Beal House Fort Walton Beachfront, Tapestry Collection by Hilton Opens on Okaloosa Island
Beal House Fort Walton Beachfront, Tapestry Collection by Hilton has made its debut in the Florida Panhandle, according to a press release. This six- story, 100-key hotel reopened on Thursday following a “down-to-the-studs” renovation and a rebrand designed to merge the property’s new identity with the destination’s notable past.
The reimagined Beal House is owned and operated by South Carolina-based OTO Development, which is part of The Johnson Group.
“It matters where you stay, and Beal House makes the most of everything visitors love about Fort Walton Beach: the sugar-sand beach, the emerald-green water, the balmy weather and, of course, the laid-back vibe,” says Paula Evans, general manager, who heads the hotel’s leadership team alongside Diana Gonzalez, director of sales. “Our location is perfect — just steps from the Gulf, with easy proximity to local restaurants, retail shops and recreation sites.”
Beal House Fort Walton Beachfront comprises 100 rooms — 60 with balconies overlooking the water — all designed with coastal touches and plenty of thoughtful conveniences like storage cubbies to stow all the gear travelers bring to the beach. Amenities include a well-equipped fitness center, an outdoor pool, a library and an onsite restaurant, The Remedy Coastal Kitchen + Bar, which specializes in “Coastal Fresh with a Dash of Cajun.”
With a relaxed beach ambiance and bar seating both inside and out, The Remedy serves everything from morning coffee to late-night cocktails. The dinner menu centers around locally sourced seafood while the spirited bar menu highlights handcrafted cocktails, specialty martinis, boozy slushies and local brews.
“Beal House is, in spirit, a home base for guests,” Evans says. “Cozy rooms make it easy to simply nestle in, but our new identity — which harkens to the community’s past — is designed to encourage people to get out and explore.”
The name honors the legacy of Dr. James Hartley Beal (1861 – 1945). Dr. Beal was a distinguished pharmacist, an avid shell collector and a creative thinker who fostered the region’s early tourism industry.
Nearly a century later, Beal House connects his memory to travelers’ memories yet to be made.
Naming the restaurant The Remedy is a nod to Dr. Beal’s eminence in the field of pharmacology. His beloved shell collection, one of the largest in the world, serves as a design motif scattered throughout the hotel interior.
“Beal House is imbued throughout with authentic touches to invoke guests’ curiosity, encouraging them to discover both the history and current attractions of Fort Walton Beach,” Evans says.
OTO Development partnered on the Beal House project with Pond, architect and interior designer; Robins & Morton, general contractor; and Kaleidoscope Design Factory, art vendor.
Beal House is located at 380 Santa Rosa Blvd. in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.