WaterColor Inn

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

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Guest Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5

Always great

Nov 17th, 2019

I have been here about 10 times. It is like my “beach house”, since we usually come as couples and don’t need a beach house. It is beach chic and I love the views. I would change the chairs on the porch, because they are not very comfortable, and I would make the beach chair set up much easier (they had to run people out of our prepaid chairs everyday), but overall it is wonderful. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5

Great family trip

Oct 1st, 2019

Vacationed with wife and our 6 year old son. Awesome amenities and super friendly / attentive staff. Camp Watercolor was our son's favorite part (along with the made to order virgin daiquiries :). Enjoyed every minute of our stay. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3


Sep 29th, 2019

Ritz-Carlton prices, but no comparison. In bad need of refurbishing. It has really gone downhill since our last visit 2 years ago. On the positive side, staff was great. However, the room.......The desk looked like someone had hit it with a chain. The dimmer light was out on the nightstand clock, never replaced. The refrigerator had a foul oder. Replacement refrigerator had black mold inside. Stains on the carpet. Cigarette butts and trash on our patio. No excuse for this when paying $500 per night (includes resort fess and taxes). TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3

Clearly Excellent Marketing Campaigns

Sep 21st, 2019

For years I have seen the idyllic ads for Watercolor clearly putting it on my Florida bucket list. In my mind I imagined an intimate, 5-star boutique hotel on a private, luxurious beach. What I found was a nice area, with a staff that has not been trained how to address clientele, and a check-in policy that will not, under any circumstances, or, for any amount of money, allow you to check in prior to 4pm. Even when they are at 60% occupancy. It's like a time share. They are polite with a 'constant yes sir', but clearly have no answers and are not empowered to do anything, including make change for tips unless they are a manager. The rooms do not have a glimpse of the ocean unless you are on the 3rd or 4th floor. They have what is akin to a hospital curtain instead of a bathroom door. Whatever decorator thought that sliding white barn doors wouldn't work on this bathroom and a curtain is better, I don't know because it offers zero privacy. The shower has full glass from the shoulders up so there is no privacy there either. The bed was very comfortable and there were plenty of nice pillows, but the hall and room carpets were terribly stained. How about frosted glass, or textured glass so no one can see in! You are on a tight schedule of the beach being open only from 9-5 and chairs packed in like sardines even when it isn't busy. The food is ok, not amazing, but is reasonably priced. There is a gym on site that was well equipped but the yoga mats were nasty dirty and the walls in the stretching room were scuffed up and chipping. They are in the process of adding a kiddie pool and infinity pool in the beach club section. That will be a nice addition to the cramped facility. Prepare yourself for afternoons with lots of drunk, loud adults, who don't really care if you have young children with you or not. This is clearly a hotel that is past it's prime and isn't well managed. I wouldn't go back, but I am glad I was able to check it off my list. Based on the service and the condition of the hotel, this should be a 3.5 star hotel. This could be a Four Seasons or Ritz Carlton type area, and at the prices they charge, it should be. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5

If you can afford it, you won't be disappointed

Sep 9th, 2019

What a wonderful place! I think they built it strong enough to withstand a hurricane. That shows in the quality of everything- floors, ceilings, walls, balconies, everything. The staff is all about being friendly and helpful. Pretty hard not to like these folks! We felt welcome the moment we walked in and when we opened the door to our room, we were greeted with an amazing view of the turquoise Gulf of Mexico and white sand beaches below us. Wow! If there is any concern about staying here it’s your costs. With some notable exceptions, everything is a la carte. The $50/day beach umbrellas/chairs and towels and the no food under $10 is a theme that exists pretty much everywhere in the town of Seaside. Just know that it comes with the territory – a wealthy beach town where very few homes sell for under $700,000 and most sell for well over a million. About those notable hotel cost exceptions… Outside your room next to the elevator is the “Treat Suite.” Free coffee type drinks, popcorn, sodas, ice cream, and fruits. Can’t live on that, but it might help you skip lunch and save it for dinner. My favorite freebee is free access to another beach and pool area called “Water Sound.” It includes a lazy river pool, a second good-sized pool and a level walkway over the dunes to the beach where free umbrellas, chez lounges, and towels await you. Two restaurants and a clothing store are also on site. No, the food isn’t free and it’s about 5 miles from your hotel, but what a glorious place to spend a day at the beach. Ultimately if you can afford the Water Color Inn, you won’t be too worried about the other costs. The meal on our last evening cost $185 – the most I’ve spent on a meal for two ever! Was it worth it? Sitting on balcony watching the sun go down on the horizon, drinking, eating, laughing. Yeah, it was. You can’t take it with you. The other big concern about coming to the Water Color Inn is the weather. During our stay it was all blazing sun, mid-90 degrees for all 4 days. Unless you’re planting yourself in the pool or jumping into the ocean every 15 minutes, it was brutally hot. Early spring or late fall might be a better time to be in Seaside Florida. FYI, once there at the Water Color Inn, I never walked in anything but beach sandals. Woohoo! TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

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