Barons by the Bay Inn is the perfect place for families who are in search of a no-frills hotel that is close to the water front and affordable. Families love the free parking as well as the free high speed Wi-Fi that runs throughout the hotel. Family rooms are available for larger parties, and each room comes equipped with a refrigerator and a coffee maker. Families love the convenient location and always want to stay here again.
Our Editor Loves
- Free Wi-Fi
- Close to the beach
- Free parking
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
We had to evacuate the Gulf Coast due to Hurricane Michael, and the first hotel rooms we could find were at the Baron Inn in Fairhope (which is a darling little town with a cute downtown area and adorable vacation cottages for rent). Given our circumstances, we didn't have much option to shop around. The rooms were recently redecorated (thankfully, because I later saw "before" pictures). We stayed one night and paid $159 per room. The second night we were able to leave, so we tried to check out according to the "Late Check Out Between 11:00 am - 2:00 pm $8.00 Charge" sign on the front desk. We were told we had to let them know we wanted late check out when we booked the rooms. Since it was past 11:00 am we would have to pay the full rate of $159 per room again (even though we weren't staying). To add insult to injury, the price they were advertising rooms for online for that night was $89. When we asked why couldn't they charge us the rate that was online for that night - they told us the rates change day to day (??) and that we were in the Executive Deluxe rooms. Certainly seemed like price gouging, even though the Governor was warning against business doing just that to take advantage of those who were evacuating because of the hurricane.
If you are staying here, make SURE you are in a Deluxe room (or take a good look at the non-Deluxe room pictures) and check the internet to see about booking a room online... because at the front desk the prices/policies change "day to day".
by Kat B
We booked this budget friendly motel on short notice and it did not disappoint. The bay is across the street where the American Legion is open to the public with a Tiki bar on the beach. The motel is clean, the staff is friendly. There is a mini-fridge in the room but no microwave. The wifi is sketchy and we had to stand near the window or door of our room to connect. There is an Italian restaurant with a patio basically in the parking lot and it can get noisy but not super disturbing.
As budget travelers, our expectations were met and we were pleased. If you plan to book this hotel and pack your own meals keep in mind that there are no microwaves in the rooms.