Destin is expensive. The term “budget” does not exist during the summer months (June-August). If you and your family are coming to Destin on a budget, your accommodations will be one of the bigger expenses. Prices begin around $300 – $400 a night in these peak times as long as you don’t mind staying inland and use public beach accesses. Also, if you plan your vacation in the off-season (after Labor Day), prices drop by half and more.
We have searched out and found 5 “budget-friendly” hotels/motels in Destin. We believe they are worthy of your consideration. Each of them has a “Good” or higher rating across travel booking platforms including Google, Hotels.com, and Travelocity.
These motels/hotels are listed in the order we priced them out – Mid July and Mid September. (Cheapest to More Expensive)
Village Inn of Destin
The Village Inn of Destin is the perfect location. You are able to walk to great restaurants and HarborWalk Village. Brotulas restaurant is direct across the street. From there, you can pick up the boardwalk for HarborWalk. Beyond Brotula’s, there is Dewey Destin’s on the Harbor, AJ’s, Waffle House, Whataburger and so much more.
The Village Inn of Destin is a motel that offers smoking and non-smoking rooms with a King or two Queens. Amenities include free breakfast, free parking, wifi, cable tv, and a swimming pool. There are onsite laundry facilities. Each room has a mini-fridge, microwave, and coffee pot. Reviewers speak highly of the staff, love the pool and the location. The closest public beach access is the O’Steen Beach Access trail and Norriego Point Beach. The beach trail and Norriego Point are free. There is parking along Gulf Shore Drive and at Norriego Point Beach.
The Village Inn of Destin is pet-friendly.
From time to time, the Village Inn of Destin will have special offers. Make sure to ask when you call.
If you have questions or would like to make a reservation:
Phone: (850) 837-7413
215 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL
Destin Inn and Suites
Freshly renovated, Destin Inn and Suites offers all non-smoking rooms. Choose from a king-size room or two queens. All rooms have 50” televisions, microwaves, and mini-fridges. You will find ramps located around the property. Handicap-accessible rooms with larger bathrooms are available. Other amenities at the Destin Inn and Suites: free wifi, on-site laundry, and a pool. They have parking for cars, RVs, trucks, and boat trailers.
Guest reviews across multiple reservation platforms love the updated look, location, pool, and helpfulness of the staff.
Destin Inn and Suites is another walkable location on Harbor Blvd. They are close to shopping and restaurants. Target and Winn Dixie are easy 15 minute walks. Shrimp Basket is almost right outside your door. Most importantly, only a 7 minute walk from Kristy Kreme! Also, if you’re planning to rent a pontoon, Crab Island Pontoons is direct across the street. You will find the closest beach access point is O’Steen Beach Access, which is a quick 8-minute car ride away. The beach is free but depending on where you park, there may be a small parking fee.
Be sure to ask about Destin Inn and Suites’ active military discount of 10%.
If you have questions or would like to book:
713 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL
Wingate by Wyndham
Wingate is a non-smoking hotel. It offers king rooms, two queens, or a King Studio Suite. Their free amenities include breakfast, wifi, a pool, a fitness center, and parking. In-room you will find the standards – coffee pot, mini-fridge, and microwave. There is an elevator and * mobility-accessible rooms and areas.
Wingate by Wyndham is located mid-Destin. It’s a great location and walkable to restaurants and shopping. Restaurants within walking distance include some brunching spots – the Pancakery and Crackings. Capriccio and the Local Market are great for lunch. Mellow Mushroom and Que Pasa Mexican Kitchen and Taqueria are solid dinner options.
Looking for fun? The closest beach access is June White Decker Park, a 6-minute drive from your hotel. Or go a little further down to Henderson Beach State Park. It’s truly one of the most beautiful beaches in Destin. Also, one of Destin’s top tourist attractions for tweens and teens is almost next door to Wingate. Big Kahuna Water Park is just a quick 10-minute walk away.
