As its name so aptly suggests, the Sunshine State attracts sun-seeking travelers for its white-sand beaches and year-round warm weather. Looking for the perfect place to stay when in town? Consider Hotel Effie in Miramar Beach. Conveniently located inside the gates of the famous Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, this upscale hotel is chock-full of amenities to suit every type of traveler.
Upon stepping foot inside Hotel Effie, you’ll feel instantly at ease. The bright and airy lobby features beautiful blooms and a stunning chandelier. Behind the marble check-in desks is an eye-catching, blue-and-white-hued accent wall reminiscent of the ocean. The adjacent lobby bar is just as sleek, with subtle pops of color in the form of yellow- and blue-hued seating. We’d also be remiss not to mention the stylish rooftop bar and the chic Ovide restaurant, which boasts a statement-making floral mural on the ceiling.
The sun-drenched rooms and suites here are spacious — ranging from 425 to 1,280 square feet — and sophisticated with a neutral color palette, blue accents, fresh flower arrangements, oversized showers, plush seating, and a small table for sipping coffee and eating breakfast. While only select rooms have bonus features like wet bars and balconies, they all offer views of the bay or golf course.
The Vibe at Hotel Effie
If we had to pick three words to describe Hotel Effie, we’d go with vibrant, warm, and welcoming. In addition to the top-notch service, you'll also find that the on-site drinking and dining venues are almost always buzzing. Additionally, the spa, rooftop pool, and surrounding golf courses are all beloved by guests, whom you’ll often see mixing and mingling throughout the property.
Who Will Love Hotel Effie
Couples and friend groups will especially love the property’s modern feel and ample on-site amenities. Golfers and wellness enthusiasts will also be happy here.
Who May Not Love Hotel Effie
Those looking for a hotel with beach access should stay elsewhere. The hotel's beach is about 15 minutes away via resort shuttle. Hotel Effie only offers beach service (chair rentals, beach games, etc.) on the weekends; however, watersports rentals are available daily.
Best Amenity at Hotel Effie
The rooftop pool and bar is a fan-favorite. The stylish space offers giant board games, mouthwatering food, refreshing cocktails, and plenty of room to lounge out. Oh, and did we mention the panoramic views?
Other honorable mentions include access to the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort courses, as well as the beach, spa, acclaimed restaurant (helmed by James Beard Award-winning chef Hugh Acheson), and a handful of on-site entertainment offerings: but more on those later.
What’s Included at Hotel Effie
Your stay here includes access to the on-site spa, restaurant, bars, and pool. Meanwhile, each accommodation offers a mini-fridge and an in-room coffee machine.
Fees & Extra Costs You Should Know About at Hotel Effie
The property charges a $40 nightly destination fee (excluding tax). This includes wellness activities (think: fitness classes, yoga, and sound healing), wifi, a welcome cocktail, two beach towels, resort shuttle service, bike and kayak rentals, access to the tennis courts, and use of the business center. Hotel Effie events and entertainment offerings — including movie nights, wine tastings, cocktail classes, and live music — are also included. Keep in mind that golf and valet parking are both available for additional costs.
How to Get a Deal at Hotel Effie
Check out the offers tab to view current promotions and themed packages (i.e., spa, breakfast, and golf). The property also offers discounted rates to AAA/AARP members, government personnel, senior citizens, and I Prefer members.
In the Neighborhood of Hotel Effie
The Village of Baytowne Wharf is just steps away from the property. Here, you can expect entertainment, nightlife, galleries, and dining opps galore.
Nearest Airport to Hotel Effie
Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VSP) is 30 miles away from Hotel Effie.
Nearest Public Transportation to Hotel Effie
The City of Destin – which is about 25 minutes away from the property – offers public transportation via the Emerald Coast Rider. Most guests opt to take a taxi, Uber, or Lyft if they’re not renting a car.
For an amenity- and activity-packed stay right near the beach, look no further than Hotel Effie.