Florida Panhandle Hotels | Places to Stay in Florida Panhandle

September 29, 2022 Malia Yoakum

The Florida Panhandle is known for its quaint beach towns and interesting attractions, many of which are money-saving and family friendly. Come to the Florida Panhandle and relax on glorious beaches, shop to your heart’s content and dance the night away. Santa Rosa Island is great for kids and offers a wide array of both beach-based and water-based activities. Families will enjoy a day away to tour the 150-year-old Pensacola Lighthouse. The Florida Panhandle offers exciting nightlife. Panama City, Destin and Pensacola all have numerous bars and nightclubs to suit all tastes. Panama City is home to Club La Vela, the largest nightclub in the U.S. The Florida Panhandle is a shopaholic’s dream. It offers specialty stores, antique stores and shopping malls. For those renting a home or condo, a trip to Joe Patti’s seafood market in Pensacola is a must. The market specializes in fine wine and cheese, and beautifully presented handmade chocolates to take home to friends and relatives as gifts. Mon Père et Moi in Tallahassee is also worth a visit.
Things to do in Florida Panhandle

1. Best Western Crossroads Inn

2343 US Highway 331 S, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435 1 (800) 568-8520
Excellent
37%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
9%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 474 reviews

Best Western Crossroads Inn

Located in DeFuniak Springs,FL, the Best Western Crossroads Inn is sure to provide a peaceful and comforting home away from home for any traveler. Each Best Western hotel provides free internet access, giving guests the opportunity to check emails and surf the web, all from the comforts of their room or the business center. With cleanliness and value being our top priority, we ensure a restful and productive stay. On top of that, our superior customer service will ensure that we meet all your needs and go beyond your expectations.

Family Outing

Reviewed By tamlee89

Family Outing and Memorial Day with friends Enjoyed the sun and fun grilling, chilling and visiting with all the aunts,uncles and cousins. Motel was needed for three nights to enjoy our trip with company.

2. Hotel Effie Sandestin

1 Grand Sandestin Blvd, Miramar Beach, FL 32550 1 (844) 544-7173
Excellent
77%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 510 reviews

Hotel Effie Sandestin

Hotel Effie Sandestin has a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, and a bar in Destin.

Dental conference breakfast with Tereza

Reviewed By B6042OIruthm

Great restaurant made even better by our server Tereza . Highly recommend Ovid for all meals all staff helpful from valet to front desk to restaurant. Great area to visit near shopping and beach amenities to make your visit perfect

3. Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

9300 Emerald Coast Pkwy West, Sandestin, Miramar Beach, FL 32550-7226
Excellent
58%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
8%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 2684 reviews

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is an award-winning Northwest Florida Golf and Beach Resort. The 2,400-acre resort has become THE destination for memorable vacations on the Emerald Coast. With nearly 1300 vacation rentals ranging from studios to 4-bedroom units, condos, homes, villas and penthouses, there's truly something for everyone. In addition the south side of the property fortunately situated on the sugar-white sands and emerald-green waters of Northwest Florida's Emerald Coast, guests may enjoy beach-to-bay onsite dining, retail, entertainment, golf, tennis and other activities without leaving the gates of the resort. Guests staying with Sandestin enjoy complimentary use of bicycles, boogie boards, kayaks, tennis, access to the fitness center and a resort-wide tram service. Distinct experiential areas of the resort include Beachside, Bayside, Lakeside and the Village stretching from our postcard-perfect sugar-white sandy beaches of Northwest Florida's Emerald Coast to the tranquil shorelines of the Choctawhatchee Bay and a lively 226-slip marina.

Doctor

Reviewed By 863swapand

Pilot house room was terrible. Dingy and weird Oder. Very outdated. However my desk attendant Alston Cardoz was amazing and worked to make great accommodation at Osprey which was a phenomenal place. Overall experience 5. Just avoid pilot house if possible.

4. Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa

4000 Sandestin Blvd S, Sandestin, Miramar Beach, FL 32550-4214 1 (855) 605-0316
Excellent
49%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
7%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 3661 reviews

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa

Daily Resort Charge will be added to the room rate and includes: Wi-Fi; self-parking; fitness center; yoga classes at Serenity by the Sea Spa; transportation throughout resort & to Silver Sands; board & beach games; discounted resort activities; kids 12 and under eat free breakfast; shopping pass. Check in to Northwest Florida's largest full-service beachfront resort, and get away from it all. The Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa combines oversized accommodations, world-class amenities and excellence in service against a sparkling backdrop of sugar-white sand and emerald-green water. The Hilton Sandestin Beach features 509 guest rooms, some featuring private bunk-bed alcoves for children, five on site dining venues including a distinguished AAA Four-Diamond steakhouse, an 14,500 sq. ft. state-of-the-art spa and fitness center, endless recreation options, and access to championship golf courses.

