Thursday, November 8, 2007

Hotel Review-The Hilton Sandestin Resort and Spa

Date of travel: August 2007

We took a trip to Florida's emerald coast this past August. We had heard so many great things about Destin Florida and the surrounding area. We were not disappointed once we got there. The gulf in that area is absolutely beautiful and the sand is like white powder, AMAZING! The hotel of choice for this trip was the Hilton Sandestin. It is a very large hotel and one of the first resort hotels built in the Destin area. That being said, the outside of the hotel is showing its age a bit. But the inside is undergoing a major upgrade.

We were upgraded upon arrival to the Ambassador's Suite in the 7th floor of the Spa Tower. It was a fantastic room. It had a nice living and eating area with balcony access, terrazzo tiled floors and 2 large window seating areas overlooking the blue waters of the gulf. You then went through the French doors to the bedroom and bath area. The bed had been upgraded to the Hilton's new bedding which included a super soft pillow top and an abundance of large cozy pillows. There as ample closet and storage space along with a comfortable chaise lounge chair for reading or napping. The bathroom was as large as those found in most upscale homes with a whirlpool tub, double vanities, a separate toilet room, and a stand up shower.

The hotel had several restaurants and eating areas. Our room package included breakfast for 2 each morning in their casual restaurant called Sandcastles. We often visited their sandwich and coffee shop for a quick snack or lunch. Barefoot's is their outdoor restaurant overlooking the gulf and it too was very good and the service was great.

The only negative about the hotel was that it is a large hotel which caters to the largest of conventions during the off season which runs from about the end of August until the first of March so plan accordingly for there being lots of people during those times. But we never felt too overcrowded during our stay and there were always chairs by the pool or you could rent chairs and umbrellas down on their private beach for about $30 per day.

This hotel gets an A- from me and I would recommend it without hesitation to anyone looking for a nice get away vacation including families with children. They have an entire program set up during the summer for children.

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