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Holiday Inn Destin on the Beach

The Holiday Inn in Destin was once the "go to" hotel for many vacationing families who were looking for a nice and somewhat inexpensive getaway to the Gulf. Rich in history, the Hoiday Inn's 9 stories were once the biggest "high rise" on the Gulf Coast and guests staying in the unique round tower could see down the beach for miles.


Many are likely unaware of the building's most unique feature - that one of the top floors was actually built to rotate. This feature allowed what was then a restaurant to offer its patrons a full 360 degree view of the amazing beach, water and landscape that surrounded the tower. Only the part of the floor that had the tables would rotate and it would take almost one hour for that floor to make a full rotation, thus allowing patrons to get the "full view" over the course of their meal. When built, it was one of very few "rotating restaurants" in the US and it was considered quite a marvel.


The hotel's owners decided to close the Holiday Inn for renovations in 2012 and unfortunately the plans for renovations evolved through several stages that eventually included demolition of the tower itself.


The Holiday Inn Destin was one of the area's only beachfront hotels for many years after condominiums began to be constructed along the prime beachfront locations in Destin. Today, there is not a true beachfront hotel in Destin, though nearby Sandestin offers the Hilton Sandestin there is a fantastic beachfront Holiday Inn Resort 6 miles West of Destin on Okaloosa Island that has a lazy river, dive in movies, indoor heated pool, kids activities, tiki bar and more. Plus, there are five or six other hotels that have those same white crystal sand beaches in that Okaloosa Island - Fort Walton Beach area.





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