This was our first time to Gulf Shores and the Beach Club. A friend of ours has stayed there many times and spoke highly of it. We rented our condo through VRBO which was amazing and based on several reviews, the best way to ensure you have a nice room. We stayed in a 3 BR 3 bath condo in the Bristol building. The condo was gorgeous and exceeded our expectations.
The hotel was very nice. The property itself is gorgeous with many things to do. We did not utilize the clubhouse pool/amenities because we did not want to pay additional dollars to use a pool. The clubhouse pool was always busy, packed with kids and people and music and activity, but we experienced the same things for free in the pools next to it. In my opinion, its overrated. You can only imagine what 50+ people (mostly kids) in a pool all day leave in the pool...
Which brings me to my one complaint about the Beach Club...the grounds keeping and maintenance of the pools. The pools were dirty with sand and God only knows what floating in them and I never saw anyone vacuum or skim the pools the entire time we were there. One pool was shut down our first day there due to an "accident". We found the pool by the Doral building to be the cleanest and the least crowded. Also, we felt that there was litter around the common walkways between the pools and beach that should've been routinely cleaned up. I saw beer cans, a sock, cigarette butts and pool junk scattered around which made the property look a little trashy. Mind you, the décor of the property is gorgeous...palm trees, beautiful flowers and greenery, gorgeous sand dunes. I hated to see it tarnished with garbage. It's the small things that shouldn't be skipped over that people actually do notice.
We felt completely safe here and the staff (as well as the guests) were so friendly. We saw security frequently rounding the building which put our minds at ease. There is no one at a "front desk" in the Bristol building (there is no front-desk) which seemed a little strange but no big deal. The four elevators were quick despite the numbers of people going up and down throughout the day.
This hotel is definitely for families. So many families with kids, parents and grandparents all having a great time. Our family of four, kids ages 11 and 12, thoroughly enjoyed our time there and will definitely go back next summer.
Although this hotel has gotten some complaints about the distance from town, we didn't mind the drive into town at all. It's actually a nice, scenic trip and there are plenty of fun things to do both on the property and in the surrounding area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy the best of both worlds: vacation rentals + full-service resort amenities. If combining a casual and relaxing beach getaway with luxury-level accommodations and services meets your vacation expectations, book your next visit to the Alabama Gulf Coast at The Beach Club with Spectrum Resorts - the official owner and operator of all of the Beach Club resort amenities. Escape to this popular family resort situated on 86 acres of natural beauty with private beaches spanning the length of nearly five football fields. Located 12 miles down Fort Morgan Road (Hwy 180) The Beach Club is the perfect resort for a relaxing and secluded family vacation that will allow everyone to unwind and reconnect, and The Beach Club offers so many amenities and family friendly activities you won't have to leave the resort. Everything you need for a perfect vacation - multiple dining options, five pools, fitness room, spa and salon, shopping, playground and activities - is here for your enjoyment during your stay. Spectrum Resorts (the exclusive onsite management company) offers the largest selection of vacation rentals at The Beach Club including Gulf Front condominiums and lakeside cottages. Condominiums are individually decorated and range from one to five bedrooms - all with unobstructed gulf views and located just steps from the beach. Cottages range from two to five bedrooms and provide a spacious and home-like setting for your family vacation. Stay with Spectrum Resorts and experience the "Spectrum Advantage:" • 100% satisfaction with your vacation rental • Advance Beach Chair rentals and preferred availability• Access to all resort amenities• Priority dinner reservations at Coast • Priority Spa appointments • Resort charging privileges providing a "cashless" experience. If you are looking for the perfect vacation destination for your family to reconnect and relax while away from the demands of day-to-day life, The Beach Club, delivered by Spectrum Resorts, is your answer. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Beach Club Hotel Gulf Shores
- Beach Hotel Gulf Shores
- The Beach Hotel
- Beach Club Gulf Shores
- Beach Gulf Shores