15811 Front Beach Road
Panama City Beach, FL 32413
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Guest Comments, Feedback & Testimonials

Richard and Joanne
Pinson, AL

Last October 2012 my wife and I decided to pack a couple of bags and head to PCB. It had been 20yrs (We were shocked of the change...) since we had been to the beach. We came without a reservation and started from west and going east. We stopped at may locations that were nice and some not so nice. All of sudden my wife said pull in here, Driftwood Lodge, we got out looked around. It was landscaped so neat. We got a key to look inside of one of the rooms, so very clean. Needless to say we stayed there. It also had the feel of old Panama City Beach that we were looking for, which means a lot to my wife and me. As you get older you want to cling to all of the old memories. Thanks Driftwood Lodge and the Gilmore Family... never change.

Ray and Rhonda Noland
Memphis, TN

We have been vacationing at the Driftwood now for over 20 years, ever
since our boys were very young. Now that the boys are grown,we have madeit our annual tradition to be there for Labor Day every year. We can hardly wait for Labor Day 2013 to get here!

Tony and Eileen,
Manchester, England

Sir thankyou for a great stay at your hotel we stayed 4 nites nov10 --
nov 13we had room 126we loved it. We making plans to stay again all the best to the hotel and the staff.--eileen and tony

The Rhineharts

Dear Tracy and Suzanne, We had a wonderful stay as always for our 25th anniversary. We celebrated in May at the Driftwood. We loved our upgrade room and the chocolates and champagne. The customer service was great. We really were impressed with your employee Ramil Latfullin who went above and beyond to make our stay special. We will be back again. We first came there on our honeymoon. Then after our son was born we brought him every summer for vacation. Now he is grown and we come down alone or meet family or friends. Your hotel is like our home away from home. We have wonderful memories of all the years of coming there. Hope to see you soon.

Thanks, D and P Rhinehart

Stephens Family

On Thanksgiving Day 2010 My husband and oldest son were in a wreck that almost took my husbands life. He spent 2 months in the hospital. God brought him back to us and we wanted to celebrate life by coming here. I could not think of anywhere else family means as much as Driftwood lodge. Thank you for allowing us to share our joy with you.

I must say your place is extremely clean, much cleaner than many hotels I have stayed in. I also noticed there was not a single place in the vicinity that had such great access to the beach. I only wish we had gotten a bigger room, but we did book late. Thank you!
Kim & Bob

As always we had a wonderful time. In fact we would like to go ahead and reserve for next year -- Thanks so much and have a great day.

We did enjoy our stay at the Driftwood Lodge as we always have. It is a wonderful family place to go. The staff and owners go over and beyond any call to make this hotel a home away from home. You just have to stay here to see what I mean. You will never find a place with this kind of hospitality. I really mean it; even if you stay will relatives!

I have stayed at the Driftwood now for two consecutive years. I wish I would have discovered you earlier. I couldn't be happier with the facility, the fun and of course your employees. The setting sun ceremony and the karaoke was a blast. I want another week next November but I won't know the dates until mid-summer. Best regards and Merry Christmas to all.

hi thank you for your response on our stay we had a great time at your hotel we have already told people how you treat your guests I would highly recommend your place to stay at this was our 4th year returning to Florida we have travelled to all corners of Florida and stayed at alot of hotels I would have to say that you are one of the best hotels we have stayed at fairly priced and very clean nice staff and your pictures of your rooms actually are your rooms have stayed at other places and there rooms look nothing like what's on the computer we were totally amazed with the get together you have with all your guests never been treated like that at another hotel hope to see you guys again next year.

We had one of the best Thanksgiving we have had in a long time at the Driftwood Lodge. We hope to spend
next Thanksgiving there.

