Promotion code

Best Western Hotel Ft. Walton Beachfront, Fort Walton Beach

380 Santa Rosa Boulevard, 32548-6136, Fort Walton Beach, United States - See on a map
Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront - Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront Hotel, located directly on the Gulf of Mexico, is a favorite among avid travelers of the Emerald Coast. The Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront is ideally located in the center of Fort Walton Beach. Come and experience our hotel near the major tourist attractions. Best price guaranteed and exclusive deals.

On the Island, the hotel is located directly on the Gulf of Mexico with sugar white sand and miles of unspoiled beaches. Great shopping, wonderful restaurants, Dolphin and Dinner Cruises, fishing, golf, inland and beach front rooms. Boutique-style with art deco design make this Florida beach hotel a must stay in Fort Walton Beach. All rooms feature Serta® Presidential Suite pillow top beds for the ultimate in guest comfort. The Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront hotel boasts luxurious amenities, on-site entertainment and close proximity to exciting activities. This boutique-style hotel adds a touch of class to the traditional Best Western family-friendly atmosphere. Hotel amenities include an on-site outdoor pool with adjacent cabana bar and meeting facilities-perfect for reunions or unique business meetings! Every guest room is decorated in a stylish art deco design and boasts extras such as free high-speed Internet access, microwave and refrigerator. Accommodations with a luxurious in-room spa are also available. Make the most of your visit to the beach by upgrading your room to a Gulf view with a private balcony! Guests can enjoy live music every night at the on-site Swizzle Stick Lounge and Martini Bar-voted a local's favorite by a Fort Walton Beach magazine. Whether here to unwind, enjoy water sports or see the sights, a good time is only steps away! The Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront hotel is centrally located near seasonal festivals, charter fishing, snorkeling, museums and upscale shopping and dining. This hotel is also in close proximity to area military bases. Enjoy true southern hospitality at the best rate possible! Make an on-line hotel reservation today and save with a low rate. Must be 21 or older to check-in.

Best Western

Hotel Ft. Walton Beachfront




Hotel advantages

  • Air conditioning
    Air conditioning
  • 24-hour front desk
    24-hour front desk
Show More Show Less

Guest reviews

In partnership with tripadvisor fr
Certificate of Excellence 2019
based on 1523 guest reviews
Very Good
Business Business
Couples Couples
Family Family
Friends getaway Friends getaway
Solo travel Solo travel
Sleep Quality

"2019 Vacation"

Cindybaer, Le Claire, Iowa 22/05/2019

This was just what I needed!! After a long winter, I wanted the beach, sun and warmth! This is what I got!! There was NOTHING to complain about!! Staff was great, room was great and with a view to die for! I will come back to this location again! I am thinking about making this an annual trip! The beach is beautiful! I would suggest spending the extra money for the room with the balcony facing the ocean/beach! We were on the 4th floor, and we loved waking up to the view!! Breathtaking!

Kevin P, Director of Sales at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Thank you for your candid remarks. Most of our guests agree that the view from our private balconies is "to die for!" Our guests also make this an annual trip and they return to us year after year. We are already looking forward to your 2nd annual trip to the Emerald Coast! Thanks again for your review!

"Beautiful Beach from Guest Rooms"

Richard H, portland, United States 21/05/2019

Guest rooms are in need of an update, they are very dated. However, they have a wonderful view of the beach & ocean. The included breakfast looked great. However, the area it is served in is very small and was full of people the day I went to eat. Opted to eat out. The included breakfast needs to be served in a much larger area to accommodate the amount of children and adults that eat there. Front desk staff seemed stand offish or unhappy, not very welcoming, and in need of training. This Hotel is in a great location close to shopping, restaurants/bars & beach. They also need a better road sign to get into the hotel from the street, there is only a white "BestWestern" Flag at the driveway to the hotel.

Kevin P, Director of Sales at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
We are happy that our location was great for you and that you enjoyed your wonderful view of the beach & ocean from your guest room. Thank you for your remarks. Both your pros and cons are very helpful. We strive to provide superior guest satisfaction and we look forward to our next opportunity to make your stay fantastic.


Karen P, Kingston Springs, Tennessee 13/05/2019

From the moment we walked in until the day we left, all was more then we expected. Friendly staff, very clean, beach right there,awesome service, very comfy beds and the breakfast would be everything you want. I will definately go back to this same place. Also, the beach isn't busy with a big crowd, very peaceful.You will LOVE it here. Book It!! Best Western, Ft Walton, you should be very proud of yourselves! :*) THANK YOU

Kevin P, Director of Sales at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Your review is a kind reminder that our efforts to deliver award winning accommodations are appreciated. Our guests wake up well rested in our comfy beds and they get their day started with complimentary breakfast before heading out to the beach to enjoy complimentary beach chairs and umbrellas. On behalf of our friendly staff: thank you for your review. We look forward to your return.

"Great Hotel"

User 29/04/2019

We arrived earlier than anticipated and was allowed to use the ammenties the hotel provided until we could get checked in. All staff were very friendly and helpful. Rooms were clean and comfortable. Loved the balcony and view of the ocean. Would recommend this hotel.

Kevin P, Director of Sales at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
It was our pleasure to help get your vacation started early! We thank you for your review. Our friendly and helpful staff take pride in our clean an comfortable rooms. We are glad that you loved the balcony and view of the Gulf. Thank you for your business. We hope your travels bring you back to the Emerald Coast!

"Wonderful vacation"

FW_Beach, Waukesha, Wisconsin 27/04/2019

Terrific staff. Beautiful beach access and gulf front balconies. Clean and well maintained rooms and property. The Cabana bar and Matini bar were a wonderful added bonus. Pool was heated and family friendly.

Kevin P, Director of Sales at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Wonderful vacations are our specialty! We are so glad you took a moment to share your experience. Thank you for mentioning our clean, well maintained rooms and property, and most importantly: our terrific staff. We hope to have your family with us again soon!

"Great EXCEPT...."

LukeLane, Foley, Alabama 22/04/2019

The Good: -friendly males at the front desk (Kevin & ?) They were great and had excellent customer service skills!! Keep up the great work guys!! -other staff and housekeepers were so nice and welcoming -great pool area -tiki bar at the pool -tiki bar bartender was great -on the beach -clean rooms -a/c worked well -good water pressure -comfy beds The Bad: (literally the only reason I'm not giving a perfect score) -Kim (at the front desk) was horribly rude and not helpful on the phone. She even hid around the corner and talked about me to another female employee while I checked in. Once she realized that the customer standing within ear shot of her was my sister, she quickly exited the area.

Kevin P, Director of Sales at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Thank you for your very honest review--both the pros and cons are very helpful. We apologize for failing to meet your expectations regarding this incident. We assure you we have addressed your concerns with the staff member involved. Also, thank you for your positive comments regarding the overall condition of the hotel and the friendliness of our team. It was very nice of you to take the time to share your comments. We look forward to the honor of hosting your family again in the future.

"Great Family Vacation"

Explorer66129943641, Andalusia, Alabama 22/04/2019

Best Western in Fort Walton is a great place to take the family for a quick get away . It's right on the beach. Walk out the back doors and your there . They supply beach chairs and umbrellas. Me and my family have never had a complaint while staying there.

Kevin P, Director of Sales at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
We are happy that you enjoyed your 'quick get away' at the Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront. Our prime beach location is second to none. We love being able to provide complimentary beach chairs and umbrellas! We can not wait to host your next 'great family vacation'!

"Very nice hotel with gulfview"

Jaquator, Saint James, Louisiana 21/04/2019

Our family of four stayed here four nights. We stayed on the 4th floor in a guest room with a balcony and view of the Gulf. Beds were very comfortable and decor was nice. Daily breakfast was good and included a variety- cereal, bread, bagels, muffins, gravy and biscuits, and sausage patties. You can also make your own waffles and oatmeal. We enjoyed the heated pool at the hotel that was a few steps from the beach. Hotel staff was very nice. There was a minor issue with housekeeping, but it was resolved quickly and the staff was extremely apologetic, even though they were not responsible for the incident. Overall, we had a great stay and look forward to returning in the future. Highly recommend this hotel.

Kevin P, Director of Sales at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Thank you so much for your thorough review. Our gulf-view rooms, private balconies, and comfortable beds are always highly recommended by our guests. We are so glad you enjoyed our complimentary breakfast and found there to be plenty of variety. We apologize again for the minor housekeeping issue and we are glad we could quickly resolve this for you. Thank you for your business and we look forward to your next visit to the Destin/Ft. Walton Beach area.

"Excellent hotel"

User 18/04/2019

The hotel was clean, breakfast was satisfactory, the staff were so nice & helpful especially the maintenance guys. When we come back down we are planning on staying there again later this year. The pool was always warm & it was nice having chairs & towels at the beach to sit in.

Kevin P, Director of Sales at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
We hear such great things about our staff and we never get tired of hearing more: especially about our nice and helpful maintenance guys! Our beachfront, heated pool is great, and offering complimentary beach chairs and umbrella is another amenity that our guests absolutely love. We are glad to know that you will be back again later this year!

"Awesome and Affordable Beachfront Stay!"

doxiedogs2, Pittsford, New York 17/04/2019

This is an awesome, direct beachfront hotel/resort with nice rooms, tiki bar, clean pool, hot breakfast, free beach chairs and umbrellas set up on the beach, in a somewhat quieter area and beach location. Very professional, friendly and staff and great little bar/lounge with live music. all at a great price and value! This was great property with all the amenities needed; and will return again! You will love Dawn's appletini in the lounge!

Kevin P, Director of Sales at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
We are thrilled that you enjoyed our awesome and affordable beachfront hotel! Thank you for sharing your experience. Our free beach chairs and umbrellas, hot breakfast, clean pool and quiet beachfront location are always sure to please. Our world famous Swizzle Stick lounge is a great place to enjoy a cocktail and enjoy live entertainment nightly. We look forward to sharing your review with our staff. We hope to have you stay with us again soon.

"Best Getaway"

User 13/04/2019

This was the best girls week beach getaway. Everyone was very pleasant. The breakfast was perfect, a little crowded but not too bad. The balcony room we had was perfect for our morning coffee time and evening glass of wine. Very affordable - quiet beach and free beach chairs!!!!

Kevin P, Director of Sales at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
This is the place for having the 'best girls week beach getaway'!! We love when guests take time to share their experience. Our gulf-view balconies are perfect for sunrise coffee time and sunset glasses of wine. We are glad you took advantage of our amenities. The free beach chairs and complimentary breakfast are always a favorite. We can't wait to host your next girls getaway.

"Great stay for a trip to the beach!"

User 11/04/2019

Love staying here when we come to the area. The staff on the beach is awesome. The hotel is clean and the decor is awesome. The coffee is always fresh all day long! The only thing we discovered on this trip was the pool bar was not open the whole week, it was opened on our last day. So that was a little disappointing. But we will be back.

Kevin P, Director of Sales at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
It makes us happy when guests return year after year. We take pride in our awesome beach staff and clean hotel. Our coffee is strong, hot and fresh all day long because our guest value this amenity. Above all, we are sincerely thankful for guests like you and when you return, we hope to help make your trip to the beach another great stay!

"Better then I expected!"

Jennie W, Biloxi 09/04/2019

I was not expecting the BW to be as clean and comfy for the price compared to most beach front hotels. Only recommendation would be, updating the air/heating units! I would definitely stay at this location again!

Kevin P, Director of Sales at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
We tend to exceed exceptions on a daily basis! Our clean, comfy and affordable beachfront hotel is sure to please. We have updated our hvac units and will continue to do so. Your feedback is valued and welcomed. Your next stay will most certainly be 'better than expected' and we will be looking forward to it.

"Budget friendly beachfront"

User 08/04/2019

Would recommend! Nice hotel right on the beach. Great free breakfast. Comfortable beds. The only issue we ran into was not having much hot water for a shower but we were also there during a cheer competition so I'm sure that had something to do with it. Will stay again in the future.

"Family Spring Break"

Vegasgirl44, Clinton Township, Michigan 07/04/2019

We had a great stay at the Best Western Fort Walton Beach! Great location, staff was awesome! Morning breakfast & coffee was great. Heated pool, with tiki bar & the Swizzle Stick at night. Balcony room on the beach had great views! We would def stay here again!

"Hotel is nice and clean"

Mardessa W, Atlanta, Georgia 06/04/2019

Family friendly hotel love everything about it. My kids enjoyed the heated pool.We stayed last spring break we will be back next year plus the hotel is on the beach.Resturants are close by and gas stations.

"fun stay"

User 01/04/2019

rooms were clean and staff was very friendly. easy access to beach and close too shopping malls and kids loved the pool because it was heated and at the time of our visit it was in the high 60's and lower 70's. would definitely come again

Kevin P, Director of Sales at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
We appreciate you taking a moment to give us a review. Our guests love our beach location and proximity to shopping and restaurants almost as much as they love our friendly staff, clean rooms and heated pool! We are looking forward to your next 'fun stay' on beautiful Okaloosa Island!

"great stay"

User 26/03/2019

We got in late on a Thursday night and the firetrucks were in front of the building. When we checked in we were told the hot water was being worked on. They let us check in and told us if not fixed in the morning we could make different arrangement's. They were helpful and the water was fixed by morning. Great breakfast the coffee is fantastic, the beach service is great and so is the pool.

Kevin P, Director of Sales at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
We appreciate your feedback. We are glad to hear that you found our coffee to be fantastic and that you took advantage of our great amenities. We know that you have many choices when traveling and we are very glad you chose us. We hope to see you again soon!

"Most relaxing weekend ever..."

User 24/03/2019

My husband and I throughly enjoyed our stay. The check in staff was amazing. The best customer service we've received in a long time. Steve was the best. He gave us excellent restaurant choices. Don at the cabana bar was hilarious. He has the best personality. We could feel the love he has for his job and his customers. The beach was beautiful. We will definitely return.

Kevin P, Director of Sales at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Thank you so much for sharing you experience! We aim to please and we are always glad to hear when our guests thoroughly enjoy their stay. We are even more thrilled to know that you will be returning to us! We are all proud of Don and Steve, and they will be happy to read your review. We will be looking forward to your next 'most relaxing weekend ever'!

"Great Hotel on the Beach"

cekane89, Downs, Illinois 24/03/2019

Had a very enjoyable stay. Room was very nice with balcony overlooking beach. Beach chairs and umbrella included. Pool was clean and warm for kids to swim. Rooms clean and beds comfortable. Nice little bar by the pool and live music in bar at night. Breakfast was not terrific but your typical chain fare. Overall, very nice hotel and will return.

Kevin P, Director of Sales at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
We are thankful for guests like you who take a moment to give us an honest review. Our clean and comfortable rooms overlooking the beach are great and our guests especially love that we include the beach chairs and umbrella. We are glad you had an enjoyable stay and that you took the opportunity to utilize our amenities. Thank you for your business and we look forward to your travels back to our area.

"Small getaway"

strylm, Union, Missouri 20/03/2019

The hotel was very clean. Beds were comfortable. Staff was awesome! Pool was nice. Great beachfront hotel. The rules on noise after 9pm could be more enforced. Lots of kids running up and down the hallway after 9pm yelling and screaming. Walls are super thin. Could hear everything going on in the next room. But overall a very decent stay. Would definitely stay again.

Kevin P, Director of Sales at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Thank you so much for your feedback. We appreciate it when our guests take the time to let us know about their stay at the Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront. We are glad to hear that you found our hotel to be very clean, our beds comfortable, and our staff awesome! Also thank you for taking the time to share your comments regarding the noise of kids in the hall. Please be assured we are addressing your concerns. We know that you have many choices when traveling and we are very glad you chose us.

"Quick beach trip"

hafrancis, Tallahassee, Florida 20/03/2019

Great get away, beautiful location, clean hotel, helpful staff, room was great, comfortable bed, very clean ..great balcony over looking the beach. Weather was a bit chilly, but stilled enjoyed the views and area!

Kevin P, Director of Sales at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Thank you for taking a moment to share your experience. We pride ourselves on providing a clean and comfortable home away from home for our guests! Our staff will be pleased to know that you found your stay enjoyable. We will be looking forward to your next 'quick beach trip'!

"Short Getaway to the Beach"

scotz639, Atlanta, Georgia 19/03/2019

This hotel has been remodelled. They painted it in great beachy colors, colorful furnishings and staffed by awesome staff. Under the cosmetic it was aged.Location is great, breakfast was plentiful. We had drinks one night in the super small yet very cute throwback lounge," The Swizzlestick".

Kevin P, Director of Sales at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
We are so glad you chose our hotel for your 'short getaway to the beach'! Our guests love our plentiful breakfast and awesome staff, and we are thrilled to know you enjoyed drinks at our Swizzle Stick Lounge. Thank you for your review.

"Spring Break"

User 18/03/2019

I usually give good reviews of Best Western. I love the beachfront room and the excellent location of the hotel since so many things are within walking distance.Also, great customer services from the check in to the maintenance guys (we had 2 different ones for two separate things), and the guy who brought us more towels. I wish I could have given this hotel a 4 or above, but for the following reasons I did not. 1) The breakfast on Monday consisted of frozen eggs you microwave, tator tots, and terrible Canadian bacon. If breakfast is not a big deal to you, then you will be fine. 2) The walls are so thin we heard almost everything. Room 504 they were having sex early in the morning. Room 508 had kids and they enjoyed being loud, especially on the balcony. At the time of writing this review, the kids are so loud, we shut the balcony door and we can still hear the, On Sunday, there were some drunk people at the bar, we constantly heard them laughing at night.

Kevin P, Director of Sales at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Thank you so much for your feedback. We appreciate it when our guests take the time to let us know about their stay. Both your pros and cons will be shared with our team members. We hope that if your travels bring you back to Fort Walton Beach, and you will give us another opportunity to exceed your expectations.

"Spring break"

User 18/03/2019

My daughter's high school softball team scheduled spring break for 4 days in Pensacola. Finding that they had extra funds they extended by 1 day. I booked my extra day at this hotel by mistake. Upon realizing my mistake I called to have my reservation switched but this hotel refused. Same chain, different town. The other hotel assured me that it happens fairly often so they were sure it would be no problem. Wrong. POOR customer service!

Paula E, General Manager at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Thank you for your review, I am very sorry for the inconvenience you went through regarding your cancellation. I can very much empathize with your frustration and assure you that we will take your comment into consideration. We our sorry that our location was not convenient for your endeavors to our area. . We hope that if your travels bring you back to the Florida panhandle you will give us another opportunity to serve you and make it right, Sincerely, Paula Evans, General Manager

"Winter get away"

Glynda B, Cedar Lake, Indiana 14/03/2019

Well kept facility on the beach. Great decor throughout with friendliest staff. Hot breakfast available each day. Close to local attractions. Highly recommend this hotel for all ages. Would return to this hotel


dragont2015, Woodbridge, Canada 13/03/2019

We stayed 10 days at the Best Western. When we checked in the good feelings started. The staff were friendly and helpful and pointed out all the local attractions/shopping. There was a scrumtious hot/cold breakfast every day with fresh fruit. You won't have a chance to get bored with the food because the menu changes every day The cleaning staff were thorough and prompt. The heated pool was closed for maintenance for several days but when it finally opened it was pure joy. The hotel is within easy walking distance of the pier which is surrounded by restaurants and attractions. All in all this location was a good place to relax.

"Wonderful hotel! "

jesswillis2, Virginia Beach, Virginia 13/03/2019

We really enjoyed our stay at the Fort Walton Best Western. The hotel is in a great location right on the beach with a beautiful view of the beachfront. There are a lot restaurants and things to do really close by and the staff was super friendly. I would definitely recommend this hotel if you're going to Fort Walton Beach!


Dreamer33170473158, Ardmore, Tennessee 07/03/2019

For the time of year, I feel we were charged to much for this room. There was construction outside our room, which we paid extra for to have beachfront. We were not informed of this at the time of our booking. Not sure it was hotel fault or The breakfast was cold, not sure they had temps adjusted right. The room was average and comfortable, internet worked fine. Also, we had a problem locating hotel as there was no sign! We didn't know if the building part of another.

Paula E, General Manager at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Thank you so much for your feedback. We appreciate it when our guests take the time to let us know about their stay. Comments from our guests are very important to our staff. I would like to personally apologize for your experience at our hotel. I have shared this review with our managers regarding the issues you have mentioned. We appreciate your concerns and will keep your comments in mind while we work to improve our guest experience. We know that you have many choices when traveling and we thank you for your business. Sincerely, Paula Evans, General Manager


Explore15046877102, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 06/03/2019

Hotel pool opened during our stay, new pool deck is nice. Breakfast every morning was good, they change it up a bit every day. Hotel is clean, we opted for a beach view which was worth it. Watched dolphins swim by at different times. Sunrise & sunsets were nice. If you are in to it you may get a chance to see F-35's practicing from near by Eglin AFB. You can easily walk to a few nice restaurants if you don't want to drive.


Kori N, Bossier City, Louisiana 05/03/2019

We live in the area so this was just a little weekend staycation for our family! The hotel was in the perfect location for a relaxing weekend at the beach. The staff are very friendly and helpful, the room was clean and a nice size for a family of 4. The breakfast offered plenty of options to cover all our tastes!

"Beautiful beach location and wonderful facilities"

OKWanderer, Edmond, Oklahoma 25/02/2019

Very helpful and friendly staff. Great selection at breakfast with normal "continental" items plus waffles, eggs, and hot meats. Outstanding beach location and view. Comfortable beds, large balcony, modern bathroom with good amenities. We will be coming back.

"Sun Therapy Weekend Getaway "

V2904KMrobinm, Greenbrier, Tennessee 25/02/2019

Booked this hotel via a third party site. Our room was beachfront with balcony. 2 queen beds and standard amenities. Free breakfast. The hotel has a great location and direct access to the beach. Close to the pier. They offer complimentary beach chairs and umbrellas each day of your stay. The beds were comfortable and the decor was very nice; new carpet and updated bathrooms. The rooms were quiet and we enjoyed our stay

"Great value - comfy!"

4whatitsworth2day, Washington 18/02/2019

An establishment with chain affiliation yet unique with heart. As far as beachfront motels go you'll be hard-pressed to find a better beach front value. The beach and gulf view is beautiful The only surprises were pleasant ones. Late in the evening we had a small problem with our television and within minutes a maintenance man popped in, sorted it out, and put it right. The complimentary breakfast was fairly typical but again no surprises. There looked to be a lot of equipment available for guests kayaks bicycles but we inquired no further.

"Long weekend getaway"

spitfire1982, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 18/02/2019

Great hotel, amenities, rooms and staff! Everyone was very cordial and were willing to go out of their way to ensure complete satisfaction. Some very good restaurants were nearby and were within walking distance. Will definitely be back!

"Beautiful ocean views"

Pathfinder250487, Evansville, Indiana 18/02/2019

Hotel looks nice from the street but is a little dated. Lobby is nicely decorated, and check in and out was easy, friendly staff. Room was nice enough and clean. My only complaint would be the plumbing isn't very good.

"Ho hum stay"

swingdoc, Los Gatos CA 16/02/2019

Room ok, breakfast not so much. New check in staffa little allow but no problem. Breakfast eggs were pre-made and cold. Not enough seating for hotel guests at breakfast. Alternative seating offered was not open. Staff saw this but ignored me.

"Great beach hotel"

AMdsgn, Albuquerque, New Mexico 04/02/2019

The decor is retro, colorful and fun. The staff are very helpful and welcoming. We had a room with a balcony overlooking the beach which is beautiful although it was too cold to enjoy. A great option for this area.

Paula E, General Manager at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
We appreciate your comments and are thrilled that we could contribute to your visit to our area. Thank you for your business and we hope to see you again in the future. Sincerely, Paula Evans, General Manager

"Great hotel, everything we needed!"

UStravelgal, San Antonio, Texas 24/01/2019

Only complaint is about the weather; it was too windy to enjoy the heated outdoor pool. Modern bathroom, very clean room, very good breakfast, and the staff was friendly and helpful. Located right on the beach and had an indoor bar/lounge with musicians on the weekend. I highly recommend and will stay there again!

"Beach Getaway"

User 23/01/2019

This was an excellent hotel. Decor is kind of retro and beachy. Recently remodeled and very bright and beach feel. Location is superb! Hotel staff from front desk to maintenance, bar tenders, went out of their way to be helpful. They were all knowledgeable about the hotel and the area it is located. I would definetely stay here again. I had always heard bad things about Best Western and this is NOT the case with this hotel. I took a chance due to its rating on and I am glad I did.

"Spectacular views"

catherines546, Boston, Massachusetts 20/01/2019

Great deal on a recently remodeled room while we visited family during the off season. Great WiFi and cable tv. Balcony overlooks gorgeous beach. Outdoor pool was recently redone. Free breakfast was subpar even by free hotel breakfast standards. Stale baked goods. Hotel has a quirky Art Deco vibe but very clean. Very small lounge with narrow bar and live entertainment. Movies in one of the meeting rooms for the kids. Staff were friendly and accommodating.

"Great stay"

User 02/01/2019

The beachfront view with private balcony was amazing. The staff was very friendly. The price was great. Location was great. Just steps from the beach was just what we wanted and got. We were very pleased with our stay.

"Have stayed here twice"

G1354QZstevew, Elyria, Ohio 31/12/2018

Enjoyed our first time here in 2013 for a one night honeymoon in the Jr suite. We loved the "retro 70's" look and colors of this place as compared to others nearby with their plain tan, beige colors and all. Had a great beachfront view and breeze from the room and balcony. Liked it so much we came back for another one night stop-over for our 5th anniversary...SAME ROOM! The bed is very, very comfortable. Room was quiet (top floor, corner) and spacious enough. The jaccuzzi tub is wonderful. Enough about the room...the staff was very friendly and professional (greeted with smiles and a "welcome, how can we make your stay enjoyable"). Check-in went quick and smooth. For our evening anniversary dinner we stopped and asked the gentleman at the front desk about some local dining and he was extremely helpful in giving us his time and his choices, as well as looking online and letting us view many others. Nice job!!! The breakfast was everything you could ask for...cold and hot cereals, eggs, fruit, juices, yogurts, make your own waffles, bakery goods. Very fulfilling! We will look for this place in every future visit to the area.

"Clean, friendly. Couldn't ask for more. No complaints"

User 27/12/2018

Beachfront hotel. The view was amazing. The staff was great. Even asking for extra towels ect. They didn't mind at all. We went for Christmas wish we could have stayed longer. We will definitely book here again!

Paula E, General Manager at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
We appreciate your kind review. Thank you for noting your positive comments regarding the view of the beach from our hotel and the friendly service you received from our staff. It was very nice of you to take the time to share your comments. We look forward to having the opportunity of hosting you again in the future. Sincerely, Paula Evans, General Manager


Lisa A, Pensacola, Florida 27/12/2018

Check in was easy and fast, I suggest you take a picture with your phone of your license plate- if your like us and don't have it memorized. You'll need it during check in. The rooms are very clean and have everything we needed. We stayed Christmas day for 2 nights and people and their kids were in the pool ! It was heated to 85 degrees and felt like bath water when I stuck my hand in it. Live entertainment in the lounge downstairs The Swizzle stick. Good drinks, company, and the bartenders were personable. Coffee bar was excellent. 3 choices of coffee regular, bold, and decaf. 4 choices for creamer. The coffee and water bar in lobby was available all day and night. Breakfast was surprisingly good. Hashbrowns, french toast, bacon, sausage, eggs, fruit, yogurt, milk, juices, cereals, bagels, waffles...and more. Waited to long the first morning- and the large seating areas were packed. Second morning we went down at 7- and only 6 people. Highly recommend this hotel ! We walked to near by restaurants and bars-5 minutes away. We were right on the beach, so the balcony was enjoyed. Beautiful view.

Paula E, General Manager at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
I was happy to read your review and see that you had an enjoyable stay during your recent Christmas trip to our areal. Thank you for taking the opportunity to utilize the amenities that our hotel has to offer. It was nice of you to take the time to share your comments. Most importantly thank you for being a guest at our hotel. We look forward to seeing you again in the future. Sincerely, Paula Evans, General Manager

"Not as Pleased as Last Visit"

MoMema93, Stockton, Missouri 13/12/2018

We booked room originally in June 2018 for arrival in September 2018 but called in August to reschedule for two nights late November. On check-in we were told we would not be able to have the King Oceanfront room we had booked due to remodeling. I was VERY disappointed but we took the double queens oceanfront offered. The price was the same, room was nice but overcrowded. The room was clean and the view was awesome. Since this is an older hotel the electrical outlets were difficult to access for our CPAP machines. The one nightstand was not sufficient with outlets to accommodate our machines. We had to use the little table from the balcony and a chair to but our CPAP's next to our beds. Breakfast was nice, waffles, 2 kinds of eggs, link sausage, cheese grits, yogurt, cereal, milk and fruit juices. The area was clean and food was kept stocked. Very nice and clean beach area.

Paula E, General Manager at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
We appreciate your Pro's as well as the Con's related to your recent stay at our hotel. Your observations related to electrical outlets are being reviewed with our maintenance team. Please be assured we are looking into ways to make your next experience more pleasing. We are grateful for your support and do hope that we may have the pleasure of welcoming you back to hotel in the future. Sincerely, Paula Evans, General Manager

"Great motel on beach."

Joe W, Judsonia 23/11/2018

This is a great place to stay. Right on the beach. Very clean very friendly staff. Would stay here again. Free breakfast. Live music. Short walk over walkway to beach. Free beach service . Volleyball net set up ping pong.

Paula E, General Manager at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
We appreciate your comments and are thrilled that we could contribute to your visit to our area. Thank you for your business and we look forward to seeing you again in the future. Sincerely, Paula Evans, General Manager

"Excellence under stress"

User 09/11/2018

The hotel was without hot water for three days of my stay. The staff handled the situation with the utmost professionalism and made amendments for the inconvenience. Too often we forget the unfortunate circumstances of others with no water only a few miles away however BW and their staff still made this stay amazing! Beds were very comfortable. Linen was great! Breakfast bar amazing! View was beautiful. Walk to the beach very easy and close. Thank you BW and staff!

Paula E, General Manager at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
I just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to post your kind comments about your recent stay at our hotel. Also, thank you for taking the opportunity to utilize the amenities that our hotel has to offer. Customer care is amongst our highest priorities and we do measure ourselves on the standard of service our guests receive. We are grateful for your support and do hope that we may have the pleasure of welcoming you back to hotel in the future. Sincerely, Paula Evans, General Manager

"4 days at the beach"

jameshV8674ND, Winnsboro, Texas 05/11/2018

Staff very nice, great beach view from our room, Rooms are a little dated but your not meant to spend much time in them. Breakfast was good, lots of fruit , many choices. Has outdoor pool, and bar, shower right at the beach. They also provide you with beach chairs and umbrella, very cool.

"Great Location, Staff, Hotel"

Jason P, New Orleans, LA 05/11/2018

My family visits the Ft. Walton area every year. This year we had to postpone our summer trip to November and we had just as great a time! Thanks to the staff at Best Western Ft. Walton for making our trip so wonderful. We will be back!!

"Beautiful view of the beach"

Jean D, Quaker City, United States 27/10/2018

This hotel has a beautiful view from any of the six floors. The balcony fits four chairs. The sand is powder and it is not hot. Hotel provides an umbrella and two chairs free of charge. The pool has floats and towels provided. Great hot and cold breakfast included. Beds are comfortable as well as the pillows. Loved it all. Hope to be back again soon.

"Friendly, comfortable, excellent staff"

sk20314, Tampa, Florida 25/10/2018

We stayed for 4 nights with a Gulf view room and 2 Queen beds. Nice towels and bathroom size. Had a pool and free beach seating set up. Breakfast was good. With limited but with hot items. Coffee was excellent! Check in and out was efficient as were the room attendants. I would stay there again.

"Stay at Best Western"

stricklettcarolyn, Eldridge, Alabama 22/10/2018

This was our first visit at the Best Western and We really enjoyed our visit. The room was exceptionally clean and the bed was very comfortable. Housekeeping cleaned the room every day and the beds was changed every day Other staff there was very nice from check in to check out including the bar tender and the guy who puts up the lounges chairs and umbrellas They went out of their way to make us feel welcome and We thank them If We are ever in the area We will stay here again

"Good for price and location"

erica k, Denver, Colorado 20/10/2018

This place is right on the beach so if you are wanting easy beach access this place is perfect. The staff was very friendly and the rooms were clean, but a little run down. The free breakfast wasn't that great and would recommend going somewhere else for breakfast. There was no fruit and no real healthy options. We also didn't like the fact that the plates, silverware, cups were all disposable paper and plastic. I get not wanting to wash dishes, but very wasteful. We had issues finding parking and we visited in October so I wonder what summer time is like. We also had no cell phone service at all in the hotel so that was a little frustrating. Overall good experience, not at all a bad option, but not sure if we would stay here again.


sheilsturnage, Greenbrier, Tennessee 20/10/2018

Great stay at the beach. Everyone was so friendly and helpful during our stay. Our view of the beach was just what I wanted. the beds were very comfortable and room was clean. I enjoyed my stay very much and will definitly stay here again

"Peace of Heaven!"

