We were attracted to this hotel due to it's location on the beach, of course.
Facility is oviously an older building that has had some updating done over the years. But some things can not be covered over with new tile and paint.
Note that only a few rooms over look the beach to the south. Rooms to the east face a much larger condo. Rooms to the west would have some beach view. Balconys are tiny with barely room for one person. Rooms on the first floor- these must be unbelivably noisy with traffic in the hallways.
Elevator is very slow. We were on the sixth floor and the hallways just plain smelled bad.
Room was fairly large but very dark since the only light is from the balcony door. Paint colors seem to have been picked from the institute of drab which seemed odd for a beach hotel. Furniture was very plain and minimal. Mattess was old and uncomfortable. Bathroom is "motel 6" which for this price is unacceptable. AC noisily switched between sweat shop and freezer mode which sucked when you're trying to sleep.
But we went for the beach and the pool.
Pool is decent size but can become very crowded. Beach access is good but if you don't want to rent a chair from the service you have to walk quite a ways down the beach to get to open space. Open space to the east is non existent due to condos that seem to stretch for miles.
Note that the hotel provides no towels. Bring your own.
For what they charge this hotel should be a LOT nicer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the Holiday Inn Express beachfront hotel in Orange Beach, Alabama, everything’s as pretty as a postcard. In our little corner of the world, the sand feels soft as sugar, and the water calls your name with every wave. Jumping into the Gulf of Mexico is like sipping a cool glass of lemonade, only sweeter. When you visit us, you’ll feel like you’ve found a long lost friend. Find out for yourself what the locals have already discovered … that every day can feel like paradise on the Gulf Coast of Alabama. Steps from our door, you’ll find as much or as little recreation as you desire. So whether you choose to lie in the sun or make a splash in our beachfront pool, our hotel is the perfect place to lose an afternoon (or five). We’re close to popular local attractions in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, Alabama, including the Amphitheater at the Wharf, Waterville USA, Gulf State Park and the Gulf Islands National Seashore. Our Southern hospitality will make you feel right at home. So come on down and see us, y’all. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Orange Beach-On The Beach Hotel Orange Beach
- Holiday Inn Orange Beach
- Orange Beach Holiday Inn