"Having to be honest having read some of the reviews prior to our stay I was nervous. They were put to rest with our very first employee we met. Amber ... " More

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Hotel Description

3.5-star beachfront resort near Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

On the beach

Within a 5-minute walk of the resort, you'll find Santa Rosa Island and Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island. Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park and Wild Willy's Adventure Zone are also within half a mile (1 km).

Onsite dining, 2 outdoor pools

This eco-friendly resort features 2 restaurants, 2 outdoor pools, and an outdoor pool. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the 5 conference rooms, business center, and airport shuttle. Relax with a drink at one of the 3 bars/lounges and enjoy free perks like free self parking and WiFi in public areas.

Comfy beds, satellite TV

Boasting comforts like pillowtop beds and premium bedding, the 335 guestrooms also offer microwaves and TVs with satellite channels. Room service, free local calls, and ironing boards are also available.

Room, 2 Double Beds

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max
$75 per night

Room, 2 Queen Beds, Poolside

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Room, 1 King Bed, Pool View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Room, 1 King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Suite, Multiple Beds, Poolside

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 6 Max

Suite, 1 King Bed with Sofa bed, Beach View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

The Island, by Hotel RL ratings based on 20 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.5 out of 5 3.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 3.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for The Island, by Hotel RL

Everyone (19)
4 out of 5
Hotel renovations havent started on rooms, ours had condensation and were cloudy-ruined beachfront views.

Posted by on Nov 21, 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

Nov 25, 2018 by Alexis

Thank you for the positive feedback. I will mention the window condensation to housekeeping to get this resolved. Thank you and have a great day.

4 out of 5

Posted by on Nov 19, 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

Nov 25, 2018 by Alexis

Thank you for the positive feedback.

4 out of 5
Location was great. There was a mix up in our rooms but it was finally straightened out.

Posted by on Oct 23, 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

Oct 26, 2018 by Alexis

Thank you for the positive feedback!

4 out of 5
Having to be honest having read some of the reviews prior to our stay I was nervous. They were put to rest with our very first employee we met. Amber at the front desk went above and beyond to take care of mix up with our bed situation in our room before we made it there. Our room was very nice and comfortable and suited our needs very well. The bathroom was a little small but it was just the two of us and worked well. The staff on the way to the room were very accommodating and helpful and everyone smiled at the new guests arriving. The amenities at the hotel are many and the grounds are kept well. The beach bar was very nice and convenient. We can say we actually made friends there with some of the staff. Velda and Cody at the beach bar were so helpful and nice and when they had the chance we had great conversation. Becca was very nice as well but we didn’t get to spend much time with her. The bar tender in the Grotto bar was pleasing as well but did not catch her name. Over all we had a great time and would go back. People need to keep in mind that when they are on vacation that doesn’t mean you can be on vacation from being polite and patient. Treat your bartenders and hotel staff with respect and be patient because it’s a lot to deal with so many people and kids. Plus it’s a older building that’s subjected to salt spray and thousands of people everyday. Things breakdown and paint chips but they are making improvements. This is honest and unsolicited.

Posted by , from Newnan,GA on Aug 12, 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

Sep 25, 2018 by Alexis

Thank you for staying with us. We appreciate your feedback! We look forward to hosting you again in the future.

1 out of 5
After check-in, went to room that was open(not locked), balcony door was not locked either. To get into the building(to the rooms) you supposedly needed to swipe your room key to open the door. Wrong! You could open the door anytime you wanted. Anyone could get in. Parking was horrible. Not enough spaces. A parking slip was needed on your dash but that didn’t matter, no one checked. Because the hotel was on the beach anyone could drive in, park and go to the beach or the hotel’s pools. At check-in they gave you a blue wrist band to show that you could be there. The problem was no one checked. I saw many(20-30) people without bands because I looked. A lot of people there. This was true for a number of people going to the beach. There was no security that I saw. The hotel was going through some renovations but there should have been some kind of security. Because of renovations there was limited food facility. Tents with outdoor seating. Food was mediocre at best. 2nd day there we had water leak in our room. Took 30mins for maintenance to respond. Carpets on first floor going to elevators were dirty.

Posted by , from West Palm Beach, Fl. on Jun 26, 2018

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1 out of 5
Location - Beachfront property, excellent! Everything else disappointment! I have a hospitality background so I believe when I go somewhere I expect the best, especially when spending close to $300 on a room stay. Upon arrival front desk was friendly and welcoming, not very informative though. We went to our room which had no elevators, with 3 kids, plenty of stuff to bring up and knee issues, not what I expected. Entering the room you have a 1980s feel hotel from the east coast or old Kissimmee feel. You walk in and it smells like old musty odors, carpets were dirty, fridge wasn't properly working. We went to the bathroom/sink areas, it was not cleaned, the soap dish in bathroom tub was filthy with layer of dirt, the sink faucet had built up soap scum all over it, tub mat when unraveled had a towel with it and a chunk of someone's hair. Toilet seat was gross with stains as well. Later in the evening maintenance came up and helped with the fridge and fixed a broken towel bar, he was very friendly! We went down to the beach, enjoyed ocean side for about an hour before an employee approached us to leave as a wedding was going to be taken place and no one is supposed to be in that area. We were told to move further down away from where our hotel beach location was. Once again, with three kids and a bunch of stuff had to move..We later went to the Jacuzzi and it was full and dirty. So disappointed with this stay..Really expected better from a Ramada hotel.

