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max 4 guests      1 bedroom      1 bathroom
  • Kitchen Attributes
    • Full Kitchen
    • Refrigerator
    • Coffee Maker
    • Ice Maker
    • Microwave
    • Toaster
    • Cookware
    • Stove
    • Pots and Pans
  • Living Attributes
    • Central Air
    • Air Conditioning
    • Ceiling Fans
    • Ironing Board
    • High Speed Internet
    • Washer/Dryer On Site
    • DVD Players
    • 2 TV's
  • Business Attributes
    • Nearby ATM
    • Nearby Post Office
    • Nearby Internet Cafe
    • Nearby FedEx
    • Nearby Bank
  • Convenience Attributes
    • Area FitnessCenter
    • Nearby Medical Services
    • Nearby Grocery
    • Outlet Shopping
    • Movie Theatres
    • Golf Course
    • On Site Fitness Center
    • Nearby Golf Courses
    • Nearby Movie Theatres
    • Nearby Outlet Shopping
  • Culture Attributes
    • Symphony Orchestra
    • Ballet
    • Museums
    • Theater
    • Concerts
  • Outdoor Attributes
    • Balcony
    • Shared Pool
    • Tennis
    • Beach
    • BBQ Grills On Site
    • Fishing
    • Boating
    • Parasailing
    • Jet-Ski-ing
    • Kite-Boarding
    • Snorkelling
    • Disc Golf
    • Diving
    • Sailing
    • Golfing
  • Geographic Attributes
    • On Beach
    • Close to Town
  • Entertainment Attributes
    • Cable TV
    • DVD Player

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Nightly

2022

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Nov 1, 2022 to Feb 28, 2023 Min Stay 3 nights 0 USD

2023

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Mar 1 to Mar 31 Min Stay 3 nights 0 USD
Apr 1 to May 19 Min Stay 3 nights 0 USD
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Aug 14 to Oct 31 Min Stay 3 nights 0 USD
Nov 1, 2023 to Feb 29, 2024 Min Stay 3 nights 0 USD

Weekly

2022

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Nov 1, 2022 to Feb 28, 2023 Min Stay 7 nights 0 USD

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Mar 1 to Mar 31 Min Stay 7 nights 0 USD
Apr 1 to May 19 Min Stay 7 nights 0 USD
May 20 to Aug 11 Min Stay 7 nights 0 USD
Aug 14 to Oct 31 Min Stay 7 nights 0 USD
Nov 1, 2023 to Feb 29, 2024 Min Stay 7 nights 0 USD

Long Term Stays

2023

Rate Period # Nights Long Term Stays
Mar 1 to Mar 31 Min Stay 30 nights 30 0 USD

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Overall satisfaction (60 raters)
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The following review(s) were provided by the property manager.