User 16/10/2018

I have NEVER stayed at a hotel with a better staff and this month alone we've been in 4 different states. They are all rock stars. We got a gulf front room with a balcony to look at the ocean day & night. Had 2 chairs and an umbrella at the beach everyday too. This place is a treasure. The rooms were clean, colorful & fun.

Paula E, General Manager at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Thank you so much for your very kind words. It is our top priority that guest's expectations are met and exceeded and I'm glad to hear how enjoyable your stay was. We really appreciate it when someone notices the hard work and dedication that our staff puts forth for each of our guests. It will be my pleasure to share your comments with our team. We are grateful for your support and do hope that we may have the pleasure of welcoming you to hotel in the future. Sincerely, Paula Evans General Manager

"Birthday Bash"

User 14/10/2018

Great please for a vacation. I stayed here on a 4 day trip for a birthday bash. Great location, close to everything and beaches are breathtaking. Awesome Tiki bar with an excellent bartender and great views.

Paula E, General Manager at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Thank you for celebrating your birthday with us. We are so glad you had great time and an opportunity to enjoy our amenities. We hope to see you again for another celebration. Sincerely, Paula Evans, General Manager.

"Great Hotel"

cbgibson20, Petersburg, Indiana 09/10/2018

We absolutely loved it here! The free beach service and breakfast are great amenities. The staff was super friendly. The rooms were clean, spacious, and updated. We really enjoyed the tiki hut and swizzle stick lounge. We will be back.

"Nice Beachfont Hotel"

William W, Fort Worth, Texas 07/10/2018

One of the older hotels on Okaloosa Island, this place definitely needs a remodel, but it still delivers when it comes to clean rooms, comfortable beds and convenient location. Staff was very friendly and they knew the best places to eat.

"Weekend of fun"

746richardz, Jacksonville, Florida 07/10/2018

Conner made my check in easy and was great hptel right on beach. Two chairs and umbrella is all set up for you need and staff is fantastic. I have yet to have a bad stay at any Best Western freat company

"Love to stay here!"

Robin D, Elm, MO, United States 05/10/2018

We celebrated our 35th anniversary by spending the week in this best western on the beach at Fort Walton. So peaceful and relaxing. We park the car and ride the bicycles or walk the rest of the week. Great restaurants and lots of fun within walking and bicycle distance. Highly recommend.

Paula E, General Manager at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
It is very nice of you to have taken the time to give us your feedback regarding your stay at our hotel. We are glad to hear that you were able to truly enjoy the convenience of our location. We know that you have many choices when traveling and we thank you for your business. Happy 35th Anniversary from all of us at the Best Western Fort Walton Beachfront. .Sincerely, Paula Evans, General Manager

"Older hotel, not super clean, but does have a great view"

KaylaJoy, Louisville, KY 03/10/2018

We chose this hotel for a mini-vacation because it was cheaper than some of the neighboring beachfront hotels. Our visit was in the middle of September which was unseasonably warm! The cons for this hotel: Our 3rd floor room was right about the tiki bar, which could be a bit noisy and did not afford a lot of privacy. The tiki bar would be better served off to the side of the pool area instead of right in the middle, just a few feet away from the pool, where families with children are. On the second night of our stay I discovered little red ants were crawling all over between my springs and mattress up by the headboard...dozens of them, of which some of them had been crawling on the bed (which is how I discovered them). I called the front desk, and at first they politely suggested that perhaps I had brought them in with beach towels (which we had not), but they worked with me on moving me into an inlet room for the night, refunded $70 for that night, and the next morning moved me into another beachfront room. The rooms are not as clean as they could be, I found soap scum around the sink that easily wiped off, the bedside table top was dirty and was not made well, the top had shifted off the base (which we fixed). The second room had no office chair. The third room we moved into the following morning had stains on the bathroom wall that should have been washed or painted over. The A/C worked well in the first two rooms (the first beachfront, and the inlet room), but the second beachfront room did not have good A/C; it was cool, but not cold (albeit the temp outside was in the 90's). The pool area is small, and there is no ocean view from the pool. The Swizzle Stick lounge was open late on Friday night with loud music and even on the third floor it was loud; and when I had to go down to the first floor to see about changing rooms, there were people leaving the lounge staggering in the parking lot, having had too much to drink; not exactly a family atmosphere! And lastly, I don't think the housekeeping staff is very thorough; I had left a fairly large book bag on the desk chair in the first room, and when I tried to retrieve it the next day; three different housekeepers said it wasn't there, even though I told them exactly where I left it. Finally a fourth housekeeper came around the corner of the walkway holding my bag, and yes, she had found it exactly where I told them I had left it, which made me realize the other three housekeepers had not even looked. The pros: The colors were bright and cheerful, the staff was very nice and accommodating, especially throughout the whole "ant" ordeal and worked with me to make sure I was in a bug free room. The free complimentary breakfast was ah-mazing! Very good food, delicious biscuits, gravy and real fried eggs, and great waffles. Really a 5 star breakfast in my opinion. You can't beat the gulf view, and it is just a few steps to the beach. Two chairs and an umbrella is included in the price, which is very nice because a lot of the other hotels make you pay a daily rate for the use of the chairs/umbrella. The lobby area is bright and is plenty of seating available. Overall, for the price compared to the neighboring beachfront hotels, it's not a bad deal; I would say just check your mattresses carefully before you lay down on them.

Paula E, General Manager at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Please allow me this opportunity to apologize for the inconvenience you experienced during your stay at our hotel caused by ants and the cleanliness of your room. I appreciate your taking the time to advise us of your dissatisfaction immediately which helps us take the first step towards improvement. We're sorry we didn't provide the highest quality of services you deserve. Please know that any type of bug is not acceptable at our hotel. Please also know that I do not take this lightly and we will be adding steps to ensure a more thorough inspection prior to our guest arrival. We are so happy that you enjoyed the bright fun colors of our hotel and the many complimentary amenities we have to offer. Thank you for noting your positive comments regarding the overall service you received it was our pleasure to have you as our guest. I do hope that if you return to the area you give us the opportunity to serve you once again. Sincerely, Paula Evans, General Manager

"Had everything you need for a relaxing vacation. "

User 01/10/2018

We took our first vacation at Fort Walton Beach and after much research stayed at the Best Western at Fort Walton Beach. This hotel was small but clean. Parking was free, breakfast was good, the pool was big and clean and every room gets a umbrella and two chairs on the beach free. The bartender outside was very personable. He knew everyone by where they were from. The drinks were good and reasonable. The gentleman that puts the umbrellas and chairs out at the beach is very attentive. I would definitely stay at this hotel again.

"Fort Walton Best Western"

User 01/10/2018

Beautiful area. Hotel clean. Employees friendly and helpful. Breakfast had a lot of options for everyone. Beach umbrella and 2 chairs provided along with beach towels. Beach beautiful. Family friendly. Not crowded , just relaxing.

"This place is awesome!!!"

Nick C, Quakertown, PA 25/09/2018

Fantastic pool, tiki bar, indoor bar entertainment at night, beach!! We met a group of Viet Nam vets who hold their annual reunion there every year (i know that's redundant but I'm making a point). Rooms were clean, service was fantastic. The decor is a little dated but I felt like that was the character of the place. All in all an awesome place at very fair price. I can't wait to go again!!! Get a hot dog cooked in Yeuengling at the Tiki bar!!!!


sharonjones2018, Notasulga, Alabama 25/09/2018

The hotel was nice and clean. It was right on the beach with many rooms being waterfront. It was close to restaurants.and activities without being in the congested areas. We will definitely stay here again.

"My Stay"

tblanche3, Fort Walton Beach, Florida 23/09/2018

Last year we had a great stay, this year when we checked in we had to change rooms due to a foul odor in the room. The second room wasn't much better, I had to go buy some air freshener, this did help some. The carpets were dirty our feet were black and had to were our flip flops the whole time in the room. Everything else was great staff is always friendly, I am not sure if I will come to this facility next year through. :(

"Beautiful view, but.. "

User 23/09/2018

A gorgeous view, beautiful beach, but room we stayed at has an awful smell (dirty carpet), especially during the night, to the point that it woke me up every night. I've never experienced that before. Had some problems with the bathroom (toilet not flushing and sink not draining properly), but maintenance fixed that very quickly. Overall not worth the money.

"The place to be!"

Q7439FElaurab, Union, Kentucky 20/09/2018

Friendly, courteous staff willing to go the extra mile to make you feel welcome. Best bang for your buck. On the beach, close to restaurants, pier and shopping. Retro theme throughout with one of a kind lounge

"Loved it!"

User 19/09/2018

Beautiful view, clean, spacious room, we will stay there again when we come back. Beach access and helpful friendly staff. We did have an issue with a smoker next door but the front desk took care of that immediately.

Paula E, General Manager at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Thank you for your very nice comments. I am glad you enjoyed your stay with us and found your accommodations to be enjoyable and our staff friendly. We are so happy that you were able to appreciate the beautiful view of the Gulf of Mexico while you sat on the beach or relaxed on the balcony. Most importantly thank you for being a guest at our hotel. We know that you have many choices when traveling and we thank you for staying with us. Sincerely, Paula Evans, General Manager

"Really nice hotel and beach"

H9928ETscottw, Knoxville, Tennessee 17/09/2018

The Best Western on Okaloosa Island has become our one and only go to for beach vacations. The hotel is small, homey, neat, and clean. You get a buffet breakfast every morning, and free beach chairs and umbrella on a super nice and clean, sugar sand beach. The staff are always curtious, friendly, and helpful. It's obvious that they like working there.

"Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, FL"

krislangbein, Commercial Point, Ohio 14/09/2018

This was a great place to stay. Right on the beach. The staff was great, the rooms were good, the food was good. I will definetly recommend this hotel. The pool area was clean. The hotel offers beach towels so you don't even have to bring your own.

"Wonderful vacation experience "

the_obvious_tourist, Athens, AL 13/09/2018

Love this place y'all. It had been several years since we last visited Okaloosa Island. When we stayed here last it was just ok. Good location, decent price, but it needed some extras to make it great. Now, they have so many great things for me to brag about. As you can see from one of the pictures I've included, a room here now includes a pretty good free breakfast and WiFi as well as an umbrella and 2 beach chairs daily plus more. The pool isn't huge but it's kept clean, lit at night, and heated in the cooler times of the year. Around the pool is a ping pong table (complimentary paddles and balls) and tiki bar that also serves the folks at the beach chairs. Free popcorn is also available daily in the pool area. There's a volleyball net and complimentary volleyball if you don't have one. Kayaks and stand-up boards are available to rent close to the beach chairs too (very convenient). The rooms were clean and the beds were comfortable. Also, hallways are not enclosed so I was concerned about noise but even in the middle of summer this wasn't a problem for us. All of this and the great customer service from the front desk, breakfast crew, and cleaning crew made this a great relaxing vacation for my family. We will definitely go back and I highly recommend this hotel.

"Cheap Beachfront Hotel!"

jerrykiser, Jasper, Texas 05/09/2018

Awesome price for beachfront hotel with white sugar sand beaches.Your stay includes a free continental breakfast of your choice of cereals, eggs, bacon , sausage and fresh fruit or yogurt. You can also make Belgian waffles. Your hotel reservation also includes a free beach chairs with umbrella for each day you stay. It's a great value in an awesome beach destination!

"Great Vaca stay"

kwallace274, Memphis, Tennessee 04/09/2018

This Best Western location is really cool. Great location, good staff, great breakfast and very clean. Loved the beds and towels are super fluffy. It's located right on the beach and they have a good pool and great Cabana Bar at the pool.

"Great stay"

royevandiver, Louisville, Kentucky 04/09/2018

Excellent staff, great beach access, walking distance to pier, restaurants, and attractions. Free breakfast, great pool bar, kids movies nightly, comfortable rooms. You will love this place for family trips.


User 02/09/2018

We love love love this area, and we always stay somewhere else in Destin. Last minute plans brought us to Best Western and WOW were we pleasantly surprised! The entire place is clean, brightly decorated! Very friendly staff! Beautiful oceanfront view off of our balcony! Free beach towels and chairs available each day! The beach and sand are so clean, and soft! We will be staying RIGHT HERE each and every time we visit! Thank you Best Western, you rocked!

"Excellent stay!"

jpmaydak, Charlotte, North Carolina 28/08/2018

The only reason I didn't give a 5-star review is because this isn't a 5-star hotel. However, the staff totally is! From the front desk indulging us in all our restaurant questions, to the cleanliness of the hotel, to Don at the outside bar entertaining us it was 5-star all the way. Don at the cabana bar outside was awesome going to and coming from the beach. He made our stay that much better!

Paula E, General Manager at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
I was happy to read your response and see that you had a great stay during your recent trip to our area. Our staff takes pride in delivering 5-star service and spends a considerable amount of time focused on superior customer service. I am so glad to hear that Don at the Cabana bar was awesome and that he made your stay that much better. We are grateful for your support and do hope that we may have the pleasure of welcoming you back to hotel in the future. Sincerely, Paula Evans, General Manager


milanlotan, Jacksonville, Florida 27/08/2018

Enjoyed the beachview & staff was great! WILL come back again. I absolutely loved this hotel. My son had a great time in the pool. Great access to the beach. Planning my next visit here very soon. Best Western deserves 5 stars!

Paula E, General Manager at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
I was happy to read your response and see that you had an enjoyable stay during your recent trip to our area. Thank you for taking the opportunity to utilize the amenities that our hotel has to offer. It was nice of you to take the time to share your very kind comments. Most importantly thank you for being a guest at our hotel. We look forward to seeing you again in the future. Sincerely, Paula Evans, General Manager

"Swizzle Stick Lounge"

User 26/08/2018

My husband I recently visited the Swizzle Stick Lounge, inside the Best Western and thoroughly enjoyed our night out. Don't let the size of the lounge fool you or turn you away because the drinks are mixed to perfection, music was great, live performer some nights, fun atmosphere, and cool Swizzle sticks to look at on the wall. We had a blast! Definitely coming back again soon.

Paula E, General Manager at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Thank you so much for sharing your comments about Swizzle Stick Lounge. We are so happy that you and your husband had such an enjoyable experience. We pride ourselves on being a hidden gem on the Island. We look forward to seeing you again. Sincerely, Paula Evans, General Manager


User 18/08/2018

This hotel was perfect! It was right on the beach and had an awesome view of the beach from the 5th floor. The front desk staff was very friendly and accommodating. Don at the cabana bar was amazing!! He's a great bartender. I cannot wait to plan my next stay here!!

Paula E, General Manager at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
It is very nice of you to have taken the time to reply with your comments about your recent stay at our hotel. It is our pleasure to go the extra steps to accommodate your needs. I will share your kind words with both Don and our front desk staff. Your feedback is sincerely appreciated. We know that you have many choices when traveling and we thank you for staying with us. Sincerely, Paula Evans, General Manager

"Very nice hotel!"

631lola, Nashville, Tennessee 16/08/2018

Stayed there from August 10to 15 2018. Clean room, clean linen, bathroom with all basic things,beachfront balcony,free beach towels, chairs and umbrellas, free breakfast, nice staff,excellent location , cozy rooms, free parking...and absolutely reasonable price... what else do you need to have perfect vacation? I was very satisfied and didnt expect this from Best Western. If I go to Destin definitely stay there. Weather was good . You can see some seegrass in the sea , but you can swim around and every day was different. Some days we didn't have it at all. Beach was very nice and clean and sea wasn't too deep so it was children friendly for sure. You can also rent kayak for 20$ per hour and something else. Close to good restaurants, just few minutes drive but be prepared for line 20-40 min waiting. Highly recommend Dewey Destin's Harborside, Harbour Docks, Brotula's.

Paula E, General Manager at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Thank you for choosing our hotel during your stay in Fort Walton Beach. Our staff takes pride in delivering first class service and spends a considerable amount of time focused on all the details that make your vacation a success. We appreciate your comments and are thrilled that you enjoyed so many of the amenities we had to offer. Thank you for your business and we hope to see you again in the future. Sincerely, Paula Evans, General Manager


169maricelaa, Arlington, Texas 15/08/2018

I loved this hotel, very accessible location, the customer service is excellent,clean and spacious rooms,breakfast delicious, the only bad thing is that I can't stay to enjoy more time in this great hotel.l'll be back soon for sure.

"Older Hotel - Good Value in Amenities"

steffaknee2018, Fate, Texas 14/08/2018

We've stayed at the Best Western Fort Walton Beach Front Hotel 3 times Now and the staff is always super friendly and helpful. This hotel is older so there are a few things that were not perfect like the missing entry way light into our room and the balcony door not closing all the way in my mom's room, but all in all it's a great beach front hotel to stay for the price! Usually the best we can find for the amenities you get!

Paula E, General Manager at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
I was happy to read your response and see that you had an enjoyable stay during your recent trip to our area. Thank you for taking the opportunity to utilize the amenities that our hotel has to offer. It was nice of you to take the time to share your comments. We take pride in delivering all of the details that allow your trip to be a success and we take seriously the feedback that you provide. I will make certain that I share your concerns with our staff. Most importantly thank you for being a guest at our hotel. We look forward to seeing you again in the future. Sincerely, Paula Evans, General Manager

"Loud fridge"

Zenith Q, U.S. Virgin Islands 14/08/2018

The beach is nice, room is small but clean and breakfast was as expected, but one issue / annoyance which may or may not affect some people is the loud fridge. It drove papa bear crazy and so we couldn't sleep much the first night. He wanted to unplug it and ended up moving the whole thing to the bathroom at 4AM. We had some other small issues like loud neighbors and the AC. One major regret was not booking the beach view balcony for $20-30 more a night initially. During our last stay at a different Best Western, the staff were kind enough to provide a free room upgrade which was a nice surprise. This BW was not like that, even though there are still many better rooms available.. Staff here could only upgrade the room for $100 more a night, even though the difference in the current value of the rooms is just $30. We thought we could just pay the difference, but they don't compare your current room value. Hotel doesn't allow early check out / cancellation of remaining days unfortunately. Really disappointing for the last few days on vaca, making us miss our last resort.

Paula E, General Manager at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Thank you for your review of your recent experience at our hotel. We're very sorry that you encountered an unacceptable level of service. We do our best to make sure all of our guests have a rewarding stay. We've addressed these issues with our staff and hope that next time you're in the area you'll visit us again and experience a higher level of customer service. Thank you again for your comments. Sincerely, Paula Evans, General Manager

"Very old "

adyn0511, Victoria, Texas 11/08/2018

This is a very old creaky place to stay. Every time I closed my restroom door the top ceiling would pop up. You could see all the lines from the tape and floating coming undone in our room. We used our points and we are diamond (I believe) holders so you'd think they would treat us just a tad bit better. Two elevators in whole hotel so it takes forever to get up to where we were at. One washing machine and dryer for whole hotel!! Breakfast is your typical free breakfast. Pool is very small. Only reason I even gave two stars is because it's on the beach and you get two free chairs and umbrella with each room. Would not stay again. We've stayed at holiday inn resort down the road and we will probably go back there next time.

Paula E, General Manager at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Thank you for bringing your concerns to our attention. Please be assured that I have addressed the issues regarding your stay with the appropriate members of our management staff. It was nice of you to take the time to share your comments. Most importantly thank you for being a guest at our hotel. Thank you again for your feedback and we hope that you afford us a future opportunity to regain your trust. Sincerely, Paula Evans, General Manager

"Beach vacation"

ginnyus, Nashville, Tennessee 06/08/2018

This is a great family spot- kitschy deco lobby but nice rooms with beautiful views. Love the chair and umbrella setup on the beach, complimentary for all guests. A good value! Lobby breakfast with excellent coffee. No restaurant onsite but close to several dining choices.

"Beach Stay in Ft Walton"

burlewg, Nashville, Tennessee 25/07/2018

I have been to this BW 2 times this summer and always find everyone friendly and ready to make your stay the best. The free breakfast and the 2 free umbrellas and chairs on the beach make it a bargain for sure.

"Family vacation"

User 24/07/2018

Excellent hotel. Free breakfast. Great pool. Walkway to the beach. Will stay here again. The room had a refrigerator and microwave for snacks for the kids. Pool was very kid friendly. Free wi-fi. Excellent location to walk to restaurants and family adventures.

"Ft Walton Beach Trip"

jcoleman85, Marietta, Georgia 24/07/2018

This hotel was great. While it was a bit “dated”, it was very clean and on the beach! Our room had a great gulf view. We had easy access to the beach and pool. The complimentary breakfast was good and offered a variety. Also, the customer service was outstanding! From maintenance to housekeeping to the front desk...A++++ We would stay here again!

"Gulf Coast beauty"

Southbound1965, New York City, New York 22/07/2018

From the moment I saw the beach from the balcony in my great beachfront room,I knew that I had made the right choice.The front desk staff, the tiki bar bartender,the breakfast,the pool,the beach chair/umbrella guy-all excellent!

"Met expectations"

leocrystalrdz1, North Houston, Texas 21/07/2018

We stayed at this hotel july 6 2018. It was pretty good for the price. rooms were clean, breakfast was surprisingly very good. staff was attentive and nice. I loved that it was on the beach and the little bar outside really made it feel like a vacation. The building could use an update. The elevator made a screechy noise on the 2nd floor, kinda scared me. the beds were actually very comfy. The mini fridge was nice and cold. Restroom and room were updated recently, it was pretty obv. Hotel is near restaurants and shops. Overall we liked it and might stay here again.

"Great stay at FT Wals"

cford624, Ozark, Missouri 19/07/2018

What a great location! The hotel was an average Best Western, but has a great staff. They were friendly and helpful my entire stay. The room was in great shape and had a great view of the Gulf. The hotel puts out chairs and umbrellas at no cost! The beach had everything from dolphins to ghost crabs. Very family friendly and close to some great eats. We will return!

"Family Vacay"

User 19/07/2018

The rooms were very clean, and the beachfront view amazing. The staff was wonderful and was able to advise on local attractions. The breakfast bar was substantial enough to hold you until your next destination.

"Pleasant beach front stay"

sabearfan12, Buffalo, NY 17/07/2018

Stayed for 3 nights last week. We were a little skeptical because we've had bad luck at other best westerns. But we were pleasantly surprised at how nice the hotel was. It was very clean from the lobby to the rooms and the staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. The free breakfast was adequate. I can't really complain about it. Our view from our balcony however was incredible. The clear green gulf waters and crystal white sand are an amazing site. It's also great how the hotel provides umbrellas and chairs for its guests as well as bar service on the beach.

"Extended Family "

sbryant187, Orlando, Florida 09/07/2018

The Best Western Beachfront in Fort Walton Beach was a pleasant surprise! What made this hotel great was the staff. They were all very accomodating! In fact, we did our family vacation, all 13 of us in 4 rooms. Logistically a nightmare, but not here. Management, front desk, maintenance and housekeeping all made sure our needs were met. I want to mention a few staff by name that stood out; Housekeeping (Rossel & Jane) Front desk (Conard) Cabana Bar and Pool area (Don) also the staff that set up the umbrellas and chairs and the maintenance staff. The all treated us like we were their extended family! Will definitely stay there again!

"The Three C's"

VeeStar_11, Atlanta, Georgia 08/07/2018

My husband and I decided a few months before the Fourth of July Holiday that we wanted to get away and go to a beach close to our home. We live in Atlanta. We researched Okaloosa Island and it seemed like our speed. Next we researched accommodations. We wanted a beachfront hotel because, as mentioned earlier, we wanted to be near the beach. We selected the Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront because of all the positive feedback it received. The reviews were correct. We received the three C's while staying at the Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront: Cleanliness, Comfort and Care. The hotel was clean, the room was comfortable and the staff (especially the front desk staff) treated us with great care. We stayed in room 609 for five nights. Room 609 had an excellent view of the beautiful ocean and beach. There were a few small issues that hindered me from giving a 5 star rating. The water pressure in the shower was really low. At times, I felt like I did not get all the soap from my skin after showering because of the water pressure. Also, the hotel might be due for a good pest treatment. My husband had to eliminate a few insects in the room during our five night stay. These issues were not totally bothersome that I would not consider staying there again but I do think the hotel management should address these things. All in all, we had an excellent vacation. The fireworks during the evening of the 4th of July were awesome. From our vantage point on our balcony, we were able to see the show very clearly. The water was absolutely amazing. The local food was great. The area is a great place for couples and for families.

"Near drowning and rescue that happened on the BW Beach!"

janettpatterson, Murfreesboro, Tennessee 02/07/2018

June 24th-26th, 2018. I saved a woman's life on the beach on Monday, June 25th around 2:15-2:30 that day. Did anyone get any pictures of that event? I would like to have some. You can message me on Facebook. I am the woman in the white beach hat just like on the beach that day. There were so many people and rescue crew, but I had no idea until the first life guard finally got there and I looked around for the first time. I had been so attentive to her and after I got her breathing had to be very watchful that she continued to breath. I thought I'd lost her more than once. I wonder about her condition and her recuperation, too. A life guard said her name was Linda, 45ish, a regular to that beach. I can tell you she had a purple bikini and tattoo on her right shoulder. If you have photos and/or information reach out! BTW I am CPR Certified, was a part-time life guard in high school, and am an American Red Cross Volunteer. That's how I knew what to do. My name is Janet T. Patterson. About the area and this BW: The down side of staying at Fort Walton Beach in June is the algae. Avoid this beach in June. The hotel itself on the other hand...was okay. There could be more amenities, bigger pool, working elevators, and a safe in the room would be a plus. But, I think you know what you are paying for when you book your stay. It's pretty accurate to the website. The staff were great! Customer service is part of the big positive here.

"Over the moon happy with everything!"

enamcfatridge, Greenwood, Indiana 26/06/2018

I was so relieved and happy after I checked in to this hotel! From the time I checked in to the time I checked out the following Friday, I was treated with such wonderful hospitality! Nothing was to much trouble for the wonderful staff at the front desk. Jamie, Mike, Beverly and Shandra! My stay was also made so enjoyable because of the excellent and happy attitude of the Cabsna bartender, Don. Many thanks to Dan for making sure the chairs and umbrella were up on the beach early every day! Also thanks so much for your help in maneuvering the beach wheelchair. I am still bragging about the amazing hot/cold breakfast served free every day. Thank you Dawn for cooking it for us. Looked forward to it every morning! The room was so,pretty and spotlessly clean. Spacious bathroom with wonderful white fluffy towels and complimentary toiletries! The view from the balcony was exactly as shown in the brochure, magnificent view of the ocean and also the swimming pool and courtyard. Must not forget the free coffe in the room along with a refrigerator, microwave, and 40 inch TV with cable. The liveI music out by the pool on Saturday was an extra bonus as were the fireworks on the pier every Wednesday evening! I know I have forgotten something, but you get the idea! I just can't thank the staff ( now my friends) for helping me have a fabulous vacation! By the way I am 75 years old and I was able to get around with my walker with total ease. Hope to see you all again in the near future! God Bless! Ena.

"Does not match up with its TA ranking"

TxTraveler7997, Friendswood, Texas, USA 21/06/2018

We stayed here for 2 nights this past weekend, and I actually regret that we chose this hotel. It was not bad enough for me to rank it at one-star, but I simply cannot bring myself to rank it at 3 stars. I was leery when we first booked it because I am aware of what most Best Westerns are like. However, I always look up hotels on Trip Advisor before we book anywhere, and this place was ranked the #2 hotel in Ft Walton Beach (at that time). So I thought maybe this was a "nicer" Best Western, but I was wrong. It is extremely outdated with cracked/peeling paint and wallpaper and the "office" style chair at the desk in our room had the vinyl seat almost completely peeled off of it (unfortunately, I did not get a picture of it). The breakfast was sub-par, but they had waffles and cereal so our kids were happy. I can say that the view from our balcony was great, as well as the beach access from the hotel. Also, you can use 2 beach chairs and an umbrella on the beach from 9AM-5PM if there are any available. There is a small pool, but we did not use it as it looked pretty crowded. Overall, if you are looking for a "motel"-type place to stay at while visiting FWB, this will work for you. However, I did not feel like I got a room that was worth $300/night.

Paula E, General Manager at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
We appreciate your Con's as well as the Pro's related to your recent stay at our hotel. Your observations related to both the condition of the ceilings in your room along with the desk chair are greatly appreciated. I am happy to let you know that we are in the process of re-texturizing all of our ceilings and painting all of the rooms. We have completed the second floor and half of our third floor. We are also in the process of replacing our desk chairs. We do have a goal of having these updates completed by the Spring of 2019. We are very glad you enjoyed the beautiful view of the Gulf of Mexico from your balcony. On behalf of me and the entire staff at our hotel, we are truly sorry that we didn't live up to your expectations I appreciate your taking the time to advise me of your dissatisfaction, this helps in taking the step towards improvement. We hope you will give us another opportunity when visiting the area again. Sincerely, Paula Evans, General Manager

"Beach traveler"

User 21/06/2018

Best place to stay by far. They actually just came by with a cold towel down on the beach. WOW. The staff is friendly and very helpful. The manager has this place in top top shape. Never go anywhere else

Paula E, General Manager at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
I cannot thank you enough for the kind remarks regarding our beach cold towel service. We enjoy going the extra step to truly make our guest feel special. This type of service carries over into all areas of the hotel with a flair for true hospitality. We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. It will be our pleasure to serve you again if your travels bring you back to our area. Sincerely, Paula Evans, General Manager

"Ok hotel on beach"

TonynTonya, Georgia 19/06/2018

It's not quite what we expected, but had a comfortable stay. Hotel is on the beautiful Ft. Walton Beach / Okaloosa Island. Hotel offers a pool bar as well as a small lounge. There is free continental breakfast in morning (scrambled eggs, sausage/ham, cereals, yogurt, etc) We had an excellent view of beach for $305/nt but... 1)Hotel seems a bit dated and needs modernizing. Some receptacles didn't work, bathroom dimly lit, ceiling needs refreshing (we were on 6th floor) A/C either was freezing you or room very warm between cycles. 2)Our last night I got up about 2 am to find a huge roach in bathroom. He wasn't scared of the light and ended up getting flushed. I brought it to front desks attention and they were very nonchalant about it, reassuring me it was only a "waterbug" and the staff used to have them in her home in Texas. We live in the south as well and used to seeing all sorts of creatures outside. I have never seen a roach ("waterbug") in our house and would prefer not to room with them when away. The maintenance guy came up to front desk while I was telling them about the bug, and he seemed equally content with them. Different strokes for different folks I guess. As I said, room seemed clean and didn't have any odors. It is a nice location on an uncrowded section of beach.

Paula E, General Manager at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
We are e sorry we didn't provide the highest quality of services you deserve. Please know that any type of bug is not acceptable or typical to our hotel. We pride ourselves on both the cleanliness and service of our hotel. Please know that I do not take this lightly and have discussed these issues with the members of our management team. We try to make each guest experience a great one at our hotel as your satisfaction is important to us. Thank you again for your feedback and we hope you'll give us another opportunity to make it right. Sincerely, Paula Evans, General Manager

"Weekend stay"

fevender, Barnsley, United Kingdom 16/06/2018

My husband and I stayed era for a long weekend as we were on a road trip which started at Nashville and ended era which turned out to be the perfect ending to our fabulous trip! The staff was amazing nothing was too much trouble for them. Breakfast was very gud nice clean room with a amazing view out to sea. The beach was lovely with nice comfortable sunbeds. Wud definitely recommend this hotel. Thankyou for our amazing stay

"The colors just make you happy as soon as you walk in"

User 06/06/2018

Very friendly staff all around. GM, front desk, to bar staff. They were all very helpful. The lady the bar gave us some great recommendations for restaurants. Great hotel and will definitely stay again.

"Great Spot"

FRANCOPHILEFROMIA, Des Moines, Iowa 05/06/2018

Great staff, nice pool, right on the beach. Yes, it's bit overpriced; we splurged for a balcony room facing the beach, and we're glad we did. This place IS as cute as it looks in the photos. Breakfast was standard chain hotel fare—nothing great, but serviceable.

"4 years in a row and Counting. Wonderful place to stay. Great staff and great atmosphere."

User 01/06/2018

I was beyond impressed with the service we received. We got there on a Monday and were supposed to check on on a Friday. Our vehicle broke down on Wednesday with the possibility of it not getting fixed until the following week. It wasn't fixed until Saturday night so they let us stay for 2 extra nights fro $100 a night event though it was a holiday weekend and rates were much higher. We did not ask them to do this. We figured we would pay the holiday rate until a staff member came and told us at the pool that they discounted our 2 nights to help us out. They were also going to allow us to stay as long as we needed at this rate. We were not prepared with our budget for the cost of repairs to our vehicle and the extra nights stay. We were there with 3 children and it was very difficult to make sure we had everything they needed. The hotel staff was so helpful and even offered to drive us to a grocery store since the taxi fairs were so high. We have stayed here 4 years in a row and it has been wonderful, but this time we were so thankful for everything they did for our family. The staff at this hotel are wonderful and really do genuinely care about your stay and vacation.

