The Lodge at Gulf State Park, a Hilton hotel has opened its doors after a much-anticipated return to Alabama’s Gulf Coast.
Guests of the 350-room, beachfront hotel, located within Alabama’s Gulf State Park, will enjoy stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico or Lake Shelby with direct access to the emerald green waters of the Gulf and over 6,150 acres of trails and activities within the Park.
The Lodge at Gulf State Park is the first full service hotel to open in the area in 20 years. It is a premier meetings and events destination, offering a wide array of indoor and outdoor event space, perfect for conferences, special occasions and gatherings of any size.
Under the management of Valor Hospitality Partners, the new Lodge operates with a focused commitment to the sustainability and preservation of the coastline, environment, wildlife and fauna of the Park and the region.
“At Hilton Hotels and Resorts, we are redefining sustainable travel, and we are proud to welcome this responsibly designed and operated hotel to our portfolio,” said Vera Manoukian, senior vice president and global head, Hilton Hotels and Resorts.
“With its vibrant location in one of the nation’s top state parks and its wide variety of offerings, this new hotel is well poised to set the standard for accommodations in the region.”
The new, re-imagined hotel was sensitively designed by LakeFlato and Rabun Architects with a native landscape by Sasaki Associates.
The building footprint was reduced by nearly one-third and set back by 200-225 feet from the Gulf to allow for greater dune restoration and natural dune movement.
The buildings are positioned to take advantage of gulf breezes for natural ventilation and to maximise natural lighting of the interior. This design reduces energy use by 32 per cent and interior water use by 35 per cent.
To demonstrate a commitment to protecting the environment, the facility has targeted some of the most rigorous sustainability goals in the hospitality industry: LEED Gold, SITES Platinum, and FORTIFIED Commercial certifications.
The interior design is focused around a contemporary coastal aesthetic and was inspired by the hotel’s surrounding environment and the history of the former Lodge. The concept was brought to life by Dallas based interior design firm, Looney and Associates. Their design incorporates colour, texture, and contrast to create comforting spaces that seamlessly transition from outdoor to indoor space while maintaining high levels of energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.
“From our unprecedented sustainability initiatives, and unbeatable beachfront location to Hilton’s legacy of exceptional service, The Lodge at Gulf State Park addresses and exceeds the expectations of today’s travellers,” said Bill Bennett, general manager, the Lodge at Gulf State Park, a Hilton Hotel.
“We look forward to welcoming guests to our unique property where nature is at your doorstep at every turn.”