USA Gulf Coast Florida Fort Walton Beach Listing #36302

Destin West Resort - Gulfside 203 - Fort Walton Beach, FL

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14 reviews
Max. occupancy: 6 1 King Bed, 2 Twin Bed, 1 Sofa Bed 1 bedroom 2 bathrooms No pets 
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Condo w/ Partial Gulf View, Lazy River, Kiddie Spray Park, Other Amenities!

This Gulfside second floor vacation rental at Destin West has a lot to offer! The master bedroom offers a king size bed and flat screen TV along with bunk beds in the hall. The master has its own bathroom with tub. The living space has a queen size sofa sleeper with a TV and DVD player. The kitchen has a refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, and stove. This unit has all the utensils to cook a home cooked meal and then you can enjoy on the patio. You can use your laptop anywhere in the unit or patio with wireless internet service. This is the perfect location since The Gulfarium, The Boardwalk, and many shops and restaurants are within walking distance. The beachside complex offers a 5000 sq. ft. pool, a splash garden for the kids, a kiddy pool, and a large hot tub. Also, you have an annually heated pool beneath the villas. The beachside also has a state of the art Fitness Gym. The bayside offers a 700 ft. lazy river, a heated pool with a waterfall flowing into it, and 2 large hot tubs in the center of the bayside complex. There is also a gradual decline pool that feeds into the Lazy River. The bridge connecting the beachside complex to the bayside complex makes using all of the amenities at Destin West easy. There are charcoal grills and picnic tables on both the bayside and beachside make grilling out fun. Spend your days relaxing and floating in the resort's lazy river or sunbathing near one of many pools. The Villa is perfect for a fun family vacation.

Parking Notes: There is no parking spaces for boats, trailers, or RVs.

Parking passes are required. Two passes will be in the welcome packet inside the unit upon arrival.

You must be 21 years or older to rent this property.



Jetted tub

Common areas

Gym/fitness room



Washer/dryer : Private

Heating & cooling

Central AC

Partial AC

Kitchen & dining






Ocean view


Water view


Beach access

Gulf view






DVD library

DVD player

Wireless router

On-site activities

Hot tub : Shared

Pool : Shared





14 reviews

Maria T. Sep 2021
The pools at this place are amazing.
Amanda K. Sep 2021
A lot of things were not working in the facility. If we were staying a full week it would have been not good. The dryer didn’t work, The blender didn’t work, half the stove top wasn’t working, the coffee maker very old barely worked, and the toaster didn’t work. The patio door was extremely hard to open. The outside furniture was very old and miss matched only 3 cheap chairs to use. When taking a shower noticed black hair all over the shower wall. We are all blondes in my household, yuck.
The beach and Destin West amenities were very nice. The facility was nice. I would just never stay in this unit.
Manager response:
We're sorry for the issues you faced. The broken appliances are replaced, the dryer is repaired, and housekeeping will be stepping up their game. Thank you, Amanda!
Jamie O. Aug 2021
Good location and so many pool options.
Joanne S. Jun 2021
Great location. Comfortable main bedroom. Cute/fun bunkroom for kids. Two full baths were definitely helpful.
Ariens D. Jun 2021
Everything about this place was so nice for my family we really enjoyed our stay!
Casey D. Jun 2021
We recently stayed in Unit 203 at Destin West Gulfside. Destin West is in a GREAT location. We were able to walk multiple evenings to do dinner at the Boardwalk restaurant and even able to walk across to the Bay side for a Sunset Dolphin Cruise with Sunventures. This is a huge perk!

The resort itself is lovely. We never had to fight for a chair at the pool no matter the time of day which I appreciate so much! We also loved going over to the Bay side of the resort after dinner most evenings so the kids could swim and do the lazy river while we had drinks and read books. This was so relaxing for us.

There were definitely a few issues with the condo, though. They still have not taken the many reviews feedback about the refrigerator handles. They are decorative pulls that are functional but my small kids were not at the right height to be able to open it themselves. We usually go out to eat a few nights and also like to eat in a few nights to save money and enjoy the local seafood. The grills were great on the property but the condo is not very equipped for cooking meals. There was no colander to strain pasta and there was no pizza cutter! They could use to invest in more dishes and utensils so it's easier to cook a variety of simple meals. The chairs on the patio have been replaced since the photos were taken. They are Adirondack chairs and are way too short to actually sit in and eat at the table on the patio. This was a bummer because we wanted to eat meals on the balcony but it was too uncomfortable with the short chairs compared to the table height.

