THIS CONDO HAS A SATURDAY TO SATURDAY REQUIREMENT DURING PEAK SEASON! Looking for Paradise? Here it is at the El Matador! Has to be the most sought of family vacation resort on the Emerald Coast. A secluded condominium nestled between the beautiful white sand dunes and the sparkling Emerald Waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
El Matador is truly a beach resort. Just two miles down Santa Rosa Blvd at the end of the Island you will find us ? secluded but still just a few minutes to all the amenities that Destin and Fort Walton Beach have to offer. Just six miles down Hwy. 98 you can enjoy Destin ? ? The Worlds Luckiest Fishing Village? ? charter a private trip or take the kids out on a group boat and catch dinner. While in Destin enjoy fine restaurants, shopping, and golfing on some of the best golf courses in the Panhandle of Florida. Hard to believe that you might need a day off from the beach but if you do take the family to Big Kahunas Water Park in the center of old Destin. Much more than just a water park? it?s a day of fun!
Back at the El Matador enjoy the large grass areas between our buildings just right for family fun and games. With two pools, his and her whirlpool, and saunas just right for your tired muscles after a game of tennis on one of our courts, or in our fitness center. We are located at the end of Okaloosa Island a small barrier Island between Fort Walton Beach and Destin. This gated community with thirteen miles of undeveloped beaches to the west is sure to have you longing to return.
Bedding Configuration: 1 King, 1 Queen, 1 Full
Additional Features: * Business: Nearby ATM, Nearby Post Office, Nearby Internet Cafe, Nearby FedEx, Nearby Bank * Convenience: Area FitnessCenter, Nearby Medical Services, Nearby Grocery, On Site Fitness Center, Nearby Golf Courses, Nearby Movie Theatres, Nearby Outlet Shopping * Culture: Symphony Orchestra, Ballet, Museums, Theater * Entertainment: Cable TV, DVD Player * Geographic: On Beach * Kitchen: Full Kitchen, Refrigerator, Coffee Maker, Ice Maker, Microwave, Toaster, Cookware, Stove, Pots and Pans * Living: Central Air, Linens, Ironing Board, High Speed Internet, Washer/Dryer On Site, 3 TV's, DVD Players * Outdoor: Balcony, Shared Pool, Tennis, Beach, BBQ Grills On Site, Fishing, Boating, Parasailing, Jet-Ski-ing, Kite-Boarding, Snorkelling, Disc Golf, Diving, Sailing, Golfing
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Lois A. J. from West Terre Haute, IN recommends this property. Stayed for 31 days in January, 2017 2017 marks my 16th consecutive year to visit Okaloosa Island for the winter, my 14th year to stay at El Matador and the 6th in this condo. I love everything about making this place my home for three months......location on the Emerald Coast, location of this specific condo.....(water's edge), the light coming into the space, the all day sunny balcony as well as the comfy living space inside. My family and friends like coming here to visit me....... It is ALL good!!!
Reviewed by: Debra T. recommends this property. Stayed for 7 days in October, 2016 I have stayed at the El Matador several times and my husband and I even got married on the beach there. This time, my sister and a couple of our friends went and we had unit 303. It has one of the best views if you want to see the sun rise and sun set (although, it gets a little warm in the afternoon, so a table umbrella would be nice). First the pros. This unit has an updated kitchen, nice new living room furniture, everything you need for cooking, and all TV's are flat screens. The unit is at the end, so it was convenient to the stairs and garbage disposal. The cons are that the bedrooms and especially the bathrooms need updating to match the rest of the unit, but that is minor. Also, the kitchen and bathroom floors had a lot of sand on them (I guess the cleaning person forgot that part). Lastly, there were only 2 tall chairs on the balcony that could be used with the tall table (there were 4 of us). There were 2 plastic chairs and a couple of taller wooden chairs, but they still were not high enough. The management company was helpful and prompt. We had to call them twice - once to help unlock the door (the deadbolt was stuck and wasn't supposed to be locked anyway)and the second time was because our coffee pot clonked out.
Property Manager Response: Response from Alicia J. Hollis, Realtor Debra thanks so much for letting us know how much you enjoyed our condo at the El Matador unit 330. It is very convenient being the last one or a corner unit on the 3rd, floor with wonderful views of the water. It was recently updated with a new kitchen and of course new furnishings in the unit, and yes, the bathrooms are going to be the next project. We hope that enjoyed the wonderful view of the dolphins from the balcony and the great sunsets and we hope to see you again in the future.
A guest from Indianapolis, Indiana recommends this property. Stayed for 7 days in October, 2016 Very nice condo with incredible location and view - you can watch sunrise and sunset from the balcony. Only minor negative is that the bathrooms are due for an update.
