Emerald Beach Hotel
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Our family stayed at this Holiday Inn in Corpus Christi for two days in March. This hotel is very run down. When we first got to our room we noticed a broken/burned lamp shade and the entire side of the box spring mattress exposed with the siding coming off. There wasn't an iron or a tub mat. When we called to have an iron brought to our room, it took three phone calls and 45 minutes for them to deliver one. At that time I had asked for more towels and the missing tub mat; they never brought this to our room. When we discovered this at 10:00 PM, I called the front desk, and the manager said I'd have to come down to the desk to get these items. Be prepared to bring toiletries, as they give you one small bottle of shampoo, no conditioner, q-tips, etc., that other hotels supply.
The beach is dirty and we didn't dare dine in their restaurant, so I can't give a review of that.
Enjoyed our stay very much
It has been a few years since we stayed at the Holiday Inn, Emerald Bay. There were five of us, two rooms, the first time we stayed there. We enjoyed the beach and especially the waves, and also the fact you could walk out a long way and not be too deep, perfect for the age of the kids who were with us. We did rent the beach chairs and umbrellas and had no problem with vendor at all. Our room was fine, very adequate for our needs. We did eat there for some meals because we had kids who eat for free. We thought everything was excellent, the breakfasts were good as well as the evening meal. My husband and I enjoyed the Happy Hour with appetisors. One evening there was a managers cocktail party, and that was quite the spread, and all you could drink, top shelf stuff as well. Even the kids were allowed to eat. The second year we stayed there was in June, and that was even better since the water was so warm, the waves absolutely the best, and we had the same good service. We used their safe in the office, and we thought the employees were fantastic. Once again we were there during the time of the managers cocktail party which might be a certain night once a week. It was posted on the board by the pool area restaurant. You will need to show a priority card to be admitted to the cocktail hour, but your whole group is included, and the food was excellent, fresh fruit, shrimp, fresh veggies, and all sorts of appetisors, and again all you cared to drink. If we have the opportunity to go back and visit Corpus Christy we would definitely go back to the Holiday Inn. It made some great memories for us. We didn't get to the Padre Islands, but went to the National Seashore, which was alright, but I thought the beach was dirty.
This place was way too expensive for the quality. The rooms were definately dated and the windows were dirty (we brought our own lysol wipes because even at the nicest hotels you never know whos working!!!!) I felt safe and the grounds were clean, which was pretty important to me. The jet ski rentals, trampoline and the beach right there was definately a plus. We didnt really interact with the staff much but be careful getting directions from the front desk, make sure to only follow them if the person seems confident. The indoor pool was nice (beware of the chlorine smell, it is strong), the play area with ping pong, pool and tunnels was great for family atmosphere. Not too far away from attractions, we went to the Padre Island National Seashore which was beautiful and exactly what I remembered the beach being like as a child. The hotel is in the bay and you see buildings far off in the distance and I remembered looking hard to see nothing as a kid so I was glad that Padre Island was not too far away so my children could see "the ocean". I would stay here again I just hope that they remodel soon, Just update the windows and bathrooms!!
It seemed like one of the best looking hotels ON the beach. Some of the others were a little shady looking. Only go with ones that have really good reviews.
Overpriced, outdated, bad experience.
For $149, this place is a dump. Hasn't been remodeled in at least 25 years. Probably the worst mattress I've ever tried to sleep on. The pillows were flat as a pancake. The room they put me in had three walls on hallways, so it was very noisy. There were no windows, and the lighting was poor. I felt like I was in a cave. We were scheduled to stay three nights, but checked out after one. Unless you are desparate for a room, avoid this place. It would be acceptable at $49, but not $149.
On the good side, this is a family friendly place. There is an indoor pool, ping pong tables, pool tables, shuffleboard, etc. It's right on the beach too.
Nice place for the family
My husband and I and our 4-year-old son stayed there in April 2004 for two nights. We stayed in a "bay view" room, which is part of a two-story annex to the hotel. My son loved the hotel--especially the play area, which has a McDonald's-like slide, plastic balls, etc. plus air hockey, ping-pong, a pool table and retro arcade games. The staff were very nice and accommodating, especially in the restaurant. Order off the menu for breakfast; it's very inexpensive and surprisingly good. Dinner menu is OK. The room was clean and in good shape, but the bed sheets could definitely have been higher quality. (They were clean.) The view was beautiful--especially during a storm, with big waves rolling in all night. We had to get the hotel to quiet some late-night revelers on the floor below us. The beach wasn't very clean--too many pieces of small debris in the sand; not good for barefoot small children. One plus is that it's shallow quite a ways out. Another option is the Corpus Christi city beach, about five minutes away. It's much bigger and no less clean. The beach rental guy at the Holiday Inn was surly, as another customer has noted. All in all, better than we expected for a Holiday Inn and an ideal place if you have children. Don't miss the USS Lexington aircraft carrier, five minutes away from the hotel: It's a fascinating exhibit. Also very worthwhile is the Texas State Aquarium, right next to the Lexington.