"Excellent "

Buddy B, Mesquite, Texas 31/05/2018

Great find this place is a jewel ??! Front desk is excellent / I really like the funky colors and breakfast was dead on good . The beach is as good as any I have ever seen .. beach front rooms have excellent views and the bar beside pool has really good bartenders .

"Great stay"

lbeddin, Fort Walton Beach, Florida 26/05/2018

Steps from the beautiful beach, this hotel provided a clean comfortable stay during our recent vacation. The staff was friendly and helpful, and a hearty breakfast was served each morning. Would definitely stay here again.

"A plus hotel"

User 25/05/2018

This is our first time staying here.. It was a great experience.. All hotel staff were very friendly and made sure we were taking care of.. They all went above and beyond to make our stay enjoyable..We will not have to look for another motel next year.. it was also very clean..

"Great Stay"

WayfarerOneEleven, Houston, Texas 25/05/2018

The number one reason we picked this hotel was it's proximity to the beach--it's right on it. Our room was clean and the bed comfortable. Umbrellas and chairs on the beach were provided for guests at no extra charge and the guys who helped out with them (and the kayaks) were very friendly and helpful. This is not a 'party' hotel, and we appreciated the quiet hours between 9pm and 9am. Don't know if it's required at all the BW's right now, but we've noticed there are no automatic closures on the room doors--effectively getting rid of all the 'slammed doors' noise that usually accompany our hotel stays. Do be very aware that at this hotel, because of the draft between the sea side balcony and room entrance, when you come in the door may slam hard enough to take off fingers. There are warning signs in the room about this. This hotel is minutes away from Destin, and not far from good restaurants. Wifi was fine as was the bar service at the outdoor bar next to the pool. Parking is free too.Total thumbs up for a reasonably priced stay.

"Wonderful stay"

User 25/05/2018

Staff was very friendly and accommodating. Our room was ready early and received high floor room as requested. The room was clean, spacious, and comfortable. The lobby was huge and breakfast was good. The pool area was nice as well. The provided beach chairs and umbrella were fantastic. Parking was a breeze. Our view was perfect also!


bassamrimawi, Daphne, Alabama 22/05/2018

We had a great time staying at this hotel. Excellent service. The BEST part of this hotel was the front desk staff, specifically Damika. She was absolutely amazing, great customer service, very friendly and fun to work with. My wife and I really enjoyed our stay before our baby comes, 3 more weeks. She made our babymoon the best vacation ever !!!! Thanks Damika, we love you Sam and Jessica

"Wonderfull Staff, Great Hotel - Great in Accommodating Big Group"

User 21/05/2018

I highly recommend this hotel. I am a Team Manager for a girl's soccer team and I was able to set up a room block for 15 players and their families. Mr. Schneider was extremely easy to work with and we had the room block set up in no time. It was easy for all my parents to claim their rooms and everyone was all set for our trip to the Destin Soccer Shootout. No matter what time a player and her family checked in (some came pretty late) the front desk was welcoming and made the check in fast and efficient. Each family's check in was already prepared and did not have to be looked up. The staff (especially Damita) was super friendly and went out of their way to help with any needs my team had. The rooms as well as the whole facility was very clean (including the rooms) and updated. The interior design is very cute. Breakfast was great and there was plenty. An extra perk was getting a beach umbrella and two beach chairs with the room rental, as well as as many free beach towels as we needed (and we needed a lot). The pool is heated and very kid-friendly. We were also able to use the hotel's meeting room for our team dinner. This hotel is a gem - because of the people who work there. If you want great hotel stay right on the beach (with a wonderful view) and you don't want to worry about anything - stay here at this Best Western! The hotel looks exactly as in the pictures on their website.

"Great Stay"

LAAEastPeoria_IL, East Peoria,IL 20/05/2018

Had a great two night stay at this hotel. I booked late so wasn't able to get a beachfront room. Our inland room was very pleasant. The building is older, but appears to have been recently updated. Housekeeping did a great job making sure our room was ready for our use! The front desk staff are amazing. Everyone was very friendly and helpful and answered all our questions. They were also very accommodating when we needed to check out a day earlier than planned. A huge thank you to one of the maintenance staff for putting air in a tire so that my husband could get to Pep Boys to get it repaired. Much appreciated! Another nice perk is that beach chairs (2) and an umbrellas are complimentary with each room. And they are really nice beach chairs and umbrella! The beach here is really nice. The complimentary breakfast is the usual hot and cold fare. The staff keeps everything well supplied. It is so nice that you don't need to go offsite for breakfast.

"Nice Staff "

User 19/05/2018

This hotel has a different decor with many colours and vases in the looby. The staff at front desk are very friendly, helpful and nice. The room we had was with oceanview and balcony. Lovely. Theres a pool and a poolbar with a very polite bartender. Free popcorn fredhly made, such a great idear. The Beach and ocean are fantastic, could stay there forever. The hotel gives you free 2 beahchairs and 1 parasol everyday setup for you, great service. The breakfast are nothing to write home about, nothing special and never seen so small bagels!!!! Overall a nice hotel. :-)

"Beach getaway"

User 17/05/2018

Nice place and people. Bed a little to soft but nice. Beach and amenities wonderful. Breakfast good but a little underwhelming. Room had a connecting door and that made for a very noisy stay. Like having it open all the time. So ask about connecting doors.

"THE BEST Western"

User 15/05/2018

We had the best time at this hotel. We had our wedding block party here and everyone had such a great time. The rooms were clean and great- along with amazing views. The service was amazing all around. Steve was great with accommodating our reservations. Dan was amazing at the beach, and Don was the best tiki bar tender, providing amazing service and making the best dranks for myself and all of our family and wedding guests. We will definitely be back for a stay-caytion and would recommend this hotel to anyone coming to the fort Walton- Destin area.

"Beach vacation"

User 12/05/2018

This was mine and my wife's 2nd time staying here, we've had great service, staff very friendly and helpful with anything you need. Will stay here in the future. Balcony looks over the beach, great hotel for the price

"Great Stay!"

pkleinJersey, Florida 09/05/2018

What a nice little hotel right on the beach! This is an older property, yet the rooms are very nice and well maintained. What makes this hotel special is their staff. Everyone we interacted with went out of their way to make sure our stay was perfect. The room was nice with two queen beds, a table & two chairs, small fridge, microwave and nice bath area. Breakfast is offered every morning and includes eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, yogurts, fruit, breads and muffins and make-your-own waffles. Even though the hotel was full, there was always enough food available. Seating can be a bit challenging, but there are tables out by the pool and it was lovely to eat out there in the morning. The pool is clean and there are quite a few lounges. The tiki bar is right there and prices are reasonable. The best thing is that the beach is right there and there is no additional cost to rent beach chairs and umbrellas. The water is crystal clear and it is easy to see why this is called the Emerald Coast. We are already planning out next visit to this little gem in the Panhandle.

"Excellent Experience"

jenniferanne1976, Pearl River, Louisiana 03/05/2018

We wanted a family friendly beach get away and this was it! It was affordable, comfortable, & convenient. The hotel was updated, clean, & spacious. The staff was pleasant & helpful. The beach/poolside experiences were amazing!!!!

"Nice beach hotel"

Jerry O, Austin 02/05/2018

Nice hotel on the beach with free umbrellas and chairs. Good beds. Close to restaurants and board walk. Front desk was friendly and helpful. Plenty of food and beverage choices at breakfast. Complimentary coffee in lobby.


User 02/05/2018

Great vacation spot with everything you need. The staff was very helpful with all your needs and very polite. The beach front was excellent along with the clean sand and view. Parking was a breeze and check in was easy.

"Hotel on the beach"

lynnsc0tt, Atlanta, Georgia 02/05/2018

This hotel is right on the beach. The free breakfast is great. They have hot and cold items. There is a pool and a tiki bar. Staff was extremely friendly. The hotel is on an island but close to attractions, food and entertainment.

"Doesn't disappoint!"

bridgetb323, new orleans, United States 30/04/2018

hotel is a little gem! from the charming little martini bar to the movies shown nighly for the kids...amenities that you would not expect.....and it doesnt get closer to the water...when they say beachfront, this property means it- not just a parital view and a small journey to the are right there!!! loved every minute!

"Vacation 2018"

gramie74, Norris City 14/04/2018

This is definitely our go to place from now on when we come to Fort Walton. Everyone here are so nice and if you want want a cocktail, hot dog or soda, the hotel has the greatest Cabana and Don, the bartender, is the GREATEST!


ExplorerMom8, Huntsville, Alabama 09/04/2018

Manager Steve Schneider has to be the rudest man I've ever dealt with in a hotel and I'm an easy guest, just read my other reviews! Our "beachfront" room (reserved months earlier) was not beachfront at all, but had a fabulous view of the overcrowded parking lot. When I expressed displeasure with this I was told that on day two of our stay we could be moved to a room with an ocean view. Okay, that's good, I thought. Nope! Day two I was called and told that to move myself and my daughter would cost an ADDITIONAL $100 per night! No mention of that was made beforehand or we would have left! Keep in mind that rooms here were already going for over $300 per night! The rooms are nothing special and very small. The refrigerator makes a loud hum all night long. The carpets looked worn and our door would stick when we tried to open it. When I asked to speak to a manager (Steve) about the "extra fee" he was shockingly rude! He told me I could pay the additional $100 or stay where I was, period. I told him it was unfair and I had been mislead, he said there was nothing he could do about it. I told him I would leave feedback online and he said - YOU DO THAT! I'm not kidding, this was the WORST experience ever! RUN don't walk from this property and you'll thank me later. The word HOSPITALITY is not in this hotel's vocabulary IMO.

Paula E, General Manager at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
On behalf of me and the entire staff of our hotel, we are truly sorry that we did not live up to your expectations during your most recent stay at our hotel .As much as we hate to see negative comments about a past stay, I appreciate your honesty and you taking the time to bring these matters to our attention regarding your room. We're very sorry that you experienced an undesirable visit and I assure you we have addressed the problems you mentioned with our housekeeping and maintenance teams. Also please know that hospitality and efficiency are our top priorities and we take these issues seriously. I apologize that our Staff was less than accommodating. Please know that I do not take this lightly and have discussed this with the members of our Management team. I hope that you afford us a future opportunity to regain your trust, so that you have the true Best Western experience the next time you visit Fort Walton Beach. I would be happy to discuss this further with you. Please feel free to contact me 850-243-9444. Sincerely, Paula Evans, General Manager.

"We would stay here again."

Elyse S, Pontotoc, Mississippi, United States 09/04/2018

Everything went smooth, staff was friendly, room was clean, breakfast was good, and this is the first beachfront I have ever stayed that offered free chairs and umbrellas for guests. It was a great stay.

"Spring Break"

Rhonda W, Corbin, Kentucky 08/04/2018

PROS: Great location, amazing beach, two chairs and umbrella included, free breakfast, refrigerator and microwave in room, attractive decor, easy parking, reasonably priced considering it is beachfront CONS-not big issues: Breakfast/food area in lobby too small and cramped and have to go before 8:30am to have food options, outside noise so had to sleep with earplugs, uncomfortable beds

"Spring Break"

User 08/04/2018

Great hotel! This was the only hotel with available rooms for our last-minute spring break trip and it exceeded my expectations. This is a smaller, older hotel but the complimentary services and the friendly staff were wonderful. Full breakfast, pool/beach towels, two beach lounge chairs and an umbrella were included with our stay. We had an issue with the room AC on the first day but this was repaired within 30 minutes from my call to the front desk. Beach was beautiful and the ocean was crystal clear. It was a great trip! We will definitely be back!

"Great hotel"

Mardessa W, Atlanta, Georgia 07/04/2018

We stayed at the Best Western Hotel in Ft.Walton for 3 nights for spring break it was great.... very clean rooms breakfast was awesome, staff was very nice and friendly. Hotel on the beach ,beach chairs and umbrella was included with the stay. Me and my kids really enjoyed our stay.

"Spring Break Fun"

User 05/04/2018

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this hotel ! Zero complaints ! From the moment we checked in to check out , we encountered pleasant and courteous employees. Rooms / beds were comfortable and most importantly clean . Wonderful family atmosphere! Kids had a great time swimming in the pool , I LOVED the very close access to the beautiful beach ! You even get a beach chair and umbrella included in the cost! I would definitely book here again.. .Destin water and white sand can't be best ! Seriously stunning! ! Oh ...The rooms are very well insulated! Didn't hear a peep from the other rooms next to ours! Have fun

"Great place on the beach"

Michelle G, Arden, North Carolina 04/04/2018

Hotel was clean, quite and a friendly staff. Beach area is not packed with people which is nice. Loved having a balcony to sit and watch the ocean Tiki bar located in the pool area(with a great bartender) and not a far walk from the beach.

"Great Family Hotel"

User 03/04/2018

We've stayed here twice now. It's close to a lot of spring break fun, but not overly crowded. We love having a balcony facing the Gulf with friendly staff and a great breakfast, the price can't be beat!

"Great place!"

User 02/04/2018

Great place. The pool stays crowded and there's not in hotel food other than breakfast but we would definitely come.back. real close to ocean. Tiki bar outside. Beautiful decor! Our bed wasn't comfortable because it slanted downhill. We didn't complain but has stiff necks. The beach super clean and I have 2 complimentary chairs with each room.

"Best hotel on the Beach"

Dee B, Chicago, Illinois, United States 01/04/2018

We stayed at other great properties on the beach but this is our favorite. The perfect location overlooking the beach, and the big rooms with balcony's and chairs and table right by the window, a nice size refigerator and a microwave. Very comfortable beds. Wonderful place to sit back and relax and listen to the sound of the waves splashing the shore. The free breakfast is filled with many hot and cold foods. The staff is exceptional and so professional. From the front desk welcome greetings to the speed of service from the breakfast help, the helpfulness of the room cleaners, the efficient maintenance staff, the friendly bartender and free chairs and umbrella provided by the nicest staff, everyone is pleasant and helpful!

"Best value beachfront "

TheFinkFamily, Chicago, IL 27/03/2018

This is by no means a posh beachfront hotel but I give it five stars because it was everything we needed. The staff is super friendly and helpful. We especially enjoyed Don at the poolside bar. Our beachfront room was adequate with two comfortable double beds and a spacious bathroom. The pool was just steps outside the back door with plenty of seating and a ping pong table on the deck. The poolside bar was a fun bonus. There is also a small indoor bar/lounge that opens in the evenings. The beautiful fine sandy beach was down a short boardwalk where Dan set up chairs and a beach umbrella for guests each morning (two chairs per room included). The complimentary breakfast offered a nice variety of hot and cold foods including eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy or grits and a waffle maker as well as an assortment of breakfast breads and pastries, cereals and beverages. This is a family hotel and therefore there are children in the pool so if you're looking for a romantic couple's getaway you might look elsewhere. The pool is open until 10 p.m. and you do hear people playing in the pool below your balcony until then. Of course this was spring break so that could make a difference. A special shout out to housekeeping who was there every morning by 10 ready to clean the room and provide fresh towels.

"New favorite hotel"

User 23/03/2018

This hotel exceeded expectations and I'm hard to please! Location couldn't be more perfect. Gorgeous view of the beach from our room balcoy. Breakfast in the morning gave tons of options that they varied daily. Coffee and water bar always on hand. Room had refrigerator and microwave. Parking was easy. Staff was pleasant. This hotel would work for families and those traveling without children. Kids could play the pool and parents could grab drinks at the pool bar. There is also a bar on property that's adult only. Chairs/umbrellas were placed out at the beach in the a.m. so no work required!

"A perfect stay!"

User 20/03/2018

From check-in to checkout the staff was friendly, accommodating and professional. Great location on the beach with nice amenities. Lovely beach, great for morning and evening walks! Loved the sunsets from our balcony and enjoyed the complimentary hot breakfast. A perfect stay.


User 16/03/2018

Stayed at the Best Western in March 2018 after seeing so many great reviews. On arrival the staff were friendly and that is where it ended for us. We arrived in our dusty room to find the beds messed up like people had been laying on them and dirt on the bed spread. There was also rubbish left in the room from previous guests. Went to the bathroom and found multiple old soaps from previous guests still in the shower and dirty marks around the edge of the bath. I don't even think they cleaned at all before we arrived. For the price you pay to stay here per night this is disgusting.

Paula E, General Manager at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
On behalf of me and the entire staff at our hotel, we are truly sorry that we did not live up to your expectations during your most recent stay at our hotel. Your observations related to cleanliness and amenities have been reviewed with our housekeeping department. We will be re-visiting our steps to ensure a more thorough inspection prior to our guest arrival. I appreciate your honesty and thank you so much for taking the time to bring these matters to our attention. Cleanliness and service is one of our top priorities and we take these issues seriously I hope that you afford us a future opportunity to regain your trust. Sincerely, Paula Evans, General Manager


User 08/03/2018

Amazing! Great beach view, amazing breakfast, and service. Great bars we even got a free coolie from the tiki bar outside. The heated pool was great and it's so close to the beach. We even walked the whole beach to get food!

"Great stay!"

User 07/03/2018

Absolutely no complaints. Good price,good beds and good breakfast. The front desk staff is very friendly and knowledgeable especially Micheal. Maid service did a great job of tidying room and room was very clean. Right on beach with tiki bar at pool.

"Business and Pleasure"

User 04/03/2018

When you live in The True North (Canada) there is always a yes to a good reason to grab some sunshine and heat during our winter months. 7 days in Florida with 3 nights spent in Ft Lauderdale was absolute bliss. The Best Western right on the beach front was a true pleasure. Hotel is central and with a restaurant onsite and much on offer within walking distance including shops, convenience store what's not to love. Rooms were spacious, bed comfortable, partial sea facing ( hotel does have sea facing), bathrooms clean, gym and spa onsite. Staff friendly, service orientated. Great pool area and beach chairs available directly across from hotel which was a bonus. Great location and loved my stay. To short

"Christina rocks at the Swizzle Stick"

Linda T, Dayton, Ohio 19/02/2018

I was in town for the memorial service of my mother. I stayed at the hotel for 5 days, and had family stay in 6 additional rooms. In spite of the somber occasion, Christina made our visit to the hotel and the Swizzle Stick Lounge extremely memorable. She truly cared about our experience at the hotel, and provided superb service every night. I have recommended this hotel - and the Swizzle Stick - to all my friends who come to Ft Walton Beach!

"Great Location"

Mike B, Beavercreek, Ohio 16/02/2018

Friendly staff and very nice accommodation. Having a small bar with nightly entertainment also a huge plus. Walking distance to many things. Loved the beach view. Breakfast in the morning was good. Coffee strong. Orange Juice cold. I recommend the Best Western in you're in town.

"Best Place to Stay In Fort Walton"

X9572XYmichaelv, Gulfport, Mississippi 08/02/2018

The staff is amazing and the location is great. The view from the beachfront room is priceless. During my stay I saw dolphins in the water! The staff always made sure I was pleased with my stay and that my room was stocked. The Swizzle Stick was a great place to study or hangout.

"Winter vacation"

joe m, Kansas City, Kansas 21/01/2018

Wonderful funky little hotel, great beach front location and awesome little lounge. (swizzle stick.) Very good free breakfast, which changed daily. Free parking and wonderful staff. Will be back in the spring for better weather.

"Shirley H."

X1225YVshirleyh, New Carlisle, United States 05/01/2018

Very nice location and view , room was very clean, staff very friendly and helpful. This was a spur of the moment trip and booked this hotel on the way down to Florida, could not have been happier with this hotel. Definitely would recommend this place to others.

"Art Deco Hotel"

JoannB27, Lexington, Kentucky 04/01/2018

This Best Western is like the South Beach Hotels of the 1960's. The Public Rooms are painted in vibrant tropical colors as are the bedrooms. The furnishing are new but give the 60's vibe. The staff was very friendly and professional. The free breakfast was very good and the coffee was great. We had a room facing the ocean with a little balcony. The room was a good size with nice decor and all very clean. I wouldn't hesitate in returning in the future,

"Cool little place"

Gerald G, Nashville, Tennessee 03/01/2018

This was a quick trip. Price was right on my rewards card. Lounge was fantastic and a lot of fun. Would stay again. Breakfast bar was good. Room was sufficient for our needs. The hotel was conveniently located to everything you would want to do. The hotel is right on the beach and everyone gets two free beach chairs with rental. If you want a quick getaway without all the fees. Check it out

"Great value on the beach!"

thaddt, New Orleans, Louisiana 30/12/2017

This was a family vacation in the middle of a winter cold spell, hotel staff were very friendly and helpful, everything from local information to arranging for temporary day pass at local gym. Cassie in the small bar/lounge was very pleasant what a terrific mixologist with specialty drinks, light breakfast but filling, staff available for requests. Easy parking, right on beach, good value, room very clean and quiet, beds comfortable, close to restaurants and old town Ft Walton with many specialty shops to walk around.


503ganeshn, Baton Rouge, United States 29/12/2017

The Stay was excellent and the sea view from my view was awesome.Loved the breakfast too. Room service was prompt and everything was perfect in the room. Good house keeping.Would definitely like to come back!

"Beautiful views "

User 27/12/2017

Staying at the hotel for a few days to celebrate my daughters birthday. The weather is chilly but the view off my balcony is breathtaking. Woke up this morning to dolphins swimming. The breakfast was good as well. Clean area for seating. This hotel is exceptionally nice for the price. Would recommend. Today we drove to the nearby outlet mall (recommend renting a car) as there are many things to do in the area but not within walking distance.

"No Frills Good Value"

charleswK4842BV, Birmingham, United States 04/12/2017

2nd time my wife and I have stayed here. the hotel is convenient to everything but quiet. Balcony rooms have fantastic view of beach/ocean. free breakfast but it is kind of what you expect, serves the purpose.

"fort walton"

bob25dode, Bloomington, Minnesota 28/11/2017

clean hotel and food was good. staf took care of our needs and let us stay two hours past out leaving time so we stay their and not have to wait four hours at the airport. could not a had a better trip then the one we had

"Hidden gem!!"

Kimberley P, Hyattsville 28/11/2017

What a comfortable hotel!! Right on the beach with pool and bar right on the beach side. Nice beach staff person who sets up chairs and umbrellas for guests everyday!! The breakfast was very filling and fresh each day.

"A memorable stay"

User 27/11/2017

This was one of my best hotel stays in Florida. The staff members are awesome, the hotel is so beautiful, I love their decor. Then it's right on the beach. Watched sunrise and sunset. It's free breakfast too. Visited in November, it was a bit chilly but the water was warm and they kept the pool heated. Overall, I Loved it!!!!

"Best Value in town!"

User 26/11/2017

Awesome location and access to the beach. Although the hotel could use updating, the colorful decor made it more inviting. We visited for Thanksgiving and the staff was very helpful in suggesting places to eat dinner. I would recommend this property for sure. I will also stay here again!

"Can't beat it for a beach front stay"

mikecE5354FZ, St Louis, United States 26/11/2017

Great location! Just far enough from the public beach access points that you feel like you gave a private beach. Close to everything you could want, including Destin, but without the crowds. Staff is top notch! Incredibly personal!

"Definitely recommend! "

User 20/11/2017

The staff and management at the Best Western are great! They went above and beyond. We had our wedding here in October and they made sure that everything was taken care of & made it as stress free as possible! The rooms are also very clean and well priced. This wasn't our first time there and it won't be our last!

"Water leaked all over the carpet in the entry way"

jasonmG5260JL, Pensacola, Florida 18/11/2017

Hot tub was leaking under the tile and created a 10 foot area of soaked carpet that they simply put towels over and said that was sufficient. We were accused of causing the water problem by splashing water on the carpet from the tub even though it was over 10 feet away

Paula E, General Manager at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Please allow me this opportunity to apologize for the inconvenience you experienced during your stay at our hotel. Thank you so much for taking the time to provide your feedback which will enhance our guest's experience. We strive for excellence when it comes to maintenance in our rooms. It is reviews like yours that help us correct any inconsistencies. We take pride in providing the best in lodging and service so our lapses during your stay are being taken very seriously. We're very sorry that you experienced an undesirable visit and I assure you we have addressed the problems you mentioned with our front desk and maintenance teams. We hope that if your travels bring you back to Fort Walton Beach and you will give us another opportunity to serve you and make it right, Sincerely, Paula Evans, General Manager

" Vacation "

Q681LXjuliew, Gordo 18/11/2017

Very clean place, loved the retro look , Had room on beach with balcony.Free breakfast, and beach chairs . The front desk was very helpful with our needs.Great parking . Heated pool and free coffee and hot cocoa anytime you want.

"Great hotel, great staff and amazing views!"

davidoJ9470EW, College Station, United States 17/11/2017

We stayed here for as week and it was amazing. The hotel is not new but they have it fixed up very nicely. The view is what its all about..GREAT! Dan the beach man was very good and the Swizzle Stick can get to rocking on occasion. All in all, we had a relaxing week and we will be back!!!


Perry840, Indianapolis, Indiana 16/11/2017

We wanted a beachfront room, and a place with a decent breakfast. This place filled the bill on both counts. The beachfront is white sand, with chairs to relax in, and the staff normally puts them out by 8 a.m. (weather permitting). The breakfast was better than most places, and it varies every morning! The staff was wonderful all 4 days!


User 15/11/2017

We wanted a mini vacation right on the beach and this hotel filled the bill nicely. Beach chairs were included in the cost, which was great! We saw dolphins and stingrays right from the beach. The pool was warm and clean. Sitting on our balcony and watching the sunsets was wonderful!

"Beach getaway"

User 11/11/2017

The location of this Best Western is ideal for a beach vacation. The staff are friendly and the property isn't in an area with high rise condos so there are less people on beach. I rated the sleep quality as excellent only because the beds were comfortable and I travel with a fan to block out outside noise. Without the fan there would be occasional street noise and your typical noise in corridors.

"Better than other hotels i looked at"

P7137BFpamelas, Sw Grand Mound, 09/11/2017

It is close to the beach with very easy access. It is close to many eating places. All rooms have a balconies with fantastic views of the ocean. That is why I booked with Best Western as they had what I wanted and they delivered well.

"This is an beach front hotel"

Halsie, Knoxville, Tennessee 08/11/2017

This is an older hotel, but very well maintained and upgraded. We selected the beach front room with balcony and it may have become my wife's new favorite beach hotel. there is a pool and Tiki Bar and Indoor Bar. They furnish beach towels and put up umbrellas and beach chairs for the guests. Walk out the back door to the lobby past the Tiki Bar and pool on the right and up a deck type walkway over the protected dunes (Shower at the top), down 4 stairs and you are on the beach. Nice. We will be back!!!

"Clean hotel"

User 08/11/2017

Overall very happy with hotel, staff, breakfast and hotel location. Great beach access with use of chairs, outdoor pool and bar. The area was non congested and family oriented. I would stay here again.Loved my four day stay.

"Above Average"

73av8r, Fort Worth, Texas 07/11/2017

Great friendly staff. Stayed for a few days and just mostly hung out on the beach. We rented kayaks and paddle boards from the hotel and saw lots of dolphins, rays and a sea turtle. Nice free breakfast and the tiki bar out back at the pool is nice. They serve hot dogs for the kiddos from 11-4. That was a lifesaver! Special thanks to Dan the beach rental guy and Don at the Tiki bar! We will be back!

"another perfect trip"

John S, hoover 02/11/2017

my wife and I have stayed at this hotel multiple times a year for the last 7 years. They are continually improving the property. It happens to be on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. We stayed on the 6th floor from where we could see dolphins, fish and stingrays swimming in the crystal clear emerald waters of the gulf of Mexico. Every time we come we meet more Germans coming for vacation, one of them told me wife "we hate to leave this is paradise".

"Best Western in Destin Florida"

susanpP1412MX, Kansas City, United States 01/11/2017

Great Hotel. No food except breakfast, but it's good. Heated pools, beach towels, clean. There are cheaper places, but I was very satisfied with this stay. We had a ocean side view which was breathtaking.

"would stay here again"

johngP1321MN, trussville, United States 30/10/2017

great place to stay and they have great service and great breakfast the view form the room was very nice the room was very clean and the parking was great i would stay here again i would recommend to my friends and family

"Short but sweet!"

Beth M, Pineville, Louisiana 28/10/2017

Stayed at the BW in Ft Walton for two wonderful nights. Wish we could have stayed longer! Everything was top notch. Great vibe. Delicious breakfast. Friendly staff. Beautiful beach with chairs and umbrella provided!Can't wait to return.

"Beach, Bed and Courtesy"

ebhomestead, Upstate NY 26/10/2017

We wanted beachfront, a good bed and a clean room. We got the bonus of a warm courteous staff from Manager to Maintenance. We were well accommodated here by employees that practice hospitality well, and Steve, James(desk all), Russ, Don, and "beach guy" were value added to our stay. There is breakfast.

"The view of the sunset is spectacular"

Sue V, Dallas, Georgia 23/10/2017

Wonderful little gem right on the beach. Quiet and relaxing. Close to everything. The view of the sunset is spectacular! Very friendly staff and room was very clean. We slept with the door open and drifted off to sleep listening to the waves!

"Awesome, greatest, love it . Weather was great, people were awsome."

Trishia W, Seymour, Indiana, United States 23/10/2017

Love it, a pleasure everytime. Love this place highly recommend to all. You must try this if you are in the area. people are so nice and friendly. Beach is always clean. Breakfast is hot and ready a must

"Best place ever. Highly recommend this place."

F2610MVjohng, Ore City, Texas 23/10/2017

Great experience. Love this place. Will be back. Beaches great. Staff great. Recommend for business or pleasure. Great location. You can ask the bartender about anything about area. He has the answer. All his recommended was great.

"Love Best Western, will stay again."

MelodyBarnett, Gainesville, Georgia 23/10/2017

Best Western is one of our go-to-Hotels. We always have a very-good or excellent stay. We take comfort in knowing that our stays at Best Western will be clean, safe and comfortable; staff is genuinely courteous, trustworthy and fulfill requests punctually. To us, Best Western has the best rates for the value of service received.

"Amazing view"

Samantha P, Saint Louis, Missouri 16/10/2017

We made a last minute trip to the gulf and they were super nice and clean. The beach area was clean and the water was warm. The breakfast could have been better, but the man at the front desk got our room moved around to a better view!

"A really nice place"

H9928ETscottw, Knoxville, Tennessee 16/10/2017

Everything has been updated, new, and clean. Staff very helpful and friendly. The free breakfast every morning, and free beach chairs and umbrella at the water make it a great place for a beach vacation. Better priced and nicer than the places around it.

"Fall break"

User 15/10/2017

Stayed at this hotel with a friend for fall break get away. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was great. Was a little hard to find because sign was blocked by trees. Overall a great stay

"Friendly staff"

onintthree, chicago 14/10/2017

Nice hotel with a great staff. Made you feel welcome. The room was nice and clean and the view of the beach was fantastic. The bed was very comfortable and got a good night sleep. The hotel is at the quiet end of the beach and not as crowded which we were looking for. The hotel was busy but we didn't run into any noisy party type guest that other reviewers mentioned. We will definitely be back.

"great hotel"

Christine R, Muscle Shoals, United States 13/10/2017

It was our second time staying there and we were not disappointed,the staff was very friendly,the rooms are clean,the breakfast wonderful,and we appreciate the fact that they do not charge for the beach chairs and umbrellas

"Great Oceanfront Hotel"

User 11/10/2017

The hotel is very reasonable and clean! It has been updated and has lots of cute details in the furniture, decorations, and even a turtle mosaic in the floor as you enter the main lobby. Very good complimentary breakfast includes pastries, meat, eggs, cereals, bagels, toast and batter/irons for fresh waffles. They even had extra toppings for them! Coffee and infused water stations also. Spend a little more and get a balcony room! BW is a few miles from Destin and you have to drive to restaurants, etc, but the price, views and quieter beach make it well the distance. Seasonally, a beach umbrella & 2 chairs are setup and waiting for you on the beach & included in the price. The elevators are a little slow and we had a hiccup with the reservation, but Connor got it squared away for me and our stay was amazing. I would definitely stay here again.

"Perfect girls weekend"

User 11/10/2017

Myself, my sister and three of our high school friends stayed for three nights just last week. From the time we checked in, we knew we were in the right place! Everyone we encountered from the front desk staff, the maid service, the manager, maintenance staff, bartenders (except for the girl working the evening shift in the Swizzle Stick Lounge, she was extremely rude) and beach staff were all so sweet and so eager to make sure we were taken care of. We met a lot of the other guests staying at the same hotel, but our favorites were Don the bartender and the Vietnam Veterans who meet there every year. To say we had a blast is an understatement! We had such a great experience we have decided to come back next year! Thank you to everyone at Best Western, you made these Missouri girls trip one to remember!

"Great stay at the Best Western"

Jpfredd, Murfreesboro, Tennessee 04/10/2017

This is our 2nd time staying here. We are actually here right now. The staff has been very helpful. The hotel is very nicely kept. Nice breakfast. Complementary beach chairs are great. Nice beach. Great place to stay.

