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WaterColor Inn

34 Golden Rod Circle | Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459-5979  [SEE MAP]Santa Rosa Beach, FL  [SEE ADDRESS]
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Overview

Every room has a balcony or patio with ocean views
Daily resort fee applies
Sitting on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico about halfway between Destin and Panama City Beach, Florida, Santa Rosa Beach's WaterColor Inn will especially appeal to families. It has decent room rates to facilitate group travel, plus lots of amenities for keeping kids busy, such as four pools, a lazy river and a kids day camp. The property's $45 daily resort fee also covers bike, kayak and canoe rentals. However, The Gathering Spot and Fish Out of Water restaurants are best suited for romance thanks to their waterfront atmospheres. Recent guests appreciated the intimate feel of this resort, which only has 60 rooms, and said that the limited number of accommodations means you can bask in more personal attention from the hospitality staff. Accommodations here feature a variety of modern comforts, including free Wi-Fi access, flat-screen TVs with DVD players, walk-in showers and Keurig coffee makers. Plus, each offers a balcony or patio that overlooks the Gulf of Mexico.
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Location
Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Hotel Class
4.0-star
Property Type
Hotel, 60 rooms
Primary View
Ocean
Style
Traditional

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  • 4.0Hotel Class

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Critic Reviews

Condé Nast Traveler

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This Panhandle property has 'beautiful surroundings' – it's among sand dunes near the restaurants and shops of Seaside. The four-story inn's rooms are done in soft blues and greens and have floor-to-ceiling windows that afford 'gorgeous views of the Gulf of Mexico.'

Fodor's

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Nature meets seaside chic at this boutique property, the crown jewel of the area's latest – and largest – planned communities. Rooms are done in seashell tones with sea-blue comforters and accents; stylish armoires and desks look as natural and unfinished as driftwood.

Oyster.com

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The inn offers an airy and relaxing atmosphere, and sits right on a beautiful private beach. It's part of a larger resort community that's packed with amenities, including four restaurants, water sports, bike rentals, and a long wooden pathway leading to the beach.

AAA

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Designed by renowned architect David Rockwell, this luxury hotel is located right on the Gulf shoreline. Take in gorgeous sunsets while relaxing on the balcony overlooking the beach or dunes.

Frommer's

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Although this David Rockwell stunner sits on 499 acres of beachfront, there are only 60 rooms, giving it less of a big-time beach resort feel and more of a modern, minimalistic vibe. The spacious guest rooms are done up in seaside-chic ocean blues and natural woods; all in all, you'll feel like you're staying in a comfortable private beach house.

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by Tripadvisor. A total of 551 have reviewed the WaterColor Inn, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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Tripadvisor Travel Rating: Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 551 reviews 4.5 (based on 551 reviews)

Guest Rooms

Designed by award-winning architect David Rockwell, the hotel and its beach house vibe exude equal parts coastal charm and casual chic. In addition to floor-to-ceiling windows, rooms offer balconies or patios that overlook the Gulf of Mexico and are furnished with Adirondack chairs. Flat-screen TVs with DVD players, iPod docking stations, minifridges, Keurig coffee makers and king-sized beds come standard, while upgraded rooms boast outdoor showers. Suites offer rounded windows and more space, and only one is available on each of the resort's three upper floors.
  • Daily resort fee includes nightly turndown service with homemade cookies, in-room Wi-Fi access and newspapers
  • All bathrooms have walk-in showers
Nightly resort fee$45

Standard room size500 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

The WaterColor Inn sits on 500 acres of beachfront property in the Florida Panhandle. Pine forests, rolling dunes and rare coastal lakes surround the property, providing impressive vistas and ample opportunity for play. The hotel also sits within walking distance of various shops and restaurants.
  • Daily resort fee includes use of loaner bikes and valet and self-parking
  • Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport sits 35 miles east
  • 24-hour valet parking (free)
  • 24-hour self-parking (free)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Restaurants
  • Movie theater
  • Train station
  • Beach
  • Theater
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Grocery store
  • Shopping

Dining

Three eateries are available here. Fish Out of Water, the resort's fine dining establishment, features Southern dishes with fresh local seafood and meats. The Gathering Spot offers a laid-back beach atmosphere, plus casual American bites. And at The Canteen, guests can enjoy a cocktail and snack by the beach club's pool.
  • Room service available every day from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Reservations recommended for Fish Out of Water

Number of restaurants3

Cuisine TypesAmerican

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • free breakfast

Pool

The resort's four pools and lazy river, some offering magnificent Gulf views, feature decks furnished with an abundance of lounge chairs. Umbrellas and mature palm trees provide shade, and the daily resort fee includes towel service. One pool is reserved exclusively for adults.
  • Poolside beverage service available from Fish Out of Water restaurant
  • Daily resort fee covers paddleboard, kayak and canoe rentals
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar

Spa

Guests in need of pampering can head to the resort's InnSpa, where services include body treatments, scrubs, facials, massages and nail care. In-room services can be provided as well.
  • Children 17 and younger may enjoy spa treatments with adult supervision
  • Specialty treatments like prenatal massages, couples services and men's facials
  • Spa hours vary by day and season

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body Treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna

Kids

The property's Camp WaterColor offers a variety of creative and educational supervised activities for children ages 3 and older. Available on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m., kids club access costs $55 per child, per day. Evening programs are also available for a fee on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Additional family-friendly amenities include three pools and a lazy river.
  • Kids fitness classes (charges apply)
  • Daily resort fee covers use of resort bicycles and kayak, canoe and paddleboard rentals
  • Nightly turndown service includes homemade cookies
  • Kids Club
  • Free Kids Club
  • Fee for Kids Club
  • Cribs
  • High Chairs

Fitness

Certified personal trainers are on staff at WaterColor WorkOut, a full-service fitness center with group classes, cardio equipment and weight-training machines. Showers are avalable in the fitness center's locker rooms. Fitness classes are available seasonally (for a fee), including yoga and Pilates. Other fitness-focused amenities include five Har-Tru tennis courts, hiking and bike trails and free water sports equipment like kayaks and paddleboards.
  • Fitness center open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
  • Guests must be 14 or older to use fitness facilities
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)

Business

The hotel provides a team of conference professionals to assist in planning events in the property's 9,921 square feet of flexible space. Venue options include three gathering rooms, a 10-person boardroom, the WaterColor LakeHouse and a boathouse. However, the property's largest space is the outdoor Marina Park, which can accommodate up to 400 guests for receptions.
  • All-inclusive meeting packages
  • Audiovisual equipment and technical support

Number of meeting rooms6

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available

Wedding

The hotel's indoor and outdoor wedding venues offer a variety of settings for ceremonies, receptions, rehearsal dinners and bridal party festivities. Outdoor spaces include the beach, a few parks and a green space surrounded by dunes and verdant plants. The property's LakeHouse and BoatHouse can also be reserved for wedding-related events. The largest venue, the Marina Park, can accommodate up to 700 guests for receptions.
  • Professional wedding service managers available to help plan and execute events
  • Customized catering menus
  • Group rates for guests

Maximum wedding guest capacity700

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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