With its white-sand beaches, gorgeous natural surrounds, and host of wining, dining, shopping, and cultural opportunities, Gulf Shores is one of Alabama’s most popular destinations. Thanks to its year-round influx of tourists, pleasure-seekers will find no shortage of accommodation on offer- so much so, in fact, it can be a challenge deciding which of the numerous options to plump for. To help out, we’ve dug through the data at the likes of Trip Advisor, Best Hotels Guide to determine the very best hotels in Gulf Shores for 2020. With no further ado, here, in descending order, they are.
20. Royal Palms
Family-friendly and offering easy access to the numerous delights of Gulf Shores, Royal Palms delivers relaxing, comfortable accommodation at a great price. Chief highlights include the great beachside location, indoor and outdoor pools, and a level of service that will leave your every need catered too.
19. Gulf Shores Surf & Racquet Club
If you want to enjoy condo-style accommodation, great views, easy access to the beach, and a price to suit most budgets, Gulf Shores Surf & Racquet Club is a great choice. As well as benefitting from clean, private living arrangements, guests can enjoy full access to the range of amenities on offer, which include a pool, tennis courts, shuffleboard, grills, a hot tub, and even a pier for fishing.
18. Best Western on the Beach
Clean, comfortable, accessible and as well suited to the business traveler as it is to the leisure seeker, Best Western on the Beach is a budget-friendly, great all-rounder. Top of the list of attractions is the first-rate service, which promises to deliver everything you’d expect of top-notch southern hospitality. Rooms are light, airy, and equipped with all the necessities you could want, while the business center and free internet access lets you keep on top of your work while enjoying all the best Gulf Shores has to offer.
17. Hampton Inn & Suites Orange Beach
Modern, comfortable, and with more than its fair share of amenities, Hampton Inn & Suites Orange Beach is as equally attractive to business travelers as it is to families. Rooms are well stocked with everything you could need for your stay, including air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, microwaves, refrigerators, and private balconies, while the facilities cover everything from a private beach and beachfront pool and hot tub to 3,750 sq. ft. beachfront meeting space, a poolside bar, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Breakfast is generous, free, and, by all accounts, worth the visit alone.
16. Staybridge Suites Gulf Shores
With a prime location on Highway 59 North of the Inter-coastal Canal, Staybridge Suites Gulf Shores’ setting is hard to fault. Just minutes away from white sand beaches and popular landmarks like the Wharf, Waterville, the Track, and Tanger Outlet mall, not to mention a bountiful array of restaurants, theaters and shopping outlets, it offers the ideal base to enjoy your trip to the max. The accommodation is just as noteworthy as the location, with 88 comfortable, well-equipped guest rooms and a range of onsite amenities designed for both the business and leisure traveler.
15. Motel 6 Gulf Shores
If you want a restful, budget-friendly place to rest up while enjoying the best Gulf Shores has to offer, you might want to consider Motel 6 Gulf Shores. The accommodation may be basic, but you’ll find everything you need for a relaxing, comfortable stay, including an outdoor pool, coin laundry, truck parking, express check-in/ check-out, and friendly staff. No, it’s not luxurious, but if you’re looking for a clean room, a comfortable bed, a great location, and an even better price, it’s guaranteed to deliver.
14. SpringHill Suites Orange Beach at The Wharf
Guests of SpringHill Suites Orange Beach at The Wharf will find it hard to decide which is best: the excellent location or the superb accommodation. The amenities on offer (including a 24/7 convenience store, 3000 square feet of meeting space, a resort-style pool, a state of the art fitness center, a golf course, and a complimentary breakfast) are guaranteed to deliver everything you could need for a memorable stay, while its prime location offers easy access to all of Gulf Shores’ most popular landmarks, including The Wharf and Marina and the Wharf Amphitheater.
13. Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Foley
Affordable, comfortable, and family-friendly, the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Foley may be one of the newest hotels on the scene in Gulf Shores, but It’s already developed a reputation for its outstanding customer service, stellar location, and homely, comfortable accommodation. Along with tastefully decorated, well-equipped rooms, guests can expect to enjoy a range of amenities including an outdoor heated pool and whirlpool spa, fitness and business centers, and a complimentary breakfast.
If you’re on a budget but don’t want to compromise on style, the Seacrest makes a great option. Situated within easy reach of Gulf Shores’ most popular landmarks, including Wade Ward Nature Park (1.6 mi) and Gulf State Park Fishing Pier (2.8 mi), it offers comfortable accommodation at a great price. Rooms are well equipped with everything you’ll need to enjoy a relaxing stay, including air conditioning, dishwashers, DVD/ CD players, kitchenettes, microwaves, and a whirlpool bathtub. Other amenities include free parking, a pool, and a hot tub.
11. Fairfield Inn & Suites Orange Beach
Finding family-friendly accommodation can be challenging, but at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Orange Beach, you’ll find everything you need to ensure a comfortable, pleasant stay for the whole gang. Kids will love the range of children’s activities on offer, not to mention all the wildlife that can be found in the hotel’s grounds. Rooms are clean, spacious and well equipped, with flat-screen TVs, refrigerators, kitchenettes, and air conditioning coming as standard. With its close proximity to key Gulf Shores highlights such as Orange Beach Sportplex (1.7 mi) and Wharf Ferris Wheel (2.7 mi), you won’t have far to travel for entertainment. Guests who prefer to laze around the hotel will find plenty to keep them happy in the indoor/outdoor pools, fitness center, and hot tub.
