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“OK - no beach front- rental of beach chairs,etc”
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Sterling Shores
Ranked #17 of 56 Speciality Lodging in Destin
Certificate of Excellence
Knoxville
2 reviews
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“OK - no beach front- rental of beach chairs,etc”
Reviewed 15 October 2011

Last week we stayed in Sterling Shores Resort for the first time. I
was a bit disappointed since they advertised as beach front, but had
read different on Trip Advisor right before leaving on our trip. As
others have stated the beach is across the street. It is a short walk,
but somewhat misleading when searching on the web for beach front
Sterling Shores is listed. If you are walking on the sugary white sand
and enjoying the aquamarine water and watching beautiful sunsets you
will definitely have a great time. Our accommodations were good for a
one bedroom unit. It was great having a washer dryer in the unit
besides a dish washer and a spacious bathroom. The sofa bed was
another story,,,very difficult to sleep on since springs were poking
my friend in the back! Remember if you are booking a 1 bedroom unit
you will be staying on the 2nd or 3rd floor and there is a very very
slight view of water. It is in a very convenient location for shopping
and our favorite restaurants. Everyone needs to try Merlin's Pizza
(Airport Road), especially if you can not ingest gluten. It's
delicious!


When deciding to rent an umbrella and chairs for the beach for a week
we encountered two type of individuals. One guy (Jesse) is hardly ever
out on the beach and the other guy Michael was there 98% of the time.
He answered questions and noticed that he helped new moms carry
strollers, etc. He was very personable and took a valid interest in
his business as well as his vacationers. We would definitely rent from
Michael if we go back to that area.

Think the pools were the best part of the property.

Room Tip: Since the one bedroom units are only on the 2nd and 3rd floors I would try and get a room on the 3rd...
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 29 August 2011

When I first read the reviews of Sterling Shores, I was a little scared at what I may run into when I checked in. My sisters and I drove 6 hours only to find that most of the people that were writing the reviews were exaggerating a whole lot. We stayed in a 3 BR/2BA condo that was located on the 10th floor overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. We simply loved the condo and the cleanliness of our rooms was GREAT!!! We were right across the street from the beach and didn't have to far to walk. We only stayed 4 days and 3 nights, but we are returning for a full week of fun in the sun! We simply loved the atmosphere and the fact that we didn't have to go far at all for food, entertainment and shopping.

Room Tip: No noise can be heard during the nigh. The only con I have is the fact that you can hear people wal...
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Atlanta, Ga.
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Reviewed 16 August 2011

We stayed in the Shores 8/12-8/15 in a one bedroom. We enjoyed being able to walk right over to the beach and the close location to everything. The room really needs some updating. Overall we would stay again for the price we paid.

  • Stayed August 2011
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Atlanta
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Reviewed 31 May 2011

We booked this trip last minute for Memorial Day weekend. What a fantastic place for family with children! Our 2/2 deluxe room was wonderful: clean, spacious (about 1300 sq ft) with elegant beachy decor. The porch view from the seventh floor was gorgeous with table and chairs for meals and lounge chairs for relaxing. We were apprehensive about crossing a street to access the beach, but despite the holiday the road rarely had traffic. We brought a beach umbrella, but to use it you have to place it behind the rental chairs/umbrellas so we skipped it. We would rather be closer to the water for sand castle building. The larger pool was perfect for our young ones who do not swim (2 under the age of 6) because most of it is 3 ft and under with a graduating edge. We will definitely come back to Sterling Shores!!

Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
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Cedarburg, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 5 May 2011

We just returned from a week's stay at Sterling Shores, renting through VRBO with a private owner. We could not have been more pleased with our stay! Our unit, #607, was absolutely AMAZING! It had recently been completely remodeled and was hands down, the nicest and largest 2 bedroom unit we have ever stayed in. We've been traveling down to the Emerald Coast for years, and have rented many, many condos at a number of properties that are considered the nicest on the beach. None of them could even come close to our unit at Sterling Shores! It was a true 2 bedroom, with 2 very large full bathrooms, a full washer and dryer set, a really sizable kitchen with granite, non-smoking, full dining room area, huge (50 inch) flat screen in the living room, beautiful tile/slate floors throughout, huge tub in the master bath, and decorated with a Tommy Bahama theme. Additionally, the balcony was HUGE, with the master bedroom having doors onto it, as well as the living room. I'm not sure what the actual square footage was of the unit, yet it was significantly larger than any of the other 2 bedrooms we have ever rented.

The fact that the Shores is just across Old 98 was not at all an issue for us. It took us about 3 minutes to get to the beach. In fact, I wouldn't trade it's location for true beach front for the world, because that would mean there wouldn't be room for the fabulous pool and grounds. The landscaping was gorgeous! None of the other properties in Destin can compare with the pool/grounds at the Shores! Furthermore, the Shores is entirely gated, which was another feature I really enjoyed. In order to access the grounds, you had to punch in a code. No wristbands!

One thing that I have to mention is how quiet the units are. Anyone who has stayed in newer condo complexes can tell you that the noise is an issue. Typically you can hear doors slamming, people walking outside your door, talking, etc. Our unit was extraordinarily quiet! We heard nothing. That really speaks to the construction of the building, especially considering there's a little airport not too far from the Shores, and small planes fly overhead. We didn't hear them at all when we were in the unit. While in the pool, we obviously could hear and see them, which was actually really neat!

Finally, the last thing that we enjoyed was the lack of keys! The owner was fantastic and had arranged for the door to simply have a combo keypad lock on it, and she provided the info prior to our arrival. This meant we did not have to "check-in" but could rather just go directly to our unit, access it, and get to the beach in about 30 minutes from the time we arrived.

We were so thrilled with our stay; the unit and the Shores property! I highly recommend this vacation spot to anyone!

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Sterling Shores

Property: Sterling Shores
Address: 1751 Scenic Highway 98, Destin, FL 32541-8542
Region: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Destin
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 56 Speciality Lodging in Destin
Price range (per night): ₹ 14,085 - ₹ 31,595
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sterling Shores 3.5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sterling Shores is a gulf-side high-rise condominium resort located in the heart of Destin near family activities, popular restaurants, and shopping. Sterling Shores offers 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom fully-equipped condominiums with private balconies in a resort setting that includes a picnic area, free-form lagoon pool, and a second beachside pool and clubhouse with a snack bar. A 42-seat surround sound theater, meeting/reception facilities, free DVD rentals, and free high-speed Internet access are also available. ... more   less 
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