The popularity of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach has been growing rapidly over the past couple of years as more and more families discover these beautiful vacation towns. Many families who travel to the Alabama coast are accustomed to staying in hotels, but Gulf Shores and Orange Beach offer thousands of condo vacation rentals that provide a better value for your travel dollars than a typical hotel room.

Want to know how?

Here’s some things you might want to consider when choosing between a condo and a hotel.

Condos Offer More Space

Condo rentals are ideal for family and extended family vacations because they allow you to get everyone under one roof. You can find condos that range in size from one bedroom up to five bedrooms. Some units have almost 4,000 square-feet of living space and sleep more than 20 people. More bedrooms also mean more bathrooms, so there’s less fighting over the sink or waiting in line to take a shower. Condo vacation rentals also have living rooms, so when you’re taking a break from the beach, you can relax on the sofa and do some channel surfing.

The extra rooms are a great money saving feature. Two families of four can comfortably fit into a three-bedroom condo and split the cost down the middle. You would have to rent four standard hotel rooms to hold the same number of people.

Condos Have Full Kitchens

Another advantage is that most available condo rentals in the Gulf Shores area have kitchens equipped with full sized refrigerators, ovens and microwaves. The kitchens are stocked with all the pots and pans, utensils, and dishware you need to prepare and serve your favorite meals.

Also, it can be a real money saver not having to go out for every meal. One trip to the grocery store, and you can stock up to prepare meals just like you would at home. Some rental companies even offer a grocery delivery service. All you have to do is submit a list of the grocery items, and they will be waiting in your refrigerator when you arrive!

Condos Offer Better Amenities

Although the types of amenities condo vacation rentals offer vary from complex to complex, you can find a range of amenities in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach including heated outdoor and indoor pools, waterslides, lazy rivers, hot tubs, saunas and steam rooms, full service spas, tennis courts, fitness centers, onsite restaurants and even an interactive golf simulator. Many rentals even have free Wi-Fi, and most have washers and dryers so you can pack less clothing and not return home with a mountain of dirty laundry.

So on your next trip to the Alabama coast give a condo vacation rental a try. It’s a great way to get the most out of your family’s vacation, and save some money in the process. If you’re already familiar with condo vacation rentals, leave us some feedback on your favorite rental features in the comment section below.