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The Lodge At Gulf State Park, A Hilton Hotel {US-AL}

The Lodge At Gulf State Park, A Hilton Hotel {US-AL}

Old Feb 19, 20, 12:45 pm
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Stayed here over the long weekend on a really nice off-season rate. Mrs. dmarge and I like to check out many of the local-ish beach properties during off-season, and needless to say this one is now by far our favorite. It's still new enough (and designed well enough) to not smell like families have dumped wet bathing suits on the floor (i.e., the classic beach hotel mildew smell), which even the wonderful Hilton Sandestin has acquired in places. The restaurant was good, and the breakfast (full hot buffet for Gold/Diamond) was fantastic. I was able to snag an upgrade to a balcony/beach-front room, which certainly helped since the rain kept us from doing as many outdoor activities. One side of the hotel faces the gulf, has the beach/infinity edge pool and pier, and the other side faces the state park with miles and miles of trails (you can rent bikes or kayaks or bring your own, which I will do next time when it's not raining). There's a small parking charge which they said was basically because it's in a state park, but as of now they still don't have a resort fee. One neat thing was that it's basically advertised as the park's lodge, with VERY minimal (hard to notice) Hilton branding. I wonder if the state park influence will keep out/down the resort fee for a while. As long as they remain without one, we'll certainly be frequent guests.

Edit: One thing to note is that while there are places to eat either in Gulf Shores or Orange Beach, it is not walk-able. There were certainly less food options than we were used to in the Destin/Sandestin area, but that's also part of the appeal since you're staying in a state park.

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Old Jun 22, 20, 1:29 pm
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Any recent stay during the pandemic period? How the service changed?
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Old Jun 22, 20, 2:17 pm
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Originally Posted by neuro0 View Post
Any recent stay during the pandemic period? How the service changed?
I'll have an update by the end of the week.

I do know most restaurants are open, with limited service. Last I'd heard, breakfast is served from the pool deck cafe.

Pool deck chair capacity is cut in half and chairs must be reserved in 2-hour increments. You can reserve chairs same day for free. If you wish to reserve a chair a day in advance, it's $15 per chair.
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Old Jun 23, 20, 1:34 am
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Originally Posted by aww3583 View Post
f you wish to reserve a chair a day in advance, it's $15 per chair.
Only in America!
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Old Jun 23, 20, 7:35 am
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Any beach service?
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Old Jun 26, 20, 8:18 am
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Originally Posted by neuro0 View Post
Any recent stay during the pandemic period? How the service changed?
Diamond members get $10 credit toward breakfast service at the pool-side cafe AND free continental breakfast. The continental breakfast is a selection of coffee and pre-packaged muffins. Poolside cafe breakfast was impressive.

Food quantity and quality at Foodcraft (main restaurant, 1st floor) is superb. Upstairs casual dining/bar "Perch" is closed.

Pool chairs must be reserved in 2-hour blocks and you're asked to leave when your block is up if guests are waiting. If no one is waiting, you're welcome to stay. To reserve a chair a day in advance is a $15 fee. There is a sign limiting pool occupancy to 10 guests, but there is no enforcement.

Beach chairs are $30/day or $170/wk if I remember correctly. No beach service.

We had a 1K bunk bed room on the 1st floor facing the park. The room was nice, but HVAC was non-existent. Set the unit to 65 and the cool breath that it puts out doesn't keep up with 85 degree temps with 85% humidity. Woke up in a pool of sweat.

Parking is $5 per day. Our room was 1/4-mile from the parking lot. Most of the walk is covered/indoors.

I believe bike rental is free. This is a great benefit and allows you to explore Gulf State Park. Would highly recommend!

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Old Jul 1, 20, 7:43 am
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Thanks for the update!
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