Two great weeks Great condo with beautiful view of the gulf. Could have stayed longer Response from Alicia J. Hollis, Realtor; Monday, October 3, 2022 Thanks Robert for your review and it is always wonderful to see you guys here and i hope most of all that you enjoyed your stay in 425 and the beautiful view from the balcony, and we will be happy to see you again.
- Robert w.
Reviewed On: 10/3/2022
Most amazing location on Okaloosa Island We have been coming to Okaloosa Island for almost 20 years, we have stayed at many resorts, but we may have found our "spot". The El Matador resort is so nice - our condo overlooked a grassy area, a beautiful pool, and the beach!! The living room is very spacious, the furniture comfortable, the condo is beautifully decorated with an African theme and everything was so nice!
Reviewed On: 7/25/2022
El Matador 425 Very pleasant time at EL Matador. The location is perfect and the condo is just the right size for me. I am not crazy about the decor and would prefer something lighter and more beachy but still enjoy my time there. Alicia Hollis Realty replaced the blender and the microwave oven immediately after I reported problems with them. Very good service. I plan to return next year. Response from Alicia J. Hollis, Realtor; Friday, March 11, 2022 Ann thanks a lot for telling us about the unit, and we hope in time some of the things will change in there. We love having you here year after year, and we are happy that you are enjoying El Matador unit 425 and the lovely views of the balcony and its location.
- Ann H.
Reviewed On: 3/1/2022
came to relax... anything but! These days its hard to justify spending money on vacations for most people. we are retired and try to be diligent when it comes to choosing when, where and how long we vacation for. I was highly disappointed in our vacation this year to put it mildly. There was no indication when we booked our apt. that construction was going on right outside our window, on our balcony, below us and around us our entire time except for our last day which was Sunday. The dust was so thick in the apt we could write our name on the furniture. The noise started at 7:30 am and the drilling stopped at 5pm. We were forced to keep our curtains closed while there and leave if we wanted quiet. I was told to go to the beach to get away from it by AH and was to be given a chair for our trouble. Turns out the person renting them looked at me like I had two heads and asked me to leave the chair. Highly embarrassing. He said he had nothing to do with those apts. Our money was wasted and I will not be returning. If I had been given a heads up before hand I would have rented a different apt and the outcome would have been agreeable for us all. Bad business. I felt like I was duped. A lot of wasted money and a big disappointment. In the evening we couldn't see past the huge cherry picker parked directly outside out balcony and raised so we couldn't see around it. UGH Response from Alicia J. Hollis, Realtor; Saturday, May 14, 2022 Michelle thanks a lot for your review, and we are truly sorry for your inconvenience that you experienced. Unfortunately we had no control with construction as the HOA doing the work to better the property. The beach service on the beach is not controlled by none of us, they are their own people but, if you were offered a free beach service, i don't understand why he looked at you like that!!! Sorry, again, and we hope next time you will have a better experience.
- Michele M.
Reviewed On: 5/12/2022
Nice just needs a little care We very much enjoy our day. Check-in was a breeze! We were very excited to receive a call saying our unit was ready early! The staff went above and beyond being friendly and helpful! We loved that our place was the last one on the beach! Our unit was very spacious and had all the needed amenities. However, it needed a good deep cleaning. There was lots of dirt in the corners. When we walked across the floor in white socks,, they quickly turned black. The stove top knobs do not have any markings on them. You can’t tell if you’re cooking on high or warm. Overall we very much enjoyed our stay and plan to come back. Response from Alicia J. Hollis, Realtor; Thursday, July 14, 2022 Chandra we appreciate your comments and we will gladly notify the owner about the stove, and we are very happy you enjoyed the size of the unit and we will be glad to have you again stay with us in this unit.
- Chandra W.
Reviewed On: 7/12/2022
Great Pool View This property is Gulf Front, but due to it being on the 2nd floor, the view is mostly a pool view. The balcony furniture is very nice. I would suggest an upgraded coffee maker. Kitchen is well equipped. Plenty of sitting space in the living room. Outlets bedside were difficult to access for use. The unit was clean and provided to us when there was an issue with the unit we originally rented. Close elevator and laundry access.
- Marlaina D.
Reviewed On: 7/11/2022
Our Favorite Place to Vacation This is our 10th year at El Matador...our 1st time to use Alicia Hollis. Disappointed that our original rental on the 1st floor fell through and moved to the 4th floor. Through a friends' cancelation, we were able to secure our stay for the 2nd floor. Alicia's staff worked with us through this process. We were disappointed not to be on the ground level, but the rest of the process went smoothly. We arrived past check in and retrieved our key via the lockbox. The trash in the kitchen had not been removed and there were dirty and smelly diapers in it. The kitchen floor was also not clean. Other than that, it was a beautiful condo and we enjoyed our stay. I did have to borrow a baking dish to make a cake. There was a glass pie dish and a small glass loaf pan, but no 9x9 or 9x13 pan/dish.
- Margie G.
Reviewed On: 7/5/2021
Vacation with friends Very nice vacation at Fort Walton Beach. El Matador is always beautiful with very friendly staff and residents. AJ Hollis is always great. Thanks Cris Response from Alicia J. Hollis, Realtor; Tuesday, May 25, 2021 Thanks so much Robert, i always enjoy working with you, and i am glad you enjoyed El Matador unit 425, it is the cutest unit, and the most comfortable unit. We will be happy to see you again.
- Robert W.
Reviewed On: 5/11/2021
Great place to stay! This was a perfect place during the Covid pandemic! The complex was at the end of the street so not as much traffic on the beach! Nice views of the ocean! Only negative was that the area rugs probably need to be cleaned! Happy with everything else! Response from Alicia J. Hollis, Realtor; Monday, April 12, 2021 we will take care of the area rug, and we are happy you enjoyed the wonderful ocean views and our sunsets. What a relaxing atmosphere from the great condo, in side and outside. Do call us again to book this great condo.
- Kathy B.
Reviewed On: 4/4/2021
Ok Condo, needs update Lovely condo, but it really needs serious update. The bathtub is really old and nasty and it looked like it wasn’t entirely cleaned prior to our arrival. We found urine on the toilet seat very gross ,and the bathtub is so old and yellow and looked really dirty. Also pillows were so stained and old that I had to call the management to get me some new ones. The cooking pots are also very old and scratched we couldn’t use them at all.Another problem is the entry door. There is a big opening on the bottom so the wind makes a very big noise . We had to cover it with the towels to stop the noise. The view is lovely and the balcony is nice too. The rooms are good size also the kitchen. The best thing of all was easy access to the beach.
