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Magnuson Hotel and Suites Gulf Shores
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   213 West Fort Morgan Road, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 (Formerly Days Inn Gulf Shores)   |  
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Ranked #21 of 23 Hotels in Gulf Shores
Isle of Skye, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
128 reviews 128 reviews
41 hotel reviews
Reviews in 59 cities Reviews in 59 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
“Excellent value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2011

One of the best La Quintas. Very clean with a great indoor pool and sauna.Staff friendly and rooms comfortable.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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Saint Joseph, Missouri
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2011

Nothing Great, room was clean. Staff was nice. Spent 2 days there.

Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2010

This hotel was at a very convenient location as it was only a few blocks from the beach and seemed like a pretty central location. It was on the same road that you take to go out to Fort Morgan which was nice for us. The staff was very friendly and you could tell that the front desk clerk was a very hard worker. She was running around making sure that the breakfast was fully stocked, coffee made, etc. We only had two real complaints. One was that the pool was very small and the hot tub was lukewarm, at best. Our main reason for picking this hotel was because of the indoor pool and that was very disappointing. My 11 and 13 year old lost interest within a few minutes and they did not return. The other complaint was that they had a shortage of towels. It seemed strange that in December they would have a problem finding towels. We had to wait over an hour for one towel and had to make 3 contacts and requested that they just get a towel out of an unoccupied room. The hotel was not full. As a matter of fact, there weren't very many guests at all. We couldn't figure out what the problem was. Other than that, the staff was very nice and it was fairly clean. For the money you pay, it was worth it as long as you don't care about using the pool.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Birmingham, Alabama
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2010

We stayed here as a leisure/business trip on Oct 31, 2010-Nov 2. As soon as we drove up and saw the unkept front lawn we knew we were in for an interesting time. Overall, the place made a great stay if you were looking for a "spooky" stay for Halloween. The hallway carpets were worn and dingy, the indoor pool area was dark and super hot as the AC hasn't worked since June (reading from previous reviews) and the pool appeared dirty. As for the room, the furniture and carpet were also worn, the window unit AC was either extremely cold or hot, the shower had little water pressure and if someone else on your floor was using theirs- you got cold water, the cable was out, and the roof (which has already been patched) leaked when it rained. The maid service did a great job cleaning and left the room in good condition with extra towels (as when we came we only had one set of towels with 2 guests entered as staying in the room).
If our stay had not been prepaid through work, we would have left and gone elsewhere. Needless to say we will NOT be staying here again!!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Huntsville, Alabama
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2010

Made a quick beach trip for labor day weekend and was excited to see that the LaQuinta had taken over this property that used to be Pleasure Island. At first I couldn't find the place, the main signage out front still says Pleasure Island. I called for more precise directions and was told it was behind Burger King, right next to RBC. It's actually behind WalGreens, across the street from Burger King. I could write a book about the lackluster service and less than clean and functional facility, but suffice to say I had the same experience as the other 95% of negative reviews here.

  • Stayed September 2010
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Orlando, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2010

Elevator was broken, no coffee available, breakfast ended too early, but nice room

Stayed April 2010, traveled on business
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Springville, Alabama
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2010

reservations were made and confirmed on 7/20 for 7/30-8/1 stay. We arrived on 7/30. Room #1 was not clean yet. Room #2 had broken air, dusty, and shampoo and cologne from former guest. Room #3 had beeping smoke detector. Room # 4 was next door to vending, ice machine, elevator, public bathrooms, and pool. Numerous dogs upstairs barked and howled constantly. Doors across the hall where there were no guest rooms were slammed constantly, even at 2 am. The manager has been in meetings, out or busy and will not answer our calls. We were told as we left that she was in a 6 hour meeting. We had to get home, but have tried to contact her numerous times. This was a nightmare getaway.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 213 West Fort Morgan Road, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 (Formerly Days Inn Gulf Shores)
Location: United States > Alabama > Gulf Shores
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 23 Hotels in Gulf Shores
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Magnuson Hotel and Suites Gulf Shores 2*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stay within minutes of the beautiful Gulf Shores beaches at the pet-friendly Magnuson Hotel Gulf Shores. Admire exotic animals at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, and spend an afternoon dodging obstacles at Pirates Island Miniature Golf Course. Thrill on exciting water rides and splash in refreshing wave pools at Waterville USA waterpark or race around The Track, a high-speed go-kart track and amusement park. Head to the Tanger Outlets to shop at discounted stores, or visit the Wharf for premier shopping, dining and nightlife destination. White sandy beaches, championship golf and top-notch fishing are all just minutes away. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
La Quinta Inn Gulf Shores Hotel Gulf Shores
Gulf Shores La Quinta
La Quinta Gulf Shores

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