Located directly on the beach near Adventure Island
Attractive rates for a beachfront property in a convenient
Rooms with mini-fridges, microwaves, and coffeemakers
Outdoor pool complex with two heated pools, a hot tub, and a bar
Meeting space, plus business center with Internet access and a printer
Free hot breakfast; free coffee and tea throughout the day
Guest laundry facilities and valet laundry services are available
Free parking with electric car plug-in stations
Free Wi-Fi throughout
Dated and drab room decor in need of an update
Minor housekeeping and maintenance issues
On-site bar is closed in winter, plus no on-site restaurant
Small and sparsely equipped fitness center
Small breakfast area that gets crowded at times
The Holiday Inn Express Orange Beach offers
attractive rates for a beachfront hotel along Orange Beach’s main drag. The budget property is only a three-minute walk to Adventure Island amusement park and a brief
drive to The Wharf. Its 119 rooms are comfortably sized and have microwaves and
mini-fridges, but decor is dated and in need of a refresh, with
worn and stained carpets and other minor issues. The property has two heated outdoor pools and a hot tub, plus it offers free hot breakfast. Overall, it’s
a good value that’s popular in peak season, so it’s wise to have a backup. The Hampton Inn & Suites Orange Beach also directly on the
beach, offers a good alternative; but it’s a relatively new hotel, so expect higher rates.
Modest beachfront hotel busy with families and groups
The attractive rates offered at this older beachfront hotel
attract budget-conscious families, business travelers, and even school groups
participating in various competitions and functions. Decor emphasizes the beachy location, starting with a large and colorful tropical fish mural
on the walls above the finished wood front desk. Inside the lobby is an
aquarium that sits on a large wooden stand. Light
yellow walls and a blue, green, and brown patterned carpet reinforces the tropical motif. Two-story banks of windows offer beach views.
Potted tropical plants in large planters sit below the windows alongside leather armchairs and a sofa facing a large coffee table. The rather small
breakfast area is decorated with framed beach artwork. This is a busy and
sometimes quite crowded spot at peak morning hours. The spacious outdoor pool area
and bar also stay busy during the peak summer months.
Directly on the beach, a brief walk to the Adventure Island
This Holiday Inn Express sits directly on the Gulf of Mexico
along Orange Beach’s main thoroughfare, Perdido Beach Boulevard, where many other
hotels and vacation condo complexes are located. The popular Adventure Island
theme park and Fat Daddy’s Arcade are a three-minute walk away, and some restaurants
and shops are also within a brief walk. Gulf State Park is a five-minute drive, while The Wharf in Orange Beach and its amphitheater, cinemas, shops, and restaurants
are about 12 minutes away by car. The numerous stores at Tanger Outlet are about a 20-minute drive. Approximate drive times to Pensacola International Airport and the
Mobile Regional Airport are 55 and 90 minutes, respectively.
Comfortably sized rooms with worn, dated decor, plus microwaves, mini-fridges, and coffeemakers
Guest rooms at this Holiday Inn come off as a bit drab and dated. Light
tan walls match the bed skirts, while white bedding is accented by reddish orange bed runners. Reddish brown wooden furniture includes headboards, desks, nightstands, and dressers, but it's of average quality and is showing signs of wear. Rooms also have red-and-white checkered armchairs
(and sleeper sofas in some), though the print on these seems faded. The bathrooms are equally bland, but they have spacious, light tan acrylic vanities and beige tile floors and walls framing the shower/tub combos. Standard amenities include free Wi-Fi, 32-inch flat-screen TVs, microwaves, mini-fridges, and coffeemakers.
have reported minor housekeeping and maintenance issues such as worn and
stained carpets, chipped paint and furniture, and bathrooms in need of a more
thorough cleaning. Guests also report hearing minimal road noise in the rooms. Rooms come in King and Double Queen options; some rooms offer twin sleeper sofas and small
balconies with chairs and tables. Views range from inland, poolside, and beach views.
Heated outdoor pools, fitness center, and freebies including parking, breakfast, and Wi-Fi
This Holiday Inn Express has an appealing pool
complex that features two large heated outdoor pools and a hot tub. The
complex overlooks the beach, and has picnic tables and a poolside bar that’s
open seasonally. Outdoor showers are located on the boardwalk leading to and from
the beach. Seasonally, there are beach attendants that rent a variety of
chairs, umbrellas, and other gear and services.
However, the fitness and business centers are underwhelming. The 24-hour fitness center is stocked with only a few cardio and weight-training machines in a rather cramped space. And business travelers have access to one small meeting room, plus there's a business center that's a single computer station and a printer. But free Wi-Fi is accessible throughout the
Rates include a hot breakfast, plus free coffee and tea are offered throughout the day, and
vending machines are on-site. Guest laundry facilities are available, and valet laundry services are offered. The hotel has a guest safe deposit
box and an ATM. Free weekday newspapers are available in the lobby. And free parking is available on the hotel’s lot, which offers electric car plug-in stations. Be
aware that no pets are allowed and the hotel is nonsmoking.
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