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“4th stay at Waterscape - good times!”

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Waterscape Condominiums
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Jackson, Tennessee
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53 reviews
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“4th stay at Waterscape - good times!”
Reviewed 27 July 2012

I feel the need to defend the Security team. We stayed here 6 days in late July 2012 and had no negative run ins with them! They've actually been very nice. Wear your wristband people!! It's a requirement that was stated to me upon checkin and is very obviously posted throughout the resort. Put the wristband on and KEEP IT ON! Also, about the towels being moved from pool chairs. I haven't noticed this, but honestly I wish it was being done more! It's really annoying to walk by chair upon chair upon chair that isn't actually in use - just has a towel on it while my family of 4 can't find a single chair available to share! Reading on trip advisor how others have left their towels in chairs at the pool and gone gallivanting off to the beach really shows just how selfish some people can be! Follow rules, people, (including the rules of common courtesy!) and if you choose not to, don't hold it against Waterscape's security for calling you out.

... Reviewers do have a point about the annoyance with the beach chairs and umbrellas. They are very close together and you're not likely to get a front row seat. However, all these "problems" are just because it's peak season. If you want to vacation at the beach in July, there are going to be a lot of people here! We've been to Waterscape in April and October, and wristbands weren't required, pool chairs abounded, and beach chairs and umbrellas were readily available - even multiple ones to a condo -shhh!!! ;)

A511 - 2 bedrooms (queen and full) plus 1 set of bunk beds - beautifully decorated, beach/pier view - love it!!!!

Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Keller, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2012

We rented Unit B607 from the owner at: http://www.vrbo.com/346743. It was great. We took our teenage kids and friends and had a blast over Memorial Day weekend. We spoke to the owner and found out we could rent a pontoon boat from Crab Island Watersports which was located at the foot of the bridge within walking distance. We took it to Crab Island and had a blast. We cooked out on the grills a few times and went to eat at places that you can easily walk to. Helen Back Pizza was great! We also love the Crab Trap restaurant by the pier. Go there for lunch. The Old Bay Steamer was a little expensive, but GREAT seafood, you will not be unhappy with that choice.

We did notice the pool police, but found that if you did as you were suposed to, wear your bracelets, there was no problem. The beverage by the pool is some crazy Florida law. Seems strange, but hey. I do like that the security teams are keeping people out that pay the Hampton Inn rates and want the amenities that Waterscape has to offer. They could just be a little nicer. I would reccomend this unit at the link above to anyone that has a group of 6 to 8 or less.

Room Tip: Get a room with a Gulf view or a room that faces the middle of the property to see al lthe pool and...
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Lexington, Kentucky
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Reviewed 22 July 2012

We stayed in Condo A229 and had a wonderful time !!! The unit itself was spotless and had everything we needed-and more !!! Experienced none of the Security issues others encountered-they held gates for us and asked how our stay was going. Of course we wore our wristbands and followed rules. We DID have lots of toys in the pool and drinks are allowed poolside (HINT-they sell drinks poolside). The beach is beautiful. There were movie and karaoke nights to add to the fun. We felt comfortable allowing the children to roam the property and meet friends. This is not a wild, rowdy party place. It is a fun, safe place to bring your family and make wonderful memories.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2012

This was our 2nd stay at waterscape. We came back, because it was so nice the first visit, and was kid friendly. This time however, was a security nightmare. I felt like we were in Mayberry and we were the enemy. We were harassed at every turn. No drinks by the pool, no toys in the pool, and lord forbid if you didn't have your wristband! I think there was a holding pen/ solitary confinement punishment for those offenders. I was standing at the edge of the zero entry kiddie pool, with my drink because the ground was scalding- almost went to jail for that. They literally were checking behind bushes and planters by the hot tub for drink offenders. Really despicable. Johnny cop and the gang, really sought to make our lives miserable, and succeeded. We paid thousands of dollars to stay and the only time we were left alone was on the beach. They really took it too far. Will never stay again. We just returned from the Margaritaville Beach Hotel in Pensacola and it was AWESOME. Was expensive, but we received excellent service for the thousands of dollars we spent, and here's a novel idea - we had a personal waitress serving drinks and snacks by the pool. Don't go to Waterscape!!!!!!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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Reviewed 12 July 2012

