The Henderson Park Inn, or HPI, is fabulous. Although we live only an hour away in Navarre, FL we stayed at HPI in Oct, 2012 for my birthday. We had a wonderful, relaxing visit but decided that it was a bit pricey for us and would only go back for a very special occasion. The special occasion came much quicker than we though! We received an email from HPI with reduced prices for mid-week in Jan/Feb. We decided to celebrate Valentine's Day a week early and booked a room for 3 nights.
We were impressed with the staff on both visits. Everyone from housekeeping to the chef at breakfast to the bartenders at the included happy hour to the front desk staff go out of their way to make sure you are enjoying your visit.
So much has already been said about all of the things that are included in the room rate, so I won't repeat a lot of that here. We really enjoyed the included lunch. You pre-order on the night before from a menu of sandwiches and salads and can pick up the box lunch in the dining room anytime between noon and 2 pm. During this time, there are several kinds of cookies, a variety of fruits, lemonade, and ice tea. Since we often weren't hungry during that timeframe (still full from breakfast!), we used the refrigerator in our rooms to store the sandwiches and then warmed them up later in the microwave.
Although Destin can be crazy, especially in the summer, HPI is tucked away on "old" scenic Hwy 98 right next to the state park. Probably the quietest place you can find in Destin and still easy walking distance (less than a mile) to all of the shops and restaurants in Destin Commons.
For both on our visits, our rooms were on the 3rd floor of the main building. As previously mentioned, the balconies on this floor are very small. We really appreciated that we were alerted to this when we called to make our reservations. No surprises! We did not find this to be a problem since HPI has a huge deck that is never very crowded.
Both times,we enjoyed talking to the other guests at the included happy hour and at breakfast. Many of the guests have been to HPI numerous times. Count us among them! We have already booked our third visit for our anniversary in January, 2013!
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Henderson Park Hotel Destin
- Henderson Park Inn Destin, Florida