Reviewed On: 6/14/2021
Just okay The good: the El Matador is a great location. It&#x2019;s quiet, and Fort Walton is a short drive to Destin attractions. The beach was amazing! Unit #425 is a very large condo for a one bedroom. <br/><br/>The bad: the sleeper sofa mattress is very old. It&#x2019;s about 4&#x201D; of pure springs. The mattress pad for the sleeper sofa had blood on it and so did the drapes next to the couch. We were also only provided two rolls of toilet paper, so bring extra! Otherwise, the room was outdated but clean. Finally, we received a call at 10:30 the morning we checked out accusing us of breaking the microwave in our unit (which we never used). The woman on the phone couldn&#x2019;t provide any more details other than the front glass was cracked. I called back the next day and they just told me the issue was resolved. Response from Alicia J. Hollis, Realtor; Tuesday, April 20, 2021 I am so sorry to hear about your comments for the sleeper sofa bed, and we will check that issue out, but, the unit has had lots of updates just recently, and we apologize that you did not recognize it. As far as the microwave from the photo that was sent to us, it looked like the glass was broken but, after investigating it, it was the microwave handle that was cracked. So it was cracked, and we took care of the problem. Thanks for letting us all know.
Reviewed On: 4/14/2021
Beauty and the Beach Our rental was perfect, clean, set up nicely, with beautiful view overlooking the pool and the perfect sugar sand beach. I would definitely recommend this property and A.J, Hollis Realtor. Blessings and have fun in Florida Response from Alicia J. Hollis, Realtor; Tuesday, May 25, 2021 Thanks for the review and we would love to see you again, and most of all thanks for enjoying the unit 425 at the El Matador. The cutest, and neatest unit, and most comfortable, and awesome views of the balconies. Blessings to you and your family.
- Tarina Q.
Reviewed On: 5/18/2021
Great Stay I love the property the area and the condo. Only one problem with the condo the year was the tub and sink drains were clogged up with hair and nothing would drain. But ... all is good now cause my husband fixed it &#xD83D;&#xDE00;. Also the sliding glass door is very hard to open/close . A piece of metal is broke on the bottom. But other wise awesome stay ( I always choose 425. ) And no e if those items were major Response from Alicia J. Hollis, Realtor; Tuesday, October 19, 2021 Vicki, I am looking for a good maintenance man. Thank your husband for unclogging tub/sink. We have someone coming to redo the track for the sliding glass door so on your next visit, you'll have smooth sliding.
- Vickie B.
Reviewed On: 10/18/2021
Familiar Favorite. We always love this rental but it needs a few repairs. Microwave needs replaced. Vent fan not working and if using the toaster the fire alarm goes off. The entry door weatherstripping and door bottom needs replaced. The slightest wind causes a high pitched squeal in the unit. Our entire week was ruined from the construction right below us with loud saws and hammering all day long. Other than that we love the decor and location. Alicia Hollis and her team have always been very gracious to us and our family has used your services off and on for the past 35 plus years. Response from Alicia J. Hollis, Realtor; Tuesday, October 5, 2021 Sorry to hear about the noise and the other issues with the condo, and i am going to take care of that immediately. Please do rent this again, as all those issues will be done, and you can enjoy it again. Call us for your reservation.
- Douglas M.
Reviewed On: 10/3/2021
Beautiful View right on the Ocean. We Have stayed in this unit several times. It is so beautiful and the view is incredible. It never disappoints and we cannot wait to go again.
- Terry R.
Reviewed On: 10/23/2017
Great Vacation We look forward to coming here year after year. I can't imagine staying any place else. Perfect location, great beach and great people. I look forward to one day being able to stay longer than a week. We love it !
Reviewed On: 10/2/2017
Always a great experience! We've been going to Fort Walton Beach for 18 years and staying at the El Matador. Unit 425 was one of the best beachfront units we've stayed in. We loved the layout, the cleanliness and the tile throughout, but the best part was the gorgeous view every day! The entire property is always immaculate and everyone is so friendly. Chris and Amanda at Alicia Hollis always treat us like royalty! Another wonderful experience! Can't wait to go back next year! Response from Alicia J. Hollis, Realtor; Saturday, June 10, 2017 Stephanie, thanks so much for your review, and we are so happy to see you again next year to this beautiful condo.
- Stephanie D.
Reviewed On: 5/22/2017
El matordor condo It was a one bedroom..gulffront view! Response from Alicia J. Hollis, Realtor; Saturday, June 10, 2017 : We are so glad you enjoyed your stay.
- Deina R.
Reviewed On: 6/9/2017
Beautiful view!!! Loved the decor...and absolutely LOVE the View!!! Response from Alicia J. Hollis, Realtor; Thursday, November 15, 2018 Thanks Terry! Owners have done a great job taking care of this unit - agree with everything you have said!
- Terry R.
Reviewed On: 11/10/2018
Beautiful Relaxing
Reviewed On: 7/2/2018
A wonderful vacation for my children and I My children and I had such a wonderful time at the El Matador. It is right on the beach and our condo was clean and tidy. We had everything that we needed.
- Shasta T.
Reviewed On: 4/30/2018
#gulf coast#1 first visit to gulf coast.enough said....will not go elsewhere to the beach.already booking to go back!!!
Reviewed On: 7/12/2018
Hawkins'2018 Ft Walton Trip Totally awesome! Loved the condo! Felt like home away from home. Perfect size! Location was right beside the pool, and right on the beach! Loved the fire o of the ocean from my balcony every day!! Awesome trip!! Awesome stay!! Response from Alicia J. Hollis, Realtor; Thursday, June 28, 2018 OHHHHH we are so happy that you enjoyed the condo and most of all enjoyed your stay at the El Matador unit 425. The view from there is just fantastic.
- Elizabeth H.
Reviewed On: 6/26/2018
