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Phoenix Condominiums 3.0

Orange Beach, Alabama, United States

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Pros

  • Picturesque, convenient beachfront location near restaurants and attractions
  • Clean, spacious condos with full kitchens, laundry facilities, and beach views
  • Competitive rates for multi-bedroom and multi-bathroom units
  • Three pools including a meandering lazy-river pool
  • Lighted tennis court and spacious fitness center with a sauna
  • Same-floor parking available for some lower-floor condos
  • Event space available on-site
  • Front desk is staffed daily
  • On-site security

Cons

  • Waits for elevators can be lengthy
  • Parking isn't free for many guests
  • Beach umbrella and chair rentals are pricey
  • No on-site restaurant or bar
  • Cleanliness and maintenance issues in some condos

Bottom Line

The three-pearl Phoenix Condominiums West is a lovely high-rise complex located directly on Orange Beach. Its 225 units are spacious and well-maintained, with fully equipped kitchens, washer/dryer sets, and covered balconies that overlook the beach. The one- to four-bedroom units are individually decorated and that attract everyone from retired snow birds to large extended families. Multiple pools on-site include a meandering lazy river and a heated indoor pool with an adjacent whirlpool. A tennis court and covered parking are welcome amenities, but beach chair rentals are pricey. There isn't a restaurant or bar on-site and at 28 stories, wait times at the four elevators can be long. Rates are competitive, but the mid-range Sugar Beach offers beachfront condos at lower rates on most dates. 

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Scene

A busy, family-oriented resort filled with beach lovers

The spacious condos in this high-rise complex make it a magnet for extended-family beach vacations during the warm months and a comfortable setting for retired snow birds in the winter. The large lobby is decorated with beige tile floors and leads to a spectacular atrium that soars all the way up to the 28th floor. Several tasteful sitting areas are located in the lobby, including clusters of brown leather sectional sofas and round dining tables placed along with nicely upholstered chairs. Tropical plants in large planters are set throughout the lobby that includes nice nautical-theme artwork and a large reception desk that's staffed daily. Despite the impressive vertical views, guests don’t tend to linger in the lobby, preferring to get outside to the marquee attractions -- the beach and three pools. 

Location

Directly on Orange Beach, a 11-minute drive from The Wharf at Orange Beach

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Phoenix Condominiums is located on Perdido Beach Boulevard, directly on Orange Beach. A couple of restaurants are within a three-minute walk, and several restaurants, a pharmacy, and a grocery store are found within a three-minute drive. There are several other hotels, resorts, and vacation condo complexes nearby as well. Adventure Island amusement park is a three-minute drive away. Gulf State Park is eight minutes away by car. The amphitheater and many shops, restaurants, and cinemas at The Wharf in Orange Beach are about 11 minutes away. The stores at Tanger Outlet are 22 minutes of driving. Pensacola International Airport and the Mobile Regional Airport are approximately 55 and 90 minutes away by car, respectively.

Rooms

Spacious, individually decorated condos with full kitchens and covered balconies

These spacious condos are individually owned and as such, they vary widely in style and size. The units that we saw were tastefully decorated in a style that incorporates a casual, beachy lifestyle. Generally, expect to see light-wood furniture, floral-pattern bedspreads, light earth-tone walls, and tile or laminate floors in shades of earth tones. Beach or nautical accents are often used for artwork on the walls and tables. The fully equipped kitchens typically have granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and a bar set with stools. Bathrooms can vary widely in style, size, and furnishings, from more upscale walk-in showers with clear glass doors and adjacent whirlpool tubs to simple acrylic shower/tub combos. Some have granite vanities while others are more modest acrylic. Expect to see multiple flat-screen TVs, with some accompanied by DVD players. Washer/dryer sets are standard. All units offer beach views from covered balconies that are large enough for a table and chairs. As is often seen in large vacation rental complexes with individual owners, guests have reported that some units lacked thorough cleaning and general upkeep. 

Features

Three pools and whirlpool, fitness center, tennis court, event space, and covered parking

Features at the Phoenix Condominiums are focus on enjoying the water. In addition to its beach where guests can rent pricey chairs and umbrellas in season, the condo resort offers three pools and a kiddy pool. The featured pool is the lazy river, a meandering oval pool with a landscaped middle island that includes large palm trees. It also has a twisting slide and tubes for floating. Adjacent to the lazy river is the kiddy pool and beachside pool that features a large sundeck with lots of loungers. There's also an indoor heated pool and adjacent whirlpool that has vending machines nearby. A lighted outdoor tennis court overlooks the ocean. The fitness room is quite large and features several cardio and weight-training machines, plus a sauna. 

The guest services desk is staffed daily in the front lobby, where there is an ATM. Event space is available, and free Wi-Fi is accessible throughout the complex. The complex has gated security and a covered parking garage that enables guests staying on some of the lower floors to park on the same floor as their condos. Parking is included in some rental packages, while other guests must purchase a parking pass during their stays. Four elevators service the 28-story complex, and some guests have reported lengthy waits for them. Note that there isn't a restaurant or breakfast served at the hotel. 

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Address

Perdido Beach Boulevard, Orange Beach, Alabama 36561, United States

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