We've stayed at plenty of hotels in Panama City Beach over the years and I have to say this property is the best so far, hands down.
It's spacious, well-kept, clean and convenient, not to mention just plain nice.
The condo itself was amazing. Very large and well-appointed. The 3br/2ba we had is almost 1900 square feet of luxury.
The balconies are large.
The pool is large and inviting.
The beach is clean and spacious.
The location is wonderful - close to everything yet on the road less traveled, Thomas Drive.
The parking is convenient and accessible - ground level and close, not a massive parking structure across the street.
We stayed in early October which is, to me, the perfect time for a trip to PCB. The temps are still warm, but not scorching. The frustrating crowds are long gone and the prices are lower.
Yes, we will be back.
Now, the minor criticisms.My pet peeves of a 9-to-5 office staff and no refills of things like toilet paper persist here. There's no wi-fi in the units and the internet jack is not convenient at all. (I've resorted to bringing my own ethernet cable and wireless router on trips like this.) The TV boxes were more complicated than necessary. I really wish a company with the clout and reputation as Sterling would invest in a few technological upgrades which would make the vacation much easier - especially when children want to get online and students have work to do while away.
One other frustration - the pool pumps seemed very noisy. We often could not hear the waves from the balcony for the whir of the pumps. I'd suggest Sterling make the investment to enclose and baffle the pool pumps.
I'd also like to see grills on the balcony of each unit like at Sterling Breeze.
But like I said - the Sterling Beach is wonderful and we'll be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sterling Beach is a high-rise beachfront condominium located near family activities and popular restaurants. Sterling Beach offers 1-, 2-, 3-, and 4-bedroom fully-equipped condominiums with private balconies in a resort setting that includes a beachside pool, spa, and fitness center. A 48-seat movie theater, meeting/reception facilities, and free high-speed Internet access are also available. Sterling Resorts guests enjoy unlimited free DVD rentals and access to the nearby Bay Point Resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sterling Hotel Panama City Beach