I'll start by saying that all units in this building are not upheld to the same standards, so choose wisely. We rented unit 201, which is a 3 bed/ 3 bath corner unit. We used Navarre Vacation Rentals (aka Kilgore Realty), and had no problems whatsoever, so we will more than likely use them again.
I'll review our unit below, but the reason for my warning to choose wisely is that I spoke with a few families during our stay that were very surprised at the ammenities that the owner of our unit had to offer (some units don't have flat screen tv's, good quality cutlary, etc).
We normally stay in Destin, which is about 40 minutes to the east, but due to an illness, by the time we were ready to book, our normal unit in Destin was booked solid. We were really happy with the 201 Pearl, and if our plans ever fall through in Destin again, we will definately book this unit again! I'll try to give a detailed review, since there are not many reviews on here for the Pearl.
We liked the location. The main condo buildings in Navarre are off of the main drag, so when you need to go to the store, you drive across the bridge to Hwy 98 (which is the connecting Hwy for everything between Pensacola to Destin).
During our stay, the traffic got congested at times in the afternoon on the bridge leading to town, but I try to make it a rule not to get in a hurry on vacation, so it didn't bother us. There is a Wal Mart Supercenter, a Publix and a Winn Dixie all within a few minutes of the building. The Navarre Fishing Pier is within walking distance.
If you're into family pictures on the beach, there's a really cool pull off about 4 miles to the west of the condo. It's in the middle of a refuge, so there are no buildings, just beach and dunes.
This building has great curb appeal! The grounds are kept up well, the beach is clean (it gets raked once every day), and there are two pools (one heated) with a hot tub. The beach gets a little crowded from what we are used to, but it was never a problem, and it is a family atmosphere. There were a few partiers, but they usually kept it down when kids were around.
There is a decent "fitness" room. There is enough equipment to somewhat maintain your routine while you're away. The dumbells only go up to 12 lbs, but there is a pretty nice machine that will give you a decent workout all around. There are also a couple of cardio machines.
I love to grill, so I was pleased to find a grilling area on the west side of the building. I was concerned that it would be crowded, but every time I went down to grill, I was able to get right on a grill. There are a couple of nice gas grills and a charcoal grill. The charcoal grill didn't have a lid (campground type unit), so I used the gas grills against my better judgement;) They got the job done, but I prefer sitting around waiting on charcoal to get ready.
I've seen people talking about the elevators on other reviews, and I found that this is probably the biggest downfall to this building. Unfortunately, I don't think there is anything that they can do to correct it (design flaw). Again, if you're in a hurry, it will be an issue for you, but follow my rule of thumb to not get in a hurry on vacation, and you'll be fine. Also, if you get a unit on the 1st or 2nd floor, you're golden!
All of the units in The Pearl have a Gulf view. If you're on the 1st floor, you'll have a view of the water and the dune, but not the beach. The 2nd through 18th floors have views of the beach and water. You can also watch folks catching fish off of the pier, if you have a set of binocs or a scope.
The following are specific to unit 201!!!
This unit was immaculate! We got a call from Kilgore Realty the day before we arrived telling us that the family that had rented the unit the week before had to cancel, so the unit was ready for us as early as we could get there, instead of having to wait until 3:00 PM. I was worried that the unit would smell musty, as ocean front units sometimes do if they haven't been occupied. But, to my surprise, it smelled fresh and was very clean!
201 is a corner unit, so there is a wrap-around balcony on the gulf side, and a small balcony on the parking lot side off of the rear bedroom. There is a master bedroom with a huge bathroom (including a corner shower and a jacuzzi tub), a kid's bedroom with two twin beds, and a "mother-in-law suite, with a queen bed, bathroom with jacuzzi/shower, and a kitchenette complete with dishes, microwave, and coffee pot! The mother-in-law suite can be isolated from the rest of the unit.
The owner of this unit has decorated it to give it a festive feel, with bright colors paint and furnature. There are wooden blinds throughout the unit, so you can dim it down in the middle of the day if needed. Every room has Visio flat screen tv's.
As with any condo, there is a fully equipped kitchen. The cutlary and utensils were in very good shape and good quality. There are pots, pans and oven dishes for just about anything you can think of cooking (including a HUGE pot that's perfect for boiling 5 lbs of bay shrimp)!!! Last but not least, there is a full sized washer and dryer, not the miniatures that we usually find in the units we have stayed in.
There is covered parking on the ground floor of the building, and the owner of this unit has a reserved spot with the code. The parking spot is as close to the elevator as you can get, so it makes trips to the store a little more convenient. And, in case you're wondering, the overhead clearance is more than enough for a Chevy Tahoe with a Yakima luggage carrier on top.
I think I covered everything, but feel free to give me a shout if you have any specific questions. If you are headed to Navarre, this is a great unit to stay in. And don't forget your portable gazebo!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Two and three bedroom fully furnished condominiums on beautiful Navarre Beach. All condominiums are fully furnished and include equipped kitchens with full-sized appliances as well as washer-dryer. The Pearl offers panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico and Navarre's famous sugar white beaches. Enjoy the beachfront swimming pool and hot tub. Stay fit and enjoy the view in the gulf front fitness center. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Pearl Of Navarre Beach Hotel Navarre