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Sterling Beach
Reviewed 23 February 2010

Absolutely the best place to be in Panama City Beach, FL! Gorgeous grounds & pool, units are much biggest units on the beach, most are beautifully decorated - each unit is independantly owned so just depends on what style the owners have & if they keep it updated. Great large kitchen area, big pantry & bar. BEST part is the view!! Wall of glass that will have you sold the minute you walk in. HUGE balconies overlooking the lagoon shaped pool - you will LOVE this place!!

Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 October 2009

A nice enough place unless the wind blows. Then the deck railings set up a roar like a huge airplane landing right in your unit. I mean it's really ridiculous. I'm glad I don't own anything here or I'd be looking for someone to sue; I'm pretty sure full disclosure did not include "Hey, don't plan on sleeping when it's windy." The rental office acknowledges there is a problem but refuses any discussion of a refund for leaving early. In fairness, I spoke to two other renters; one was as bothered as I am, but another said "It's bad, but oh well." So whether you should stay here depends on how much discomfort you want for your money. We are here for the month; so far 5 out of 15 days have been horrible.

Stayed: October 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 4 August 2008

My family just recently returned from a short 3 day stay at the Sterling Beach Resort in Panama City Beach, Florida. The resort itself was wonderful and my only complaint was the dirty carpet in the condo. Very minor. We had upgraded to a 3bd/3ba condo and we are so glad we did because the upgrade moved us to an end unit with wonderful floor to ceiling glass windows in the main living areas and two large balconies. The only other complaint was that the actual social scene outside of the resort left a little to be desired. We would definitely return to the condo but will spend all of our time there and not venture out for eating or recreation.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 June 2008

Our family was at Sterling Beach for the 6th year in a row the 2nd week in June 08. This year, we stayed in Unit 1603, a very well appointed 2br/2bath unit. The manner in which this unit was furnished/decorated was impressive. I have talked to many other people in PCB over the years and no one has been able to recommend a complex with units as large as you will find at Sterling Beach.

Checkin process this year was pretty easy however looking at the parking lot every day, occupancy must be way, way down. I suspect the price of fuel/travel is keeping many people away. Also noticed the one night we ate out at our favorite restaurant that there was no waiting in line, plenty of parking spaces. Again, I suspect many are just not traveling.

On the downside...the pool area did not appear to be as well kept this year as it has been in years past. Other than that...nothing else I can really complain about.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled with family
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2  Thank RickK
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Reviewed 18 March 2008

Stayed at Sterling Beach in July 2007. We were there about a week and we enojoyed our stay. We had the 3 bedroom suite. It was very clean and the two bathrooms were big. We were very pleased with the hotel. Just make sure you don't smoke on the balcony and then put the cigarette butts in the garbage that is inside because we got hit with an extra $200 fee because they thought we smoked in the room.

Stayed: July 2007
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Reviewed 8 January 2008

We had planned a trip with another family to visit PCB and wanted to stay in close proximity to one another. I had contacted Sterling Beach and (thought) I had everything set. When we arrived, we were told we were on the 10th floor, or friends on the 3rd (not what I would call close). After jumping through hoops for 45 minutes, we were finally moved to the 4th floor (better, but not what I had hoped... oh, well). There were plenty of baggage carts to help get things to the room. When we arrived at the room, we were initially pleased at the quality of the room. But the temperature was 80 degrees inside. Called down to the desk and a maintenance person arrived within 30 minutes. He confirmed that the A/C was broken and would TRY to have it fixed by the next day. Next day comes and goes, still not fixed. Come to find out that the maintenance person dropped the ball and the service order was never written. Finally had it fixed the next day. Also, the internet connection did not work or worked very slowly for the duration of our trip. Calls to the desk did nothing to fix the lack of internet. The property was well kept and the pool area/hot tub is very nice. The gas grills are terrible. They will not get very hot and take forever to cook anything. Other than a rather funky smelling couch in our condo, everything else was acceptable. Well stocked kitchen and comfortable beds. I will say that the front desk personnel seemed very disinterested in helping with our problems. The only reason I don't give it a lower rating is that I went in December and the rates were ~$140/night. If I was paying peak rates of ~$350/night, I would have been livid.

  • Stayed: December 2007, travelled with family
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2  Thank rshelton
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Reviewed 6 November 2007

I did Ironman Florida on November 3rd. Because of injuries, I didn't book my hotel stay until very late in the game, when many of the places close to the Boardwalk Beach Resort (where the race is headquartered) were already booked solid. I found Sterling Beach on the web, and ended up renting a 3 bed, 2 bath condo. Honestly, it was a fantastic deal. We were on the 16th floor, and had a beautiful view of the beach. The place was very modern, clean, and had everything we needed. I had never rented a condo before, but had always stayed in hotels. This was a great experience. One of my friends who came down to watch me in the race signed up for next year, and we agreed to get the exact same room if we could do it! I didn't actually go in the pool (I had to train in the ocean) but it sure looked nice. My wife used the gym, and she liked it. It's convenient to everything we needed, and the place across the street (the Shaggy Marlin) was fun to watch the Pats play the Colts the day after the race. I'd definitely recommend this place.

The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is that I think that should be reserved for truly outstanding, world class places. I also don't have a basis for comparison with other condo rentals. Still, this place was a great deal, better by far than most hotels I've stayed at (and I've stayed at a number of very nice places).

  • Stayed: November 2007
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5  Thank Homer315
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Additional Information about Sterling Beach

Address: 6627 Thomas Dr, Panama City Beach, FL 32408
Region: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Panama City Beach
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #49 of 82 Speciality Lodging in Panama City Beach
Price Range: £149 - £512 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sterling Beach 3.5*
Number of rooms: 92
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sterling Beach is a high-rise beachfront condominium located near family activities and popular restaurants. Sterling Beach offers 1-, 2-, 3-, and 4-bedroom fully-equipped condominiums with private balconies in a resort setting that includes a beachside pool, spa, and fitness center. A 48-seat movie theater, meeting/reception facilities, and free high-speed Internet access are also available. Sterling Resorts guests enjoy unlimited free DVD rentals and access to the nearby Bay Point Resort. ... more   less 
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