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"My room was very clean when I arrived, I just wish there were more decor in the wall. Although they were going through renovations it didn’t put a dam ... " More

By a verified traveler on Sat 18 Jan 2020

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, 1 King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max
$206* Per night/room Aug 2 - Aug 3

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 3 Max

Suite, Multiple Beds, Beach View

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 6 Max

Standard Room, 2 Queen Beds

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Room, 1 King Bed, Beach View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

The Island by Hotel RL ratings based on 38 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.7 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 (20) Couples (8) Family (8)
2 out of 5
Advertised to have kitchen and hair dryers. Our room had only fridge - no hair dryer. The one bed squeaked so loudly it woke up other guest. Bathroom door also squeaked loudly. Very over priced for what you get. Never book again

Posted by , from Tupelo ms on Jun 17, 2020

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Jun 17, 2020 by Sherri

On behalf of our entire team, please accept our sincerest apologies for our hotel not living up to your expectations. None of our rooms are equipped with a kitchen.We hope you will consider giving us another opportunity to serve you in the future. Thank You, The Island Team

4 out of 5
My room was very clean when I arrived, I just wish there were more decor in the wall. Although they were going through renovations it didn’t put a damper on guests. The staff was pleasant from the time of check-in to check out. I especially appreciate the late night clerk that allowed me to purchase some sweets when I was having a bad sweet tooth. I look forward to returning for another relaxing stay.

Posted by on Jan 18, 2020

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Jan 19, 2020 by Rachael

Thank you for your positive feedback. We are happy to hear your stay was enjoyable and our staff was hospitable. I will pass along your decor comments to our management team. We look forward to hosting you again in the future.

4 out of 5
We were on the second floor with no elevator and had to walk a long way to the beach but we changed rooms closer to the beach for $40. More a night did not like the bath tub or the bed. Every one was very nice and the maid went out of her way to accommodate us. Great service

Posted by on Oct 19, 2019

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Oct 19, 2019 by Sherri

Thank you for the positive review. We are still in the process of renovating the property and hope that you will let us host you again in the future. Thank you for choosing The Island Hotel by RL.

5 out of 5
We loved that this property is pet friendly. It is hard to find locations that will allow our furry family members to vacation with us. The amenities were great, our children really enjoyed themselves. The view of the beach was incredible and the central location to many area attractions was great! This was our first visit to The Island, but we will certainly be going back.

Posted by , from Madison, AL on Oct 12, 2019

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Oct 12, 2019 by Rachael

L. Hartson, Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and will be back to visit us.

5 out of 5
The pool and grotto. Helpful staff. Bar and live music by the beach.

Posted by on Sep 30, 2019

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Sep 30, 2019 by Alexis

Thank you for the positive feedback, and the compliments regarding our staff.

4 out of 5

Posted by on Sep 23, 2019

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Sep 23, 2019 by Sherri

Thank you for the positive score. We hope to host you again in the future.

5 out of 5
We love the grotto pool. The only thing we didn't like is that our bracelets/key cuts off before check out and you have to walk around the whole hotel to take your luggage to your car

Posted by on Aug 26, 2019

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Aug 26, 2019 by Alexis

Thank you for the feedback provided.

4 out of 5
Pool area with grotto bar, beachfront view. I’m walking distance to other places

Posted by on Aug 25, 2019

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Aug 25, 2019 by Rachael

Thank you for your review. We hope to host you again in the future.

5 out of 5

Posted by on Aug 21, 2019

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Aug 22, 2019 by Sherri

Thank you for the positive review. We are happy that you enjoyed your experience with us. We hope to host you again in the future.

5 out of 5
Loved it all. Breakfast was a little pricey considering only eggs bacon and hash browns

Posted by on Aug 19, 2019

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Aug 19, 2019 by Alexis

Thank you for staying here at The Island by Hotel RL.

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, 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. 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 by the pool
  • Coffee shop
  • 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
  • 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) (16.6 km / 10.3 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
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

Fish House - This restaurant serves breakfast and dinner. 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
  • 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 in the special requests field on the booking page after selecting your room.

  • Wheelchair accessible path of travel
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible parking
  • In-room accessibility
  • Assistive listening devices available
  • Braille or raised signage

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 advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.Disinfectant is used to clean the property.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 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
  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cribs (infant beds) available
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Debit cards
  • Number of children who can stay free - 2
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures

Fees

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

  • Breakage deposit: USD 100.00 per stay

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

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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.

  • Green Key Eco-Rating Program
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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.