The Best Beach Hotels in Orange Beach, Alabama

The Lodge at Gulf State Park is an eco-friendly resort in Orange Beach
The Lodge at Gulf State Park is an eco-friendly resort in Orange Beach | Courtesy of Hilton The Lodge at Gulf State Park / Expedia
Nick Dauk

Seaside accommodation is plentiful in Orange Beach, with this coastal destination in Alabama offering everything from romantic inns to family-oriented mega-hotels. Book your stay now with Culture Trip.

Orange Beach offers a taste of the sweet, the salty and the savory side of the Gulf. This small coastal city is a haven for fishing, sunbathing, kayaking and anything else you can imagine under the Alabama sun. Balance secluded hikes on the Backcountry Trail with lively nights at the Wharf. When you stay at one of these beachy hotels right along the shore, you’ll see that the beaches here are the best in the region.

1. Seachase Resort

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Have an unforgettable Orange Beach vacation with the family at Seachase Resort. Let the kids run wild on the beach, with boogie board rentals and surfing lessons available, while you kick back under a beach umbrella. If dolphin cruises and kayak tours aren’t enough to keep the little ones entertained in the water, the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo and the Track amusement park are only 20 minutes away. The area also boasts no less than 10 first-class golf courses.

2. Sleep Inn on the Beach

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Interior of a room at Sleep Inn On The Beach, with a large bed and desk in the foreground and a balcony with sea view in the background
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Sleep Inn on the Beach is both the name of this hotel and the best thing to do at it. Relax with laid-back gulf vibes, and spend all day dressed in sandals and swimsuits. Ride waves in the water, or make your own in the pool. Each room is designed for dreaming, with plush bedding and the serene sounds of the seagulls and sea breeze right outside your window. Whether you want to crash on the bed, the sundeck or the sand, don’t worry about setting an alarm.

3. Perdido Beach Resort

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A blue-and-white bedroom at Perdido Beach Resort; breakfast sits on a tray on the double bed, and the beach can be seen from an adjoining balcony
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A fresh Coastal Coffee Company brew will draw you into the Perdido Beach Resort lobby, though it’ll be the menu of amenities that really perk you up. Do a lap scooping up snacks and sipping on cocktails at the three bars and five restaurants on site. Choose your balcony view of the beach, the gulf, the Perdido or the bay, then saunter down to the sand at a moment’s notice. If you desire off-property fun like golfing, fishing or pampering at the spa, the staff will hook you up with exclusive guest-only rates.

4. Island House Hotel Orange Beach – a DoubleTree by Hilton

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The beachfront outdoor pool area of Island House Hotel Orange Beach – a DoubleTree by Hilton, with the hotel behind trees to the right
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Need to get a little business done at the beach? Consider Island House Hotel your coastal Alabama office. With the Orange Beach Convention Center only a few miles away and a business center with meeting rooms on site, you’ll have no trouble getting work done. Throw on a pair of board shorts, set your out-of-office message a few minutes before five, and treat yourself to a trip to Sweet Cone right across the street.

5. Best Western on the Beach

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Interior of a room at Best Western On The Beach, with two double beds, a large TV and a window that overlooks a balcony with sea views
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Beachfront bliss that won’t break the bank comes standard at Best Western on the Beach. Uninterrupted Gulf views won’t cost an arm and a leg, nor will the stacks of flapjacks at Island Pancake House, located on site. With such a low rate, you can save your cash for exciting Gulf Shore activities, such as a round at Kiva Dunes, a pampering session at Seeds of Life Day Spa or a fishing charter with Miss Brianna.

6. The Lodge at Gulf State Park, a Hilton Hotel

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A bedroom with large bed and wall-mounted TV at Hilton The Lodge at Gulf State Park, AL; the gulf can be seen from an adjoining balcony
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We hope you packed your rod and tackle box for your stay at the Lodge at Gulf State Park. This eco-friendly resort is buried in the sand between a freshwater fishing lake and the Gulf State Park Pier. You don’t need to leave the hotel to reel in a fresh catch, though. On-site Foodcraf has coastal favorites like local oysters and breezy cocktails, both of which can be delivered right to your suite.

7. Hotel Indigo Orange Beach – Gulf Shores

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The outdoor pool area of Hotel Indigo Orange Beach - Gulf Shores, with several sun loungers; the property itself is in the background
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The Gulf beaches are truly captivating, but Hotel Indigo wants to remind you that Orange Beach has far more natural beauty than sand and surf. The pet-friendly hotel was made for dog-day afternoons. Rise with the sun, snuggled up in a queen bed, and grab some Southern Grind Coffee in the lobby. Then, lace and leash up for the Rosemary Dunes Trail, which will lead you two through maritime forests to Gulf State Park. If your pooch fancies a swim, the Dog Pond at Lake Shelby lets them get wet and wild off-leash.

8. The Shores at Orange Beach

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Escape to the Shores for unrivaled beachside living. With direct beach access and a quick flip-flop stroll to fresh seafood, a spacious studio with a kitchenette is all you’ll need. When you get your fill of emerald waters and white sand, Live Bait will wave you over, so you can get your fill of seafood nachos and ice-cold beer. With kids in tow, upgrade to a two-bedroom suite, and spend the day across the street, riding go-karts at Adventure Island.

9. Caribe Resort

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A lazy river, the number one seafood restaurant in the state and a luxurious suite that feels just like home all await at Caribe Resort. This secluded patch of Orange Beach was built for solo travelers and families alike, with water slides, saunas, tennis courts and more just a few steps from your condo door. Make dinner reservations at Cobalt to enjoy fresh blue crab, Gulf shrimp and raw oysters in full view of a crimson sunset.

10. Springhill Suites

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The large, curved outdoor swimming pool of Springhill Suites surrounded by loungers, with the hotel building in the background
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Springhill Suites welcomes you to the Wharf Entertainment District. The all-suite rooms and resort-style pools are surprisingly affordable, allowing you to spend your extra vacation budget shopping the boutique stores at the Wharf, riding the giant Ferris wheel and indulging in pizza and daiquiris at Island Time’s sports bar. Should you have a little too much fun, you can spend the next morning grabbing a hearty breakfast, sweating it out at the fitness center and recuperating poolside.

If you’re not yet convinced, why not check out the best hotels in Gulf Shores, just 10 minutes up the road (or, beach, rather) – bookable with Culture Trip. Heading to Dothan? Here’s our top pick of hotels there.

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