Staybridge Suites Gulf Shores Review

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3947 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores AL 36542
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Editor’s Review of Staybridge Suites Gulf Shores

You didn't know Alabama had beaches? You're not alone. Yet, it's no secret to the generations of Southerners that have piled into the family wagon each summer for their beach vacation. Ninety-percent of visitors to Alabama's beautiful beaches drive here, and for budget-minded families, especially those with a dog, the Staybridge Suites Gulf Shores is a good hotel choice. Free amenities include a hot breakfast, Wi-Fi, complimentary laundry facilities, DVD's, board games, an exercise room, pool, basketball court, outdoor grill and a warm welcome for Fido.

If you're okay with being a few miles from the beach -- four to be exact -- you'll find the Staybridge Suites Gulf Shores has a lot to offer families on a budget. You'll definitely
... more need a car when you visit, however, as most popular attractions, such as the Gulf Coast Zoo, Gulf State Park and The Wharf (which has the Southeast's largest Ferris wheel), are not within walking distance of the hotel.

Suites either come in studio form or have one or two bedrooms, and all come with a full kitchen, though you probably won't have to cook much since the hotel offers free meals (think of them as family-friendly happy hours) on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. On Wednesdays specifically, the hotel offers a full barbecue on the grill out by the pool, which is a fun way for families to meet other guests.

Families traveling with a dog will appreciate the many pet-friendly amenities, too. From the welcome doggie bag at check-in (bandana, chew toy and list of pet-friendly al-fresco restaurants) to the gated outdoor dog run and jar of dog biscuits at the front desk, the Staybridge Suites makes your pet feel like royalty. A staff member will even take your dog out every few hours for a walk while you're gone. It's not an exaggeration to say this hotel has gone to the dogs either -- nearly half of the guests bring their pets along. And although Staybridge Suites Gulf Shores provides plenty of canine comforts, it works hard to please guests without pets, too. less
Our Editor Loves
  • Pet-friendly hotel
  • Complimentary hot breakfast buffet
  • Full kitchens in every room
Family Interests
  • Museum/Cultural
Family Amenities
  • Cribs
  • DVD Player
  • Family Room 5+
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Game Room
  • Kitchenettes
  • Laundry Service
  • Onsite Dining
  • Refrigerator
  • Pool
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Many guests come to the hotel for extended stays, whether for business or simple because they're retired snowbirds. And it's because the all-suite hotel has many comforts of home. All 88 rooms come with a full kitchen, including a two-burner stove, full-size refrigerator, microwave and dishwasher, toaster, coffeemaker, place settings and cooking utensils.

The hotel has Studio, One-Bedroom and Two-Bedroom Suites. Each room has a sitting area/living room with a work area and oversized desk, pull-out sofa bed and flat-screen, 32-inch TV with cable channels and a DVD player. The hotel provides complimentary DVD's for guests, including kid-friendly choices.

Studio Suites have one queen bed and can fit two adults and two children on the sofa bed.

One-Bedroom Suites have either one king or two double beds, along with the sofa bed. One-Bedroom Suites fit the same number of people as Studios, but the closable bedroom gives parents a little more privacy, along with the larger king size bed.

Two-Bedroom Suites have a bedroom with one king bed and another bedroom with two double beds. These suites also have two full bathrooms. All bathrooms in the hotel feature separate bathroom facilities and a vanity, a nice convenience for families. Bathrooms all have a bathtub and shower, too. The hotel does not provide connecting rooms, however.

Complimentary cribs and rollaway beds can also be added to any room to fit an additional child.

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