A guest from Plano, TX recommends this property. Stayed for 30 days in September, 2016 Enjoyed our month in comfortable 330. The new kitchen and bathroom renovations are wonderful. Condo is very well equipped. Relaxing environment. Beautiful beach and grounds and pool. Look forward to returning.
Linda B. from The Rock, GA recommends this property. Stayed for 7 days in July, 2016 We have been coming to El Matador for over 30 years. We have always loved it, (obviously), and we particularly enjoyed room 330 this year. I would suggest they add two more tall chairs to the balcony.
Property Manager Response: Response from Alicia J. Hollis, Realtor Thank you for reviewing your stay with us at El Matador condo # 330. We will certainly pass your recommendation on to the owners.
A guest from Cypress, TX recommends this property. Stayed for 7 days in July, 2016 Been staying at El Matador for over 25 years and this condo was top notch! Loved the newly designed kitchen and updated appliances! Only addition needed is a sleeper sofa. The unit has a fantastic guest bedroom with queen and double bed but could have used a sleeper sofa for the teenage boys!! We did have the Ac worked on since it wasn't cooking properly but was fixed promptly.
Property Manager Response: Response from Alicia J. Hollis, Realtor Thank you for staying with us at the El Matador. We are glad that you enjoyed the upgrades in this condo. We look forward to our next visit.
A guest from Lake Charles, LA recommends this property. Stayed for 3 days in July, 2015 It was just awesome! The kitchen needs updating, but with the view that we had it's hard to complain! The beds were super comfy. I would stay here again for sure!
Property Manager Response: Response from Alicia J. Hollis, Realtor Angie, I am so happy that you responded our review because I have great news to let you know. Your wish is coming true, we are going to be remodeling the kitchen beginning this fall, to an open kitchen, so that you can enjoy your needs, and wonderful breathtaking views of the gulf from the kitchen and also all the other windows in the living room, and of course those great big sliding glass doors which takes you out to the patio. The unit, had some new furniture replaced last year, especially the bedding and I am so glad that you have enjoyed them too. When you are ready to come back to Fort Walton Beach, make sure that you will give us a call and I would love to book it for you again, to the new look.
Great view and location, but the inside is a mess!
A guest from Springfield, IL does not recommend this property. Stayed for 7 days in June, 2015 We stayed the week of 4th of July 2015, and have stayed at this unit for over 18 years when we come to Ft. Walton. The view is the best, the location of unit is great, parking in great, the grounds are immaculate, and the beach is one of the best. This unit is really starting to show age. Both of the bathrooms need to be gutted. The master bath shower doors were broke and dark black mildew was in every corner or crevice in the shower. Both bathrooms smelled strongly like urine upon arrival, which made parts of master bedroom smell like urine. The kitchen is dated-refrigerator has rust all over the front of it, the tile and grouting in bad shape. Old appliances. But the bathrooms were the worst of anyplace I've ever stayed! Really disappointing. Check in and out went flawlessly, and had a great time out of the room. After 18 years, we might be looking for someplace new to go, at $2100.00 for a week, I'm sure there has to be someplace cleaner, with better bath and kitchen out there.
Gary K. from De Soto, Missouri recommends this property. Stayed for 7 days in October, 2014 Alicia and her staff were very warm and fun to work with. Chris was very helpful in arranging a florist for me to call so flowers for my bride of 40 years would have a nice surprise on arrival. We will be back and strongly recommend this facility and Alicia J. Hollis
A guest from Plano, TX recommends this property. Stayed for 30 days in September, 2014 Unit 330 has a beautiful view of beach and water which is one of the main reasons we choose this unit each year.Furniture is comfortable and unit decorated with light colors and nice artwork.
Reviewed by: Christopher F. recommends this property. Stayed for 2 days in August, 2014 This was our first experience renting a condo on our own and this unit did not disappoint in fitting our wants and needs. The layout was great and the view of the gulf is just what we wanted. It is very well kept and though the unit is the last on the road, it's not very far from anything. We will definitely be coming back again.
Property Manager Response: Response from Alicia J. Hollis, Realtor Thank you for staying with us, and i am so glad to see that you enjoyed your stay at the el matador, and i hope that we can see you again next year. We appreciate your comments. thanks Chris.
Cindy R. from Royal Oak, MI recommends this property. Stayed for 8 days in April, 2014 We really enjoyed our stay at El Matador Condos at Fort Walton Beach. The location is the last complex next to the Airforce base so you have a wide open view of white sand and the ocean. Our unit was a corner unit so we had views of the ocean from all windows. Our condo was very comfortable and clean. We have already booked another vacation at this location!
