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“Laid back, "Old Florida" charm in the middle of it all” 4 of 5 stars
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Paradise Isle Resort
Ranked #13 of 25 Hotels in Gulf Shores
Atlanta, GA
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10 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Laid back, "Old Florida" charm in the middle of it all”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

Paradise Isle is one of the older resorts in Gulf Shores and definitely has its quirks. You can feel a bit of shaking when you're lying in bed and someone goes up or down the stairs, and the units are a bit weathered under the brightly colored paint. If you're looking for a "happening" place, this is not it. Even though it's within walking distance of many things you will want to do in Gulf Shores, it feels more like you're away from it all. When you step out of your rental you aren't in some nondescript hallway, you're out in the sun and the salt air and the pool is right there. If you feel like grilling some burgers there's a grill or two within 50 feet (bring your own charcoal). If you want to keep an eye on the kids in the pool, you can set up a folding chair outside your doorway and read a book or surf the internet on your laptop. The units surround the pool, which creates a nice little world where you can easily forget the high rise condos lining the beach. There are free washers and dryers if you have to do laundry (bring your own detergent), and if your key is sticking in your lock the office staff will be right there with a can of WD-40 to get things working smoothly again. If you don't mind squeezing in and out, it's nice to have the option of parking your car in the shade under your unit. Otherwise, there are plenty of regular parking lot spaces. Public beach access, complete with a bath house, is literally across the street, with only a short wait for a walk signal to cross. My family has stayed here several times, and we absolutely love it. There really isn't another place like it in Gulf Shores.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Sorrento, Louisiana
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

We waited a bit to late to try to plan this years vacation so it left us with very few choices in an accceptable price range for a place to stay. We were not expecting much because of the reviews we had read but were pleasantly suprrised when we found that it was not only clean and comfortable but as my wife put it, "really cute". Its not new but we did not have any of the issues the other reviewers had. It is right across the beach from the public beach access and parking was not a issue. The unit was set up just like we needed it to be so we could cook, rest, and stage our trips. All in all, I really enjoyed this place and will try to return next year. Also, I would like to add that the people were very nice and helpful.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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tuscaloosa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

The property is old and unit we stayed in had quite a few issues. The pool looks dingey and old. The condo we rented had a new keypad installed for the lock on the door, didn't work properly-had to leave our door unlocked when we were not inside the unit because the keypad wouldn't work to lock the door. The units are across the road from the beach, not beachside. They were also built on stilts, you could feel people walking up the stairs as the whole unit shakes. Parking under the units-not easy to get in and out of. I wouldn't recommend this place.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

First i was impressed that the staff called prior to our arrival to ensure that if we were going to be a late check in that we would get our room key. Was mailed info on the resort prior to arrival. Upon arrival office staff was very friendly. Check in was fast and without problems. Other reviews state that rooms were outdated. My room was clean /cute and very acceptable for beach front property. room exceded my expectations. Resort was small and personable, a plus. Easy access to beach. No problem that it was across the street from beach, very easy access. Beach was beautiful. Resort offers free use of laundry facilities, Pool and bbq's. Very short drive to grocery, shopping, restaurants, attractions. Me and my 3 kids had a blast and will definately be returning to paradise isles.

  • Stayed July 2012
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3 Thank luckyheart_rn
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Denver, Colorado
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87 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

This is an old and tired facility. Upon ck-in (folks were nice however) we found dead cockroaches. The beds sounded like they were filled with plastic bags. Freezer didn't work, and fridge not so well either. Hot tub on/off button malfunctioned. Much deferred painting around property.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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3 Thank plentyfun
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Owensboro, Kentucky
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2011

We did a 'fly by your pants type vacation" we walked in the office to see if they had anything for rent and they did. Which at first made me nervous since everything else was booked. But our 1 bedroom condo was great. It did have a pull out sofa bed for our daughter. Most of the units have everything you need pots, pans, stove, fridge, etc. The units are not beach front. They mostly face the pool which is in the center. The public beach access is @ the stoplight right out front of the place which makes it super easy to get to the beach. Its right next door to the beachside hotel. The location is great, not to close to the nightlife, and not too far from eating, dining, and activites. I would definately stay here again. It is a bit dated but, unless your looking for granite countertops, pillowtop beds, and fine china it works just fine! The pool and hot tub are great. My daughter spent a ton of time in the pool the water there is pretty rough for a 5yr old to be in. We did get a walking discount, our room for 4nights was about $480ish? About $105 per night.+taxes+fees. This is cheaper than the hotels here!!!! They DO NOT have "mom & pop" kinds of places to stay here! Remember that incase you think you can just find somewhere when you get here. You can't! We spent 2 nights in Foley @ the key west inn (eww) but thats in another review! All of the right hand side units back up to beachside hotel, and lots of nights they have karaoke in the bar, so it its loud and could bother your sleep. So maybe get a front or back, side unit. Also it has covered parking No ground level units. If you drive a large suv, van, truck , etc. it will not fit under there! I didn't put my honda oddyssey under there. Its just to tight of a space but there is parking behind the pull in's which is fine. They also have free Wi-Fi, and 2 Washers, and 2 Dryers. THESE ARE NON SMOKING UNITS! So you have to go outside, the provide ashtrays because you can't throw cig butts on the ground. If we come back, i will check this place out 1st! The other's near by here that are reasonable are the cove, lani kai. they looked like a great place to stay, and we talked to people staying there.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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8 Thank kymomma05
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New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2010

To be honest, when we first walked into our 2 bedroom condo, we were disappointed. You can tell this resort has been thru some tough times with hurricanes and lots of rain damage. The ceilings were stained and it smelled musty.

After one night, we were pleasantly surprised at how comfy and quiet it was there. Even though it's not top notch to comparable high rise resorts, it has it's own charm with a rustic personality.

The beds were comfy, the shower was great! It could use a little updating and a little more personal touch. The kitchen was very old, but we had everything we needed.

Nothing overly fancy, but it met our needs.

The beach is right across the street and located in the heart of wonderful seafood restaurants and shops. Try not to miss Steamer's Restaurant! The lunch menu was spectacular and cheap!

Don't be afraid to visit this area because of the oil spill. It's all cleaned up and the beaches and ocean were beautiful!

The pool is not heated, but the hot tub was wonderful!

Paradise Ilse is a diamond in the rough.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with family
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Property: Paradise Isle Resort
Address: 620 W Beach Blvd, Gulf Shores, AL 36542-6320
Location: United States > Alabama > Gulf Shores
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 25 Hotels in Gulf Shores
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Paradise Isle Resort 2*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are across the road from the public access to the beach. Great location. Our buildings are on pilings so there are a few steps to climb. We offer a towel exchange on Wednesday and also have a coin op laundry room. We are not a high-rise or a huge complex, more of a quaint "old Florida" kind of place! Great place for families as we have full kitchens in case you want to save some money and eat in. Our pool is huge and in the middle of the complex with our hot tub. Bahama Bob's is across the street and we are within walking distance to The Hangout and other businesses. Paradise Isle received the RCI Hospitality award for 2014 and 2015. We are under new management as of 02/2014. ... more   less 
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