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WaterColor Inn & Resort, Santa Rosa Beach

4-star4 stars
34 Golden Rod CircleSanta Rosa BeachFL32459United States of AmericaGreat location! See map

Santa Rosa Beach beachfront resort with 3 restaurants, pool bar
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  • Free WiFi and free parking
Beautiful beach
Awesome vibe
Rather comfortable
Value for money
Value for money could be better
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WaterColor Inn & Resort, Santa Rosa Beach

from $495
  • Beachfront Dune View
  • Premium Gulf View Room
  • Gulf View Room
  • Coastal View Room (2nd Floor)

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 60 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 4 floors


  • Check-in time 4 PM-midnight
  • Check-out time is 11 AM
24-hour airport shuttle service is available on request. Contact the property in advance to make arrangements.

Required at check in

  • Credit card deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

  • Minimum check-in age is 25

Travelling with others


  • Children (2 years old and younger) stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding

  • No cribs (infant beds)

  • Babysitting/childcare *


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi and wired Internet access in public areas

  • Free WiFi and wired Internet access in rooms



  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours) *


  • Free valet parking

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • Full breakfast daily (surcharge)
  • 3 restaurants
  • 3 bars/lounges
  • Coffee shop/café
  • Poolside bar
  • Room service (during limited hours)
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
Things to do
  • Beach sun loungers
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Number of outdoor pools - 5
  • Children's pool
  • Health club
  • Outdoor tennis courts - 5
  • Spa services on site
  • Spa treatment room(s)
  • Beach towels
  • Pool sun loungers
  • Free use of nearby fitness center
  • Tennis on site
Working away
  • Meeting rooms 4
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Number of buildings/towers - 1
  • Year Built 2002
  • Elevator/lift
  • Library
  • Television in common areas
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower

In the room

Home comforts
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning)
  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Bathrobes
  • Slippers
  • Iron/ironing board
Sleep well
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Turndown service
  • Sofa bed
  • Sofa bed size queen
  • Premium bedding
  • Pillowtop mattress
Things to enjoy
  • In-room massage available
  • Separate sitting area
  • Furnished balcony
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Cable TV channels
  • IPod docking station
  • DVD player
Stay connected
  • Desk
  • Free newspaper
  • Free WiFi
  • Free local calls
Food and drink
  • Refrigerator
  • Free bottled water
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features


Fish Out of Water - This beachfront fine-dining restaurant serves breakfast and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Open select days.

BeachClub - This beachfront family restaurant serves lunch and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. A children's menu is available.

The Gathering Spot - This beach restaurant specializes in sushi and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. A children's menu is available.


On Site

  • Health club
  • Outdoor tennis courts - 5
  • Tennis on site
  • Basketball on site
  • Free bicycles on site
  • Fishing on site
  • Hiking/biking trails on site
  • Kayaking on site
  • Pilates classes on site
  • Playground on site
  • Rowing or canoeing on site
  • Surfing/boogie boarding on site
  • Yoga classes/instruction on site


  • Ecotours nearby
  • Golf lessons available nearby
  • Golfing nearby

Awards and affiliations

  • WaterColor Inn & Resort is listed in the 2013 Condé Nast Traveler Gold List of the world's best places to stay and the 2011 Travel + Leisure 500.

WaterColor Inn & Resort, Santa Rosa Beach’s small print

Also known as

  • 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


For transfers, guests must contact the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation.

Mandatory fees

You’ll be asked to pay the following charges at check in or check out:

  • Resort fee: USD 44.40 per accommodation, per night

Resort fee inclusions:

  • Pool access
  • Beach towels
  • Fitness center access
  • Sporting facilities or equipment
  • Internet access (may be limited)
  • Newspaper
  • In-room safe
  • In-room coffee
  • In-room bottled water
  • Concierge/valet service
  • Self parking
  • Valet parking
  • Additional inclusions

Inclusions may be listed elsewhere on the page as free or for a surcharge.

Optional extras

Breakfast costs between USD 12 and USD 21 per person (approximately)

Babysitting/childcare is available for an extra charge

Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

We have included all charges provided to us by this hotel. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

What’s around WaterColor Inn & Resort, Santa Rosa Beach


  • On the beach
  • Central Square - 9 min walk
  • Seaside Repertory Theatre - 11 min walk
  • Newbill Collection by the Sea - 12 min walk
  • Grayton Beach State Park - 26 min walk
  • Point Washington State Forest - 2.5 mi / 4.1 km
  • Deer Lake State Park - 5 mi / 8 km
  • South Walton Visitor Center - 5.1 mi / 8.2 km

Getting around

  • Destin, FL (DSI-Destin-Fort Walton Beach) - 37 min drive
  • Panama City, FL (ECP-Northwest Florida Beaches Intl.) - 47 min drive
  • Fort Walton Beach, FL (VPS-Northwest Florida Regional) - 62 min drive
  • Free self parking
  • Free valet parking
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)

Recent reviews

Exceptional 9.4 From 39 reviews

WaterColor Inn & Resort, Santa Rosa Beach
The resort is gorgeous besure to stay on top floor
The resort is fabulous and the staff wonderful very relaxing I felt the food was good for the value we stayed on the 4th floor and the view magnificent! Would recommend it !
A Traveler, us4 night family trip
WaterColor Inn & Resort, Santa Rosa Beach
Great escape
Loved our room Bar lacking my favorite drink Front desk couldn’t make easy change
A Traveler, us3 night romance trip
WaterColor Inn & Resort, Santa Rosa Beach
The hotel was amazing. The staff was immensely helpful- whether it be special requests, dinner recommendations, or where to snorkel. This is the first pull out sofa bed we have ever had at a hotel/resort that was actually comfortable. Housekeeping did a fantastic job. The food was delicious in every restaurant at the resort. The seaside area is a really great area for families. There is a great market nearby that is reasonably priced (Modica Market). We really enjoyed the bikes provided by the hotel. No need for a car to get around unless you want to travel outside of seaside area. Can't wait to stay again.
A Traveler, us5 night family trip
WaterColor Inn & Resort, Santa Rosa Beach
Great experience
Gorgeous setting. Beautiful view. Service was without flaw. room spotless. a few maintenance issues that were minor with the room. Would definitely stay here again
A Traveler, us7 night family trip
WaterColor Inn & Resort, Santa Rosa Beach
Week at the beach
We really love this place. It is pricey but what a wonderful experience on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. We dined every morning on terrace overlooking the beach. Walked the beach in late morning and swam in the great pools on the property in afternoon. The Fish out of Water restaurant was a dining experience that we will not soon forget as well as the local eateries that we tried also. We had a very relaxing vacation trip and I would suggest anyone trying this.
Wendy, us4 night family trip

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WaterColor Inn & Resort, Santa Rosa Beach

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