We have visited Watercolor Inn on numerous occasions since it opened and have stayed in condos in Watercolor. This was by far the worst visit we ever had. We were here Saturday thru Monday night. Saturday there was a wedding reception and Sunday night a corporate event both with loud music that went until 10 pm. In the room with doors closed you could still hear the bass. The staff tried to be helpful but could not change the location of our room or do anything about the noise level. The whole attraction of this location has been the small size, location and views. It felt like being in a hotel in South Beach with the thumping bass. I understand the economics of group business. We stay in many fine luxury properties that do quite a bit of group business but it has never marred our experience as leisure travelers. Obviously St. Joe Paper who owns Watercolor Inn and developed Watercolor has made a business decision to favor group business over the leisure traveler. I guess they've sold enough property in Watercolor! We almost bought a place in Watercolor when it first opened back around 2000 but I was concerned about the size of the frontage on the beach relative to the size of the development. My concerns were warranted. If you come in the summer or hi day weekend plan on an episode of the Jersey Shore - 3 rows of beach chairs packed butt to cheek. As beautiful as the beach is between the excessive noise marring your evening trying to listen to the ocean and extreme overcrowding on the beach I say Fuggetabout it. I will never spend a night at the Inn again and instead stay at Seaside or Seagrove Beach where they still cater to families not group business.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- WaterColor Inn, nestled on nearly 500 acres of sugar-white sand beach, is surrounded by 1,400 linear feet of beachfront and pine forests alongside Western Lake, the state’s second-largest naturally occurring coastal dune lake. The 60-room Inn offers deluxe accommodations designed by David Rockwell, each overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and donning a pair of Adirondack chairs on the patio (and on the first floor, a private outdoor cabana shower). Perfectly encapsulating the spirit of an intimate beach getaway—while providing the functionality necessary for a family vacation—the freshly redecorated beachfront rooms bring the outdoors in, mere footsteps from the sand. From the soft linens to the spa-inspired toiletries, every well-appointed room offers a relaxing and comfortable seaside oasis. Owned by St. Joe Club & Resorts, this distinctive hotel property affords guests access to a bevy of the private membership club’s amenities. These include private golf and beach club access; complimentary bicycle use; kayak, canoe, pontoon boat, and discounted YOLO board rentals; and more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Watercolor Hotel Santa Rosa Beach
- Water Color Hotel
- WaterColor Inn Florida/Santa Rosa Beach