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“The worst place on the beach”

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The Sandpiper Beacon Beach Resort
Ranked #6 of 49 Hotels in Panama City Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 17 July 2008

From the moment that we arrived at the hotel , the staff was extremely unprofessional . Any questions that were asked to front desk staff were met with absent looks and little to no response . At the tiki bar , bouncers and staff were too busy flirting with local females that appeared to be underage , to keep the place from feeling unsafe . All amenities were crowded and poorly maintained . The beach was regularly littered with beer cans , bottles and other "unmentioned" disgusting items through most of the late evening until around noon each day . Children's playground was inaccessible to my child because grown , drunk men were constantly on the swings and slides ! SHAME ON THIS PLACE AND THEIR STAFF !!! Forget about wave runners , sailboats , etc. , no way I'd pay to rent those things when the evening before , local kids "pretend" ride on them .
In summary , the inmates are running the asylum .

Stayed: July 2008
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SandpiperBeacon, Manager at The Sandpiper Beacon Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2016

Hello. We are sorry for such a late response. We are also deeply saddened to see that you did not have a much better experience staying with us. We want to provide all guests with an enjoyable, comfortable, safe and clean stay with excellent customer service. So to see that we fell short of that goal during your stay reflects badly on us. We'd like to sincerely apologize to you, and invite you to stay with us again to see how many changes and improvements we have made in the 8 years since you last visited us. Thank you for your feedback.

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Reviewed 14 July 2008

If you are a partier, then this is your place!
There are lots of drugs and other things going on here. The rooms were old and nasty. It is a place to lay your head and party. Do not bring kids...

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 July 2008

We have stayed at Sandpiper Beacon several times in the last 20 years. We were worried about the reviews about the hotel, but I'm glad we ignored them. The kids wanted to stay there for the memories...and now we have a grandchild too. Our kids are 12, 17, and 20 now.. and we do not want to stay anywhere else. We just got back from our vacation a couple of weeks ago( June, 22-27 2008) and we had a blast. There are not many hotels that allow you to bring small dogs, a {pom and Chihuahua} and they loved the 13 hour trip there and the hotel. I love the fact that the place is hopping all night long.(Our sleep was never disturbed) After shopping, being on the beach, Shell Island, and running all day its nice to swim in the pool late at night , We like to go out on the beach and walk at night, we never felt threatened or at risk. The hotel I think is one of the few places that have a Tiki bar and playground and games like shuffle board. One night the bar had a fire dancer and hula dancers. There is everything rentable on the beach like para sailing and jet sking. The gift shop is my favorite place to shop. There is a indoor pool and lazy river. There is a pool, and baby pool out front that closes earlier than the one in the back. In back there is a pool that stays open all night long and hot tub. The bar is in the back but it doesn't stay open all night. Our room over looked the pool in the back, and we had a great ocean view. Alot of nights we would go and sit on the balcony till two or 3'oclock in the morning and watch the people swim or on the beach, you really could'nt hear them over the air conditioner. The only problem we had was the bathtub didn't drain fast enough...We didn't say anything because it wasn't a big deal, but the maid noticed it and had someone fix it. The maids do come everyday, but we prefer just to change out the towels and trash, because of the dogs. One thing we notice about Panama City is that the area is changing, There are huge hotels going in, There is a mall that was built down the road that has all the big name stores and is surrounded by and old town effect.Our room was clean, it had 2 bedrooms and a kitchen. There were no bugs in the hotel room. (Florida does have big roaches called Palmeto bugs and are present in the finest hotels) but they were outside. One last thing, the hotel is just a few mintutes from the larger grocery stores and gift shops...The dollar stores are the best.....There is something for everybody there.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 July 2008

I had read the bad reviews of this resort but wanted to see for myself if it was really that bad. I put down the $380.00 deposit they requested and set out for Panama City Beach. When we arrived I requested to see the rooms before I paid any more money. I was shown 3 different rooms and I wouldn't stay in any of them. I promptly asked for my deposit to be refunded. I wish I had thought to take pictures to show. This place was the dump everyone describes.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled with family
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1  Thank relevart
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Reviewed 1 July 2008

Stayed in room 312 from 21 June 2008 through 28 June 2008. Noisy, noisy, noisy - all day AND all night. Appears to cater to "the party animal" who has no consideration for others. Property old (and dirty) in much need of maintenance. Never ever again...

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled with family
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1  Thank rsamallman
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SandpiperBeacon, Manager at The Sandpiper Beacon Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2016

Hello. We are sorry for such a late response. We are also deeply saddened to see that you did not have a much better experience staying with us. We want to provide all guests with an enjoyable, comfortable, safe and clean stay with excellent customer service. So to see that we fell short of that goal during your stay reflects badly on us. We'd like to sincerely apologize to you, and invite you to stay with us again to see how many changes and improvements we have made in the 8 years since you last visited us. Thank you for your feedback.

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Reviewed 30 June 2008

We stayed at this hotel last week. We had 4 teenagers with us and they loved it. Always something for them to do. Unlike another patron, we did not have to take out our trash. We were given plenty of towels when room service came around. The rooms were big enough for the nine of us that stayed. We did not see any ROACHES or any other bugs for that matter. We will stay at this location again for the ammenities for the teens.

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Reviewed 29 June 2008

Absolute Dump. Stay Away, Run Away Fast. The room was an absolute nasty dump. We paid extra for a kitchenette. It consisted of a nasty greasy stove setting about 2 feet inside the door. You had to squeeze in between it and the bed to get into the room. Our tv (about 20 years old) did not have an on/off button or remote. You had to unplug it to turn it off. The volume buttons didn't work. Customer service was an absolute joke. The door frame was rotting out of the wall. There were wet spots in the carpet when we arrived. Pretty sure it was urine. There were hairs all over the sheets. We were scared to use sleep on the sheets or under the blankets so we ended up sleeping in our clothes and sitting up. We left after only 1.5 days. Couldn't stand it any longer

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank hockey241
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SandpiperBeacon, Manager at The Sandpiper Beacon Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2016

Hello. We are sorry for such a late response. We are also deeply saddened to see that you did not have a much better experience staying with us. We want to provide all guests with an enjoyable, comfortable, safe and clean stay with excellent customer service. So to see that we fell short of that goal during your stay reflects badly on us. We'd like to sincerely apologize to you, and invite you to stay with us again to see how many changes and improvements we have made in the 8 years since you last visited us. Thank you for your feedback.

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Additional Information about The Sandpiper Beacon Beach Resort

Address: 17403 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413-6023
Region: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Panama City Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Panama City Beach
#2 Best Value Hotel in Panama City Beach
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Panama City Beach
#9 Family Hotel in Panama City Beach
Price Range: £35 - £157 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 199
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Also known as the "FUN Place!" The Sandpiper Beacon Beach Resort & Tiki Bar offers year-round fun, activities, and entertainment for all ages. Located directly beachfront on Front Beach Road, the Sandpiper is a family-friendly resort-hotel with planned activities and entertainment, waterslides, multiple indoor/outdoor (seasonally heated) swimming pools, free WiFi, indoor lazy river ride, on-site Deli, Ice Cream Shop, Gift Shop, Restaurant, Arcade and more. Offering 24/7 resort services, including housekeeping, guest services, and maintenance. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
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Sandpiper Beacon Beach Resort
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