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El Matador

04/06/2017 05/06/2017
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Looking for a peaceful time on sugar white sand beaches these condos are a great value right on the water w/amenities than El Matador is the place to go. Families are the norm with 2 pools and 1800 ft of direct beach then add 16.5 miles of undeveloped beach shoreline to explore and you have the ideal place to spend...

1Thank LarryMSyputa
ElMatadorRentals, Manager at El Matador, responded to this review

We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay! Thank you for taking the time to give us a review. We hope to have the pleasure of providing your accommodations the next time you visit our beautiful area.

Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

Stayed 4/1/17-4/6/17 in room 428! Beautiful clean room! Great views of the ocean and pool. Enjoyed some hot tub time on the cool night after the rain with my husband and friends! Peaceful, quite and respectable place! ❤️🏝👌🏻

1Thank Jenny C
ElMatadorRentals, Manager at El Matador, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay. We are happy to hear that you had a great time and hope that we will have the pleasure of providing your accommodations next time you visit the area.

Cortland, New York
Reviewed 4 April 2017 via mobile

We came to Fort Walton to surprise a friend for her 60th birthday and wanted a place to stay with certain criteria. Beach access, a kitchen and affordable enough to be split 3 ways. Overall we were very happy with our stay. The check up the road at the Real Estate office was easy and they were quick to respond...

Thank Hainesplace
Reviewed 20 January 2017

We rented a two bedroom condo for six weeks this year - our first year here. Our building is on the beach, with great views of the gulf. Our unit is updated with very nice furnishings, wireless internet and cable TV. The condo complex has 2 swimming pools and one is heated. The exercise room is well equipped. There are...

Thank AnnF886
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

The El Matador is a great place for family beach trips. While it is an older condo property, most owners have done a good job of updating their units. I would recommend checking the pictures for each unit since they were built between 1972 and 1977. You may run into a unit that has not been updated and looks like...

Thank Jeffrey L
ElMatadorRentals, Manager at El Matador, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay. We are so happy that you enjoyed the El Matador and hope that we will have the pleasure of providing your accommodations when you return to beautiful Okaloosa Island.

Warner Robins, Georgia
Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

This is a great condo! We stayed on the 6th floor of building 2, unit 260. It's a corner, end unit too! This place has great pools & ocean view. It is a little walk down to the beach, but walking is fabulous exercise! Don't forget paper towels & Kleenex. These are not provided. We will definitely come & stay...

Thank summervacation27
ElMatadorRentals, Manager at El Matador, responded to this review

We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay and your room! We hope that we have the pleasure of providing your accommodations the next time you visit beautiful Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton Beach.

Reviewed 10 August 2016

No condos or hotels to the west of you which made the beach less crowded and quieter. Stayed in room 118 in building 1 and loved it. White sandy beach and super clear water. One day had amazingly large waves which made it a ton of fun to play in the surf. Also had the treat of seeing a manatee...

Thank Marshall B
Tyler, Texas
Reviewed 10 August 2016

We got an excellent rate on a one room efficiency condo through VRBO. The facility is well maintained. There are two large pools on site and magnificent stretch of beach. We stayed a full week and our kids did not want to leave.

2Thank ScottyWood1927
Falmouth, Kentucky, United States
Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

Stayed here on a family vacation and it was the best vacation we've ever had!!! Awesome location, beautiful property, clean condo, beach is gorgeous, pools crystal clean, perfect views and a place I'd gladly return to!!! 2 pools were nice to have available but they were never overly crowded. Loved the gazebo on the walkway to the beach! Sat there...

1Thank SJC2005
Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

It has lots of green space for kids to play and grills set up for family picnics and if I had a family I would rank it higher. Being single and sitting on the beach with no tiki bar in sight seems like craziness to me! No food no drinks but the Tom Thumb is a mile away. No restaurants...

2Thank Jeff B
ElMatadorRentals, Manager at El Matador, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay. You are correct, we are a very "get away from it all" family complex. We are sorry to hear that your room was not to your liking. All of the rooms at El Matador have individual owners. While most of the units are updated there are still a few that...

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  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Beachfront
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Tennis Court
  • Hot Tub
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Microwave
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Conference Facilities
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Our Fort Walton Beach condos are located next to 17 miles of uninhabited beach. To make your Florida vacation as memorable as possible, our 12 acre beach resort offers an array of amenities which includes two pools, tennis and basketball courts, a fitness center, whirlpools, saunas and more! Our staff has dedicated themselves to making certain that the time you spend with us will be the most enjoyable vacation experience you've ever had. You'll experience recreation, sightseeing and world class dining all within minutes of our vacation resort. You'll find beautiful beaches, sugar white sand, emerald green water, one of a kind shops, magnificent scenery and everything else that makes for a perfect stay in paradise. Our Fort Walton Beach Condos are beautifully furnished and fully equipped for your comfort, convenience and offer stunning views where you can enjoy beautiful beach sunsets. Don't waste another minute, contact us today and book your dream vacation condo. ... more   less 

Additional Information about El Matador

Address: 909 Santa Rosa Blvd, Okaloosa Island, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548-5979
Region: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Fort Walton Beach
Price Range: €112 - €243 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — El Matador 3.5*
Number of rooms: 316
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“Look for dates after Labor Day for the best deals and the water is warm and so is the air.”
LarryMSyputa, 1 May 2017 | Read review
“Buildings 3 and 4 are closest to the beach.”
AnnF886, 20 Jan 2017 | Read review
“room 118 in building 1”
MarshallB445, 10 Aug 2016 | Read review
“As these are privately owned condominiums, rates and amenities will vary.”
ScottyWood1927, 10 Aug 2016 | Read review
“You have great views of the water if you are on a higher floor.”
marynewpherwitt, 16 May 2016 | Read review
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