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4.1 out of 5

"Overall our stay was fine. The facility is older and has been remodeled. It’s in need of a deep clean and some minor maintenance could make a big diff ... " More

By a verified traveler on Fri 25 Jun 2021

Hotel Description

3.5-star beachfront resort near Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

On the beach

Within a 10-minute walk of the resort, you'll find Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park and Emerald Coast Convention Center. Wayside Park and Wild Willy's Adventure Zone are also within half a mile (1 km).

Renovated in 2020

This eco-friendly resort features 2 outdoor pools and 3 bars/lounges. Enjoy beachfront dining and relax with sun loungers and beach umbrellas. There's fun for all ages with mini golf and a children's pool, and barbecue grills are available on site.

Free WiFi, comfy beds

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

Standard Room, 2 Queen Beds

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max
$240* Per night/room Sep 1 - Sep 2

Suite, Multiple Beds, Pool View

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 4 Max

Suite, Multiple Beds, Beach View

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 6 Max

Room, 1 King Bed, Beach View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Room, 2 Queen Beds, Pool View

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

The Island by Hotel RL ratings based on 45 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.1 out of 5 4.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for The Island by Hotel RL

Everyone (17) Couples (11) Family (15)
5 out of 5

Posted by on Jun 28, 2021

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Jul 9, 2021 by Alexis

Thank you for the rating.

4 out of 5
Overall our stay was fine. The facility is older and has been remodeled. It’s in need of a deep clean and some minor maintenance could make a big difference. Most of the common areas had dirty floors. The caulk in our bathroom was dirty and appeared moldy. The toilet paper holder and towel holders were loose and coming away from the wall. The AC unit was loud and our room smelled musty. The paint around both pool decks was chipping and peeling and would get on your feet and hands. I expected a nicer and cleaner place for the price. The food and drinks offered onsite was very pricey - $30 for 6 chicken strips and fries. It is located right on the beach which is convenient, but you have to pay for beach chairs or umbrellas. There were plenty of nice lounge chairs and always room in the pools to swim. It is located right next to the boardwalk. You can easily walk to restaurants and shopping and the gulfarium.

Posted by on Jun 25, 2021

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Jun 25, 2021 by Alyssa

Thank you for the positive feedback! We hope to see you again.

4 out of 5
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Posted by on Jun 3, 2021

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Jun 3, 2021 by Alyssa

Thank you for the positive feedback!

3 out of 5
Fun atmosphere! Lots of little things to do between swimming games and the beach. Had events the first night we got here that was very family friendly and fun! Had to switch rooms due to not having an elevator in our building and my dad has troubles with stairs. Was lucky they were able to find us a new room for an upcharge. Unfortunatly it took the majority of the day to get the switch.

Posted by on Mar 29, 2021

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Mar 30, 2021 by Alexis

Thank you for the feedback provided. Glad we could accommodate the changes that were needed. We look forward to hosting you again in the future.

3 out of 5
While nice and right on the beach, we didn’t fully realize the bar was right outside our window. It’s a loud place. This place is great for families wanting to come to the beach. We were just here for the night and it wasn’t the best choice for us.

Posted by on Mar 6, 2021

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Mar 6, 2021 by Alexis

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5 out of 5
The only complaint I have is that our television was not working, so we had to be moved to another room. Also, there was limited parking due to people having trailers & mobile homes parked across the property taking up 5-7 parking spots alone. The pool stayed open late. The staff was very friendly & courtesy. We will return soon! The amenities were worth the price. All day beach access was a huge plus! Check-in process was very smooth & quick.

Posted by on Feb 28, 2021

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Feb 28, 2021 by Alyssa

We are so glad yo u enjoyed your stay! We hope to see you again.

5 out of 5
The hotel is absolutely perfect, so much to offer, 2 pools, bars and restaurants. This place will definitely be our home away from home.

Posted by , from Indiana on Nov 6, 2020

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Nov 6, 2020 by Alexis

Thank you Mrs. Kelly for the positive feedback. We look forward to hosting you again in the near future.

