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Sugar Beach
23044 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach, AL 36561   |  
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Ranked #12 of 17 hotels in Orange Beach
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Won't be back”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012 via mobile

There is no wifi, the electrical outlets in our room were hanging out of the wall, the blinds were broken so everyone could see in, upstairs has horribly stained curtains, must wash your own towels or pay for more, must wash every dish or pay extra, empty all trash or pay extra, no extra blankets, reserved ocean view room and you have to looks around the corner of the balcony to see the ocean. Will not ever stay there again

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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BC, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012 via mobile

We stayed at this complex (unit 379) for 5 nights. great location - right on the beach. Beautiful white sand beach and very safe both day and night. Water was warm but there were strong waves/current while we were there so our youngest couldn't swim in ocean. There were also jellyfish as me, my husband and older child were all stung on different days. Also have to pay for beach chair on sand if u don't bring your own. If u like boogie boarding pick a cheap one up from Walmart. Do not buy at resort store. Waaay over priced.
the complex has 4 pools so easy to find a beach chair. Pools never too crowded. Water was clean and warm. No shade though so gets hot just sitting there. Pools are right beside ocean so easy to go back and forth.
There is a little snack/drink store called the Sugar Shack. Best avoided eventhough it's right there. Food is terrible and overpriced. Flies buzzing around inside landing on food. Drinks very expensive - just bring your own to pool as most people did.
Unit was clean but in serious need of an update and paint. Starting to look dated and worn. Bed upstairs is great but pullout is terrible. Even our kids complained how uncomfortable it is. Unit has full kitchen and washer/dryer that we took advantage of. Everything in working order.
Also was nice having 2 full bathrooms so we had one and kids had other.
Didn't really get to enjoy balcony due to lightening storms at night but it was private (not best view as it faces on highway).
Check in/out was inconvenient although staff were friendly. You have to drive to a real estate building to pick up and drop off key. Would be nicer if there was a drop box.
We enjoyed our stay and would stay at that complex again although probably in a different unit just because of bad bed and shabbiness.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Fort Wright, Kentucky
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13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

We regretfully cancelled our hotel and booke this studio unit. There is a huge area of mold growing on the wall by the AC unit, which was ancient and leaked water. Signs of regular cleaning were not evident anywhere. The bed bug barrier on the mattress has rips in it - so obviously this mattress has been treated for bed bugs and they can't be bothered to put another cover on. The bedspread was beyond stained and disgusting - my car blanket became our cover. Due to costly car repairs the day before we left - we really didn't have an extra $700 to get a different unit - after dishing out $600 for what we called The Pit. The owner has put in a new toilet, vanity and washer dryer combo but that hardly makes up for the mold and disgusting dirty unit. Meyer should be embarassed to represent this unit

  • Stayed August 2012, 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
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

Older property. Parking secured by guarded gate most of parking shaded as it is the first floor.Only one elevator for whole complex. If this is out it could be a real problem for some folks. it was out when we first got there but began working before we started to move our stuff up. We didn't use it again until we were leaving and repacking car. There are plenty stairwells. I saw lots of folks cleaning the common areas each morning. 3 grills and 6 or so picnic tables. The Snack bar was always busy and had a good selection. Pools right under the full ocean view rooms not sure how that would workout for those rooms.( we stayed in partial view). Which has a small view of water and sand and a clear view across to otherbuilding. There are two good size pools and a decent size kiddie pool between the dunes and the building. There is another pool on the second floor and has view of ocean also tennis courts and shuffle board area. All of these second floor areas have some shade in parts of morning and afternoon as they are between the two buildings. Older place but clean.Good basic place to stay.
Unit we rented was an efficiency. Paint reminded me of when I would paint my rental places in college, no taping lots of overlap and odd color choices. It was full of fake plants and knickknacks. Moved the big plants outside to balcony. Dryer vented back into room with a pair of panty hose over the end of output to minimize the dust and lint. Towel rack broken. Need towel rack at beach and the whole place has a rule of not hanging towels on balcony. Blender broken, but there was a bottom to another blender. Couldn't match them. Furniture a little beat. Everything tight for four (2 adults and 2 medium size kids). Balcony pretty useless as the air conditioner was vented on it and the chairs were broken as was table. It was almost a good deal. A little bit better unit and it would have been. It is the beach. Where do we want to be when we are at the beach? We want to be at the beach not in the room. the beach. Sand, salt and water are going to ruin everything. We will go back as it really was easy and pricing was decent . Beach was good, we left some our our items there over night and returned to them the next day with no issues. There is chair and umbrella service available as well. This is a good place. I will stay again. I will probably find a different owner and get a 1 bedroom for more space and privacy. Hopefully that will be the sweet spot.

Room Tip: Pure ocean view rooms are over the 2 main pools and kiddie pools, partial views are everything else.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Xi'an, China
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

I suppose it's with anything, but there are certainly pros and cons with this property. It still may be the place for you, but at least know what you're getting. We had unit 108, and I know an experience can vary greatly based on which condo you get.
Pros:
*One of the least expensive ocean front condos we found in the area.
*The Sugar Shack snack bar was a great perk. Their burgers, corn dogs, BLTs, drinks etc were all very reasonably priced and meant you didn't have to leave the property for lunch.
*It is ocean front, so the walk from condo to beach is easy.
*There are at least three pools and a kiddie pool. These can be a nice break from the seaweed.
*Our condo was clean and cheery.
Cons:
*Our unit was advertised (different website) as "Ocean view." Ocean front and ocean view are not the same thing, and our condo had a close-up view of the parking garage and tennis courts. Not only did we not have the view we expected, we felt we had to keep the curtain closed for any privacy.
*No privacy on balconies. Most had a view of the parking garage.
*Fold out couch was terrible - unusable. We were glad we'd brought a blow-up mattress as a back-up. Don't count on that sofa.
*Parking garage is cramped. If a bigger SUV doesn't park just right, the space next to it is out. There aren't a whole lot of spaces.
*No free Wi-Fi. It's around $8 per day or $20 per week, give or take a dollar.

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Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Swansea, Illinois
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2012

Pros: Beautiful view, great beach, clean condo with cheerful interior paint, nice master bedroom, low key, relaxing area, proximity to major retail stores and restaurants.

Cons: Unfriendly office staff, older interior furniture, the patio furniture is riddled with smoke burns and is the poorest furniture on any balcony with a side or gulf view. One pool ladder broke causing the adult pool nearest the kiddie pool to be off limits for 36 hours.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Branson, Missouri
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2012

Outside of building was good. 2 pools plus a kiddie pool. Bar complete with snacks. Beach nice. However inside of building was like a parking garage. Room was awful. All appliances were rusted, bedspread had stains, overall dirty and shabby. Not happy with our stay there.

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 23044 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach, AL 36561
Location: United States > Alabama > Orange Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Orange Beach
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