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Family-Friendly Paradise at Crystal Beach

Bedrooms 1
Space 400 sq ft
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

Queen and Double beds in 1 bedroom (Sleeps 4-5), 1 bath, kitchen, living room

One bedroom with 1 queen & 1 double bed. Bedroom separate from living room. Full-sized appliances in kitchen. Kitchen is fully furnished. Cable TV, flat screen TVs in each unit. Central air and heat. Located on the ground floor or complex. Unit has its own gas grill. Unit comes with chairs, umbrella and beach toys. Access to beach is less than a 1-minute walk. We are willing to negotiate a lower rate to fill in open dates. Just give us a call. No smoking within unit. No pets, please. Must be 25 years of age to rent. Thanks!

REVIEW: Absolutly Wonderful!!!!

By A Yahoo! Contributor, 12/27/10

Myself and 3 girlfriends stayed here for a girls trip. It was absolutly amazing. Very reasonable prices, clean and homey and great location. We stayed in one of the condos and nicknamed it 'our little bungalo'. We wanted to stay this year(2010) but were afraid the oil would interupt our vacation. Kathy totally understood and did not charge us a cancelation fee. Kathy is the owner and was incredibly hospitible the whole trip, she even lent us some jelly fish lotion. We will be back this summer(2011) and plan on returing every year after. Like I said, the location is perfect, one block away from the beach. The rooms are cozy and very clean. The only criticism I can give is that the rooms are a bit out of date. But hey, if they can continue to keep the rates the way they are I won't complain. I would reccomend this establishment to anybody!!!

REVIEW: Location, Location, Location!

By A Yahoo! Contributor, 6/11/10

Why would anyone invest the time and expense of driving eight hours or flying four, to stay anywhere in Destin that you can’t walk to the beach. While staying at the Old Pier Motel, I walked the one block to the beach early in the morning with the sun coming up, later at noon for prime time swimming hours, and again when the sun was going down in the evening. The best part is I did not have to worry about what others wanted to do, wait for anyone to be ready, try to keep them happy, get them in the car, battle the traffic, and bring them home when they complained that the water was too salty. It was, “I’ll be at the beach, come and go as you please.” In most cases there is a hefty price to pay for this huge feature, but not a the Old Pier as we found the rates more than reasonable. You save even more when you figure in full kitchen appliances, an outdoor gas grill for each unit, and the free use of beach chairs, toys, and umbrellas. I also saw someone connect to the wireless network that the motel had. In each unit you will find a bedroom (with a queen and double bed), a living room/kitchen, and a bathroom with shower that separates the two rooms. Each unit has its own modern central air unit with an easy to use thermostat to give you the relief that you need after coming in from the beach. If you’re looking for something different, there are several other units that are managed by the owner. (Including a two bedroom house across the street.) In Destin, if you want a Mercedes, and are willing to pay Mercedes prices, you can find one, but if you want an economical, clean, classic car, parked 500 feet from the beach, this is the place. To close, If I had another 300 words, I could talk about the graciousness of the owner, but I’ll sum it up by saying she treated us like family.

REVIEW: ~Awesome First Time Vacation!~

By Teresa, 5/25/10

For the past couple of years our 6 year old son has been wanting to go to 'the beach'. I have a friend who recommend we stay here...that it is very clean and most important of all....very reasonable. I am so fortunate to have found 'Old Pier Motel' as it was a most excellent stay and so close to the beach. To be able to make my son's wish come true and to see the look on his face when he saw the beach for the first time was PRICELESS!!!!....my family and I enjoyed conversations with Kathi and let me tell you she goes above and beyond for her guests!!...beach toys for kids are provided as well as chairs and umbrella's...we had such a wonderful time and would highly recommend this place to all....we thank you Kathi for our stay at Old Pier and hope to be back again some day!!! ~The Kessler Family~

REVIEW: Great little place for family getaways!

By A Yahoo! Contributor, 9/23/09

We found this place by accident while driving around on our last day of vacation about 3 years ago. We decided to stay another night and we were given a better rate and it was much closer to the beach than where we stayed previously. Since then, we have come back about 3 times. We love it...clean, friendly, no noise problems, and private. Can't wait to go back again! The Elrods

REVIEW: Great place at a great price

By Linda, 6/10/09

My children and I were in Destin for a couple of days and had not reserved a room prior to our visit. We were driving around looking for a reasonably priced place to stay when we came upon the motel. Kathy was very sweet and helped me out with a great rate. The kids had a blast at the beach, which was within walking distance from the hotel. The room was perfect for us. Thanks Kathy for making our stay enjoyable.

