This was our first time in Gulf Shores. Clean-up from the hurrican in Panama City Beach was underway so our plans changed, litteraly, as we traveled from TN to MS then to AL and skirting some of the ... more
This was our first time in Gulf Shores. Clean-up from the hurrican in Panama City Beach was underway so our plans changed, litteraly, as we traveled from TN to MS then to AL and skirting some of the panhandle of FL, we continued to SC, NC, VA and up the coast back to NY. Good news, our friends were able to move back into their PC home the same weekend, though we were not able to visit at that time :-( So, staying at the BW here in Gulf Shores was a good experience. Our room was clean and comfortable in all aspects; the indoor pool was in a separate building, clean but lacked lighting; the hot tubs (2) were not very hot and there was a boy about 10 years old, who was bounching back between them while his father sat with his smartphone in hand... I felt sorry for the young couple trying to relax and have a conversation! PARENTS, mind your kids! The outdoor pool was a little too cool for us and the "deep end" had very little room to actually swim due to the grotto like structures. Looked interesting, but not very functional. What looked like an outdoor hot tub turned out to be a kiddie pool with a seating area all the way around. I could just pictures kids tumbling off of that! The pancake house restaurant was not that great... supposedly the best pancakes ever or something like that. Not true; but the service was fine and our server was friendly. There are plenty of other places to eat. The only real advantage to this restaurant was that it was attached to the building and in inclement weather, this could be a plus. In nice weather, you can eat out on the deck. The ocean water fun with waves high enough to be sporting yet low enough for this out of shape grandmother! We love to walk the beach as well and so we did.
Will we be back? If we are in this area, most likely, as we are Rewards members. It was a great last minute place to book and we were grateful to find vacancy with so many families displaced along the coast further east. less