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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Sea Oats Motel

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Sea Oats Motel
Ranked #13 of 39 Hotels in Destin
Certificate of Excellence
Memphis, Tennessee
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59 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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“Emerald Beach”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2014

This is the third time we've rented here. This is a two story motel right on the beach. The room was clean and remodeled to seem new.

We chose to stay on the second floor so other guests aren't walking by when we sit out on the balcony. The view of the ocean is spectacular. The beach front is only for guests so it isn't crowded. A set of two chairs and umbrella are $25 a day with other items (boards, rides, kayaks etc.) available for rent also.

The water is emerald, warm and crystal clear. We snorkled some. There isn't a lot of swimming creatures although I saw several schools of two kinds of fish, stingrays, jelly fish (didn't sting) and razor clam vents. There are ghost crabs on the beach along with several other small tide area creatures.

I'm sure we will go back again.

Room Tip: There is an apartment but it is back from the beach over the pool. You can still see the beach but t...
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2014

Room was clean, if aging, and the view of the Atlantic can't be topped. Yes, the pool is too small, as are the rooms and beds, but the location makes up for these shortcomings. No daily housekeeping services provided. Towels can be swapped daily at office. This is a place to file away for future consideration.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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vancleave, ms
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2014

The room was more than adequate with a full kitchenette. The bathroom is too small but I can live with it. The best part about the hotel is walking out your door directly onto the beach, not to mention the beautiful view out the window when you are in the room. The pool is too small but I can live with that, too.

Room Tip: Downstairs you walk directly out onto the beach. Upstairs you go out the other door, down some steps...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2014 via mobile

We absolutely love the location and being able to able to walk out the back door right onto the beach. Greeted with a beautiful beach view. This is an older property with an old Florida charm. Friendly staff and spacious room. The only downside was an extremely humid and damp feeling room. The small dehumidifier in our room 8b was not working. The shower could use a bit of bleach and caulk. Not enough of a deterrent to keep us from retuning. Only mentioned as a comment for improvement.

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2014 via mobile

The Sea Oats is a family motel with a private beach. We stayed in a studio room with kitchen (oven and range, full fridge, microwave, toaster, full coffee pot, plates, cups). BYO paper towels and coffee filters.
Most rooms have balconies that face the beach and the beautiful gulf. Great view!
The motel is only a mile or so away from LOTS of shopping including groceries, pizza, and Walgreens. Walmart and Target are also just up the road.
Beach chairs and umbrellas are available for rent, but many guests bring their own.
Really, the beach and water are crystal clean.
As an added plus, the shower pressure in the room is great. The room tv, however, is small. But who wants to watch tv while on the beach?

Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Tyler, Texas
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2014

Everyone was so friendly and my daughter constantly had a friend to play with. Everything we needed was right there. We stayed four nights and only left the motel once for dinner. Beach access could have not been any more convienant. All the rooms have a beach view. Loved it.

  • Stayed June 2014
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2014 via mobile

clean, comfortable air conditioned motel with a
patio overlooking the beach/ocean. This is all about location and it is a little gem! We looked at two rooms upstairs and downstairs with and without kitchen. Chose beautiful 9b downstairs as we did not need a kitchen...9b had small fridge, microwave and coffee maker. The white sand beach and emerald green ocean were spectacular! Can't imagine a prettier view, and I just got back from Puerto Vallarta and this exceeds its beauty,

Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Sea Oats Motel

Property: Sea Oats Motel
Address: 3420 Scenic Highway 98, Destin, FL 32541-4725
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Region: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Destin
Amenities:
Kitchenette Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Destin
#5 Romantic Hotel in Destin
#11 Family Hotel in Destin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 45
Also Known As:
Sea Oats Hotel Destin
Sea Oats Motel Destin, Florida

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