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Bel Sole Condominiums
2 reviews
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“Don't Stay in Room #201”
Reviewed June 10, 2012

Overall, I would rank our stay as average. The room was very well decorated, had a pretty view of the lagoon and a great pool (indoor and outdoor) for the kids. Liked the location, it was a down a good ways from all the other condos so the beach wasn't too crowded. Even though it wasn't on the beach, it was a simple walk across the street. Rooms were spacious and inviting.

But if we were to say here again, it wouldn't be in room #201, would stay on floors 5 or 6. We had several things that we did not like. The garbage truck arrived at 5:00 am on monday, wednesday, friday and saturday mornings. It was so loud that it woke us up each time - not pleasant when you have a 7 month old baby and want to sleep-in on your vacation. It was so bad that I called the garbage company myself. I did speak with property management but she didn't seemed concerned with the issue.

Also had a problem with waterbugs (looked like little roaches). The bug-man sprayed during our stay but we still saw several each day. Property manager said they knew of the problems and were trying to fix it. Again not pleasant when you have a 7 month old playing on the floor.

The room was clean but the floor was not. I would also say that the kitchen is not fully stocked. We stay in mountain cabins every winter that have many more amenities. And don't expect to see the ocean from this room...you need to stay several floors up (we were told this when we booked). The other problem with this room is that the air condition units are located just outside the back balcony so its rather noisy.

With regards to the property owner, we really enjoyed dealing with Ms. Slack. She was very helpful and nice to work with. The property manager was helpful and assisted when needed something (gave us her own dishes, allowed us to load cars in the garage so didn't get wet, etc.) but she's not the most bubbly person. Also liked dealing with KK regarding chair rentals. They were very easy to work with, refunded money when we had to cancel part of reservation due to weather.

one disclaimer, i've never stayed at another condo so little to compare to...typically stay in rent houses.

Definitely a family place (which is a good thing), not recommended for a group of college kids wanting to party. They have security and keep a close eye on the place. Very much appreciated!

Room Tip: Stay as high as you can.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Shreveport, La.
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Reviewed June 2, 2012

Our family stayed for a week at the end of May and beginning of June. I was concerned that since we were and the bay side of the road that it might not be very convenient. It is a three minute walk across the road and to the wonderful beach. Chairs and umbrellas are available and they put them out with your name on them so they are waiting when you get there. You must call the night before to get them set up for the next morning. It's a great place to stay and just a few miles from all the shops and restaurants which is not a problem because there is a company called Ride for Five and they will take you anywhere in the surrounding area for $5.00 per person and they run til wee hours in the morning.

  • Stayed June 2012
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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed May 29, 2012

Found Bel Sole by researching the internet. I paid in full upon booking the reservation. The condo (1003) was perfect for what our family needed. Fabulous bedrooms(very comfy) and bathrooms. Huge master walk in closet. Great laundry room with large sink for sand coated items. The view was amazing. We had great access to the beach and it was just a short drive to restaurants, shops, pier, etc. Loved the layout of the condo. I would recommend staying on the east side, as you have an excellent view of the beach and the lagoon. We found the facility very clean, right down to both swimming pools! Dishwasher detergent and trash bags were supplied. The only bad thing I can say regarding our stay is be sure to have your printed receipt of payment with you during your stay. The "inn-keeper" (Sandy) rudely attempted to evict us a day earlier than we had paid for by beating on our door while we were getting ready to shower. She insisted that her computer said we were only staying 3 nights. When I showed her our receipt, she only said "oh." We never received an apology. The day of checkout, we are loading our baggage onto the portable carrier at 10:05 am (checkout is at 10am) and she is banging on our door once again asking us to "get out" as we are late for checkout. I have never been treated so poorly while on vacation. It really left a bad taste in our mouths. Everything about Bel Sole is wonderful with the exception of this lady. Hopefully you won't have the same interactions with her as we did.

Room Tip: East side condos are the best. You have a view of the ocean and the lagoon. We opened our master s...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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Reviewed May 29, 2012

I will never book through Book it, Leisure Link or stay at the Bel Sol located on
1920 West Beach Blvd., Gulf Shores, FL, US, 36542 again.

Booked a 3 Br Condo with bay view/Gulf view for 3 nights. Planned this vacation way in advance, with family and researched many condos in the area before deciding on booking Bel Sole using Book it.

