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Holiday Inn Resort Fort Walton Beach

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Stayed for 2 nights and enjoyed. We had an ocean view and loved sitting on the balcony listening to the waves at night. Room was clean and comfy. We did not eat at the hotel restaurant because there were so many great places within walking distance. Beautiful beach that is a very short walk. Nice pool and lazy river. Bar service outside was a little slow and they close early. Inside bar staff very friendly! Just a great place to relax.

We're staying at your resort for 8 days... it's a nice place but your restaurant is very limited, doesn't seem like there's enough staff for the amount of guests, and housekeeping either never comes or comes so late in the day!! It's extremely frustrating when you been at the pool and beach all day and come back to your room 3:00 p.m. wanting to shower for dinner and housekeeping never has come. Also the pool area needs a major cleaning!! You guys have some improvements to make.

From a great onsite restaurant and bar area, the swimming pool is very well kept, walk to the beach is super short, rooms are well kept and service is amazing. Not to mention a corner store in walking distance, grocery store and restaurants over the bridge and a fishing pier super close. This was the right choice for our week long family vacation.

Husband and I stayed here for 3 nights and had a great time. We were on the 3rd floor and our room was comfy and clean. Every staff member we had an encounter with was super friendly and accommodating. From Spike at the restaurant during breakfast, to Tina and Rachel(?) at the Tiki bar to Joe at the indoor bar. Food both at breakfast and at the Tiki bar were delicious. Location is conveniently located to several restaurants within walking distance. We never had to risk getting in our car to drive anywhere especially after dinner and drinks. Loved that the beach was so close and never crowded (at least never in front of this resort). We stayed here on points so did not pay the going rate which we found out from a couple we met was in the $500?? Maybe a little steep but the convenience can make it worth it. Only thing I would add is a shower before getting back to the pool from beach. They had 2 in the pool area but it's always nice to wash the ocean salt off. Loved the white sand too!

We spent 2 days here and the family loved it. We have 2 children under 7 and having the option of the pool / lazy river and the beach was perfect. The best is you don’t really have to leave as there is everything you need here. Pool, Beach, Tiki Bars, Food all on site. Nice clean overall. Rooms are standard but the staff makes the difference. Everyone is so friendly and accommodating. Especially the staff around the pool area and front desk. We will be back for many visits.

This was our second time to this resort as Aspire Elite Members & we will not be back. The first time we visited in October 2017 it was great. This year the hotel was horribly dirty on the 5th floor there was mold on the ceiling in the hallway. Our room stunk like mold. The pool was nasty daily & we stayed on the ocean afraid to get in the pool. The photo is the water in the waterfall area & one section was not working the whole time we were there 4 days so the water was stagnant & black. Underneath the working side had trash that stayed there the 4 days we were there. It’s the view we had on our balcony. The toilet paper metal roll holders were rusted. The only positive is it was on the beach & the bed was comfy. There is no way I would have pay $300.00 - $350.00 a night for this. We were fortunate to stay for FREE! We would have left before paying! The ocean was our saving grace we hung out there.

As you walk in the lobby is nice, clean. The dining area is small. Breakfast buffet was the best thing about our stay. It's really good. Our room was clean and beds comfortable. I wish I could say the same for the pool area. Three out of 4 days the pool was not open by 9:00am. It's dirty all the time and sand at the bottom because there is no foot shower to clean off feet from sand coming off beach. There is one but it's on the other side of the pool so there is sand all around pool area and no one sweeps it. The same Plastic wrappers and cups around pool area for 3 days. There are signs everywhere around the pool and elsewhere about No smoking/no vaping. On one occasion an employee walked by 2 smoking gentlemen in pool area and said hello to them and another time an employee was holding a conversation with 2 vaping teens af poolside. I was within feet of both scenarios and during neither were they told no smoking. Employees here look like they don't want to be there. For the money that is charged for this room per night maybe they should pay them more. If you want to spend a little less per night go to Margaritaville in Pensacola beach and see what cleanliness and customer service is Really like!

I really wish people would stop valuing location over cleanliness and overall condition of living space. We checked in and immediately began the process of checking out. They attempted to relocate us to three separate rooms to address the issue. All three rooms had mold like substance on ceiling of bathrooms, air vents had so much debris and dust that when you shut the restroom doors debris would fall out from ceiling vent to floor. Walls were horribly marked up with foot prints, starches, hand prints, etc. Seriously the outside area of the resort is new and nice. The living locations are absolutely horrible! When they attempted to move us the third time, they asked us to please wait in our current room while the check the room. After waiting for 10 minutes, my wife said something is up. We walked down to the purposed room and their the manager and a staff member with rubber gloves are attempting to remove mold like substance from wall. How are you people giving this resort a good rating? Absolutely horrible! The photos attached: one of the ceiling and door way of one room and the other is of the tub were the clacking has come undone. This was in ALL 3 rooms!!! We left within an hour of being there. Took an hour only because they wanted to charge us!

We were there in June 2019. We arrived earlier than we thought. There were plenty of staff evident, yet we had a 2 hour wait for our room. We booked the kid's suite . It was a pretty tight squeeze. The playpen was pushed to a wall. Breakfast was provided free for only 2 adults. Now the good part! It was great! Location was right in the middle of everywhere we wanted to go, and within walking distance. The lazy river was awesome, the tiki bar was way cool, and they had mermaid school, sand castle classes, and a pirate walking around making balloon swords for the kids. Lots of child AND adult entertainment! Location and amenities were worth the price

My wife and I had a very great stay! I loved all the staff. My grandson came with us he had fun with the Kid Activities Y'all have at the Resort. It's a beautiful place to vacate at. Karrina I believe that's how you spell it was AWESOME!! She helped us locate some very great restaurants and she had fun painting with my grandson. Also Crystal (front desk) was very nice! I will see yall next year !!

1299 Miracle Strip Parkway SE Fort Walton Beach FL

Hotel highlights

  • Steps from Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Holiday Inn Resort Fort Walton Beach places you next to Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park and Emerald Coast Convention Center. This 152-room, 3-star resort has a restaurant, an outdoor pool, and an indoor pool.


Enjoy a bite to eat at the resort's restaurant, or relax with a drink at the bar/lounge. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room. For your convenience, a buffet breakfast is served for a fee each morning from 6:30 AM to 11 AM.


A TV comes with cable channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi and wired Internet. The bathroom offers hair dryers and free toiletries. Other standard amenities include an MP3 dock, a refrigerator, and a microwave.

Property features

Holiday Inn Resort Fort Walton Beach features an indoor pool, an outdoor pool, and a fitness center. If you drive, put free parking to good use. Helpful staff can provide dry cleaning/laundry services, tour or ticket assistance, and a safe deposit box at the front desk. Other amenities at this beach resort include a spa tub, free WiFi in public areas, and conference space.

Room options

Deluxe Room, 2 Queen Beds, Accessible, Non Smoking (HEARING)

Queen 2 | Sleeps 4

Studio Suite, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking, View (Gulf View)

King 1 | Sleeps 4

Room, 2 Queen Beds, Balcony, View (Inland View)

Queen 2 | Sleeps 4

Room, 2 Queen Beds, Non Smoking, View (Inland View)

Queen 2 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

81.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 737 reviews

*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.