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“Not exactly what we expected from Tripadvisors #5 hotel”
Review of Osprey on the Gulf

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Osprey on the Gulf
Ranked #2 of 48 Hotels in Panama City Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 3 December 2013

My wife and I wanted to go somewhere for our 30th anniversary that we had never been. We decided on Panama City Beach. We searched extensively for the right hotel. We finally decide on the Osprey mostly due to its #5 ranking. When we arrived the motel wasn't exactly as we expected. The hotel has a circa 1970 look about it. This was the first hotel we had stayed in over 20 years that actually had "keys" for the door. The rooms are very average, nothing special. The rooms do have very large balconies with lots of room. The view is good also. Parking on the hotel side is limited but there is extra parking across the street. As for the hotel employees they were great. Everyone who worked with the hotel was VERY nice, friendly and helpful. We did have a very good time for our first visit to Panama City Beach. If we go back will we stay at the Osprey again? Probably not. If you are looking for an inexpensive hotel and don't want any frills or enjoy that retro hotel experience, this is the one for you.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Tracy S, General Manager at Osprey on the Gulf, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2013

We are happy to know that you had a good time on your first visit to Panama City Beach. October is a wonderful time of year to vacation here. We are very pleased to know that our Staff met and exceeded your expectations. Thank you for staying with us.

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Reviewed 29 November 2013

Glad we chose this place!!! Great location easy access and close to Pier park. Extra friendly and personable staff!! They provided for our every need. Free popcorn and cocoa every night!! Will stay here again and again !! Our view was awesome!!! Just wish it had been warmer but the teenagers enjoyed the hot tub and heated pool.

  • Stayed: November 2013
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Tracy S, General Manager at Osprey on the Gulf, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2013

Our location and Staff are the best on Panama City Beach! Thank you for your kind words. We have shared your review will all of our Staff so that they know their hard work and friendly smiles don't go unnoticed. We look forward to hosting you again in the very near future.

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Reviewed 8 November 2013

We stayed at the Osprey in mid October. For an older hotel is was VERY clean! The only problem we had was we left one day and the housekeeper was cleaning our room and when we came back hours later our door was not pulled all the way shut. Thankfully nothing was missing. I did let the front desk know and it didn't happen again. Parking at the hotel isn't easy if you have an SUV which we do so it tight but you can park. But there is plenty of parking across the street. All the staff was very nice. Remember to turn in your keys and bracelets or they charge you! Keys are $10 each and Bracelets I think were $15. We stayed over the Tiki bar and there was a game on and it was very loud until around 11 or so.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Tracy S, General Manager at Osprey on the Gulf, responded to this reviewResponded 18 November 2013

We are glad to know that you enjoyed your stay with us. Our housekeeping staff knows that our guests expect a clean and comfortable room, we are sorry that you had an issue with your door,but very glad that it was addressed. We look forward to hosting you again in the near future.

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Reviewed 15 October 2013

If you're going to PCB to enjoy the beaches, then Osprey is a great choice. I had a pleasant stay here for four nights. Now, it's not fancy, but it is clean and secure. The location can't be beat if you like to have dining and shopping nearby. It's a short walk to Pier Park. By short walk, I mean less than ten minutes. The city pier is also a short walk.

There were a few items that needed attention -- tricky door locks, wiggly shower heads and an obnoxious elevator recording that announced "going up" and "fourth floor" every time one entered it. My room had a full kitchenette in it, which made snacking or cooking in the room easy and budget-friendly.Parking is limited and a bit tricky with the cement columns, but there is an additional lot across the street. I'm pretty lazy, but I didn't mind parking across the street in order to avoid dinging up a rental car with my wacky parking skills.

I would definitely stay here again.

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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

My wife and transferred to the Osprey after leaving the Driftwood next door due to the loudness of the motorcycles and bike week. The room is newer and better than the Driftwood and unlike the Driftwood, their sink is in a shelf, providing space for all one's toiletries. The room is large and clean and would get a higher rating if it weren't for the A/C unit. It kept the room cool, but it sounded like a stand-by generator when the compressor kicked on. Ten minutes on, ten minutes off made for difficult sleep.

Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 October 2013

Our recent trip to Panama City was very nice, and thanks to the fantastic staff of The Osprey/Driftwood Lodge, it was quite comfortable. We had originally booked our stay at Driftwood Lodge, but upon arriving and finding out that there were no elevators at the Driftwood, (one of our party has back problems), and finding the lack of private balconies, or privacy in general, we requested to change to their property next door, The Osprey. The front desk young lady an gentleman were both extremely friendly and worked with us to find a suitable room, and even helped us to move our luggage over! We ended up choosing one of the "end rooms" that had a seperate bedroom, plus a large murphy bed in the living room. The balcony was also very large. The only complaints we really have was that the screen on the sliding glass door was broken, and also the air conditioning in the bedroom had been leaking, and as a result, the carpet in the bedroom had a VERY BAD odor. As soon as we reported it,though, they sent up two very nice people from housekeeping to clean the carpet. The smell still lingered, but we just bought some Febreeze and an air freshners and tried to ignore it. The planned activities that theydo during the week, (movie night, cook out, etc.), are also a nice touch. The Osprey is also within easy walking distance of Pier Park , a very nice bonus!

Room Tip: If you can swing the cost, stay in one of the end-room suites, way worth the extra cost, especially...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Tracy S, General Manager at Osprey on the Gulf, responded to this reviewResponded 18 November 2013

We are so glad that we could accommodate you during your recent visit to Gilmore Resorts. We strive to make sure that your stay with us is much more than just putting your head in a bed. "Family friendly" is more than just a motto with us and our Wednesday Cookouts and Thursday Night Movies (with popcorn and Lenny's Famous Peanut Butter Fudge) are just a few of the fun things we offer. We are very glad to know that our housekeeping and maintenance staff were prompt and courteous. We look forward to hosing your family here again in the future.

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Reviewed 29 September 2013

We were extremely happy with the Osprey! Had never been to PCB, so wasn't sure what to expect, but was really happy we booked there. I agree that there are some little things that could use improving on, like the lack of Kleenex in the room. As far as the size of the TV, it was just fine for us, we weren't there to spend time watching TV anyway. The balcony and view were amazing except after dark when we go visited by "bugs"! I don't know if this is just something common in Florida or what, but we just avoided the balcony after dark. We will bring some bug spray next time. This will not stop us from returning, it was well worth what we paid for it! If we wanted fancy, we could have stayed at one of the highrises for alot more money, but we were there for the beach and relaxation which we found at the Osprey! The staff was extremely helpful when we needed it! Parking was a little tricky in the garage, but we managed. We are already planning our 2014 vacation for PCB and the OSPREY!! See ya next year!

Room Tip: All rooms have an excellent ocean front view! No "ocean view" here, only ocean FRONT!!
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Driftwoodpcb, General Manager at Osprey on the Gulf, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2013

Glad to know your stay was so great that you already have plans to come back.

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Additional Information about Osprey on the Gulf

Address: 15801 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413-2509
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Region: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Panama City Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Panama City Beach
#2 Romantic Hotel in Panama City Beach
#2 Best Value Hotel in Panama City Beach
#4 Family Hotel in Panama City Beach
Price Range: £69 - £135 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Osprey on the Gulf 2.5*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located directly on the Gulf of Mexico, Osprey On The Gulf offers the family vacation of a lifetime and the memories to match. If you are looking for a vacation that offers the combination of tranquility and adventure in an atmosphere of natural beauty, let the the Osprey on the Gulf serve as your perfect family vacation spot. Each room offers full kitchen and extra large private balcony over looking the Gulf of Mexico. ... more   less 
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