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Nice location. The A/C wasn't very cool. The balcony was very small.
We had a great time. It is centrally located and right on the beach. There were some self described "Frat boys" that were pretty awful on the beach, but when they moved up to the pool and began urinating in the shrubs the hotel security quickly corrected them and I did not see them again.
What a beautiful beachfront view from our room! The room faced directly to the Gulf, almost entirely unobstructed. The bed was surprisingly comfortable, and the staff made sure we had plenty of pillows. The resort is well-appointed, with several restaurants, a gift shop and an office to book any type of water adventures you might want. We only ate at Latitude 30 this time, but it was quite good for the price. We didn't eat at Voyager's this time, but we have in the past, and it was one of the most memorable dining experiences I've ever had. It's also very close to many great shops at San Roc Cay, including some exceptional restaurants. The white sand beaches of Orange Beach simply can't be beat. Make sure to reserve lounge chairs and umbrella on the beach; at $30 a day they're not cheap but absolutely worth it, especially if you burn easily. Coffee service in lobby ends at 9am, and no other beverages in lobby - disappointing from a full service resort. Despite booking in advance, our room was not ready at 4pm as promised, and the staff did not offer any perks as a result of our inconvenience. The in-room coffee was not an award winner either, but seemed to be somehow better on the second day. Has the typical awful pillows as most hotels do, though I would have expected something slightly better from this resort.
Had everything we needed. Destiny at the front desk was the most pleasant and helpful person we came across. The industry needs more stars like her. Be aware of your room location. We could smell the garbage that we were put by the whole time. Latitude30 service was terrible. Slow, and not how we requested. Charged for items we never received but manager never was available. One server on a holiday night.
Everything was kept super clean and the whole staff was amazingly friendly. Have stayed here once before and it was just as great each time. The rooms are nice and the view is perfect. Good distance from the water and awesome pool area The restaurants were extremely expensive and they didn't let our pizza delivery lady come up to the room. When questioned, the answer was so that we would be more likely to buy from their restaurants.
Slept great in the bed. Very comfortable pillows and mattress, and the room was very clean. The view of the gulf overlooking the pool was gorgeous. The piano player in the lobby was great and many people enjoyed dancing in the evening. One of the elevators was broken, so their was only one working on our side. Their was a retreat that weekend with hundreds of loud and obnoxious teenagers. We hopped on the elevator after waiting for it for about 10 minutes and the 10 kids that were on it had pressed all of the elevator floor buttons before they got off as a prank. It was really really annoying. We finally made it to the 9th floor where our room was and unloaded. When we went outside to relax on the balcony the kids at the pool and on the balconies across the hotel on the other side had laser pointers flashing and shining in our eyes. We saw the potential of having an enjoyable time had everything worked and the kids not been there but unfortunately we did not enjoy our stay at all. We wanted to eat breakfast the next morning at their restaurant but it was so chaotic and crowded the wait was too long. We ended up going to Waffle House and leavaing early.
All inclusive! Bathroom was small
Proximity to beach and local amenities. We found no fault.
Room was excellent, great view of the beach - loved the location the most. Spa/jacuzzi area was filthy (hair, garbage, leaves floating) and there was so much chlorine our eyes burned from five minutes in there. loud college kids drinking and smoking around pool at night (felt less like a resort and more like a cheap spring break hotel).
Our balcony was huge with an amazing view of the beach . It was room #5015 . Everyone was so friendly and the place was very clean . We will stay there again ! No negative comments on the hotel .
The room was very nice, clean, pretty spacious. We had no complaints with the room or staff. We just thought it was a bit overpriced. I will qualify that by saying, I know it was peek season but at 299 a night it was a bit much. We are use to staying in a multi bedroom condo with kitchen for those prices. We were just staying one night and a lot of other places were booked up so I understand. I'd stay again under similar circumstances.
Beds were comfortable. Hotel was clean. "Angled beach view" was as advertised. for the one person who could see it at a time, the vbiew was okay. The other person was out of luck unless they wanted to see the neighboring condos or their pool Room size, Difficult to control the heating/AC TINY bathroom "Angled beach view" was as advertised, so when combined with the minuscule balcony, only one of us could sit on the balcony and see the beach/ocean at the time. There was room for the 2 of us, but only one could see anything
I spent 4 nights in the main building at this resort. Hot water for the shower was limited and roaches were present in the room. Disgusting when they share the bed with you. The service and food was excellent. The staff was very friendly. The room was dated, but clean. The grounds were well kept and the scenic view of Mobile Bay is nice.
Every one was so nice and willing to acomodate your every need. Price includes free hobie cat, bikes, and kyate. Pool with waterslide great foe kids. You could stay here and not have to leave for anything. Beds were great. Rooms were clean. Some of the help was younger and they were a little less interested in your needs.