"Perfect location and easy on the wallet"

User 02/10/2017

Great place to stay that is right on the beach. There inst much traffic as it is a little away from all the major restaurants and attractions. Wife and i loved that the beach was clean and wasn't as busy as others, and it was only a 5-10min drive from everything. Hotel room was pretty typical, decently clean, free breakfast in the morning, but the staff was outstanding.

"Our fabulous visit"

User 24/09/2017

This is our second time staying at BW FWB. We absolutely love this place. Our room was clean upon arrival and the housekeeping staff kept it tidy for the length of our stay. We enjoyed the free breakfast each morning. Food was always stocked and hot. A big plus for our family is the complimentary beach chairs and umbrella. They are set up each morn from 9-5. I cannot express how great the staff at this hotel is!!! I'm my opinion you can't beat this place for the value!!

"Noise at late night ruined it "

MargeBox, Atlanta 23/09/2017

Large family party (10)that stayed on our floor hung out on their balcony all night and was so loud we heard them several rooms over. The balconies that faced beach side create a courtyard effect.. so we all got to share in their noise at 12:30am. Not to mention their shouting foul language for my 7 year old to hear. I have stayed here before and have enjoyed it, which is why we returned. Won't be back. I am sick and tired of staying in a hotel that is ruined by the noise at ungodly hours. I paid alot of money to feel like garbage the next day.

Paula E, General Manager at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
It is very nice of you to have taken the time to give us your comments regarding your stay at our hotel. We are unhappy to hear that we were unable to successfully accommodate your needs. We take seriously the feedback that you provide and I assure you we are investigating your concerns. We appreciate your taking the time to share your experience. We know that you have many choices when traveling and we thank you for your business. Sincerely, Paula Evans, General Manager

"Weekend stay"

Hal M, Mayfield, Kentucky 23/09/2017

My wife and I are very busy and managed to get away for a 2 night stay. This is a nice hotel. It's worn but clean. Only issue I have is with the property itself. I travel for a living and stay in a hotel 3-4 nights a week year around and stay almost exclusively in Best western. Even if you have 150,000 points, you do not get an ocean view room. People like me is what keep Best Western going yet get the worst rooms when it comes to rewards.

"Haven from Irma"

PapasPicks, Palm Harbor, Florida 16/09/2017

Our family was evacuated from the Tampa Bay area near midnight on September 8. With Hurricane Irma's forecasted track still all over the place, we decided to head to the panhandle of Florida for our escape. In our search for lodging, we were blessed to secure a room at this wonderful resort. Everyone from Connor, Michael, Steve (Front Office Mgr.), Paula (GM) and the rest of the hotel staff were nothing short of amazing. With full occupancy, and the vast majority of us having been displaced from our homes, you could not have found a more inviting, caring, and accommodating group of employees anywhere. So, on behalf of my family, thank you Ft. Walton Beach Best Western and all the wonderful employees at your resort.

"Nice location"

VicTorino, New York City, New York 09/09/2017

The place seems well worn but everything was clean and the hotel staff was great. The free beach chairs and umbrella was a nice bonus not to mention the free wi-fi and hot breakfast from 6:30 to 9:30 every morning.The lounge was small and there isn't a restaurant. We would stay here again.

"Best experience at this hotel"

Amanda G, United States 06/09/2017

This hotel was by far the best experience my husband and I have ever had. It was clean. All the staff was friendly. Our balcony had a great view. Bed was comfortable. Breakfast was amazing. The lounge/bar was a lot of fun. Overall an awesome experience.

"nice hotel"

344ceciliaz, gadsden, United States 06/09/2017

hotel was pretty good. free chairs and umbrella on the private beach. was sufficiently clean. pillows were a little lame, but bed was comfortable. i would definitely book this hotel again. conveniently located to all the action in ft. walton.

"Beach getaway"

brittanyr620, St Louis, United States 06/09/2017

Great place! We really enjoyed our stay here. Very clean and friendly location right on the beach. Easy access to dining and entertainment plus an awesome breakfast included. Well worth looking into. The best part is you get an umbrella and two chairs per room. Such a relief not to drag your own to the beach! I highly recommend this property.

"most friendly front desk staff"

User 03/09/2017

the staff went above and beyond to make sure our stay was pleasant. the bar is also outstanding. over all the stay here was excellent. I will definitely recommend this hotel and definitely return next summer with my family. very family oriented hotel

"Favorite hotel"

sunworshiper50, Katy, Texas 02/09/2017

We always stay at this hotel. The staff are wonderful. We wouldn't stay anywhere else. If there is anything you need they are always accommodating and helpful. You can't beat the view and the service.

"Love the location and amenities"

sunshinesuz87, Saint Louis, Missouri 28/08/2017

I love Best Westerns in general. Their beds are comfortable and the free breakfast is always great. This Best Western was even BETTER than most because it sits on a beautiful white sand beach and it has a tiki bar. Don the bartender was great! Thank you Don for the delicious drinks and hospitality! There was also a waitress on Saturday at the beach that asked us if we would like anything from the bar. This Best Western also has complimentary beach towels, beach chairs, and umbrellas. This hotel also has a bar with live music called the Swizzle Stick. It's a very eclectic and retro hotel. They have board games and some books you can take with you to the beach. Thank you Best Western for a great vacation, we will be back!

"Great Place"

Rhonda J, Portage, Wisconsin 28/08/2017

The motel was extremely clean and the staff very helpful and nice. The view of the ocean from our balcony was beautiful. The pool was very clean and they have plenty of things for the kids to use at the pool. The motel provides beach use of a beach umbrella and two chairs on the beach, this was great to have. Would definitely stay here again. Had our 8 year old granddaughter with us and there is plenty to keep the kids occupied as well.

"Will come back again!"

Helyn D, Atlanta, Georgia 26/08/2017

Don at the beach bar is a sweetheart. was very pleasant to be and my daughter. especially kind since she is deaf. a wonderful beach vacation and experience! all the staff were professional. love the retro feel of this place.


245megam, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 26/08/2017

the front desk receptionist was very friendly. very close location to the beach and to destin. the actual room had a few minor issues but overall was clean. free breakfast and coffee was nice, and i would stay here again!

"Room with a view"

Hbromilso, Fort walton beach 21/08/2017

Wonderful stay! The only reason I took off a star was because the in-room air conditioner was SO, SO loud!! The swizzle stick lounge was so vintage! Christina, the bartender, was great! I must say that if we hadn't gotten a gulf front room, it would've been average. The hotel staff were so kind!


147demetrices, Birmingham, Alabama 21/08/2017

My hotel stay at Best Western was excellent. I stayed there one night last year & decided to make it my first choice for my annual trip to Fort Walton Beach. The hotel is conveniently located, clean & has a friendly staff.

"Serene and beautiful"

ROSE M, New Orleans, Louisiana 18/08/2017

This hotel exceeded our expectations A secret gem quiet and very tropical atmosphere we were there to celebrate our anniversary and we were not disappointed Excellent staff We will definitely return Balcony and beach rooms are awesome

"Saved up all year just to be disappointed."

370lyndsays, Louisville, Kentucky 15/08/2017

We also found a roach in our first room(308). When we were moved to a second room(606)it was filthy with garbage in the room. Finally our third room(205)had a swamp on the balcony. There was a layer of standing water that never dried up during our stay. There was a layer of green mildew across the balcony floor. The table and chairs had to be pushed into a far corner of the balcony in order to avoid the mildew and standing water. We were unable to use our balcony because of the conditions. With that being our third room we were tired of moving. Also, there was something that appeared to be blood on one of the beds. I had to clean the bathroom and floor myself upon entry to eliminate the hairs and dried on dirt from the tile floor. I guess the old saying is true that if you want it done right you have to do it yourself. Our first room had an odor of mold. We sought out a Yankee Candle store and and purchase two candles. However, they were unable to compensate for the horrific odor. The following day, we found a Bath & Body Works store and purchased another scented candle from them in addition to a plug-in scented oil warmer. We had to burn all three scented candles plus the scented oil warmer until they were able to give us a different room.

Paula E, Manager at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Dear Lyndsay Stevenson, Thank you for completing the survey regarding your recent stay at our property. On behalf of our entire team, I would like to apologize for not exceeding your expectations. Your satisfaction is important to us and we will be using the feedback you gave us to implement improvements to ensure we offer a better experience for guests in the future. I hope that you will consider staying with us again so that we can have another chance to provide you with a superior experience. If I can provide any assistance, please don't hesitate to contact me directly at 850-243-9444. Sincerely, Paula Evans General Manager Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront

"Great vacation."

User 14/08/2017

The staff constantly go above and beyond. Don at the cabana bar makes your stay worthwhile. Our 3rd time staying here and we will definitely be back. Cabana Bar, night Bar/lounge, free (hot) breakfast, complimentary beach chairs and umbrella. Cannot beat the amenities for the price.

"Ft. Walton"

Titanic522014, Wynnewood, Oklahoma 14/08/2017

The hotel was nice enough. You are paying for the location more than for the room. The Beach was nice and the water clear. I'll stay here again if I ever go back to Ft. Walton. The room is just a room, but the staff was pretty nice.

"Great little gem of a hotel!"

K F, Kansas City, Missouri 13/08/2017

Simply wonderful beach hotel! A pleasant surprise. We visit the area each summer for a family vacation and have stayed at many on Okaloosa Island, but had never looked at this hotel until this year. Although there is no in site restaurant, it really did not seem to effect the stay, as we are always out running around each evening. The free breakfast was more than enough and quite good. The hotel is very clean and well kept for an older property. And I cannot say enough great things about the staff. Super friendly people who were helpful and respectful. No doubt we would stay at this hotel again.

"Great overall experience!"

Henrietta A, Elizabethtown, Kentucky 13/08/2017

Had everything we needed. Pool, beachfront with beautiful view. Rooms clean and efficient. Very friendly staff everywhere at the facility. Breakfast was great and had a good variety of selections. Parking was a breeze with always an open spot. Location was good, lots of places within walking distance.

"Ocean Front Best Western"

williamaT3918AD, Demver, United States 10/08/2017

Very clean rooms and right on the beach! Friendly staff, good breakfast and beautiful area! We have stayed here 3 times and have always been happy! Highly recommend if beach front stay is what your looking for. Complimentary beach chairs (2) and only 20 dollars a day for extra chairs. Room is clean and pretty spacious with nice balcony for viewing the ocean.

"BW Ft. Walton Fl."

V4688DQrichardt, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 05/08/2017

Not a good experience getting our rooms. Didn't get into our until the evening crew took over the desk. Over all great place to stay. Clean and friendly staff. Beach chairs, umbrellas and breakfast was a big plus.

"Ft Walton Beach Re Charge Vacation"

T4712XHgregc, Columbia Illinois, United States 05/08/2017

This hotel has the best view ,balconies that over look the ocean , comfortable beds,easy access to restaurants and activities you want to do on vacation,our sole purpose was to relax on the beach with chairs and umbrellas both that is provided with your stay ,breakfast to get you going ,popcorn at the bar ,we relaxed and enjoy our stay will highly recommend Greg and Dar

"Great family stay on the beach!"

Kim M, Fort Worth, Texas 04/08/2017

Great hotel, breakfast was good...Location could not be better!! Close to the pier (which displays fireworks on Wed nights. They called to tell us our room was ready a few minutes early. Balconies were great and look just like the picture- you literally just walk onto the beach.

"Love Florida"

Jamie H, Wayland, United States 04/08/2017

We have stayed at this hotel four times in the past 3 years and are planning on staying here again next year. Love the location and the beach. I made the mistake of NOT getting a beach side room for the first time since we started coming here, it won't happen again.

"Excellent Stay"

930alissaw, New Concord, Ohio 03/08/2017

We had a wonderful time on our trip to Ft. Walton Beach. The hotel was beautiful and the staff was friendly and helpful. Beaches are gorgeous and we loved having the beach chairs and umbrellas free to use!

"Family Getaway"

User 02/08/2017

Staff completely accommodating and friendly.. We tried to check in early but the room wasn't quite ready and we were able to use all the amenities til the room was ready. Wonderful place to go for a relaxing family vacation!!


amandawH9986YK, Montgomery, Alabama 31/07/2017

The staff is very friendly ! I loved my stay. I had the beachfront room and it was awesome. The room came with two beach chairs and an umbrella. The hotel looks exactly like the pictures. Also, the bars are very nice. The bed was so comfortable. The staff helped with everything.


I6716MYlorik, RADCLIFF, United States 31/07/2017

Loved staying at this hotel. It was clean and personnel were excellent. Gave great recommendations for where to eat and were always there to answer any questions. I've stayed at several beach hotels and this one was one of the best!

"Simply relaxing"

patriciaak2017, Indianapolis, United States 26/07/2017

This is our second stay at this hotel. It is a simple hotel that doesn't offer a lot of amenities like a workout area but they do make up for it in other areas. They have a wonderful free breakfast that has a lot of variety. If you want to work out, they offer free membership for your stay at the local Gold's Gym. Can't beat the beachfront access, free umbrella service and the view is perfect. You can even rent kayaks, boogie boards, paddle boards for a small fee. Customer Service is excellent. They truly try to make your stay relaxing and enjoyable. The rooms are decorated nicely and the beds are quite comfortable. If you want value, beachfront and hospitality, you want this Best Western.

"On the Beach with Chairs!"

shellzbell, MS 24/07/2017

Room was clean and staff was friendly. Hotel located on the beach and the 2 chairs/umbrella set-up was complimentary. We did not know that at the time of booking so that was a nice surprise. Breakfast area was crowded but clean. Pool was dirty/cloudy at night and first thing in the morning. Filtration system needs to be checked for sure.

"Absolutely wonderful! "

User 23/07/2017

If you're looking for a great family friendly hotel with an amazing view, this place is the way to go! My family and I have been coming here for vacation every year for the past five years and we have not had one complaint. The staff is wonderful and the prices are the most reasonable you'll find. I 100% recommend!!

"Nice, clean, and fun"

lmcreglow, Arlington, Texas 22/07/2017

Affordable. Family Friendly. It is casual enough that you don't feel awkward walking through the lobby with your swim gear. It was easy to find. Plenty of parking. I felt safe with my young children. They provided seating on the beach, so we didn't have to lug around as much beach equipment. Plus there were kayak and paddle board rentals right by the access to the beach at reasonable prices. The pool was average for a beach hotel. Not too big, but there was plenty of room for the kids. I would definitely go again.

"HUGE disappointment for the $$$"

User 22/07/2017

Gum, yes I said gum on the wall!!! Hairs on bathroom counter, dirty door n the bathroom, water damage to shower ceiling, the bedroom ceiling looks like it's going to cave-in on us & drawers wreak of mildew. $409 1st nite, $339 for 3 nites & $319 the last nite. This was an ocean front room & I understand they'll be more money BUT with the above mentioned it should have been WAAAAY CHEAPER. Do NOT recommend this place unless u don't care where u sleep. Only plus is how wonderful & helpful Madison from front desk has been.

Paula E, General Manager at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to apologize for the inconvenience you experienced during your stay at our hotel. Thank you so much for taking the time to provide your feedback which will enhance our guest's experience. Condition and cleanliness are two of our top priorities and we take these issues seriously. Also please be assured that I have met with all of our department managers and we are investigating the issues you raised and appropriate action will be taken to prevent any guests being similarly inconvenienced in the future. We strive to take care of our guests needs and give the best level of service possible. I hope to have an occasion to have you back as our guest so that we can show you the exemplary service each of our valued guests expect and deserve. Thank you again for taking the time to give your feedback and we hope to see you again. Sincerely, Paula Evans, General Manager

"Enjoyable Experience"

User 20/07/2017

My family of five drove from San Antonio, TX to the Best Western Ft. Walton Beach for our "Destin" trip, but wanted to stay away from most of the hustle and bustle of the Destin area. What a great decision! This hotel is right on the beach. We had a 3rd floor room and were able to have views of the emerald water the entire time from our balcony. The property is somewhat dated, but you expect that from a hotel that close to the beach. The breakfast was just okay, but sufficient enough to get the job done. Our room was very clean and comfortable even though we didn't stay in it very long with so much fun in the sun just outside! It was very pleasing that there was an umbrella and two chairs ready for us when we decided to go down to the beach and they were included. Our friends staying in Destin paid over $50 for their setup outside of their hotel. Wow! Destin is only 15 minutes away and we enjoyed plenty of fun there as well. We were very pleased with our stay and certainly would hit this place up again.

"BW - Fort Walton Beach FL - FRIENDLIEST STAFF"

audreysT1475XF, Fort Walton, United States 19/07/2017

Excellent staff - clean rooms - very full hot breakfast !! Talk to Don at the Cabana bar - best drinks and great stories. Excellent location - beach is beautiful - chairs and umbrellas already set up for you. Everything was so convenient and nice. Thank you to the Hotel staff for our very fun stay !! We will be back !!

"Great hotel"

User 18/07/2017

Super nice hotel , beach front best price around. Good Breakfast and Dan on the Beach will help you with water toys. We stay every year. Ft Walton a little mellow compared to Destin thats ok less traffic too


Joseph G, Elgin, United States 17/07/2017

After 3 night chose to move to another hotel. Considering the cancellation of my membership The BW in Nashville TN was no better for customer service. Many other hotels got an ear full from me about BW. This was the worst vacation stay for us.

Paula E, General Manager at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Please allow me this opportunity to apologize for the inconvenience you experienced during your stay at our hotel. I appreciate your taking the time to advise us of your dissatisfaction, which is the first step towards improvement of our services. Customer care is amongst our highest priorities and it is very disappointing to see that you did not receive the care we pride ourselves with. We should have by all means done everything possible to take care of your needs and we failed to do so. I do hope that if you are in the area again you give us the opportunity to give you the service we are known for. Sincerely, Paula Evans, General Manager

"Great hotel and very good value"

Robert B, Houston, Texas 16/07/2017

This is a great hotel on the beach. The staff are all very friendly and the included breakfast adds to the value. This is a great hotel for families with young kids because there are already a lot of families there and the hotel gets quiet after about 9 PM. The hotel is older but recently remodeled and looks fantastic.

"Vacation low point!"

User 11/07/2017

My husband and I had been traveling around Florida the month of July visiting popular beach towns. After staying at two different high end resorts on the water in Fort Lauderdale and Key West we were shocked when we arrived at this location. I knew immediately that I was in the wrong place but decided to listen to my husband and give it a chance. It was very old, dated, small and away from all of the restaurants and bars. If you're looking for a cheap, low end hotel on the beach with no upgrades or amenities than this is your place. I got so use to pool side service and spa treatments that a poolside tiki bar selling hot dogs was sadly hysterical to me. There are no safes in the rooms and I had to go down to the front desk to get my jewelry and husband's wallet before going to dinner each evening. I should have researched this location much better and checked out after my first night. I will not be returning on my next visit. The only good thing about my stay was the very nice hotel staff. This is a great place for young couples on a budget or families wanting to spend their days on the beach with the kids.

Paula E, General Manager at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Thank you for your sharing your concerns with us. One of our goals is to ensure value for the price paid during your stay. I do hope you had the opportunity to enjoy our complimentary beach chairs, umbrellas and breakfast. Or were able to listen to the nightly entertainment in our Martini Bar Swizzle Stick. The feedback you provided will help us improve our service and product for the future. We encourage our guests to let us know if there are any problems with their stay so that we may address the situation immediately. We are very glad you found our staff friendly and thank you for recommending our hotel to families wanting a beach experience. We appreciate your taking the time to share your thoughts. We know that you have many choices when traveling and we thank you for your business. Sincerely, Paula Evans, General Manager

"10th Visit"

Tricia A, Newark, Ohio 11/07/2017

10th year in a row, the best rooms, breakfast, staff, Tiki Bar with Don - always a great time. Everything is first class. Great General Manager, Paula who is personable and willing to stop and chat!!!

"Great Hotel"

N8294JFcindyd, Prairieville, United States 05/07/2017

Our stay at this hotel was great. Service was great, very friendly staff and willingness to make sure we had everything we needed. Only complaint is that the elevators are extremely slow, the internet doesn't work very well, and only 2 bell hop carts on site. Those are minor complaints though, but I would definitely stay here again and/or recommend to anyone asking.

"Happy guests"

L7064IKdianneb, Ruston, Louisiana 04/07/2017

The four of us stayed enjoyed our stay at the ft walton Beach Florida location. Right on the beach just as described, decor was fun and relaxing. Quiet at night, the beach staff was really nice as well as everyone at the front desk.

"Very Nice Hotel but .."

Bobby C, Indiana 03/07/2017

Had a room facing the beach. The view was great! Easy access to the beach from the hotel. Very nice. Only stayed one night though and had to leave early the next day. One thing I noticed though was with the free breakfast. We were the first ones there at the dining area. The egg and sausage trays were sparsely filled at the very start so they ran out right away. Never got refilled during our brief stay (maybe 15 minutes) at the dining area as we had to be on the road early. Other similar hotels I have stayed at, the trays were filled especially at the very beginning and kept filled. Would have rated this hotel 5 stars otherwise.

"Summer Trip"

User 02/07/2017

This was our second time to stay at this hotel and we are very satisfied with it. The rooms and staff were great and the price for a beachfront hotel room was perfect. They offered different breakfast options each morning and showed movies each evening for the kiddos.


margies576, Brighton, Tennessee 02/07/2017

Our carpets were wet from leaking air conditioner so was the balcony.. Other than that nice.. we were moved to another room after I complained but they had already knew it was leaking.. They really didn't apologize just moved us to another room..

"My youngest 10th birthday vacation "

wilmingtonmom, Wilmington, North Carolina 28/06/2017

Glad my husband upgraded us to a balcony room, great view every day:). Everyone is nice and polite. Free hot breakfast, (630 to 930) the hotel is kinda old you can tell by the old paintings, elevators and bathrooms, seemed to have a leak in the bathtub in our room that I'm not so sure about. Towels on the floor would just get so wet , couldn't really help it but hang it to dry . Anyway , back on the positive, cleanest beach , white sand sparkling waters,!two complimentary beach chairs with umbrellas, (just be early enough to save it ), navy planes fly by daily ( kinda cool) . Clean air , no bugs , no lifeguards , ( so watch your kids ) . There's an old laundry but usable . It does need to be upgraded for Pete's sakes ! Uses 2 dollars, quarters . There's no restaurants closeby , gotta drive , but pizza hut delivers . Or get a bit of grocery at Publix for snacks in your room , there's only a microwave and refrigerator which none of us could understand the settings lol, but it works , so oh well. There's kayaking to rent, paddles . Volleyball in the area. Tiki hut, ( I do wonder why they don't play music ) . Maybe it's for safety . Table tennis in site close to pool area where kids can swim as well . If sand and sea and quiet is what you want , then this is your place to be . Really laid back , peaceful, white sand , blue, clear water and sky . Just beautiful.

"Beachfront stay"

David W, Beech Grove, Arkansas 27/06/2017

A little too pricey for what you get, close to Beach, small pool, tight parking, fair breakfast, beach chairs and umbrella provided is a plus and probably main reason for staying here, beds could be a little more comfortable, overall, it's a fair place to stay.

"Great staff and location"

R9101GZnicolem, Cimarron, United States 26/06/2017

The staff was excellent and the location was excellent. The lights had to be flicked before they would come on permanently. After talking with other guests their rooms were the same. The toilet handle had to be giggled constantly to get it to quit running. There was a massive rain storm, but the carpet was wet under the window. The beds are just OK. The rooms are below average, but tolerable. I would stay in this hotel again over staying off the beach. Due to the rain, they opened the conference room and played children's movies and popped popcorn for everyone. Can't comment enough on the great staff.

Paula E, General Manager at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Please allow me this opportunity to apologize for the inconvenience you experienced during your stay at our hotel. Thank you so much for taking the time to provide your feedback which will enhance our guest's experience. We strive for excellence when it comes to maintenance in our rooms and I am happy to say we will be doing several updates to our hotel in the upcoming months. It is reviews like yours that help us correct any inconsistencies. We are very glad you enjoyed your stay with us and found our location to be enjoyable and our staff friendly. The response you have shared will be gone over with our team members to help in our growth. Sincerely, Paula Evans, General Manager

"Great Weekend Getaway"

Leonard B, New Orleans, United States 26/06/2017

This hotel is great. It's fun to stay at and there is always something going on. The pool bar is nice with live entertainment during the day. The beach access is good and the staff is friendly. The Gulf restaurant is only blocks away and Destin and Crab Island is only 6 miles down Hwy 98. Easy access to a lot of differ venues.

"cool vibe"

M4995PPjohnl, the villages, United States 26/06/2017

a funky decor sets this hotel apart from the ordinary - right on the sand, complimentary sand chairs and umbrellas, and one of the coolest tiny bars I've been to. The decor may not be to everybody"s liking, but think rat pack meets Madmen

"Excellent value property for family vacation"

User 20/06/2017

This hotel was amazing! Beachfront, close proximity to all attractions, 6 miles from Destin. The staff was very friendly, hotel was kid-friendly, offered nightly movies for kids, unlimited popcorn throughout the day, tiki bar at pool and the staff would even come to the beach to wait on you and get your drink order! Was not expecting such resort-like amenities but was very pleasantly surprised! Well done, best western! Will definitely be coming back!

"Best Value in FWB- Great place to enjoy the beach"

19beverlyk, Arab, United States 20/06/2017

This is not a luxury hotel. But if you are looking for a clean, comfortable room with a gorgeous oceanfront room w/ balcony- this is the best bang for your buck. The staff is awesome, the free hot breakfast was excellent (eggs/ sausage/ biscuits/ gravy/ waffles), and they included free umbrella service, which is unheard of. The location is excellent. It is uncrowded, walking distance to the pier and several nice restaurants. There is no road between the room and beach. The grounds and the rooms were extremely clean. The front desk was extremely helpful and recommended places to shop and eat. Parking was free, unlike many nearby hotels. The bed was more comfortable than my bed at home- slept like a baby. The hotel is decorated in a cheerful, fun art deco style. Its very beachy. You wont find a better room for the price and given all the free extras (umbrella/ chair service can run up to $45.00 daily at most places and most places now require valet parking fees). I would highly recommend this hotel for families or couples.

"Ft Walton stay"

User 18/06/2017

They are very slow in sending the final invoice for the Express Checkout. It should happen the same day. I am still waiting. The light switch in the bathroom was intermittent. I asked for it to be repaired. It was still intermittent.


Teresa H, Harrisburg, Illinois 17/06/2017

This BW is excellent!! The location is PERFECT, it is right on the beach and they set up beach chairs & umbrellas every morning for guest...for free!! It is very clean and the staff is super friendly and helpful! We had a 2Q room w/balcony. The inland rooms are a bit cheaper but it is worth the money to get the gulf front balcony room. I could sit on the balcony, enjoy my coffee (maker in the room) and watch dolphins in the mornings. We also watched the fireworks that were at the pier from our balcony. I highly recommend this Best Western when you stay at Okaloosa Island/Ft Walton Beach!

"Awesome hotel!"

User 16/06/2017

I would stay again. Staff very friendly and helpful. Free breakfast. Free umbrella and chairs on the beach. Very clean. Free popcorn to snack on all day. Nice bar area. Hotel is nice and quiet. Nice beds.

"We were married on the Beach at Best Western!"

jonathani309, Dayton, Ohio 15/06/2017

We held our wedding ceremony on the beach at Best Western in 6.7.17 and it was PERFECT! We had 35 guests including ourselves who all stayed at this location. The staff were so friendly and accommodating!

"Nice beach property."

User 14/06/2017

Hotel was great, but staff really made an effort to make sure our stay was super. Nice to have breakfast waiting for us in the mornings. Beach and pool area really made our stay very relaxing. Would come here again.

"Perfect stay!"

User 12/06/2017

Everything was perfect during our stay here! The decor is so cute and beach themed - you feel like you're in a little beach home! The breakfast was hot and fully stocked every morning. All the staff were friendly and helpful and made sure we had everything we needed! Will definitely be back. :)


96wilmah, Allenspark, United States 11/06/2017

Loved the atmosphere, decor is a blast, breakfast was great, staff-- all cheerful, competent and kind-- Chairs and umbrella for beach included was a plus for us!! Micheal at the front desk was very welcoming and told us of history of this truly special Best Western Hotel!

"Fabulous beachfront family hotel"

Pat917, Round Rock, Texas 08/06/2017

We LOVE this place! You can walk straight from hotel onto the beach, on a boardwalk then short sand walk through the marked off sand dunes and sea oats! We got a room with a balcony and it was well worth the extra price. I brought my 2 grandsons here so they could experience a real oceanfront and the best, most pure white sand in the world. So the bar is set high! The pool is nice. Pool toys supplied for children. A bar is next to pool with free, freshly popped popcorn. There is an attendant on the beach and an umbrella and 2 lounge chairs are free to each room. The beach attendants are helpful, courteous, and knowledgeable. The hotel decor is traditional beach with soft, muted pastels, authentic sea shells and coral. The personnel at the front desk are all friendly and went the extra mile to make our stay wonderful. The breakfast has fresh fruit and a wide variety of foods. It is not a "fancy" breakfast but definitely plentiful.

"Family vacation"

Ann Marie H, Winchester, Tennessee 06/06/2017

this was our first family vacation and it was wonderful. The view was amazing, the beach was clean. We were able to see dolphins both mornings as well as find an abundant of shells. The hotel was clean, the breakfast was delicious. Overall the best place I have ever stayed. We will be back!!

"Good Stay"

cgreyroma10, Oklahoma City Ok. 06/06/2017

Love this hotel,,,have stayed here before. We had a balcony room overlooking the ocean with beautiful views. Loved leaving the door open and listening to the ocean. Pool is very nice. The bed was wonderful and the breakfast was very good with hot items.

"Enjoyable Stay"

carlbT1732ZT, Tucker, United States 04/06/2017

The staff was very friendly and helpful. The room was appointed well with plenty of counter space and places for clothing. The reception at the lobby was informative. The poolside bar had a variety of drinks and these drinks were available by a very pleasant waitress to our lounge chairs on the beach.

"Weekend getaway"

P3914TGmarkh, Arlington, Texas 31/05/2017

Great location on beach. Centrally located and not overly crowded even on Memorial Day weekend. Walking distance to restaraunt and other activities. Nice relaxing pool side bar to kick back and unwind.

"Nice Beach Hotel"

ajb8517, McConnelsville, Ohio 30/05/2017

Nice beach hotel for the price. Nothing super special about the place, but it was clean and the employees were friendly and helpful. I liked that you got two beach chairs and an umbrella everyday at the beach so I didn't have to lug all of my stuff down to the beach. The Swizzle Stick Lounge was fun, but a very small space and got crowded with 10 people. I would probably stay here again.


User 30/05/2017

Great vacation! Beachfront room did not disappoint. All around fantastic stay. Quiet, comfy bed, wifi worked great even at the beach! Close to restaurants and activities. Already planning next years stay.

"Dirty lobby"

948casib, MI, United States 30/05/2017

Our guest room was very clean, No odors.I recommend the ocean view. The ladies bathroom in the lobby area was gross. Missing ceiling tiles and dirty. Very reasonable rate and BEAUTIFUL beach! Lots to see and do in the Ft. Walton Beach area

"Wonderful Hotel Right on the Beach"

starry909, Dallas, Texas 30/05/2017

This hotel was so nice- the bright cheery beach-themed décor was so pretty. The room was great- the balcony overlooking the beach was awesome. They provide you with beach chairs/umbrellas- the pool was really nice and the Tiki bar and drinks were great . The staff were really friendly, welcoming and friendly. The beach there was very accessible and beautiful.


User 24/05/2017

Gorgeous modern,spacious room with all imaginable amenities in a charming hotel! I would imagine the rooms facing the ocean look even better. The staff really went out of their way to help us feel at home. I would recommend this hotel and location to anyone.

"Loved the location!"

pams397, Pine Bluffs, Wyoming, USA 23/05/2017

Oceanfront rooms have excellent view. Easy access to beach, pool, restaurants. Breakfast is supposed to be provided but they ran out of food. Clean. Umbrella and 2 beach chairs provided for each room.

"Right on the Beach"

jacval23, Houston, Texas 22/05/2017

My family and I stayed here this past weekend to celebrate my birthday and I loved it. Got a room with a balcony facing the beach so the view was beautiful. Nice and Clean hotel. My double bed room was a nice size. Breakfast was basic but not complaining cause it was free. Loved that each room got 2 free beach chairs and 1 umbrella to enjoy on the beach. Only complaint is that they pick them up at 5. The hotel also provides beach towels. Would recommend this hotel for anyone that wants to stay on the beach for a good price.

"Loves this place!!!"

baileyclausen86, Terre Haute, Indiana 21/05/2017

Absolutely love this place!!! I plan to come back as soon as I can. Free chairs and umbrellas at the beach and free breakfast! I love the bartenders, inside and outside of the hotel. Just love it!!!!!!

"Not Impressed "

User 19/05/2017

Our family of four stayed here for one night and that was enough for us. We had an oceanfront room with two queen beds and the room was unbearably small. Literally no room to move around whatsoever. Room was dirty and showed signs of wear and tear everywhere. No hot water in the shower. The AC wall unit leaked all over the balcony and you couldn't walk outside on it without getting your feet soaked. The room was supposed to be non smoking but the balcony wreaked of cigarettes was not enjoyable. The pool was also very basic and tiny. Expected much more for $300 a night. Save your money and stay in a Motel 6. No difference in the quality.

