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Pros

  • Daily hot buffet breakfast included in rate
  • Rooms have kitchenettes with stoves, microwaves, and refrigerators
  • Outdoor swimming pool, children's pool, and hot tub
  • Free happy hour several nights a week with beer, wine, and snacks
  • 24-hour exercise room with cardio machines
  • Lobby convenience store and free grocery-shopping service
  • Free Wi-Fi (fee for high speed service)
  • Basketball and tennis court
  • 24-hour business center
  • Pet-friendly (fee required)
  • Free parking for cars, RVs, and buses
  • Smoke-free property (a con for some)

Cons

  • Not within walking distance of area beaches and golf courses
  • Rooms along highway may experience traffic noise
  • No restaurant or bar on-site
  • Pool is unheated, and no shade or landscaping in pool area
  • Fitness center only has four machines

Bottom Line

The 120-room Residence Inn Sandestin at Grand Boulevard is a mid-range, family-friendly chain outpost located in the Destin-Miramar Beach area of the Florida Panhandle, on Highway 98. Due to its apartment-style rooms featuring well-stocked kitchenettes and separate living rooms, the hotel is best suited to extended stays. While there are golf courses and beaches nearby, none are within walking distance; guests will have to drive about six minutes to the closest beach. The hotel has a cheerful, sunny vibe, plus there are free happy hour nights several times a week. There are an outdoor pool and hot tub, as well as a basketball and tennis court, but no on-site bar or restaurant. Still, free Wi-Fi and a daily breakfast add to its value. For a waterfront condo property, check out Sterling Resorts - Huntington by the Sea.

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Scene

Sunny and casual, with plenty of space to relax, and a social vibe

Thanks in part to its 2013 renovation, the Residence Inn Sandestin at Grand Boulevard is a well-kept outpost of the Marriott chain, with a lot of comfy, well-furnished public spaces for socializing and a few extra amenities that make it a cut above many mid-range chain hotels. The lobby has skylights, a fireplace under a flat-screen TV, and plenty of couches and armchairs in tones of warm rust, red, and blue. Family-friendly, the hotel has a children's pool, plus a tennis and basketball court. There is a manager's reception several evenings a week, where free beer, wine, and snacks are served. The breakfast area is pleasant, with large windows, modern art, and ample seating -- including booths, breakfast bars, and tables for two. There are also an outdoor pool and concrete sundeck with lounge chairs, but there aren't any shade or landscaping. However, there are a few quiet, shady areas around the grounds where guests can stake out a bench.

Location

In the Grand Boulevard area, near high-end shopping and restaurants, a short drive from beaches and golf

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The Residence Inn Sandestin at Grand Boulevard is right on Highway 98, in the Destin-Miramar Beach area of the Florida Panhandle. The Grand Boulevard, as the immediate area is known, is a popular destination for high-end shopping and dining, with plenty of choices within a short drive. Grand Boulevard Town Center is within a five-minute walk, as is the Village of Baytown Wharf. A Publix supermarket is also within walking distance, although the beaches and golf courses require a car. The closest beach is Miramar, located about a six-minute drive from the property. Topsail Beach State Preserve is a four-minute drive from the Residence Inn, and the Santa Rosa Golf and Beach Club is a 10-minute drive from the hotel. For golfers, Burnt Pine Golf Club is a seven-minute drive away; Regatta Bay Golf Club is a 15-minute drive and the Kelly Plantation Golf Club is a 17-minute drive. Silver Sands Premium Outlets is five-minutes away by car. Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park is a 17-minute car ride away. Northwest Florida Regional Airport is a 40-minute drive away without traffic.

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Rooms

Spacious apartment-style suites with well-equipped kitchenettes, sofa beds, and modern bathrooms

The 120 rooms at the Residence Inn Sandestin at Grand Boulevard underwent a renovation in 2013, which resulted in contemporary, pleasant decor consisting of rich-brown accent walls, light wood furniture, and colorful decorative accents, including hip throw pillows and hanging prints. All rooms, which range from Studios to Two-Bedroom Suites, are large and air conditioned, featuring excellent kitchenettes that include two-burner stovetops, full-size refrigerators, microwaves, dishwashers, coffeemakers, and a good selection of cookware, dishes, and utensils. As they're apartment-style, rooms are furnished with king-size beds with pillow-top mattresses, small sectional sofas, work desks, sofa beds, and armchairs; some even have fireplaces. Bathrooms have ample counter space and shower/tub combos, as well as Paul Mitchell toiletries. Rooms face either the highway or the pool and courtyard area; although there are double-paned windows on the highway side, light sleepers may want to opt for the quieter poolside rooms. All rooms come with 32-inch flat-screen TVs with cable channels and ironing facilities. 

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Features

Free breakfast, outdoor pool, hot tub, tennis court, and exercise room

The Residence Inn Sandestin at Grand Boulevard has a variety of amenities, making it a cut above most mid-range options. Though it lacks a restaurant, it serves a free breakfast buffet each morning that includes both hot and cold selections. The hotel also hosts a manager's reception several nights a week with free wine, beer, and light snacks. A lobby market sells snacks, drinks, frozen dinners, and various other sundries. A gas grill and picnic area are available on the grounds for guests' use. 

Recreation-wise, the hotel has an unheated outdoor pool and sundeck lined with lounge chairs, as well as a small outdoor hot tub and adjacent children's pool. A combination tennis and basketball court is also available. The windowless 24-hour fitness center is more of a small exercise room, with just three cardio machines and one weight machine, plus a flat-screen TV. The hotel has a 24-hour business center in the lobby with two computers, plus basic Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. There's an on-site guest laundry room with four coin-operated washers and dryers. For guests that plan on cooking, the hotel also offers a free grocery-shopping service. 

Amenities

Key Features
Pool
Fitness Center
Internet
Pets Allowed
Cribs
Jacuzzi
Hotel Services
Transport to / from Hotel
Dry Cleaning
Free Breakfast
Laundry
Rental Car Service Desk Onsite
Pets Allowed
Family Services
Cribs
Kids Allowed
Things to Do
Business Center
Fitness Center
Pool
Tennis Court
Room Features
Air Conditioner
Television
Full Kitchen
Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space
Internet
Address
300 Grand Blvd, Destin, Florida Panhandle 32550, United States
Phone (850) 650-7811
Room Types
  • One Bedroom Suite
  • Studio
  • Two Bedroom Suite