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Top of the Gulf Suites

07/05/2017 08/05/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Atlanta, Georgia
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Our booking was for a two queen sized bed room with a pull out sofa as well it's the only reason we booked the hotel in the first place. The bathroom is extra small you can barely move around in it and was visibly dirty! The ceiling fan remote didn't work so we tried to turn it on with the...

2Thank lucasjourdan93
Tullahoma, Tennessee
Reviewed 25 March 2017

We went for the new emerald coast car show at Pier Park and stayed at Top of the Gulf #802. Place was fantastic, all newly remodeled. Owners were great to work with. Door uses a door code which we liked instead of having to meet somewhere to get a key. Loved the area of the beach as it was not...

Thank buttercup_ts
ResortCollection, Manager at Top of the Gulf Suites, responded to this review

I am excited to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Top of the Gulf, we are always glad to hear when someone has a pleasant stay! We have a beautiful beach and the weather has been beautiful as well. Thank you for your positive feedback!

West Point, Georgia
Reviewed 15 March 2017

When we got there, much to our surprise, ANOTHER fee was placed on top of what was paid in full ($168.00) which was to pay for parking and clean up fees. There was no convenient access to the beach and it was spring break NEXT to all the spring breakers, Club La Vela, No balcony and you can not leave...

Thank gdottielucy
ResortCollection, Manager at Top of the Gulf Suites, responded to this review

I am sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your stay while staying at Top of the Gulf. When booking through a third party, your third party company is responsible for notifying you of the fees due upon your arrival as well as inform you that the units are privately owned and the bedding for each unit is not...

Dothan, Alabama, United States
Reviewed 28 February 2017

I want to address issues discussed on this board. Top of the Gulf is not a hotel. It is a complex of 199 units owned by different individuals. I own 4 units at Top of the Gulf and have family and friends who own. We strive to make our places nice and enjoyable. There are some owners who do not...

2Thank imasunbum
ResortCollection, Manager at Top of the Gulf Suites, responded to this review

I can only represent the on-site rental management company; we value guests’ opinions so we can pass the information along to our owners to make improvements when needed. Every unit is different which sometimes causes confusion with guest since they do not understand since the units are privately owned condos and not a hotel. Thank you for your comments and...

Reviewed 21 February 2017

My wife and I stayed in room # 811 which was in poor condition with rips on both bed comforters, an ancient t.v. with a VHS player, missing screen over the window, missing pictures on the walls with the hangers still in place, and broken, unretractable shades with missing slats. Oddly, we were charged a $45.00 non-refundable damage deposit upon...

Thank Neal E
ResortCollection, Manager at Top of the Gulf Suites, responded to this review

I am saddened to hear that you did not have a good experience during your stay here at Top of the Gulf. I can only speak on behalf of the on-site rental management company. We hope that you give us another chance and book your stay with us during your next visit to Panama City Beach, Florida.

Reviewed 15 December 2016

I stayed over Thanksgiving and it was great to be right on the beach. The downfalls I had was internet was only available on the first floor, the cable went out for 24 hours and I had a child with me so we had to rent movies, my cell got terrible reception in the building. Besides these things we had...

Thank jeanette s
ResortCollection, Manager at Top of the Gulf Suites, responded to this review

I am glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Top of the Gulf. The property does have access for WIFI on the ground floor in the internet café. I can only speak for the on-site management but I can pass your concerns along to the HOA. Thank you for your invaluable comments.

Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

The complex is an older complex and therefore it does not boast some of the frilly amenities. There is no hot tub, or designer pool area. However there is a pool area and kiddie pool and both are adequate for the most part.I'm not sure they would be during peak times. I was not impressed with the complex as a...

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ResortCollection, Manager at Top of the Gulf Suites, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your experience while staying at Top of the Gulf, HOA has done some improvements to the property since your stay that we hope you find appealing the next time you visit. We look forward to you staying here again and we enjoy your positive feedback!

Dequeen Arkansas
Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

when I recerve, it was for two beds, on arrival was just a bed and a sofa bed, the toilet flushed water, had to put the bucket of the garbage so that the bathroom not overflow, when they went to fix the problem, all the dirty papers put the tub, was disgusting you want to take a shower and take...

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ResortCollection, Manager at Top of the Gulf Suites, responded to this review

I am sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your stay at Top of the Gulf; I can only speak on behalf of the on-site rental management company. All of our units are privately owned and we try our best to accommodate any request made for the reservation which depends on availability. If you choose to stay in Panama...

Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

Good price but outdated. Nice being on the beach though. Has pool on site with a food and beverage stand on site as well. A bit ugly and could use paint. Not a lot of space either inside room. Kind of small but convenient for a couple or very small family

1Thank John M
Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

We booked this efficiency condo through vrbo. Wonderful location, decent price, but won't be back. Pros: Location was right on the beach, and close to restaurants. Pool and beach area were extremely well maintained, with ample seating. Room plenty big enough for 2-3 people. Laundry room on every other floor. Staff was friendly. Room was fairly clean. Cons: No patios....

