We stayed 4 nights at The Beach Club recently for my son's wedding. We had a 1 bedroom unit in the Catalina Building which was quite comfortable. I visited in two other 1 br. units that were actually more nicely decorated than ours. All the units have a large balcony overlooking the Gulf of Mexico with awesome views. From our third floor unit we also had beautiful views of the pools, dunes and beach. The kitchen was fully stocked and there were plenty of towels, although there was no room service during our stay.
Check in was easy as I did advance check in on line, and we did not arrive early. The staff were very accommodating at check in and check out. We were quite busy with wedding activities during our stay so didn't have a lot of free time to enjoy the resort. On Thursday the beach tiki bar was closed, but it was open over the weekend. It doesn't seem possible for anyone to get checked in early at all. My daughter tried to get in a little early but was continually told that the room wasn't ready or cleared by housekeeping. When she went to the room, the door was ajar and it was clean. I believe they just don't want to let anyone check in early. Even my son, the groom, couldn't get his room until 2 p.m. on the wedding day, with the wedding at 5:30 p.m., even though it was part of his package. That was really our only issue.
The wedding itself was held poolside. It was a gorgeous set up with the reception held on the veranda. The food was beautifully presented and delicious. Staff was all over cleaning up, serving, opening doors, etc. I do believe my son and new daughter in law had a good deal of grief dealing with the staff in the months preceding the wedding, but no one would have known it on the wedding day. The weather was perfect and we were able to swim in the ocean even in October.
I would like to stay at the Beach Club again. The location is the main problem, as it is 11 miles from Gulf Shores proper and there isn't much nearby in the way of things to do or places to eat. However, once you get there you have everything you need, and it is quiet and on a beautiful beach. We did take a taxi one night to the FloraBama, about a 30 minute drive, and it cost $65 one way!
The resort is beautiful but seems to need a tiny bit of upkeep. Our particular unit (302C) was showing a little wear and tear but was still very nice. Due to the beauty of the beach, lovely weather and a happy occasion, we had a wonderful trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy the best of both worlds: vacation rentals + full-service resort amenities. If combining a casual and relaxing beach getaway with luxury-level accommodations and services meets your vacation expectations, book your next visit to the Alabama Gulf Coast at The Beach Club with Spectrum Resorts - the official owner and operator of all of the Beach Club resort amenities. Escape to this popular family resort situated on 86 acres of natural beauty with private beaches spanning the length of nearly five football fields. Located 12 miles down Fort Morgan Road (Hwy 180) The Beach Club is the perfect resort for a relaxing and secluded family vacation that will allow everyone to unwind and reconnect, and The Beach Club offers so many amenities and family friendly activities you won't have to leave the resort. Everything you need for a perfect vacation is here - multiple dining options, five outdoor pools, heated indoor pool, fitness room, spa and salon, shopping, playground and activities - is here for your enjoyment during your stay. Spectrum Resorts (the exclusive onsite management company) offers the largest selection of vacation rentals at The Beach Club including Gulf Front condominiums and lakeside cottages. Condominiums are individually decorated and range from one to five bedrooms - all with unobstructed gulf views and located just steps from the beach. Cottages range from two to five bedrooms and provide a spacious and home-like setting for your family vacation. Stay with Spectrum Resorts and experience the "Spectrum Experience" • 100% satisfaction with your vacation rental • Advance Beach Chair rentals and preferred availability• Access to all resort amenities• Priority dinner reservations at Coast • Priority Spa and Salon appointments • Resort charging privileges providing a "cashless" experience. If you are looking for the perfect vacation destination for your family to reconnect and relax while away from the demands of day-to-day life, The Beach Club, delivered by Spectrum Resorts, is your answer. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Beach Club Hotel Gulf Shores
- Beach Hotel Gulf Shores
- The Beach Hotel
- Beach Club Gulf Shores
- Beach Gulf Shores