The hotel is within short walking distance of the beach (across the street, and there's a crosswalk nearby if you're afraid of jaywalking). The room was pretty clean, with an updated bathroom, and the microwave and fridge were a definite plus. But several of the outlets were unusable (plugs just fell out of them, yikes), and the safe didn't have the key it promised.
But here's the thing. If you happen to be lucky (?) enough to get a room on the side of the hotel (corner, really) where you can see the ocean, you'll also be directly above the hotel bar, where a live band will blast Steve Miller covers and the like every night until you find something else to do just to get away from the noise. It's like having a rude neighbor with lousy taste in music.
And speaking of rude neighbors, get used to that, too. Since this hotel is on the cheaper end of hotels in the area, it doesn't attract the nicest folks. The paper-thin walls don't help that, either. After my first two nights, I knew more about the trashy family next to me than I cared to know, and I had heard more cursewords at the pool than I knew existed.
Definitely would not stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beachside Resort Hotel - Gulf Shores, AL is conveniently located across the street from Alabama's beautiful white sandy beaches. In addition to the white sandy beaches along the Gulf of Mexico many area attractions are only minutes away, including Waterville Water Park, Gulf Coast Animal Zoo, Tanger Outlet and many more. Our famous third-floor outdoor pool overlooks the Gulf of Mexico. Room amenities include: micro/fridge, hairdryers and 57" flat screen TV with free HBO. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Beachside Hotel Gulf Shores