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“Since we found the GulfGate, we take a 2 week vacation EVERY year!”
Review of Destin Gulfgate

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Destin Gulfgate
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Reviewed 29 June 2012

6 out of 5 stars!!! This May was our 2nd visit to Destin, and to the GulfGate (unit #401). The first time was in '07, The economy hit us like everyone, but we were back for two weeks in 2012. We do not rent from the GulfGate on-site management company. We found a retired couple that own a condo and live in another building that is non-rental in Destin and own a condo at the GulfGate that they rent year-round. They are real estate agents, and very nice people that sincerely want for you to have a good time. They are careful who they rent to, and just remodeled the condo in January 2012 and the condo was even more exquisite this time than in '07. We didn't think it could get any better than our May '07 visit to that condo. Even if you choose to rent from the on-site management group I can assure you the time of your life! The balconies are very wide and deep, and I even slept out there on one of the well padded lounge chairs, took a blanket out with me because of the onshore breeze, and the surf sound made me sleep all the way from 11:00 PM until 5:45 AM without waking up once. I usually do not sleep nearly that well and I sincerely recommend trying it! You will think you have wandered into a Jimmy Buffett song! The inside of the 2BR/2 BA condos are large enough to make you want to move in; not like some hotel room. The cleanliness in our condo was amazing! Even after two weeks, we were not a bit home-sick! We would have moved in if we could have. The beach service from March through October has an attendant who arrives early in the morning to put up chairs and umbrellas for the guests which is included with your condo rental, and if you run out of beer or soda he also sells a wide variety of cold ones. At night you can use one of the covered gills just right behind the dunes from the beach to grill up whatever you choose. You can even eat your grillings under the gazebo overlooking the Gulf after the beach service is closed at 5:00 PM. That is where the attendant sells drinks from and graciously takes care of any beach or pool need you might have. When you find paradise, I think its time to stop looking (kind of like oil I guess.) If there are better places out there, keep them! We have found our home away from home. I hope this has helped and hope to see you there next May!

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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4  Thank Donald M
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Reviewed 2 January 2012

Was truly amazed at this Condo Unit and facility. We arrived December 29th and stayed untill January 1st. Upon arrival we checked in at they front desk located in the entrance of the building. We were greeted by a friendly employee and was checked in very quickly. When we got to our condo and opened the door I was truly in bliss. This 1400 sq. foot unit was in super shape and very clean. The balcony doors open in the master bedroom and also in the living room. The balcony is 30' long with stunning views. The beach is right there just a short walk from your room. For the non beach goes there is also a swimming pool. There are some covered parking and some outside parking. Depending on what Unit you get. I am not a beach type person But will come back to Destin and Gulfgate Condo's.


P.S. I am keeping the Unit number a secret so that I can enjoty it for my self!!!! I joke #202 .

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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11  Thank JMOOREEllsinore
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Reviewed 29 December 2011

We have visited the Destin area seven times over the past several years, including five years at Sandestin and one year at Sundestin. The Destin Gulfgate was far and away our favorite rental. The two-bedroom condo (#304) was very spacious, clean and comfortable, and was filled with top of the line upgrades such as stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, beautiful tiled ceiling, and fully equipped kitchen. We also loved the 30 foot balcony with a table, several chairs, and two lounge chairs. There were also nice flat panel TVs and Blu-ray DVDs in every room. We were also VERY impressed with the staff, who were extremely friendly and instantly fixed a few small problems, such as a dead lightbulb. They really made us feel welcome. The location, near the harbor and the Destin Commons is also very nice. Staying here cost us less money than Sandestin has in the past, and we enjoyed it a lot more, both for the great unit and since we were right on a very nice beach. Gulfgate is actually only a few buildings down from Sundestin, but we felt the Gulfgate unit was much nicer and more modern. Overall, we had a great stay here and we'll be booking again soon for next year!

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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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4  Thank Jeremy C
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Reviewed 15 December 2011

The Good---
For a rating on the overall Destin Gulfgate property, I give it 5 out of 5 stars. On the beach in front of the Gulfgate, I give it a 6 out of 5 stars ... really. The problem is with unit 1105.

We've been coming to Destin for 13 years and this was our second stay at Gulfgate. We love the staff, the property is well kept, and the beach is THE best (but please keep that a secret). The Good also includes its central location in Destin and it is in walking distance of The Back Porch restaurant.

The Good of 1105 is that David, the owner, is very nice and easy to work with, the condo is very large, and the view from the 11th floor is phenomenal. The sheets were nice as well as the heavy duty towels -- and the noon check-in is a great plus... but that leads to ...

The Bad and the Ugly---
The Bad and the Ugly of 1105 are what other reviewers have said and I should have listened to.... the place was filthy, outdated, and in disrepair. Bookcases, furniture, and light fixtures were covered in thick dust. Bathroom faucets were worn, closets were off the hinges, remotes didn't match TVs and didn't work, there was a section of the screen doors missing (so you couldn't leave the glass door open to enjoy the surf-sound without letting bugs in), and the kitchen is dated.

The simple reality is that with a 10am check-out and a noon check-in AND a one person cleaning crew, it is simply impossible to get the place completely turned over the RIGHT way. And it doesn't look like they have taken a full day to do a deep cleaning in a LONG time. Also, by not renting directly from Gulfgate, the front desk didn't know we were there so we had construction workers and even the fire department just walking in our place because they thought the place was vacant. Also, I found (no exaggeration THREE (3) ice scoops buried in the ice-maker by the bar -- while using a fourth one I found in the kitchen. Top hotels dump the ice between every guest – that obviously hadn't happened here in awhile.

So, we will return to Destin and will most likely stay at the Gulfgate again... just not in 1105.

And here's a little tip for Fall travelers -- wait till you get there to make reservations and get a 20% off walk-in special! Shhhh!!!

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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29  Thank LivingLifeBarefoot
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Reviewed 1 November 2011

Condo 102 was beautifully decorated and very clean. We loved being right on the beach. The staff were very friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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4  Thank Parker Holly
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Additional Information about Destin Gulfgate

Address: 1180 Scenic Highway 98, Destin, FL 32541-8528
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Region: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Destin
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 55 Speciality Lodging in Destin
Hotel Class:3 star — Destin Gulfgate 3*
Number of rooms: 45
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