I recently stayed at this property just a few days after they had opened. I only stayed for 2 nights with my 18 yr old son. We were there for a fishing trip so some of what I'm saying is cause of what I know (I travel for a living spending around 250 nights a year in a hotel. I will say I did not pay for our room, I stayed on points).
Upon check in the front desk staff was as nice and great as any staff anywhere, but not well trained, which I expect with a new property.
The kids activity room is small, about the size of an average bedroom. The game room is small, only a few video games and a pinball machine. No pool table or ping pong table as with most "kid friendly" resorts.
Rooms were neat and clean. Housekeeping was great. We didn't have enough towels in our room but upon request we had housekeeping at our door with plenty to last us.
Room service was quick. The person that took our order didn't really know what they were doing (new hotel blues I assume) but our food was good and quick. A tad pricey, but what you would expect for hotel food.
Just from the looks of it, their outdoor pool is non existent. It was just a lazy river. No place for an adult to jump in and hang out. And, most resort hotels have more than one outdoor pool.
No matter what the name says, this is far short of a resort property. At best this is just a really nice Holiday Inn Express. I know personally, I would have been greatly disappointed if I took children over the age of 7 there. And for the prices they charge for their rooms, I would have been truly disappointed. Heck, I'm disappointed in this beach front property and it was free.
I meant to write this 2 weeks ago but I got busy. I am writing this review now cause I am heading back there in a couple of weeks and I will give an update. I really don't want to go back but my wife can't believe it is so non resort like. So, my next review will be based on a few days staying more around the hotel. UGHH
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- Whatever you want out of your vacation, it’s right here. We’re at your service – helping you have fun and create memories. Our hotel is perfect not just for family vacations, but for romantic getaways, meetings and events, and business travel. We have the best pool in the area with a lazy river, waterfall, and hot tub as well as an an indoor pool, American Grill, pool bar, family suites, supervised children's activities, 'Dive-Inn' movies, interactive pirate and mermaid shows, private beachfront balconies, 24 hour fitness center, 24 hour business center, free WiFi, and free parking. We’re waiting for you here in Fort Walton Beach … what are you waiting for? Reserve your room today. ... more less
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