1st time stay @ Fort Walton Beach Booked a 1 bedroom over the weekend, the lady (her family lives in Fayetteville) that took my reservation was wonderful. The check in process was easy. I was informed of the check out time & that I had to return the key to their office. <br/><br/>The El Matador is the last unit on Okaloosa Island next to property that belongs to Eglin Air Force Base. The property has 5 condo buildings and is an older property. The grounds were beautifully maintained with workers cleaning every morning. They even wiped down the gates going into the pool area. Never seen that before. Our unit was at the front and faced the pool and ocean to the east. All people we encountered were very friendly. <br/><br/>The unit had a jungle/safari feel with giraffes etc. The dining/living room area was very spacious. The kitchen had plenty of counter space but was not completely open to the view. The bedroom had oversized furniture in it that made if feel a little cramped. You could only open 1 door of the closet. The headboard on the bed needs to be tightened, it squeaked every time you rolled over. The bathroom had a big closet and good counter space. The toilet sits right next to the tub. There is not a W/D in this unit but the coin operated W/D are next to this unit. The only place to hang up wet clothes was the shower without making a mess.<br/><br/>The unit had a damp/stale smell to it upon arrival. After opening the door for some fresh air, turning the A/C down, and buying air fresheners, the smell went away.<br/><br/>Check out was scheduled for 10 am. As I was leaving the property @ 9 am, I received a call from the realtor company. The lady on the phone sounded exasperated & started asking me had I checked out yet & did I leave the key @ the office on sight. I was a little put off by this because I still had an hour to check out and I was on my way to return the key. Overall, I enjoyed may stay minus the seaweed the 1st 2 days & the minor nuisances.
- Lori C.
Reviewed On: 9/16/2018
Awesome Loved the condo Response from Alicia J. Hollis, Realtor; Tuesday, November 5, 2019 El Matador # 424 is certainly a well requested unit from our guest - happy you enjoyed it.
- Vickie B.
Reviewed On: 11/4/2019
1 bedroom condo in El Matador Very nice condo with great view of the gulf and very comfortable. A J Hollis is great to work with Response from Alicia J. Hollis, Realtor; Monday, April 8, 2019 That is what we like to hear! Thanks.
- Robert w.
Reviewed On: 4/5/2019
Great view and location We had a great time and the condo was wonderful. Great views and easy beach access at the end of the developed areas so it was rather private which was nice. It really was a great place.<br/><br/>There were only a couple of tiny issues and I'm really nit picking here.<br/><br/>First the headboard of the bed should probably be tightened as it banged the wall at the slightest of movement and woke us up quite a bit. There were also no spices available in the kitchen, not even salt and pepper. That's the first time I've experienced that at a vacation rental. If you plan on cooking, make sure to bring your own spices.<br/><br/>The communication from the property manager before arriving was a bit ambiguous. I received the rental agreement as a PDF and I asked if I should sign it immediately or if I could do it when I arrived. Their response was "Yes. Type your name in the blank spots to confirm" so I wasn't quite sure since it wasn't a yes or no question and the PDF wasn't actually editable. I ended up printing it and filling it out by hand.<br/><br/>They are also very keen to get you out of there. Checkout was at 10am and they really made sure you knew that. I received a call from the property manager the day before about it and then a rather grumpy call right at 10am on checkout day making sure we were gone(we were).<br/><br/>Overall the condo was fantastic and I'd definitely recommend it. However I feel the property manager could communicate better and maybe not be so overbearing about checkout.<br/> Response from Alicia J. Hollis, Realtor; Monday, April 8, 2019 Thanks for the review - it is a great unit!
Reviewed On: 4/8/2019
Can I go back already?? Having stayed at El Matador numerous times before- this unit is by far my favorite!!! We will definitely try to book this one from here on out! Updated everything! (compared to the 90s decor and appliances in other units) Loved the kitchen & the fun safari theme of the condo! <br/><br/>My only recommendations would be to consider removing the hall rug located at the front door. We rolled it up and put it aside because it got in the way when trying to roll ice chest or our beach wagon and such. In addition to the rug in the front hallway, considering placing a smaller table, if any right when you walk in. Although this one was beautiful. The large entry table with the delicate decor was a bit much for that space and made entering and exiting with bags a carefully calculated task. Just a suggestion from one rental property owner to another. :) Response from Alicia J. Hollis, Realtor; Tuesday, April 23, 2019 We appreciate your review and i notified the owner immediately and we are glad that you enjoyed this awesome condo directly on the gulf, and above the pool area. This is a very comfortable unit to enjoy your vacation and the beautiful views of the balcony of the sunset and sunrise, is just breathtaking. Looking forward to see you all again in this condo.
Reviewed On: 4/22/2019
Very good We love our rental but there was one snag. The air didn&#x2019;t get cold. We tried closing the drapes to help out which is a bummer. We were not there but a few days so it took us that long to figure out it truly was the AC. We brought a fan which helped in the bedroom for sleeping. Response from Alicia J. Hollis, Realtor; Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Keith - looked at your reservation and did not see any notes that you called to let us know about the a/c. In Aug with temperatures over 100 it is very difficult to have the a/c keep up - we are going to have it checked, thanks!
- Keith G.
Reviewed On: 8/10/2019
Oct Vacation The condo is nice .. I actually like the 2nd floor rather than being a little higher. Just a few minor things that I would like to adress... the headboard on the bed is very wobbly. We have to put a pillow behind it to stable it. My main concern is that the cleaners last year and this year did not do a really good job . There was a kids hand print on the mirror by the kitchen table .. the sliding glass doors inside and out were dirty. Behind the furniture in the bedroom was obviously not cleaned . And with Covid I would have really loved to see it completely sanitized. I did see a roach this year in the kitchen. Otherwise our stay was wonderful. Really didn&#x2019;t want to complain at all but just better house keeping. I would also suggest all towels and linen to be washed with a fresh scent the day before anyone arrives . I feel stuff in closet and towels had sat there for awhile Response from Alicia J. Hollis, Realtor; Friday, November 13, 2020 Vicki, i wished you would have called us to secure the headboard, it is unusual for it not be secured. I don't understand why the sliding glass door was with hand prints, but, we took care of everything and deep cleaned the unit, and painted it, and re-did the patio, and fixed everything in there, and it is awesome. Come back and visit this great unit.
- Vickie B.
Reviewed On: 11/5/2020
Emerald Coast Very relaxing and the beach is fantastic
- Robert W.
Reviewed On: 5/29/2012
** We always enjoy our stay at El Matdor and plan on staying there for many years to come!
- Margo M.
Reviewed On: 9/24/2012
Broken Leg When we arrived at the El Matidor building 4 after dark my wife stumbled over the 4 inch or so threshold to the foyer of that building.<br/>The result was a broken leg various bruses and and a two day hospital stay before returning home, Horrible vacation but not the realtors fault. However the 425 unit needs some deep cleaning.