Dear Friends, We still talk about our wonderful September vacation every day now.. My husband always checks the temp and weather in PC 'cause we wish we were there. What does it tell you when the screen saver on my cell phone is the view from our balcony-of the Driftwood pool and beach? Our family vacation destination has been the Driftwood, dozens of times...starting when I was in high school. So when we are there, I feel very close to those in my family who are no longer with us. I am sure they would delight to know we still visit the Driftwood Lodge!!
We had never been in October before so we didn't know what to expect. It was a little different but still the same great place and family to stay with. Thanks for giving my children such great memories!
I just wanted to add to your testimonials. My husband and I
stayed with you guys for out 20th wedding anniv. this past November. The place and staff were great! We arrived late and were suprised to find a note to \"The Gills\" on the front door welcoming us and giving us instructions on how to get out key and wishing us a great visit. As we had already been through all that on the phone I must say I was really impressed. Thank you for your devotion to guests. We will be bringing our entire family back soon. Loved the feel of home that the highrises just can\'t give!
Rocky & Connie Cravens
Had a super time, as usual, on our vacation destination to the Driftwood. In addition to my mom, brother and his family we added our cousins to the mix. Our daughter and family stay a couple of doors down and it made for a perfect week. Really appreciate the new grills on the cabana level. That has always been a struggle trying to find a grill when you want one. Thanks:) Two nights of fireworks on the pier really made it special. Your staff is super and always willing to help and do a fantastic job keeping the rooms tidy amidst our chaos. This was our 9th or 10th trip to PCB and have stayed with you ever since we discovered you our third trip down. Already making plans for next summer. A wonderful place to stay in the midst of all those highrises.
I just want to tell you that my husband and I stayed with you on our honeymoon 47 years ago. My husband passed away in December, but it would thrill me to have my son (aged 39) stay at your place. We were in room, which was at that time behind the new sundeck. At that time there was just a small wall and you could step right onto the beach. I just wanted to share my good memories with you. Thanks for listening.
Edmond, OK
My husband and I spent 4 nights at The Driftwood in May. We were new to the area and were so pleased to find the excellent condition of the motel and grounds. The service was just as excellent. I am deeply sorry that the beaches on the Gulf are being so affected by the oil spill. Our best wishes are with you. I hope we will be able to return some day to The Driftwood. Linda W.
Pinson, AL
Hi, I made reservations for 2010 We really enjoyed our stay with you all and appreciate all you do to keep everyone happy! Your whole staff is the most helpful and friendly I have ever encountered. We love Driftwood!
Madison, MS
Last week I finished making my reservation for this summer, as always the staff was very eager to accommodate you. My wife and I look forward to the wonderful time we always have at the Driftwood, This year we are staying for 15 days and can't think of a better place to vacation.
Fisk, MO
We just got home from our trip and I wanted to be sure to send an e-mail telling you how much we enjoyed our stay! We had a great time. Everryone was so helpful and we cannot thank you enough!
Villa Rica, GA
Hey guys, see you this summer as always. Can't wait to make my reservations. Kenny and i had a blast when we came down for our anniversary :) We'll see you in a few months
Davison, MI
I just read these testimonials and it's so funny that most people have been coming back to you for more than 10 years. Our family may have the record as I believe John Goyette started coming with the Loiselles back about 30 years or more ago! This is our favorite family trip!
Vonore, TN
I have stayed at the Driftwood since 2006 and I have enjoyed every time. I have sent my parents and many friends down from Tennessee to visit and they all enjoyed their stay. Thank you so much for all the memories!!!!!!
Madison, MS
My wife(Tammy) and I just spent 11 days (8/19 thru 8/29/08) and want you to know your staff did a great job and we really enjoyed it. I'm now back at work and have told everyone in the office how wonderfull our stay was and we plan to be back next year.
Terre Haute, IN
We have been coming to Driftwood for over 18 years. We love the friendly staff, and the accommodations. We always get a cabana room. We have never been disappointed. This year I took my son and grandson. They have never been to Panama City Beach. They had a great time. We will be back next year and hope to bring more of our family with us. See you in 2009.
Danville, IL
My family have stayed twice just this year at the Driftwood. We love it!!!! My children loved the activities and movie night was awesome!!!! My oldest daughter said the Driftwood reminds her of the "dirty dancing" movie. We plan to stay at the Driftwood next year or maybe again this fall!!!!
Bowman Family
Cox Creek, KY
me and my family about (30) people we be comeing to the driftwood lodge in 2 day on june 19, we have be comeing every year for about 10 years and we love it and we hope we are going to have fun! We have recommend the driftwood lodge to all of our family and friends and so the people we told is came with us!!!!!!!! thank you for have the BEST place to stay in florida see you in 2 day WE LOVE IT!!!!
Rome, GA
My husband and I stayed at the driftwood after staying at a few other hotels in the area. We will always stay at the Driftwood from now on. A cute little place just perfect for us. We stayed in a Cabana Room. Just the right size for us. We were right on the beach. A great place for anyone just wanting to slow things down and relax for a while.
Jennifer & Ed
Enterprise, AL
We came upon The Driftwood Lodge by accident while scanning the
