My husband & I were visiting the Destin, FL area for a couple of days and needed a place to stay. We were driving by the Inn on Destin Harbor on Hwy. 98 and the property looked fairly decent so we stopped to inquire about availability. The Inn had a "boutique type but outdated look from the outside. The lobby area was very nice, nice furniture, etc. and a beautiful view of the harbor, made you think it was a nice place to stay.
They did have availability as it was a Sunday so we booked a 2 night stay. We requested a room on the top floor where it would be quiet and also have a view of the harbor. Our room was not ready to occupy so we went across the street to McGuire's Irish Pub to have something to eat. Great place to eat!
Our room was ready when we returned. The room was average size w/ 2 queen beds. The bathroom was to the right of the room entrance. It was positively the smallest bathroom we have ever seen in a hotel. You could hardly turn around in it and taking a shower was a challenge. There could not have been more than 2-3 ft. from the door entrance to the bathtub. Everything in the bathroom was very old and outdated. The sink area was outside the bathroom door so at least there was somewhere to put all our toiletries, etc. Again, old and outdated fixtures. The room was clean at least. There was a fridge, coffee maker, no micro.
The slider to the deck was very old, drafty and didn't lock. There was a small "handyman" sliding hinge lock placed at the top of the slider. Good thing we were on the 5th floor. The metal slider runners were very old, dirty and corroded looking, as well as the in-room heater. The deck had a couple of old plastic chairs on it. The view of the harbor was outstanding and we could have sat there all day looking at the boats, fishermen, etc. We even saw some dolphins, ducks, and lots of seagulls flying around the area.
The bathtub drain did not drain properly and the water was backing up into the bathtub when you were taking a shower. We notified a maintenance worker that was out in the hallway and they did come right away and plunge it. It did work ok after that.
The continental breakfast was ok, nothing outstanding. The personnel were not the friendliest we have ever met except for the manager (believe his name was Chris). He was very accommodating and helpful.
I wouldl really have to say that this was not our favorite place to stay and would hesitate to give it a good recommendation. I would rank it between poor and average at best.
The positive thing about the Inn was the harbor view, we at least got some justification to our stay there. There are many many hotels along Harbor Blvd. if you are looking for a place to stay, probably not w/ the view that we had though. All in all, I would say to look elsewhere. The management needs to desperately update the Inn if they want to stay competitive.
They do allow pets but restricted to certain rooms. I did hear a small dog barking quite a bit while we were there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- - Located in the heart of Destin, Florida, directly on Destin Harbor- Walking distance to award-winning Destin waterfront dining- Waterfront pool with spacious deck overlooking Destin Harbor- All rooms are non-smoking, each with a private balcony- Ever-changing panoramic views of Historic Destin HarborOffering Scenic Views and Sumptuous Service- Accommodations include complimentary continental breakfast with a waterfront view of the Destin Harbor- Perfectly located accommodations for the Destin hotel or motel traveler, ideally suited for leisure, military, or corporate travelers- Pet-friendly rooms are available with additional fee, please ask when booking your room- 24-hour concierge service ... more less
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- Hotel On Destin Harbor
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