Reviewed On: 7/24/2012
Wonderful Vacation Experience with Alicia J Hollis Realty This was the first time I had been to Fort Walton Beach on Vacation. I absolutely loved the Condo and the location (What a peaceful place). Alicia J Hollis Realty was exceptionally professional and very customer service oriented. I loved it so much that I booked again with them for 2 weeks next year!
- Rosalinda C.
Reviewed On: 7/6/2012
Review is for Unit 425 only..( rented with Alicia Hollis Realty) This was the 2nd year I was in unit 425. I spoke with Ms. Hollis herself about the problems with the unit. Very dirty, two lights in the kitchen not working. Sheets on the bed were very thin and very wrinkled, appeared that the linens had been dried and rolled up in a basket for a few days. I am returning to El Matador (already booked), but I am staying in one of El Matador's units which I stayed in the 1st year I was there..Two years with bad experiences is too much. As far as the unit itself, it's obvious the owners spent alot of money when they refurbished their unit. Although the kitchen is not equipped as I would have it, the quality of furniture is exceptional however, too oversized for my taste in a condo of that size, but still very 's definitely not the furniture which caused me to go to Bldg. 3. The only perk using Hollis Realty is the umbrella and hope is that Ms. Hollis's company can make the proper changes as this year we were a group of 30 (10 units) We all love the grounds, the pool, the grass, the employees of El Matador...
Reviewed On: 7/24/2012
Great Had a wonderful time. Location could not be better. Unit was excellant
- Margaret B.
Reviewed On: 9/27/2012
Elmatador 425 The unit was clean except for mold on the shower door. The pillows were extremely flat. And I thought that quite time was after 10pm. Well not the case. People were screaming in the pool as late as 11:30pm.
Reviewed On: 7/31/2012
Working Vacation Arrived on Saturday Sept 22nd, 2012 on a working vacation. I was told the unit had internet service. The internet service did not work. I was told it would be Monday before it could be repaired, essentially losing 2 days work. I was finally given a code to get on the Wi-Fi connection of another room. Air conditioner stopped working & the maintenance man could not get in the closet to repair because no one had a key. A locksmith had to be called before repairs could begin. Closet was opened & unit was repaired. Locksmith had to return to replace closet door handle & new lock. Several lights didn't work because bulbs were burned out. A lot of hassles & interruptions to what could have been a less stressful vacation. Overall prices have gone way up over the last 2 years. $65 cleaning fee is way out of line. Unit is advertised for a certain amount but by the time they add all of the extra charges for deposit, taxes, reservation fees, cleaning fees, etc. the price skyrockets. I had rather just have a bottom line price to rent the unit with all charges added beforehand. With the price I paid, I should have had no issues with anything.
- Robin S.
Reviewed On: 10/2/2012
El Matador 425 The condo has very nice furnishings and mostly in good shape and clean.Enjoyed it very much. El Matador was in good shape and clean as always and AJ Hollis did a very good job with all the reservations and getting into the condo.
- Robert W.
Reviewed On: 2/27/2013
Love this place! Love this place Response from Alicia J. Hollis, Realtor; Tuesday, October 29, 2013 We are very glad that you like this unit and we look forward to your return visit with us.
- Margo M.
Reviewed On: 10/14/2013
El Matador 425 Hope to buy at El Matador soon
- Robert W.
Reviewed On: 9/23/2013
El Matador Very nice unit, great view of the gulf and great beach. Not the greatest weather in the world but Hollis Realtors are surely not responsible for that. All in all we had a great time. Very relaxing and that is what a vacation is all about. We'll be back. Response from Alicia J. Hollis, Realtor; Tuesday, March 26, 2013 Good Morning Don, We are so glad that you had a wonderful time at the el matador unit 425, and we are so sorry for the weather it has yes, not been the greatest, but, we are happy that you had a relaxing time and hope to see you again. Thanks Chris.
- Don G.
Reviewed On: 3/20/2013
El Matador/Sept., 2013 Very condo and complex. However, the floors of the condo were dirty. Needed to be mopped.
- Sharon K R.
Reviewed On: 10/10/2013
Fishing is the life of man Every once in a while , as you wait to see what lies beneath, you are blessed with what you catch
Reviewed On: 8/14/2013
Good, Relaxing Week The weather was perfect. The location was great, on a beautiful beach.
- Robert H.
Reviewed On: 9/16/2013
Home away from home! the location and the community are just what we like! the beach is wonderful. the condo well equipped and furnished. good place to walk on the beach or the street. el matador is our favorite place in destin away from the crowds but still close to entertainment.
- Teri F.
Reviewed On: 5/18/2014
Spring Break Had a wonderful time with beautiful weather. Thank you so much for the stay!
Reviewed On: 3/31/2014
Wisconsin Snowbirds' 2015 Florida Winter The weather was great! So much better than last year. Our condo had a beautiful view of the pool and beach. It was relatively clean and well equipped. My suggestions would be: Have simple, clearly clean or new bed comforters and pillows. If there is no storage for extra decorator pillows, skip them. This condo had no cleaning supplies other than a broom and mop. In the past, previous renters have left some products to get started with. A light weight newer vacuum cleaner would be a great improvement. These things would not keep us from renting this unit again, but I would inquire about them in advance, and be better prepared myself.
- Monty & Robert C.
Reviewed On: 4/7/2015
weather could have been better been at elmadador before friends have been staying there for over 30 years
Reviewed On: 5/2/2014
Great View Loved this condo except the king size bed needs to be replaced.
- Tonya W.
Reviewed On: 10/22/2014
Best Place We have stayed by Far! This Condo has the most beautiful view of both the Gulf and the pool! It is decorated so beautifully and was extremely clean when we arrived. Also the Realtors at Alicia J. Hollis whom we worked with were extremely friendly. In fact, we had absolutely no issues during our stay. Everything exceeded my expectations. Another great quality was the location, we were about ten minutes max from the Destin bridge so the location is perfect if you want to go into Destin for the day. Finally, one thing I really loved is the resort is the last one on the beach so the rest of the beach is open and had no buildings! It's extremely peaceful, private, and relaxing! I am looking forward to going back!! Highly recommend this condo!
- Deborah H.
Reviewed On: 9/6/2014
