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at Island Sunrise

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... is older but the unit we rented was very well updated. The kitchen was well stocked. The beds very comfortable. We had everything we needed. The pool is small but nice and very enjoyable, our 3 year old just learned to swim and he loved it. The beach was great, very clean and not crowded at...
... to the elevator and it is not slow as some older reviews stated. There is only one, but again it is adequate for the number of guests. A swimming pool is located on the parking lot side. Water appeared to be clean and pool area well maintained. A common area is located at ground level below...
We stayed here many times over our 20 years coming to Gulf Shores. Our youngest daughter learned swim in the pool here. The rooms are large and have 2 balconies, one on each end of the room. Rooms are clean and well decorated. These are some of the best priced condos that are beachfront. There are...

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smoss999 wrote a review Sep 2018
Cartersville, Georgia280 contributions118 helpful votes
This was our second time renting the same exact unit from Joan (Coocoo). Obviously we liked it here the first time and it was just as enjoyable this time. The condo complex itself is older but the unit we rented was very well updated. The kitchen was well stocked. The beds very comfortable. We had everything we needed. The pool is small but nice and very enjoyable, our 3 year old just learned to swim and he loved it. The beach was great, very clean and not crowded at all. Our unit is call Coo Coos nest and the owner was awesome. The location is perfect and within 5 miles or so from anything you’d need. There are several dining, dessert, and shopping locations within walking distance. I highly recommend it.
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Date of stay: August 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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csa1861 wrote a review Jul 2018
Tennessee139 contributions40 helpful votes
My family recently vacationed at the Island Sunrise unit 369. We booked through Young's Suncoast. Booking online was easy and we had no issues. Communication from Young's Suncoast was outstanding from booking through checkout at the end of our trip.

The building is a smaller condo situated right on the beach and within easy walking distance to several restaurants, a market and even The Hangout. The building is older, but was clean, well-kept and comfortable. Parking is adequate for the number of rooms available. A snack, drink machine and ice are available in the air conditioned entrance, which is also where you access the beach and elevator. Apparently there was an upgrade to the elevator and it is not slow as some older reviews stated. There is only one, but again it is adequate for the number of guests. A swimming pool is located on the parking lot side. Water appeared to be clean and pool area well maintained. A common area is located at ground level below the building, which features several tables, chairs and some very comfortable swings. Adjacent to this is a grassy area with three grills available. From here you access the short wooden walkway across dunes to the beach. The beach is very wide, with soft sugar sand that never burned our feet. It is also exceptionally clean. We rented lounges and umbrella two days while there and were pleased with the service. Both young men we dealt with renting the chairs were very polite and respectful, even coming around to move the umbrella as the sun shifted. One benefit to staying in a smaller condo is fewer people on the beach! We never experienced any crowding. At night, many families were out catching sand crabs and small oysters on the beach. Bring a flashlight, sand bucket and small hand shovel to have some old fashioned fun, but please release them unharmed. There were jellyfish in the water, but stings were very mild and only somewhat irritating. I should also note that each morning a pod of dolphins played right in front of the building. Parasailing and jet ski rentals are nearby.

Now to unit 369. We did not check-in at the condo, but at the Suncoast office just a few miles away. Check-in was easy and Young's Suncoast did an excellent job in letting us know what to bring beforehand. This is a one bed, one bath condo with two balconies. One overlooks the pool and the other has an excellent side view of the beach. Please not that this is not an ocean view from the room, but the balcony only. The room is decorated in a typical beach theme and was clean and cool upon entering. Access is via a keypad without the need for cards. In the living/dining area are two stuffed chairs, a sofa big enough for 3-4 people, a coffee table, dinette with four chairs and a small bar with two barstools. A TV is located on the wall with good visability from living area. The kitchen is well equipped with modern appliances that were all clean and in good order. Refigerator has ice-maker. Good sized microwave too. And a coffee maker as well as a full size stove and dishwasher. Plenty of utensils are provided. Moving down the hall you'll find the thermostat. AC worked flawlessly and held temperature without effort. The single bathroom is plenty big enough for rated occupancy of four guests. I've never seen a tub so deep that wasn't a clawfoot! Excellent for people like me that enjoy a hot soak and good book. There is even a light over the tub to help illiminate your book! Plenty of hot water too, which is always a big plus to me. One small issue with the tub is that it is very slow to drain, which could cause a problem if someone needed to use the shower after someone else took a bath. Also in the bathroom is a stacked washer/dryer combo that worked very well. This is a great benefit and convenience. At the end of the hall is a single bedroom with what appeared to be a queen bed. There is a dresser, chest of drawers and TV as well. This is also where you access balcony with beach view. I should note that the bedroom and living room have ceiling fans that greatly enhanced comfort. There were no big issues at all with the room and we enjoyed our stay in 369 very, very much. Not a big deal, but the sofa sleeper had a noticeable slope making your feet slightly higher than your head. This appeared to be because the sofa sat on the tile floor, but sleeper was on an area rug when open. Again, not a big deal, but I try to include thugs in my reviews that might be relevant to others. One suggestion I would make to the owners would be swapping one or both of the stuffed chairs for rocking recliners. That would make this unit nearly perfect for the price range. Noise was never an issue either. Even with the pool and parking lot just below, we never had a problem with people or vehicle noise. Another benefit of a smaller property. Dominos delivers too, if you want to stay in. I have no reservations in recommending this property as a whole and this unit in particular.