When we arrived at Bel Sole on Friday, May 25, at 8pm we were told that everything was fine, but we had to move rooms to another 3 Br because we booked though Bookit and not the Bel Sole directly.We were told this by the concierge, Sandy Hardy, that lives there. She failed to call in advance about these "minor" details, but swore we would love it so much we would stay there again.
Not the case. We were told that we would have to pack everything from our 3BR, 10th floor unit with Gulf and Bay view by 10 am Sunday morning and move to a much smaller 3br, 4 floors down. Wait, the best part is that it wouldn't be available for 4 hours while they prepared and clean it for us. While we had planned on brunch and beach that morning, we had to pack an entire refrigerator of food to feed 6 adults, bikes, luggage, beach items, and transfer it to another room, which took up the morning. This put a huge damper on our plans. Not to mention, the inconvenience of it all, even if we wanted to stay in for a lazy Sunday morning, it was not even an option, because we had NO ROOM TO GO TO!

The fact that we were not given an option to make other arrangements in advance, was the biggest disappointment. We were trapped and had no time to go find other lodging, because every hotel was fully booked. No discount was offered for the inconvenience by Book it or Bel Sole. I've called book it three times and have been put on hold with no resolution. Bel Sole and Book it are both blaming each other for ruining our vacation.
Regardless, I won't use this site again and will never stay at Bel Sole.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 6, 2012

We had a wonderful time last week in Gulf Shores while staying in Bel Sole'. What I liked most about the condo was that it was not "dated" like so many others. It was very modern with nice fixtures and furniture. It has an extraordinary full kitchen with very nice appliances and a laundry room with washer and dryer. The balcony had a beautiful view over the lagoon that was so peaceful. The location was perfect and the personal service was wonderful. We will definitely be staying there everytime we go to Gulf Shores!

  • Stayed May 2011
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Reviewed March 22, 2012

Found Bel Sole condos while browsing the internet for places to stay in Gulf Shores. We came as a family-- my husband & I with our 2 teen/pre-teen children. The condo itself was very spacious but still cozy. Master suite super nice and my daughter loved having her own private bath as well. Having 1 balcony would've been nice, having 2 was luxurious. Sandy, the concierge, was helpful when we needed her. The beach is just a short walk thru the parking lot & across the street. Laundry & utility sink in the condo were very handy after being at the beach! The indoor pool is heated but is very small which ended up not being a big deal. The kids could play but if more than a couple of people, you couldn't really swim, but with the beach right across the street, do you really need to? The hot tub was nice, maybe a little smallish, and occasionally not hot enough, but still relaxing. All in all, we had a fabulous time and hope we are able to visit Gulf Shores AND Bel Sole again.

  • Stayed March 2012
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Birmingham, Alabama
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed February 26, 2012

We stayed here over New Year's weekend in 2010. What a lovely place to ring in the New Year. The condos are spacious and beautifully decorated. They have a wonderful kitchen including wet bar. The best feature was a balcony on each side -- one facing the ocean and the other facing the lagoon. Beautiful views regardless of which window you looked from. Sandy at the front desk was very helpful. We enjoyed the indoor pool and it was even warm enough for a trip to the hot tub outside. Hope to stay again someday.

Room Tip: Try to get a 3 bedroom as they have balconies on both sides.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Katie1920, Manager at Bel Sole Condominiums, responded to this review, February 28, 2012
Thank you MJV for the great review. I want you to know that all returning guests receive a 10% discount! Please plan a return visit!
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Additional Information about Bel Sole Condominiums

Property: Bel Sole Condominiums
Address: 1920 West Beach Blvd., Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Location: United States > Alabama > Gulf Shores
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 42 Specialty Lodging in Gulf Shores
Hotel Class:3 star — Bel Sole Condominiums 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled between the Gulf of Mexico and Little Lagoon lies a luxury retreat like no other! When you first arrive at Bel Solé you will understand why it is distinct from all the other condominium rentals that line the Gulf beaches. Our superior accommodations combined with an ideal location and panoramic views make for the ultimate vacation experience.Each condominium is graciously appointed; the kitchen, dining and living areas are open concept living spaces with floor to ceiling windows. Our kitchens are fully equipped with everything necessary to prepare a gourmet meal.Curl up in the living room and enjoy a movie on the flat screen TV or hop on our wi-fi to access your favorite sites. The bedrooms are themselves an oasis. ... more   less 
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