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“Not a bad place to stay for a few days” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Marina Bay Resort

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Marina Bay Resort
Ranked #10 of 29 Hotels in Fort Walton Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Ft Myers Beach, Florida
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183 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“Not a bad place to stay for a few days”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2014

We selected this hotel mostly on its reviews. It was easy to find and the check in was very simple. The lobby is somewhat outdated. It also had a second hand shop right across from the check-in desk, which I found rather peculiar. I found out later on that this is a condotel / timeshare style operated resort.

The room was comfortable, but there was no refrigerator or microwave. We had a water view, but it was slightly skewed from the adjacent building(s). The court yard offered plenty of greenery, a water front pool and an outside shuffle board area. It had a clubhouse with pool tables and arcades.

It had a nice on-sight workout room and a self-operated laundry facility that was reasonably priced (dollar wash & dollar dry). There are a few bars, shops and eateries one block down from the Marina Bay Resort. However, there are lots more choices going south on highway 98. If you go over the first bridge there are a few restaurant/bars to your right. Go over the second bridge towards Destin and there to your right is Harbor Walk Village. There are lots of shops, water adventures/tours and restaurant/bars that will please almost any ones taste for entertainment. We liked AJ’s.

I would revisit Marina Bay Resort if only staying a couple of days. But if you are staying longer, consider a location that might offer some attractions that are within walking distances. Besides that it’s not a bad deal. Anthony S, You, Me and The Dock - Reviews

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Anthony S
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Opelousas, Louisiana
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17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2013 via mobile

The care of the outside is meticulous !! It's a great place to see the fireworks!! But the rooms are EXTREMELY outdated & dirty. The plugs were not connected in the tubs & there were roaches !!! The doors use regular keys & it was hard to get in at times. The pool was nice & kept very clean. You could walk to a nearby park & watch the fireworks, or sit at the pool for them also.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Katy B
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Greentown
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33 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2013

got an admiral suite this time, extra room, plenty of space for 2 for a week. nice and quiet, kitchen set up with just about everything needed. overlooked the courtyard which has the hottub and pool. also fished their pier and caught and small stuff. beautiful sunsets from the pier area.

Room Tip: lots to choose from whether water front or courtyard. both nice....
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank raperlak
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2013

This place by no means is the Taj Mahal. But if you want a good hotel at a great price this is the place to go. The owners got me in at last minute and were super friendly. It is right off the beach with a beautiful view of the ocean and for only $59 a night I got a full kitchen with all the utensils and cookware needed to make anything I want! This resort is also a timeshare so you get a lot of extras you wouldn't normally get with other hotels. This is an older hotel but it is clean and quiet! The air conditioning units works perfectly and look like their newer! It is also a couple of blocks from old-town Fort Walton Beach with some nice shops and a tattoo if you'd like one! All walking distance. Just remember you're not here to enjoy a hotel room, you're here to enjoy Florida!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Tulirox
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Albuquerque, NM
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12 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2013

I called at least 4 times before I finally got there. We made our reservations 7 mos in advance. We had an excellent view on the Marina side. Everything was clean. I did see one little bug on patio/balcony. Ours was a small kitchen, living area and bedroom. The fold out couch was comfortable. The bed was nice and firm. We joined in some of the get togethers. The staff was very friendly. We enjoyed our week there. Going back next year.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Imjaded
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Jacobsburg
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34 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2013

Enjoyed the stay. Disappointed that we were on the parking lot side. Should have asked if they had any rooms on Marina side. Didn't realize that there wasn't a beach on property. Guess the name should have told us something.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Buckeye_Freddy
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Frankfurt, Germany
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2013

We rented one of the cheaper rooms in the building that isn't at the beachside. The other building belonging to Marina Bay Resort had the seemingly rooms. There seems to be a big difference in Quality of the rooms you choose. Anway when I entered the room a tiny lizard crept from under the bed. I spotted two other insects crawling around. For 54 Dollars I thought as long as they don't touch me I'm fine but bed bugs bit me and that's a minus. Another downside is that the room had a horrible stench. The AC was too loud and if you are a light sleeper are going to have trouble getting a good nights sleep. The Bathoom was actually okay just the insect that was crawling around there made me feel unpleasant. WiFi was good though. All in all take a look first and best stay away from the cheaper rooms Marina Bay Resorts offer.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Streichler
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Larry A, General Manager at Marina Bay Resort, responded to this review, 22 November 2013
We have been unable to match the name on the review with our registration records for October and would appreciate a call or email from this individual, without this contact we are unable to identify the specific room from this review. Lizard because some guest choose to leave doors and windows open during nice weather, it is not impossible for a small chameleon to enter a room & remain unseen betweeen guests. In more than 29 years as manager, this is the first report i have received of this nature.Bed bug bite due to immense publicity of the nation wide bed bug epidemic,the hospitality industry has found that any itch or mosquito bite is assumed to be bed bug bite. With any report of possible bed bug bite we engage an independent detection company They use canine detection triple the effectiveness of human detection. The dog and handler have over 400hrs of training together the dog can detect both live eggs and bugs. Any report of possible bed bugs the room is put out of service until the handler and dog confirm the room is clear.
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Additional Information about Marina Bay Resort

Property: Marina Bay Resort
Address: 80 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548-5882
Region: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Fort Walton Beach
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Fort Walton Beach
#2 Best Value Hotel in Fort Walton Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Marina Bay Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 120
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