We have made over a dozen trips to the Gulf Coast beaches. While overall a "good" stay, first the negatives: at $183.50 per night for a non-beachfront room and an 18" balcony too small to set a chair on, one expects a bathroom at least large enough not to require a pocket-door (and with a shower that does not resemble the plastic insert in an RV). The carpet in the hallway on the ground floor smelled of mildew, as it did on the sixth floor. Another reviewer mentioned questions about the safety of the elevator--they do noticeably shudder and groan (more noticeable in the one in the back of the building), but it was not so bad that we didn't use it. Humorously, the elevator inspection certificates are not displayed on the elevators. Housekeeping is loud in the hallways beginning around 8:30 and will knock incessantly on your door by 8:45 a.m. (came back three times one morning) if you do not hang the Do Not Disturb sign, or if it goes missing, even if you are there for a multiple night stay. On the positive side, Sleep Inn's front desk personnel were friendly, and the room, though in an older hotel and cramped for space, was clean. The bed was comfortable, the walls and doors minimized noise from other guests. In other pluses: the beach is clean and accessible, the hotel will provide towels for the pool if needed, the chair rental guy on the beach is friendly and affordable, and parking was adequate for the crowd on an April weekend. Overall a "Good" stay, but not worthy of a "Very Good". (It would earn a C+ in a good school, but not a B-.) We've had true beachfront walk outs with more amenities at lower prices on the Florida Panhandle even "in season".
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- Also Known As:
- Sleep Inn Gulf Front Hotel Orange Beach
- Sleep Inn Orange Beach Alabama
- Orange Beach Sleep Inn