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“Nice location, decent price”
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Sterling Reef
Hernando, Mississippi
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257 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“Nice location, decent price”
Reviewed 22 July 2014

We stayed here last week and enjoyed it. The 2bdr unit was very clean and well stocked with all kitchen supplies, plenty of bed linens, and towels. The view was great and location was good also. There was plenty to do within walking distance. Parking was tight but it was plentiful. We paid $1900 for the week which I thought was high until I talked to other families at ball park and found they paid much more and didn't get kitchen furnishings. All in all it's a very nice place to stay and we will return if we are in the area again.

  • Stayed July 2014
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Bedford, Texas
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33 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

We were at this hotel for the Ironman 2013 race in Panama City. I was a little skeptic when we drove up, since the outside wasn't much to look at. I was even more skeptical when I saw that the doors opened from the outside. However, I was quickly proven wrong.

The view was incredible. The hotel is right on the beach, and our room had a great view. We were also perfectly positioned to watch the sunset every night over the pier. If you are going there for Ironman, the bike route went right in front of this hotel. We were able to see the contestants ride from our door entering the condo. There was even a bench you could sit on to watch people go by. If you come during the busy season, the hotel is across the street from Shipwreck Island Waterpark. Although it was closed, it looked like a very good place to go for anyone, especially families.

The inside of the 3 bedroom/3 bath condo was huge and well furnished. Even with 6 people in the condo and many visitors throughout the day, it never felt crowded. The tempurpedic beds were so comfortable, two couples in our party went out and bought similar beds for their homes within a few months. Although we never used the kitchen, it was well furnished with stove top burners, a full size refridgerator, dishwasher, sink, dishes, utensils, pots, and pans. There was also a full size washer and dryer. We enjoyed it so much, we are planning on going back in September 2014.

I did not book the room, so I do not know the exact price. I do believe the 2 bedroom/2 bath condo we are looking at in September will be around $130/night. I think that is a great deal for a fully furnished 2 bedroom condo on the beach.

We did not go to the pool, but it looked nice enough.

I rated the service and room service poorly, because this is more like a vacation rental than a hotel. There is no room service, and there is no housekeeping. However, the condo was well stocked, and we never ran out of towels or toliet paper. They do require you to clean the room when you leave.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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2 Thank vacations4kim
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Oklahoma
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19 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 June 2014 via mobile

I have Sterling Reef a 3 rating because we come here for the beach!!! The beach was incredibly dirty and they didn't grate the sand to get rid of all the broken shells either!!! You couldn't hardly walk to the ocean from the condo building without cutting your feet open on the shells, it was awful!

We rent a privately owned condo from JG's Rentals, which is great. It needs a little work this year, but still very nice condo!

Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Howell, MI
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89 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2014 via mobile

Nice condo we did vacation rental by owner unit 106 1st floor with huge deck. Walmart just a short drive. It is away from the spring breakers so if u are looking to be in that mix u won't be. The pool is small and no hot tub. Our friends stayed at grand panama their pools were way nicer and had a tiki bar however our room was nicer . TV in both rooms and in the living room.

  • Stayed April 2014
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dublin
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209 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2013

Sterling Reef was a stop during a two week vacation, and I think it was one of the best locations during our trip. The beach was unbelievable. We stayed in unit 304 and it fit all our needs. The desk is only open until five, however, it was very easy to access our keys and enter our condo. The unit was clean and well equipped.
Things to consider -
Chairs and umbrellas are NOT part of the condo, they are private and pricey to rent. If you have room bring your own, or even buy if you are staying for a week. It would be a LOT cheaper then renting.
We were in a third floor condo, however, this is really the sixth floor as there are three garage levels below the first floor units. So renting a first floor unit would probably have been our choice had we known this.
We loved our visit and would return without any second toughts

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank DublinIslanddreamer
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Tulsa, OK
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77 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2013 via mobile

Right on the beach! Nice balcony...gorgeous view! Always rent directly from owners! I always use vrbo! Better prices and usually nicer furnishings! #1406 is great! Clean, well appointed, spacious...2 full bedrooms, 2 full baths...washer/dryer...full kitchen...amazing view! Kelly was awesome to work with!

  • Stayed August 2013
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1 Thank fishluvr
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Kennesaw, Georgia
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67 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2013

This condo is independently owned, so it is not managed by Sterling Resorts. And after reading some of the reviews on this property, I think that might be a good thing. Our unit was ready early when we arrived, which was a nice surprise. The condo was very clean and decorated nicely. We had plenty of towels, etc. The kitchen had everything you'd need to cook-in. The balcony was very large and had nice patio furniture on it. It had nice, comfy furniture in the unit, as well as a nice pull out sofa bed. There are only 8 elevators servicing 18 floors, so they weren't the fastest. They were cooled so that was a nice plus. The only downside I found about this property was that there was no hot tub! And the on-site gym was closed due to water damage. We got a GREAT deal on the condo, so we felt like we got our money's worth. We would definitely stay at this condo again using the same person we rented it from on vrbo.com.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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2 Thank Kristi E
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Property: Sterling Reef
Address: 12011 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32407-3443
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 Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #55 of 83 Speciality Lodging in Panama City Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sterling Reef 3.5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sterling Reef is a high-rise beachfront condominium located next to Shipwreck Island and near other family activities and popular restaurants. Sterling Reef offers 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom fully-equipped condominiums with private balconies in a resort setting that includes a beachside pool, grill area, and fitness center. Amenities include garage parking, meeting/reception facilities, and free high-speed Internet access. Sterling Resorts guests enjoy unlimited free DVD rentals and access to the nearby Bay Point Resort. ... more   less 
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