Sea Oats Motel

Sea Oats Motel

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View of beach in front of the Sea Oats Motel in Destin FL
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Finding an ideal family-friendly motel in Destin does not have to be difficult. Welcome to Sea Oats Motel, a nice option for travellers like you.

Rooms at Sea Oats Motel offer a flat screen TV, a kitchenette, and a refrigerator providing exceptional comfort and convenience, and guests can go online with free wifi.

A pool will also help to make your stay even more special. If you are driving to Sea Oats Hotel, free parking is available.

Mid-Bay Bridge (2.1 km), located nearby, makes Sea Oats Hotel a great place to stay for those interested in visiting this popular Destin landmark.

If you like Mediterranean restaurants, Sea Oats Hotel is conveniently located near Zoes Kitchen.

Looking to explore? Then look no further than James Lee Park (0.6 km), which is a popular Destin attraction – and it is conveniently located within walking distance of the motel.

Sea Oats Motel puts the best of Destin at your fingertips, making your stay both relaxing and enjoyable.

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Property amenities
Free parking
Parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Pool
Beach
Non-smoking hotel
Self-serve laundry
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Fence around pool
Room features
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Telephone
Coffee / tea maker
Kitchenette
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Microwave
Oven
Refrigerator
Kitchenware
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Bay View
Ocean View

Location

3420 Scenic Highway 98, FL 32541-4725
Getting there
Car recommended
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russellbH5818EE wrote a review May 2021
Fort Collins, Colorado
3.0 of 5 bubbles
If you are looking for a a trip back to the glory days of the 1950s, this is the place for you. On the plus side were the location (right on the beach), the comfort of the bed, the essential working order of the basic appliances, and the price. But for that you also have to contend with ratty and uncomfortable living room furniture, chipped paint, dingy color schemes, barely functioning vertical blinds, and sketchy TV and internet service.