Big 4 under renovation We have been staying at the el Matador condos for over 25 yrs. unfortunately this last stay was not one of our better visits. Our building was under renovation and we had workers on our balcony from 7 -10 am. for 2 out of the 4 days we were there. In the evening, the basket of the boom lift was raised and left right outside our balcony leaving absolutely no view. Had we been told ahead of time, we would have rented a different building NOT one under renovation, We were told by the office they were unaware renovations had started. Really? <br/><br/>
Reviewed On: 11/5/2014
El Matador great view We always stay here whe in Ft Walton, have never been disappointed in over 25years.
Reviewed On: 6/14/2015
Such an amazing vacation!! We had such an amazing week-long stay in this beautiful unit! My husband and I felt so at home and comfortable there. It is decorated very nicely and had everything we needed in order to have a wonderful stay. The bed was very comfortable and has very nice linen/bedding. Everyone we met around the complex was so very friendly and we never had an issue with it being too noisy. This unit is very close to the beach and pool, which was wonderful since we have 2 young children. The beach area was never overly crowded and we never had to struggle to get a good spot, even if we didn't make it to the beach early. The pool was very warm and relaxing. The grounds were beautiful and very well maintained. My husband and I have stayed in several places along the Florida coast, and we have now decided that this is where we will be staying for many years to come! Thank you for allowing us to stay in your beautiful condo! Response from Alicia J. Hollis, Realtor; Saturday, July 4, 2015 Thanks for your review Alicia, we sure appreciate you letting us and other tenants know about the condo and also about the grounds at this wonderful resort El Matador. We manage a lot of units at the el matador and we sure are happy that you enjoyed your stay in unit 425 and our beautiful beach. I hope to see you again as you mentioned next year. Chris.
- Alicia S.
Reviewed On: 6/29/2015
Our Week at El Matador We have stayed in this property previously, so we knew it was nicely decorated and in a good location. Our previous experiences were good. This year, we were disappointed in the general lack of cleanliness (the kitchen sink was full of crumbs and who knows what else when we arrived and the kitchen floor was not clean. Bed linens were frayed and elastic on fitted sheet was non existent. We did appreciate the prompt replacement when our coffee maker quit working during the week.
Reviewed On: 7/5/2016
Last Minute & Long Overdue Vacation We loved the location and the condo. The condo was tastefully decorated and comfortable. My only complaint is that you could feel the springs in the mattress (needs replacing). Everyone we met while staying there was extremely nice. Loved that there was a gate with a guard on duty. Landscape and pool very nice and clean. I am very picky and would have given it an all 5 star rating if it wasn't for the mattress and while the condo wasn't dirty it wasn't spotless either (floors could have been cleaner).
Reviewed On: 8/5/2015
Fantastic view!!! Loved the location. The bed was soooo comfortable. Every thing was updated. Only complaint was the floors were dirty, including the carpets and the upholstery on the chairs needs cleaned. Overall, we will definitely stay in this unit again.
- Terry R.
Reviewed On: 10/24/2016
Home away from Home The vacation rental experience was always perfect. We have been to that area the last 5 years and have always stayed at teh El Matador. I would definetly recommend to a friend, everything about the trip is great. The location and property is very well mainainted and the pool and beach are very well kept.
Reviewed On: 10/3/2016
First Florida Trip Good accommadations, on the beach. Room was too close to the pool for me, but it was better than overlooking the parking lot. Response from Alicia J. Hollis, Realtor; Tuesday, August 2, 2016 Rodney we certainly appreciate you answering our reviews, and we are happy that you enjoyed your stay in unit 425. I hope that we can see you again in the future and most of all to enjoy our condos and our beaches.
Reviewed On: 7/29/2016
October escape Very good
- Madolyn S.
Reviewed On: 10/10/2016
We look forward to coming here year after year. I can't imagine staying any place else. Perfect location, great beach and great people. I look forward to one day being able to stay longer than a week. We love it !
Reviewed On: 10/2/2017
It was a one bedroom..gulffront view!
Reviewed On: 6/9/2017
We've been going to Fort Walton Beach for 18 years and staying at the El Matador. Unit 425 was one of the best beachfront units we've stayed in. We loved the layout, the cleanliness and the tile throughout, but the best part was the gorgeous view every day! The entire property is always immaculate and everyone is so friendly. Chris and Amanda at Alicia Hollis always treat us like royalty! Another wonderful experience! Can't wait to go back next year!
Reviewed On: 5/22/2017
Loved the location. The bed was soooo comfortable. Every thing was updated. Only complaint was the floors were dirty, including the carpets and the upholstery on the chairs needs cleaned. Overall, we will definitely stay in this unit again.
Reviewed On: 10/24/2016
Very good
Reviewed On: 10/10/2016
The vacation rental experience was always perfect. We have been to that area the last 5 years and have always stayed at teh El Matador. I would definetly recommend to a friend, everything about the trip is great. The location and property is very well mainainted and the pool and beach are very well kept.
Reviewed On: 10/3/2016
Good accommadations, on the beach. Room was too close to the pool for me, but it was better than overlooking the parking lot.
Reviewed On: 7/29/2016
We have stayed in this property previously, so we knew it was nicely decorated and in a good location. Our previous experiences were good. This year, we were disappointed in the general lack of cleanliness (the kitchen sink was full of crumbs and who knows what else when we arrived and the kitchen floor was not clean. Bed linens were frayed and elastic on fitted sheet was non existent. We did appreciate the prompt replacement when our coffee maker quit working during the week.
Reviewed On: 7/5/2016
We loved the location and the condo. The condo was tastefully decorated and comfortable. My only complaint is that you could feel the springs in the mattress (needs replacing). Everyone we met while staying there was extremely nice. Loved that there was a gate with a guard on duty. Landscape and pool very nice and clean. I am very picky and would have given it an all 5 star rating if it wasn't for the mattress and while the condo wasn't dirty it wasn't spotless either (floors could have been cleaner).
Reviewed On: 8/5/2015
We had such an amazing week-long stay in this beautiful unit! My husband and I felt so at home and comfortable there. It is decorated very nicely and had everything we needed in order to have a wonderful stay. The bed was very comfortable and has very nice linen/bedding. Everyone we met around the complex was so very friendly and we never had an issue with it being too noisy. This unit is very close to the beach and pool, which was wonderful since we have 2 young children. The beach area was never overly crowded and we never had to struggle to get a good spot, even if we didn't make it to the beach early. The pool was very warm and relaxing. The grounds were beautiful and very well maintained. My husband and I have stayed in several places along the Florida coast, and we have now decided that this is where we will be staying for many years to come! Thank you for allowing us to stay in your beautiful condo!
