7/2007 - My family and I just finished five nights at #1504 in the Crystal Tower Condos at 1010 W. Beach Blvd., Gulf Shores, AL - HIGHLY recommended. Our two bedroom condo faced the ocean with a glassed-in walkway going from the north side of Beach Blvd. over the road to the largest of three pools (it had a small lazy river). The owners have put a lot of money into accomodations featuring granite countertops everywhere, dark wood, fine furniture, and three flat screen TVs. They DEFINITELY did not load up on cheap rattan and smelly old couches and chairs. We were late in booking our days which gave us a little bargaining room for a great rate...I encourage trying to make a deal with condo owners if you are "filling" in an unbooked week. The owners were very gracious and super easy to work with...book through hightiderentals.com. The Crystal Tower is 20 stories high and has its own private beach, work out facility, sauna, one indoor and two outdoor pools, arcade. The condos have internet ports and the lobby area has wi-fi (although I could not get that to work, which was probably the only "downer" in our experience). It could not have been better for the discounted rate we paid!
Gulf Shores is a great family destination...lots of restaurants, stores, and other activities if you get worn out on the beach (can that happen?). Don't miss the Lamberts or the Shrimp Basket restaurants. I hear GS is not as pricey or super-night clubby as Destin or other areas so, if you want to have some great quality family time and don't want to fight a bunch of drunkards (ooohhh....dude!), this is the place and the Crystal Tower is the condo.