5 out of 5

Posted by on Sep 29, 2020

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Sep 30, 2020 by Jackie

Thank you so much for your positive rating! We hope you had an amazing stay and will come back to see us again soon. :)

5 out of 5
Great pool, clean room. Grotto Bar closes super early though, closed when baby goes down = no grown up grotto time. Pool side room is the bees knees

Posted by , from Fort Walton Beach on Sep 4, 2020

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Sep 4, 2020 by Alexis

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5 out of 5
The Island was amazing. The rooms were clean and well-maintained. We were able to arrive at the hotel and never needed to leave for anything. Great vacation experience!

Posted by , from Glasgow, KY on Sep 1, 2020

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Sep 1, 2020 by Alyssa

We are so glad you enjoyed your stay!

Property Features

Lie back and work on your tan with relaxing beach amenities like umbrellas and sun loungers. Bring your whole family to The Island by Hotel RL for summer fun including 2 outdoor swimming pools, mini golf, and a children's pool. There are 2 restaurants on site, as well as a coffee shop/café and a snack bar/deli. You can enjoy a drink at one of the bars, which include 3 bars/lounges, a beach bar, and a swim-up bar. WiFi and wired Internet are free in public spaces. This eco-friendly resort also offers a garden and a terrace. A complete renovation of The Island by Hotel RL was completed in April 2020. 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
  • Built in 1969
  • Bar on the beach
  • Bar by the pool
  • Swim-up bar
  • Coffee shop
  • Deli
  • Beach lounge chairs
  • Umbrellas for the beach
  • Poolside lounge chairs
  • Business facilities
  • Conference space
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Concierge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Outdoor picnic space
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • ATM
  • Elevator
  • Smoking in designated areas

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Number of outdoor pools - 2
  • Children's pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Snack bar/deli
  • Laundry facilities
  • Miniature golf on site

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

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

Parking

RV, bus, truck parking

Transport

  • Airport: Northwest Florida Regional Airport (VPS) (16.4 km / 10.2 mi)

Room Amenities

The Island by Hotel RL offers 335 air-conditioned accommodations with complimentary toiletries and blackout drapes/curtains. Pillowtop beds feature premium bedding. Premium satellite television is provided. Bathrooms include showers. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones; free local calls are provided (restrictions may apply). Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Pillowtop beds
  • Television
  • Satellite channels
  • Premium channels
  • Luxury bedding
  • Shower
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Air conditioning
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available
  • Wheelchair accessible

Food & Drink

Fish House - This restaurant serves dinner only. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar.

Island Grill - This café serves lunch only. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Open daily.

Tripp Tide Beach Bar - This bar is located on the beach. Open daily.

Nearby Activities

2 outdoor swimming pools are on site along with a children's pool.

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

  • Water skiing nearby
  • Miniature golf on site
  • Golfing nearby
  • Boat tours nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Golf lessons available nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby

Accessibility

If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

  • Wheelchair-accessible on-site restaurant
  • Wheelchair-accessible lounge
  • Well-lit path to entrance
  • Stair-free path to entrance
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
  • Pool hoist on site
  • Wheelchair accessible path of travel
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible concierge desk
  • In-room accessibility
  • Assistive listening devices available
  • Wheelchair-accessible van parking
  • Braille or raised signage
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible pool
  • Wheelchair-accessible meeting spaces/business center

Hotel Policies

Check-in

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

Special check-in instructions:

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

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.

Pet Policy

  • 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 may be 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

This property accepts credit cards, debit cards, and cash

This property reserves the right to pre-authorize the guest's credit card prior to arrival.

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 may be 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.

This property accepts credit cards, debit cards, and cash. This property reserves the right to pre-authorize the guest's credit card prior to arrival. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place. Disinfectant is used to clean the property. Social distancing measures are in place.

  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Protective clothing is not available to guests
  • Staffed front desk
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Credit card pre-authorization
  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cribs (infant beds) available
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Number of children who can stay free - 2
  • Debit cards
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures

Fees

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

  • Deposit: USD 150 per accommodation, per stay
  • Breakage deposit: USD 150.00 per stay (for guests under 25 years old)
  • Resort fee (May 28 - September 06): USD 15.00 per accommodation, per night

The resort fee includes:

  • Beach access
  • Beach towels
  • Business center/computer access
  • Self parking

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property.

Optional extras

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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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.