The Island House Hotel Review

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26650 Perdido Beach Boulevard, Orange Beach AL 36561
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Editor’s Review of The Island House Hotel

Overlooking the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico, with sparkling sands in either direction, The Island House Hotel offers a gorgeous setting and gracious Southern hospitality, along with sweeping Gulf views from every guestroom.

Situated in Orange Beach, Alabama, on the east end of a 32-mile-long island known for sport fishing, seafood and endless stretches of sugar-white sand, the 10-story, 161-room hotel enjoys a solid reputation as a regular gathering site for enthusiast groups, from power boat fans to Parrotheads. To be certain, the property has plenty to offer the party pack, from private beach barbecues to penthouse views. But it's also a fine choice for families seeking an affordable alternative to the Gulf Coast condo
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On the hotel's 336-feet of beachfront, kids can play in the sand while mom and dad, search for shells, or kick back and soak up the Southern exposure. Along with boogie boards and beach umbrellas, lounge chairs are available for rental by the day or by the hour. Just outside the lobby, a well-maintained private pool offers more sunning spots along with a wading pool for the little ones.

Of course, a prime reason to stay at The Island House is the property's proximity to local attractions. In addition to an interactive aquarium, a fabulous fort, and a zoo with multiple opportunities for hands-on animal interaction, within the vicinity, families will find abundant options for water play -- from kid-friendly dolphin tours to scenic snorkeling cruises. Across the street, at Zeke's Landing Marina, and at San Roc Cay Marina nearby, you can rent jet skis, book a parasailing tour, or dine on the dinner you've reeled in during your latest angling adventure. A number of local restaurants will cook your catch, so you can enjoy a labor-free family feast.

Back at the hotel cafe, you can dig in to a plate of biscuits and gravy with grits, served up with a generous dose of local charm. Quick to provide local touring tips, the staff at The Island House Hotel is among the friendliest around.

Lodging options at The Island House range from basic standard guestrooms to corner penthouse suites with sweeping Gulf views. Executive Rooms, an attractive option for families, are one-and-a-half the size of a standard room and offer a mid-size refrigerator along with extra floor space suitable for child-play and shell sorting. less
Our Editor Loves
  • Gulf views from every guestroom
  • Beachfront location
  • Affordable alternative to the condo scene
Family Interests
  • Beach
  • Bicycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Museum/Cultural
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Sports
  • Sailing
  • Horseback Riding
Family Amenities
  • Cribs
  • Family Room 5+
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Kids' Pool
  • Kitchenettes
  • Laundry Service
  • Onsite Dining
  • Refrigerator
  • Pool
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Situated in a 10-story tower, each of the hotel's 161 guestrooms offers an unobstructed Gulf view along with a picture window and a private balcony from which to enjoy it. Guestrooms feature teak furniture, Denver mattresses and deluxe white linens throughout.

Standard Rooms
Standard Rooms are 500 square feet and feature two queen-size beds or a king-size bed along with a flat-screen TV, a coffee maker, a safe and complimentary Wi-Fi. Refrigerators are not a standard amenity, but they are available for a fee upon request.

Executive Rooms
Executive Rooms, situated on the east and west sides of the building, feature a complimentary mini-fridge, along with extra space to stretch out. These accommodations are nearly double the size of a standard room and feature two bathroom vanities, as well as a bar area, convenient for preparing a bedtime snack or a PB&J picnic. Executive Rooms feature two queen beds or a king-size bed, and traditionally sleep up to four. With an optional rollaway bed (fee), executive rooms can accommodate up to five.

Penthouse and Corner Penthouse Suites
Penthouse Suites offer 1,000 square feet and are more than twice the size of a standard room and feature all-new furniture along with two TV's, a separate living room, a wet bar and two bathrooms, one with a whirlpool tub. A galley kitchen has a microwave and a full-size refrigerator, but is without a cook top or an oven. Corner Penthouse suites, 1,100 square feet (four available) are the most deluxe of all and feature a sleeper sofa, as well as an expansive rooftop balcony, suitable for hosting a private party.

Pack 'n Plays are complimentary upon request. Note that corner bed posts protrude a bit and could be an issue if you're visiting with little ones. A makeshift safety cover can be constructed within minutes with a few hand towels and some hair ties.


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