The following has no relation to unit 369 or Young's Suncoast, but I wanted to relay it in interest of fair disclosure. American Protrction Services provides security for the entire property. One night we came in late and no spots were left. The agent on duty kindly directed us to park in an unmarked space, which we very much appreciated. The next day, we stayed at the beach and thought nothing of where we were parked because we were told to park there. The following day, an agent came to our room to say my truck would be towed if not moved in a few minutes. No problem. That was reasonable. When I went down, I was surprised to find a large, permanent warning sticker affixed to my drivers side window. I moved my truck as requested, but when I tried to peel the warning sticker off, I found it was a permanent type. This is unacceptable to me, so I called the number listed as I could not find the agent. The lady was not rude, but very uncaring and unhelpful. I explained that we were told where to park and as soon as I found out it was a problem, I moved my truck. We were never told the truck couldn't stay where it was or I would have moved it the next day. I asked the lady to send an agent to help remove the sticker, but she refused, and told me to use Windex. I explained I was on vacation and didn't generally carry Windex with me. I further explained that you cannot deface a vehicle and create a blind spot like this. As someome with experience in the field, I was stunned they would use non-removable warning stickers. End of conversation with her. Long story short, I spent approximately 30 minutes in a hot parking lot scraping this off with a pocket knife and hand sanitizer. See picture. The security agents do a good job and I heard others comment on this as well. I do not blame them. After speaking with the lady answering the phone, I concluded there is a problem in management. They should not provide their agents with permanent warning stickers. At best, it reflects poorly on the organization and at worst, it could cause an accident if someone tries to drive with it because they can't remove it. Again, this is not anything to do with unit 369 or Young's Suncoast, but the contract security company on the premises.
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Date of stay: July 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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Leah F wrote a review Jun 2018
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We stayed here many times over our 20 years coming to Gulf Shores. Our youngest daughter learned swim in the pool here. The rooms are large and have 2 balconies, one on each end of the room. Rooms are clean and well decorated. These are some of the best priced condos that are beachfront. There are grills available and nice porch swings undertake complex overlooking the beach. We have so many good memories here.
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Date of stay: July 2017Trip type: Travelled with family
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smoss999 wrote a review Sep 2017
Cartersville, Georgia280 contributions118 helpful votes
We rented a condo at Island Sunrise through VRBO from a private owner. The condo complex itself is older but the unit we rented was very well updated. The kitchen was well stocked. The beds very comfortable. We had everything we needed. The pool is small but we were there for the beach anyway. The beach was great, very clean and not crowded at all. Our unit is call Coo Coos nest and the owner was awesome. She was there staying in her other unit and was super helpful and incredibly nice. We'll stay here again. I highly recommend it.
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Date of stay: September 2017Trip type: Travelled with family
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kblackford wrote a review Mar 2017
nashville4 contributions5 helpful votes
I just bought my unit in November of 2015. I looked at many units in Gulf Shores. The building is an older building but maintained well. There is only one elevator, but its only 6 stories so if you are in a big hurry, stairs are an option. During the busy times of year, parking can be a little tight and I assure you, the security guard takes his job checking for parking passes seriously! :) There are carts in the lobby area to take groceries, baggage to the units. The security officers have all been great and super friendly.

I looked at several units there and it as people have said, some are great, some need updating. I have also went inside several units as I have met other owners there and most are really nice and taken care of. A couple I saw during the sales process, I would not have enjoyed staying in. Just look at pics and reviews on individual units carefully. The units (if facing the building from the street) on the left side, that are not full frontal gulf view, still have great views of the beach and the pier. The units on the right side, the view is not nearly as good due to where the building next door is on the property, partially blocked to the right, but are still nice. From what I have seen, the majority of the units have been updated with tile, granite, nice appliances and furniture and many are absolutely gorgeous. There were a couple of units I looked at that were not what I would have wanted, but again that was 2015 and they were not horrible. Just needed updates. Just look carefully at the pics of the units and where they are located. All units have free wifi, Netflix and direct TV.

In regard to location, cant beat it. If you are on the beach and get hungry, sea and suds is literally right there. You can walk over, get food and and be right back on the beach. The pier is in walking distance. You can walk to liquor store, waffle house, pancake house, beach shops and the Hangout has great kids play areas and a lot of outdoor seating, entertainment, ect. If you want to drive a mile or so, Flip Flop Deli is great for lunch, ice cream or picking up pizza. Everything I have ever had there is great.

The pool is a little small compared to some of the other properties and not right on the beach, but its adequate. The plus side is that the walk to the beach is super easy. You are literally right on the beach. Not having to trek 900 things a long way is great. The patio area is great for grilling and there is seating to eat outside that is covered if you want to grill burgers, steaks, ect. Tables, swings and lounge chairs under the covered area. The beach is gorgeous and there is a volleyball net if you enjoy that. The pool is on the front side of the property, so you can not see the beach from the pool .

I love Island Sunrise and am very happy with my condo there. The location and beach cant be beat. The property is nice and most units are beautiful. The price compared to some of the big high rises is much better. I would recommend this property for a family vacation, low key friends gatherings and couples get aways. It is a small complex and there is security so it is not the place to go if you are wanting spring break craziness and the party atmosphere.

I am there several times a year and am always sad to leave. I will say, I have never been in the June-Aug summer months so I cant speak for how things are during that time. I mostly go Oct-March and the area, beach and people on and off the property are the best. I realize that I do have a personal interest in the property, but I am being honest as I would want someone to be with me if I were spending that kind of money for a vacation. Island Sunrise is not the most upscale property on the beach or does it have the most amenities, but for the price in comparison, it is very nice. Just look closely at the unit and location of the unit on the property before you book. Most owners are there several times and year and the units are very nice because we stay there as well. If the units are rental only and the owners don't use them, that may not be the case. Do your research on your unit and you will have a great vacation.
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Date of stay: March 2017Trip type: Travelled with friends
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