Great stay

Reviewed By Michelle H

Our room was great! Lots of room. The hotel was extremely crowded, but we only stayed 1 night because the hotel was booked all week. It was a Friday, so I understand that’s why it was so crowded. Love the breakfast.

5. Holiday Inn Express & Suites Panama City Beach - Beachfront An IHG Hotel

12907 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32407-3313 1 (844) 717-1528
Excellent
77%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 386 reviews

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Panama City Beach - Beachfront An IHG Hotel

Gulf-Front Beach Hotel The gorgeous Holiday Inn Express & Suites is located on the white sandy beaches of Panama City Beach. This beach-side hotel offers all the great amenities Holiday Inn Express fans love like the signature Express Start Breakfast, along with extra amenities such as a lazy river and poolside bar & grill! Combine business with pleasure with our convenient onsite meeting space, business center, and free Wi-Fi! This all non-smoking Express also features onsite parking, a 24-hour fitness center, sundries market, and a spacious gulf-front lobby. After a good night's rest, indulge in a free hot Express Start Breakfast in our breakfast bar to get energized for a day full of fun with the lazy river, zero depth entry pool, hot tub, and the Gulf of Mexico! Relax and enjoy your favorite tropical daiquiri and delight in lunch or dinner at the Indigo Bar & Grille, this hotel has it all.

Wonderful stay

Reviewed By rustya490

We had a wonderful stay Staff was very helpful and check in was fast and easy Room was very clean and updated Pool area was very clean with 2 pools and a lazy river About 300 feet from the beach They also have live shows and a beach bon fire Breakfast was very good with a large selection to choose from Plenty of parking Very happy with our stay

6. Holiday Inn Resort - Panama City Beach

11127 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, FL 32407-3529 1 (877) 878-9726
Excellent
66%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3292 reviews

Holiday Inn Resort - Panama City Beach

Located on the sugar white sands of Panama City Beach, our Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach offers gulf front rooms, lush tropical gardens, a variety of dining options, outstanding entertainment, & superior service; all of which add up to the perfect destination vacation! Our resort's unique combination of location, activities, & amenities allows guests to have everything they need for a great beach vacation right onsite! Our pool deck features a lagoon style pool with a cascading waterfall, fountain pool, lazy river, over-sized hot tub, spacious SeaGlass Bar & Grill, seasonal entertainment, free kids' activities, & a kids' water playground Aqualand. Park your car & never leave the property - we're centrally located near Pier Park, Shipwreck Island Waterpark, Gulf World Marine Park, & St. Andrews State Park. Combine business with pleasure when you take advantage of our well-appointed meeting space on the gulf coast.

Not Worth the Money

Reviewed By 992rustyw

So, we’re here now 5/29/2022. The property is great and the beach atmosphere/jibe is very fun. Lots of fun entertainment via music or kid’s games to keep everyone amused. Based on what you pay for a room I’d rate them a 5. This is a great resort for all RED NECKS. They have a full size frig in your room for all your food. They allow coolers and carry bags of food at the pool. I was told that any activity at the pool by adults and kids is OK as long as you don’t dive in or jump in on someone. Throwing footballs, tennis, nerf and water type balls in the pool are a CONSANT approved splash or impacted hazard to everyone. The food and drinks are all AWESOME but the service can be terrible. Service throughout the entire food and beverage staff is VERY slow and you’re treated like you’re just another stupid tourist they’ll never see again. Once you order, you’re at their mercy. No matter what you’re told or what you see there is NO regular food or beverage service around the pool. Though the rules read no outside food or beverages allowed around the pool that’s a LIE, therefore, rule abiding paying customers are overlooked. We were told they simply only walk around the pool when they aren’t busy somewhere else. On more than one occasion they took our order but never returned. We saw one of them later and they apologized and explained to us that they are told to do that. This happened several times. Food and beverage prices are extravagant here. Go on line and check out the menu of each restaurant. LOL the breakfast buffet is like $44.00 a person. Acholic drinks are all $15 plus. Most meals and just a few drinks during the day will cost you well over $100.00 a day each. Do the math 3 meals and drinks will cost you a minimum of around $400.00 a day. Be sure and put that in your budget before you book a room here. Soooo, with the full size frig in your room don’t ever buy any food or drinks from the hotel. This is a top 10 place to stock up the full-size refrigerator in your room and hang out with a bunch of rednecks around a pool. Not that anyone who stays here more once would need to know but they don’t even offer valet or concierge service.

