WaterColor Inn

A laid-back design hotel on the Gulf Coast
Perched on more than 500 acres on the Gulf of Mexico in sunny Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, WaterColor Inn marries natural beauty and modern luxury. The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star property's 67 rooms sport views that include the crystal waters of the Gulf and the rolling dunes that surround the resort. All of them come with beachfront porches or balconies, as well as terraces in the Family Suites. Designed by renowned architect David Rockwell, the boutique inn delivers a beachy charm.

Activities ranging from kayaking and canoeing to hiking and biking keep the whole family entertained. And when it’s time to turn in for the night, treat yourself to the fresh baked cookies delivered at turndown.
Our Inspector's Highlights

  • This is a family-friendly resort. A July 2022 renovation added seven Family Suites — two one-bedroom suites with bunk beds and five two-bedroom suites — that have sofa beds and kitchenettes. Plus, the first-floor accommodations have terraces with access to a new zero-entry family pool and deck.
  • Outside of the seven family suites, guest rooms feature approximately 500 square feet of living space, either king-size beds and queen-size pullout sleeper sofas or double queen-size beds, spa-style bathrooms and furnished patios or balconies.
  • The resort has a cottage style throughout. The roof in the lobby has a painted wood ceiling with exposed white beams. The original 60 guest rooms also have white beadboard wainscoting and coastal blue color schemes.
  • Fish Out of Water is a family-style restaurant serving coastal cuisine at breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • The boutique hotel sits on the powder-white sands of Santa Rosa Beach, with the Gulf lapping at its shores.

Things to Know
  • Not only is the resort right on the beach, but the property is also next to the untouched dunes of Grayton Beach State Park and just a half a mile bike ride to the Seaside community and its dining and shopping.
  • In addition to the bike paths along highway 30-A, the hotel spans over 400 acres with biking and walking trails. Complimentary bikes are available to all guests to explore the area.
  • While staying at the resort, the staff will remember your name and where you are from while keeping a discreet eye on making sure your stay goes smoothly.
The Rooms
  • Couches and chairs in guest rooms are plush and homey, creating a comfortable and cozy retreat for unwinding. Soft colors of blues and greens foster a calm atmosphere.
  • Coastal-themed paintings throughout the resort and glass sculptures that reflect the Gulf Coast give the resort a unique vibe.
  • Complementing the beach cottage feel of the property, elements throughout have a vintage character but always with a clean modern feel, like the large rustic table with a checkerboard design in the lobby.
The Restaurants
  • With views of the beach and the shimmering emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the resort’s signature restaurant, Fish Out of Water, has a new look, making it much more approachable for families.
  • The food, though, is the real treat with a menu featuring fish (line-caught grouper), local delicacies (fresh Gulf oysters), proteins (sweet tea chicken) and produce (veggie quinoa bowl).
  • Enjoy a laidback lounge setting with mounted flat-screen televisions, small plates and handcrafted cocktails at Gather Kitchen + Bar.
Meeting rooms
Outdoor pool
Getting There
34 Goldenrod Circle, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459
VPS (1 h)   ECP (45 min)   PNS (1 h 50 min)  
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