Thank kygirl73

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  • Beachfront
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Kitchenette
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Inn at St Thomas Square on Panama City Beach is a truly unique vacation destination. The Inn is located just across the street and sits along the magnificent Grand Lagoon. The Villas and Plaza are not a busy, crowded high-rise condominium. It is actually a European Villas and Plaza with all the comforts of home set in a quaint, relaxing atmosphere. The Inn is one of only a few locations with a boat dock along Grand Lagoon. Grand Lagoon will give you easy access to St. Andrews Bay, The Gulf of Mexico, and Shell Island.There are several floor plans to choose from that accommodates 2 to 8 people. If you are traveling as a couple, family or group, rowers, triathletes, baseball, softball, cheerleaders, divers or bikers, we have rentals to fit every budget. All Villa’s and Plaza units have fully equipped kitchens and all but the studios have a washer/dryer. Though The Inn is across the street from the beach, it only takes a minute to walk across the street to the open sugar white sands and pitch your gear for a fun filled day of sun. We are within walking distance to Club LaVela, Spinnaker, Emerald Falls Family Entertainment, and Hammer Head Fred’s. There is a Mexican bar and grill on the property, a hair and nail salon and Panama City Beach Winery, Gift shop that has a large selection of the best Florida Citrus wines available. They have wine tasting daily – our top pick is the Mango. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Top of the Gulf Suites

Address: 8817 Thomas Dr, Panama City Beach, FL 32408-4029
Region: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Panama City Beach
Price Range: ₹ 6,553 - ₹ 13,942 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Top of the Gulf Suites 3*
Number of rooms: 199
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Knoxville, Tennessee
naccs Bainbridge, Georgia Property representative
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Dear GC,

First of all, let me clarify that Top of the Gulf IS NOT an Hotel/motel. Every condo are INDIVIDUALY own, so the décor, condition vary accordingly to the owner. I have own at Top of the Gulf over 11 years now, and my condo is ranked 5 stars by Trip Advisors. I edited my Flip Key site but was informed when I tried to post my answer that I cannot post/include my website link . My Flipkey # is p162769. My unit has been COMPLETELY upgraded with granite counter tops...new appliances...furniture...Please go look at my site on Trip Advisor and you will see for yourself. I do 2 deep clean a year and go regularly to check behind my housekeeping. I NEVER had any major complain about anything but smell in hallway in 2010 which end up been from Algae on the beach (red tide). PCB beach came and rake the whole beach as it was a problem everywhere. Top of The Gulf saw an influx of new owners in the last couple of years, and with them....new beautiful upgrades units. Please go on site like VRBO were you can see per location and you will see what I am referring too. Like many of the other older building on Thomas Drive, Top of The Gulf do have owner who don't care as much and/or management company that don't do what they are pay for...keeping the condo in good standing. As far as the building it self, we are an older building as many other on Thomas drive. We spend money every years on upgrades as money allow. The building is small...only 199 condos...so are budget is NOT as large as larger complex with more owners to share the cost. Two years ago, we redone ALL the concrete work and repainted the building, doors, hallways, floors...and the complex has tried it best to maintain it clean. In busy time, and event...the staffs had done which I thought was a pretty good job at keeping it clean considering that they are only few of them due to the size of our building. Last year, Top of the Gulf replaced all the lounge chairs by the pools, added table for guests, added beautiful Avondale chairs and rocking chairs on every floors, work on landscaped.....This year, our Chill Tower got replaced, the lounge room downstairs is getting a facelift, new landscape project are in the making, discussion about the exercise room.....We are NOT a fancy place like The Shores of Panama or Sterling Reef not do we claim to be. We are a clean and affordable studio for the middle class. Again, I can only talk regarding my condo, but in 11 years I NEVER had a bad review and 90% of my business at Top of the Gulf is repeat. I would like to think that IF we were as bad as some of the reviews says we are...my VIPs guests WOULD NOT come back. Some have been staying with me for over 11 years and...2-3 times a year:-0. Trip Advisor ranked us #57 out of 78. Fancy place like Sterling Resort , Gulf Crest and the prestigious Shores of Panama ranked worst than us. My view on comments are this....I did over 50+ bookings at TOG last years and did NOT even get 10 reviews AFTER I requested a comment. Usually, folks with bad experience are more apt to comment that the ones with a positive one. Sadly for Top of The Gulf, it seems that most of the bad reviews are from guests renting from the management companies and/or owners who don't care. That are my 2 cents on the subject. I hope I did answer your questions. I CANNOT answer from the staffs as WE ARE NOT AN HOTEL/MOTEL. I can ONLY answer from an owner who care and love her little piece of Paradise:-). They are PLENTY of us at TOP of The Gulf who also cherish their little heaven:-0.

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Sonjaxon Ringgold, Georgia Reviewed this property
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I used VRBO. Also you can go to the front desk and see if there are openings. I think you would get a better deal through vrbo though. Make sure you pay through vrbo.

10 months ago

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“Older complex, family atmosphere”
imasunbum, 28 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Beware of extra charges and fees before making your reservation. $140.00 in additional fees above our initial booking fees.”
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