by Courtney Elko
Located directly on the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, this beachfront hotel is also within a mile of Waterville USA Water Park, The Hangout and Zooland Animal Park so there is always something to do when staying here. Water sports, fishing and golfing are also fun things to do when staying here. After a day at the beach or exploring the town, families can enjoy some time by the outdoor pool, where the kids can swim and play and the adults can relax and unwind on the surrounding pool deck chairs. There is an indoor heated pool and even a kiddie pool for the younger kiddos to enjoy. The spacious and comfortable guestrooms and suites feature a king or two queen beds, a mini-fridge, microwave, flat screen television and many of the rooms feature ocean views. Wi-Fi access is available. Families can enjoy a delicious breakfast at the Island Pancake House, the onsite restaurant with Gulf views too.
Our Editor Loves
- On the beach
- Outdoor and indoor pool
- Zooland Animal Park nearby
- Theme Park
- Water Parks
- Onsite Dining
This is right on the beach and within walking distance of the main Gulf Shores area (Mikees, the Hang Out, Dollar General). It is an older hotel. It has the outdoor walkways to your room, not interior halls. Lobby is small but staff was pleasant. I called down the day before arrival to check on prices and the girl who answered was rude so I was a little worried. We were on the second floor and rode the elevator up the first time. The elevator was filthy and we didn't use it again, but we also wanted to use stairs just because it is healthier for you. The room was all redone! New carpet, new furnishings, new paint and the bed was VERY comfortable which I rarely find on vacation. Bathroom vent was loud but bathroom also had been updated. We had a balcony looking over the pool area and also onto beach. The pool was a bit small and way to cold for us old people to get in. They were replacing the deck boards around the pool so the owner is definitely making continual upgrades. There is a indoor heated pool and hot tub which we didn't use either but the area and pool looked like it was kept up. We didn't have any Kleenex and needed more towels so I left a note for housekeeping and everything we needed was there when we got back. Only complaints were the restaurant on Monday didn't open until much later. We are early risers and we wanted a large cup of coffee and my husband made several trips down to see if they were open, it was after 7am before they opened. That is maybe a convenience you get at a larger hotel chain, always coffee when you want it. My only other complaint was the price, I think the Friday and Saturday rate, for what you get was over priced but I also know we paid for the convenience of being on the beach.
by Patricia M
Bathroom ventilation was very poor, Shelf over toilet and sink poorly designed, prohibiting you from washing your face using the sink b/c impossible to splash water on your face as the shelf is right in your way. Small pool, Stone deck/walkway areas are in need of renovation as many stones are uneven causing tripping. Toiletries supplied are in a hard plastic, making it nearly impossible to squeeze anything out of them, especially arthritic hands. Noisy A/C unit. Insulation poor, could hear neighbors TV all evening. Staff was friendly though, especially the maid service.
If I had known that the Pool deck was being renovated, I would not have booked to stay here. Pool is extremely small, too and the water didn't look clean and refreshingly cool.
No complimentary beach chairs, either. Had to rent if you you wanted to sit in a chair @ $35 per day, which for someone on a budget, is not affordable. We purchased a chair for the duration, and then gave it to the desk up front and asked them to give it to someone that needed it.
The one positive I will say about this place is location. Right on the beach, and within walking distance to shops and restaurants.