The hubs and I paid $41 per night for this hotel. At this price, I don't expect the Plaza. And that's OK. The room was clean and neat as a pin, the sheets were clean and the bed was about as comfortable as any hotel bed.
Amenities? TV with several HBO channels, coffee pot, hairdryer. Some rooms do have a fridge and microwave -- the website will tell you if yours does. They are doing renovations and it looked like our room had been freshened up with carpet and paint.
We had no problems with housekeeping. Our bed was made, and our towels were replaced. The garbage was emptied and they replaced the decaf coffee packet.
The only thing was we were right across the hall from the ice machine. If we had stayed more than two nights, I'd have asked to be moved, but we lived with it. Also, the corporate website said the motel had a business center, but it didn't. However, I was able to do what I needed to do online at the Gulf Shores Public Library.
The Microtel is about half a mile from the Intracoastal Waterway bridge, which is the real defining line for the "resort" part of Gulf Shores. It's about five minutes from the public beaches. This is not a bad thing, however. The traffic is not as bad and it's no problem to hop over to the beach any time.
Overall, for a budget-minded traveler, the Microtel is about as affordable as it gets. Pay attention to which amenities your room offers and you'll do well.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Microtel Inn & Suites Gulf Shores, Alabama. With our beautiful 'sugar white' beaches and emerald green waters just 3 miles to the sugar white sand beaches of Gulf Shores. We are conveniently located on Highway 59. This allows us easy access to both Interstate's I-10 and I-65 and major metropolitan cities, Mobile and Pensacola. Situated in the heart of uptown Gulf Shores, you will find us adjacent to Colonial Pinnacle's shopping & dining development and Craft Farms award-winning Arnold Palmer signature golf courses & spa. World famous Lucy Buffett's Lulu's is just down the road, where live music, good food and panoramic marina views allow you to sample some of our unpretentious deep-south culture. All of our guest rooms are non smoking. We offer quality budget accommodations in Gulf Shores. Add that to our fitness room, renovated outdoor pool, free continental breakfast, free WiFi, free parking (plenty of room for busses)great location to Gulf Shores, Foley and Orange Beach Sports Complexes you will know why we are a popular spot! Sorry no pets allowed. Service animals are welcome. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Microtel Gulf Shores
- Microtel Hotel Gulf Shores
- Gulf Shores Microtel Inn