Guest reviews loved the cleanliness of the hotel, free breakfast, great location, and friendly customer service.
If you need more information or want to book a room.
Website: Click here
Phone: (850) 654-4678
117 Palm Street, Destin
*Quick Note: Their website states they have mobility-accessible rooms. However, reading through the comments, before making a reservation please have the hotel clarify the “roll-in shower” and the size of the room.
SummerPlace Inn is a non-smoking hotel located about midway through Destin. Their rooms are decorated in richer tones and cherry wood. SummerPlace offers King size rooms, two Queens, extra-long rooms, suites, and balconies. The hotel is also wheelchair accessible. Amenities include free wifi, breakfast, a fitness center, two pools, and a hot tub. There is one elevator in the hotel.
SummerPlace Inn is within walking distance of some great restaurants. If you are looking to dine on the beach, The Back Porch is an 8-minute walk. Looking for some good old home cooking? Mary’s Kitchen is less than 10 minutes away. If the kids are tired of the beach, the Track is right next door. The closest beach access is a 10-minute walk to the June White Decker Park. Or take a quick 2-minute drive to Henderson Beach State Park.
Customers who have stayed here say they love the location, price point, and cleanliness of the property.
SummerPlace Inn has specials for Government Per Diem and Military rates. They also offer a Romance Package and every 6th Night is Free. Don’t forget to ask about any other specials they may be running when you call.
If you need more information or want to book a room:
Phone: (850) 650-8003
14047 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL
Located on Scenic 98, in the Crystal Beach area of Destin, this little motel is a 1-minute walk from the beach.
King size or two Queen rooms can accommodate up to 4 people. All rooms include a small kitchenette area (table, two chairs, microwave, mini-fridge, coffee maker). Each room has a new 48” Smart TV. Sign in to your Netflix account and enjoy your favorite shows and movies. Digital nomads will find working remotely easy with the newly upgraded wifi. Also, Beachside Inn offers a few pet-friendly rooms so your furbaby doesn’t have to miss out.
Beachside Inn is a non-smoking property. Kids will love the two-tiered swimming pool with a large tiled sunbathing deck. Adults will love the hot tub.
Camille’s is an onsite restaurant that offers breakfast and lunch at their cafe. In the evenings, make your way upstairs where you will dine on fresh seafood, steaks, and Italian food. There is something for the whole family.
As we stated before, Beachside Inn is located 1 minute from the beach. Walk out of your door and across the street and there you are! The Shores at Crystal Beach Park has a pavilion and restrooms. They also have outdoor showers so you don’t have to bring the beach back to your room.
Beachside has hundreds of reviews and almost a 5-Star rating across travel platforms. Guests who have stayed here rave about the location, cleanliness, pool, and hospitality.
For more information visit their website or give them a call. We found the website to be a little frustrating and got better results by calling directly.
Phone: (850) 650-9099
2931 Scenic Hwy 98, Destin
Note 1: 4 of the 5 properties we have highlighted require customers to cross Hwy 98 (Harbor Blvd.) to get to the beaches, Harbor Walk, and some restaurants mentioned. We would like to stress that if you are walking and crossing Hwy 98 (Harbor Blvd), PLEASE only cross at marked crosswalks. This is a very dangerous highway and it is very important that you cross only when you have a signal. Even then, please make sure all traffic is stopping before you proceed. Be vigilant and safe.
Note 2: None of the Destin beaches allow pets. If you are caught with a pet on the beach, you will be fined upward of $500 by the City of Destin.
Where ever you choose, planning well in advance is key… especially if you are planning to visit during peak times.
We hope this information has helped you in your quest for cheaper accommodations. As we stated, Summer is expensive. Save your vacation days for after Labor Day. Crowds are smaller. Rates are cheaper. Restaurants are less crowded. Not to mention, the water is still warm as is the weather. September in Destin is the perfect time of the year.
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