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"Great beautiful beach! Nice quiet place. Just a walk or bike ride down 30A to food trucks and dining. Fun place. There is a hiking/bike trail through ... " More

By a verified traveler on Sun 30 Aug 2015

Hotel Description

4-star beachfront resort near Seaside Beach

Beachfront retreat

A stay at this Watercolor resort places you within half a mile (1 km) of Seaside Beach and 2 miles (3 km) of Grayton Beach State Park. Central Square and Seaside Repertory Theatre are also within half a mile (1 km).

Poolside dining

This smoke-free resort features 3 restaurants, 5 outdoor pools, and 5 outdoor tennis courts. Enjoy beachfront dining and relax with sun loungers and beach umbrellas. There's fun for all ages with a children's pool and a playground, and complimentary bicycles are available on site.

Free Internet, comfy beds

Featuring conveniences like refrigerators and coffee/tea makers, the 60 guestrooms offer free WiFi and free wired Internet, as well as flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Other amenities include balconies, pillowtop beds, and room service.

Standard Room, 1 King Bed with Sofa bed (Coastal View Guest Room 2nd Floor)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max
$533* Per night/room May 18 - May 19

Superior Room, 1 King Bed with Sofa bed (Gulf View Guest Room 3rd Floor)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

WaterColor Inn & Resort ratings based on 6 Verified Reviews

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

Guest reviews for WaterColor Inn & Resort

Everyone (1)
5 out of 5

This is a very nice place!!

Great beautiful beach! Nice quiet place. Just a walk or bike ride down 30A to food trucks and dining. Fun place. There is a hiking/bike trail throughout the facility. I would definitely go back.

Posted by , from Tahlequah oklahoma on Aug 30, 2015

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5 out of 5

Fabulous Place!

This was a family vacay - and a first for the little one (7-mo). Seaside/Seagrove is such a quaint little town and the Watercolor Resort and Inn is absolutely beautiful. We had beach dune front views and our own personal patios with cabana shower. My favorites included the showers with a view, the white sand beach, the bike rides and the stroll to the town area. Each room came with two bike rentals (for an additional fee we rented a trailer for the baby). The guys played gold and enjoyed it! July is a bit hot. But, if you like spending most of your time at the beach or pool – then you won’t mind the heat at all. Plus – we were down in July 2010 and did not see one single tar ball or oil incident. We will definitely go again.

Posted by on Jul 22, 2010

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2 out of 5

The Luxury of this hotel is long-gone.

I was swayed by the ratings and should have placed more importance on the reviews from travelers and not such kudos from "Travel & Leisure" and the such. This may have been the place to stay at one time -- which might explain the condition -- worn and tired. They need to learn the real meaning of customer service and re-invest in the property. When I nicely and quietly spoke to the management about our disappointment, they were friendly, but gladly took my money under their "No Refund" policy. I'm not one to waste money, but my vacation time is valuable, thus we gladly stayed elsewhere and learned a valuable lesson. Just because you are on the "Top List" doesn't mean you'll stay there. For the $$$ this was NOT what I expected nor deserved.

Posted by on Dec 31, 2009

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4 out of 5

Beautiful Resort!

I stayed with my 2 teens for 2 nights. The property is beautiful. We were here for Spring Break and the weather was cool and windy. We enjoyed bike riding, the bikes were always available. We had a dune view room which I would highly recommend because it is easy to access from the beach and has its own outside shower. The continental breakfast was sufficient for us. We only booked 2 nights because of the previous mixed reviews and the high price but I will definitely return.

Posted by on Apr 12, 2009

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3 out of 5


Service is slow and servers are pretty much 18 - 25 years old...Fish Out of Water onsite restuarant is overpriced for value received...The other onsite ""Baithouse"" restuarant is excellent overall when you can find it open during the posted hours...the kids who run it tend to close early. For the price, you expect more than the self-service attitude....The free bicycles, canoes, and choice of pools on the place is a huge plus if you have kids..

Posted by on Aug 16, 2008

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3 out of 5

WaterColor Inn

Our stay at the WaterColer Inn and Resort was disappointing as well as the beach. Other individuals who had stayed in the area referred us and they highly recommended it. The key, we feel, is to rent a house. The WaterColor Inn cost is over $*/night and the amenities are limited at best. The staff upon our arrival and during the stay was not up to par nor was the complementary breakfast any thing to be proud of. The front desk staff was unable to answer simple questions concerning the resort. The breakfast was very limited on choice; pastries stale, hot foods were cold, utensils were dirty, and all tables dirty with no staff to help. Overall the room was clean, but just a simple hotel style room. I would expect a much better room when forking out over $*/night. We had just completed a stay in New Orleans for 2/nights at a world class hotel with a similar nightly fee but the amenities and staff were night and day. This may have altered our view and expectations of WaterColor. Overall we feel that the WaterColor Inn and Resort is ?not worth the cost?.

Posted by on Jul 19, 2008

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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. Bring your whole family to WaterColor Inn & Resort for summer fun including 5 outdoor swimming pools, a children's pool, and outdoor tennis courts. There are 3 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. A computer station is on site, and both WiFi and wired Internet are free in public spaces. Free self parking and valet parking are available. This 4-star Santa Rosa Beach resort is smoke free.

