which they did. If you have stuff you need to hang up, bring your own hangers. There was only one in the storage unit.

The bathroom had a stand-up shower, but no tub. Also, there wasn't enough storage space in the shower to accommodate shower items for 2 adults, unless you wanted your stuff sitting on the shower floor. The toilet paper holder was broken; a real pain in the rear when your roll of toilet paper gets knocked off in the middle of the night and goes rolling across the floor! There was no soap dish on the sink, so when you set the hand soap down, it was virtually glued to the counter top. The mirror had a wooden/particle board ledge which was peeling because of all of the wet items that had been placed on it.

Our unit had a balcony with white plastic patio furniture. The furniture was so grimy, though, that we couldn't bring ourselves to even sit in it. There was a vinyl canopy above the unit that hadn't been cleaned in years. It was covered on the underside in mildew and grime.

The pluses for this unit is that it's very close to public beach access. About a 2-3 minute walk. It's also just down the street from Destin Commons, the area shopping mall. The pool on the facility was small, but decent. The pool furniture was a bit ratty, but not nearly as bad as what was on the balcony of our unit.

It looked like some of the other units in this complex were nicer than ours. We might check those out another time, but will definitely not stay in unit 12A again or recommend it to anyone else.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2011

This is our first trip to Destin. We traveled with our 3 children. The cottage was very cozy and private. The beach was just right across the street; kitchenette with cookware and utensils were available which helped tremendously; ocean view from living space and balcony was stunning; quiet and peaceful complex; sufficient parking; laundry room by the pool- excellent pricing too!

  • Stayed June 2011
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Maryville, Tennessee
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2011

My husband and I had a fantastic vacation in Destin. The condo was SUPER clean and very nicely decorated. Pool was clean too.

You absolutely can't beat the location for the price. The beach is literally across the street (2 lanes) and takes 2 minutes to walk to. The street has a neighborhood feel to it will several people riding bicycles on the sidewalk. It's so close to shopping/dining but yet it's in a neighborhood setting so you don't get the noise from that.

I would HIGHLY recommend staying here! We will definitely be booking for next year!

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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Panama City Beach, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2011

Check in was easy, friendly and helpful staff. Property is in a great location, especially if you have teenagers. Located less than a mile from Destin Commons.Property is across street from beach, however, very short walk to beach access. Stayed in Cottage 9A, was very clean and had nice furnishings. Full kitchen was equipped with all the cooking utensils, which was nice, did not have to eat out.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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Dallas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2011

I stayed here for Spring Break with 2 teenagers. The location is fantastic...it is close to the beach and close to shopping, but far enough away from busy hwy 98 to feel like a vacation. The beach is a very short walk across the beach (no view of the water). There is a restaurant that you can walk to in the condo building across the street (called 790...they have a great happy hour).

We stayed in #9. It was nicely decorated with granite counters and modern furnishings. Although the pictures of the property that I saw showed the kitchen and bathroom being small, there was plenty of space with all the amenities. The beds were comfy and they AC worked great. Huge TVs in the living area and bedroom. The property was very well kept and the landscaping is beautifully maintained. The maintenance crew was working on the flower beds and laying new sod in some places while we were there.

I love the area of scenic hwy 98. It is small road that runs along the coastline and it is only a few miles long (it is a couple blocks from the main why 98 and parallel to it). There are beautiful homes and condo properties all along road. There is also a run/walk trail that runs along side the road. We could sit on our porch and watch everyone on the trail while listening to the waves. The beaches don't seem to be that crowded in this part od Destin...even during spring break...I think public parking is limited, so you don't get all the crowds.

We went deep sea fishing one day. What a blast!!

I love Destin and now I found the perfect place to stay. I can't wait to return!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with family
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New Hamburg, Ont.Canada
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Reviewed 12 February 2011

This is our second year in Nantucket Cottages. We love our location and the pool. Our unit is fine for the 6 weeks we are here, unfortunately it has not been updated for quite awhile and could use a fresh paint job and some more chairs, a mirror in the bedroom and more drawer space. But we manage. We have lots of friends from our area here so we are always doing this or that. I am able to drive anywhere which is a bonus to my husband for shopping when I want to! The beach is so accessible and I envy the people who come in the summer as it is beautiful on the beach. Thanks Resortquest for a wonderful place to spend our winter.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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San Jose, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2010

This condo was in a great location near the beach and Destin. It is not a fancy hotel but it was great for us.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Nantucket Rainbow Cottages
Address: 69 Crystal Beach Dr, Destin, FL 32541-3529
Region: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Destin
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #35 of 55 Speciality Lodging in Destin
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Hotel Class:3 star — Nantucket Rainbow Cottages 3*
Number of rooms: 40
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