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Tidewater Beach Resort
Reviewed 13 March 2012

This is not our first trip to Panama City Beach, but our first time booking through Sterling Resorts. We had to check in at Sterling Breeze, which is located next door to Tidewater Resorts. A very apathetic young man assisted with our check-in. We had occasion to speak with the same young man about other matters and his energy level was non-existent....not a good representative for Sterling Breeze or Stirling Resorts.
Our condo at Tidewater Resorts located on the 17th floor was not clean. The carpets, chairs and walls were stained. Food and crumbs in the cutlery tray and under small counter appliances. Water drips, fingerprints, grime, & "old" dust on kitchen and bathroom cupboard doors. The kitchen HAD to be cleaned before preparing any foods. (this was mentioned to the young man at Stirling Breeze and he said that he would pass this on to Brittany - the Manager - but no acknowledgement of the concerns) The water leak and plaster falling from the kitchen ceiling...fortunately Resort Quest who manage the Tidewater Building looked after this...we would still be waiting for Stirling Resorts. Other reviews mention the delay with the elevators but we found that only on Fridays when there was "Open House" and high humidity days was there much of a wait time. The building was built in 2007 but it appears to be much older and needs more day-to-day cleaning and maintenance to keep it up. One word of warning to all all you who bought new swimsuits for your holidays...don't wear them in the indoor pool or hot-tubs! The colour fading is noticeable after being in the water just one time. There is no warning posted. The common area computers were down for 3 weeks of the 4 that we were there but we were constantly being reassured that the would be "up and running" that day!
The views of the beach and the Gulf of Mexico are wonderful. We met so many nice people both at the resort and our walks on the beach and around Pier Park. Winn Dixie and CVS Drug Store are also within walking distance. The security fence and gate for the parking garage was reassuring. The Mardis Gras celebrations at Pier Park and the fireworks from the Pier were a blast. We would definitely go back to Panama City Beach but probably not to Tidewater Resorts and definitely we would not book through Stirling Resorts.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 February 2012

My boyfriend and I stayed on the 28th fl/rm 2807 (i think). The rug had stains on it (remind of maybe urine from a pet); the rug was not professionally cleaned upon renting out. The kitchen was very pleasant and upgraded with nice granite countertops. My only major complaints was the TV in the bedroom was about the size of a 15 inch computer monitor. I actually thought that is what it was. That is pretty SAD and CHEAP of the owner. The living room I think maybe a 32 in; but the volume moved all the way up was still not loud. I loved the oceanview of course. Other than what I mentioned it was a very nice 4 days. The wheather could have been much more pleasant; but what you expect in February:)

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 February 2012

The resort is nice and clean and you are literally directly on the beach!!! Our room was gorgeous......the only problem was there was no vending machines at all (pop or candy). So for them late night chocolate cravings I was left with nothing!!! LOL

Room Tip: Room 312 was where we stayed, it was perfect!!!
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  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 January 2012

We just returned from a 2 night stay at Tidewater (January 2012) and i have to say it was AWESOME! The staff was super nice. The view from the Balcony was incredible! Saw alot of Dolphins on the last day.. Dolphins even seemed super happy! I LOVED LOVED LOVED the sunset from our 6th floor balcony! Will DEF stay here again!!!!! :) Room was VERY clean and whats everyone so mad about the elevators for? They was fast to me! Nothing was wrong with this Condo :) cant wait to come back!!

Room Tip: Corner rooms are AWESOME! We could see for miles and see the pool from our Balcony!
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 January 2012

This was our second trip in Panama City Beach. We flew from Montréal via Atlanta. We stayed 2 couples with 3 teenagers in Unit 417 in October 2011. The year before we stayed in a smaller unit and we realized that a 3 bedrooms unit is better for family.
It is on the 4th floor - corner unit with wrap around balcony With floor to ceiling glass surrounding the entire living and dining area, we enjoyed the SPECTACULAR PANORAMIC views of the gulf that are just as fantastic from inside the living area as they are from the balcony. You will love your stay at this unit.

