The Best Hotels to Book in Destin, Florida, for Every Traveler

The Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard is one of the best places to stay in Destin, Florida
The Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard is one of the best places to stay in Destin, Florida | Courtesy of Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard / Expedia
Sarah Gillespie

There are three main reasons travelers come to Destin – sun, sea and sand. However, with cycling trails, the wildlife-rich Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and the chance to chart your own fishing boat, it’s not just sun-seekers who will love this Florida city. Whatever your reason for visiting, here are the best places to stay in Destin – bookable with Culture Trip.

1. The Henderson, a Salamander Resort

Luxury

The sun-baked exterior of the Henderson, a Salamander Beach and Spa Resort as seen from the large pool
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Tucked inside a building that’s more New England than Northwest Florida, this seaside resort showcases art from local artists in its 170 rooms. Amenities at this beachfront hotel in Destin include six dining options – from the beachside cantina to the dock-to-table Primrose restaurant – and activities such as snorkeling and boogie boarding. However, the pièce de résistance is the hotel’s private strip of white sand next to the Henderson Beach State Park.

2. Beachside Inn

Guesthouse, Bed and Breakfast

A raised outdoor pool are looks over another pool and patio area at the Beachside Inn
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When it comes to places to stay in Destin on the beach, this relaxed seaside motel charms with its two-tiered pool and breezy sundeck is mere steps from the shore. The nautical-themed rooms, with a king or two queen beds, feature original marine-life artworks, a mini-fridge, a microwave and daily coffee service. Some rooms are even pet-friendly – enquire when booking. The two dining options include a laid-back sidewalk cafe and Camille’s, which serves seaside fare and sushi.

3. Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard

Chain Hotel

Spacious modern lobby with L-shaped couch, rust-hued velvet chairs and artwork at the Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard
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This three-star hotel oozes business-class cool and is steps away from the Grand Boulevard Tower Center and its shops and dining options. Clean, functional rooms feature blackout curtains, coffee makers and mini-fridges to ensure a comfortable stay. The breakfast room and bar at this Destin hotel offer casual bites, and the Market has a range of grab-and-go snacks to take on a day of biking or sunbathing.

4. Residence Inn by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard

Chain Hotel

The gated outdoor pool area with aqua-hued lounge chairs in front of the Residence Inn by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard
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With fully equipped kitchens, smart TVs and pet-friendly rooms, this all-suites hotel in Destin combines apartment privacy with hotel amenities. Rent a bike and explore the beaches and wildlife-rich wetlands of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, or get your exercise fix at the hotel’s outdoor pool and 24-hour fitness center. From Monday to Wednesday, the Residence Inn hosts social and culinary events in the lobby and outdoor space.

5. Embassy Suites by Hilton Destin Miramar Beach

Chain Hotel

The all-white quadruple-height lobby at Embassy Suites Hotel Destin Miramar Beach with a glass ceiling filling the space with light
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This light-filled Destin luxury hotel is just steps from the flawless white strip of Miramar Beach and the golf and tennis resorts surrounding it. Two-room units are simply decorated and come with a marble vanity, a microwave, a mini-fridge and a sofa bed for up to two additional guests. Enjoy complimentary wine and beer at the evening reception before dining on Caribbean specialties and fresh seafood at Calypso Cafe. There’s also an enormous outdoor pool for enjoying a relaxing daytime swim.

6. 1210 Tops’l Tides

Apartment

Outdoor pool and jacuzzi area with lounge chairs and a bar at the 1210 Topsl Tides, whose pink exterior is set against a clear blue sky
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This two-bedroom condo is part of the Vacasa chain and features a shared hot tub, gym, pool and tennis courts. Whip up a stack of pancakes in the fully equipped kitchen before heading out to Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. The nature-rich habitat is an outdoor lover’s haven, with fishing, cycling, birding and swimming. The entertainment complex of Sandestin is also right on your doorstep, with cinemas, theaters and endless dining options.

7. Hampton Inn and Suites Destin

Budget Hotel, Chain Hotel

Pink exterior of the three-story Hampton Inn and Suites Destin surrounds its sun-filled pool with a cascading fountain at one end
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The Destin outpost of the Hampton Inn and Suites sits in a plum spot, just a five-minute walk from Henderson State Beach Park and countless steakhouses, pizza shacks and seafood restaurants, giving it a prime spot on the best places to stay in Destin list. However, if you’d prefer to stay at the hotel, you’ll find a fitness center and a saltwater pool. Almost all rooms come with a fridge and microwave, and many have a wet bar for serving coffee and drinks.

8. Hibiscus Coffee and Guesthouse

Guesthouse, Bed and Breakfast

Trees shroud the exterior and give shade to bikes chained to a bike rack outside the Hibiscus Coffee and Guesthouse
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Embodying Old Florida, this romantic bed and breakfast in Destin has 13 accommodation options. All come with a fridge, a microwave and a coffee pot, while three have a full kitchen. The attached cafe serves old-fashioned oatmeal, muffins, waffles topped with fresh fruit and pecans, and more. While away afternoons in the shady, hibiscus-filled courtyard or head out to the surrounding Grayton Beach State Park, exploring numerous hiking trails and a sugar-white beach.

Looking for more recommendations? Discover the top things to do in Destin and the best restaurants to go to for delicious local delicacies and fresh seafood.

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