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Balcony seating
View from private balcony
Spacious living room
Living room
Living room - TV
View of living area
Dining area with bar seating
Kitchen and bar stools
Fully equipped kitchen and washer/dryer
Master bedroom - King
Master bedroom - TV and access to balcony
Master Bathroom - Shower/tub combo
Second bedroom - twins
Second bedroom - TV
Second bathroom - Shower/tub combo
Castaways complex right on the beach
Fitness room
Gulf front pool
Patio area near pool deck
Poolside restroom
Castaways elevator
Luggage carts
Grilling area
Castaways from the entrance
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Gulf Shores, Alabama

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Bloomington, Illinois
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Nice family friendly condo with some major building issues.”
Reviewed 27 June 2017 for a stay in June 2017
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The condo itself was as described and the pictures are very accurate. The view was very nice. Access to the beach is good and it is a short walk to get there. Parking was somewhat difficult. There are four rows of parking. However, the two center rows are for compact cars. If a larger car parks there, it makes it difficult to navigate the lot as the center car sticks out too far. We had large trucks take up 4 spots in the center while we were there. To make this worse, tropical storm Cindy dumped a lot of water in the area. The lower third of the lot flooded. While this was beyond the owners control, it did make the parking situation worse. There is an overflow lot across the street with ample parking. We only had to park there one time.

Wifi is an issue. It appears that the router is in a central location and each condo has a range extender. The wifi was spotty the first 4 days. Speeds were slow with frequent disconnects. The last 2 days the wifi stopped working. We probably wouldn't have minded too much but we spent more time in the condo than we would have due to the storm. Still if you need reliable access this isn't the place for you.

The biggest issue is the elevator. There is a sign on the door stating to not hold open the elevator as this will cause it to stop functioning. This is a permanent sign so it doesn't look like this was a temporary issue. I've been in a lot of elevators and I don't think that I ever saw a properly functioning one stop working because you held the door open. I don't know if it was because of this or other reasons but the elevator was out frequently. It probably worked 3 out of 6 days we were there. It had a repairman working on in once but it stopped again after it was "repaired". There was an ambulance/rescue squad there one night and people gathered around the elevator. I assume someone was stuck inside. There was a sign inside that said to not try and open the doors if stuck as it will delay your rescue. It seems this is a frequent event. We stopped riding the elevator and took the stairs. This was a little rough as we were on the ninth floor. The first two days the stairway on the ground floor smelled like urine. I suppose someone couldn't get back to the bathroom in their condo because the elevator was broken. Another couple that we met while there told us that their neighbor left early because they had two people with them that had to stay in the condo because they were not physically able to walk the stairs.

Overall, it wasn't a horrible place to stay but the elevator was an issue. If you can get a unit on the lower floors this wouldn't be as much of an issue. The location is nice as you can walk to a lot of dining and shopping.

Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
2 Jul 2017
Thank you for leaving a review. We are glad to know you enjoyed Castaways 9C, the location, and the view. We appreciate your feedback and have passed your comments about the building to the building's management. We do not have control over the WiFi or building operations but we would have contacted the proper personnel had we known of the issues you encountered. It's our goal to consistently deliver the best vacation rentals, in prime locations, at fair prices. Please let us know next time you come to town, so we can deliver a proper 5-star experience.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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