We thoroughly enjoyed our recent trip to Orange Beach. It was our first time staying on Alabama's Gulf Coast.
We arrived at The Island House at around 12:30 PM and were greeted enthusiastically by a man at the front desk. They have a porter service, who carried our bags to our room for us. The keys at this hotel are actual keys, so make sure you don't misplace them. They give you a card at check in, on with which you can charge food and drinks from the in hotel restaurant to your bill.
The rooms are decent. This feels like an older hotel in terms of design. We had a standard room on the 8th floor. The view was wonderful and the balcony is large, with two chairs and a small table. The only problem with the room was there was hair in the bathroom when we arrived. The king bed was very comfortable, lots of pillows and nice sheets and matress.
The beach is gorgeous. The Island House has a huge stretch of beach, with wodden lounge chairs/cushions and unbrellas for rent for $20 a set. There is a decent pool deck with a hot tub and plenty of chairs.
Across the street from the hotel is a gas station, a liquor store, a restaurant, and a live bait shop. The Island House is on the best stretch of beach in the area. There are condos on either side, but it is close to the harbor, just a few miles to the Flora-Bama and several restaraunts, and near a Publix shopping center.
Bottom line, we realized that Orange Beach is the place for us and the Island House was great for a short weekend. It's less congested and commercialized than Destin/Ft. Walton and much more upscale than Panama City Beach. We will certainly stay at the Island House again in the future.
The only negatives I can come up with are that the prices are a bit high for an older hotel and, like I said, the hair we found on the bathroom floor.
Wishing we were back already!
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- Also Known As:
- The Island House Hotel Orange Beach
- Island Hotel Orange Beach
- The Island Hotel