The Towne of Seahaven in Panama City Beach, FL is a 52-acre oasis that is the newest and greatest area for shopping, dining, night life and lodging with over 1,400 feet of beach front. Situated in this expansive complex is the 329-unit Origin at Seahaven, one of three lodging choices. This Polynesian and Island Easy décor condominium offers a unique first class experience at an affordable price. Origin has a great location that is very convenient to many local attractions. Gulf World Marine Park is only a quarter mile away, with Shipwreck Island Waterpark and Panama City Beach Pier only three miles.
Though not located right on the beachfront, the 17-story Origin is just across the street with extremely easy access. Beach lovers will find themselves only about a three minute walk from the water. Views from the condos at Origin range from resort views to ocean views. Those that want to ensure that they have a great view of the gulf will need to request a unit on the sixth or seventh floor or above, as views from the lower level rooms are often blocked by other buildings.
Right across the street from Origin condos in Panama City Beach, FL is a nice and convenient little beach side restaurant named Sharkey’s. They’re not fancy, but just a good place for bar-type food and drinks. For your nicer meals, you might want to head over to Pier Park about a mile away or visit some of the other nearby eateries.
The Panama City Beach condo units at Origins offer several choices. They range from the efficiency one bedrooms and beach views to the regular one, two and three-bedrooms. All condos at Origin come with flat-screen televisions with high-speed Internet, DVD players, microwave, stove/oven (2 or 4 burner), coffee maker and ceiling fans. They all have some type of kitchen, whether they be full size or kitchenettes. Even the kitchenettes will have some convenient items such as plates, glasses, silverware and a toaster and blender. Some of the larger units also have luxuries like fully equipped kitchens, granite countertops, quality appliances, washers and dryers and sofas in the living areas that fold out for extra sleeping room. Tiled floors, seating areas, balconies with table and chairs along with a clean, spacious and comfortable environment make for a great stay for you and your family or friends. So choose what size accommodation you need and the amenities you prefer when making your reservations.
One thing that guests to Origin at Seahaven seem to mention time and time again are the comfortable beds. They are definitely one of the favorites that add extra enjoyment and luxury to your stay. The residences that do not come with washer/dryer units will have a nearby laundry facility to keep up with the laundry and wash linens when necessary. Remember that like most condominiums, Origins does not provide daily housekeeping with exchange of towels and linens like you come to expect at hotels. They do, however, provide a towel exchange service. Just take your used towels to the area provided near the pool where on-site staff will gladly exchange them for fresh ones. Be sure to do this before 5pm daily as they do close for the evening hours. For an additional fee, you should be able to schedule a cleaning service if you are planning an extended stay. Just check on that when you book your stay.
The fourth floor is a treasure with its serene courtyard with potted palms, heated pool, spa tub and barbeque grills. This is a favorite hangout for many of the guests. Origins also has two rooftop terraces with beautiful ocean views that can be reserved for group events and special gatherings. Another great feature at this condominium is the theater that shows nightly movies. Many of them are planned around the kids, so check out what movies they have scheduled. It only seats about 24 people, so it’s never overly crowded. The movie room can also be used for special screenings and to view televised sports events. Guests who don’t want to miss out on their daily exercise routines can make good use of the fitness center that is equipped with free weights and cardio machines.
The arcade is located on the first floor and is a favorite for the younger crowd. Origin usually has nightly entertainment for kids during the busier seasons. Also look for family events such as Luaus, parents night out, magicians, face painting and other fun extras. The parking area for Origins is convenient, however it is limited in size. Just know that if the garage is full, there is an overflow lot outside the area where you can park.
Another item we can help you with is the annoyance of the slow elevator service. This is a very common problem with sizable hotels and condominiums. There is a, however, somewhat of a solution to this problem when you stay at Origin. You will find that most guests use the two elevators located in the center of each level of the building. Many of them are not aware that there are actually four elevators. The other two are located at either end of the building. They are used much less than the middle elevators and typically provide considerably faster service for getting to and from the lobby, your rooms or the fourth floor pool area.
Guests have quoted some great prices for their stay at Origin, even during the peak seasons. So shop around to get your best deal. And again, as with all condos, be aware that the units are usually privately owned and will vary in décor, cleanliness and some of the amenities. Do your homework before making your reservations to ensure you’re getting the room you’ll be happy with.
Origin at Seahaven in Panama City Beach, Florida is a great place to stay at a much more affordable price than some of the other condos and resorts in the area. The views from on high are great and the location is very convenient. Families, couples and groups will find it more than accommodating. Just don’t expect too much in the area of service like you would at a top class hotel. In general, condos are more of a self-service type stay. If you plan ahead knowing this, you’ll have a great time. On a final note, if you’re traveling during the spring break season, you do need to know that this is a popular place for the college age group to come during their time off.
Panama City Beach, FL 32413
Reviewed January 11, 2010 / Stars
“The Origin At Seahaven in Panama City Beach offers condos and vacation rentals in popular Seahaven resort and is continually rated among the best condos in Panama City Beach.”
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