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"Having to be honest having read some of the reviews prior to our stay I was nervous. They were put to rest with our very first employee we met. Amber ... " More

By a verified traveler on Sun 12 Aug 2018

Hotel Description

3.5-star beachfront resort near Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

On the beach

Within a 5-minute walk of the resort, you'll find Wayside Park and Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island. Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park and Wild Willy's Adventure Zone are also within half a mile (1 km).

Onsite dining, 2 outdoor pools

This eco-friendly resort features 2 restaurants, 2 outdoor pools, and an outdoor pool. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the 5 conference rooms, business center, and airport shuttle. Relax with a drink at one of the 3 bars/lounges and enjoy free perks like free self parking and WiFi in public areas.

Comfy beds, satellite TV

Boasting comforts like pillowtop beds and premium bedding, the 335 guestrooms also offer room service and TVs with satellite channels. Other amenities include free local calls, ironing boards, and desks.

Room, 2 Double Beds

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max
$275 per night

Room, 2 Queen Beds, Poolside

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Room, 1 King Bed, Pool View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Room, 1 King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Suite, Multiple Beds, Poolside

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 6 Max

Suite, 1 King Bed with Sofa bed, Beach View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

The Island by Hotel RL ratings based on 32 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.5 out of 5 3.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 3.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for The Island by Hotel RL

Everyone (22) Couples (4) Family (3)
4 out of 5

Posted by on Jun 21, 2019

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Jun 21, 2019 by Rachael

Thank you for your review

4 out of 5
Love pools , beach, and rooms. Check in process delayed due to housekeepoing not checking off room as cleaned. Check in staff not responsive to guest waiting to check in.

Posted by on Jun 19, 2019

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Jun 19, 2019 by Alexis

Thank you for the feedback. I am sorry to hear about your check in experience, I will make sure to speak to our front desk staff. Thank you for staying here with us at The Island by Hotel RL.

4 out of 5
I did love that there was kids activities each day and throughout the day. I found that guest from condos next door could come by to the pools, but we couldn't go to theirs. I guess I think it should go both ways. I was hoping for a better view as I was told I had been upgraded, but at registering we didn't get it. The view even though it wasn't from our room were magnificent. It would be awesome if the hotel would have a shuttle.

Posted by on Jun 17, 2019

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Jun 17, 2019 by Alexis

Thank you for the feedback regarding your stay. Glad to know you enjoyed your stay here with us. Thank you for staying here with us at The Island by Hotel RL.

4 out of 5
I liked to access to the beach and pools were amazing. With that there is construction taking place and it is loud. What has already been renovated looks good what hasn’t sure needs it.

Posted by on May 27, 2019

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May 27, 2019 by Sherri

Thank you for the feedback and for staying here with us at The Island by Hotel RL. The Island Team

2 out of 5
Got stuck in the oldest section, had to climb stairs, no close parking, parking garage had to climb more stairs. Not a good place for traveling seniors.

Posted by on May 26, 2019

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May 26, 2019 by Alexis

Thank you for the candid review. I do apologize for the parking, i'm sorry that you didn't find the elevator in the parking garage to be of assistance. Thank you for staying here at The Island by Hotel RL.

3 out of 5
Pros- Pool and restaurant areas are nice. Service and staff were friendly. Housekeeping did a good job cleaning the room. Food was good. Beautiful deck on beach. Cons- Not enough food options. Very limited. Same food at pool grill and restaurant? Grotto was closed and looking rough. Rooms very dated and common areas carpet was pretty nasty. Our room had a key safe from 1960. Being in pool front room was very NOISY. Loud music starting at about 8am. Until 9pm-ish. Huge fence blocking people from going next door to the boardwalk. Have to walk all the way around, either by beach or front sidewalk. No shuttle. Shuttle of some sort would have been nice.

Posted by on Apr 25, 2019

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Apr 25, 2019 by Alexis

Thank you for the feedback. We appreciate you staying at The Island by Hotel RL. We are working on getting the rooms renovated and appliances etc replaced. I will be sure to share the feedback you provided.

1 out of 5
The hotel should have contacted you.After seeing the room I talk to the front desk and they canceled or room. The rooms were as well maintained as a trash can at a fast food restaurant. For the price it was horrible. Please let me know if the hotel has contacted this website about refunding us our money? They told me they would.

Posted by on Apr 7, 2019

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Apr 30, 2019 by Alexis

Thank you for the candid review. I'm sorry for the inconveniences you encountered during your stay. With this review I can not see your name or reservation number, you may contact the hotel to provide some information so we can see if the third party has been contacted.