Paula E, General Manager at Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Please allow me this opportunity to apologize for the inconvenience you experienced during your stay at our hotel. Thank you so much for taking the time to provide your feedback which will enhance our guest's experience. We strive for excellence when it comes to cleanliness and maintenance in our rooms. It is reviews like yours that help us correct any inconsistencies. We take pride in providing the best in lodging and service so our lapses during your stay are being taken very seriously. We're very sorry that you experienced an undesirable visit and I assure you we have addressed the problems you mentioned with our housekeeping and maintenance teams. We hope that if your travels bring you back to Fort Walton Beach and you will give us another opportunity to serve you and make it right, Sincerely, Paula Evans, General Manager

"Well Needed Vacation"

beverlyc589, Winder, Georgia 17/05/2017

It had been over a year since our last vacation. The hotel we used to book had no vacancies. We have stayed in Best Westerns before so we decided to try the one in Fort Walton Beach. So glad we did! Everyone there was extremely friendly and the property was neat and clean inside as it was outside. We will definitely return. We have also recommended this Best Western to family and friends.

"Excellent hotel"

L9959TYsusanam, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 16/05/2017

This hotel made our trip even more enjoyable. Great choice! You definitely will enjoy the live music by the pool and the friendly staff and bartender. Everything was wonderful! The atmosphere was fabulous and the room view was amazing. Breakfast was good and cleanliness of the hotel was good. I felt like we had an overall wonderful stay and couldn't have asked for a better hotel. Thank you

"Enjoyed it!"

o2bnchanted, Sapphire, North Carolina 15/05/2017

When we pulled up, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I soon learned that exterior was deceiving. We stayed in an ocean front room with a balcony. Very comfortable! Clean, astetically pleasing, good colors with comfortable beds. Yes, the curtians could be updated, but how long are in the room anyway? It had wifi, and breakfast. Take your own coffee pot. I hate those one with tea bag trays, making one cup at a time, but everything else was fine and clean. The view of the ocean was perfect, seeing dolphins everyday, and the view from the moonrise to sunset, all at once was really nice. They do call it the Emerald Isle for a reason. Do yourself a favor on the drive in. Stop at the Aero Museum. Lots of fly bus,and it's fun to see them .

"Girls' Weekend!"

Acgilbert53, Atlanta, Georgia 15/05/2017

Every staff member made this a truly relaxing & fun visit. Decor was cute "South Beach" inspired. Rooms were clean, beds comfy. Don the tiki bartender was nice & introduced us to Jerry the taxi driver. Good music in the Swizzle Stick lounge. Definitely would stay here again!

"Beachfront vintage catwalk hotel"

Gemhunt, Northern Virginia, Virginia 13/05/2017

This place has that mid 1950 ' s architecture with open corridors. The lobby decor is new retro cool. The rooms have the old feel. Ours was not beachfront. We looked out on a side wing of the building and the street. Our room ceiling had old paint with streaks like old plaster that needed complete resurfacing. There was no balcony. The small outside pool and surround was widged betweent the lobby and wall for the dunes. There is no dining room. Breakfast was free and served in the lobby. There is a beach bar next to the pool. They offer beach chairs, umbrellas and towels. The sand is white powdered quartz. Many folks have great reviews for this place. I expected more. Over priced for want you get.

"Billy Viet Nam Reunion stay at FWB Best Western"

Billy W, Mena, AR, United States 09/05/2017

This is a wonderful place to stay at the beach for one night or ten nights. Convenient and close to great restaurants and events. The hotel lounges/bars are great with the best ever bartenders Don and Danielle! We're coming back in October and November!

"Beachfront Bargain Price & Great Service"

User 08/05/2017

We booked our room at such a low price that we called multiple times to confirm we had an ocean view. Our plane landed early, and they were more than happy to let us check in early. When we got there the two front desk associates were very outgoing, friendly, and informative. They gave us a room on the top floor with amazing views. They were so personable and their energy easily rubbed off. They also made sure to let us know of changing laws for certain state residents license (real ID law). They have two bars, both with great bartenders and great drinks. The pool is heated and the area is very clean. We will stay here for future trips!

"Leisure trip review"

U5920VXraymondc, Monoe, United States 06/05/2017

I was very impressed with the personnel at Best Western inFt. Walton Beach, FL. The staff were excellent. The rooms and their comfort were very good. I loved the location of the hotel. It was on the Gulf and shopping places/restaurants were very handy. Overall my stay was a very positive.

"Wake up to the sound of waves"

RocketCityWife, Madison, Alabama 05/05/2017

Want to wake up listening to the gulf waters crashing the shore from your own private balcony without the outrageous hidden fees of other ocean front properties? This is the place you'll want to be in Okaloosa Island. We've stayed at other properties on Okaloosa Island and were disappointed. Here, you will be pleasantly surprised what big bang you get for your buck! Pros: *Ocean/gulf front view (request it!) *Spacious private balcony w 2 chairs & table *Free beach umbrellas & chairs already setup for ya *Beach/pool towels available from front desk *Super friendly & accommodating staff *Lots of parking spaces *2 Elevators (one on each end) *Free breakfast *Clean rooms *Thick walls between units ;D *Microwave & small frig inside room *Poolside tiki bar *Swizzle Stick Lounge on 1st floor(!!) *Private boardwalk over sand dunes leading to beach *Outside rinsing area to wash off sand & salt water *10% off w rewards membership *Did I mention the super friendly staff?!,,, Steve, Madison, Don, well-tanned beach chair gentleman, room cleaning folks, etc. Although this was our 2nd stay w this BW, Madison provided us w helpful tips on activities nearby, and she gave us 2 free drink vouchers to the poolside bar or use at the Swizzle Stick Lounge. Cons: *Furnishings can be dated but appropriate in it's beachy colorful environment. [Unless u plan to spend most your time in the room, it might be a problem. Though for most folks, like ourselves, we came to relax "on" the beach and explore our surroundings, so it was totally fine]. *Parking spots can be tight if you have a large vehicle. If you time it right, you'll score a good one. Parting Tip: When it comes to the rooms, there are only 2 types - ocean view and no view. Be sure to request for an ocean view with balcony. The extra $10-25 per night is a drop in the bucket for what you get to wake up to every morning. This last stay was just as, if not more, pleasant as our 1st. We will definitely be back real soon!! 4.899999999999 out of 5 stars rounded up!

"Weekend Fun"

jay5515, Warner Robins, GA 05/05/2017

As always a great place to stay. Was down the last weekend in April for the Annual Emerald Coast Volleyball Tournament. Would not be a trip to the Beach without having some adult beverages with Don at the tiki bar by the pool. Hotel was superb as well.


Trisha M, Dodgeville 04/05/2017

We had a great stay here, it's average and nothing really modern but very clean and well kept! Beach themed :) The breakfast in the morning is great and consists of way more than a continental, filled you up enough to just snack for lunch. The cabana bar by the pool with music creates such a beach vacation atmosphere! Location is perfect as it's on the beach and you are able to walk to many restaurants!

"excellent hotel"

bridgetb323, new orleans, United States 01/05/2017

Absolutely blown away by our experience...The staff was warm and helpful...offering my little girl a prize from a treasure chest and coloring sheet upon arrival, giving great recommendations for restaurants, etc. The hotel itself is well maintained and clean,. Location cannot be beat. Have stayed at properties that boast that they are on the beach and you still have to walk forever to get to the water. This hotel is right on the beach and your beach chairs are included!!! Have been offered breakfast included but nothing like this...such a variety and kept so clean! Lots of other little touches like beach toys available at front desk noodles at the pool, board games and books in the lobby, etc the most charming cabana bar and surprisingly fantastic martini bar onsite.. can recommend this property to anyone!

"Nice and friendly Hotel"

melaniemL9244CK, Richmond, Virginia 29/04/2017

Very nice Hotel right on the beach. Very friendly staff. We had two beach chairs and an umbrella, which made going to beach even more enjoyable. Would recommend to anyone looking for a beachfront Hotel

"RIGHT ON BEACH, Clean, full breakfast"

kthomasva, Norfolk, Virginia 29/04/2017

We stayed at the Best Western for three nights during my Spring Break. While there were plenty of people around, we never felt crowded. The hotel provides chairs and umbrellas set up on the beach and towels from the front desk. The water was warm enough to enjoy and the white sugary sand is perfect. We had a KING room on the 4rth floor overlooking the beach. According to the hotel map, there is only one beachfront KING room on each floor. Room was good sized, clean, included a refrigerator and microwave, free wifi that worked, had a nice size flat screen TV, and had picture window overlooking the pool and beach with a door leading to a nice size balcony. No complaints about room. There was an ice machine on our floor as well as a washer/dryer. It cost ~ $5 a load. Dryer took a few cycles to thoroughly dry clothes. Breakfast options were plentiful with both healthy (hard boiled eggs, yogurt, oatmeal, cereal) and not so healthy choices (sausage adn biscuits, sausage, scrambled eggs, bacon, waffles). They also had cheese slices so imagine a big biscuit or english muffin sandwich! Very filling. No complaints about breakfast. The hotel is decorated in a 1950's Florida vibe and while it has obviously been updates, in some ways it shows it's age by virtue of being an older style hotel. All staff were extremely friendly and helpful and it's easy to overlook the dated style of his building because it's well priced and CLEAN! Pool area included a game table, lounge chairs and an outdoor bar with an indoor tiki lounge located nearby). We didn't hang out there but from the looks of those there, everyone was satisfied. We did not find any restaurants close enough to walk but there are good restaurants up the road or over the free bridge back to Fort Walton Beach on the main drag. We would return to this hotel as it was clean, affordable, and peaceful.

"a Perfect Oasis"

User 28/04/2017

The gorgeous pastel retro decor was what first caught my eye! The lobby is really a mini gallery with displays of antique glass vases and vintage FL tablecloths that are beautifully framed. We were taking pictures of them and the hostess asked if we'd like to see the rest of the collection in the conference room! We enjoyed live music at the quaint Swizzle Stick lounge. The staff, the breakfast, the location, the room, were all exceptional!


Linda H, Nashville, Tennessee 26/04/2017

I rate this hotel 5 stars ! Our experience was 100% perfect ! Clean, comfortable,quite and private. I will definitely stay at th Best Western again. The poolside bar was excellent the staff were very friendly. We didn't eat breakfast but I'm sure it was great

"Great Value!"

564gretchene, St. Charles, MO, United States 26/04/2017

Our first trip to the Destin area, and we loved the room & lobby décor with a Florida tropical motif. The staff was very helpful; the breakfast was excellent and a full one each day (not continental). They also had a kids' table & coloring pages. Loved the beach access with chairs and returning for a dip in the pool. The Tiki Bar was helpful for a lunch hot dog & drinks. We went for a girls' beach week and would certainly consider returning there. My granddaughter came with us, and she really enjoyed staying there! Surprisingly good beds also.

"Great stay at best western"

Jpfredd, Murfreesboro, Tennessee 24/04/2017

We had a great time. The room was very nice. The only drawback was the lack of a safe in the room, but everything was fine. The kids had a great time. They liked playing on the computers in the lobby. The breakfast was awesome, lot's of good food. Free beach chairs with the room was really nice. We would definitely stay there again.

"Rest and relaxation-find somewhere else"

Robert P, Stone Mountain, Georgia 23/04/2017

Traveling with a senior tour group we stayed at this location. Tour director asked us to "give it a chance". If you want to be out of your room so housekeeping can come in, better be up and dressed by 8:45 am. Yes, we could put the "Do Not Disturb" sign out, but our experience is housekeeping never comes back to those rooms. Don't replenish coffee so limit yourself or go downstairs. Internet usually doesn't work. Traveling again to this area on our own, will bypass this hotel.

"Best Value"

Jerry R, Round Rock, United States 23/04/2017

This place is a throw back to the 50's and 60's but they don't tell you that. It was a pleasant surprise. The decor was fantastic. The bar looks like a 60's bar, small and quaint. The place is very colorful and cheerful. A short walk to the beach. Great place to stay. Get a room with a view of the Gulf. It is worth the difference in price. Private balconies.

"Loved it!!!"

markwF7681UU, Fayetteville, Arkansas 19/04/2017

Very nice large room. Great staff answered all our questions about the area and made us feel very welcome. They had real food for breakfast that was very good. The motel was clean and quite. We will defently stay there next time we visit the area.

"Really? For $160 a night?"

ljrkrispes, Florida 19/04/2017

2 nights at this hotel....checked in and was put in Handicapped Room (which I am not)..I really am not fond of wheel in showers. But more importantly, this meant if someone needed a Handicapped Room, it was not available. Shower was hot, but water pressure was not very good. And I have to ask at the desk for hair conditioner for a Best Western property? Not used to that at all. Last month I stayed at a Marrriott property a few buildings down and was in a MUCH more luxurious place. Really disappointed at the Best Western brand. Obviously will not stay here again. Especially at spring break prices...

Paula E, General Manager at BEST WESTERN Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Thank you for taking the time to share feedback on your recent stay with us. We strive for excellence in customer service and it is reviews like yours that help us correct any inconsistencies. We take pride in providing the best in lodging and service so our lapses during your stay are being taken very seriously. I assure you we have addressed the problems you have mentioned in your review with our team members, As much as we hate to see negative comments about a past stay, I appreciate your honesty and you taking the time to bring these matters to our attention. We know that you have many choices when traveling and we thank you for your business. Sincerely, Paula Evans, General Manager

"Awesome Beach Escape"

User 18/04/2017

Beautiful retro lobby. There is a personal collection of colorful glass ware on display for everyone to enjoy. The staff is very friendly and helpful, always making sure that everything is kept clean in and around the facility. Lots of on site extras to enjoy. Great area to visit with beach front enjoyment.

"Fabulous and friendly service"

runnergirl1113, Frankfort, Illinois 17/04/2017

We enjoyed our stay at this hotel. The staff went out of their way to make our stay great. Loved the complimentary beach service. Loved the retro decor and the live music in the bar. Loved our gulf front room too. I highly recommend this hotel if you are in the area.

"Right on the beach - good value at the rate we had."

User 15/04/2017

Clearly an old hotel that had been renovated. Everything looked reasonably fresh and clean. Lobby area was a bit small and not much to offer. Pool was very small and did not use. Breakfast offerings were good, but seating area was akward and limited. Room was good and had excellent view of the beach. Room includes two beach chairs and umbrella which was nice. Desk clerks always had a smile and were very friendly. Your rating for this property will probably depend a bunch on how much you paid.

"Expected more"

D7743MJjanes, Powell, OH, United States 13/04/2017

For the price, I expected more. This hotel and its furnishings are showing their age. Room furniture seemed low quality and worn. Chairs in the lobby and breakfast area looked worn. Water temperature was inconsistent during shower. Layout of breakfast area was cramped and inconvenient during busy times. The location was good, however, and the ocean view from our room was nice. Loved being right on the beach.

"Family vacation"

Q6742POsarahh, Huntsville, Alabama 12/04/2017

Went for a family getaway...Was surprised by the cleanliness of the hotel and kind staff!!! The complimentary beach chairs and umbrella was a very welcome ammenity ... Breakfast was great! The breakfast area was small and crowded so I sent my oldest down for breakfast rather than try to squeeze in with me and 3 kids first thing in the morning!

"Great place to stay!"

Marie H, Livingston 11/04/2017

The staff was friendly and helpful. The rooms were clean with a great bathroom. We will stay here again. Beautiful view from our room and easy access to beach. This is an older hotel but great care inside makes this a good deal.

"Nice clean rooms"

gramie74, Norris City 10/04/2017

Really nice hotel, staff excellent and extremely helpful. Love the beach colors in the rooms. Beach package free for 2 guests, 2 beach chairs and 1 umbrella. Most charge extra for this amenity, pleasant surprise.

"Quick family getaway in FWB!"

Samantha S, Tallahassee, Florida 10/04/2017

My family enjoyed our stay, but it was difficult to sleep from 9 to 12 because our room was near the bar/lounge and we heard all the music. Even my kids complained about it. Other than that we had a great beach view, it was convenient to everything and I got a great deal. I do wish that it had a gym and hot tub, but I won't hold that against them!

"Beach Trip"

arneata k, Atlanta 10/04/2017

Nothing great average room. Great location. Need better breakfast more attentive staff. Room was not fully cleaned dissapointed. The bathroom was not fully cleaned or stocked with necessities. I enjoyed the beach that's all.

"Good bang for the buck!"

bruiser1010, Baltimore, Maryland 24/11/2016

Good breakfast and service of the staff. Rooms are dated but that was the only drawback. Internet and view of water were both great! Bed was comfy and wife had no complaints. It does the job especially for the location and price. I think it meets expectations.

"Our stay was awesome!! Location was perfect and they had balconies which my husband always love."

Wanda M, Opelika, United States 22/11/2016

I would recommend it to anybody! The rates were affordable for the time of the year. It was directly on the beach. I also love that it had an outside and inside entrance. The breasfast was awesome and fulfilling.

"Beautiful Beach Access & Sunsets!"

sdgirl077675, Spearfish, South Dakota 20/11/2016

Upon arrival, I was greeted by a very friendly front desk representative! He was also kind enough to move me to a room with an ocean view, which was an added bonus considering I was traveling alone. The hotel itself isn't overflowing with updates, but it's certainly clean and fits the beachy look altogether! A short walk out the back of the hotel will take you right to the sugary sands of the beautiful coastline. Should you prefer an actual pool area, they have that too, but there is no hot tub. On Saturday evening, there was a small amount of live musical entertainment near the pool, which was a nice addition to the evening. Finally, watch the sunset....over and over again! The colors are incredible and it proves to be a very romantic backdrop to the end of any day. I've traveled to many beaches over the years and seen a lot of sunsets, but this one takes the cake! Overall, I would recommend this property due to it's accessibility to the beach, friendly staff, and added amenities (free Wi-Fi and hot breakfast).

"Wonderful Beach View"

Patsy L, Dumas, Texas 19/11/2016

A great retro stay. The view from our balcony was amazing. Just steps away from the beach. Amazing umbrella and chairs for white sandy beach enjoyment. This is a real jewel located very close to good eats and and Destin without all the mob of people. Breakfast was adequate with a good variety. The shower had wonderfully HOT water with good pressure. Microwave and refrigerator in the room.

"trip to fort walton"

Willie K, Kathleen, Georgia 18/11/2016

we just wanted to get away for a little R&R, I called to make reservations and told them we wanted a room that faced the beach and was up high, when we arrived they did just that, could had nicer people to check us in. all of the ones we met was nice and friendly . breakfast was good. if we go back to fort Walton best western will be our choice of motels. ..

"Best beach hotel on Ft. Walton."

Carol G, simpson,illinois 14/11/2016

This hotel is just a very short walk from the back of the hotel. The beach is a sugary soft white sandy beach and what even makes it better is that the hotel provides beach chairs and umbrella free. Yes free. Their is also a small pool located between the hotel and the beach. We stayed in a nicely beachy style room with a balcony overlooking the beach and pool. Every night we opened the door to the balcony to listen to the sound of the surf. So relaxing. The lobby always has fresh coffee and cool lemon water for one to enjoy. Each morning an adequate breakfast is provided free thatbincludes,waffles, eggs, fruit, yogurt, cereal, muffins, various juices, and biscuits and gravy. A meat is served such as bacon , sausage, and sausage links. This is varied daily. The hotel is clean and more clean. It is a family oriented hotel and has such nice touches as a ping pong table, a child's table with a variety of colored small chairs. Free books,are offered to read on the beach. This hotel is located on an island that does not offer a lot of activities for entertainment, restaurants, or,shopping but one is only 6 miles from Destin which offers a lot of activities. Keep in mind their are shops, and restaurants but not as many as Destin. This is more of a place to visit if just want to enjoy the ocean in a pretty, clean smaller hotel (only 6 floors) There is a small bar inside the hotel. I would stay there again because it was so sweet and satisfied my needs.

"Weekend stay "

User 13/11/2016

The front desk was very accommodating, we were three hours early for our check in time and they already had our room ready for us, the room was very clean with a beautiful view of the Gulf and the white sand beach. They also have a nice heated pool for the cooler evenings and they provide you with complimentary beach umbrella and chairs, also towels. Overall a beautiful area and great service at the best western.

"Enjoyed an off season stay"

judykmontrose, Montrose, Colorado 11/11/2016

Two nights enjoying this hotel with direct beach access complete with complimentary beach chairs and umbrellas, a small swimming pool a tiki bar and a lounge, breakfast included. Walk up the road to AJS for dinner an a drink . Hotel also gave us a pass to use at Golds gym. Loved the beach an our stay.

"Hidden Jewel"

James M, Florence, AL, United States 09/11/2016

Awesome beachfront hotel amongst the many condos. Staff was outstanding, friendly and very attentive. Room was clean and comfortable with a fridge and microwave. Free breakfast was better than expected. Pool area was clean with quite a few lounge chairs. There is an outdoor bar (I believe they said that it was open seasonally) as well as a small indoor lounge open year round and apparently frequented by locals. My wife and I stayed for a long weekend and there was live entertainment each day. Beach umbrellas and chairs are complementary on a first come / first served basis. I believe these are seasonal also. Hotel has a retro theme, which appealed to us. I would strongly recommend this Best Western!

"Throwback paradise"

Frances S, Ft. Walton Beach, United States 31/10/2016

Lovely retro décor and sugar sand beach: what could be better? Water was crystal clear. Hotel provided beach chair and umbrella as an upgrade which added to the comfort of the trip. Breakfast was tasty and all staff very helpful and friendly. Excellent trip.

"Good Stay!"

User 24/10/2016

Workers were nice and friendly! They have buffet style breakfast which I thought was cool! I'm from Louisiana so its hard to satisfy my taste buds but I loved the idea. The staff was the best part of the stay!

"Excellent Stay"

Colleen E, Dallas 24/10/2016

The hotel and staff were great. I can't say enough good things. The hotel and staff surpased my expedantions. The stay was fabulous. I would recmmend this place to everyone. The experience was great My wife and I had a great time there.

""Beach front room""

Retirevisitor, Bossier City, Louisiana 22/10/2016

We could not have been happier, we went for the beach and enjoyed it immensely. The room was clean, nice TV and great view, Breakfast is very good and has a variety of food. This was a very good off season value.

"Great Stay"

Leonard B, New Orleans, United States 18/10/2016

This hotel is in a good location. Great beach access and close Destin. We met the General Manager ( Paula) the day we checked in and she gave us the lay of the land. The bar is small but pretty cool. Everybody in there was having a good time. There is a cabana bar outside by the pool with live entertainment to. Better then we expected for a BW.

"Fun hotel, excellent value"

Elizabeth Y, Auburn, United States 18/10/2016

Not the newest hotel on the strip, but beachfront property and fun décor make an older property shine. Rooms are clean, comfortable, and well-maintained. Breakfast and beach set-up are included making it an excellent value. Frig is large enough to hold drinks and lunch food for a quick lunch break on the balcony. It has everything I need in a condo, for much less money. This has become my new favorite choice at the beach.

"Awesome Stay"

David T, Cookeville, United States 18/10/2016

Our stay at the hotel was amazing, the staff were phenomenal especially our bartender Christina. We will for sure return to this location for many years to come. I recommend this establishment to anyone who needs an affordable place to just relax.

"Great Hotel! Great Service! Very clean! Beach is right out the back of the Hotel!"

shelzbiz, Aubrey, Texas 17/10/2016

We spent six nights at this hotel in Oct 2016. It was great! Clean! Friendly! Polite! Room was beachfront with a balcony. The chairs on the balcony could be more comfortable. Beds are great! Easy access to everything. Very good location to get away from the traffic of Destin, but still close enough to enjoy both cities. Beach Service was set up every day which is included in the stay. The best thing was the great breakfast every morning. I have never had a better breakfast at a hotel that wasn't room service. They worked hard to keep everything stocked. Nothing was ever out. They provide a lot of options too - both hot and cold. All kind of fresh juices. Coffee always ready. It really was a great way to start every morning. We were very pleased with our stay and plan to go back next year. If we stay at a hotel, I'm pretty sure we will stay here again.

"Nice hotel with excellent beach access"

User 17/10/2016

Private beach access that isn't crazy crowded-supplied with chairs and umbrellas. Close to Destin-just over the bridge. Nice sized pool that overlooked the beach. Very family/kid friendly. We would stay here again!

"Highly Recommend!"

Sadie99, Tennessee 15/10/2016

This Best Western, located on Okaloosa Island, Fort Walton Beach, FL provided all my friend & I needed for a quick reservation following the hurricane on the East Coast. My prime request was "Ocean Front"; granted upon request. Also no problem with the beach area being only a few steps away. What a welcome to learn the umbrella/chair was complimentary; no need for pay daily. As for cleanliness & comfort, no problems; never any visible sand in the lobby, public restroom, hallways, etc. Beds were truly comfortable & the maid service could not have been better; such pleasant ladies!. Everything worked in the water problems, Wi-Fi, lighting, t.v. etc. Another plus is the rooms were very quiet even though there was a family with children next door; never heard a peep unless one was out on the balcony. Each day the breakfast was a welcome relief to not have to go out or munch in our room. The menu was quite extensive considering other hotels experienced have been rather skimpy. I especially enjoyed making my own waffles to be as brown as desired! Though this dining area was busy in the a.m., there is another room available for overflow where one could spread out the complimentary USA TODAY newspaper while enjoying our breakfast & watching the weather on the big screen. Thanks to each of the courteous employees @ this Best Western, our vacation get-a-way was a complete success! p.s. I especially appreciated the elevator arrangement where one could exit the elevator directly onto the parking area; making for quick/easy baggage traipsing via the lobby etc.

"First trip and loved it!"

Kathleen M, Chattanooga, Tennessee 14/10/2016

Hotel was very nice and the beach was unimaginably beautiful! Staff was polite, friendly and very helpful. Bartender serves up a mean mixed drink. Had a very nice time, will definitely be back! We took a short drive to Destin also and the entire area is beautiful and full of things to do. We were very amazed at the small size, but large atmosphere. We loved watching people surf with giant kites.

""Can't wait to go back""

TGCobb, Cookeville, TN 12/10/2016

Hard to believe it's been a month since we were at the beach. I didn't want to let another day pass without mentioning the great stay we had at the Best Western, Fort Walton Beach, FL. We cant wait to go back. In mid September, we spent 4 days on the beach in a really nice hotel with perfect weather. This Best Western wasn't a huge hotel, it has maybe 6 floors. We found the rates were reasonable and the staff was very accommodating. Our room wasn't extravagant, but it was clean, comfortable, and the view was beautiful. The morning fare at breakfast time was both convenient and well done. Guests choose bacon or sausage, eggs, or you can make your own waffle or grab a bowl of cereal. Outside the hotel, you'll find a tiki bar next to the pool, the walk to the beach is only a few steps away, and a long row lounge chairs with an umbrella as a courtesy for the Best Western guests. No need to purchase more beach chairs at the surf shop. We were surprised to find they also have a lounge and live music in the evenings. Would we stay there again, absolutely!

"Great central location"

Tom H, Clearwater, Florida 12/10/2016

The location of this hotel makes it a good value if you're traveling to Ft Walton Beach. It is centered on the Strip and makes visiting the beaches and restaurants very easy. We paid a bit more than we should have in the off-season, thus the 4 star rating rather than higher. It is the only hotel that we found that provided a free lounge chair for its guests on the beach. Pool is adequate and Swizzlesticks Bar (separately reviewed) is a little gem. This hotel is a good choice for this area. Be sure to ask for a Gulf View room. We looked out on the parking lot the first night; no need to expand on that.

"ok hotel, nothing special"

Scott D, Dublin, Ireland 12/10/2016

Not bad. Great housekeeping staff. Breakfast not bad and well stocked daily. Check in staff - so/so. Location is nice on the beach. Pool was nice and the complimentary umbrellas and beach chairs were nice. Due to time of year, not overly busy, so was nice.

"Great place, great location"

User 09/10/2016

We only stayed for one night, but we definitely would have stayed more. We were stopping on way to Disney. Complimentary umbrella and 2 chairs great perk. Beach was great and not overly crowded. Free breakfast which was good and had a variety. Music poolside late afternoon was nice also. We will be coming back for a lo get stay!

"pleasant & enjoyable"

David P, Lake city, FL, United States 05/10/2016

A nice long weekend getaway, nice room, balcony overlooking the beach/ dunes was great, the bar was a little cramped on Sat. nite but enjoyable, great staff, numerous restaurants within a mile. Will stay there again in the future

"Comfy with spectacular view"

Carolyn M, Fort Myers, United States 05/10/2016

Two people couldn't have asked for sweeter people at check in and checkout. Continental breakfast was the best! Very romantic view. Would have rated it excellent except for the refrigerator compressor noise, which did not get replaced, but other than that - it was exactly what we needed.

"Comfortable & Quiet"

User 04/10/2016

Checkin was easy and staff was very helpful and nice. We checked in late with no problems. Room was clean, bed very comfortable with lots of comfy pillows. We noticed alot of families staying here but very quiet at night. Continental breakfast was the normal foods you get at most hotels but clean and well stocked. I would stay again. Only complaint was the store the single serve coffee pot in the bathroom over the toilet, cups and coffee items are wrapped but it still grossed me out from using it.

"Belated Birthday Trip"

txgirl1965, texas 02/10/2016

We stayed at the Ft Walton beachfront hotel and loved it :) I loved waking up and going out on the balcony to see the ocean! Watching the sunset from our balcony was awesome! The complementary breakfast each morning was perfect, lots of food to choose from :) the staff were very friendly as well. Yes, we would stay here again!

"Great place to stay"

Tammy A, Ferdinand, United States 02/10/2016

Great facility. Staff all very friendly and helpful. Great access to beach area. Free umbrella & chairs next to beach. Offer towels to take to beach for your use. Room very clean. Very quiet neighborhood, but very close to activity if you would like that.

"best western ft walton beachfront"

Michael R, Alvaton Ky, United States 30/09/2016

Good value for the money. Considerably cheaper than some hotels we looked at in the area. Our stay there had all the things we were looking for. Enjoyed the full hot breakfast and the access to the beach.

"Best Beach Front Hotel"

User 29/09/2016

Every two years my wife and I come to see Destin, Fl. and we look for this hotel (beach side) in Fort Walton to stay. Nice beach, watch the boats and dolphins. Shopping and restaurants close by. We will continue stay at this hotel in the future.

"Great place to unwind towards the end of a looooong road trip"

User 26/09/2016

My fiancee and I loved this hotel from the moment we arrived. Check in was straightforward and the staff was friendly and helpful. Especially when it came to the fact that our reservation hadn't specified a beach view. No matter, a small amount of admin work and it was sorted. The room was plenty big enough with all the amenities you could expect of a hotel in this price range. The view (as is the case with all hotels on Okaloosa Island - I am sure) was stunning. Sunrises in the morning, sunsets in the evening and dolphins during the day! I liked the fact that each room gets a pair of sunchairs and an umbrella for the beach. Special mention to Don the bartender - he was great. Really friendly, funny and knowledgeable about the area. I am sure there are swankier and more modern hotels in the area but if I was ever here again I would not hesitate to stay at this hotel.


Linda T, St. Louis, Mo., United States 25/09/2016

Staff was excellent, all seemed to love what they where doing. Room was nice but needed updating. View was beautiful, loved that umbrellas an chairs where furnished. Great price through Travelocity. Would stay again.

"Tarzan and jane were here"

KansasaBombero, kansas 23/09/2016

Don the bartender at the tiki bar made the trip worth it. The hotel is a vintage experience. The staff is very friendly and helpful. From the breakfast crew to Brittany, Marco, and Shil the front office staff. The room was clean and the cleaning staff was prompt and efficient. If your looking for the Waldorf-Astoria don't look here. If your looking for fun, friendly staff and a place where Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin probably spent a night or two look no further.

"Fall vacation"

Dawn W, Lineville, Alabama 20/09/2016

Nice hotel for the price. Yes it is a little older and could use a few upgrades , but was clean. Staff were great. Breakfast was wonderful with many choices. Beach service was a nice surprise. Definitely will be staying here again.

"Great trip to Ft. Walton"

threerz89, Newport News, Virginia 17/09/2016

The hotel is older but very well kept. The room was clean. I had an ocean front room. I sat out on the balcony when I wasn't actually on the beach.Smoking is allowed on the balconies, so if the smell really bothers you, it may not be a great place to hang out. Although I never actually used it there was also a pool. The staff was amazing. Answering any questions I had and always asking about my day. I really enjoy having beach chairs and umbrella included. The price of the room was great. The beach was awesome. Great weather in Septempber. My only issue was there was no where to eat on site.(There is a free breakfast every morning, which depending on your taste can be very good or just OK. I'm not a breakfast person but I went for coffee). I knew this going in, but thought I might be able to get a snack out of a vending machine at least. Nope only vending machine was soda and water. I ususally travel solo and don't rent a car. I go for the beach and that is where I want to spend my time. I was able to get an uber to Publix and get some stuff to eat. There was a fridge and microwave. There were restaurants, some of which were in walking distance. Others were easily reachable by car. There were also several places that deliver. I would stay here again, just make sure to stop at Publix on my way in.

