We were supposed to be on the beach earlier this month, but it didn’t happen. I was thinking about staying at The Lodge at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores. It’s one of the least Hilton-feeling Hiltons, built with an emphasis on eco-friendliness.
The design was meant to, compared to other typical facilities, reduce energy usage by 32% and interior water use by 35%. About 3/4 of the construction waste was recycled, and the makeup of the building materials consisted of 15% recycled.
We had a room with a king bed and two bunk beds…the kids love this setup.
It was adequate with enough storage; not the kind of plush where you say to yourself “I can’t wait to get back to the room!” but a clean design and really straight-forward.
The only thing that we didn’t especially enjoy: the balcony was really small, and the chairs not particularly comfortable.
Our view, though, terrific:
The outdoors common area:
A view of the hotel and conference center from the beach:
This is pre-Covid, so pics of the breakfast may be different than what they’re doing currently
…and an omelet chef on duty, who did a pretty great job:
Feeling really good about staying here. They’ve achieved “SITES Platinum, LEED Gold, and Fortified Commercial Certification, becoming the first SITES hospitality project in the world and the first certified Fortified™ Commercial Building in the world.”