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“Rustic, Romantic Gulf Coast B&B”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Henderson Park Inn

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Henderson Park Inn
Ranked #1 of 39 Hotels in Destin
Certificate of Excellence
Austin, Texas
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“Rustic, Romantic Gulf Coast B&B”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2011

Great environment for a quick getaway with a loved one. The accommodations, service, staff, rooms, beach, and amenities are all you need (other than a companion) for a nice few days alone. Wine and flowers await in the room. Balconies overlooking the gulf coast for sunrise and sunset. Uncrowded beaches for nice walks. Candy bars upon return. A nice happy hour on the patio with perfect sunset views. We've been here twice so far and have never encountered a problem.

Room Tip: Corner rooms, west building are especially suited to private sunset views.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2011

Amazing accommodations and staff! Great breakfast every morning and wonderful restaurant in the evenings. Wonderful rooms and great deck area for watching sunsets. I highly recommend this place!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2011

This place is quite a gem. Staying over Thanksgiving and we would expect the service to be off, but it has been perfect. Everyone is friendly, the other guests included. Great value with the breakfast and lunch included.

For a relaxing stay on a perfect swimmable beach with no kids, this is the place. We will be back, even with a 10 hour drive from Texas.

A lot safer than a trip to Mexico!

Sleep quality would be fabulous with the sound of the waves, but we heard loud stomping from the room above us that messed up the ambiance a bit. Sadly, the stomper was a very early riser.

Room Tip: There is some bleed through of noise from the room above us, or else there is just a really heavy wa...
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Bel Air, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2011

My wife and I stayed at the Henderson Park Inn for a long weekend in early November, 2011. The place is great, the staff outstanding, the food delicious and the location just perfect. We are already planning on going back again. Thanks to all the staff for making this a wonderful relaxing short trip.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Norman, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2011

My husband and I stayed here for 5 nights in November, and it could not have been better. The services at HPI are above and beyond those of any resort or other b&b. We stayed in a junior suite in the main building, which I was skeptic of being in the main building b/c other reviews said that it could be a little noisy. We never heard a peep when we were in our room, which was directly over the restaurant. The balcony was spacious and had 2 chairs & a little table; perfect for sipping cappuccino in the morning & wine at night (both of which are complimentary). As you can see from other reviews, they keep refrigerators stocked with bottled water, soda & candy bars that are available to guests 24/7. There is also a coffee/latte/espresso/cappuccino machine that is complimentary as well, along with hot cocoa mix, DVDs, board games, books and beach towels. They set out the same number of beach chairs as guests, so you are always guaranteed a prime beach spot. My favorite part: NO KIDS ALLOWED. It is so hard to find a place these days that don't have kids running around screaming and playing, so it made for a very nice, quiet time.

The breakfast is to die for. I'm not talking some lame pastry breakfast, either. Cooked-to-order omelets & Belgian waffles, biscuits & gravy, sausage, ham, bacon, muffins, bagels, cereal, fruit & yogurt, etc. Anything you could possibly want for breakfast. We enjoyed their cozy restaurant some mornings, but we also sat on the deck overlooking the ocean. Simply stunning after the sun rises.

For lunch, they provided us with delicious boxed lunches made from a local deli. You have about 7 or 8 (or more?) options to choose from so you never have to have the same thing twice. Fresh cookies, lemonade & tea are also available during lunch hours. We ate lunch on the beach, on the balcony, in the restaurant and out on the large deck. The sea gulls never bothered us, although we did feed our leftover bread crumbs to them.

Happy hour was also something to look forward to every day. Free beer, wine & mixed drinks at sunset make this place very hard to beat.

We were welcomed in our room the first night to a bottle of wine & wine glasses (which they replaced daily for us), grapes & chocolates. We slept every night with the balcony doors wide open as to hear the crashing waves. So very soothing.

The beach itself was very clean until our last day. It had been pretty chilly the day before and it had rained a little; there were lots of jellyfish that had washed up onto the beach and you could see some out in the water. Clumps of seaweed had also made its way on shore. But being there 5 days before, we had not seen any of this. Each day, the sand was bright white and unimaginably soft (they raked it every other morning or so). The water was clear as day, beautiful emerald green. My other favorite part: Since the inn sits at the end of a cul-de-sac and on the edge of a state park beach, there are no other buildings to the west for at least 1 1/2 or 2 miles.