"Good hotel great location "

jeep2011k, New Port Richey, Florida 17/09/2016

Check in was quick and easy. The staff was pleasant and helpful. My room was spacious and the bed comfortable. The hotel pool bar was adequate and the bartender was friendly and assisted me with a dinner location choice. A free hot breakfast was available. My only complaint is that the furnishings in both my room and the hotel common areas were dated.

"Great location, not great property for the money."

MichaelKJeffries, Atlanta, Georgia 17/09/2016

We have always stayed on Okaloosa Island and tried this property this time as our regular was booked. The location of the property was perfect! The beaches beautiful, and most of the staff were pleasant. In particular the Front Desk manager, the lady bartender at the tikki bar and one of the desk clerks, Marco were great. Unfortunately, when you compare this hotel to it's competitors, it just does not measure up. The property is OLD and in need of renovation. We first became a bit worried when we saw the cob webs above the front desk area. Our request to be beach side was not honored because we had booked this stay through Apparently, you get the bare minimum when using them as a booking agent. Our room was decently clean. The bathroom does need a severe deep cleaning and the toilet would not flush correctly. The room was furnished as a very standard hotel would be. Nothing special. The main problem that we encountered were these huge roaches that kept coming into our room. 6 total over our 4 night stay. When I spoke to the front desk clerk about it, I was informed that these were not in fact roaches but "palmetto bugs", and they are common in that area and not considered a pest or reason to call pest control. I really do not care what they actually are. They looked like huge roaches! We even woke up one morning to find one on one of our beds. The desk clerk that I reported this to did not seem alarmed or concerned in the least. She said that she would "note it", but no discount could be given, being that we booked with the booking channel that we did! Our other problem was when we attempted to get a late checkout. We called the front desk and spoke with the desk clerk the evening before we left. We were told that late checkouts can only be approved by the head housekeeper in the morning. Due to our plans, we would be gone before she was to arrive the next day. When we explained this, we were told a checkout time of noon would be no problem. The following day, I called the desk staff to confirm our late checkout. I was told that there was no note of it and that a desk clerk could not have approved a late checkout either way. The person that I spoke with was a lot less than friendly about this. She put me on hold to seek approval from a manager. When she returned to the phone, she seemed less than happy that the late checkout was approved. Her exact words were "I guess we can do that for you this time". This property is so close to being great. Just a little money to renovate and some heavy customer service training needed for some of the staff. Needless to say, we will be returning to our usual hotel for next years vacation. I would say to book this one, only when the others are booked.

"Wedding anniversary "

Annie A, Little Rock, Arkansas 16/09/2016

Great price, awesome breakfast, nice and helpful front desk. They offer free beach Chairs and towels. Colorful decor adds to the beach mode. They also had a tiki bar at poolside and an adult lounge. Kids get to watch movies one of the nights in week I believe. Location is convenient and 10-15 min drive from harbor walk. The only drawback is limited parking. If you come back late you my have to park in front of front door. Over all worth the price.

"Great Getaway"

User 12/09/2016

Needing a place to unwind and this was the perfect spot. The staff and hotel was pleasing. Breakfast was alright...the entertainment was impressive. Nice pool and the location to area stores was convientent. I would here again and again

"Great Mini vacay!"

User 11/09/2016

We used stay in a condo when we stay in FWB. Since we were just staying 3 days we decided to stay in a hotel. BW-FWB was perfect! Love the decor! Clean nice rooms, free beach setups and a bonus- breakfast! Loved the beach side service - Dan the beach man and Christina were great! Christina was so enthusiastic about her job! We will definitely be coming back to stay at FWB-BW

"7 Day Vacation in Ft. Walton/Destin"

robertyv, latham 08/09/2016

We were very pleased with this hotel and the staff. The breakfast was decent, entertainment was nice, convenient location, nice pool area, cheery environment, beachfront hotel, Cabana bar, lounge area, popcorn daily for free, two beach chairs daily with the umbrella, reasonably priced hotel. I have no complaints. My husband and I stayed for seven nights and had a wonderful time. We would stay there again and recommend to anyone whether business travel or a family vacation.

"Fun Hotel!"

Trisha M, Marietta, Georgia 06/09/2016

My sons and I stayed here over Labor Day weekend. It's such a wonderful hotel in a great location! There is a hot breakfast, free towels and beach chairs for guests, and even movie night for kids! It was so clean, and the staff was super sweet. We loved it.

"Like family"

User 03/09/2016

My wife and I took a trip for her birthday in August and simply loved it. We had stayed in Destin a couple of years prior and really didn't care much for the super touristic environment, so the more low key and local approach of Fort Walton Beach was great for us. While the hotel itself was a bit dated, it had everything we wanted out of a hotel, and your really can't beat the price! I mean, come on, you're there for the beach, cocktails and sunshine anyways. Aside from the beachfront location, the BEST part of our trip was meeting the cabana bar staff Don & Christina. They definitely treat you like family. If anything, we would definitely go back just to hang out with them again. Excellent and genuine people that have left a lasting impression on my wife and I.

"Good Comfy Place"

Robynn C, Ft. Walton Beach, United States 03/09/2016

Great hotel and staff. Like we were right on the beach. If you plan to do activities, you will have to drive at least 5 miles to the Harbor Boardwalk or further to Destin. Not a bad drive but it is not walking distance. Some banging noise in the morning...doors probably from cleaning crew, but overall I enjoyed the stay.


jcudd, Daphne, Alabama 31/08/2016

Our stay was fantastic! We were there for about a week. The hotel was clean, comfortable and the beach was beautiful. There was always chairs and umbrellas available. The employees were always nice and helpful. The location was good. Close to many of the sites in Fort Walton. We will stay at this hotel again.

"summer vacation"

Yvette R, Latham, New York 29/08/2016

My husband and I are enjoying our stay. We have been here since August 24. They gave us an oceanfront room upgrade since we are staying a week. Entertainment is nice & the cabana bar. Very clean hotel

"Place to stay on the beach"

Anita D, Philo 29/08/2016

This was a great place to stay on the beach. Too bad the seaweed had washed up during the weekend before we arrived. We still enjoyed the water anyway. We did get to see dolphins at play on the morning before we left. They have a great setup for their guests who want chairs and umbrellas on the beach It's a beautiful place to visit!

"Honeymoon "

autumnsf, Wichita Falls, Texas 26/08/2016

We stayed here the first 2 nights of our honeymoon road trip and it is a great place to stay. Free beach chairs and very clean and pretty beach. The pool area and beach bar are awesome as well. The rooms are very clean and staff very friendly. Also have a good selection of breakfast. Will be coming back next trip to fort Walton

"Former condo owner"

donnawaller6, Jackson, Georgia 18/08/2016

We sold our condo last year. In prior years our family would come for their summer vacations. We would give them our condo and we would stay here! It was just a short walk between the two properties! We enjoyed being pampered by the great staff, our mini vacation!!

"We loved it!"

User 14/08/2016

The hotel was clean. It had a very large bathroom. The beach side balcony was perfect for our family. The hotel provides complimentary beach chairs, towels, and umbrellas for 2 people per room. They have a good breakfast. They also have a free kids movie and popcorn at 6:30 each evening.


Fany R, Desoto, United States 11/08/2016

Family friendly, very clean rooms and lobby, spacious, nice, and right on the beach! Very nice staff, arrived before check-in time after a 10 hour drive and the kind staff member offered us to have breakfast and check in early.

"Place is a Hidden Gem"

Cincinnatikid7, Cincinnati 08/08/2016

From check in to check out this hotel has staff the genuinely makes you feel at home. From a family that normally stays in condos over in Destin (ten times) this BW really exceeded our expectations. The décor and the vibe of the hotel are cool and make this place different. Don is a great bartender with great stories at the poolside tiki bar. Christina took care of my entire family and knew all our names after the first day! She also works very hard out there in the hot sun. We will return again next year!

"Good stay for the price"

User 07/08/2016

Our stay was nice for the price. Great to be so close to the beach. Continental breakfast was great but was tight quarters when fixing your plate. The bar in hotel was convenient and they will also deliver your drinks to you on the beach. But the drinks were incredibly overpriced. Price gauging the tourists! Not cool! Shame on you BW! The hotel could use a little refreshing. But I'm sure that the salt water takes its toll on all hotels. Overall gave it a 4 (would have chosen 3.5) because I believe I got what I paid for. Not bad. Would probably stay again.

"Best Western. Ft. Walton Beach, FL"

Jennifer A, Louisville, Kentucky 05/08/2016

I love this Hotel and had a fabulous week with my husband an 9 year old son the week of 7/24- 7/29! I did not want to leave and am ready to move there due to the excellent staff (loving Don at the Cabana and "Dan the Beach-man"): everyone, guest services, front desk staff and the guests at the Hotel were wonderful in spite of a surprise fire alarm (way to go hotel for making that not suck) and one crazy weather day. Everyone was amazing! Our room was super clean and I really appreciate that we had the option to help our environment by not changing out sheets and towels everyday. Looking forward to returning next year.

"Nice Beach Access"

User 04/08/2016

The beach was right there and the pool was great to use. Overall hotel was good and easy to get around. The cleanliness was decent and staff was helpful. The breakfast was decent. Overall I had no complaints. I was in an out with no hassles.

"Great place to stay"

Mickey D, Ocean Springs 03/08/2016

We love this place. Wife and I both stayed here as kids. Very well run place with staff everywhere. We prefer ft walton beach as opposed to Destin due to the traffic over there. Short 10 minute drive over to Destin. Fudpuckers across the street. Not as busy as the one in Destin.

"Excellent beach access."

Brodiekat01, Livingston, Montana 03/08/2016

My daughter and I stayed her for the last leg of her senior trip. This was such a great spot! We had a ocean view room and the morning breeze was perfect. The beach was right out our window/door and within walking distance to the pier. Our room was clean and beds were comfortable!! The staff was super friendly and remembered our names.

"Pleasantly surprised "

deedee1079, New Orleans, Louisiana 02/08/2016

This hotel turned out to be a really great place to stay. I was there with my family and my kid and we had a great time. The best thing about this hotel was the staff everyone from the front desk to housekeeping were great! I would and already have recommended The Best Western to friends and family.

"Awesome stay "

User 01/08/2016

The hotel was very clean and I had a little complications with my Best Western free night voucher but it finally got fixed but the best part by far to staying in this hotel was Don the bartender at the tiki bar and Christina the beach hostess they were absolutely amazing and made our stay there incredible !!! They make this hotel the best hotel in that area both loving their jobs and it shows. They both make u feel very welcome and thanks Christina for the scoop on the long lasting lipstick. I am going to miss Don and Christina but I am already planning my next trip and it will be to go back and see them ??????????

"Paying for beach access"

NeiaLK, Birmingham, Alabama 31/07/2016

This place was pretty expensive, but the room itself didn't seem to be worth the price. We stayed in a king room with a view and felt like we were in a regular motel. I expected more elegance for the cost. The pool was great, and of course the beach access was fine. We enjoyed the breakfast. Overall, we just wished the room itself were nicer. I would possibly return if I couldn't find a cute condo instead.

"Great place to stay!"

User 30/07/2016

This was our 2nd visit to this hotel in two years. We had stayed in a condo this trip but wanted to extend our stay a night. What a great way to end our vacation! This hotel has so many conveniences that it was a delight! From the elevator in the parking lot that takes you and your stuff to your room, friendly desk service, awesome buffet breakfast to the beautiful close beach. We loved it and wished we had not rented the condo AT ALL. Good job best western! We will be back for the full trip next year!

"Pros and Cons"

Shannon W, Adamsville, Alabama 29/07/2016

We usually go to Panama City Beach so this was our first time in Fort Walton. It seems to be more expensive in Fort Walton but we did have a good time. The hotel was pretty clean and decorated cute for the beach. The staff was friendly especially Don at the tiki bar and Christina was AWESOME. We enjoyed chatting with her when we got the chance. She absolutely loves her job and it shows. She's the one who takes your drink order on the beach and brings them to you. The free breakfast was GREAT although I hate it's so early. 6:30 am to 9:30 am. The cleaning crew came by too early also. We weren't really even up and able to let them come in and do what they need to do so we just had to go out later and get more towels, wash clothes and toilet paper. I really didn't like that the sand dunes are so high and you can't see the ocean/beach from the pool area! There were lifeguards riding up and down the beach on four-wheelers everyday. We also saw a sheriff riding around. The free beach chairs and umbrella looked great but we chose to take our own because theirs are too close to each other. We like to play our music on the beach and didn't want to disturb anybody sitting so close. We liked the location of the hotel. Destin is only like 6 miles away. We drove there a few times to go to Harborwalk Village and to look around. There's a lot going on up there and a lot of restaurants. It's also pretty close to the Okaloosa Island pier. We walked up there one night on the beach. Wasn't that far. There's also a few restaurants by the pier. We WOULD stay here again but I would probably not go in July again and pick a month that wasn't so expensive. We're used to paying way less in Panama City and have a full kitchen. These rooms just have a microwave and a small refrigerator. I would also take my own pillow because the hotel pillows are pretty flat or too soft compared to what I use at home. But all in all the hotel was pretty nice and clean and we had a good time.

"Best vacation ever"

stormycox, Marshall, Texas 29/07/2016

Loved the 60's decor. Staff was the best, very friendly. Beach is beautiful with a shower coming off. The hotel provides towels chair and umbrellas. Bar service to the beach. Will return to same spot next time.

"Good Stay"

987donna, Fredericktown, Missouri 28/07/2016

This is the third year we have stayed at this Hotel, Our experience this year was the best. It looked like they had updated paint etc. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Dan the beach man is always nice and helps us in any way he can. We are planning on going back again next year.

"Great time!"

Cooknrocks, Saint Augustine, Florida 27/07/2016

We were there for three nights. The maid service was excellent. Rooms were very clean. Had a nice time chatting with Don and Jana, bartenders, at the pool bar. Only wish the pool deck was bigger and the breakfast was tastier. Overall had a great time!

"Awful Hotel"

Tammy D, Marietta, Ohio 26/07/2016

The staff is very nice and the hotel is directly on the beach. Those are the only things that are good about this hotel. They have tried to update an ancient hotel that was like putting lipstick on a pig. There was rust in the bathroom and the coating was coming off of the bathtub. Things would fall apart when we would touch them. The balcony was dirty but had a nice view of the beach. The hotel is too busy to have a free breakfast because there were too many people in the lobby eating. It is definitely not worth the money and would love a refund. Try to avoid if possible.

"Great experiance"

Sally R, Sachse, United States 26/07/2016

This is the second time we have stayed at this hotel and have been very pleased both times. The staff is very helpful, the rooms clean and comfortable and the views are breath taking. The beach is well maintained and the water is glorious!!!! Could have been more pleased!!

"Beach Weekend @ Best Western"

nolarachelnola, New Orleans, Louisiana 25/07/2016

This hotel was really outstanding. The staff was warm and welcoming, breakfast was much better than I expected (eggs, waffles, sausage, +), and the rooms aren't luxurious but definitely clean and sufficient. What I didn't expect was the free beach lounge chairs (2 per room) and umbrella - was a welcomed surprise. Also surprised that there was free entertainment both in the inside bar and in the pool area. Best Western goes the extra mile to enhance your experience. Will go back with friends, on business, with kids, and even solo.

"Great visit!"

Sindi J, Huntsville, Tennessee, United States 25/07/2016

This hotel was very clean and the staff were friendly and helpful. I loved that they had enough beach umbrellas for every guest. A lot of places only keep a few, and it was nice to not have to run out there before the umbrellas and chairs were gone.

"Overpriced-Average Accommodations"

Candace J, Camby, Indiana 25/07/2016

Pros- very friendly front desk staff, nice breakfast, and 2 free daily beach chairs and umbrella. Cons- overpriced, hotel needs updates, pool deck is really dirty and needs to be pressure washed or cleaned on a regular basis because of the amount of guest traffic. Also, the parking lot is pretty small so it's sometimes tricky finding a parking spot when we arrived back to hotel each evening.

"Family vacation 2016"

Susan P, Carriere, United States 25/07/2016

This hotel is always a pleasure to stay at for our family vacation. Great location, excellent value. Stayed here for the past 4 years and never had a problem. The breakfast is great for the kids and chairs provided on the beach is awesome. The kids love the beach but when they want they can go to the pool. Planning our trip for next year already.

"Would Stay herre again"

60Grammy25, Atlanta 23/07/2016

Hotel was right on the beach, and we used the chairs and umbrellas every day!! Beach staff was very helpful. Housekeeping was great Used the frig, but it was a little loud woke us up at night Loved the location, very close to restaurants and shopping.

"Great Staff but....."

PartyofFour_NC, Hendersonville, North Carolina 23/07/2016

The staff at this hotel was very accommodating, especially the front desk person, Meghan and the manager Paula. But the hotel needs updating and the cleanliness could improve! Right on the beach with great access. The beach chairs and umbrellas are fantastic, but pretty close together so if you hate smoke as much as we do, you better locate near non-smokers or prepare to smell that all day while you enjoy the beach. Rooms need updating and we arrived to find hair in our bathtub. Ceilings appeared stained. If you need wi-fi to work or keep the kids entertained, good luck! It is almost non-existent. They moved us to a different room to improve our wifi reception but it was only moderately better. This was the most frustrating part of the stay as I needed access to conduct some work but could not get it done. I would have rated this hotel much lower but the staff made a big difference and the convenience to the beach is great! The breakfast is a real plus and they have a good selection and rotate items each day. I wish I could recommend this hotel, but simply cannot give it a two thumbs up. I think for the prices charged there are better values our there.

"Vacation 2016"

carolynup, Fort Walton Beach, Florida 20/07/2016

The staff in this hotel are some of the friendliest I have ever met. The reception desk, housekeeping, the Beach staff all went out of the way to make sure we were enjoying ourselves. When we extended our stay by one day, the receptioni desk was very accommodating. On our arrival, we noticed the toilet was not flushing properly. Within 10 minutes maintenance was at our door and fixed the problem. Having a beautiful private beach a short distance from the hotel was awesome. We had an oceanside view room, and when we weren't at the beach, we were looking at it. This is a great hotel. Only consideration would be to install fans in elevators.

"Best hotel experience ever!!!"

andrakat, Ridgecrest, California 20/07/2016

I don't usually get around to writing reviews. I knew I had to give this hotel kudos! They have such an exceptional staff who is more than helpful and fun! Megan was the first person to greet us at the front desk. She was very accommodating and got us checked in early. She directed us to places to eat, get supplies, and suggested nightlife. Don and Dan are wonderful and fun bartenders- we had such a great time with them. Every employee made our stay wonderful. We will definitely go back!!! The pool was fun and the atmosphere was great! Very family friendly this hotel was made to accommodate to families!!! Nice rooms has an beachy 80s vibe around the hotel but the rooms are very comfortable! WE can say enough we absolutely enjoyed our stay. The only con is the beach this time of year has a lot of seaweed. But we stayed at the pool most of the time and had a great time with DON! He makes great drinks!!

"Hotel needs update"

Dinah S, Orlando, United States 20/07/2016

The beachfront location of this hotel does not make up for the chipped paint, lumpy mattress, stained and bubbling ceiling, and dingy carpet. The staff was very helpful and kind and we loved having umbrella and chair service included in our stay. Other places charge as much as $30 per day for that. Still... We won't be back.

"Beach vacation "

User 17/07/2016

Went here with 2 other families... Rooms were great. Customer service was very good and breakfast was pretty decent. The best part was that it's a beach front property and have an umbrella and beach chairs reserved for you as well. We were able to rent boogie boards right there as well. We had a great stay and would return.


Maria L, Burleson, United States 17/07/2016

This Best Western needs updating inside and out. There are unpleasant odors in some areas of the hotel. Handy man not very friendly. Internet and TV service didn't work for us at first. Breakfast was okay. They needed to have two of particular items, as they ran out pretty quick. They were quick to replace but our food still got cold as we waited.

"Best staff ever"

niz321, Georgia 16/07/2016

The motel is great. Awesome view (white sands etc) comfortable beds, good breakfast. That is not what made this trip memorable. The staff at this restaurant is perhaps the best I have ever seen. Don, at the outside bar, Fritz, at the inside bar, and everybody I dealt with at the front desk was almost frighteningly friendly. You want to be Norm from Cheers in 2 days? Stay at this motel. They are actually happy you are here. If you own dogs, talk to Don outside. We shared stories for an hour. If you are looking for 5 star attention to detail on the construction, then look elsewhere. But if you are looking for what really matters to me, which is courtesy and friendliness in the staff, you cannot do better. I will be back.

"Vacation 2016"

Tricia A, Newark, Ohio 14/07/2016

My husband and I have stayed here for 9 years. The hotel is clean, staff are great and great breakfast. The beds are fabulous!! What keeps us coming back????? Don who bartends at the Tiki bar! We love him!!!

"Best Western summer vacation"

antonio217, Lady Lake, Florida 14/07/2016

Too Expensive for the quality of building. Building in and out was cleaned. It needs a renovation. Price was too high for this type of hotel. Service was average. Room doors had gaps, you could see the outside light.

"Fun trip"

User 13/07/2016

We spent four nights here . Check in was a breeze. Parking was a breeze also . Breakfast was fine except both biscuits and gravy was cold one morning . It would of been nice if there was a nighttime restaurant there as well . Meghan gave us good restaurant tips . Overall a nice relaxing stay . Loved the balcony view .


Recardo G, marietta, United States 12/07/2016

not what i spected i supost to have a room view to the beach and also nobody speak spanish, they need to hired people who speak spanish and also the beach had a lot of weed grass the my kids coulnt get in the water because of the weed

"See above"

User 11/07/2016

This is a pain in the butt! We had a great time - beautiful beaches, I 'lve already described that we had a great time, and how helpful the staff was - You need to not make this such a time eating review!

"Stay at Best Western"

Deana C, Loogootee, United States 10/07/2016

Very good place to stay staff was friendly and had excellent service place was clean good breakfast every morning pool was always maintained and views from Oceanside rooms was beautiful. Loved the area located in would stay there again if they could get walkway for handicapped my grandson could not get down to water due to he could not walk thru the sand.

"fun in sun"

Paul M, Mokena, United States 10/07/2016

the staff was great when we got there, the room was ready and extremely clean and that was everyday. access to pool and beach was 24 hrs and great. breakfast was really good and plentiful for all guest, plus the breakfast person kept it cleaned even though it was tough with all the guest there. i will be going back. now the internet was not great and phone reception in room was bad but overall a great stay.

"Relaxing Honeymoon"

User 09/07/2016

My husband and I stayed here for our honeymoon. It was AMAZING! We had an oceanfront room, which was very clean. The bed was THE MOST COMFORTABLE bed I've ever slept in; my husband and I still talk about it! The breakfast was great, many different choices. It did get a bit noisy at night when people were using the pool, and we had the door to our balcony open to enjoy listening to the ocean. But, we still had a great time. We are looking forward to our next stay at this great hotel!


User 07/07/2016

Our room was nice and was clean. The maids were very nice, friendly and helpful. Breakfast was pretty good. We enjoyed 4 nights there.We were 5 minutes from Navarre Beach. We crossed the bridge to get to the beach. It was beautiful there.

"2nd time as great as the 1st!"

Michael W, St. Louis, United States 07/07/2016

This is our 2nd time staying at the Best Western Fort Walton Beach. My family and I have really enjoyed the hotel during both our stays here. From the morning breakfast to the 2 beach chairs and umbrella set up for each room this really is a great place to come and relax. Whether you want to stay low key and just hang out the beach or do any number of activities nearby this is a quality place to stay. We will definitely be back again.

"vacation with Daughter"

szabo90, texas 06/07/2016

This hotel is right on the beach Gulf of Mexico side. You can see the bay from front of hotel the back rooms have porch views looking out on the beach and gulf. There is also a pool and the breakfast in the morning is always fresh and fully stocked. This is the second time we stayed here. Like the convenience of the beach and that it is a straight drive into Destin and all the shopping/outlet malls and other parks and beaches.

"Great Location on Beach, Room OK"

Christopher W, Covington, Kentucky 05/07/2016

Basic rooms, no major issues, Beach was great, water was full of seaweed at times but not hotels fault. Only 2 issues comes to mind, 1) vacuum was ran at around 8:30am on 1 day, hotel states quiet time is 9am to 9pm. Hated waking up to a vacuum. 2) It is clearly stated that you get 2 chairs and 1 umbrella, we had 4 in our room, no big deal for us to use unused chairs, there were lots of extras, but 1 day I was asked to get up out of my chair because we were already occupying 2 of them. this was at 3pm and was told if I wanted to sit there it would cost $10 for the rest of the day or in this case the next 2 hours...I counted just under 40 open chairs available, but had to sit in the sand....

"Ft Walton Beach Stay"

User 05/07/2016

Our room and location were excellent. Friendly and helpful staff. Thank you for making our vacation nice. Loved Florida beach and will stay at Best Western if we get to go back again. Sand was beautiful and gulf water was clear and warm.

"Fun, Fun!"

Carolyn L, Fayetteville, AR, United States 05/07/2016

Had a great time, right on the beach...would definitely stay here again! Bar beside pool, complimentary chairs and beach umbrella on beach, comfy beds, very nice complimentary breakfast. Live music poolside and great location. We walked to a restaurant the first night. We had a great time and recommend this hotel!

"Great hotel on a beautiful beach!"

cb52000, Buda, Texas 30/06/2016

Our stay was wonderful! Wonderful staff and the complimentary chairs and umbrella were an added bonus! The breakfast was delicious and we enjoyed the opportunity to go to Golds gym using the hotels complimentary passes. Will definitely come back to this hotel.

"Nice Rooms with Beach service!"

Jason B, Bon Aqua, Tennessee 29/06/2016

Stayed here 6/17/16 waiting on our condo to be ready 6/18/16 and it enjoyed every minute of it. Rooms were comfortable and the pool, staff, beach view was awesome. Plus they have a Tiki Bar by the pool.

"10th Wedding Anniversary"

Michele S, Lithonia, Georgia 28/06/2016

My husband and I spent 4 nights Father's Day Weekend celebrating our anniversary. The hotel was pleasant and the staff members were extremely nice. We really enjoyed the bartender at the poolside bar.

"Family vacation "

plswife1, GRAYSLAKE 28/06/2016

We had a wonderful stay. Me, my husband and 2 daughters 17 and 21. We stayed for days. Our room was spotless every day and none of our stuff was messed with. We had a tub that would not plug for a bath and they came and fixed it immediately. The complimentary breakfast was delicious one of my husbands favorites of the trip. I loved the pool area and that we had free use if beach chairs. We will definitely stay their again.

"Relaxing vacation"

Robin R, Benton, United States 26/06/2016

We spent 4 nights in a double king room with a beautiful view of the beach. It was pleasant and relaxing. The room was comfortable. The staff was friendly. And we didn't have a single issue. Great relaxing vacation.

"Fort Walton "

badvibs, Hazel Green, Alabama 24/06/2016

The ocean views are great. The staff is the best. We enjoyed our stay here. The breakfast was really good with plenty of choices. The pool and other common areas are nice. My only negative is that the rooms aren't special, just average hotel rooms.

"Great staff!"

Donald H, Cincinnati, United States 23/06/2016

The staff at the poolside bar is outstanding! Great location to walk to several restaurants. Make sure you check in here to take advantage of the great service! Awesome spot on the beach with chairs & umbrellas.

"Satisfied with this hotel"

Gregory F, Eunice, United States 20/06/2016

Staff was extremely helpful, they went above and beyond to help. Don the bartender was the best! He was helpful in giving guidance in places to see and things to do. Rooms were clean, overall hotel was clean. Staff constantly cleaned the breakfast area. Would definitely stay again.

"Another enjoyable stay here for the 4th straight year"

DoctorAdam77, Cherokee, NC 19/06/2016

For the 4th straight year I stayed at this location for my annual beach trip. I stayed here with my family to celebrate my graduation with my doctorate degree 2 years ago and have stayed here to celebrate memorable events in my life. The motel is right on the beach with easy access thru the lobby and/or the pool entry. The rooms and floors have undergone minimal renovations since last year. The bathrooms now have table-like counters where the sink is but now with more adequate space for supplies and belongings. The floors have breezeways that are no longer open-air at each end but still the hallways are semi-enclosed. The fresh ocean air still hits you each morning. The air conditioning units on patios tend to drip water down onto lower level patios but this is such a minute issue you may not notice or even care. The lobby area is adorned with oceanic colors and an atmosphere that lets you know you are on vacation away from the real world. The breakfast is above the quality you would have to wait in line for at a fast food place, and it's FREE! Just get there between 6:30 and 9:30 because it will be gone fast! They serve egg patties, sausage links, biscuits, a variety of juices, coffee, cereals, you can make your waffles, and can eat in the dining area or enjoy in the privacy of your room. For the night life folks, the tiki bar is next to the pool and there is lounge inside that is open late and features live music. You are offered free beach chairs and umbrellas on the beach during the day and a nice lady from the tiki bar by the pool comes out there frequently to take drink orders from motel guests! This is a feature I have found nowhere else when I stay on the beach in other places. This motel has won my heart and I always make it a point to stay here for my beach vacation each year. So far I have been impressed and always wish I could stay longer. I am going to stay here for 7 whole days/nights at some point!

"ON the Beach"

michaelgN7349DW, Temperance, Michigan 19/06/2016

Nice stay because we didn't feel crowded in a high density tourist area. Great beach access with nice service on the beach and in the hotel. The complete breakfast service was way above par. You have to drive for choice restaurants and other activities which about the only negative for the area.

"Just an ordinary hotel"

Lori P, Texas, United States 18/06/2016

The location was great; right on the beach. I just didn't feel we got our money's worth. It was nothing spectacular but because of the location is was over $200 per night. Stayed in a BW in Orlando was much nicer for $99 per night.

"2nd time back, loved it again!!!"

Courtney T, Celestine, Indiana 15/06/2016

Wonderful customer glad to have gone back! They go above and beyond to make you feel at home!! Great complimentary breakfast every morning, they provide pool toys/floaters, get 2 free chairs and an umbrella for the beach. Loved Don the bartender, treats everyone like family!!

"Very Satisfied!!!"

User 15/06/2016

Will be coming back!!! We stayed 4 nights in Rm#601 the view was incredible, the room was very clean and the bed was comfortable. Plus you get complimentary 2beach chairs and umbrella which was AWESOME!!! The breakfast was really good also.


William W, Cedar Key, FL 32625, United States 13/06/2016

I would rate the staff and Services of this Hotel #1. The Front Desk Staff was Awesome, and the Grounds Keeper's were very friendly, Everyone we met working at this Hotel were all Very Polite, Friendly and always asked if we needed anything, we were very Happy with the service here.

"Pretty nice "

User 12/06/2016

Stayed here while on vacation with my husband. I really wanted a room with a view but booking a week in advance was not soon enough because they were sold out of the rooms with a balcony & view so that is our fault. The room appeared clean & was average. Noises normally do not bother me but the refrigerator was very loud that we had to turn it off but we weren't going to use anyways. The complimentary breakfast was decent which had eggs, alternated between bacon & sausage, & biscuits n gravy or cheesy grits which alternated on each day. Had a waffle maker & mini waffle pancakes & your basics such as cereal, yogurt, muffins, toast, etc. It was not bad but could be improved by switching it up each day with more options. Also had complimentary popcorn by elevator during the day/evening which was nice. Hotel has a pool bar open during the day & a swizzle stick bar lounge in the evening. We really appreciated the complimentary beach chairs & umbrella each day. Staff was friendly too. Destin is also only like 10 minutes away from the hotel.

"Best Western is really "Best""

Bonita E, Tullahoma, United States 08/06/2016

We have nothing but good things to say about our stay. The rooms were clean, well stocked, our view was great, and the staff was awesome and helpful. I would recommend to anyone. Have been going there for years and will continue to.


Jennifer H, Houston, United States 07/06/2016

House keeping was not attentive cleaning the surfaces, sinks, tube and floors. After the 3rd day house keeping was slow with the service, it was after 2 before my room was cleaned. The bartender was very rude to a nonenglish speaking customer.

"Leann Lied!!!!"

Kelly B, Marbury, United States 07/06/2016

The actual hotel room and most of the staff were great! The pool is small. The breakfast and complimentary beach services were nice. I made our reservation and then a follow up call to ask additional questions. During the follow up call an employee named Leann assured me our room would be facing the beach. At checkin we were given a room facing into a hallway. I was very disappointed in the obviously intentional misleading by this employee. Also during our stay we found out that we were not the only family that was misled. We would have left to stay somewhere else but it is peak season and we did not feel confident that we could find a decent place to stay on such short notice.

