Many families rent vacation homes in Destin, Florida, where local attractions include Henderson Beach State Park, Destin Harbor Boardwalk and Big Kahuna”s Water & Adventure Park (not to mention water sports galore). If you”re looking for a reliable hotel, however, these well-known names — many of which are located in the resort area of Sandestin — provide swimming pools, Wi-Fi, and all the necessities for a classic family vacation in Florida. These are our favorite hotels in Destin, based on family ratings and expert reviews.
Written by Amanda Geronikos
Hilton Sandestin Beach, Golf Resort & Spa
The largest resort in Destin, Hilton Sandestin Beach, Golf Resort & Spa recently underwent a $13-million renovation. The hotel"s restaurants and many of its guestrooms -- which have mini-fridges and microwaves -- have been updated, and the hotel"s indoor pool was redesigned, too. The hotel, situated right on the beach, also offers an outdoor pool and water sports, such as stand-up paddle boarding and snorkeling. Kids" programs and babysitting services are available.
Embassy Suites by Hilton Destin - Miramar Beach
This all-suite hotel provides apartment-style accommodations with one or two bedrooms and full kitchens for preparing lunch, dinner or snacks. You"ll want to enjoy breakfast downstairs though -- it"s complimentary. Other perks include evening receptions, a swimming pool, and best of all, a beachfront locale.
Courtyard Sandestin at Grand Boulevard
Owned by Marriott, Courtyard Sandestin at Grand Boulevard features modern accommodations, including suites with mini-fridges and microwaves. Other modern conveniences include media pods with TVs, a small library (part of the business center) and The Bistro, where complimentary breakfast is served and families can also purchase sandwiches and snacks. The hotel has a courtyard pool.
Candlewood Suites Destin - Sandestin
Candlewood Suites Destin - Sandestin offers all the necessities for an enjoyable stay -- an outdoor swimming pool, onsite market, laundry facility and suites with fully equipped kitchens. Guestrooms have DVD players, and DVDs can be rented at the front desk. There"s also a Lending Locker, where you can rent a board game, food blender or other odds and ends. Pets are welcome.
Wingate by Wyndham Destin FL
Wingate by Wyndham Destin FL is a 6-minute drive from Henderson Beach State Park, and a 6-minute walk to Big Kahuna"s Water & Adventure Park. It offers complimentary breakfast, a swimming pool and free Wi-Fi. Guestrooms are equipped with mini-fridges.
Fairfield Inn & Suites Destin
Across the street from Henderson Beach State Park, Fairfield Inn & Suites Destin provides everything that"s needed on a family vacation -- indoor and outdoor pools, complimentary Wi-Fi, and free breakfast. Accommodations are modern; stay in a suite if you"d like dining space and a mini-fridge.
Residence Inn Sandestin at Grand Boulevard
Complimentary breakfast, a swimming pool, reading library and a barbecue and picnic area are a few of the perks at Residence Inn Sandestin at Grand Boulevard. Spacious guestrooms have fully equipped kitchens, and the hotel provides easy access to nearby attractions.
Topsl Beach and Racquet Resort
Owned by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, Topsl Beach and Racquet Resort combines vacation home rentals with resort-style amenities. Apartments feature two to five bedrooms, and the largest accommodations sleep up to 12 guests. Situated on 52 acres, the resort offers an onsite restaurant and bar, several pools, and children"s programming, such as dive-in movie nights.
Hampton Inn & Suites Destin-Sandestin
Hampton Inn & Suites Destin-Sandestin is a quarter mile from the beach, and offers complimentary breakfast, an outdoor pool and free Wi-Fi. It also offers mini-fridges and microwaves in guestrooms. What"s not to love?
Sea Oats Motel
Don"t let the word Ã¢â‚¬Å“motelÃ¢â‚¬Â deter you -- Sea Oats Motel is a well-manicured property right on the beach. It doesn"t just offer motel rooms either; apartment-style units with three bedrooms are available, sleeping a maximum of 10 guests. Guestrooms, all of which has kitchenettes or full kitchens, also have private balconies and free Wi-Fi. There"s a heated swimming pool and laundry facility onsite.
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