Condo Rental VS Hotel

A First Timer's Guide to Staying in a Vacation Rental

Vacation rentals offer space and flexibility that hotels don't offer, making them an ideal choice for families and large groups for decades. Today, vacation rentals are as popular as ever for groups of all sizes. Vacation rentals boast a home-away-from-home feeling, featuring many of the common amenities and conveniences of home while you’re away. At SeaChase, we have a selection of vacation condo rentals that are all individually owned, well-maintained, beautifully decorated, and equipped with everything you need for a memorable vacation.

If you're weighing your options and trying to decide where to stay on your next beach getaway to Orange Beach, we'd love to help.

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Benefits of Booking a Vacation Rental

Compared with hotel accommodations, vacation rentals offer benefits like more space, added privacy, and desirable amenities. Groups and families love staying in vacation rentals because it allows everyone to have their own space as well as living and dining areas for everyone to gather. You can enjoy having private rooms and bathrooms, which makes it especially easy for everyone to get ready at their leisure!

Booking a vacation rental also helps you save money. Not only can vacation rentals accommodate larger size groups, each of our units has a fully equipped kitchen so you can cook meals whenever you’d like. Having a full kitchen can help save tremendously on the cost of food, plus you don’t have to abide by a hotel’s dining schedule.

Learn more about what's included in your kitchen setup below as well as local resources so you can stock your space with everything you'll need for a great stay. Whether you're visiting for a weekend getaway or planning an extended stay, our condo rentals at SeaChase will make you feel at home.

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Enjoy All the Amenities of a Luxury Hotel

Staying in a vacation rental doesn't mean you have to sacrifice the amenities of a luxury hotel. In fact, SeaChase offers all the most desirable amenities you want in your vacation, so you never have to get in your car once you arrive if you don’t want to. Take a short walk to the sandy shores of Orange Beach or roam the beautifully landscaped property.

SeaChase Resort amenities available to our guests:

  • Gated access to the beach
  • Indoor, oversized heated pool with deck seating
  • One indoor and three outdoor whirlpool spas
  • Children's wading pool with mushroom water feature
  • Elevated, fast-dry, lighted tennis court
  • Conference/meeting room
  • Fully equipped, state-of-the-art, fitness center with Gulf views
  • Two saunas
  • Private parking lot with after-hours security
  • Four outdoor pools including a zero-edge and infinity pool

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Onsite Concierge Service

Our concierge service at SeaChase is available seven days a week to help you make the most of your stay with us. Our dedicated team is here to help you find the perfect spot for dinner, discover the area’s best attractions, and answer any questions that arrive during your stay. With years of experience and first-hand knowledge of the area, the SeaChase Resort team is happy to help you make the most out of your vacation to the Alabama Gulf Coast.

Need help booking your vacation rental? Our team is happy to assist in finding the best unit for your group based on size and needs. Reach out to us with any questions you have! You can submit a contact form or rental inquiry form on an individual property page for more information.

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What's Included in Your Stay?

All of our vacation rentals are individually owned, so check the details of the property description for the unit you are renting. All of our vacation condos feature full kitchens with an oven, microwave, a coffee maker, refrigerator with ice maker, and dishwasher so you can cook all your meals at home if you want.

Vacation rentals at SeaChase are also equipped with TVs, WiFi, and an in-unit washer/dryer. You’ll also enjoy comfortable furniture, luxurious bath towels and linens, open living and dining spaces, and updated interiors.

You'll be provided with a starter-kit of essentials for your stay, which include:

  • Bed Linens & blankets
  • Bath towels
  • Bathroom tissue and facial tissue
  • Kitchen essentials (dishes, silverware, glassware, mugs, pots & pans, etc.)
  • Small supply of soap
  • Trash bags
  • Cleaning samples for kitchen and laundry

Keep in mind, this is just a starter kit and you'll need more to get through your stay.

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What You'll Need to Bring

In addition to getting all your essentials for the beach, you'll need to stock your rental with cooking and cleaning supplies. There are many great restaurants in Orange Beach, but cooking at least one meal a day in your rental can help to save a lot of money while you’re here.

You don’t have to waste any precious vacation time getting groceries either because there are several grocery delivery services available in Orange Beach.

Instacart and Shipt are two great options for grocery service to your vacation rental. Be sure to schedule your delivery ahead of time so you can reserve a delivery window for right after you arrive at your rental.

A few things to consider adding to your grocery list:

  • Paper towels
  • Dishwashing detergent
  • Coffee (and coffee condiments)
  • Condiments (mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, etc.)
  • Olive oil and/or butter
  • Paper plates
  • Countertop spray
  • Hand wipes/hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper

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Secure Your Stay With Travel Insurance

We've all learned the importance of preparing for the unexpected, especially when it comes to travel. Maintain your peace of mind and be sure to purchase your travel insurance when you book your reservation. We have partnered with RedSky Travel Insurance to provide Sun Trip Preserver® coverage for our guests. The cost is 6.95% of your total reservation. 

Learn More About Travel Insurance 

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Book Direct to Save On Your Stay

Booking directly with SeaChase will help you save on your much-deserved vacation. While many major online travel agencies will promise the best rates, they often charge additional service fees that you won't see until the checkout screen. You'll always receive the lowest rates possible when you book your stay on our website, plus you'll have access to additional benefits. Guests who book direct with us will also get access to exclusive offers and special discounts.