"Wedding Trip for Daughter"

Deanna F, Hewitt, Texas, United States 06/06/2016

Enjoyed out stay and the ocean view from our balcony! Staff was very nice! Accomodations were very good! We were there for 3 days, and hotel staff help tremendously with my daughter's wedding arrangements and working with wedding planner.

"On the beach"

shrinkb, houston, texas 05/06/2016

Not fancy, but right on the white sand beach. Umbrella and chairs provided. Smallish pool. Poolside bar with nice bartender and yummy pina coladas. Room was clean and roomy with good water pressure in the shower. Bathtub needs resurfacing.

"Enjoyed my 2nd stay"

Amar S, Atlanta, Georgia 01/06/2016

This was our 2nd time at this hotel. We spent memorial day weekend here. It's the best value for money along the gulf coast. Right on the beach with 2 complimentary beach chairs and an umbrella included in the room price. The hotel is clean and nice too. We just has a problem with our toilet not flushing correctly but that was something we could live with. The breakfast was great and the thing I liked the most was that they cleaned the pool daily. With so many people comming off the beach and jumping in the pool it gets messy quickly. The only headache was overnight parking if u did not get back early enough. Certainly looking forward to the next visit.

"Sisters' Week"

Sue C, Scurry, United States 31/05/2016

Great place to stay. We really enjoyed the complimentary beach chairs and umbrella. The Beach Services person was extremely nice and helpful. The pool area was clean and well-kept, and the breakfast was great. The beachfront area wasn't crowded which made for a very relaxing stay.

"Love this Hotel!"

Jerry L, Eufaula 31/05/2016

My wife and I love the Best Western Hotel in Fort Walton Beach. This is our fifth time to vacation at the hotel and found it to be one of the best locations in Ft. Walton or Destin. The hotel staff is friendly and hospitable and willing to help with any request.


Carly G, Okaloosa Island, United States 30/05/2016

our stay here was everything we oculd of asked for and more! we found the room to be very clean and the staff to be extremely helpful and friendly. The breakfast every morning was just what you needed to get your day started as well. We will for sure be coming back to this location.

"Best vacation ever"

Themrs421, Knoxville, Tennessee 27/05/2016

My family and I visited the gulf for the first time and it was spectacular! The view from our 5th floor ocean front room was breathtaking! The hotel is extremely clean! We never saw a thing that did not meet and /or exceed our expectation. Breakfast was great, parking was close and we never had to drive around searching for a spot. They were doing some work while we visited but it was always during the day when no one was in their room and never did it interfere with our stay in any way. The complimentary chairs and umbrella was a HUGE plus! We always bring our own but it was so nice to not have to lug them to and from the beach each day! I highly recommend this hotel. My husband is pretty nit picky and hard to please when it comes to hotels/accommodations but he was extremely pleased with the price (week before Memorial Day) and the stay in general. We plan on coming back and staying here next May as well. It is so close to Destin (5 mins or so) you can easily drive into Destin for entertainment or restaurants. If you do, we recommend Jim n Nick's BBQ. It was yummy!

"Great vacation"

Misha703, Tupelo, Mississippi 27/05/2016

This was our 4th visit to Ft. Walton and We've always stay at this Best Western. I was happy to see the same quality service that brings me back and makes this my choice hotel. We stayed in a 6th floor room with a perfect beachfront view! The room was very clean and spacious. Check in was a breeze. Breakfast was wonderful and the FREE beach chairs/umbrella was an added bonus that I don't remember from past visits. Thank you for once again helping to make our Florida vacation a great experience.

"The best hotel in Destin"

User 26/05/2016

My husband and I come here about two, sometimes three times a year and we always stay at this hotel. Everyone is very welcoming and accommodating. The only hotel on the beach with a tiki bar and you'll have the best bartender! Mr Don is the awesome!

"Family Relaxation"

934maryf, Houston, Texas, USA 26/05/2016

My husband and I stayed at this hotel last year and loved it. So we decided to return and brought my daughter and her husband. We were lucky enough to get the same room. Highly recommend top floor beach front view. Well worth the money. The breakfast was good and they changed the meat each day from bacon to link or sausage patties. Choices of biscuits and gravy, waffles, variety of cereals, boiled eggs, yogurt, raisin bread, mini muffins and apples, oranges and bananas, Also, several choices on juices. Popcorn each evening by the Tiki Bar. Beautiful white sand and they provide an umbrella and two chairs. Staff very friendly and helpful. Only 10 minutes from Destin and the Air Force Armament Museum a must see and bring the camera not your everyday museum. We will definitely make a return trip.

"Recommend this"

Martha M, Grenada, United States 23/05/2016

The hotel itself is basic; not extravagant and that's ok. The staff was extremely nice and helpful. The breakfast was full and enjoyable. We enjoyed the ping pong and volley ball and appreciated the beach chairs and umbrella. Overall, a good time.

"Top notch customer service!"

User 23/05/2016

This place was great. It isn't the most updated, but is kept very clean. The staff was incredible and you can tell they love their jobs. We really enjoyed having free loungers and umbrellas down at the beach and the crew was super helpful. The hoy breakfast was tasty. We also loved the ping pong table set up right by the pool, and of course the bars! Don took care of us our entire stay and he was amazing. Nice guy with a ton of great stories, and makes great drinks. There is always free popcorn and live entertainment. We had the King suite with a jacuzzi tub and a private balcony. The only possible thing I could complain about is the water pressure in the shower was terrible! All in all though, it was a great experience and you really get a lot for the price! I would definitely recommend this hotel!

"What a FUN hotel"

User 23/05/2016

BW in Ft Walton Beach, FL, was designed with fun in mind. Everything was colorful and beachy. The view and the convenience of being right on the beach was awesome. We enjoyed watching wedding on the beach and I was also impressed with the noise level. It was very quiet after 9:00p.

"Affordable!Friendly! Clean!"

Andie1954, Clinton Township, Michigan 21/05/2016

I can not say enough about how pleased we were with our recent stay at this hotel. The front desk help was always there to fill any need you might want. The location was great to all attractions. The Breakfast was wonderful ,not the usual pastries but an assortment of everything(would like to see a Gluten free cereal option, hint). We stayed the week of May 15th through May 20th. We would stay again . Beach was beautiful and all personal we encountered were fantastic and helpful. Loved Don the bartender, very awesome.

"paradise of white sand"

anthony d, Saint Francisville, Louisiana 21/05/2016

This place is truly the best sand in my world, spain and itally Greece, may be great places, but the water clear to bluegreen, the sand so white the challenge the best sunglasses. The sand is crisp not clingy, will dust off easy, the water in Mid May cool but refreshing. The hotel staff, the hot and cold free breakfast, the balcony rooms facing the Gulf (not the Parking lot) no extra charge. Even with an extra day stay they beat online booking service.. Ill go back. Oh and there is a after hour bar with entertainment..

"sunshine on my shoulders"

Suzin S, Elyria, Ohio 17/05/2016

Always a good time. Perfect weather! Back home? Snow in May! Glad to be in Ft. Walton Beach! The sand is perfect never hot and soft as silk! Lots of entertainment on the beach. Lounge chairs and umbrellas a nice touch. Lots of beautiful birds and dolphins. Volley ball nets, corn hole games, and a ping pong table. Kayaks, paddle boards and boogie boards to rent. Nice beach bar with entertainment. Just come to relax. Lots of restaurants and bars within walking distance. From casual to dress up.

"A Dated Bare Bones Experience On The Beachfront"

Brian P, Rumson, New Jersey 17/05/2016

The hotel is in a perfect location; one the white sandy beaches in Ft Walton Beach. The facility has a small outdoor pool and guests are provided with beach chairs, umbrellas, and a basic free breakfast. The WIFI in the hotel is also free but I found it too slow to conduct my work, so I had to conduct my DropBox file downloads at another location. The rooms are clean but dated. The infrastructure needs an upgrade. The room air conditioner was very loud and so was the refrigerator. I had to unplug the refrigerator to avoid the loud recycling when I was sleeping. There is no restaurant in the hotel. The outdoor bar sells hot dogs and chips. There is no gym in the hotel but guests can obtain free passes to a local gym. Based on today's hotel standards, this property is one to consider carefully because it will not be for everyone. It is not a hotel for business travelers but those who choose this location will be greeted by a very nice staff.

"Ft. Walton Beach is Beautiful!"

mikejw69, Horseheads, New York 16/05/2016

My wife and I stayed at the Best Western in Ft. Walton Beach for a week between April 24th and April 30th, 2016. The hotel lobby decor is retro and well used but very clean, comfortable and nicely put together! Even if you aren't into retro decor it is still enjoyable as I am not personally into pastel colors and the old school patterns but still enjoyed looking at it and took some pictures of it. The rooms were a tad bit outdated and smelled wonderfully like Beach and Ocean! but very clean! And while we stayed there they were doing renovations on the rooms to update them. But we never heard them working once! We saw them working but they kept all of the parking lot and walking areas clean of debris and worked really fast. The Staff was very knowledgeable of the area and helped us a great deal finding transportation to and from places. They were also very friendly and hospitable. It is set right behind the dunes off the ocean and has really nice private access to the beach. Our room had a wonderful view of the Ocean and everything worked well in it. Good showers and Hot water. Very Clean! The swimming pool was heated and thank goodness because we swam at night and it was a bit chilly out. Pool area is a bit small but really nice! They had live music in the bar at night and as it wasn't my style of music, I still enjoyed it and it was professional sounding and well fitted for the space. The complimentary Breakfast was THE ABSOLUTE BEST we have ever experienced. They had such a huge selection including 4 juices, Egg Omelets, Sausage, biscuits and gravy, bacon, pancakes, waffles, bagles, yogurt, 3 different breads, english muffins, danishes, Muffins, Hard Boiled Eggs, Peanut Butter and Jelly and more! There was 4 cereals and milk. They also put Orange and Lime water out all day and night. They served breakfast longer when there was still people. They never rushed anyone out of the lobby. This was by far our best total hotel experience to date. Uber was the quickest easiest form of transportation and it is nice how they send you your ride. It is a bit far unless you like walking to get to any of the stores or entertainment. There isn't a boardwalk, but a nice pier just a quarter mile from the hotel. By choice we walked about 25 miles that whole week. But we had a ton of fun doing it. Softest Sand Beaches I have ever been to. And the cleanest! Every day the crew was on the beach grooming and removing any garbage. Not a place to go for Shelling! but some beaches close by may produce bigger and better shells.

"Great Beach hotel and Wonderful Staff !!!!"

Nancy I, Jefferson, United States 15/05/2016

My husband and I have been staying at the BW FWB for years and we are always so pleased with our stay. The staff is awesome and we always feel like we are at our home away from home. The beach is beautiful , the pool area is a lot of fun, with the Tiki bar and entertainment on the pool deck on Saturdays. Be sure to visit Swizzle Stick in the evening for great entertainment too.

"Clean updated family vacation spot."

Barry O, Louisville, United States 15/05/2016

Room has been updated recently. Very clean, helpful staff, free breakfast. Close to shopping and attractions. Right on the beach. Good parking. No complaints. For a busy family hotel it had a nice clean look.

"Nice view of the ocean"

User 12/05/2016

The staff was very nice, the hotel did not live up to the advertisement, I wanted all non-smoking because of my health ended up over a Tiki Bar with nothing but smokers on my Balcony. Would not go back the second time.

"Average experience"

Anthony G, adairsville, United States 11/05/2016

It appears that renovations are taking place. Our room needed updated furniture/furnishings, bathroom, exterior door wouldn't close properly. We arrived early and went right to the beach for a picnic lunch while our room was being prepared.

"Peace on Earth"

Melea M, Pekin, In, United States 11/05/2016

I love to spend my vacation time here. I can hang out at the beach all day, walk to the pier, or whatever. This BW has never been too crowded. It is peaceful and relaxing. But it is also close enough to restaurants and shopping that there is always something to do, if you want to.

"relaxing and enjoyable"

Linda S, smith station, United States 09/05/2016

The staff and rooms were great. The carpet needed attention but the rest of the hotel was great. The view of the beach and the sunset was awesome. Had a guy at the outside bar playing a guitar and singing that was fun.

"Where else do you see take-self free popcorn?"

John H, Olstykke, Denmark 08/05/2016

Friendly and fast checkin. Lifts at both end of the long building have doors directly to the parking and lobby. Therefore you don't need to park in front of the lobby when you empty your car for luggage. As mentioned by many, location could not be much better. Restaurants are found within 5-10 min walk (preferable when you drink a pitcher after a long ride). It is a family hotel, so you must be able to tolerate some noise- otherwise choose another hotel! The indoor bar is only for +21; but the nice atmosphere is not quiet either (plenty of talks, fun and laughter).

"Great location!"

runningdevendra, san diego, ca 06/05/2016

I was pleasantly surprised that when we arrived at the hotel that the weather was perfect for enjoying the beautiful white sand beach just outside the back of the hotel. That is the best part about this hotel. But the outdoor pool was also very nice and clean as well. They have an outdoor bar but since I don't drink I did not care for it. Looks like everyone there was happy, especially because of the location and the weather. All the staff there were very friendly and helpful. We also noticed workers painting and upgrading some of the rooms.

"Great Beach Access, Rooms a Little Dated"

User 05/05/2016

We stayed here early May and the beaches were great! There was easy access to the beach and the hotel provides beach chairs and umbrellas for their guests. We arrived early and enjoyed the beach until our room was ready. The room decor seemed a bit dated, but there seemed to be some refurbishing work going on while we were there. I highly recommend getting a gulf view room!

"Incredible location!!!"

Tavishi M, Canberra 04/05/2016

You have to see the beach directly in front of this hotel to believe how good it is! The sand is super white and when I went swimming in it this evening the crystal clear water was just like heaven. The hotel also has a great swimming pool and free fresh popcorn in a self- service area near the elevator. The decor is really unique and cool. My room was spacious, clean and nicely decorated. The staff were super helpful.

"best time ever"

tpuppy, Nashville, Tennessee 02/05/2016

this location is perfect only 5.2 miles to destin which is literally across the bridge/ close to many attractions eating areas and gift shops/ our room was a ocean view it was perfect with balcony we were on 4floor no noise only the sound of the waves; beds were really comfy; front desk was very nice check in was a breeze; also the breakfast omg the breakfast was awesome; to be in a small area; they had everything I could think of sausage;eggs;biscuits;gravy juice of all kinds; pancake and waffle maker it was amazing

"Best Western Ft Walton, Beachfront"

Ralph E, Jacksonville, United States 02/05/2016

These people are absolutely fantastic. Always there and always helpful and friendly about it. Go there once and you will go back. Rooms are 90% remolded with lots of new amenities. The Tiki Bar is to kill for and the Swizzle stick is the same. Almost always have entertainment and the Bar tenders always remember what you drink and who you are.

"awesome staff and a very clean hotel!"

robdevon10, Franklin 02/05/2016

The hotel is very clean. The staff is wonderful. One of the breakfast staff members was going around to each guest and asking them if the they wanted a fresh hot muffin. The front desk is always helpful and the pool area is very clean. I also love the low traffic location of the hotel!

"C-123 Reunion."

Lawrence S, Novi 02/05/2016

Very good experience. Everyone was enjoying the stay there. the staff made our reunion very comfortable. The area was a little too touristy for my tastes, but that happens everywhere at locations such as this. It was nice to be so close to the beach.

"Good room,beachfront"

Robert C, Rockwood, United States 30/04/2016

We stayed 3 nights @ the Ft walton beachfront best western. 1st night had very noisy neighbors and complained 4 times and was handled poorly by hotel night staff. 2nd night had 1 complain on said noise. 3rd night was upgraded to a better room. Manager upon check out gave us a discount and apologized and stated was handled poorly by hotel night staff and would not happen again. Ocean,beachfront,free breakfast was all good.

"The best Best Western staff"

User 29/04/2016

They have the best crew that we have ever experienced during many Best Western stays! Everyone at the desk was excellent, and even the maintenance and grounds crew went out of their way to be helpful and friendly. The beachfront location is also very good.

"We had a wonderful stay."

User 28/04/2016

Great location. Walk to the beach. Beach chairs and umbrellas were provided at no cost. The room's balcony was large . and comfortable. Morning breakfast was amazing. All the staff was very helpful and always courteous. The room was very clean and the beds are comfortable.

"Wonderful place to stay"

jmm120, Federick 26/04/2016

Wonderful hotel to stay in Fort Walton beach area. All hotel staff were so friendly. I can not think of any thing that was not great. Hotel supplied clean beach towels and chair every day. Hotel was very clean

"Another Great Stay"

jay5515, Warner Robins, GA 26/04/2016

Checked in on Friday April 22 and stayed till Sunday April 24. Clean rooms nice employees. Do not miss the Cabana Bar Poolside. The bartender Don is one outstanding person. He is full of one liners and excellent service. The only problem was that the hotel was full and parking was a challenge. Thanks to the staff for allowing us to park in the motor breezeway to eliminate that obstacle! I will be back for Memorial Day!

"White Sands!"

TruthTaler, Cullman, Alabama 26/04/2016

Second time we have stayed here. It is an older hotel, but is well taken care of and nice staff. AM breakfast is very good. Heated pool very nice when cooler outside. Outside bar area always has popcorn etc. Good location. If I have one neg thing to say is that people's cigarette smoke coming off balconies is choking. I do wish the entire property was smoke free.

"Perfect beach location"

Anita W, Ellicott City, United States 25/04/2016

Perfect beach location with silky white sand and beautiful blue sea. Sitting beneath an umbrella with a drink and a book is a recipe for a perfect afternoon. But anytime on the beach is a great time. Then, back to the Inn for a tasty dinner and a good nights sleep on an amazingly comfortable bed! Who could ask for anything more!

"Can't wait to go back!"

Wendy T, Fairland, United States 23/04/2016

Can't wait to go back. This is the best place to really relax. Every member of the staff was wonderful, kind, and very knowledgeable of the area. Can't recommend it highly enough! Incredible value, incredibly clean, best staff ever.

"Nice but loud"

Kevin L, Duluth, Georgia 20/04/2016

Nice hotel in a good location off the beach. There are beach chairs set out each day and movies and popcorn for kids in the lobby. The breakfast each morning was nice with sandwiches and waffles. Unfortunately, it was tough to sleep with the way the doors to the rooms slam shut when closed. There were people walking around all night with small children yelling and slamming doors. If you don't need much sleep, this place is great.

"Would stay here again and again ...."

Sylvie521, Riverview, Florida 20/04/2016

This hotel has everything you want - the ocean, free breakfast, comfortable beds, beach chairs, pool bar, and on and on. The hotel is older but well maintained. You can easily hear any noise outside your room. The reception area is super friendly and accommodating. The rooms are very clean and the location could not be more perfect. Each room comes with a refrigerator and microwave. The breakfast is very fresh and have a good mixture. There is always fruit enhanced water and coffee/tea in the lobby. Lots of great benefits! My only negative is the air conditioner and refrigerator are a bit noisy. Would stay here again and again!

"Always a Great Stay!!"

brianjmarietta, Marietta, Georgia 19/04/2016

I have stayed here 4 times now and have always had a very pleasant experience. The staff are very friendly and helpful and the rooms are very clean and comfortable. And the ocean view rooms have spacious balconies to view beautiful sunsets. I plan to keep visiting this hotel for years to come. The heated pool is also open until 10 pm.

"Destin Marathon Weekend"

bchaff, Villa Rica, Georgia 19/04/2016

What a great stay. The hotel is perfect for what we needed. Clean and comfortable. When we arrived, we asked about upgrading to a beach view room. Because it was a Saturday, we did have to wait until Sunday. The staff was so accomidating. And had us moved the next morning. Both rooms were clean. Views beautiful. Fresh towels everyday. Friendly staff. Pretty good continental breakfast. It's getting harder and harder to find places on the panhandle for just a few nights instead of Saturday to Saturday. This place fits the bill. We will come back to this little jewel.

"C123s in SEA"

Edward G, Cheyenne, WY, United States 16/04/2016

Over 100 of us held a reunion at this hotel. The facilities were very good, the staff are all just great. The location is perfect. We were close to everything we wanted to do and every place we wanted to see. The breakfast meals were good and, the selection was great. Very enjoyable. I used the laundry facilities while there and even that was a good experience.

"Relaxing visit"

turtlemom11, Russellville, Arkansas 16/04/2016

We brought our two young children down for spring break and this hotel couldn't have been much better. Their staff were all friendly and helpful. In fact, their staff may have been the friendliest we've encountered yet! We had a gulf side room with a balcony and it was worth the extra cost. I do wish the would have had nicer/sturdier balcony furniture. Beach access was amazing, the pool being heated was a plus and the had a nice varied breakfast. Loved the had a mix of family and adult activities. Be aware this was an older hotel that had been remodeled and given a face lift, so while it's not the latest and greatest it's still nice and vibrant!


Nick C, forth worth, United States 14/04/2016

excellent check in staff, breakfast excellent, Hotel is a bit shabby in maintenance, Tile was falling off in the bathroom and had the moldly smell because water had seeped into the sheetrock behind the tile. Also the tubs do not have a shower flexible spray

"second time to stay here"

aisle9, Hattiesburg, Mississippi 11/04/2016

We have stayed here twice. It has been great both times. My kids appreciate the heated pool. The breakfast is great...rooms are are the complimentary beach chairs, etc. Tell DOn I said hey.

"Peace of Mind"

User 11/04/2016

Any day at the Beach is a good day, everyone was so friendly . The only complaint is that we were not allowed to use the umbrella and so my husband had to enjoy the beach from the balcony. Everything however, was excellent.


Larry H, Moseley, Virginia 10/04/2016

Beach access superb! Heated clean pool area. Seemed good for low cost family type vacation. Certainly not for ones seeking top quality service/accomodations. Access to restaurants limited. Will need to drive. Beach quality is superb and in keeping with the advertised beaches of the area.

"spring break"

Linda S, Shorewood, Illinois, United States 07/04/2016

The location of this hotel is awesome and the front desk staff is great. However the rooms need updating and need to be cleaned better. The doors stick badly on the floor and are in need of replacing. Painting should also be done. The breakfast was fine and restocked when necessary. The pool was adequate and the beach was awesome.

"Best and brightest"

4thejordanfamily, Marietta, Georgia 05/04/2016

Have visited this hotel annually for six years. Never ever disappointed. Stylish and quaint with a friendly accommodating staff, this place has it all. Solid rooms that are quiet and comfy. Beach views. Perfect family size pool. Free beach chairs and umbrellas. Free popcorn at the bar. Good size in room fridge and microwave. Complimentary hot breakfast. Live music on the pool deck. And the quintessential Florida tiki bar with the quintessential tiki bartender - knows everybody, always has a joke to tell and works the deck like a pro.

"The Staff is great"

Ali Reza R, San Antonio, Texas 04/04/2016

The hotel is a little dated and not all the rooms are beach front but the staff is great they are helpful and always willing to provide you with useful information and anything you need to make your staff better. The two ladies who work in the afternoon Mehgan and Shelly are awesome and will make your stay worth it.

"Hidden Gem"

User 02/04/2016

My wife and I loved this hotel so much we came back next year! Both times we stayed the entire week and enjoyed every day. No problems or complaints! The free breakfast was great... Delicious with a big variety to satisfy all tastes. The entire hotel was very clean, the beach was magnificent and the staff was super friendly and helpful. My favorite was the super cool bartender at the Cabana bar by the pool. Stop by for a drink from Don. You'll be glad you did! All in all, best value, awesome staff and perfect beach. I miss it already.

"good value"

Brad L, Mexico, United States 01/04/2016

This hotel is clean, comfortable, and reasonable. There is an excellent beach a few steps from the hotel, and the chairs and umbrella are so very convenient to have right there. The heated pool, cabana bar, and hotel lounge are also enjoyable. One clerk in particular will make you feel welcome and glad you are there.

"Awesome time!"

walkerfamilyavon, Avon, Indiana 31/03/2016

Pros- Staff was very accommodating and friendly. Views on the gulf side are amazing. Free breakfast was a nice bonus. Beach chairs and umbrellas very helpful. Heated pool was very nice. Cons- rooms close to the elevator are somewhat noisy but not a show stopper.

"Great Stay"

User 29/03/2016

We had a great spring break stay. The hotel was busy, but mostly families, so no crazy partys. We loved the gulf view room. The hotel staff went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed and enjoyed every minute of our stay. We will be back!!

"Great stay"

Jamie C, Lebanon, United States 29/03/2016

I love this place!! It is family friendly and very close to everything. The tiki bar and the swizzle stick lounge are very reasonable, and Don the bar tender totally rocks!! The beds are very comfy and the air works great.

"Another fantastic stay"

LaurieLue, Green Bay, Wisconsin 28/03/2016

This is a repeat stay at this hotel and again we were not disappointed. (Wish we could have stayed longer). Our room was very clean, view was beautiful chose a gulf side room this year, and staff exceeded our expectations. Wi-fi was difficult to connect to but they were working on that issue and shower pressure was very low but they quickly resolved the problem. I highly recommend this hotel. On the beach there is a beach service that rents equipment and this year again we rented sea kayaks and Dan the "Beachman" guided as to the best day to rent and he was spot on. Great accommodations and service from check in to check out.

"Great stay on the beach!"

Momof3fromAppleton, Appleton, Wisconsin 26/03/2016

We loved staying on the beach. Breakfast was great with lots of options. Pool was heated. Staff was very polite and helpful. I loved that it was not on the main strip with all the traffic. I would go back!

"Great FWB hotel on Okaloosa Island"

delacrue96, Panama City Beach, Florida 26/03/2016

We stayed for two nights on Easter weekend! Staff at check in were friendly & helpful! Room was clean with great view of beach! We visited the heated pool each evening with clean pool towels from front desk! The free breakfast had sausage, eggs, waffles, cheese grits & other pastries. We would love to come here again!


Joan G, Milwaukee 24/03/2016

This is an older hotel located on Okaloosa Island. It is a beachfront hotel that is being remodeled. Because of the remodeling, water was turned off for a day. Management gave me a couple of free nights plus an adjustment on several other days since I had a few other minor issues - light in the bathroom wouldn't stay on plus I had a problem with the shower. They were fast to respond to the issues and I ended up having a lovely stay. All the staff from were great from the front desk, the dining area, housekeeping and maintenance. There was a nice selection of food that is served for the free breakfast they provide. When I departed, it was an early departure and knew I would miss the breakfast. The gal that worked that day was kind enough to pack me a breakfast to go. I didn't have a car during my stay but the bus stops a short distance from the hotel thus it was convenient to get to a grocery store. There are several bus lines that meet about once an hour thus I was able to explore. The buses operate on week days only. I would recommend a gulf side room which is a little extra. I could hear the surf and found that very relaxing.

"FWB beach hotel"

Rhonda R, Birmingham, United States 24/03/2016

24 hour fresh coffee was much appreciated since we wake very early in the morning. Breakfast was very good, especially the hot food available. Not just a continental breakfast. Helpful staff was also very much appreciated.

"Musty Damp Rooms"

LannerO, Central Florida, Florida 23/03/2016

We decided to stay here because it looked ok on the outside, it was cheaper than most, and we also are Reward Members for Best Western. Pros - the front desk staff was friendly… all of them. The water & coffee all day in the lobby was nice. Breakfast was chaotic, but ok. Cons - The appearance from walking in gave me the impression of a low-grade hotel. Upon checking in, they had no luggage carts; but instead gave us what seemed to be sort of a library cart (2 shelves on rollers)… strange. The room was so very damp & musty; but we were so exhausted, and my husband was there on business & had to be at a meeting early the next morning… so we checked to make sure the bed & bath were clean and it appeared the room was at least clean, so we hit the sack. The next day, as I was leaving to grab lunch & run an errand, I let the front desk know of my concern of the dampness of the room and being concerned about mold. I asked them if there was any way to check for it... or if there's anything they could do... did they have a dehumidifier… or perhaps a room that didn't have that issue…?? & she said sure, they'd take a look and go from there… but I told them to please wait until I returned & that I didn't want anyone in my room while I was gone. I had left the TV ON… on a show that I was watching… and when I returned, the channel was changed to the Weather Channel. Strange. They insisted no one had been in the room. Anyway, maintenance came and the guy was a bit short and snippy that I would even suggest there would be mold... not a friendly maintenance guy. Nothing was done… no dehumidifier, didn't even check for mold (I was there), no change of room… nothing. They excused it saying that this is what you get staying at the beach, "it's just humid here". Well, I live in FL and am no stranger to going to the beach… have gone all my life and have experienced nothing of this sort. My hair was literally damp when I woke up! I went back out and stayed out the rest of the day because I didn't want to be in that room. Thankfully we left the next morning. The hotel did nothing. My advice is just pay a little extra and get nicer.

"Wonderful Stay!"

Sage A, Clear Lake Iowa, United States 23/03/2016

This hotel was great to stay at, affordable and the location on the beach was fabulous. White soft sand beach. The staff was great to work with. I don't think the pictures do the hotel justice. We spent a majority of time playing on the beach and using swimming pool. Definitely going to plan another stay in the future here!


Judy J, brandon, United States 22/03/2016

I booked this location because of the location and had a wedding to attend while there. The first night we got there we had a hard time getting the key card to work. The next day there was only luke warm water, but was in a hurry to get some last minute things done and I don't like to complain.. Thought maybe it was because it was in the morning and a lot of people were showering. When I returned from my errands I had to get ready for the wedding and found there was still no hot water... They sent a man up there who said we had to open the water lines???? he flushed the toliet and turned the water on in the sink, in which we had already had the water on... He left and i proceeded to try and shower, still no hot water. I took a cold shower and got ready for the wedding.. I called back down to the front desk again... Finally the morning WE WERE LEAVING THERE WAS HOT WATER!!!! VERY DISAPPOINTED. The place was really nice, just wanted hot water!!!!... :(


34602015pepper, Saint Paul, Minnesota 19/03/2016

The location is perfect right on the beach and the umbrella and chairs that come with the room are great the halls are cement so theres a bit of extra noise especially during spring break but all in all it was a great beach hotel.

"Recommend BW Ft. Walton Beach Hotel"

Marjorie P, Aurora,IL, United States 17/03/2016

Perfect location, beautiful white sand beaches on Okaloosa Island, great hotel for quality and friendliness. Reasonable rates, beach services of chair, umbrella, pool, provided daily. Lounge available evenings. Great restaurants nearby.

"Fort Walton Beach Best Western Excellent"

Peter A, Pittsburgh, United States 15/03/2016

The staff and management are excellent. The facility is kept clean, but there are occasional plumbing problems which appear to be in the process of being adressed. The beach front rooms have an excellent view and the beach is nice. It is kept clean and, from what I saw, well patroled by local authorities. I enjoyed the braekfast. There was a variety of food provided and it was always ready at 6:30 AM when I got up. The location has easy access to shopping, entertainment, etc. It is easy to get to and from VPS/Eglin AFB airport/base. The pool area is kept neat. The rates are fair and reasonable. Compared to other hotels I have stayed at over a period of years, this one rates an excellent with me and I have repeatedly stayed here for the last few years.

"Nice view if you have a higher balcony."

Mark C, Omaha, Nebraska 10/03/2016

The attraction of this hotel is being on the Gulf. You can hear and see the waves rolling onto the shore. The beach is a fine white sand, very soft to walk on. Parking is free and breakfast is the standard eggs, waffles, juice, coffee, etc. An office area is available with a color printer free to use. A couple of things not available that people are becoming use to are a morning paper and a room safe. Neither is offered here. The rooms are set up so that when you leave your room you are outside meaning noise from the parking lot is easily heard inside your room and you must go outside to get to the front desk or for breakfast in the morning. Staff is very friendly and pleasant. We did have a problem with our room when the shower leaked, not into the bathroom but into the bedroom. We were moved to another room but nothing was offered to us for the inconvenience. There is a pool but no hot tub and there is a lounge onsite with live entertainment. The hotel is non-smoking but ashtrays are provided on every balcony.

"Very nice"

Evelyn C, Gulf Breeze, United States 07/03/2016

Hubby and I went for one night and it was so relaxing hearing the waves from the Gulf. Room was quiet. Decor was beautiful and room was clean. I could tell from walking on carpet. Newly remodeled. Breakfast was good too. You could hear the music from our balcony. It was awesome. We loved it.

"Daughters 18th Birthday "

christa929j, paris,ky.40361 06/03/2016

This Hotel is ~Awesomeness~ came down to stay for my daughter's 18th birthday an we had an outstanding room with view of Gulf/Beach. I don't think pictures do this hotel justice. The whole staff is outstanding an helpful an friendly. The breakfast room attendant I can not remember her name but very wonderful hard working Lady. Lots of people an she kept the food stocked well an area clean. Rooms so bright with colors. Short walk to beach. Tiki bar was awesome the pool was nice. Definitely a place to stay would recommend to everyone..

"Loved this resort"

Jennifer W, Waterloo, Iowa 05/03/2016

The front desk staff was very helpful and pleasant. The room was nice and clean. We had a beach view room with balcony. It was wonderful! The hot breakfast is good! The beach was close to the hotel and was staffed well. The resort offers chairs to sit in. This resort is classy yet family friendly. I would stay here again for sure!

