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Historical Traveler Reviews The Beach Club Gulf Shores
Last year was so great we are returning
Last year was my first visit to Gulf Shores and the Beach Club. You know how you book a room on the internet and you're not quite sure what you're going to get because 9 times out of 10 you're at least a little disappointed? Last year I nervously booked a 2 bedroom condo on the web at the Beach Club for a week and took my chances only to find the most wonderful, beautiful, most comfortable and impeccably decorated condo I had every seen! They supplied everything except consumables and the attention to detail was amazing. Searching through all the closets we discovered that they even left us a large box of beach toys including rafts and stuff!
So my family and I are really looking forward to our return visit in 2 weeks.
It is true at the Beach Club that they nickel and dime you (actually they $10-$20 you) to death but they do deliver fair value for the money. This year I'm going to rent beach chairs for the full week instead of just a couple of days.
Last year we ended up driving into town at least 2x a day and this year with a little more knowledge and planning we'll be smarter and will shop wiser.
There's an inexpensive hole-in-the-wall restaurant with good food right around the corner from the Beach Club entrance which offers a good alternative to the expensive (but very nice) dining options on property and it makes for a nice walk.
All in all I can't imagine going anywhere else for a wonderful, relaxing vacation the entire family (kids age 7-18 and parents who are more in love today then ever) enjoys.
If you want to be a hero to your family then book the Beach Club!
Beautiful resort, but crowded
My family and I just got back from the Beach Club. Gulf Shores is a great family beach location, and the Beach Club is a high end resort, but I probably won't stay there again for a couple of reasons. Number 1: I chose this location because it is pretty secluded. I thought that meant less crowds. Well, because it was practically the only resort around (it was 11 miles off the highway), it was very concentrated with people. As a result, the beach was very crowded as was the restaurant and the lunch grille. Also, the last couple of years, I've been going to Mexico for all-inclusives. I was not used to being charged for every little thing. The chairs at the beach were $20 a day (and only till 4 p.m.). We ended up buying some at the grocery store (11 miles away). Also, if you want to participate in various exercise classes or the tennis clinic, that is also a small fee. The food at the buffet is not very good. The restaurant food is good but very expensive. On the plus side, the rooms were nice, and the beach, the main reason we went after all, was great. Next time I'm in the area, though, I'll probably stay in Orange Beach.
Great resort, but poorly managed
This is a beautiful facility. Good beach access, great pools. We had a two bedroom on the 5th floor of the Bristol Tower and had no complaints about the room. Very fancy. Kitchen well equipped.
Elevators were fast. AC worked fine. I did not get to eat at The Restaurant due to too long of a wait. (Even though half the tables were empty.)
The breakfast buffet at the Village was just OK, but not very many selections($7.95). The Mexican buffet at the Village was also very sparse($13.95). The ice cream bar was terrific. Great banana splits. Staff were OK. Nobody was really friendly. Most were high schoolers or young college kids that did not seem very motivated towards customer service.
Negatives are the management in general. Things seem disorganized. We were there for July 4th and when we arrived we were told about the big bbq/shrimp boil by the main pool on July 4th. But when we tried to make a res, it was already filled. No more reservations taken. But we just checked in! Then during the event, I was told we COULD attend due to so many cancellations. Too bad, we had just eaten off property. I was really wanting to attend!
Other things, like wrong times posted for the buffet. Kids program not very well run. The Village store, ice cream stand, and cafe were too far to walk to. And the shuttle stops running at 5:00 PM. The dinner buffet does not begin til 5:30, or 5:00, depending on who you talk to.
There is an extra charge for beach chair rentals($20 per day). And anything else you do. Then they take up the chairs at 4:30 PM! I stayed at the Portofino in Pensacola last year, and tho it costs a little more, they don't charge extra for every little thing.
On JUly 4th the small beach area for the hotel was so crowded you could not find an inch of space. I will spend my 5 grand on a resort somewhere next year, but it probably won't be the Beach Club. It is a shame. It could be a fantastic place if it were managed better.
Great vacation at the beach club
stayed at the beach club for one week, may 29-june 4, 2004. Staff was friendly. Very family orientated place. Condos were new, clean and soundproof. The grounds were well kept and the pools were nice and clean. The kiddie pool is not too big about the size of the jacuzzi. the restaraunt was also good. There is also a playground area for kids. gulf shores is a nice vacation destination and I would highly recommend both gulf shores and the beach club.
We had a fabulous stay at this wonderful facility. 15 of us travelled together to this resort location and it was absolutely beautiful! The grounds were meticulously cared for, the unit it we stayed in was decorated perfectly and the ocean was amazing. We were there over Easter and the week after. The facility could not have been nicer, however we did have some concerns over the safety of the ocean when the tide rolled in and trapped a few people out in the waves. We felt the lack of safety precautions at the ocean left much to be desired - but I think that is all steeped in liability issues and probably the same wherever you go. I would mention that the weather was very nice but not hot and 4 of the 5 pools are not heated, so they were really utilized very little because it was just too cold. Another thing I would mention is that outside the facility we found very little southern hospitality that you tend to hear people speak of. The people were rather tired of us northerners and were not the least bit interested in chatting with us. They seemed bored and ungrateful for the dollars we spent in their community. The chamber in Gulf Shores may want to consider addressing this. I mention these things because despite a few concerns, the Beach Club delivered and then some. We would consider returning to stay there in a heart beat. The club and spa services were fabulous. I did water aerobics every other day. This location is a little bit remote, but it is well worth the 10 minute drive out of Gulf Shores. If I were travelling to this area, I wouldn't consider staying anyplace else.
