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Within walking distance of the beach, but guests must first cross a busy street
La Quinta Inn is not directly on the beach, but rather a block and a busy road away from it. Rates are very affordable, but guests will want a car.
Miles and miles of beautiful, white sand attract thousands of tourists each year to Panama City Beach. It's an especially popular destination during spring break, drawing over 100,000 high school and college students. Along with a number of high-rise condos and hotels -- built up during a mid-2000s construction boom -- the city's main strip is lined with a variety of mini-golf businesses, arcades, souvenir shops, and seafood restaurants. Other nearby attractions include the scuba diving shop Diver's Den, Pier Park, St. Andrews State Park, and the Museum of Man in the Sea.
The 90-room Quinta Inn is a great value hotel in Panama City Beach -- for visitors who don't mind the 10-minute walk to the sand (which involved crossing a busy street). Room decor is basic but cheery with baby blue accent walls, colorful, patterned curtains, and modern tech features such as flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. All rooms also have work desks, mini-fridges, and coffeemakers (which are oddly placed in the bathrooms). And the freebies at this hotel are extensive, including free breakfast, free parking, and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. In addition, pets are allowed, and there's a nearby dog park. Also on offer: laundry facilities, a convenience store, a fitness center, a business center, and an outdoor pool and Jacuzzi. All are adequate but unexceptional; the fitness center is cramped, with only three cardio machines, and the pool, though well-kept, looks out over the parking lot. Nonetheless, this hotel is a solid budget-friendly option.