internet for other motels and hotels on the beach. By far, Driftwood was the most affordable and had the most positive feedback of any other site we visited, and so we booked a 3 day stay with the Gilmore family in March of 2008. We were not disappointed!! The Driftwood Lodge was everything it promised to be. We stayed in one of the cabana rooms and were very pleased by the condition of our room and the friendliness of the staff when we had a question. The staff, as well as the other guests, were extremely pleasant and indeed we felt like part of the family while there. We would recommend The Driftwood Lodge to all of our friends and family!!
Bob & Laura
Galion, OH
We happened upon the Driftwood Lodge, many years ago! Lost track of the number. We re-booked last year, for 2008! Scares me to think, we might not get a room. Please never sell out, for the condo's are not a blessing for the beach. Plus the Gilmore family and their staff could not be more friendly. And we look very much forward to seeing them each and every year, along with the many friends we have made, at the Driftwood Lodge. See you soon!
Baltus Family
Greensburg, IN
We have been staying at the Driftwood Lodge since our honeymoon in 1989. You can't beat the family atmosphere. The Gilmores make it feel like home. I have already made my reservation for 2008.
Bowman Family
Cox Creek, KY
Our Family Came to the driltwood lodge in 2005 and we love love love it a lot. We had fun every day! See You in The Summer of 2008.
Tracy, Lucinda & Canyon
Knoxville, TN
We have been staying at the Driftwood for the past five years. We will be staying at the Osprey in late August '07. We love the family atmosphere and the wonderful rates that allow us to take a summer vacation.
Teri, David & Hunter
Lexington, KY
As always, we had a great time at the Driftwood Lodge. We love the Gilmore's and they truly make you feel like you are a member of the family. Thanks for the last minute reservations!!! See you in 2008!
Little Rock, AR
I had the most wonderful relaxing week. Everyone was so helpful and considerate. I plan to return in 2008!!
Cartersville, GA
I was wondering if there was going to be a special for Labor Day - that weekend has become a tradition with my family. We started coming when I was little, as I got older we still came as a family. My mother's last summer there was 2002. She was sick from cancer but still made the trip in 2002 with the family. Since then we have came back every year. It is like you all are family. I hope that you contuine with the specials on Labor Day. Please don't sell out to the condos.
Mason City, IL
I have been coming here since I was 12 or 13. Then I started coming with girlfriends and then I brought my boyfriend and he loved it as much as I do. We got married on the beach in between The Osprey and Driftwood in 1997. Now we come every year with family and friends. Need I say more.
Mike & Stacy
Cropwell, AL
The Driftwood Lodge is like family to us, we have been staying with you for about 13 years. We got engaged in a Cabana Suite 10 years ago and now bring our boys once or twice a year as well as family from California. Thanks for all of your extra touches and family atmosphere. Long live the family-style resorts and NO CONDOS and elevators to haul your stuff to the beach! God bless the Gilmore Family.
Peoria, IL
I just returned from a week stay at the Driftwood. I loved it. Will be back again. The room was perfect. I could not believe the building there of all the condos, please DO NOT SELL OUT TO THEM. I met some real nice people this stay. My friend and I had a wonderful time. I hope to see you again next year. Thanks for the 50th anniversary t-shirt!
Mona & Bill
Roscoe, IL
We have been staying at the Osprey for years,but recently stayed at one of the poolside rooms at the Driftwood. We LOVED it !! Very clean and comfortable . We also spent much more time outside with our freinds being so centrally located, and also much closer to one of our favorite spots....the Tiki bar. Already booked our room for next year. Thanks to all at the Driftwood for making our vacation GREAT!!!
St. Louis, MO
We have been coming with friends and family to the Driftwood for four years and love the beach, the view and the accommodations and the friendliness of the Gilmore Family! It is a wonderful place to stay. Thanks!
Shepherdsville, KY
In October of 2006, 14 of my family and friends stayed at Driftwood for eight days and had a great time. We will be back this October 2007. We loved it.
Dickson, TN
My husband and I stayed there in September, it was great. I have been there as a child with my family before. The ocean view is as beautiful as I remembered it. This summer we plan to go back with the kids.
Newnan, GA
We have stayed a few times and just loved it. We have small children and this place really works for that. Also, the kids love the watermelon time...
Peoria, IL
I have stayed at the Driftwood several times and hope to come back again in the Spring. It is clean, fun and love the way you can go in your front door and out your back door to the beautiful beach. The best place I have stayed. I tell everyone I know to go stay at the Driftwood with the Gilmore Family. I have gave several brochures to my friends in Peoira, IL. Please don't sell out to the condo high rise builders.
Oakford, IL
We stayed at the Driftwood this past August. This was probably our sixth or seventh visit (stayed at the Osprey a couple of times also). Clean, affordable motel with a great atmosphere. The kids liked the activities, the cookout was enjoyable and I appreciated being able to talk with Mr. Gilmore. Thanks!
Rensselaer, IN
We have stayed at your great location the past two years for Spring Break. We just made our reservations for '07 Spring Break and can hardly wait for it to arrive. Your staff is great and the accomodations are fabulous. We love the "family" atmosphere during our stay. My son brought a friend this past year that had lost a family member and the vaction took his mind off of family things for a week. He enjoyed the stay very much. See you again in March '07 and STAY THE WAY YOU ARE - NO NEED FOR ANY MORE CONDOS!!!
Dan, Davette, Abby & Gracie
We wish to thank you again for possibly the best vacation we have experienced at the beach. The staff, the room, the pool, the melon and especially the games made the trip memorable. You guys really provide great customer service and a great product.