On the whole, would not recommend.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Diana B wrote a review Aug 2022
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We’ve been visiting The Seat Oats Motel for the past 20 years on a regular basis. The rooms are up to date; the beach is right out your back door; you can choose the style of room you need for your trip (efficiency apt, motel room, suite); and it’s reasonably priced. The only drawback during our last visit was the constant passing of the helicopter ride. The property manager needs to demand that that establishment change its course in my opinion.
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Date of stay: September 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Second level rooms have no overhead noise from people walking around the room and the views are...
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Helen D wrote a review May 2023
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We loved the Sea Oats! We stayed in room 20 and the view is just amazing! The beach is right outside, the water pressure in the shower is phenominal and the office staff were very friendly, along with the outdoor cat! We will only stay here when we come down in the future. No frills and budget friendly but also comfy beds, a small kitchen, and beach front! What a gem!
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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soccermomonvacation wrote a review May 2021
CA
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We checked in kind of late, 7:40ish, due to a later flight. The office closes at 8:00. No big deal, but it is if you just get your keys from the box and need something after. We were not advised where the pool is or pool hours or that there is no maid service. We check out our room, and it's adequate. I knew it was a motel and driving up and seeing it didn't do much for us. I booked solely for being able to walk out my door and be on the beach. Right after we get a little settled, my husband took off the bedspread to put it in the closet. There is no blanket, not even in the closet, just a sheet. So I go up to the front desk, and it's about 5 or 10 minutes after 8:00. I knew that the office was closed but figured I could call someone. A lady comes up to me and asks if we locked ourselves out. That's the only reason you're supposed to use the number posted on the wall. I told her we needed a blanket. She was irritated and pretty rude about it. Said she could get me one but that she would have to shut off the alarm, blah, blah, blah. Fine, either do it or don't, but don't complain to me. There is no maid service for the room, and whoever cleaned the room before us did not do a good job of getting the sand out. They do leave you a broom and dustpan. You can exchange your towels at the front desk once a day. There are no beach towels supplied and you can't take theirs down to the beach. I thought this so odd for a beachfront place. We stayed in Room 7. It's on the bottom floor. We had roaches. Maybe the upper floors have better luck in controlling them. You can rent chairs from their beachside service for $40 a day or $200 for a week. We chose just to use our beach towels that we bought from Walgreens. Please don't spend $40 for rentals. You can go down the street to Alvin's Island or any of the other shops down 98 and buy 2 chairs and an umbrella for $27. I would never stay at this place again. I gave it two stars solely because it was on the beach.
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Date of stay: April 2021
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Tim R wrote a review Sep 2021
2.0 of 5 bubbles
September 3-10, 2021,
We rented room 14. That was located on the second floor and there was no elevator. Upon arrival to the interior of the unit we did what most people do. We headed directly to the balcony which had a terrific view of the ocean and beach. Like the Perspective buyers always say in Bargain Beach House show always say, it had a million dollar view. But if you deduct the quality of the rest of the unit, it reduced the million to a $1.98 value. Not too sure where to start but will go from the left side of the entry door and walk around the unit. On the left was a small table and 2 chairs, then a (maybe) 42” LG TV with multiple stations and the dresser it was sitting on had multiple scratches all over, especially towards the bottom. It didn’t have a decent speaker in it but it did have a remote. The door to the back door had rusted metal parts on it and the Morton tracks were brown from the rust. On the balcony were 2 decent chairs and a thin white railing that didn’t feel attached safely enough that I would trust an active child on there by himself. Although the bed was soft, the sheets already had sand on them even though we hadn’t been in the bed yet. The wooden floor was also full of sand. The bathroom was very outdated and not cleaned enough to make a homeless person happy. My wife actually had to get down on her knees to clean the tub, toilet, and sink. Next to the entry door was the HVAC unit that was so loud that every time it turned on, you had to raise the volume of the TV 5-6 notches. Then turn it back down when it automatically shut off. There was no chain on the door that was hard to open. After a few days, a roach was spotted in the bathroom. We checked out the following day.
NOTE: There is not enough parking spots if the motel was half occupied and you had to park across the busy street if there were no spots available. The office staff was very friendly but would not refund the unused days of occupancy. They did not tow any vehicles that didn’t have a parking pass or were parked in a handicapped space and didn’t have a handicapped plaque. The only perk was that it was only was 50 feet from the beach.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Robin Stroud wrote a review Mar 2021
Thomasville, North Carolina
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We arrived on 3/22/2021 and were very excited for our first stay ever in Destin (and it was our 21st wedding). When I first called about a reservation, I explained to the lady on the phone that it was just myself and my husband. We would only need one bedroom and one bathroom. We talked about the condos available and she said that Cabana 203 was available and the owner was giving a discount on the condo (because it had not rented in a while). I did see the pictures and thought that it would be ok for us. And I love the fact that the condo was right on the beach. When got checked in and went to the condo. This condo is in desperate need of an update. So many mirrors on the walls and the closest doors. The couch and loveseat were dirty and I had to place a sheet on the couch so we could sit on it. The decor was dated. The shower was small. The huge jet tub took up half of the bathroom. The sliding glass door would not lock. The bathroom light over the sink only had 1 working bulb (2 bulbs were burnt out and 1 bulb was missing). There were no hangers in the closet. I went to the office on Tuesday and reported the sliding door not locking and that we needed some light bulbs. The young girl in the office “wrote up” a work order. The lady in the office stated that the door not locking and no lightbulbs were unacceptable. She did give me a lightbulb and said that she would see that the work order would be given to maintenance and that someone would come by and take care of the problems. Well guess what? Never seen anyone from maintenance. So we slept with a door that would not lock and a partially light bathroom. Very disappointed. Destin is a very lovely city with much to do and see. I hope to visit again. Next time I will not book a room simply because of a discount. Maybe I should have asked for another condo or a room at the motel. But then again, maybe the lady should have offered us another room and she could have checked with us to see if maintenance had been by. I give the condo a 5 out of 10 and that is because it is on the beach.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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MJBCOLORADO wrote a review Apr 2022
