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Ramada Plaza Fort Walton Beach Resort/Destin
Ranked #11 of 29 Hotels in Fort Walton Beach
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6 reviews
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“Amazing value for the money!!”
Reviewed 13 May 2012

My boyfriend and I travel together quite a bit and this was the first hotel I have ever felt the need to post a review for. We used the pay for in advance option which allowed us to get a really good rate. You cannot cancel for any reason however so I could see how this might be a problem for some people.

This truly is a resort. If you don't want to, you don't have to leave the property the entire time you are there. The hotel is directly on the beach. Lots of algae in the water, which was one of the few downsides to the trip, but not that big of a deal for us. There are two swimming pools, one is "heated" (which is to say it isn't freezing cold water but is more room temperature). The other pool is much larger and has a swim up bar. There are no stools at the bar so unless you want to stand, you have to take your drink back to your chair. As I am writing this, it occurs to me that during the summer, the lack of stools probably keeps people from loitering around the bar. Probably a smart move so more people get a chance to drink. There is also a separate hot tub area. Both the pools and hot tub are well maintained. Each day, there is chair and umbrella service (complimentary) at the beach.

On the subject of bars, there are two others on the property. One on the beach and one in the lobby of the hotel. All bars and restaurants allow you to charge food and drinks to your room if you check in with a credit card instead of a debit card. The lobby bar has happy hour specials from 4-7 each day, $2 draft beer and $3 house wine and mixed drinks.

The food on the property is really good, especially the breakfast buffet. It is $10 per person and offers a fantastic variety of breakfast favorites and pretty decent coffee. The bbq hut is located next to the pool and offers burgers, hot dogs, french fries and ice cream, as well as non alcoholic beverages. The prices everywhere are very reasonable (including drinks), similar to what you would pay off the property.

Only complaints I had are miniscule: no towel service at the beach or pool, so unless you bring beach towels with you from home (which we didn't), you have to take the ones from your bathroom and they are too small. Also, the bed only comes with two pillows, and both my boyfriend and I are used to sleeping on two each. As I said, very small complaints, but I felt I had to mention them or else my review might seem fake! :-)

Overall, a wonderful hotel, a true hidden gem that we plan to visit again next year!

  • Stayed May 2012
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Yield-ramadafwb_123, Manager at Ramada Plaza Fort Walton Beach Resort/Destin, responded to this review, 25 September 2012
What a thorough and thoughtful review of our resort. Thank you very much. I hope that you and your boyfriend return next year. Feel free to ask for extra pillows, too.
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Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 13 May 2012

Great place to spend a few days on the beach. You do want to have a room in the main tower though and not in the courtyards. The pool view is nice, but the beach view is worth the money. The staff was very pleasant and helpful and the bartenders at the lobby bar were really good to us throughout our stay. The location is just about perfect for reaching everything from Navarre to San Destin. The rooms are pretty thin on amenities and not very large at all. Don't expect great finishes or plush accommodations, but thats ok - the beach is a 30 second walk from your room and its one of the best in Florida. After all, thats why you come to this hotel in the first place

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
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Yield-ramadafwb_123, Manager at Ramada Plaza Fort Walton Beach Resort/Destin, responded to this review, 25 September 2012
Thank you for reviewing your visit. I agree that we have the best beach in Florida. The view of the Gulf of Mexico from the beachfront rooms can't be beat. Thank you for staying with us.
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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2012

I read all the reviews and though they were mixed, I booked anyway. I was thouroughly impressed. Location is perfect, rooms are clean, the bed was a pillow top, staff was incredibly friendly. The pool water was a little chilly and so was the ocean but I didnt care. The hotel grounds were beautiful. Easy access to the beach. Beach area was gorgeous and super clean. I got a massage on the beach!! The room decor was typical hotel decor, but if you came to florida to stay in the room, then you are coming to the wrong place. If you want a clean comfortable place to stay in a great location, then stay here. There are many types of rooms here. There are some that open to parking lot, some have balconies overlooking the gardens, some overlook the pool with the edge of pool coming up to the balcony, and some overlook the ocean. we stayed in the oceanview. We had a microwave, fridge, cable with free HBO, and free wifi. I will definately be back and my new vacation home is Ramada Beach Resort!!!

