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Reviews: Sheraton Bay Point Resort, Panama City Beach

Hotel Sheraton Bay Point Resort Panama City Beach
Room Type Honeymoon Suite
Loyalty Program Status Platinum
Points Per Night 30,000 points
To the point Check out our photo essay of the Sheraton Bay Point Resort Panama City Beach Hotel, for which we used Marriott Bonvoy points.

Continuation of our stay in the southeastern United States. After an excellent stay of several nights at the Springhill Suites by Marriott Pensacola Beach, we went to the Sheraton Bay Point Resort, Panama City Beach, also booked with our points.

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Sheraton Bay Point Resort Panama City Beach

The reservation of our room with points

During this busy time of year, all hotels are expensive in Florida. It is therefore very interesting to use points to save on the cost of the room! We booked this hotel the day we arrived: we left our previous hotel in the morning and didn’t really know which city we would be in at night!

This hotel was available on the Marriott Bonvoy website for 10,000 starpoints per night (equivalent to 30,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) instead of CA$299 (+taxes).

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Sheraton Bay Point Resort Panama City Beach

To get 10,000 starpoints, I converted 20,000 Select Membership Rewards points from my American Express Cobalt Card. As of August 2018, Membership Rewards/Select Membership Rewards points transfer to Marriott is at the 1,000:1,200 rate.

Gold status can be achieved with the Carte de PlatineMD from American Express. This allows you to obtain an upgrade subject to availability, as well as various advantages.

Arrival at the hotel

We arrive at the end of the day at the Sheraton Bay Point Resort Panama City Beach. When we checked in, I learned that I had been upgraded to theHoneymoon Suite because of my SPG Platinum status.

A general view of the hotel on a map:

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Sheraton Bay Point Resort Panama City Beach

And activities on the resort:

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Sheraton Bay Point Resort Panama City Beach

Here are some pictures of the daytime reception:

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Reception
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Reception
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Reception
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Reception

The arrival in our suite

Our room is located in Building #3 “Magnolia”.

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Sheraton Bay Point Resort Panama City Beach

Our suite is actually called “
St Andrews Suite
“room 3316.

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Access to the suite
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Access to the suite

The living room of our suite

The suite is thus composed of a living room…

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Access to the suite

… living room that intrigues our two children who wonder:

Daddy, where is our bed?

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Living room

The living room has a nice desk… strangely without seat…!

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Living room

And a television connected to Netflix.

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Living room

Next to the living room, there is a small kitchen with a refrigerator, sink and microwave, very practical for “the babes”!

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Kitchen
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Kitchen

On the other hand, the mini-refrigerator is located… in the middle of the entrance.

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Living room

The room

The room is made up of a King bed.

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Room
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Room

On the pillow is the in-room breakfast menu… and a reminder to earn points for not cleaning “Make a Green Choice”.

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Menu

Facing the bed, a television identical to the living room… but not connected to Netflix.

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Room

I like the colors of the furniture.

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room
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Room

The bathroom

Connected to the room, the bathroom, composed of a bathtub and a shower.

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Bathroom
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Bathroom
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bathroom

As well as toilets.

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Bathroom

The classic bath products are placed near the two sinks. The lighting is not the best…!

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Bathroom
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Bathroom

When we wake up, we discover a magnificent view from our windows:

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Sheraton Bay Point Resort Panama City Beach

But also our two balconies:

From our window, we can also see one of the two swimming pools.

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Sheraton Bay Point Resort Panama City Beach

We can access it directly by a staircase located next to our room: convenient!

Breakfast

After a short night, surprise in the morning: power failure in our building (which lasted a little more than 3 hours). Passing by the reception, I hear several people complaining… and getting a free breakfast as compensation.

Despite my SPG Platinum status, breakfast is not included at this Sheraton. I also get the inconvenience of the power outage for free.

The restaurant seems empty…

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Lunch room

…in fact not!

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Lunch room

I think the staff was even caught off guard by the influx… due to the power outage and the freebie offered by the front desk! For almost 20 minutes, the buffet will be… empty! We are waiting patiently with the children.

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Sheraton Bay Point Resort Panama City Beach

Here is a small tour of the buffet – “very American” – once refilled:

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Lunch buffet
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Lunch buffet
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Lunch buffet
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Lunch buffet

Gym

A gym is well equipped. Accessible to all hotel residents:

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Sports hall
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Sports hall
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Sports hall
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Sports hall
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Sports hall

Other interior spaces

A playroom is available for young and old children:

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Games room

A store in case you forget your hat and sun cream:

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Sheraton Bay Point Resort Panama City Beach Boutique

And a coffee:

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Sheraton Bay Point Resort Panama City Beach Café

Bicycles are available upon request:

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Sheraton Bay Point Resort Panama City Beach

Exteriors

The hotel has two swimming pools separated by a bar-restaurant.

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Pool
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Terrace

An outdoor lounge area that is particularly pleasant in the evening.

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Terrace
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Outdoor

The view of the second pool from the stairs leaving our room.

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Pool

The view of the building from our room from this pool. We can see the two balconies of our room making the angle of the 3rd floor… and the staircase which allows to go down directly to the swimming pool:

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Outdoor

And on the left, we have access to the private beach (which is a good walking distance after passing several pontoons).

The private beach

Alexandra takes the lead to reach the beach (behind the trees on the left of the picture):

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Sheraton Bay Point Resort Panama City Beach

Small view on our hotel from the pontoon:

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View from Sheraton Bay Point Resort Panama City Beach

And on the bay:

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Sheraton Bay Point Resort Panama City Beach

At the halfway point, there is a restaurant-bar as well as a pier for nautical activities and the shuttle to Shell Island.

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Sheraton Bay Point Resort Panama City Beach Restaurant

Here are the different activities proposed:

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Activities

and in pictures:

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Sheraton Bay Point Resort Panama City Beach

Second part of the pontoon to reach the beach. It’s a pleasant walk:

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Sheraton Bay Point Resort Panama City Beach

We arrived at the beach. Small but well sufficient and pleasant:

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Sheraton Bay Point Resort Panama City Beach
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Sheraton Bay Point Resort Panama City Beach
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Sheraton Bay Point Resort Panama City Beach
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Sheraton Bay Point Resort Panama City Beach

Bottom line

A mixed feeling about this hotel: at 30,000 Marriott points in July 2018, it’s a good value. However, we sometimes feel the “old-fashioned” side (bathroom, corridors, pool area) and a certain disorganization among the staff.

But the location is ideal for people who want to relax without being stuck with beachfront resorts in Panama City Beach.

Come to discuss that topic in our Facebook Group!

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