2 out of 5
The property is beach front. Great job on beach side of the property with awesome areas with outdoor games, putting greens, and a nice outdoor bar elevated to see the Gulf of Mexico. Both pools are lovely, however the largest pool that has amazing waterfalls flowing off a 30ft tall rock island with a large grotto inside may as well be a postcard. It’s March, the spring warmth is not here yet, and the waterfall pool is not heated. The other pool is heated, not a lot, but 80 degrees is better than a frigid 65 degrees that the waterfall pool is. The lobby is nice with a lot of comfortable seating spread throughout. It’s actually pretty cool in the afternoon as there’s a singer in the bar playing the steele drums. It’s a good place to sit back, relax, and chill. The good ends there! The outdoor corridors are way dated; the blue paint on the doors is out of a 70’s horror flick. The sidewalks are slim and not easily passable when others are passing you, especially with luggage. I’m disabled, so finding a handicapped parking spot is luck of the draw. There’s only 4 that we’ve found, there could be more, but the staff is rather clueless and not just about the nightmare parking spaces. We’ve spoken to no less than 8 employees, short of which way is the beach, don’t bother. There’s little to 0 information about the hotel amenities and where things are. I’m in a wheelchair, ask for directions, they will send you 6 miles out and back to reach a 30 step destination. It’s plain crazy!

Posted by , from Dover, Delaware on Mar 31, 2019

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Mar 31, 2019 by Alexis

Thank you for the candid review. Glad to know you found our grounds and stuff on the back patio enjoyable. Yes the property is outdated in some parts which is why we are constantly improving our property. I will mention you'r concerns to upper management. Thank you.

5 out of 5
Prompt service and the pool was very unique even though it was cold. Had several problems with the key not working right

Posted by on Feb 18, 2019

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Feb 20, 2019 by Alexis

Thank you for the positive feedback!

5 out of 5
Grounds and beach easy access to everything rooms were nice bathroom a little small but ok

Posted by on Feb 12, 2019

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Feb 13, 2019 by Alexis

Thank you for the positive feedback.

Property Features

Spend the day at the beach and work on your tan with sun loungers (chaise longues) or relax in the shade with umbrellas. Cool off in one of the 2 outdoor swimming pools at The Island by Hotel RL, and enjoy amenities like an outdoor pool and a children's pool. There are 2 restaurants on site, along with a coffee shop/café. You can enjoy a drink at one of the bars, which include 3 bars/lounges and a poolside bar. WiFi and wired Internet are free in public spaces. This eco-friendly resort also offers a garden and a terrace. Self parking is free. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this 3.5-star Fort Walton Beach resort.

  • 335 guestrooms or units
  • 2 dining venues
  • 3 bars or lounges
  • 14000 sq ft of conference space
  • 1301 sq m of conference space
  • Bar by the pool
  • Coffee shop
  • Beach lounge chairs
  • Umbrellas for the beach
  • Poolside lounge chairs
  • Business facilities
  • Conference space
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Concierge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Outdoor picnic space
  • ATM
  • Elevator
  • Smoking in designated areas

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • Number of outdoor pools - 2
  • Outdoor pool
  • Children's pool
  • Free WiFi

Internet

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Parking

Free self parking , RV, bus, truck parking

Transport

  • Airport: Fort Walton Beach, FL (VPS-Northwest Florida Regional) (16.2 km / 10 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

The Island by Hotel RL offers 335 air-conditioned accommodations with irons/ironing boards and complimentary toiletries. Pillowtop beds feature premium bedding. Premium satellite television is provided. Rooms have partially open bathrooms. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones; free local calls are provided (restrictions may apply). Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Bathrooms are partially open
  • Pillowtop beds
  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • Television
  • Satellite channels
  • Premium channels
  • Luxury bedding
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Air conditioning
  • Connecting rooms available
  • Wheelchair accessible

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy buffet breakfast daily.

The Island by Hotel RL has 2 restaurants on site.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Activities

2 outdoor swimming pools are on site along with an outdoor pool. Other recreational amenities include a children's pool.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Water skiing nearby
  • Boat tours nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Golf lessons available nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby

Accessibility

If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies

Check-in

  • Check-in time starts at 4 PM
  • Check-in time ends at midnight
  • Minimum check-in age is 21

Check-out

  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Up to 2 children stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.

Pets

  • No pets allowed

Policies

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed. Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cribs (infant beds) available

Fees

Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Breakage deposit: USD 100.00 per stay
  • Resort fee: USD 15 per accommodation, per night

The resort fee includes:

  • Beach access

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property, but they may vary based on length of stay or the room booked.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for buffet breakfast: USD 12.95 for adults and USD 5.95 for children (approximately)

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

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You should know

  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.

Awards & Affiliations

Green / Sustainable Property
This property participates in Green Key Eco-Rating Program, a program that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: environment, community, cultural-heritage, the local economy.