Posted by on May 7, 2018

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2 out of 5
Staff was courteous. Hotel lobby under renovation makes inconvenient. Room needs paint and remodeling, bathroom door dirty and separating. Overall just not worth what was charged. I stayed here because I expected a better hotel from Ramada. Won't be back.

Posted by on Mar 11, 2018

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5 out of 5

Great beach stay

This is a great place to stay. Staff always friendly and accommodating. Even with renovations and refreshing going on was a wonderful stay. We will be back.

Posted by , from North Carolina on Feb 27, 2018

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1 out of 5

Under Cunstruction

When booking this room we were not informed they where under construction. When we arrived we were told they pool and other amenities were under construction. Room was ok but carpets were dirty along with towels were worn and stained.

Posted by on Feb 21, 2018

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5 out of 5

Nice Stay - Super Convenient

You never have to leave this hotel. They have everything for everyone. We had a great stay, and the staff were super sweet and amazingly accommodating! We will return!

Posted by , from Birmingham, AL on Jan 16, 2018

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Property Features

Spend the day at the beach and work on your tan with sun loungers (chaise longues) or relax in the shade with umbrellas. Cool off in one of the 2 outdoor swimming pools at The Island, by Hotel RL, and enjoy amenities like an outdoor pool and a children's pool. There are 2 restaurants on site, along with a coffee shop/café. You can enjoy a drink at one of the bars, which include 3 bars/lounges and a poolside bar. WiFi and wired Internet are free in public spaces. This eco-friendly resort also offers a fitness center, a garden, and a terrace. Self parking is free. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this 3.5-star Fort Walton Beach resort.

  • 335 guestrooms or units
  • 2 dining venues
  • 3 bars or lounges
  • 5 conference rooms
  • 14000 sq ft of conference space
  • 1301 sq m of conference space
  • Bar by the pool
  • Coffee shop
  • Beach lounge chairs
  • Umbrellas for the beach
  • Poolside lounge chairs
  • Business facilities
  • Conference space
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Concierge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Outdoor picnic space
  • ATM
  • Elevator
  • Smoking in designated areas

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • Number of outdoor pools - 2
  • Outdoor pool
  • Children's pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Microwave


Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet


Free self parking , RV, bus, truck parking


  • Airport: Fort Walton Beach, FL (VPS-Northwest Florida Regional) (17.2 km / 10.7 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Airport shuttle
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

The Island, by Hotel RL offers 335 accommodations with irons/ironing boards and complimentary toiletries. Pillowtop beds feature premium bedding. Premium satellite television is provided. Rooms have partially open bathrooms. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones; free local calls are provided (restrictions may apply). Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Bathrooms are partially open
  • Pillowtop beds
  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • Television
  • Satellite channels
  • Premium channels
  • Microwave
  • Luxury bedding
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Connecting rooms available
  • Wheelchair accessible

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy buffet breakfast daily.

The Island, by Hotel RL has 2 restaurants on site.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Activities

2 outdoor swimming pools are on site along with an outdoor pool. In addition to a children's pool, other recreational amenities include a fitness center.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Water skiing nearby
  • Boat tours nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Golf lessons available nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 4 PM
  • Check-in time ends at midnight
  • Minimum check-in age is 21


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Up to 2 children stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.


  • No pets allowed


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit or credit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cribs (infant beds) available


Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Breakage deposit: USD 100.00 per stay

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property, but they may vary based on length of stay or the room booked.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for buffet breakfast: USD 12.95 for adults and USD 5.95 for children (approximately)

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Destin Ramada
  • Ramada Destin
  • Ramada Plaza Destin
  • Ramada Plaza Fort Walton Beach Destin
  • Ramada Plaza Fort Walton Beach Resort Destin
  • Ramada Plaza Resort Destin
  • Ramada Resort
  • Ramada Resort Destin
  • Resort Ramada
  • Fort Walton Beach Ramada
  • Ramada Fort Walton Beach
  • Ramada Plaza Beach Hotel Fort Walton Beach
  • Ramada Plaza Fort Walton Beach Resort/Destin Hotel
  • Ramada Plaza Fort Walton Beach Resort/Destin
  • Ramada Resort/Destin
  • Ramada Resort/Destin Hotel
  • Island Hotel RL Fort Walton Beach
  • Island Hotel RL
  • Island RL Fort Walton Beach
  • Island RL
  • Ramada Fort Walton Beach
  • Fort Walton Beach Ramada

You should know

  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.

Awards & Affiliations

Green / Sustainable Property
This property participates in Green Key Eco-Rating Program, a program that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: environment, community, cultural-heritage, the local economy.