Destin officially has a new Hilton family hotel to be excited about! The new Homewood Suites had its grand opening on Thursday, May 19, 2022. Construction began last year and it has operated under a “soft opening” for the last month.
Homewood Suites in Destin is an all-suites hotel that offers guests several suite configurations that include studio and 1 bedroom suites. All suites include a full kitchenette, table/chairs, desk, sleeper sofa, at least one tv, and beautiful en suite bathrooms.
Kitchenettes are fully equipped with a full-sized refrigerator, microwave, stovetop, dishwasher, and place settings for four. This is perfect for when you’ve had a long day at the beach and just want something simple for supper and not fight the crowds.
Guests can choose from King Studio, 2 QueenBed Studios, or 1 Bedroom with either 2 Queens or a King. Homewood Suites offers both Standard and Accessible rooms. Some have a slight view of the gulf – which is across Hwy 98.
Pet families will be happy to know that Homewood Suites – Destin is a pet-friendly hotel. They even have doggy biscuits at the check-in counter! So don’t forget to pack fur-baby as well!
Upon entering Homewood Suites in Destin, guests are warmly greeted in a beautiful lobby. The feel is very seaside with the use of blues, grays, and browns throughout the hotel. It’s very inviting. There is lots of seating in the immediate lobby. Guests can relax on couches and chairs while waiting to check into their rooms.
Many times guests find themselves in a conundrum when their flight arrives too early for check-in or perhaps they have a later flight after they check out – What to do with the luggage? No one wants to be lugging their bags around to the beach or shopping while killing time to check-in or catch that later flight home! Luckily (and conveniently), Homewood Suites in Destin offers guests Luggage Storage right off the lobby by their guest business center. This is super helpful when travelers find themselves in these situations. Just make sure to arrange ahead of time with the hotel.
The dining area is beautiful and expansive. There is plenty of comfortable seating and large television in the dining area. There are many seating configurations and options to accommodate most any size guest party.
Anyone staying at Homewood Suites gets free breakfast each morning. On Wednesday evenings, guests can enjoy hors d’oeuvre and drinks (adult and non-alcoholic) during their Wednesday Guest Reception.
We all know that when you have a family, the only thing the kids are worried about is, “Is there a pool??” Well, this is where Homewood Suites – Destin leads the pack! Not only does Homewood Suites have a great pool ….
BUT they also have a very cool pirate ship splash pad with LOTS of seating for the adults to hang out in while they watch their little ones. Why not make an evening of it and fire up one of the gas grills that Homewood Suites offers out on the patio. What could be a better evening? Grilling out and relaxing while the kids play their hearts out nearby?
If you’re looking for something a bit more in the shade and comfortable, why not snag one of these cool cabanas that are dotted around the pool and jacuzzi?
As we stated there is plenty of seating outdoors and we don’t want to forget to mention there are several beautiful firepits to sit around and enjoy as well.
One more cool thing we found while visiting this beautiful property, every morning the front desk will post what flag is flying at the beach that day. If you are new to Destin, this is a very important part of your day if you are visiting the beach.
Please make yourself familiar with the flags that fly on our beaches and act accordingly. The day we visited the property, there was a yellow flag flying and it was posted at the Front Desk.
If you’re wondering where you can hit the beach at Destin, you have many options. Henderson Beach State Park is about a mile from the hotel.
Henderson Beach is one of the most beautiful, unspoiled beaches in Destin. Visitors have a mile of beachfront to enjoy. There are also walking trails, gazebos, grills, picnic areas, play area, outdoor showers, and clean toilets. Henderson Beach State Park also offers beach wheelchairs to help make the beach more accessible for everyone.
Things to know before you go, there is a small parking fee for each vehicle. Also, please note, pets are not allowed on any beach in Destin. Owners will be fined if caught disobeying this law.
Visitors to Henderson Beach State Park can find more information here.
If you’re looking for a public beach, guests at the Homewood Suites in Destin will find the June White Decker Park the closest. It’s about a half-mile from the hotel straight across Hwy. 98. It has free public parking and public restrooms.
There are two public beach access points in order to reach June White Decker Public Beach and Access. . Beachgoers may also use the Silver Shells Public Beach Access or the Calhoun Beach Access Trail as well.
Head down “Restaurant Row” you’ll run right into them.
Hungry and looking to dine out close to your hotel? One of Destin’s most loved seafood restaurants is right across Hwy. 98 on Restaurant Row. The Back Porch has been around since 1974. It sits gulf front and offers diners the most spectacular views, especially at sunset.
The service is great and the food is even better! We are a big fan of this establishment. The Back Porch is less than half a mile from Homewood Suites Destin. Just a note about wait times, The Back Porch is very popular with locals and visitors, so your wait times may be an hour or so. Not to worry though, you can grab a cool libation from the bar and there is plenty of seating while you wait. If you have a bit of a wait, why not head on down to the beach and enjoy the waves for a bit longer.
When it comes to food, The Back Porch has best shrimp poboys! For an appetizer, try their fried crab claws. Also, if you have a picky eater that doesn’t like seafood, their chicken tenders and hamburgers are really nice. There is so much goodness on their menu, that no one will go hungry!
Well, we hope this has given you some great insight into staying at Destin’s newest property! We were excited to see it open and be able to get some pictures to show you.
Please let us know if you stay here and what your thoughts are:) Pictures are a plus! As always, we hope you enjoy your stay here in beautiful Emerald Destin!