We had no problems with Waterscape Resort itself. My 12 year old loved the lazy river and pool area, our room was very clean (A402), we had a great view and had no problems with security whatsoever - but then, we all wore the required bracelets. You won't find a harder-working group of people than the beach staff - they were very polite and answered all our questions. As for the umbrellas being reserved, owners of condos were the only people allowed to reserve them ahead of time. I went down around 7:30 each morning and had my pick. The only problems I had with Waterscape itself was the crowd - far too many people crammed into umbrellas too close together. This was our first time in the Destin area and we won't go back. We didn't care for the location of Waterscape and usually prefer a less crowded location. Most of the restaurants we tried were unimpressive and just not good, the exception being The Black Pearl and Ali's Bistro in the historical section just across the bridge from Waterscape. The traffic going to Destin and coming back was bumper to bumper and that's just not how I like spending my vacation.

Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2012

I just returned from Waterscape unit A430. Good points 1st. Within walking distance of Waffle House, Fudpuckers, Cash's Liquor Store, Tom Thumb convience store, souvineer shops and other restaurants, etc.

Bad points, The beds were hard, felt like you were sleeping on card board with a blanket on top. The internet router is in the closet and makes constant ringing noise. (reported to front desk but no help).

The fire department is directly across the street and these firemen love to hear their sirens! If a cat is stuck in a tree, sirens will be screeming! The sound comes out of their station and into thje parking garage.

The Lazy River, Small! As compared to other lazy rivers i have been to, it was a joke. The tubes are kids size, the water barely moves, you are not allowed to have any type of drink in the river (ditch). It is about the size of going around a large room.
The "free" umbrella and chairs (2) were mostly "reserved". If you hadn't reserved earlier, you had to stand in line at the waters edge like a line of "bafoons" and wait for the holes to be drilled in the sand then claim your hole, then stand there until an umbrella was put in the hole then wait for the chairs. The process took about 35 min.
I still didn't figure out how you reserve a prime spot?? $$$$$??
The umbrellas were so close to each other that you had to duck under to get to the beach if you weren't in the front row. " no openings"
We checked in July 4th. We had a good view of a wall and a very obstructed view of tops of palm trees and if you stood to the far right of the balcony, you could see the gulf. Our room had a king, a set of bunk beds and a sofa sleeper. After fees, we paid $2100.00 for 4 nights!
I don't mind spending the money but I hate feeling riped off!! Would I stay again? NO! The carpets were filthy and comments in the guest book in the condo stated this back in 2008

Room Tip: Stay close to the beach as some rooms are too far away.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2012

Our view was terrible and for the price ALL the rooms should face the ocean . Our sheets were dirty , Idk what house keeping does when they clean. I guess.sit and watch tv. WAY OVERPRICED

  • Stayed July 2012
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Property: Waterscape Condominiums
Address: 1110 Santa Rosa Blvd, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548-3187
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Region: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Fort Walton Beach
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 15 Speciality Lodging in Fort Walton Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Waterscape Condominiums 3.5*
Number of rooms: 339
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Waterscape Condominiums, professionally managed by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, are located on beautiful Okaloosa Island, which is infamous for its emerald green waters and white sandy beaches. Waterscape was constructed as a U-shaped property to house the "heartbeat" of the facility; the tropical oasis and pools. Waterscape has a two tiered pool deck separated by a 10 foot waterfall. The lower pool deck includes a large zero entry pool with spray toys and lily pads for the young at heart. The resort's lower pool deck features a long lazy river for you to float down on resort inner tubes. The upper deck houses a seasonally heated pool. There is a children's splash area on the upper pool deck that features toys for toddlers and a covered play area for maximum sun protection. There are two hot tubs located in the tropical oasis for your relaxation. ... more   less 
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