Top notch location
Spent an excellent week here in November 2003. The restaurant is very good value for money and the service was very efficent and friendly.
The only downside was that the airconditioning was noisy at times but this was probably due to the stormy weather on a couple of days. It was the little touches like the daily manicuring of the gardens and the firm but fair house rules that set this location aside from others. We would definitely return to the Beach Club.
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this place is so great you can relax by the pool or swim in the sea it is what ever you want to do. It isn't crowded so you dont have to worry about getting lost and you can let your kids just run free!!you can just sit back and relax! Hope you enjoy your stay
Great family atmosphere!
We have just returned from a short stay at the Beach Club. It was three days of bliss. We were forced to have a date during spring break due to a family wedding. The Orange Beach area was very crowded and party city. The Beach Club was off a quiet road outside of Gulf Shores. The resort is very family oriented. We saw very few partiers. The condo itself was beautiful and clean. All the ammenities were included. (Remember to bring soap for the wash and dishes.) We got a paper every morning and the staff was resopnsive to our needs. The facilites were lovely. They had several outdoor pools and an indoor pool although our children were more intereseted in the beautiful beach. We rented some beach chairs and it was worth the extra expense. We were on the 11th floor and the view was incredible. The only negative was some problems with the air conditioner. Fortunately, the weather was mild and the staff worked on the problem. The beds were comfortable and the linen was of a good quality. My husband golfed at Kiva Dunes and was very impressed. We also saw Fort Morgan just down the road. The closest real grocery store and fast food are 12 miles down the road, so don't forget the necessities. Dine at Mikee's in Gulf Shores for great food at a reasonable price. There is a reason it is in Froder's. We would love to return for a longer stay.
The Beach Club is the ultimate in relaxation! Gorgeous beaches, sparkling pools, and all the amenities you imagine in a resort environment - at prices far less than you might expect. Your experience at The Beach Club can be whatever you want it to be! In it's seculded location, you feel as if you have an exclusive place to enjoy the Gulf of Mexico. If it is solitude you crave, there are lots of lovely places inside and outside of your unit, to wind down and enjoy the view. If it is activity you are after, the premesis offer a nice restaurant with excellent food. A lounge with a tropical feel featuring music and great drinks. There are also poolside bars and a great poolside grill. Visit the Village Center for sandwiches, casual food items, lucious bakery treats and a market for all the essentials - including cooked food items to take back to the unit and heat up. Need a massage? A treatment at The Spa will leave you feeling pampered. Tennis courts are plentiful. Visit the indoor pool for a change of pace.A Village Mercantile with a cute soda fountain complete the list of places to visit at The Beach Club. You will truly enjoy your experience in this wonderful, exclusive Gulf Coast resort.
Excellent family vacation! We played on the beach and ate until we couldn't eat anymore. The unit we stayed in was a 3bd 3bath with an awesome view. Everything was very very clean and everyone whom worked there was super friendly. What more can I say???? we had a great time!!!!!!
TripAdvisor Reviews The Beach Club Gulf Shores
Travel Blogs from Gulf Shores
Seven years ago when we were here, we had put a Walmart location into our GPS to do some shopping. This was at a place called "Pass Christian", when we got to the point that Walmart was supposed to be located all we found was a cement slab Katrina had wiped out the building and most of the coastline including the boardwalk that followed the beach. Houses near the water had been devastated.
So much re-building work has happened ...
... he made my picture. Josh is getting to be a good photographer. When we all went down to the beach, he made pix of his Daddy and me in our almost-matching hats.
Oh my - this is getting pretty long! Just a couple more beach pix from this afternoon's walk, and we'll call this 'un done. If I see anything else interesting, it can go onto tomorrow's.
Back to Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. What horrors will the Seaview face tonight???
... the wildest looking drink EVER, called a "Painkiller." It had rum and pineapple, and I don't know what else - and it SMOKED. Oh, wow, did I wish I could have one! Ali, I did try to be mean and call you and tell you where we were, but couldn't get a signal. MEAN Mommy!
Guess that's about it from here for tonight - maybe another episode of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. (We've been watching the 1966 season on DVD.)
... the fort, and loving it. Gonna attach some pix made in the fort, then after that, some of Josh and myself walking around the beach. Josh saw a guy catch a shark!!! (Well, that sounds a bit dramatic for a fish about 18" long. They did throw the poor thing back, after everyone made its picture.)
After we got back to the condo, Josh went out into the water.
Somewhat later, Larry finally agreed ...
... to services and for meals. I'm not complaining, at least we had some sort of transportation, but it took me back to a time when my husband, Daniel, and I were dating. No privacy, chaperones wherever you went. Here we are, husband and wife with a daughter, and our parents are tagging along.
Overall, I am comfortable stating that I enjoyed our Feast. Not only did we get to visit a brand new site in Orange Beach, it was soothing and beautiful. I'm thankful for ...