Montréal, Québec, CANADA

Room Tip: RENT UNIT 417 corner unit with wrap around balcony
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 January 2012

We stayed in unit 2517 and had the most awesome views I've even seen from a condo. It's a unit on the corner on the east side. There are three large windows in the living area and smaller windows in the bedrooms. The unit is 3 bedrooms and a bunk area and sleeper sofa with 3 baths. The unit is large, open and airy. We had 9 people and never felt crowded. The unit is very tastefully decorated! The furniture and beds and bedding are very comfortable. The tv's and blue rays were very nice.

The kitchen could have used a few more items. We bought a few bowls and a 9 x 13 pan and some storage containers. There was one kitchen towel and one dish cloth, would have been nice to have more. We bought more, but didn't leave them. We figured they don't stay with the unit. On the good side, Mom loved the coffee pot and the blender was really nice!

The only complaint we had was the front window was filthy. With the beautiful view, it would have been nice to have a clear view. We would have cleaned the window on the inside if they would have left the supplies.

We loved that you can lay in bed and watch the sunrise and catch the sunset from the balcony or in the living room. We saw lots of aquatic life! We enjoyed watching the dolphins sea turtles and variety of other sea life. Watch out for the jelly fish. They were very large and would have hurt! For being January, we had some great weather. Our daughter actually got in the water (which was too cool for me). We had some nice sunbathing weather and some cool, shopping days.

The Tidewater has an indoor pool (without a view), as well as a nice workout facilities with a view of the ocean and a movie theater. There were postings in the elevators with activities for the residents. It looks like it's a great place to live.

The units door lock is electronic and we could change it to a code the whole family could remember. This was really nice with having so many people coming and going.

We loved the views. You could see the Gulf, the pier and Pier Park and town. You can see a LONG ways from the 25th floor! We were there for New Years and saw the ball drop as well as fireworks at 8 and midnight. We could hear the music from Pier Park and could see all the lights, etc... I think we had the best seat in the house! I've never looked "down" on fireworks before! It was an amazing experience.

I highly recommend staying at the Tidewater. We rented from Homeaway.com and had a great experience.

While we were there, we got steamed shrimp and potatoes from Buddy's, highly recommed Buddy's! We visited the Visitors center, which is real close, they have great information. Winn Dixie is just around the corner. Wal-Mart is about 10 minutes. We love Panama City Beach and can't wait to return!

Room Tip: The corner rooms on the east side have sun most of the day. You can see farther from the higher roo...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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3  Thank hawkeyefan65
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Reviewed 3 January 2012

My husband and I stayed here late September of 2011, I have to admit after reading some of the reviews we were a little nervous... however our trip was fantastic. The condo we rented was on the 26th floor, unit #2618. It's a one bed/one bath and is at the East end of the building. We loved the natural sunlight that came in every day, we woke up to beautiful sunrises and had the sun on our balcony through-out the day. We were happy to be on the east end of the building as we noticed one day while walking on the beach.. the condo's that were towards the west end never got sun on they're balconies until late afternoon 2-3pm. We were impressed by how nice the condo was decorated, we seen the pictures at www.tidewater2618.com but they didn't do it justice. The condo was clean, beds were comfortable, kitchen well stocked. In talking with the owners, they informed us they rent they're condo themselves and not through ResortQuest. We arrived with our key in hand, parked our car and went right up to the condo. No waiting in lines at the front desk or having to get there before business hours ended. The beach was beautiful and we found the beach attendents to be very attentive and nice. We were happy to see they enforced the no tents/umbrellas infront of the beach chairs rule, who want's to look at that. We came to see the ocean :) and we did.
We will definetly stay at Tidewater again and rent 2618, we just felt at home there and when you find something you like... you stick with it. We can't wait to return.

Room Tip: Condo 2618 is large and Sunny for a one bedroom
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: 16819 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413-2485
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Region: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Panama City Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 82 Speciality Lodging in Panama City Beach
Price Range: $170 - $485 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Tidewater Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tidewater Beach Resort is a first class resort condominium featuring an impressive array of amenities for owners' and guests' enjoyment. Two huge lagoon pools with hot tubs, a 4,300 sq. ft fitness center with roman spas, saunas and steam rooms, a 5,000 sq. ft. conference center, a movie/media center, indoor pool, seven elevators and much, much more... ... more   less 
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