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“Quiet and Relaxed”
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Port Inn
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Port Saint Joe
Certificate of Excellence
Tallahassee, FL
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
“Quiet and Relaxed”
Reviewed 11 August 2009

My husband and I go here nearly every year for our anniversary. We keep coming back because we can relax completely here. Its very quiet, despite being close to a major road. Always clean and the staff go out of their way to make your stay as nice as possible. The pool is on the small side so you have to grab some time out there when its not being used, which is easy to do since its a small inn. There are a few shops nearby and you can catch a sunset cruise less than a mile from the inn. The downstairs rooms with porches are nice, in the evening we were treated to music playing at the Thirsty Goat bar at the end of the inn.

  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Atlanta
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 20 June 2009

A very quaint hotel centrally located in a small, sleepy town. Staff is very friendly, and the hotel is clean and well decorated. The room we had (king on first floor with patio) was quite small, but the bathroom was large and the jacuzzi tub a nice addition. A double vanity would have been great, but not a big deal. Even though it was technically a "bay view", you really can't see the bay very well, because it's across the street and beyond a small park. The private patio again was nice, but you're listening to the sound of cars go by, not the ocean surf. The pool is tiny and next to the parking lot. Skip it and make the drive up to one of the great beaches in the area, only a 10 minute drive. The complimentary breakfast was excellent! If you are visiting Port St. Joe, this is really your only realistic option, and I would recommend it.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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MIAMI
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2008

My wife and I wanted to check out the Florida Panhandle and picked Port St Joe to stay. The place is clean and quaint and so was our room (a queen bed) though a tad small. The inn offered a drink coupon when we booked but the clerk at check-in neglected to provide it to us. The AC unit dominated the room and was somewhat noisey. Breakfast was decent but the coffee dispenser was empty when we got there and not re-filled (we drank the de-caf, instead). There's a terrific beach about 30 minutes away at the state park but nothing near the hotel.

  • Liked — A nice example of preserving old/historic buildings.
  • Disliked — The area was striving to make a comeback but has a ways to go.
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank MGIF
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Dallas, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 June 2008

I was in Port St Joe for work and was referred to Port Inn by my client. The front desk staff, Al, was very friendly and took the time to give me some background on Port St Joe. The room and common areas were very clean. I enjoyed the complimentary breakfast (espeically, the cheese grits) and eating it on the porch overlooking St Joseph Bay. The Thirsty Goat is a wonderful establishment situated within the hotel. They have a great selection of wines, beer and liquour to compliment the free snacks. The bartender, Madison, did a great job of making me feel welcome. If you are heading to Port St Joe and you desire a cold beer on Sunday, make sure you stop to pick one up on your way...They are dry on Sundays. I highly recommend Port Inn.

  • Liked — Thirsty Goat
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled on business
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Lizella GA
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2008

We were supposed to stay at the Port Inn in Port St. Joe, FL for two nights (June 2 & 3). I suffer from fibromyalgia and lupus, and have extreme muscle/joint pain; so, we booked a room with a Jacuzzi tub.
This trip was to celebrate my birthday. I have difficulty riding long distances and knew the Jacuzzi tub would help with my pain. After a six hour ride, I was looking forward to soaking in a hot tub. However, this did not happen. When we arrived, my husband was told that the manager had booked our room. They would be happy to upgrade us to a suite without a Jacuzzi tub at a discounted price.

We had received e-mail confirmation of our room the week before and I had called the Inn the Friday before asking about a place to store my scooter. I was told then that our reservations were confirmed. Imagine our surprise. This was supposed to be a great place to stay. I guess that only matters when you are not handicapped.

We ended up staying at a motel down the road because I was in too much pain to travel home. The next morning we made the six hour trip home. The stress of the trip and miles in a car have thrown me into a flare, resulting in extreme pain.

I guess the moral of this story is not to rely on confirmations, especially if you have special needs. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Stayed June 2008
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KayceeK, Manager at Port Inn, responded to this review, 20 May 2009
I am extremely sorry for the inconvenience the birthday girl experienced. The guests that stayed in the room she was scheduled to check into decided to stay another night. They didn't want to move rooms. Since we had a Suite avaialble we decided to upgrade the birthday girl to that suite.

We learned two valuable lessons from this experience. First is when upgrading a guest it is best to contact them first to confirm the upgrade still fits their needs. While the suite has more space, a mini fridge, microwave, and an extra bed it lacks the Jacuzzi tub. Second if a guest has special needs that should be documented on their reservation so everyone is aware.

We all make mistakes from time to time; what's important is that we learn from them and don't continue making the same ones. Again I am truly sorry to have had part in ruining this birthday.
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Tampa, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
179 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2007

This spectacular inn was well well beyond my expectations in Port St. Joe. It old Inn has been gutted and re-constructed -- a photo album in the lobby chronicles the process. I understand that the daughter of a St. Joe Company founder owns the property and put her heart into the restoration. It truly is beautiful. Everything is new and well appointed. Our suite had a master bed in one bedroom a bath, and a double room for our 2 children. The decor is gorgeous.

Low room rates include breakfast, which is not unlike something you would find in a Hampton Inn or the like, with a self-serve belgium waffle maker, grits and other hot dishes.

There is a coin operated laundry for a $1 a load and complementary soap. Can't beat that!

The small pool is supposed to be heated, but too cold for my kids.

The bar is fun and modern, and was lively with football games on the flat screens. Some guests warned that rooms over the bar heard the music and sounds from the bar, but we did not find that to be the case.

Right across the street is a park with playground and the famous gazebo dock of Port St. Joe. Restaurants are right across and down the street. A quick walk.

The only, and I mean only negative to this place is the a/c system, which seems to drip water from the ceiling mounted vent.

The staff was pleasant. I can't say enough about how wonderful and classy this place is. You can tell it won't be long until the growth and riches of the Panhandle reaches Port St. Joe. The Port Inn is ready and waiting!

  • Liked — Beautiful new decor, quality of inn, price
  • Disliked — a/c vent problems - but that was minor!
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled with family
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2 Thank MySheWasYar
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Cottondale, FL
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2007

Stayed for one night while attending a wedding in the area, check out time was 10 am so we booked for two nights so we could have the room to get ready for the wedding the following afternoon. When we checked out they only charged us for one night. The room was perfect, very clean and had a front porch. The bar is very nice and the drinks were perfect. Coming back when we can stay a few days and just enjoy the area and do some relaxing.

  • Stayed November 2007, travelled as a couple
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Property: Port Inn
Address: 501 Monument Ave, Port Saint Joe, FL 32456-1913
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Region: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Port Saint Joe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Port Saint Joe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Port Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Port Inn is a recently-restored 22-room hotel located in the small coastal town of Port St. Joe on Florida's quiet Gulf Coast, less than twenty minutes from Apalachicola and Mexico Beach. The Inn sits just across the street from St. Joseph Bay and Frank Pate Park with public boat launching facilities, and just three blocks from a new, state-of-the-art marina offering fishing charters and waterfront dining. ... more   less 
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