Reviewed On: 6/29/2015
We always stay here whe in Ft Walton, have never been disappointed in over 25years.
Reviewed On: 6/14/2015
The weather was great! So much better than last year. Our condo had a beautiful view of the pool and beach. It was relatively clean and well equipped. My suggestions would be: Have simple, clearly clean or new bed comforters and pillows. If there is no storage for extra decorator pillows, skip them. This condo had no cleaning supplies other than a broom and mop. In the past, previous renters have left some products to get started with. A light weight newer vacuum cleaner would be a great improvement. These things would not keep us from renting this unit again, but I would inquire about them in advance, and be better prepared myself.
Reviewed On: 4/7/2015
We have been staying at the el Matador condos for over 25 yrs. unfortunately this last stay was not one of our better visits. Our building was under renovation and we had workers on our balcony from 7 -10 am. for 2 out of the 4 days we were there. In the evening, the basket of the boom lift was raised and left right outside our balcony leaving absolutely no view. Had we been told ahead of time, we would have rented a different building NOT one under renovation, We were told by the office they were unaware renovations had started. Really? <br/><br/>
Reviewed On: 11/5/2014
Loved this condo except the king size bed needs to be replaced.
Reviewed On: 10/22/2014
This Condo has the most beautiful view of both the Gulf and the pool! It is decorated so beautifully and was extremely clean when we arrived. Also the Realtors at Alicia J. Hollis whom we worked with were extremely friendly. In fact, we had absolutely no issues during our stay. Everything exceeded my expectations. Another great quality was the location, we were about ten minutes max from the Destin bridge so the location is perfect if you want to go into Destin for the day. Finally, one thing I really loved is the resort is the last one on the beach so the rest of the beach is open and had no buildings! It's extremely peaceful, private, and relaxing! I am looking forward to going back!! Highly recommend this condo!
Reviewed On: 9/6/2014
the location and the community are just what we like! the beach is wonderful. the condo well equipped and furnished. good place to walk on the beach or the street. el matador is our favorite place in destin away from the crowds but still close to entertainment.
Reviewed On: 5/18/2014
been at elmadador before friends have been staying there for over 30 years
Reviewed On: 5/2/2014
Had a wonderful time with beautiful weather. Thank you so much for the stay!
Reviewed On: 3/31/2014
Love this place
Reviewed On: 10/14/2013
Very condo and complex. However, the floors of the condo were dirty. Needed to be mopped.
Reviewed On: 10/10/2013
Hope to buy at El Matador soon
Reviewed On: 9/23/2013
The weather was perfect. The location was great, on a beautiful beach.
Reviewed On: 9/16/2013
Every once in a while , as you wait to see what lies beneath, you are blessed with what you catch
Reviewed On: 8/14/2013
Very nice unit, great view of the gulf and great beach. Not the greatest weather in the world but Hollis Realtors are surely not responsible for that. All in all we had a great time. Very relaxing and that is what a vacation is all about. We'll be back.
Reviewed On: 3/20/2013
The condo has very nice furnishings and mostly in good shape and clean.Enjoyed it very much. El Matador was in good shape and clean as always and AJ Hollis did a very good job with all the reservations and getting into the condo.
Reviewed On: 2/27/2013
Arrived on Saturday Sept 22nd, 2012 on a working vacation. I was told the unit had internet service. The internet service did not work. I was told it would be Monday before it could be repaired, essentially losing 2 days work. I was finally given a code to get on the Wi-Fi connection of another room. Air conditioner stopped working & the maintenance man could not get in the closet to repair because no one had a key. A locksmith had to be called before repairs could begin. Closet was opened & unit was repaired. Locksmith had to return to replace closet door handle & new lock. Several lights didn't work because bulbs were burned out. A lot of hassles & interruptions to what could have been a less stressful vacation. Overall prices have gone way up over the last 2 years. $65 cleaning fee is way out of line. Unit is advertised for a certain amount but by the time they add all of the extra charges for deposit, taxes, reservation fees, cleaning fees, etc. the price skyrockets. I had rather just have a bottom line p
Reviewed On: 10/2/2012
Had a wonderful time. Location could not be better. Unit was excellant
Reviewed On: 9/27/2012
We always enjoy our stay at El Matdor and plan on staying there for many years to come!
Reviewed On: 9/24/2012
The unit was clean except for mold on the shower door. The pillows were extremely flat. And I thought that quite time was after 10pm. Well not the case. People were screaming in the pool as late as 11:30pm.
Reviewed On: 7/31/2012
This was the 2nd year I was in unit 425. I spoke with Ms. Hollis herself about the problems with the unit. Very dirty, two lights in the kitchen not working. Sheets on the bed were very thin and very wrinkled, appeared that the linens had been dried and rolled up in a basket for a few days. I am returning to El Matador (already booked), but I am staying in one of El Matador's units which I stayed in the 1st year I was there..Two years with bad experiences is too much. As far as the unit itself, it's obvious the owners spent alot of money when they refurbished their unit. Although the kitchen is not equipped as I would have it, the quality of furniture is exceptional however, too oversized for my taste in a condo of that size, but still very 's definitely not the furniture which caused me to go to Bldg. 3. The only perk using Hollis Realty is the umbrella and hope is that Ms. Hollis's company can make the proper changes as this year we were a group of 30 (10 units) We all love the grounds, the pool, the gra
Reviewed On: 7/24/2012
When we arrived at the El Matidor building 4 after dark my wife stumbled over the 4 inch or so threshold to the foyer of that building.<br/>The result was a broken leg various bruses and and a two day hospital stay before returning home, Horrible vacation but not the realtors fault. However the 425 unit needs some deep cleaning.
Reviewed On: 7/24/2012
This was the first time I had been to Fort Walton Beach on Vacation. I absolutely loved the Condo and the location (What a peaceful place). Alicia J Hollis Realty was exceptionally professional and very customer service oriented. I loved it so much that I booked again with them for 2 weeks next year!
Reviewed On: 7/6/2012
Very relaxing and the beach is fantastic
Reviewed On: 5/29/2012

