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“On the Beach”
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Island Winds West
Reviewed 10 August 2013

Directly on the beach, can look out of the back window and see your umbrella and beach chairs. Left umbrella out over night, and it was fine. Room was a bit small and dated, but it was clean, and everything worked. The two elevators were fast, which is a big help when people are going out to the beach often. Two Bar-B-Q pits and picnic tables were provided. Can walk to many attractions, like the Hangout, Pink Pony, Souvenir City, Alvin's Island, Surf Style, Purple Octopus. Two excellent seafood restaurants, Bahama Bob's & DeSoto's are also within walking distance. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 July 2013

The only reason I give this place 2 stars is because of the location. It is right off the beach and not very crowded as compared to other places near by. There are also some good shops Within walking distance. That being said, the rest of the place SUCKS!!!!! First off only one roll of toilet paper for each bathroom and they never came by to offer more or to switch out the towels like other places. They gave one trash bag and we had to ask for more. Half of the light bulbs don't even work in the place and the fans look like they are going to fly off the ceiling on low setting, we were scared to put them on the high setting. There was a leak on the 8th floor and all they offered for us or rooms above was a make shift apology, even though it ruined some people's things. I slept on the pullout couch "mattress" and I say "mattress" because all it was was a set of springs with a sheet over it. I have slept on many pull outs but this was by far the worst. I asked for a fold up cot and they were very rude about it and refused. There was sand in all of the beds as soon as we got there, even though the cleaning people had supposedly just been in there. The bathrooms were nasty also. Both tubs had mold in them and one of them constantly leaked.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Thank jguyer64
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Reviewed 26 July 2013

I was more than happy with our stay at Island Winds West. I will definitely try to stay there again next time. The location is absolutely perfect and it was quiet and family friendly. Not a party type place which is important to me because I have young children. The realty company we used to rent the room was excellent and everything went smoothly. The unit was super clean, tastefully decorated and had a fully stocked kitchen with good appliances and everything I needed to prepare meals. The condo was probably my favorite part of our vacation. Our balcony faced the gulf and there were BBQ pits for grilling outside. There was also a gated kiddy pool which was awesome for our 3 yr old. There was a jet ski, parasailing, banana boat rental booth right in front of the hotel on the beach, so we had fun just sitting on the balcony watching all the activity of the jet skis and the parasailing. I was beyond pleased with this place. The lobby was clean and well kept and there were luggage racks and grocery carts available for easy transfer of all luggage and groceries from car to room. There was also a security guard on site every night which made me feel safe.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 July 2013

We have stayed at Island Winds West for several years. It is a very family friendly condo that is within walking distance of the "T" in Gulf Shores. The condo is very close to all the shops and restaurants and it is easy to get in and out of in traffic by car or to walk to the places.
We love the location and have even stayed in the same condo (372) for the past few years. It is an older condo but it has been well maintained and I am comfortable bringing my three children here to enjoy our vacation. Brett Robinson manages this condo and they were very helpful with any thing that we needed.
The only thing about this condo is that it is an older condo and so it does show some wear and tear on the outside balcony. It is right on the beach and of course the beach is beautiful. It seemed like the beach had more shells than normal (?) and it was rainy some days but we truly enjoyed our stay at Island Winds West.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Melissa E
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Reviewed 9 July 2013

We stayed at Island Winds West condos. It was perfect for us. It was 4 adults & 1 child. Plenty of space, very clean, & friendly staff. Even with the weather being not as sunny as we hoped for we had a great time on the beautiful beach located right outside the condo. Also close to all surf shops & restaurants will def stay again!

  • Stayed: July 2013
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1  Thank csmith1990
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Reviewed 6 July 2013 via mobile

The best thing about this complex is that it is right on the beach. The views are amazing! This was our second time staying here and we will probably find somewhere next time. The units are old and didn't smell very fresh.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Thank Mollysnow
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Reviewed 17 May 2013

Once again we had an awesome vacation at your beautiful condo! We enjoyed the conveniences of the ocean only a few steps away and the cleanliness of the condo.The clean-up crew made a special visit to make sure everything was in order. Excellent service and friendliness of the owners themselves, rather than a management company. All the comforts we needed. Also the remodeling was awesome. Great time and will probably visit again as schedules permit.
We would recommend this condo for a romantic getaway or relaxing beach vacation or for families.
Larry and Mary

Room Tip: East end two bedroom units have more room and much larger balconies.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: 407 W Beach Blvd, Gulf Shores, AL 36542-6454
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Region: United States > Alabama > Gulf Shores
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 40 Speciality Lodging in Gulf Shores
Number of rooms: 87
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Island Winds West in Gulf Shores is especially great for families and sleeps up to 8 in a 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom unit. It's the perfect headquarters for enjoying all the fun Gulf Shores has to offer. There's fishing from Gulf State Park Pier, or charter a boat in nearby Orange Beach and take to the Gulf for the afternoon to see what you can catch. We have putt-putt and amusement parks, and a great number of golf courses of varying difficulty right near our Gulf Shores condos. In addition to the variety of non-beach related activities we have, we also tons of water activities on top of good ol' sunbathing and swimming. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach offer jet ski rental, parasailing, kite surfing, boat rental and more. Take a ride on a Dolphin Cruise to admire those highly intelligent and amusing animals, or enjoy the views from the Mobile Bay Ferry as you journey to check out items of more historical interest, like Fort Morgan. In town you'll find a lot of adventure no matter what you are looking for at Island Winds West. When it comes to cuisine, our seafood is of course top-notch, and our Royal Red Shrimp have made international headlines for their deliciousness. Places like the Amphitheater at the Wharf and the Hangout have live music, and the Wharf has the largest Ferris Wheel in the Southeast. We even have a zoo, the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, which you may have seen featured on Animal Planet. Parking is limited at Island Winds West. A one-bedroom condo will be issued one car pass. A two or three bedroom will be issued a maximum of two car passes. ... more   less 
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