  • 1 building
  • 60 guestrooms or units
  • 4 levels
  • 3 dining venues
  • 3 bars or lounges
  • Built in 2002
  • Bar by the pool
  • Coffee shop
  • Childcare (surcharge)
  • Beach lounge chairs
  • Towels for the beach
  • Umbrellas for the beach
  • Poolside lounge chairs
  • Umbrellas for the pool
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Library
  • Gift shop
  • Computer for guest use
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • Television in lobby
  • Onsite shopping
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Number of outdoor pools - 5
  • Children's pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Outdoor tennis courts - 5
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)
  • Playground on site
  • Refrigerator


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

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


Free self parking , Free valet parking


  • Parking: Free valet parking and self parking

Room Amenities

WaterColor Inn & Resort offers 60 accommodations with safes and complimentary newspapers. Rooms open to balconies. Pillowtop beds feature Egyptian cotton sheets and premium bedding. Flat-screen televisions come with cable channels. Guests can make use of the in-room refrigerators and coffee/tea makers. Bathrooms include showers, bathrobes, slippers, and complimentary toiletries. This Santa Rosa Beach resort provides complimentary wired and wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include phones along with free local calls (restrictions may apply). Additionally, rooms include complimentary bottled water and hair dryers. A nightly turndown service is provided and housekeeping is offered daily. Amenities available on request include in-room massages.

  • Private balcony
  • Pillowtop beds
  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • Flat-screen television
  • Cable channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee maker
  • Egyptian cotton linens
  • Shower
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Nightly turndown service
  • Newspapers (free)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Massage in room (surcharge)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Bathrobes
  • Slippers
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Blackout drapes
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ceiling fan
  • Ensuite bathroom

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy full breakfast daily from 8:00 AM to 11 AM.

Fish Out of Water - This beachfront fine-dining restaurant specializes in southern cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can order drinks at the bar and enjoy alfresco dining (weather permitting). A children's menu is available. Happy hour is offered.

BeachClub - This beachfront family restaurant specializes in American cuisine and serves lunch, dinner, and light fare. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. A children's menu is available. Open daily.

The Gathering Spot - This beach restaurant serves lunch, dinner, and light fare. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Happy hour is offered. Open daily.

Onsite venue #4 - This beachfront rooftop bar specializes in Mexican cuisine and serves lunch, dinner, and light fare. Open daily.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Activities

5 outdoor swimming pools are on site along with a children's pool. Other recreational amenities include outdoor tennis courts, a health club, and complimentary bicycles.

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

  • Free bicycles on site
  • Fishing on site
  • Golfing nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding on site
  • Hiking/biking trails on site
  • Kayaking on site
  • Yoga classes/instruction on site
  • Pilates classes on site
  • Playground on site
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Rowing or canoeing on site
  • Basketball on site
  • Golf lessons available nearby

Spa Services

Guests can pamper themselves by indulging in the onsite spa services. There are 3 treatment rooms. Services include facials, body scrubs, and body treatments.

  • Body treatments
  • Facial treatments
  • Body scrubs
  • Number of treatment rooms 3
  • Massages


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

  • Wheelchair-accessible on-site restaurant
  • Wheelchair-accessible lounge
  • Well-lit path to entrance
  • Stair-free path to entrance
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair-accessible public washroom
  • Wheelchair accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible concierge desk
  • In-room accessibility
  • Wheelchair-accessible path to elevator
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible spa
  • Wheelchair-accessible pool

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 4 PM
  • Check-in time ends at anytime
  • Minimum check-in age is: 25

Special check-in instructions:

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

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

Pet Policy

  • No pets allowed, but service animals are welcome


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

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card may be 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

The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation

This property accepts credit cards, debit cards, and cash

Safety features at this property include a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and a first aid kit

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

A credit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be 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.

The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation. This property accepts credit cards, debit cards, and cash.

For guests' safety, the property includes a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and a first aid kit in each accommodation. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place. Disinfectant is used to clean the property and commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays. Personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, will be available to guests. Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

  • Service animals are allowed
  • Service animals are exempt from fees/restrictions
  • Staff temperature checks are conducted regularly
  • Commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Protective clothing is available to guests
  • Masks are available to guests
  • Gloves are available to guests
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer
  • Staffed front desk
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cribs (infant beds) available
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Debit cards


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

  • Resort fee: USD 50.40 per accommodation, per night

The resort fee includes:

  • Pool access
  • Beach towels
  • Fitness center access
  • Sporting facilities or equipment
  • Internet access
  • Newspaper
  • In-room safe
  • In-room coffee
  • Concierge service
  • Additional inclusions

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property.

Optional extras

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

  • Breakfast fee: between USD 12 and USD 21 per person (approximately)

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

Hotel Names

  • WaterColor Inn & Resort
  • WaterColor Inn & Resort Santa Rosa Beach
  • WaterColor Santa Rosa Beach
  • Water Color Hotel
  • Watercolor Hotel Santa Rosa Beach
  • WaterColor Inn And Resort Florida/Santa Rosa Beach
  • WaterColor Inn Resort Santa Rosa Beach
  • WaterColor Inn Resort
  • WaterColor Inn Resort
  • WaterColor Inn & Resort Resort
  • WaterColor Inn & Resort Santa Rosa Beach
  • WaterColor Inn & Resort Resort Santa Rosa Beach

You should know

  • Reservations are needed for massage services and spa treatments. For reservations, contact the resort before arrival using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
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Frequently Asked Questions

*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.