Part of the InterContinental Hotels Group chain, Staybridge Suites Gulf Shores is an 88-room mid-range property that’s a frequent choice for snowbirds and extended-stay travelers because of the apartment-style suites. Reflecting the venue’s significant distance from tourist attractions, room rates are low -- one of Staybridge’s best features -- and all rooms include kitchens with full-sized refrigerators. Travelers who rave about this hotel like its pet-friendly policy, free breakfast spread, and affordable price point. Others complain that the location is too far from the beach and situated in an unattractive suburban strip mall.
Suburban extended-stay hotel with spacious rooms; located within driving distance to the Gulf of Mexico
Located in a four-story property situated behind a strip mall, Staybridge Suites Gulf Shores doesn’t offer much to look at in terms of its exterior, but does offer value for guests looking for an extended-stay room. The lobby opens up to a great space that is surprisingly modern and contemporary, with a grand chandelier hanging from a two-story ceiling and living room-style seating below. Near the front desk, there’s a coffee and tea station and a neighborhood bulletin board with the daily forecast, trivia, and events. Public spaces throughout the hotel (like the hallways and restaurant) are decorated in the typical chain hotel fashion -- plain colored walls and ornate carpeting.
Located next to an unattractive strip mall and far from the beach
Guests staying at Staybridge will undoubtedly need access to a car -- the hotel is not located within walking distance to the beach, which is a few minutes away when driving. Hidden behind a suburban strip mall, the Staybridge also doesn’t offer appealing views. There is a movie theater as well as several popular retail outlets located several blocks south, but because they're off of a busy highway street, it’s not practical to walk. Island Wing Company is a nearby off-site eatery located a minute away by foot.
Rooms at Staybridge are spacious and clean. Many travelers who book here do so because of the apartment-style amenities, including a kitchen with a full-sized refrigerator, microwave, and two-burner stove, as well as eating and cooking utensils. None of the rooms have much of a view -- either the back of the strip mall or a parking lot. Decor is comfortable and typical for a chain hotel, and all spaces have flat-screen TVs. Bathrooms are no-frills, clean, and simple with shower/tub combos and single sinks.
Amenities include a basketball court, pool, and gym
The property has more amenities than the typical extended-stay hotel, including an outdoor basketball court and a fenced-in exercise area for guests to let their pets off the leash. Many travelers take advantage of the pet-friendly policies at the hotel, as there are not many other properties that allow dogs (especially ones weighing up to 80 pounds). The outdoor deck and swimming pool is a gathering place during the summer, but not during the winter, since the water isn’t heated. Other features include coin laundry machines and a gym with weights and cardio equipment. Freebies include Wi-Fi, parking, and a daily breakfast buffet with both hot and cold items. On some weekday evenings, there's also a free wine and beer hour hosted by the managers.
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