A guest from Kingston, TN recommends this property. Stayed for 7 days in October, 2013 The location of our condo was wonderful. The condo itself needs some improvements, especially in bathrooms and kitchen
Property Manager Response: Response from Alicia J. Hollis, Realtor We are very glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. The owner of this condo has been addressing issues over time and he is aware there is more to do.
A guest from Germantown, TN does not recommend this property. Stayed for 5 days in August, 2013 Our condo was so dirty upon our arrival that our dtr preferred to use the public toilets at the pool. Ours had not even been swished and swiped clean. The soap dishes were filthy and the dishes had been put away dirty. The utensil holder in drawer was full of crumbs and even dried up cheese pieces. Condo was seriously out of date with dirty carpet and furniture. Chair in corner propped up on broken leg, we were later accused of this. We had reported the bulk of the disrepair (hard to report it all!) and sent pics to A Hollis realtor and also asked for ex room code, they never responded so we didn't report chair as didn't notice it til days later; figured they didn't care. There was a giant roach bug crawling on our headboard, someone else's dirty panties under the bed, hairy and sandy sheets on beds, vanities with visible dirt (removed easily when we cleaned them!) and someone's crab claw from dinner left in guest bedroom. Not sure why we paid $85 cleaning fee. Definitely not cleaned!!As for beach, ok but lots of rude of rednecks. We had 3 pairs of new flip flops stolen on different days & never returned. Bad seaweed during our stay, meanwhile Destin and Pensacola were both clear.Somewhat of a family atmosphere as no high rises but multiple gentleman's clubs & liquor stores on path made it trashy. Complex gated but wall surrounding complex is only knee high! I have never left a negative review, but this place & this realtor were both horrible!!! Definitely would not recommend either!!!
Lois A. J. from West Terre Haute, IN recommends this property. Stayed for 30 days in February, 2013 I loved spending the winter living in EM 330 and there are only a few things that could improve my satisfaction when I return next winter. First, I found the kitchen drawers and shelves crowded with duplications and too much stuff. A good decluttering is needed. I also would enjoy having wireless internet service as a major convenience for me, as well as any guests I entertain while living there. A lounge chair and two extra bistro chairs would add to the balcony experience. An extra set of sheets for the beds would be appreciated and would avoid me having to strip/wash/remake beds all at the same time. The view is fantastic, a never ending joy for me......the condo is comfortable and the decore relaxing, with lots of original art lending to the overal uniqueness of the property. I am drawn to El Matador because of its nearness to the open beach to the west. The Emerald Coast with its sugar white sands, magnificent sunrises and sunsets and everchanging gulf waters is a powerful magnet pulling me back each winter to soak up its beauty.
Lois A. J. from West Terre Haute, IN recommends this property. Stayed for 32 days in December, 2012 I will spend the winter (Dec. 31, 2012-Mar. 30, 2013)in this condo. I love my view of the coastline and ever-changing sky. The condo itself is super-comfortable, full of light and decorated with just the right combination of original art and soft calming colors. I find the Karma here to suit me perfectly.
Andrea or Boyd L. from Harriman, TN recommends this property. Stayed for 30 days in September, 2012 A little disappointed with the room, we had ants & had to call 2 times to get rid of them, we also had mold in the room-hope that was not what was causing our coughs. The kitchen was not clean, stuff in the fridge and in the drawers that I had to clean. The porch could use a cleaning. Stayed in this unit numerous times, wish it was updated. New tvs were nice and new carpet was nice-tile would be better. Staying in another unit next yr. May come back ot 330 if things change. Great location and enjoy working with Hollis realty. Had a great time.
A guest from Perryville, MO does not recommend this property. Stayed for 7 days in August, 2012 El Matador 330 Needs some serious furniture updates and renovations -especially for the price! The chairs in the Living room were thread-bare and dirty and some of the other wood furniture looked 20 years old. The kitchen and baths were very oldy/moldy. The view and the beach were outstanding. The other problem with El Matador is no on-site managment to talk to about problems etc.. Its just not convienent to have to rely on calling someone from Alicia Hollis if you have problems or questions about the room.
Steven R. from Hudson, OH recommends this property. Stayed for 7 days in June, 2012 We have been to the El Matador several times in the past 10 years and this was our best experience. From the decor of the condo to the inclusion of beach chairs, we had no complaints. We hope to be back soon.
William & Patricia T. from Maineville, OH recommends this property. Stayed for 7 days in June, 2012 We loved the location. A few minor issues with the unit...ants in the kitchen, closet door off track, bad tv reception. Overall we had a great vacation. Going back next year to same unit.