This is the second time we stayed at this particular hotel. Although the atmosphere and scenery is excellent, service was lacking. We had major problems at check in, since our stay was a gift from relatives. The staff at the front desk did not seem to want to take the extra time to help us or actually look into our situation and charged the wrong card after we asked them three times to double check which card was billed. Also, the amount that was taken out of my account for drinks at Bucky's Lounge was higher than the amount that I signed for. I know that these things seem small for such a beautiful, luxury hotel, but I feel that luxury means that these situations should not occur, or be handled better when they do occur.
We have been to the Grand many times and always loved it. This time was my first to have some negative experiences. First was the coffee shop, overcharged for my ''cappucino'' which was really a latte and awful at that, undrinkable. Taken off my room bill but the waitress was unpleasant. Next was the restaurant, service slow, food not up to par, very expensive for the quality. Loved the swimming pool but I will think twice before going back. Need to upgrade the food services for this price tag.
I reserved a room with a view of the bay. When we arrived I was told the only room they had available for us was great because it had a view of the marina. When we got to the room (which was nice) all it had was an expansive view of the parking lot and the building on the other side. If I stretched I could look around a large tree and catch a glimpse of a couple of masts. A balcony overlooking the water is important to us. I would not have made the reservation had I known we weren't getting what we paid for. A little honesty and an apology would have been appreciated. I don't know if I can recommend The Grand because the trip was spoiled by the way we were treated. We recently stayed at a hotel in San Diego that made us feel as if we they were so very pleased to have us as their guests. It doesn't take much.
We returned from the Grand feeling relaxed,refreshed and eager to go again. The staff (wait staff included) seemed to go out of their way to be helpful and friendly. Nothing we asked for seemed too much or a bother. We loved the beds, the spa, the pool,and the wonderful weather. Hope to return real soon.
Dining was off the top! The room had the most gorgeous panoramic view overlooking Mobile Bay. Flowers were in bloom with the grandest of old oak trees. The music in the lounge was entertaining, and I have never had a better time!! The service was beyond reproach.
Thanksgiving 2007 was may first stay at this resort. The landscape was beautiful. Majority of the staff was helpful and polite, but I did have an issue with a waiter at Buckey's not wanting to serve our table. The female waiter/bartender completely ignored us, pertending to clean the bar and surrounding tables, when the male waiter/bartender came back to the bar, some minutes later, she told him to wait our table. The food at the Lakewood House was wonderful, the best food we had at the hotel. The other dining prices was too expensive for quality and okay taste of the food (i.e. $39.00 for breakfast buffet). The spa was wonderful. The beds were extremely comfortable. The resort supplied many activities. Overall my experience was a good one. I would be happy to return again, but the majority of my meals will be outside the resort.
I live less than 15 minutes from The Grand Hotel; but when I visit, it feels like I am thousands of miles away! Yes, the prices are high. However, this is either a four or five star resort; and I always find it shocking that people seem shocked that the prices are as they are. This is to be expected! Otherwise, the ''beautiful grounds and landscaping'' which so many people love wouldn't be maintainable, the staff shortened, room service slower, amenities fewer, comfort lessened, etc. I am by no means wealthy at all. In fact, I am a single Mom with three kids who depend solely on me for income and support. This is, in fact, why I do visit this resort! I can drive a few minutes, check in with few bags, stay a SHORT TIME so that I do not blow my budget, and leave feeling refreshed and unstressed by long travel experiences. Even though the cost is high, one may take advantage of our year round pleasant weather and visit during off season, use various discounts such as ''AAA'' or other organizations. Marriott points help a lot, also. One might enjoy staying about two or three nights with a discount, especially if a local to the area or within close distance of the resort, and still come out less expensively than staying at a ''cheaper'' place if you know how to be creative without acting ridiculous and ruining your vacation by trying to save a few pennies here and there. Be pampered and stop whining! I have stayed in this hotel at least 30 times; and love it every time. I budget out $***; and eat room service once a day late morning, then dine out in the evening; which does save money. Try it!
On the positive side, the campus of this resort is beautiful. A lot is invested in landscaping. Also, the beds were the most comfortable I have ever slept in at a hotel. The food is good, almost great. The staff is generally polite and helpful.\n\nThere is a lot of negative however. First, food and amenities are very over-priced. I don't mind paying more for those things if they exceptional, but these were not. In addition, my dining exerpience was often impeded by the server pestering me for a method of payment either before or during the meal. I was told it was hotel policy. It is a bad one and I felt insulted every time it happened.\n\nWhile I did not personally experience this, about half of the people that attended the same conference I did went at least two days without hot water for bathing. The hotel did offer restitution (Marriott points, a free breakfast or half of the room charge for one night).\n\nThe campus is sprawling and getting anywhere entails a bit of a walk. However this worked out for me since the highly touted fitness center was closed for remodelling the whole time of my stay.\n\nOverall, my stay was both good and bad, and there was enough bad for me to not recommend experience.