"Nothing Fancy but Great Value"

Eugene L, Morganton 04/03/2016

Older building is very functional and roomy, and the hotel does a great job of providing the basic amenities What it does, it does very well; and the location is great. For my money, you couldn't beat our stay there.

"Our stay at Best Western"

Joan W, Foley 01/03/2016

We enjoyed our stay at Best Western, the people who work here are wonderful to deal with and if you have any problems whatsoever, they see to it that the problem is fixed immediately. We recommend Best Western to everyone to stay at. We have stayed at the Best Western in Ft. Walton for two years in a row and it is great, thank you Best Western

"Great for a 3 night stay!"

dianeMNtravels, White Bear Lake, Minnesota 29/02/2016

Check-in and check-out went seamless with very friendly staff! Had an inside room on the 3rd floor. The room and bathroom were of generous size and clean. The bed was very comfortable. Fun beachy color theme. Had a showerhead that was very difficult to turn off completely to eliminate a constant drip. Wonderful to be right on the Gulf with a beautiful beach just steps away! Nice outdoor heated pool that had warm water. Included breakfast was simple with a few hot and cold choices. For the price this is a great choice in the Fort Walton Beach area!


User 26/02/2016

The rooms could use extra lighting especially in the bathroom. The lounge is way to small and could use enlarging. Overall, this is a nice place to stay. We will use it again when returning to Fort Walton.

"Excellent Hotel"

Wanda T, United States 26/02/2016

My stay at this hotel was excellent. It was right on the beach. I could sit on my balcony in my room and look at the ocean. The staff was excellent and professional. The complimentary breakfast was great with several options. The room was clean and comfortable. It was a true Blessing.

"Great beachfront location"

User 25/02/2016

Great beachside location, friendly staff, breakfast was nice, property is a little long in the tooth, but is being remodeled, which is good, but can complicate parking. Rooms have a fun beachy decor, comfy beds, and GREAT beach views. It has a nice pool and beach access. Property is in a good location near many good restaurants and attractions. The only unpleasant suprise in FWB is the traffic and how busy the area is even before spring break

"Recent stay at BestWestern on the beach"

Lisa C, Alabaster, United States 24/02/2016

I chose this hotel because of it's colorful motif and it looked fun. The free breakfast was good. The location was central to what we wanted to do. The staff was always helpful and we had no problems overall.

"Call first to check if they have water. "

User 20/02/2016

When we checked in they told us the water would be intermittently turned off until 6 pm due to construction/renovations. So they upgraded us to a room with ocean view. But they lied. The water never came on. It wasn't intermittent. It was just off. With two small children that was not fun. No flushing toilets. No rinsing off the sand. No washing our hands. We decided to leave and get another hotel since the water didn't come back on when they said it would. They told us to stay, they would refund our money and the water would be coming on shortly. It came on about 20 minutes later. So we thought whatever. We now have a free room and water so we are good. Until 3 am. When they decided to start construction again. The walls were literally shaking and it sounded like a water pipe in the bathroom was going to burst. It woke up our kids, including the two year old who is hard to get to sleep. We were not happy. My husband went downstairs to see what was going on, since we were told there would be no construction at night. There was a man on a ladder with the ceiling tiles ripped off sawing away. The man at the counter said there was nothing he could do about it and we could complain to the manager the next day. So we ate our free breakfast and left that morning. But our stay was free. Most of the staff was nice. And hopefully after renovations it will be a nice place.

"beachside hotel"

User 20/02/2016

Lovely, helpful staff, especially Melody the ambassador who serves breakfast every morning; I stayed here last October 2015 and was so happy; this time, still the same beautiful view, great beach, wonderful location. A few nasty inconveniences-our heat/ac unit did not work properly, the refrigerator was excessively noisy at night, our doors would not close/open properly, our toilet ran repeatedly, the faucet in the tub ran repeatedly and there were water outages throughout our stay. Despite all this, if the repairs/renovations are completed I might be interested in returning mostly because of the kind staff, location, and beautiful beach.

"Unadvertised disappointment"

Tim L, Jefferson, GA, United States 19/02/2016

When booking this hotel I was informed renovation was in progress during daylight hours. I arrived, tired after long hours of driving, to learn water would be cut off during night hours with work being conducted then. NO notification was given of this prior to my arriving for check-in, a tad late to be looking for another facility. I appreciate the courtesy rendered by the staff, but that doesn't help when one cannot wash their hands after using the bathroom, nor from hearing a chipping noise from work being done after 3:00 in the morning. Also, checking into our room I found the bath tub filled with water, a dripping faucet adding to the water, a layer of sand in the bottom of the tub, and the bath mat was soaked from absorbing the water. I reported this to the maintenance employee (Alex) and his response was the faucet was 17 years old. He did go up to check everything (my wife had cleaned the tub by then), adjusted the drain stopper, re cleaned the tub, and brought us extra towels. Again, all the staff I encountered were exceptionally courteous (especially the two ladies that checked me in), the breakfast was quite adequate, and access to the beach was pleasant. I understand the hotel needing to be renovated, but lack of proper notice prior to a guest's arrival is intolerable, especially at the rates charged. In fact, I consider that lack of disclosure to be pure deceit. The small desk would have been quite adequate had the large lamp with over-sized shade not consumed too much space. the Internet speed was close to the speed of dial-up.

"Older property with some good qualties"

hardendorf, Atlanta 18/02/2016

I had a good stay in this property but there are a few issues that might bother some people. First the location and setting are great. Just a block or two from the bridge into town and right on the beach. We had a fifth floor room facing the water and enjoyed the view and the small balcony. The hotel has made some improvements but it looks like there is still work to be done. The bathroom had been remodeled but the shower/tub was still motel standard. The windows facing the beach had stains between the glass that marred the view and the doors to the hall and balcony were still on old frames and had to be slammed to close. this seemed to be the case for the door on other rooms since we heard slamming throughout our stay there. It was mostly an older crowd while we were there so there was little slamming late at night. The rooms were up to my standard for cleanliness. But the building is more like a motel than a hotel. The rooms do not open onto a hallway but open breezeways. So to go to the elevator you have to go outside. Other positive stuff includes a small heated pool, a small friendly looking bar, easy access to the beach, a nicely redecorated lobby with an retro Florida motif and helpful staff. The complementary breakfast is motel grade with a few hot items but nice to have since there are no breakfast joints on the block. They also had working wifi and HBO. I feel for what I paid it was a decent deal and I really hope they continue to make improvements ( they were doing some work outside while we were there) and keep the prices reasonable. I would stay there again.

"Lots of smokers, smell drifts everywhere."

kay k, Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota 17/02/2016

Rooms are non smoking, but people smoke on all the balconies. If you leave your door to the balcony open, your room will stink of smoke. Nice hotel with great view,cute rooms and comfy beds, but if cigarette smoke bothers you, stay elsewhere. (Not sure if the hotel condones the balcony smoking, but they certainly don't prevent it)

"It's a budget hotel"

CheerMomx2, Tallahassee, Florida 16/02/2016

Stayed here for a friend's wedding in November 2015. This is where the entire wedding party was staying so we went with it. The hotel was okay and that's about it. Price was good but we didn't even have a beach view, which is fine since we weren't there that much and the weather wasn't that great anyways. We were given a handicap room, which again, was fine and at least we had a big bathroom. However, the hotel is definitely dated and it smelled musty in the room. The bathroom had some moldy areas in it, but again, for the price we paid ($90/night) we weren't going to complain. The elevators were extremely slow (and one actually broke while we were there). The breakfast was not good so we didn't even eat it the next day. Neither of us got a good night sleep due to the bed being so uncomfortable (that's due to our personal preference though). I will say all of the staff was really nice, but it wasn't the hotel for us.

"Great weekend getaway"

Nancy I, Jefferson, United States 15/02/2016

A great hotel on the beach. The folks that work there are all nice. From the front desk staff, to the maintenance men and the folks who work in the lounge. We knew when making our reservation, that the hotel was having some renovations done, but it was never an issue and there was never any inconvenience. My husband and I have been staying at the hotel off and on since 2000 and we just love it there. The rooms are nice and are clean, the beds are very comfortable - I get my best sleep there. Thanks for everything !

"Great stay"

Mark B, Temple, United States 15/02/2016

The staff was wonderful and the breakfast was outstanding. The rooms were very nice. ack to Destin.There was construction going on, but the staff made every effort to make sure that we were taken care of. Wonderful experience and I hope to stay there everytime I go b

"Stop over going to Biloxi"

Ann B, Crystal River, Florida 13/02/2016

We took the slower route going west instead of Route10 to enjoy the view. We stayed at Best Western Ft. Walton Beach for 1 night. Although being redone, the noise was not bad, The view was wonderful, watched dolphins playing in the water. All in all, I would stay here again

"Birthday vacation"

User 10/02/2016

Visited Ft Walton Beach for a Birthday get away. The Hotel is wonderful! Clean rooms, great breakfast and helpful staff. Paula the manager is outstanding. My husband lost his car keys and the entire staff helped us look! Nice people...nice place!

"typical beach hotel"

User 05/02/2016

There was very messy & noisy construction occurring at this hotel, which we were not made aware of until we checked in & could not get the upper floor room that I had verbally requested when I made the reservations by phone (& at no time during the reservation process did anyone tell me that construction was scheduled). Water & sludge from the jackhammering of tile being removed was pouring down the exterior stairwell (the only way to get to & from our room), spattering our door, & dripping/spattering the elevator entrance. Room appeared clean, but my feet looked dirty after walking barefoot on the carpet & it was very stuffy since the windows are fixed pane & it was too cold to open the balcony door on most days.The stuffiness was made worse by the lack of any sort of exhaust fan in the bathroom. The bed was very comfortable. I always have to bring my own breakfast items since I am vegan, so I don't ever worry about what hotels offer for breakfast, but my husband who is not vegan said the breakfast offerings were just "ok". The in-room coffee pot was a one cup affair, so we just brought coffee up from the breakfast bar rather than create so much waste making one cup at a time. I know January is not a time most people would visit the beach, but we were in town for a memorial service for a family member who had died recently. We had lived here in the area for over 20 years before relocating to another state. I would say this hotel is typical of those of this class in this beach town, nothing really special about it.

"Lots of little annoyances...but the important stuff is good"

easygoing_mostly, Bellingham, WA 24/01/2016

My wife and I spent 3 nights here in late December. This place offers clean and quiet rooms with an excellent breakfast each morning. I only give it 3 stars though because of quite a few little annoyances. Doors that open with difficulty, light switches that you have to jiggle to work, and vending machines out of order. It does offer good beach access and has a heated pool, but the hallways get soaked when it rains and overall I didn't find this place all that special.

"Love this Hotel!"

User 20/01/2016

We have stayed at this hotel a couple of times before and are always very pleased with our stay. The staff is very friendly and helpful, breakfast is good and they have a quirky little lounge that we enjoy at the end of the day.

"Summer vacay"

beachgirl73777, Kansas City, Missouri 06/01/2016

Highly recommend this hotel! Close to the attractions of Destin without as much traffic. Fort Walton is a great destination! This hotel was awesome and great price. Great staff, nice pool, great breakfast, nice beach access. Can't wait to go back!

"Awesome location but dingy rooms"

Neha G, Chicago, Ukraine 05/01/2016

Excellent location that is right next to the beach. The room itself was big but had a bad odor in the carpeting and the bathroom also had a bad odor. Staff is not very friendly and there is an additional $15 charge for rooms facing the beach.


Dianne L, dublin, United States 04/01/2016

We enjoyed staying in Fort Walton Beach,Florida over our Christmas Vacation- It was very convient to all the shopping we could do., the room was nice, just some noisy neighbors, but everyone was friendly and asked if you needed anything.

"Jacuzzi Tub on the Beach"

Brian G, Niceville, Florida 04/01/2016

Excellent jacuzzi and view of beach, clean and comfortable bed. Lounge offered full bar and live music. Breakfast was available and looked good. Hotel near Helen Back's Pizza. Pool was beautiful. Staff was friendly.

"Great Beach Hotel"

nerakl, Columbus, Indiana 03/01/2016

We took a quick after Christmas trip to Ft. Walton Beach and stayed at the hotel on Santa Rosa Blvd. This was our first trip to the area and loved it. The hotel sits on the beach and we had a gulf front room...perfect. It was a very quiet area and the hotel itself had quiet signs posted during certain hours. The hotel was well kept and the staff was very good. Our room was very clean. Breakfast had several options. We did leave a couple of days early, but it was nothing to do with the hotel. We had lots of rain and a red tide. The front desk was very understanding. We will definitely stay there again when we are in the area.

"Nice hotel for beach vacation"

Pankaj G, Atlanta, United States 02/01/2016

This hotel is at fantastic location right on beach. Very friendly staff, ready to help as possible. Good quality breakfast with different verities. Services are as described on web site, heated pool etc.

"Best Hotel "EVER" on the Emerald Coast"

Billy W, Mena, AR, United States 01/01/2016

5 Stars for the Best Western Beachfront, Fort Walton Beach, FL. My wife and I have been staying at this hotel since 2004, coming at least twice a year. We've stayed as a couple and we've been part of a military reunion of 200+ and found the hotel staff to be the best anywhere. The hotel constantly is improving the rooms, the amenities, food and beverage services. The "sugar sand beach" is the icing on the cake, gorgeous! We will definitely be coming back again and again!!!

"27 year Honeymoon! "

Michael P, Westmoreland 27/12/2015

This Best Western is so awesome! My wife, and I stayed during Christmas weekend, and will most definitely be back. The ocean view room was incredible! Thanks for the great service, and hospitality. Couldn't ask for a better staff. We plan on coming back in a few months, with our children, and grandchildren so they can experience a little piece of Florida that my wife, and I have fallen in love with.

"Beautiful Beaches"

Carla K, auburn, al, United States 16/12/2015

Cozy hotel, with nice decor. Rooms with balcony are perfect for an early morning coffee. Breakfast is more than adequate. The rooms were very clean. The beaches are spectacular, the staff friendly.What's not to like?

"Great Florida beach hotel"

Stacy G, Big Canoe, United States 05/12/2015

The Best Western on Ft. Walton Beach is a refreshing breath of fresh air - like the old Florida beach motels used to be. It's a funky place - great decor, great service, super nice staff and guests. Beautiful beach!! Fun cabana bar! Swizzle Stick Lounge is an amazing gem -worth the trip to FL just for it alone.

Toni R, Director of Sales at BEST WESTERN Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Thank You for your review. We appreciate the feedback and are so glad you enjoyed the decor. We hope to see you soon!

"Good motel"

Ellene R, Americus, United States 30/11/2015

Very nice location. Staff very professional and friendly. Enjoyed my stay., Easy access to restaurants and other enmities in the area. Rooms with balconies are very nice,. Wonderful breakfast offered.

Toni R, Director of Sales at BEST WESTERN Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Thank You for your review regarding your recent stay at our hotel. We appreciate the feedback and look forward to your next visit with us.

"Glad We Booked This Hotel"

pysgodyn, wales 22/11/2015

What a really nice hotel on the beach. Pay a few dollars more and book an Ocean facing room. The view we had from our balcony was stunning with amazing sunsets, also from our balcony we saw Dolphins on a daily basis. The hotel was very clean and our room was spacious with comfy beds and pillows. There was also a fridge that worked great and there was an ice machine on every other floor. Pool was good and clean with bar at side. Towels for beach, sun loungers and parasols were all complementary. Breakfast was also complementary and adequate, Every staff member we encountered were very polite helpful and friendly. We would definitely book this hotel again. out of 10 I`ve marked this a 9.

Toni R, Director of Sales at BEST WESTERN Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Thank You for your kind review. We appreciate all the feedback. It was our pleasure to serve you. Please do come and visit with us again!

"Feeling of being at home"

John T, Harrodsburg, United States 20/11/2015

We had stayed at the Best Western in Ft. Walton Beach once before and I believe our stay this time was better than the stay before. From the time we set foot at the Best Western there we felt at ease from the time we got up in the morning till the time we laid down. Everyone we spoke with there were so nice and went out of the way to help us in any way. The lady that served the breakfast was so very nice as well. She was originally from Kentucky as we were and not only was she nice to us but to everyone we heard her speak with. I believe you have got everything right there. Thank you for all the hospitality. John

Toni R, Director of Sales at BEST WESTERN Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Thank You so much for the lovely review. It was our pleasure to serve you. We appreciate all the kind comments. We look forward to your next visit with us.

"Short Break up State"

Helen H, Fort Walton, United States 12/11/2015

Pleasant stay, overall the hotel was reasonable, very clean and I upgraded to a beach front room, complimentary breakfast was good but the cooked option was somewhat weird, flat fried eggs, grey sausages, but plenty of sweet options and fruit, coffee was simply the best I have had from a vacuum dispenser, wifi was extremely good, beds comfortable,

Toni R, Director of Sales at BEST WESTERN Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Thank You for your review. We appreciate all your feedback. We look forward to your next visit with us!

"A GEM without breaking the bank"

Lucas-Knob, Missouri 08/11/2015

Reserved room by call to hotel. James was very descriptive with beach front room offerings and of updates ongoing. Set away from the towering places, clean and large rooms. Splurge for the ocean fronts, recommend floors 3-5 for best views. On dead-end street so very quiet. Full breakfast, nice lounge and pool. Seems the ocean trash was not washing up here as was seek the case toward the pier during our 3-day stay. Would need to drive to restaurants as none noted near by. Free beach chairs and umbrella was a daily offering. For those not wishing/needing the beachfront rooms they have others and I'm sure the price would be attractive for those not spending much time in the room , but still only a few hundred foot walk to the beach without crossing any street. Though few were seen during our fall visit, the facility appeared very friendly toward family and children with activities and a movie offered nightly.

Toni R, Director of Sales at BEST WESTERN Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Thank You for your review. It was our pleasure to serve you. We are glad you enjoyed the amenities while visiting with us. Please do come and visit with us again.

"Loved it "

User 08/11/2015

Loved the location. The lobby and breakfast area had a unique colorful style that my children enjoyed. Room was nice but we barely spent anytime in it as we were enjoying the ocean. Love the beach chairs that they provide with an umbrella. Very relaxing. The pool is very pretty at night. Breakfast was great. Only complaint is that the pool was supposedly heated, it was not heated!!! Brrrr!! We used it once in the evening. Would recommend this hotel to family and friends. Hotel staff helped us find a discount so we got the room at a discounted price. Very helpful and friendly staff. We will be using this hotel in the future.

Toni R, Director of Sales at BEST WESTERN Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Thank You for your review. We appreciate all the feedback. It was our pleasure to serve you. We look forward to your next visit with us.

"family trip"

Ashley M, brinson, United States 08/11/2015

this was a very nice stay place. we were down for support of a family member during their time of need. i have stayed over the year in a few motels. It is not a habit to stay in one if family or friends have appropriate stay place for me. However, this has been a really good experience and I am considering making this one of my places to visit and stay at this motel for convenience and quality. The drive down to motel was nice as well as added enjoyment to our trip. Very peaceful and rest was not hard to achieve. T.V. worked and restroom was very appropriate with set up for beach style stay at a motel. I find it very nice. Some motels are not quite as well set up. No names as its not polite nor important. Thankful for a great place to stay and sleep during our family oriented stay. It left us not much time for enjoying the beach and pool but we are glad to know of a good place, spot to return to when we can manage to again.

Toni R, Director of Sales at BEST WESTERN Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Thank You for your review. We appreciate the kind remarks and are glad we were able to provide you with a quiet, relaxing stay. Please do come and visit with us again.

"most relaxing vactation in years"

Leo P, Murfreesboro, United States 04/11/2015

So wonderful we've already booked a 2nd stay in 4 months-wonderful location, view, staff. The staff were so helpful, friendly; breakfast was wonderful. Very clean, quiet; beach views can't be beat. Setting-fabulous.

Toni R, Director of Sales at BEST WESTERN Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Thank You for your review. We appreciate the kind remarks and are so happy that we will see you again in February!

"Great Hotel"

Tiffany M, Baton Rouge, United States 30/10/2015

Great hotel for a great price. The service is exceptional. You get free breakfast, which is good. The rooms are clean, It's right on the beach with a beautiful view. I used this hotel for my wedding and reception. It was perfect! It was my host hotel for my guest as well. Don't waste your money on the expensive chains. You can get what they offer and more here at the Best Western.

Toni R, Director of Sales at BEST WESTERN Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Thank You for your review. We are so happy that your wedding went well! It was a pleasure to serve you and your family. We look forward to seeing you on your first anniversary!

"Breakfast was awesome"

Bruce K, Kyle Texas, United States 27/10/2015

Be sure to say hi to the cook for me! LOL Tell her Santa says Hi!! I got a Room that faced the Beach and it was clean and comfortable! There was some construction going on but it didn't bother me. Pool was clean, and the lounge was friendly and refreshing! It was nice having the umbrellas and chairs set out every morning! You will enjoy the service here! The staff gladly helped with anything I asked for!!

Toni R, Director of Sales at BEST WESTERN Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Thank you for your nice review. We will be sure to let our breakfast attendant know that you sent your regards! We hope to see you in the very near future, Santa...

"Dwindling expectations."

Vincent H, Waynesboro, Tennessee 26/10/2015

The first two stays at this hotel were positive during the 2014 year. However, the continuing "renovation" signs, without seeing anything new, along with leaky doors and rooms, has caused my wife and I to search elsewhere. The positives are the excellent staff that do the best with what is there. Rooms are always cleaned properly and the complimentary breakfast is always good. Beware of the previously mentioned problems.

Toni R, Director of Sales at BEST WESTERN Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
We appreciate your feedback. Please note that there is an end in sight with our renovations! Thank You for your patience and we do hope that you will visit with us again next year.


Trishia W, Seymour, Indiana, United States 24/10/2015

Bruce our check in person was great , very nice and helpful at 3am and checked us in even though there were computer problems. He gave us keys to room so we were able to take a nap and then go on with our day.

Toni R, Director of Sales at BEST WESTERN Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Thank You for your review. We appreciate the compliment to Bruce! Please do come and visit with us again.

"Fantastic motel at a fantastic price!"

Disney F, Ste.Gen 24/10/2015

Wow were we surprised! Booked this site unseen. When we got there had to admit it looked worn. However what a pleasant surprise! The staff is awesome, even housekeeping & maintenance. They could definitely use some updates but breakfast alone makes up for that! Every morning something wonderful! My favorite was the bisquits & gravy. Hot & cold to choose from every morning with the main course changing daily. The lady that was in charge was so sweet, she helped 2 small kids that were having a time carrying their food. A short walk to the ocean with 2 chairs & an umbrella waiting at no extra cost. Reasonable rates for rentals of kayaks & boards. On my list of must go back!

Toni R, Director of Sales at BEST WESTERN Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Thank You for your review. We are so glad that you enjoyed the amenities of the hotel. We look forward to your next visit with us!

"Everybody's Beachfront Gem!"

Karla Z, Hendersonville, North Carolina 23/10/2015

We stayed at the Best Western Beachfront hotel this past July. There are no words that can express our satisfaction with the accommodations, the service and most importantly the staff. At any time if we found ourselves in need, whether by whim or necessity, the staff accommodated us at each and every turn. Also, get a beachfront room you will not be disappointed. Make sure to visit the Swizzle Stick Lounge...the live music is great!! We enjoyed our weeks stay so much that we have booked a 2 week stay for next summer and can't wait to go back to this gem!! Also, we want to give kudos to Dan the Man in beach service and Don the bartender at the Tiki bar.....thank you so much for making our vacation a fun, relaxing and memorable one!!

Toni R, Director of Sales at BEST WESTERN Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Thank You for the lovely review. We appreciate the compliments to Dan and Don. Please do come and visit with us again!

"Luxury amenities at a budget price!"

Ilovetotravel96, Troy, Ohio 22/10/2015

Checked into the Best Western because the Holiday Inn was sold out, as we wanted and extra day. At check-in, we were greeted by Misty. What an asset to your hotel! You can tell that she truly loves her job, and is so excited and happy about where she works! Misty was so friendly, informative and welcoming, definitely unlike the service we experienced at the Holiday Inn. We were so excited to hear about the great amenities this hotel offered compared to the Holiday Inn! Free beach chairs, free breakfast---that already made this place way better than the Holiday Inn. The room was very nice, but a little humid due to the outdoor corridors. I would recommend an ocean view room. The outdoor pool was nice and at a perfect temperature. I loved the beach chairs and umbrellas that were offered. This hotel is within walking distance to the boardwalk area and restaurants. As a travel agent, I would stay at this Best Western over the Holiday Inn. They have comparable décor, but the Best Western offers so many more amenities that the Holiday Inn doesn't except the lazy river that was broken down during our stay. We were very glad that we chose the Best Western for another night stay!. Misty deserves a raise or a promotion in my book. What an exceptional employee to have on your staff! Keep up the great work! We will be back.

Toni R, Director of Sales at BEST WESTERN Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Thank You so much for your lovely review. We appreciate the wonderful comments about Misty! It was our pleasure to serve you and we are so glad you enjoyed the amenities of our hotel. We look forward to your next visit with us!

"23 states 38 Best Western's "THE BEST One""

698xxxzzz, Louisville, Kentucky 21/10/2015

This is by far the very Best of all the 38 BW hotels i have stayed at.The Staff is what every hotel should aspire to be.Dan at the beach went out of his way to help us with the handicapped person we were there with.The Front Desk Manager has every reason to be proud of her Staff!!

Toni R, Director of Sales at BEST WESTERN Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Thank You for the lovely review! We appreciate the ranking of the "best" and the compliments to the staff. Please do come and visit with us again.

"have stayed here 15 times in 17 years"

whube, Saint Louis, Missouri 20/10/2015

great always a good experience, unfortunately this trip there were many smokers on the property and we were unable to use our balcony many times should be made smoke free property in pool areas and on balcony smoking could be done in parking lot,

Toni R, Director of Sales at BEST WESTERN Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Thank You for your review. We appreciate your loyalty and thank you for your suggestions. We look forward to seeing you soon!

"Nice off-season hotel stay"

User 15/10/2015

It was nice to be right on beach with a 13 month old. Went to beach 3 times a day, in between naps. Good restaurants are within 20 minutes in Destin. Breakfast was good, even had cheerios and orange juice for the baby. Was nice to have mini-refrigerator and microwave in room. Staff was friendly, always smiling at us. Was nice to have chairs and umbrella complimentary at beach, along with beach towels. They rented SUPs and kayaks at beach, not bad prices. Hotel was undergoing construction at time of our stay but did not interfere too much with the baby's naps (we had a sound machine to help drown out outside noise). Would recommend and will consider this hotel for future trips to FWB.

Toni R, Director of Sales at BEST WESTERN Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Thank You for your kind review. We are so glad you and your family enjoyed your stay. We look forward to your next visit.

"Ahhh, the sand , the surf, the beach!!"

Suzin S, Elyria, Ohio 14/10/2015

Just got back from another really relaxing and fun time in Ft. Walton Beach. This hotel has it all. But be sure to get the beach front rooms. You won't be sorry. We have been going here several times a year for 5 years. Not disappointed yet. October is a beautiful time for a visit. Low humidity. Temps in the 70's and 80's and loads of sunshine. Chairs and umbrellas are free to occupants of the hotel. The sand is called sugar because it is so fine and white. Never gets real hot. Beaches are groomed most mornings. Breakfast comes with the room rental. Very nice selection of items. Balconies with each room overlooking the Gulf. 2 chairs and a small table make it cozy for watching the sunrise or sunset. Dolphins galore. Always lots to keep your attention. Paddle boards available to rent along with ocean kayaks, and skydoos. A Cabana bar is open through Nov. and the Swizzle Stik Bar is open every evening inside. The pool is outside with lots of lounge chairs and umbrellas. Tables available for your picnic lunch.

Toni R, Director of Sales at BEST WESTERN Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Thank You for your lovely review. We appreciate your loyalty to us. We are looking forward to your next visit with us! Until then.........may the dolphins bring you lots of good luck throughout the year.

"Amazing staff and services!"

Derek J, Emporia, United States 12/10/2015

The hotel was clean and nice, and the staff went above and beyond to make sure our honeymoon was the best ever!!! The beach was amazing and chairs and umbrellas so nice! The breakfast was plentiful and well stocked, someone was always there to restock as needed!

Toni R, Director of Sales at BEST WESTERN Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Thank You for your kind review. It was our pleasure to have helped make your honeymoon special. We look forward to your next visit.


Colleen M, Gulf Shores, Al, United States 12/10/2015

This is a very old hotel on the beach. It is very nicely decorated with a fun vibe. It was conveint for our needs. We had a very delightful weekend. The Swizzle Stick bar was full of people having a splendid time. Loved all of the Swizzle Stick Collection!

Toni R, Director of Sales at BEST WESTERN Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Thank you for your review. We appreciate all the kind feedback. We're glad you enjoyed the decor of the Swizzle Stick! Please do come and visit with us again.

"Excellent Choice"

Julia K, Bowling Green, United States 11/10/2015

My family and I were looking for a hotel right off the beach. This was a great fit for us. In addition, the hotel had a kind, caring staff, breakfast was great, and the kind of clientele that this hotel attracted were overall the kind of people I would not mind my children being around.

Toni R, Director of Sales at BEST WESTERN Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Thank You for your review. We appreciate the kind feedback and are so glad that you and your family enjoyed your stay with us. Please do come back and visit with us, again.

"What's up Beaches"

TheLum, Knoxville, Tennessee 10/10/2015

Friendly and RIGHT on the beach, what more do you need. Big Mamma says "2 thumbs up" The staff was wonderful, even the maintinance guys were cool. The continental breakfast was really impressive too. Complimentary umbrellas and lounge chairs was the icing on my little cup cake! Ice down your cooler and grab a towel....they take care of the rest!

Toni R, Director of Sales at BEST WESTERN Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Thank You for your review. We appreciate all the nice feedback and are so glad you enjoyed your stay. Please do come and visit with us, again.

"Great Stay/Great Location"

MoMema93, Fair Play, Missouri 09/10/2015

They are updating bathrooms. Lots of fresh paint around. Our room 403 was good size. Nice balcony, comfortable king bed. Ceiling in main part of bedroom looked to be recently painted but seemed to have missed a few spots. Nice tile and carpet. Great wifi. Wonderful location on the beach, beautiful sand and water. It was very nice to have the complimentary umbrella and two comfortable beach chairs. Pool appeared nice and clean. Breakfast was very good with variety even the two days we were there. Loved the eggs and became addicted to the cheesy grits. My husband always has to make a Belgium Waffle. Florida orange was sweet and juicy. Check in and out was speedy!

Toni R, Director of Sales at BEST WESTERN Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Thank You for your lovely review. We appreciate all the kind feedback and are so glad you enjoyed your time with us! Please do come and visit with us again.

"good place to stay"

Kelly B, Metairie, United States 06/10/2015

had a very enjoyable stay. everything was very good and we were treated very well. Nice and clean. Staff very helpful and friendly. Breakfast was very good with a nice variety of things for everyone. Room nice and clean. Bed very comfortable. overall very satisfied with my stay.

Toni R, Director of Sales at BEST WESTERN Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Thank You for your nice review. We appreciate the kind feedback and are so glad you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to your next visit.

"excellent staff"

Julius A, Atlanta, United States 05/10/2015

Bar is very convenient, beach is just a few feet away,staff is awesome! hotel is kid friendly, will be making return trip with whole family! weird color scheme from the time u pull up, but dont judge the book by its cover.

Toni R, Director of Sales at BEST WESTERN Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Thank You for your review. We appreciate all your feedback and are glad you enjoyed the amenities of our hotel. Please do come and visit with us again!

"Very Nice stay"

Denise O, Brandon, Florida 05/10/2015

Was pleasantly surprised with this hotel. Don't have anything bad to say! The bed was a little too soft for my taste, but if you like soft and comfy beds, then this bed would feel amazing to you! Good location, gorgeous beach, friendly staff!

Toni R, Director of Sales at BEST WESTERN Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Thank You for your review. We appreciate the kind feedback. Please do come visit with us again.

"Great Location and Great Value"

Joyce S, Florida, United States 05/10/2015

Very helpful and friendly staff. Nicely appointed reception and pool area. Great access to the beach with plenty of free parking. Full breakfast including waffles. Great location and value - we enjoyed our stay

Toni R, Director of Sales at BEST WESTERN Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Thank You for your review. We appreciate all your feedback. Please do come and visit with us again!

"Don the Bartender"

GBHolland, St. Bernard Parish 04/10/2015

Not only is this property on an absolutely beautiful stretch of the beach, but it has a Tiki Bar with a bartender named Don. Don is one of the main reasons we have returned to this property a couple of times. He is always friendly and has some good stories to tell. He is from the Fort Walton Beach area and is helpful when it comes to discussing restaurants and retail in the area. He makes really good drinks, too. Cheers to you, Don!

Toni R, Director of Sales at BEST WESTERN Ft. Walton Beachfront, responded to this review
Thank You for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and appreciate the kind comments about Don. Please do come and visit with us again!

These reviews are the subjective opinions of individual travelers and not of TripAdvisor LLC nor of its partners.