Last Updated on December 27, 2023 by Katrina

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You’ll find a nicely low-key beach getaway in Alabama’s Orange Beach, with its miles of white sand and blue-green waters just west of the Florida-Alabama state line. (It’s two hours from Destin, to the east, and three hours from New Orleans, to the west.) The beaches here are known for being less crowded than some of their Gulf Coast neighbors. Plus, you’ve got other diversions, from Gulf State Park and the shops, restaurants and giant Ferris wheel at The Wharf. Orange Beach is a bit more developed than neighboring towns, but you’ll find affordable, family friendly options in the area. Here are the best hotels in Orange Beach.

Hotel Indigo Orange Beach – Gulf Shores, an IHG Hotel (22843 Perdido Beach Blvd.; 251-981-1737) Orange Beach

Enjoy a casual beach stay at this branch of the Hotel Indigo. Travel+Leisure describes it as a “charming boutique hotel with 62 guest rooms, a poolside bar, and a fire pit.” The brightly-colored nautical theme hotel “has a funky upscale beach vibe,” writes a Google reviewer who adds “it has great amenities. The indoor heated pool and hot tub sold me.” Lounge at the beach across the street or take a shuttle to the Gulf State Park Pavilion. >> Book this hotel for less

Caribe Resort (28103 Perdido Beach Blvd.; 251-980-9000) Orange Beach

Frommer’s recommends this mega resort with its “three super luxe towers, a multitude of indoor and outdoor pools, a marina and even a lazy river. You can rent an immaculate two-bedroom, two bathroom suite here, complete with full kitchen (plus dedicated wine fridge and ice machine), huge living and dining areas, spa baths and a wrap around terrace.” A Tripadvisor user concurs, writing, “The views from the patio are wonderful. We sat and watched the pirate boats, the tiki boats and lots of pontoons cruising the bay side. The pools are spectacular.” >> Book this hotel for less

Hampton Inn & Suites Orange Beach/Gulf Front (25518 Perdido Beach Blvd.; 251-923-4400) Orange Beach

Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, this Hampton Inn offers private beach access and is less than a half-mile from the town’s shops and restaurants. One Google reviewer writes, “Booked this hotel on a whim and so glad I did! Excellent service, heated outdoor pool, beach access, and tiki bar.” Pet owners will also find plenty to love, according to a Tripadvisor user. “To walk in the door with our medium-sized (just under 50 lbs.) dog on her leash and have her greeted with a dog treat and pets from the staff, takes the stay experience to another level.” >> Book this hotel for less

Perdido Beach Resort (27200 Perdido Beach Blvd.; 251-981-9811) Orange Beach

US News & World Report likes this 344-room resort for its “waterfront amenities and peaceful accommodations” as well as “private beach access with a volleyball court and a dock, an indoor-outdoor pool and two hot tubs.” A Yelp user enjoyed the multiple restaurants and the fact that you never have to venture out: “Our oceanfront King had a nice view, small fridge, and a balcony (the balconies are deceiving small). The on-site gym could rival most commercial gyms and the on-site store sells beer, wine, food, coffee, and baked goods.” >> Book this hotel for less

Island House Hotel Orange Beach – a DoubleTree by Hilton (26650 Perdido Beach Blvd.; (251-981-6100) Orange Beach

In the heart of Orange Beach, this DoubleTree by Hilton property boasts fabulous views of the Gulf of Mexico. A Tripadvisor user says, “this is one of the few hotel resorts with a nice pool area and large beach front. The pool area and main areas were kept spotless.” A Google reviewer raves about the “absolutely beautiful view of the beach. I would reccomend going back to many people looking for a good hotel with beautiful views. Neither pools were heated, but had beach access.” >> Book this hotel for less