Fodor's Expert Review WaterColor Inn

34 Goldenrod Cir., Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, 32459-5979, USA Fodor's Choice

Nature meets seaside chic at The WaterColor Inn, the crown jewel of the area's latest—and largest—planned communities. Dune-level bungalows have private courtyards with outdoor showers, while upper rooms have huge balconies and walk-in showers with windows overlooking the Gulf so you can see the sea while you scrub. Standard rooms come with a king-size bed and a queen sleeper sofa, but consider one of the three rotunda rooms for something larger and more spectacular. Included in your room rate is one hour of canoeing, one hour of tennis, and bicycle use.

PROS

  • perhaps the ultimate vacation experience on the gulf
  • upscale and fancy
  • upscale and fancy
  • free Wi-Fi included
  • canoe use and tennis included in rates
  • Gulf views, even from the shower
  • free parking and Wi-Fi included
  • bike and canoe use and tennis included in rates
  • on-site full-service spa

CONS

  • you may feel like it caters exclusively to Ivy Leaguers and CEOs
  • which might make it hard to relax
  • clientele can be standoffish
  • you have to pay extra for beach gear
  • excellent, but not as private as renting your own beach house
  • extra charge for beach gear, up to $80 in season

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Sophisticated
Beachfront
Design
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 850-534–5000

HOTEL DETAILS

60 rooms
Rate Includes: No meals

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