Northwest Florida Boutique Hotels

Northwest Florida boutique hotels can be found all along the coast, offering a different kind of accommodations experience. Often smaller and more intimate, these unique hotels might be based on a theme, have a special location, be quirky or artsy, or just offer a luxurious atmosphere in which to relax and unwind.

I have to admit that when I travel, I like to stay in places that are different and interesting. This includes bed and breakfasts and smaller hotels, where I can talk to and get to know the owner/manager. You can find out all kinds of stories about the place (like, does it have any ghosts), and how the owners got into the hotel business. 

Smaller hotels are popping up all over the coast. For instance, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort recently refurbished one of their older hotels to create Le Ciel, a luxury boutique hotel overlooking the Choctawhatchee Bay. There are two in Tallahassee, listed below, each offering a different Capital experience, and in Destin and Apalachicola, you can stay right on the water.

So whether you're traveling overnight or over the season, don't overlook these unique stays. If you do check-in to any of these Northwest Florida boutique hotels, or if you find others that we haven't listed here, let us know. In fact, why not write a hotel review and tell us about your stay? 

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Inn on Destin Harbor

402 Harbor Boulevard (Highway 98), Destin, 32541

(800) 874-0470

In the heart of Historic Destin, The Inn on Destin Harbor is only a short walk from a huge variety of restaurants, the largest Charter Fishing Fleet in Florida, boating of all kinds, Dolphin and dinner cruises, shopping, and all the attractions of a resort community. Offering designer rooms with balconies, complimentary continental breakfast, a private beach and a large deck overlooking the harbor, they are also pet friendly, but be sure to call ahead.

SummerPlace Inn

14047 Emerald Coast Parkway, Destin, 32541

(850) 650-8003

Also in Destin this modern boutique hotel is newly renovated, and convenient to charter fishing, boating, dolphin and sunset cruises, restaurants, shopping and attractions of Destin. All rooms offer high speed internet, microwave and refrigerator. Meeting facilities are also available.

Water Street Hotel and Marina

329 Water Street, Apalachicola, 32320

(850) 653-3700

Located in Historic Apalachicola the Water Street Hotel and Marina offers 30 modern suites with screened porches in an Old Florida setting. Overlooking the Apalachicola River the hotel also has a 20-slip marina, meeting facilities and is convenient to restaurants, museums and just over the bridge, the beaches and attractions of St. George Island.

At the Water Street Hotel you can float your boat and get a great night's sleep.

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30A Suites

6904 Scenic Hwy 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, 32459

(850) 499-5058

30-A Suites is a new boutique hotel featuring 15 individual suites and an events hall. Located on the west side of Scenic Highway 30A less than a mile from TopSail Hill Preserve State Park, it offers fully-furnished accommodations, wood floors, full-size kitchens with granite counter tops, walk-in closets, 5 different floor plans, and private balconies. Public beach access is less than a mile away. 

Watercolor Inn

34 Goldenrod Circle, Santa Rosa Beach, 32459

(866) 426-2656

Touting a AAA Four Diamond rating, Watercolor Inn and Resort offers luxury beach-front accommodations and dining on-site at their famous “Fish out of Water” restaurant. There is also the InnSpa available to help you relax and unwind. Many of the 60 rooms look directly out over the Gulf of Mexico, with just a few restricted to a view of the dunes. There is a beach club available and a large pool and patio overlooking the dunes and Gulf as well as easy access to the shopping and activities of the South Walton beach communities of Watercolor and Seaside.

Hotel Duval

415 North Monroe Street, Tallahassee, 32301

(877) 829-2429

With its ‘Green Lodging’ designation from the Florida Green Lodging Program the Hotel Duval offers excellent full service access to all activities in and around the State Capital. With varied dining in three on-site restaurants, a chic look to the rooms and all its common spaces, and plenty of meeting space, Hotel Duval welcomes business travelers and guests looking for a weekend getaway.

The Governor’s Inn

209 South Adams Street, Tallahassee, 32301

(800) 342-7717

Located just one block from the Capitol Building, The Governor’s Inn offers 41 rooms in a wide variety of styles with walking access to all of downtown Tallahassee and its year-round activities. Breakfast and high speed internet are complimentary. Individually decorated the rooms feature four poster beds, English pub tables as writing desks and armoires for your clothes.

Cottages on the Green

1 Doug Ford Drive, Pensacola, 32507

(800) 377-7143

Although more holiday house than Northwest Florida boutique hotels, Cottages on the Green, located at Perdido Bay Golf Club, is close to the beaches at Perdido Key and is great for groups who don't mind sharing their living space. The four-bedroom cottages feature two queen beds in each bedroom and a common kitchen, living room and dining room.  Apart from the self catering aspect, the Cottages offer access to golf, restaurants of the Pensacola and the Perdido Key area, shopping, all the beachside activities, and close proximity to the National Naval Aviation Museum.

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