7. Hibiscus Coffee and Guesthouse

85 Defuniak St, Grayton Beach, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459-5842
Excellent
71%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 395 reviews

Hibiscus Coffee and Guesthouse

We are a clean and laid back bed and breakfast, located in Grayton Beach. We have 3 buildings offering 13 unique accommodations. All include AC, mini-fridge or better, private bath, coffee pot, satellite TV, beach towels and breakfast in the café. Our smallest room is the Magnolia. It's pretty cozy and has a shower (no tub), but it does have a queen-sized bed to sleep in. Like other rooms in the Café Building, it is decorated in a Florida beach house style. Our largest accommodations are the Flats (think Florida condo). All feature a full king-room, kitchen, washer/dryer, large flat screen and a fold out sofa in the living room. The upstairs flats have private balconies. Bert's Barn, one of the oldest buildings in town, has a warm, eclectic, old Florida feel. Rooms include the Tropical Bird and Romance upstairs which are adjoined by a kitchen and work well together as a suite. We also have the ADA compliant room called the Big easy. In addition, three of our accommodations are pet friendly. Fun fact, the Bert's Barn was built in 1904 and transplanted from down the street.

Wonderful Stay

Reviewed By SJGensits

My wife and I had a wonderful two night stay in the Woodpecker Cottage. It was a cozy and comfortable room. The breakfasts were delicious and healthy. The guesthouse is a quick walk from the beach and there are several excellent state parks an easy drive away. We both highly recommend staying here.

8. The Island Resort At Fort Walton Beach

1500 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
Excellent
29%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
11%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 2988 reviews

The Island Resort At Fort Walton Beach

On Okaloosa Island, this beachfront hotel is a 9-minute walk from Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park and an 3.6 miles from the Emerald Coast Science Center. The relaxed rooms and suites have complimentary WiFi and flat-screen TVs, plus mini-fridges, microwaves and coffeemakers. Some offer beach views or pool access. Kids 17 and under stay free with an adult. Parking is free and the property has direct beach access. Amenities include a lounge bar and a casual restaurant, as well as an outdoor pool, a kids' pool, a hot tub, and a fitness center. There's also a guest laundry and meeting rooms with 14,000 square feet of meeting space.

The island resort

Reviewed By tlowe54

Our stay was awesome! Our family loved staying here! Clean, the staff was nice, a lot to do and very convenient and not to mention it’s a private resort! The pools are cool we loved them! It’s also convenient to other places!!!! We will be back

9. The Henderson Beach Resort

200 Henderson Resort Way, FL 32541-3471 1 (855) 944-5937
Excellent
73%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 998 reviews

The Henderson Beach Resort

Reminiscent of a luxurious grand seaside manner of yesteryear, Henderson Beach Resort, a Salamander Beach & Spa Resort, seamlessly blends modern conveniences with the nostalgia of days gone by - all set against a backdrop of the authentic bustling beach town of Destin located on the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast. With reverence to its humble beginnings and nautical history as "The World's Luckiest Fishing Village," The Henderson beautifully captures the timeless romance of traditional coastal architecture and complements it with spectacular sunset celebrations, sumptuous sea-to-table cuisine and toes-in-the-sand hospitality - all delivered with five-star level service. Nestled between the Gulf of Mexico and 200 acres of pristine nature preserve, this gracious, four-story 170-room resort hotel is the ultimate beach retreat for both leisure and business travel.

Honeymoon

Reviewed By Kristin M

We stayed here at The Henderson for the first part of our Honeymoon. We didn't have great weather, so we got a lot of experience with the spa, dining, and in room dining services. The pool and beach when we were able to go were very nice. The adult only pool looked wonderful. The lazy river was fun.

10. Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront

380 Santa Rosa Blvd, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 1 (800) 568-8520
Excellent
58%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1903 reviews

Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront

Located in Fort Walton Beach,FL, the Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront is sure to provide a peaceful and comforting home away from home for any traveler. Each Best Western hotel provides free internet access, giving guests the opportunity to check emails and surf the web, all from the comforts of their room or the business center. With cleanliness and value being our top priority, we ensure a restful and productive stay. On top of that, our superior customer service will ensure that we meet all your needs and go beyond your expectations.

Great beach vacation!

Reviewed By Gator58

Very friendly and helpful staff. We arrived early, easy parking, a block from Stewbys restaurant & ice cream with putt putt. So we walked to have lunch and our room was ready early when we returned. Clean, great view with nice balcony. Pick ocean view with balcony you won’t be disappointed. Nice pool, plenty of chairs, also provide 2 lounges& umbrella at beach 9-5. Nice breakfast provided as well with friendly servers keeping it well stocked. Can’t wait to return!

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