First let me say that our kids wouldn't know if they were in Maui or Orange Beach. As long as they stay in a hotel and are on the beach, they are fired up. They think anything is the Ritz Carlton. That being said, we stayed here for 6 nights mid-August and had a wonderful vacation. When we checked into the hotel, we were upgraded to a suite because of my husband's Marriott status, so this was an awesome bonus for us. Our room was spacious with two beds and a separate living area with a sofa and TV area. There was a mini fridge that we filled up and plenty of space in the room for all of our beach gear, coolers and luggage.
The staff at the hotel were extremely nice and helpful. We loved our little golf cart ride every day to the beach. We all piled in with our chairs, umbrella and beach gear and were dropped off at the end of the street. We crossed the street and we were right at the private boardwalk to the beach. The beach was incredible. Beautiful sand, clean, the nicest people. The major complaint we had were the jellyfish. They were EVERYWHERE. I know this is a random thing and they are not always there, but they definitely limited our time in the ocean. We also saw a huge sting ray which was cool, but a guy got stung, which was not cool. Tons of sea shells and beautiful walks on the beach. There was a shower on the boardwalk to rinse off the sand right by the phone to call the golf cart to come back and get you. When we were leaving, one of the employees showed my husband where the hose was at the hotel so we could hose everything off before we drove home.
Tons of great restaurants in the area and two grocery stores very close to the hotel with all your needs. The free breakfast at the hotel was perfect for the kids and there were healthy choices for us as well. Free Wifi worked very well and my husband was able to work a few times down in the breakfast area while I got the kids ready for the beach. It also worked in the rooms as well. Never a spotty connection.
We did miss not being in a condo and just walking right up and having the balcony view of the beach, but we stayed here for a week for free, so we have zero complaints. Extremely clean. We would stay here again.