REVIEW: Excellent Value & Friendly People!

By Micci Perry, 3/29/09

We literally drove in off the highway to check their rates and 10 minutes later they were checking us into our room in the middle of a blinding rainstorm. It was not fancy but it was very clean, very comfortable, quite homey and even had a microwave, fridge and a washer and dryer (in our unit). We stayed for several days, walking to the beach every day and enjoying a family vacation completely free from hustle and bustle. Old Pier has a kind of laid back old charm that is fairly hard to come by these days. We will definitely be going back and this time we will be staying a bit longer.

Keywords: Condominium

More Details

Molly Tietgen
Member since: 2008
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 April, 2018

About Molly Tietgen

My husband and I purchased the Old Pier Motel and moved from Iowa to Florida to start our own business. We are now the only owner-operated motel in Destin. We are known for our family atmosphere and friendly service. You arrived as clients and leave as friends. Most of our vacationers are repeat visitors and have been coming to the Old Pier Motel for many years.

Molly Tietgen purchased this condo in 1982

Why Molly Tietgen chose Crystal Beach

Located very near the beach and quality priced. Centrally located for all that Destin has to offer.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday condo in Crystal Beach in Destin

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Includes Beach chairs and umbrella as well as beach toys. Two Minute walk to the beach.


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Family-Friendly Paradise at Crystal Beach
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Great little place to stay!

  • 4 of 5

Extremely close to the beach so it was super great as far as location. Very clean. We just wished after being there that we had a pool. Other than that it is great.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
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Clean and great location!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay! Close to the beach (gorgeous turquoise water!), beach chairs and umbrellas to borrow, close to good restaurants and a Walmart/target/grocery nearby if you need to grab anything you forgot. We can’t wait to get back! Thank you, Molly!

  • Review Submitted: 25-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Loved having you!! Look forward to seeing you again soon!! Thanks Molly
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Great affordable spot one block off the beach. The owner was great!

  • 5 of 5

We appreciated the flexibility of the owner as we got closer to our stay & had to adjust the times. A quaint, clean unit very close to the beach.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy, Clean and Convenient.... We love the peace and quiet! The distance to the Beach was perfect!!

  • 5 of 5

The Room was Perfect for our Family Of 4!

We were safe and secure and tucked away in the middle of heaven!

Molly and her Family are Amazing and Very professional and A True Pleasure to know!

The Room was clean- full of everything you find at home plus some great directions on operating the remote- Which was everything to me!!! Easy walk to the beach with chairs and umbrellas and Toys for my son to play all included!!

We were very happy to spend the weekend and cannot wait to come back!

Thank you Molly for Making our First Trip to Destin a Family Tradition!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This place could not be more convenient for a vacation at Destin. It is such a short walk to the beautiful beach that you can just walk back and forth to make lunch or snack or whatever you may need. Also, we were on a tight budget and they provided for us beach chairs, umbrella, and fun things for kids to play with which saved us from having to go purchase those things and try hauling it back home. After meeting Gram and her family it felt like home away from home. They were always helpful and so so kind. Loved having your own grill as well. I always worry about cleanliness when staying away from home, but that is not an issue if you choose to stay here. I would highly highly recommend this and we will only stay here with them in the future when we go back to Destin.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Diamond in the ruff

  • 5 of 5

we lived this motel. In the midst of all the extravagant hotels I would stay with me Cathy every time. Such a wonderful place. With such old fashion charm. So very very clean. Wonderful !!! Thank you so much for allowing us to stay w you

  • Review Submitted: 21-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Fort Walton Beach
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Crab Trap
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles

Located 1-minute walk to beach. Located central to many restaurants, bars and movie theatres. Silver Sands Outlet Mall and Commons Retail shopping minutes away, including Bass Pro, Rave Theatre, Fresh Market, Starbucks, Panera Bread.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £28.57
Additional Guest Fee £14.29 per person per night

Price quoted is for 2 people. $10 additional charge per person per night. Must be 25 years of age.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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