Room Tip: rooms overlooking ocean are quiet with a great view to boot.
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Yield-ramadafwb_123, Manager at Ramada Plaza Fort Walton Beach Resort/Destin, responded to this review, 25 September 2012
We are so happy that you've chosen our resort as your new vacation destination and appreciate the kind words. Thank you for writing such a detailed review and we hope to see you again soon.
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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2012

Me and my wife stayed Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. The Grotto pool with swim up bar was awesome but way too cold to swim in. The heated pool was smaller but refreshing. Wish they heated the grotto pool instead. There is a hot tub/whirl pool but they jets weren't working. Pool guy blamed it in kids play with the button but I feel like that was a lame excuse. Our room was facing the grotto pool with a balcony. The view was nice but if I did it again we'd stay in a beach front room. As for the rooms, everything that was said before we found to be true. Not dirty and I felt as though they did a good job cleaning every day. But everything was dated, even the flat screen TV had issues. The room we also welt was loud. Not because of unruly guests, just from loud doors and thin walls So overall the staff was great, the grounds were nice, we loved the location on the beach, but the rooms need a serious upgrade.

Room Tip: opt for the ocean view
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Yield-ramadafwb_123, Manager at Ramada Plaza Fort Walton Beach Resort/Destin, responded to this review, 25 September 2012
Thank you for sharing you positive experience. We appreciate your suggestions regarding the room updates and have great improvements planned. Please visit again to enjoy the new and improved features.
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Sahuarita, Arizona
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 May 2012

The location of this hotel is right on the beach. Its a nice campus and with some good landscaping with a fun splash park for the kids. The rooms are straight out of an old movie... They have a distinct cheap motel feel to them, definitely not resort-like. Were it not for the rooms this place would be a great stay.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
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Yield-ramadafwb_123, Manager at Ramada Plaza Fort Walton Beach Resort/Destin, responded to this review, 25 September 2012
Thank you for telling us about your stay. I am glad you liked the tropical gardens and Splash Garden. You will be pleased to hear that our rooms are being updated which should make for a great stay next time you visit.
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Leesville, Louisiana
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 May 2012

One of the reason we choose this hotel was their pic and cool grotto bar to find out their doing maintence on the balconys facing the ocean and their cool grotto bar which was closed all week and the day it was suppost to open nothing! weve ask the personal they know nothing! just keep in mind pictures are not at all everything they appear to be! Never again will I come back

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Yield-ramadafwb_123, Manager at Ramada Plaza Fort Walton Beach Resort/Destin, responded to this review, 25 September 2012
Thank you for telling us about your experience. We regret that the Grotto was not open during your stay. Sometimes weather does not cooperate with the opening dates and times for our outlets such as the Grotto Bar and Beach Bar. We hope that you were able to enjoy the other things that make our resort special and will give us another try.
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 May 2012

Getting to hotel from airport wasn't bad. Rooms are typical. Courtyard was kept nice, staff was friendly. Heated pool was comfortable for a northerner in 70 degree weather. Too cold for the pool with the grotto. The spa was roomy and enjoyable. Gift shop in the courtyard had items like beach towels, t-shirts, coverups, drinks, snacks, flipflops, bracelets, and heading home trinkets. Cafe food was good, breakfast buffet had pancakes, sausage, potatoes, scrambled eggs, biscuits and such. Beach was lovely white sand, they had a volleyball tourney but we still had room for umbrellas and chairs, didn't feel crowded at all. We swam in the Gulf others thought it was too cold, (Southerners). Waves were fun! There was a kids spladh park some brave kids were running in it but it was pretty cold. Boardwalk is walking distance. Drive to the Air Force Armament Museum it's free and has indoor and outdoor planes. Be ready to walk though. Over all really enjoyed!

  • Stayed April 2012
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Thank Wendy N
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Yield-ramadafwb_123, Manager at Ramada Plaza Fort Walton Beach Resort/Destin, responded to this review, 25 September 2012
Thank you for telling us about your fun and relaxing stay. It is nice to hear that you were able to enjoy our local military history, as well as the beach and Boardwalk next door. Please stay with us again when you're in the area.
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Property: Ramada Plaza Fort Walton Beach Resort/Destin
Address: 1500 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548-6213
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Region: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Fort Walton Beach
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Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#9 On the Beach Hotel in Fort Walton Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Ramada Plaza Fort Walton Beach Resort/Destin 3*
Number of rooms: 335
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