Denver
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This motel is right on the beach so location was wonderful. It is an older motel and needs a little updating. Loved that there was no carpeting and had engineered wood (or something like it) instead, which is much cleaner. The room and bath were clean, but bath really needs another shelf to put all toiletries on. The tub was cracked (something heavy dropped??) and they glued it so that REALLY needed to be replaced. The sink stopper wouldn't stay up (we got it closed and had to pry it open, then use a spoon to keep it open) and several slats were off the blinds on patio door so people could see in which we told them about. We were to wash glasses/cups before leaving and they supplied dish soap. So you have to do this at bathroom sink, which sounds unsanitary. I washed them good without putting in sink, but you don't know what the previous occupants did. At night, there wasn't enough outlets to plug in 3 electronic devices (phones, ipad) along with a cpap machine.The patio door didn't lock so had to use a stick provided. All in all...location was everything and the price was the best around so can't complain too much.
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Date of stay: April 2022
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Not all the rooms have a patio. I'd get one with a patio
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Mikayla McAdoo wrote a review Sep 2022
Branson, Missouri
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We had planned on coming with two other couples, but decided to cancel due to Hurricane Ida. Our friends called to cancel and got a full refund minus a $50 cancellation fee. We called to try and get the same, and they refused to give us a refund. Why give our friends a refund and not us? Why aren’t the rules the same for everyone? Won’t be returning.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Brandon M wrote a review Jun 2021
1.0 of 5 bubbles
My family and I booked a stay for 4 nights. After a 12 hour drive straight through we were very excited to hit the beach. As soon as we walked into the room instantly noticed a foul odor and the room had been surfaced cleaned. Bathtub and toilet were disgusting and the overhead light fixture was literally hanging about to fall off. Went to the office and told them about it they fixed the light. Went to the beach for a few hours, came
back to our room and the smell was unbearable (smelled like someone just cleaned fish in there). I went to the office to tell the lady at the desk and she looked right at me and said well i don’t know what you want me to do all our rooms are booked. I went back to the room and told my wife, then she went down there and talked to the office and somehow magically a room became available. We then switched to a new room which was barely an upgrade from our last. I would never recommend this hotel nor will me or my family ever think about coming back to this place. We plan to go back to Destin next year and sea oats motel is completely off our radar. Would suggest to pay maybe another $100 for a week for a much better hotel with just as great of a view and beach access. Wish I could give 0 stars
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Trail733179 wrote a review May 2024
Kansas City, Missouri
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The view is unbeatable!!! The room we stayed in was definitely adequate for a couple and probably a child or two. We had 2 queen beds, the AC worked great, the bathroom has storage under the sink, there is a closet to hang clothes and a 3 drawer dresser. There is a small table for 2 plus 2 barstools and our balcony, which is gulf front, had a small side table and 3 chairs. The kitchen has an apartment size stove with oven and a full size fridge. The microwave is a small one and the coffee pot is drip, not a Keurig. There was service for 4 in dishes, flatware and glasses. Our unit was missing a few cookware items like pizza pan, pizza cutter, mixing bowl and can opener so we just ran to the Dollar Tree and picked them up ( a few miles up the road). There was 2 skillets, sauce pan and colander, and a small glass bowl. Beds were comfortable and bedding was nice. Pillows were as good as we sleep on at home! There are towels but make sure to bring beach towels too!
Franky, it’s a great affordable place to stay! We had a wonderful time, it’s very conveniently located to food, coffee and bars. This is not a boujee place but it’s perfect for a get away when you don’t want to spend your kids college fund for a vacation! Keep in mind…you are at the beach. There is always sand, things rust very quickly, humidity causes paint to peel and it’s impossible to keep every square inch of any place immaculately detailed.
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Date of stay: April 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Melanie D asked a question May 2024
Lebanon, Missouri
Can you use pop up canopies?
Melanie D asked a question May 2024
Lebanon, Missouri
Can you use pop up canopies?
MYMJLI6 asked a question May 2019
Lexington, Kentucky24 contributions14 helpful votes
What time is check in and check out? Did not see it on the website
Answer from Andree M
Check in is at 4, check out at 10
chrissywarrington asked a question Aug 2018
Saint Louis, Missouri2 contributions2 helpful votes
Is there some sort of free shuttle service available?
Answer from jlegendre
Covington, Louisiana115 contributions82 helpful votes
There is not a free shuttle that I know of.
V M wrote a tip Jul 1
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask specifics on Sleeping Accommodations, and have management respond in E-Mail. The Third Party Apts can put you in bad family situation."
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Ann S wrote a tip Aug 2023
United States84 contributions32 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"No room service. You have to go get your own towels and return dirty ones. They even want you to take your own trash to the dumpster."
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James C wrote a tip Aug 2023
1 contribution1 helpful vote
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"It’s a great place to stay just needs updating some "
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MNgirl!! wrote a tip May 2023
20 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"You will need a car since most things are spread out a bit but still some restaurants within walking."
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Mark J wrote a tip Dec 2022
14 contributions1 helpful vote
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Here’s a tip…don’t stay here."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sea Oats Motel
Which popular attractions are close to Sea Oats Motel?
Nearby attractions include Emerald Coast Olive Oil (1.2 km), James Lee Park (0.6 km), and The Shores at Crystal Beach Park (1.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Sea Oats Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Sea Oats Motel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
Is parking available at Sea Oats Motel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Sea Oats Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Jackacuda's Seafood & Sushi, Sarah K's Gourmet, and Bruster's Real Ice Cream.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Sea Oats Motel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Sea Oats Motel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
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