10. Hampton Inn Gulf Shores
The Gulf Shores area boats a number of Hampton Inns, all with their own merits. Top of the list of attractions for Hampton Inn Gulf Shores is the great location: set just 1.2 miles away from both the white sand beaches and the busy heart of the city center, it offers easy access to the very best of the surrounding area. The Waterville USA, The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, Pirates Island and The Track are all within striking distance, while Tanger Outlet Mall, with all its shopping and dining opportunities, is located within less than a ten-minute drive. Other than a first-class location, guests can expect well-stocked, modern rooms, a good range of onsite amenities, and helpful, courteous service.
9. Hotel Indigo Orange Beach - Gulf Shores
Hotel Indigo Orange Beach - Gulf Shores may not be the cheapest option available, but if you want a truly memorable stay, you’ll find it hard to beat. Offering boutique-style accommodation over 62 rooms, guests can expect spacious, thoughtfully decorated rooms fully stocked with everything they could ever need. Amenities include a shuttle that runs 7 days a week to take guests to the Gulf State Park Pavilion for beach access, an onsite restaurant, a fitness center with gym/workout room, a pool, a bar/lounge, and even the option to rent a bike. Staff are helpful, friendly and courteous, and as welcoming to guests of the four-legged variety as they are to the ones paying the bill.
8. Beachside Resort Hotel
Situated just across the way from the white sand beaches of Gulf Shores, Beachside Resort Hotel boasts a superb location that belies its affordable room rates. Rooms are excellently equipped with a full range of comforts and conveniences, with micro/fridges, hairdryers and 57" flat-screen TVs with free HBO coming as standard. Other amenities include a 24-hour front desk, a kid’s clubs, a pool, business services, and a complimentary breakfast.
7. Hampton Inn Foley
Family-friendly, comfortable, and reasonably priced, the Hampton Inn Foley might not have all the bells and whistles of some of the more exclusive resorts in the area, but it still makes a grand choice. Guests can expect comfortable, clean rooms equipped with all the necessities you’d expect (including flat-screen TVs, free WIFI and air conditioning), a good selection of amenities (including a third-floor pool with stunning views, free parking, a picnic area, baggage storage, and a 24-hour front desk), and easy access to some great local attractions.
6. Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Gulf Shores
Located just 3 miles from the sugar-white beaches of Gulf Shores on Highway 59, Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Gulf Shores offers a great base for travelers looking to pack as much into their trip as possible. Nearby attractions include Craft Farms award-winning Arnold Palmer signature golf courses & spa, Colonial Pinnacle's shopping & dining development and a score of restaurants and bars (including the iconic live music venue Lucy Buffett's Lulu's). Accommodation is unpretentious, clean, comfortable, and equipped with all the conveniences you’ll need for a relaxing stay. Amenities extend to a first-rate fitness room, a recently renovated outdoor pool, a free continental breakfast, and complimentary WiFi.
5. Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Gulf Shores
If you want comfortable accommodation and first-class amenities without the corresponding price tag, Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Gulf Shores makes a great choice. As suitable for business travelers as it is for leisure seekers, its convenient location offers easy access to all the best of the Gulf Coast and Southern Alabama, including Waterville USA, Alligator Alley, Tanger Outlet Center, The Track, Adventure Island, Lambert's Cafe, The Hangout, Adventure Island and the Gulf Coast Zoo. Rooms are clean and quiet, and despite the budget-friendly rates, are equipped with all the little luxuries and home comforts you could wish for.
4. Courtyard Gulf Shores Craft Farms
Nestled on the border of Craft Farms’ championship golf resort and offering easy access to the Gulf Coast, Courtyard Gulf Shores Craft Farms’ location is hard to beat. Its accommodation and amenities are equally boast-worthy, with free internet access throughout, a seasonal swimming pool, an onsite restaurant serving up an outstanding range of regional and international dishes throughout the day along with cocktails in the evening, clean, quiet rooms, and an emphasis on hospitality that’s a pleasure to see.
3. Phoenix All Suites Hotel
If you want to combine the privacy and luxury of a condo with the amenities and services of a hotel, you’ll find the Phoenix All Suites Hotel an outstanding option. Spread over two hotels (both offering a superb beachside location and easy access to the best attractions of the area), Phoenix All Suites’ fully equipped condo-style accommodation blends supremely comfortable, luxurious living with first-rate service- all for a very reasonable price indeed.
2. Hilton Garden Inn Orange Beach
With its idyllic beachside location, the Hilton Garden Inn Orange Beach offers unbeatable service in an equally outstanding setting. Each room comes complete with its own private balcony, allowing guests to get the full benefit of the sweeping Gulf panoramas. The amenities are just as exemplary as the views, with both an indoor and outdoor pool, a fitness center, a jacuzzi or in-room garden tub in each suite, a 24-hour business center, and 2,000 sq. ft. of event and meeting space. With a slogan of “everything's better in the Garden”, the hotel has a lot to live up to; judging by the scores of happy guests signing up for a repeat visit, it’s fully achieving its promise.
1. The Lodge at Gulf State Park, A Hilton Hotel
Nestled in the 6,150-acre Gulf State Park, The Lodge at Gulf State Park, A Hilton Hotel offers the kind of retreat we all dream of. All rooms offer stunning panoramas of the surrounding park and beach, while the range of amenities on offer (which include all of five excellent restaurants) are hard to beat. Spend your day relaxing on the beach or hiking the park’s numerous trails before returning to your luxurious, well-equipped room for the most comfortable night of your life- the price may be on the high side, but with accommodation this good, you’re unlikely to care.
Written by Liz Flynn
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