We visited the Henderson Park Inn for our 20th anniversary. It was our second visit; the first was for our 10th anniversary. The Inn has changed owners in those ten years, but was essentially as we remembered it. We spent 3 nights and had a great time sampling the breakfast, box lunches, happy hour offerings and the accommodations.
We had a second floor room in the main building. I was concerned when we checked in because our room was directly over the bar on the deck. However, my apprehension was relieved when I saw that they did not stay open late in the evening and even when they were open, the noise was barely noticeable, even when our balcony doors were open. Our room was a good size, though the bathroom was not over sized. The furnishings were nice and the room was clean. The grapes, chocolates, and wine were very nice. During our stay, we took advantage of the towel service, the beach chairs and umbrella, the fridge stocked with candy and sodas, and I enjoyed a drink every night at happy hour. They offered complimentary beer, wine and frozen margaritas! The breakfast did not vary from day to day, but there was enough variety for us to have something different, if we wanted, each morning. You could have a made to order omelet, waffles, scrambled eggs, cheese grits, cereal, pastries, fruit, yogurt, and more. Juice, milk and coffee were served also. We had a choice of around 6 different boxed lunches from The Honeybaked Ham store and the Inn had iced tea and apples. Each day from noon to 2 PM they set out cookies and lemonade. We did not eat at the restaurant on site, but we enjoyed watching couples eat at special tables on the beach on two of the nights we were there.
There are always picky folks who have to find something wrong with any facility. This section is for you. The one thing I missed was a pool. 10 years ago the Inn offered a pool with a deck around it, on the beach side. Hurricane Ivan obviously filled in the pool a few years back and when the Inn finally reopened, it opened without a pool. The new owners opted to build a full deck over the pool. I love the beach and don’t have to have a pool, but that’s not the case for some folks. The last morning we were there, the kitchen staff failed to show up for work. We came down to breakfast a 7:45 AM (it starts at 7 AM) and found eggs, leftover biscuits and pastries, juice, coffee and cereal. No waffles, which I really wanted, no omelets, no fruit, no yogurt, and a couple of harried staff members struggling to get things going and set up. We opted, since it was check-out day for us, to eat what was offered without waiting ,so I could get to the beach.
All of the staff members with whom we interacted were very nice. We enjoyed the bicycles we could use for free. We took full advantage of the snacks and the cookies. The bed was comfortable and our room was quiet. And you cannot find fault with all day coffee and sodas and an hour where you can get a strawberry frozen margarita for no extra charge. I sincerely hope we can spend our 30th anniversary at The Henderson Park Inn.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Guest are welcomed with a complimentary bottle of wine, fresh grapes, roses and chocolates upon arrival. Start each day with a complimentary full breakfast overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. 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. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Henderson Park Hotel Destin
- Henderson Park Inn Destin, Florida