My elderly parents and I stayed at the Grand for one night on March 3, 2007. My mother uses a walker but did not want a handicapped room because she and my father prefer a king size bed and handicapped rooms only come with double beds typically. The rooms in the main lodge were my first choice so we would be close to dining areas but the bathrooms in the rooms in the main lodge were far too small to fit a walker. So we wer placed in a new "Spa " bldg with very nice rooms but a distance away. Therefore we had to take the car every time we needed to get back and forh from the main lodge. She couldn't step up to the golf-cart type shuttle service offered.
The beds were very comfortable and the rooms extremely spacious and well-appointed. They certainly met the "grand" criteria.
Also in the "grand" category was the setting itself. Right on the water, beautiful grounds, well kept and landscaped. With some time, one could really relax in a maxmium way. Another real plus was the staff. Without exception, every staff member we encountered was polite, greeted you, and tried to be accomodating.
What was "not so grand" was the food. On Saturday, we ate at the Saltwater Grill. The mint juleps were a magnificent version of the classic cocktail. But the entrees were in a different category. An obviously frozen soft shell crab was poorly fried and looked rather sad and limp on the plate. The gumbo was decidedly average. The crab cakes were okay, but also seemed like they were not freshly made and came with a "southern vegetable chow chow" that was inedible.
We stayed over later on Sunday just to eat at the Grand Sunday Buffet. At over $30 per person, this was the most disappointing part of the stay, The food was dull and unimaginative and to add to it, it was all for the most part, cold. The only average dish was the crabmeat omelette. The boiled shrimp tasted like they were boiled in water with no hint of seasonings or flavor. The fish was too salty and had obviously frozen crawfish in a sauce over it.
The sirloin roast beef was extremely tough. By time we got to the dessert table, it looked like a pig trough. They had one of the worst versions of bread pudding I've ever had; only the red velvet cake was fresh and tasty. The mint julep at this meal was done by another bartender and inferior to the night before.
Overall, despite the spectacular views and resort setting, I would probably not rush back to the Grand.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience a stunning AAA Four Diamond beach resort in Point Clear, Alabama, the exquisite Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa, one of the most stunning hotels the Gulf Coast has to offer. This resort boasts two challenging golf courses as part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, a luxurious 20,000-square-foot European-style spa, 10 tennis courts, a fabulous array of exceptional dining options, and a sizeable marina for sailboats, yachts and fishing boats. Overlooking scenic Mobile Bay, we are a proud member of Historic Hotels of America and boast 37,000 square feet of elegant meeting and event space. ... more less
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