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Buccaneer Beach Motel
Ranked #15 of 31 Hotels in Panama City
Alabama
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3 reviews
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“Worst Mistake Ever ****BED BUGS INFESTATION****”
Reviewed 18 August 2012

This was our first trip to Panama City and when I tell to you this was a roach motel it is! We saw the pics on line and it gives you the impression that you are on a beach front from where the chairs are but you are not. Its only a small area of sand and few chairs on a bay! The rooms are horrible we swapped rooms 3 times because the first room was so small and the beds were worn out and broke down and the bathrooms were awful mold around the tub and windows and ants in the room no ice machines, no iron/ironing board you have to go to the front desk to borrow a small ironing board and iron, location is terrible you are not close to any attractions you have to drive back across to panama city beach to the strip or just cruise down 98. The front desk staff is not your normal staff. They are not your professional hotel staff and the check/in location does not offer much at all! If you say you spent over a million dollars in getting this hotel up to par from the previous owner where was the money spent not on the rooms with hardly no amenities and I always travel with my bed bug detection kit and this place was infested and since no refunds are given we had to sanitize our own room, purchase new beddings and protective coverings in safety of our kids and us! I do not recommend this place unless you are the partying and drinking type this is your atmosphere not a family type setting cause you are not near anything but a residential area!

Room Tip: rooms over looking the bay are bigger
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Ada, Oklahoma
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Reviewed 31 July 2012

My husband and I had such a wonderful experience at The Buccaneer. Jaycee Elmore the events planner was terrific and very proactive. Kristin the manager and the office staff were so helpful and made not only our stay perfect, but all the family and friends stay terrific as well.
Can't wait to get back,
Kris & Shaun Henderson

Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Worthington, Ohio
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Reviewed 27 July 2012

We chose this hotel based on price and the private beach only. This was to get us a place to stay for a night on our way across from Biloxi to Tampa. That is about all it was good for, honestly, and I have several reservations about returning. First, it is an OLD hotel and while they have painted and cleaned up and made some updates like a decent TV and microwave/fridge, it is simply OLD and you can't paint over that. Second, the private beach is about thirty feet wide and about twenty feet long and you can only walk a few feet into the water before you run into thick seaweed which just isn't pleasant to deal with. Third, and this may just be a seasonal thing, but the SMELL of DEATH from all the industry and sea creatures is absolutely impossible to overcome in the mornings. Maybe this is just because we were there in early July, maybe it's OK during other times of the year. But there ARE good things. The restaurant has TERRIFIC service and good pub grub/comfort food and it was the highlight of our stay at the Buccaneer. The beach area has a swingset and a "pirate ship" for the kids to play on. There are chairs and umbrellas available at no charge. The sand is nice, not too many shells, it's soft when it's dry, firm when it's wet, fun to play with. The pool is awesome, just the right size for kids to play and there is a deeper end to dive with rings and glowsticks and such. There is plenty of parking. The front desk personnel are really sweet. They have just replaced their internet routers and other equipment and the signal is very good now even at the back of the furthest rooms from the office area. In closing, I can't recommend this hotel if you're looking for a resort experience, but it is acceptable for what it is. But depending on the weather and time of year you may need to plug your nose from about 5am until noon and you'll be fine. That smell stayed in my head well into the afternoon when we were hundreds of miles away. Maybe it's a Panama City thing?

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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redford
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2012

YOU DO NOT WANT TO STAY HERE! First of all, when we booked, we thought we were staying at the Days Inn Bayside Hotel (old ownership) which used to be nice. We did not realize it had changed to Bucccaneer Motel.
HERE ARE THE LIST OF COMPLAINTS:

1. When we checked in, EVERY towel and wash cloth was dirty.
2. We killed a 2 inch roach and a 2 inch crab like bug in our room.
3. The light bulb was out near desk.
4. Cloth chairs were stained and filthy.
5. We felt like we were held hostage because there were no refunds.
6. For the price you are going to pay, you would be better off paying a little more for better
accomondations.
7. They didn't offer any restitution. In fact, I don't think they really care as long as people keep
patronizing them.

Room Tip: do not stay here
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Tallahassee, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 July 2012

we met other people there and the first thing was, we have roachs in our bathroom. so they get another room after being there for 1 day (no refund). so no more got them settled and we go back to our room and one was on the wall. killed it. well after that no sleep. never seen anymore the rest of the stay which was fri. to sun. left sunday to come home, got home and was unloading bags and i had brought one home with us. was not happy. other than that the rooms are so so and personally myself i would pay a few extra and stayed at a place i knew. thats just my opinion. the pictures you see are true but the beach area is the bay and small. also no ice.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Clanton, Alabama, United States
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2012

after reading the reviews I was scepitcal about staying at this hotel. when arriving to check in I was suprised. This hotel offers discounts if you are public servant. our room was nice and clean the only thing the housekeeper forgot to leave wash cloths. they aplogized and brought us some. the next day when we came back from the beach our room was clean. kids had a blast on the playground and in the pool. we usually stay at the sandpiper but could not afford to this time. after finding the buccaneer we will be staying here it is quite and kids have fun while saving money. our room over looked the bay.you can walk a good ways before the water gets deep. great if you have small children. the staff is so friendly. can't wait to go back.

Room Tip: we stayed in room 302 carpet appears new the room was spacious
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Springfield, Tennessee
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2012

friendly not only the staff but the other guests too.We went for the 4th of july and i have never had so much fun we will return again for our wedding anniversary

Room Tip: ask for bayview rooms or the suite great view from those
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Buccaneer Beach Motel
Address: 711 W Beach Dr, Panama City, FL 32401-2319
Region: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Panama City
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 31 Hotels in Panama City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Buccaneer Beach Motel 1.5*
Number of rooms: 100
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Also Known As:
Buccaneer Beach Hotel Panama City
Days Inn Bayside
Days Inn Panama City
Panama City Days Inn
Buccaneer Beach Motel Panama City, Florida

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