Hope to return to The Driftwood Lodge very soon.
Pinson, Al
My sister and I was at your hotel for the week of July 4th. We fell in love with it. We had stayed at the Gulf View for over 10 years and they up and sold! We have been looking for a family place and we have found it. We have already made reservations for next year. The fireworks on the pier where the BEST! Great place to watch it. See you next year and many more to come..
Evansville, IN
We recently completed our second stay at the Driftwood. We will difinitely return. We had previously stayed at the same motel for 8 years until they sold out. Please do not leave those of us who like the smaller, friendlier motels. Again, thank you for a wonderful time. Will see you again in the fall.
Jody & Tony
Atlanta, GA
My husband and I have been spending Labor Day Week at the Driftwood for several years. You can't find a better place to stay. The staff, the location, the friendliness of the guests (who seem to be the same people that come back every year) can't be beat. I'm keeping my fingers crossed and hoping my prayers are answered that the Driftwood is around for a very long time. Can't wait to see you guys soon. Thanks for great past memories and the ones we'll make in the future. God Bless!!!
Auburn, GA
I had came here with my parents as a child. Now I came back with my own family. Good memories. Glad to see you are still there. I didn't want to leave. Staff treated us like friends. Everything was perfect. Can't wait to come back. I love being able to walk out my door and be a few feet from the sand. I showed the staff photos of the motel from my childhood.
JC & Meghan
Plant City, FL
We had a wonderful stay at the Driftwood. The scenery of the beach is changing with all the high rise buildings, it was a comfort to stay someplace smaller and more personable. Everything about our stay was great, from our room to your staff. Without a doubt we will be back to enjoy your hospitality again
Madison, GA
We loved your motel it was wonderful you make sure that your guest have all the amenities they need. We had a comfortable and fun stay. We will definitely return to your motel any time we return to the beach. Your hotel may be small in size but it is big in family values and comfort and that's what we like. Thank you so much for making our vacation a great one.
Odenville, AL
After arriving home from a week at your hotel during Spring Break, I feel that I must tell you how wonderful The Driftwood Lodge is! The rooms are great, the staff is great and the activities were great. After staying at numerous places, I have found a second home here! Please don't sell out to the condo builders. God Bless Everyone!
Shirley & Dana
London, KY
For 35 years, my wonderful handicapped son and I have enjoyed the Emerald Coast at least four times a year. In October, I wrote a letter complaining about the lack of consideration for handicapped people such as we found a larger seaside resort in Panama City Beach. We were horrified by their lack of concern for the comfort and safety of individuals with special needs.

We came back to the beach on Dec. 21 and stayed at the Driftwood Inn, which we have frequented many times and where we were treated like home folks with a wonderful holiday party.

The older inn is handicapped accessible with hold bars in the bathroom and the owners are very personable and willing to go any length to make their guests happy...unlike the managers of the larger resort farther west on the beach.

We wish the owners and workers of the Driftwood Inn the happiest of new years, and hope they hold their own and do not sell out to the condo builders who have changed the face of beaches - and not for the better.

(Source: NEWS HERALD: Viewpoint, January 2, 2006)
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