Henderson Park Inn deserves its spot at the top of the list of hotels in Destin. It is as all-inclusive as you're going to find in America. My husband & I didn't want to have to travel to an all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean for $400+ per night. After staying here, that seems ridiculous.

As far as the room goes, the Junior Suite was just the right size for us. It had a queen size bed and additional sitting room (not counting the chairs on the balcony). Very spacious and cozy. We were on the second floor and heard no one above us. It could've been that there wasn't anyone on the 3rd floor, as the week was pretty quiet all-around.

Stunning sunsets and amazing sunrises; views that are second-to-none. There is absolutely no way you can go wrong staying here.

Room Tip: 2nd floor rooms in the main building have much larger balconies than 3rd floor rooms. 3rd floor room...
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2011

My wife and I came to this place based on the other reviews and we were not disappointed. We loved falling asleep to the crashing waves with the patio door open every night. The breakfast is really good as is the daily happy hour. Cokes, waters, and candy bars available 24/7.
We would definitely stay there again and recommend this place to others.

  • Stayed November 2011
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Pensacola
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2011

My husband and I stayed at the Henderson Park Inn in September. We were in an executive suite in the building adjacent to the main hotel. Our room was much larger than I had expected for a B&B-type establishment, and the balcony overlooking the gorgeous beach was wonderful.

Although the rooms initially may seem a little on the expensive side, the excellent amenities make for a decent value. The wine, grapes and rose upon check-in were lovely. Guests also are provided a delicious complimentary breakfast buffet, a free drink during happy hour, no-charge boxed lunches from Honeybaked Ham, and free candy bars and bottled water available 24/7 in the fridges just off the front desk. All of the staff we interacted with were friendly, helpful and polite. The staff sets up enough beach chairs and umbrellas for all of its guests every day so you don't have to worry about prime beach real-estate getting taken up.

We also ate dinner at Beach Walk once, and while it was absolutely delicious, it was rather expensive. While I can't remember what my husband ordered, I know he enjoyed it. They whipped up a vegetarian pasta with the best cream sauce I've ever had on the spot for me because I don't eat meat. We also enjoyed the bread pudding made from Krispy Kreme donuts. Great for a special occasion or celebration.

One thing I'd like to point out after seeing a few of the negative reviews — remember this is not the Ritz-Carlton. While the staff certainly seemed worthy of the Ritz while we were there, the rooms more closely resemble an upscale B&B — that is to say, they're not perfect. The desk in our room had a few scratches on it, and I noticed a bit of dust in the crannies of our light switches. The in-room trash cans were so small they were almost useless, especially in a room with a fridge, microwave and sink. I don't mean to say that our room was dirty or sub-par by any means (I'm still giving it 5 stars), but if this is the type of thing that will bother you and you require an absolutely spotless and impeccable room, book elsewhere. If, however, you're looking for a warm, inviting, wonderful place to stay on the beach in Destin, make a reservation at the Henderson Park Inn. We'll be back for sure.

Room Tip: Ask for a room in the second building. It's quieter than the main building because it's away...
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Henderson Park Inn
Address: 2700 Scenic Hwy 98 East, Destin, FL 32541-3413
Phone Number:
Region: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Destin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Destin
#1 Romantic Hotel in Destin
#4 Family Hotel in Destin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Each guest is welcomed with a complimentary bottle of wine, fresh grapes and flowers upon arrival. Start your day with a complimentary full breakfast overlooking the Gulf of Mexico at our Destin beach restaurant. A delicious selection of cook-to-order omelets, made from scratch biscuits and gravy, fresh fruit, pastries, scrumptious bacon and sausage and so much more. Next, cruise down to the beach, but first stop by our community refrigerator to grab some beverages on the way down and then relax under an umbrella and on our complimentary beach chairs. Soak up the sunshine, go for a bike ride or take a long walk for a relaxing stroll down the beach. After you’ve worked up an appetite, stop in for a complimentary lunch (excluding holidays). For a quick snack stop through the lobby for lemonade and cookies as an added treat. Before dinner, mosey down to the restaurant for happy hour nightly while overlooking the Gulf Coast’s most beautiful beaches and colorful sunsets. Arrive back to your room after a day of relaxation and indulgence with gourmet chocolates and a complimentary turn down service. Each Suite is a perfect place to enjoy the charm and grace embraced by the peaceful shores of the Emerald Coast. Handicap-accessible units available. Come see why Henderson Park Inn is one of the hotels on the beach in Destin, Florida. ... more   less 
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