There were a couple other major issues which will most likely prevent us from returning to Destin West and this condo specifically. The elevator right next to this condo is out of order and has been since Hurricane Sally. That was a major letdown with small kids and beach equipment! Carrying everything up and down and walking up and down the steps multiple times per day was a huge pain. The elevator near the parking garage was ALSO out of order so we had to go up and down stairs when unloading our stuff. There was only one elevator operating the entire trip and it was in the middle of the resort when this unit is on the end. Someone at Destin West HOA needs to get this resolved ASAP. I'm thankful we were only on the second floor and not the fifth!

Our biggest drawback to Destin West is the beach situation. The water is beautiful and the sand is powdery but you have to get up at 6am to take your chairs and umbrella down to the beach in order to get a spot for the day. The rental chair company (Dolce Vita) starts setting up in the early morning and takes up the entire beach front with rows and rows of rental chairs. These chairs are right next to each other and people stand in line 45 minutes before they open to get a good chair. Everyone at the beach was so grumpy because they didn't have space if they brought their own beach setup OR they had to stand in line forever for a rental. The Destin West HOA needs to change this! We have stayed at plenty of resorts on other beaches that have rentals and they're usually back a ways on the beach or in a semi-circle so there is space for those of us that bring our own chairs and umbrellas. It was not enjoyable to be so stressed about getting a spot at the beach each day when that is the entire purpose of visiting Destin! Because of this we will not be making Destin West our "go to" spot in the near future.
Manager response:
Thank you for such a thorough review, Casey. It is important to us to know how to best improve for our guests. The missing kitchen items will be restocked, and Destin West is working to repair the elevators. We will discuss the refrigerator handles with the homeowner. We hope to host you again!
Tonya B. May 2021
Everything was nice!
Sheena S. May 2021
The location and amenities of the property are great. This particular unit really needs some attention and repairs. No handle on the refrigerator. I saw this complaint in other reviews and thought surely it had been addressed. It was not. There is a completely unsanitary rope ball (decoration) screwed into the doors of the refrigerator. Come on! Order new handles! It can't be that expensive. The towel bar in the hallway bathroom was apparently ripped off the wall at one time, so they just moved it down and left the holes in the wall. The sliding glass doors do not close. They were open when we got there and open when we left. The couch needs replaced in a big way. It's old, broken down, and just doesn't look nice. The master bedroom bed is awful. I know mattress comfort is subjective, but who likes springs and coils in their back all night? No one. Buy a new mattress! There are about half a dozen remotes to each TV, only one of which had batteries. We couldn't even figure out how to work the TV. No instructions. Checkout time is 10:00. The cleaning lady showed up at 9:17, trying to get in. I was even sent a text saying to click a link when I was ready to checkout so it would alert the cleaning staff, but she showed up early even though I had not checked out yet. If you're going to charge the prices you're charging for this condo, you really need to spend some money to upgrade the things I listed above. It makes no sense to endure the same complaints from guest after guest.
Manager response:
Hi, Sheena. Thank you for taking the time to provide us with this valuable feedback. Since your departure, we have passed along this feedback to the local staff and homeowners so that we can get these issues addressed as quickly as possible. We do apologize that these details weren’t taken care of prior to your arrival. We do hope that you’ll consider us again in the future so we can host you for a truly relaxing vacation.
Vicki W. Oct 2020
The room was clean and the facility was close to the beach. The swimming pool and hot tub were amazing.
Amy H. Jul 2020
We loved this unit and the location. It was close to the beach, the pool and the gym. We would give it a 5 but it needs a few repairs. The tv in the bedroom was old and the dryer didn’t heat up. Also, there is an outlet in the master that needs to be replaced. Other than those items, booking, check in/out process and communications were great! We would definitely stay in this unit again!
Manager response:
Thank you for your review, Amy! We are working on replacing the dryer, and the outlet has been taken care of. Thank you for staying with us!
Kami D. Jul 2020
This condo was average. The slip cover on the couch needs to be washed or replaced extremely bad. I spread the extra sheets and covered it so we could sit on it. The refrigerator was missing its handles which had been replaced by some tassel like things. I'm pretty sure they're not very sanitized. The location was good, the condo just needs to be updated. The knob on the dryer is messed up also.
Manager response:
Hi, Kami! Thank you for staying with us! We have bought a new handle for the fridge and new knob for the dryer. The slipcover has been laundered. We appreciate you telling us about these things and hope to see you again!
Rachel C. Jul 2020
We loved all the room we had and the lazy river, pools, and hot tubs but we couldn’t find the kiddie spray pad and/or splash garden! We also had an issue getting the dryer to work. At the end I figured it out but it doesn’t work as it should. Other than that we had a great time!
Manager response:
Hello, Rachel,We apologize that the dryer was not working as it should during your stay. We have notified our local management team so they are able to address this. We hope we have a chance to host you again!
Darren D. Jun 2020
Good location. Close walk to the boardwalk. Get up early for a spot on the beach and you will be rewarded.