3 soveværelser, 2 badeværelser, 9 sovepladser
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Great condo, unfriendly beaches
The property was great, everything as described. Not a fan of Destin Beaches. They rope off the beach in front of the condo and force you to rent from their beach service in order to sit on the beach there. Otherwise, everyone with their own beach chairs and umbrellas are relegated to on small strip of beach. Not sure if this is true all over Destin or just this area. I’ve stayed in Sandestin, gulf shores, and orange beach and never experienced this. Won’t be back for this reason.
Sterling Shores 303: Rumors of its demise are greatly exaggerated
I was a little apprehensive about 303 based on the (dated) reviews here but this place was great. the space was perfect for our family (4 kids). super easy access to the beach and the back porch, if that's your thing. There were plenty of dishes and towels for the stay and the in-unit w/d was pretty new and worked well. The space was great, but a few things brought the score to 4 stars: 1. little things just need to be addressed to be 5 star such as..there's no screen on the main screen door (from the living room) to the balcony so although the bugs aren't terrible, you can't leave the door open all the time and frankly the sliding glass door is heavy for kids. The unit also has a LOT of fake plants and these fake plants need to be dusted (or thrown away). the couch and leather seats are just old and the patio furniture is run down. there's also a lot of family photos in the house which is just odd, I think. as far as the resort goes. the big pool is impressive but obviously you can't swim there in the spring. Sterling Shores heated pool was fine for the afternoon swim as long as you got there before the meatheads started drinking too much and dancing, that's when it was time to get out. I think the security guy wanted to do something but he just let them party. Location was great if you needed to run out, very convenient to everything and also very close to the amusement park for bigger kids. we did see some dolphins so that was cool. Final Verdict: rent this place. for the value and location you can't beat it and we would stay here again if we come back to Destin.
Great Resort - Condo TERRIBLE
I have stayed at Sterling Resorts since it was opened - this is by far the WORST condo that we have ever stayed in. It's like the owners want to own a condo but they do not want to maintain it. it was dirty - not dirty like the housekeeping wasn't doing their job, just dirty like neglected - curtains, baseboards, shower tile - nasty and worn. No pot holders, no cookie sheets,- but there are at least 4 cork screws for wine - two back burners on the stove top don't work and all the burners are lopsided and heat unevenly luckily we had friends in 214 (WHICH WAS A BEAUTIFUL, WELL MAINTAINED CONDO) and we were able to use their stove when we all ate meals together the couch sags in the middle - I was told it had just been replaced, it was apparently replaced with a used couch. In the master bedroom the big walk-in closet is used as the owners old furniture storage - old dressers, shelves, etc. littered the whole closet. Beds are worn and uncomfortable - front bedroom has no ceiling fan and because it is so packed with furniture there is no circulation so you can't even use the room because it's so hot. The kitchen drawers are stained and dirty. Also there are about 5 remotes for the living room and NO BATTERIES or backs for any of them - I had to purchase batteries and then figure out which remote belonged to what - same for the master bedroom - I have never had to purchase batteries for a remote - also toilet stopped up at least once a day and the master bathroom sink drained so slow that every time I brushed my teeth I had to plunge and and all the black silt came up until it cleared. I would not recommend this condo to anyone - again, Sterling Shores is a great, great complex and most owners have pride and want to/are able to take care of their property, - these owners clearly just want rental income.
Each guest receives multiple communications including a tent card in the unit that let's the guest know that if there is anything wrong with the unit to call us so that we can address and resolve it to the guest's satisfaction. This guest did not call us about any housekeeping related issues. If they had we would have addressed them immediately.
Further, the cleaners that clean this unit have been cleaning the unit all summer and in our phone calls to the guests staying there, we have not had any guest who has taken issue with the cleanliness of the unit. That said, this guest tried to get into the unit before check-in and our cleaner would not allow them in because they weren't finished cleaning the unit.
Beautiful Place, Not So Great Room
We have been staying at Sterling Shores every summer for the past 8 years. There's not a better resort in Destin. We usually stay on a higher floor but decided to try a lower one this year, so 303 was the one we chose. We were so disappointed in our choice.
1. Price was awesome for this resort. We usually pay a lot more for a rental here.
2. The condo was decent size especially the master bedroom. One of the bedrooms was very small.
3. Beds, couch, and other furniture was comfortable.
5. Beach toys and chairs provided & stored in laundry room.
6. Very nice washer and dryer.
1. Check in was at 4:00; however room was not cleaned. Had to call manager to see why room wasn't ready. We had to wait over an hour while they cleaned the room.
2. Fridge takes over 24 hours to cool items. I was worried that my groceries would ruin. Called manager again & she said this was normal? Items never got really cold & freezer never completely froze our things solid. We kept drinks in a cooler.
3. Several lights had blown bulbs.
4. Cobwebs on light fixtures.
5. Broken dresser and couch bed. Had to use an air mattress.
6. DVD player made a loud noise.
7. No hangers in closets.
8. Stopper in sink would not hold water in the sink. Broken stopper in the bathtub as well.
These all were minor things; however, when you pay a large amount of money to stay in a condo for a week or more, you expect the minor things to be fixed. These minor things add up to be a big inconvenience.