"Our family has vacationed in several areas around the Gulf of Mexico. This was hands down our most enjoyable Fall vacation in the Gulf. We were welcomed to Room 1609 of Tower 4 by a spectacular view of The Gulf of Mexico on the left and the Santa Rosa Bay on the right. The sunset views from this condo are amazing. We found the condo to be very clean, beautifully decorated, well furbished, and met all of our needs. The resort had everything we needed to enjoy the beautiful Fall Pensacola weather. We found all of the resort staff to be very polite and helpful. I would advise anyone planning a stay at the Portofino resort to take some time and study the adventure packages. They seem to be a good deal for those groups who like to play in the water. We enjoyed the ocean and Santa Rosa bay equally well. The Lifestyle Center was top notch. All of the pools and hot tubs were clean and relaxing. We found the fitness facility to be very well equipped with high quality machines and free weight stations. We did leave the resort on a couple of occasions. We enjoyed Fort Pickens (which is another great place to watch the sunset). We also enjoyed the Blue Angels Cruise where we saw several dolphins and received a spectacular view of a Blue Angels practice. As other reviewers have stated, the white sandy beaches were clean and beautiful. The Gulf water was an amazingly clear topaz blue.
The condo owner, Iris, was very helpful and responsive. We often book our vacation destinations based on the weather. With a hurricane in the area, we booked very late. Iris made everything super easy for us; check-in was smooth and easy.
The only thing remotely close to a negative was probably the funniest. On the day of our arrival, I got a little confused and missed the entrance to Portofino. We drove a few yards down the road and pulled into a sandy area beside the road. BIG MISTAKE!!! While in the sand, forward / reverse movements sunk us deeper into the sand, we were STUCK. Fortunately, I was able to push our car to freedom. Now, we joke about the fact that the first time my toes touched the Pensacola sand was to push our car out.
Ultimately, we enjoyed our stay so much. We hope to return very soon and would gladly stay in Tower 4 Room 1609 again. Thank You Iris!!!"
Guest: Will Come Again
Date of Stay: October 2016
Review Submitted: November 1, 2016