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The center of any beach vacation is none other than the beach itself. That's why El Matador Condos are the most sought after beach vacations in the Florida panhandle. All along Fort Walton Beach Florida, otherwise known as Okaloosa Island, vacationers are. Looking for Paradise Here it is at the El Matador. Has to be the most sought of family vacation resort on the Emerald Coast. A secluded condominium nestled between the beautiful white sand dunes and the sparkling Emerald Waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

El Matador is truly a beach resort. Just two miles down Santa Rosa Blvd at the end of the Island you will find us – secluded but still just a few minutes to all the amenities that Destin and Fort Walton Beach have to offer. Just six miles down Hwy. 98 you can enjoy Destin – “ The Worlds Luckiest Fishing Village” – charter a private trip or take the kids out on a group boat and catch dinner. While in Destin enjoy fine restaurants, shopping, and golfing on some of the best golf courses in the Panhandle of Florida. Hard to believe that you might need a day off from the beach but if you do take the family to Big Kahunas Water Park in the center of old Destin. Much more than just a water park… it’s a day of fun.

Back at the El Matador enjoy the large grass areas between our buildings just right for family fun and games. With two pools, his and her whirlpool, and saunas just right for your tired muscles after a game of tennis on one of our courts, or in our fitness center. We are located at the end of Okaloosa Island a small barrier Island between Fort Walton Beach and Destin. This gated community with thirteen miles of undeveloped beaches to the west is sure to have you longing to return.

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