Great for Families!
We stayed here March 14-19 of 2004. It is a great and friendly spot for a family vacation. The indoor pool area is kid-friendly, and the fitness center is for the use of adults. So you don't have kids romping on the fitness equipment like I have seen at other Holiday Inns. The pool area opens to the beach, with an outside bar, which closes early.
I did not experience any loud partying there, although it was during Spring break. The rooms were clean and comfortable. My only disappointment was that they would close some of the recreation areas for cleaning in the middle of the day, rather than clean it at night.
Overall, we had a great time and we would stay there again. You really need to plan on renting a car if you fly in to Corpus Christi. The hotel has shuttle service from the airport, but to see the sights a car is necessary.
Holiday Inn Emerald Beach
We stayed at this hotel late Aug. of 2003 for 4 days. Originally, we had checked in to one of their cabanas but the AC was not working properly and we were immediately accomodated to another room on the 4th floor with a view of the bay after complaining. The staff at check-in was indifferent but not rude. I found the room to be dated but comfortable and was informed major renovation was forthcoming soon. All staff was pleasant, room service was great, room was clean, their beach was immaculate, pool was clean. I would be willing to stay there again.
I was total unprepared for the holiday Inn emerald beach experience. If I had to sum the accomidations in one word I would struggle between "dive" and "nasty". It was so beneath my expectations I dont know where to start. The hallway carpets were filthly. Not a spot here or there.
Huge stains 2 to 3 foot across. Not one or two, everywhere. The grounds were littered with tools, ground equip, ladders. The room was dated and worn. The staff with the exception of resturant were unprofessional and indifferent. We also paid a three star price for no star experience and hotel. Absolutely unbelievable. I have had many a positive stay at Holiday Inn they are generally good properties. This is not one. Note: The hotel looked as if was in mid remodel however we stayed in their premium room not yet refurbished were charged an outrageous price for a dump.
Good Price Great Stay
Enjoyed our stay very much. Did not know that the hotel was dog friendly, so next time I will bring my dogs. If you want a nice hotel with just enough ammenities, this is the place to stay.
Better than expected- I liked it.
I was a little apprehensive as I usually like to stay at a 4 star or better. However, I already stayed at the Omni Marina in Corpus and they had too many negatives for me: small rooms, stained carpets and slow room cleaning. Also the Holiday Inn Emerald Beach is the only one directly on the beach on Shoreline Drive and I was traveling with children.
The front desk staff was helpful and polite. Although there was a convention going on they were still accommodating. The parking, although free is barely adequate. If you come in late you will have to park around a dark corner from the rooms.
I stayed in one of the "cabana rooms" facing the bay. It had a nice sized balcony (but only one chair, although on the last day I noticed that all the other balconies had 2 chairs). Two double beds, armoire with television, desk with chair and sitting chair. Beautiful view.
You'll see a beautiful sunrise if you awake early enough and the weather permits. Average sized room, very clean, furniture and bathroom counters looked new. Room and halls appeared freshly painted.
Kids loved the pool (4.5 ft highest ) and Play port (kind of like the McDonalds playrooms). They had karoake outside the pool area Sat night for adults or children who wanted to participate. Encountered one rude person at towel stand but all other employees tried to be helpful.
Don't rent one of the pool view rooms if you like peace and quiet and like to see outside. With the kids playing and yelling, I felt sorry for those who had only that for their view. Some of those rooms walked right out to the pool and unless they closed their curtains they were part of the scenery.
Kids do eat free with adult entree. Food just okay. Nothing to rush back for but adequate for day or 2. However KoKomo breakfast buffet had problem with cleanliness of plates (10 dirty to one clean). The dishwasher was not up to the job, but the manager was very apologetic and took the whole group of plates back to be rewashed.
The beach was nice. You can walk way out and still be waist deep. You can rent chairs and other beach necessities. Also there's a large trampoline with a slide that you can rent time on for the children ($5 day). We were going to but did not like the attitude of the rental employee: very abrupt and did not want to answer any questions, just collect money. So we decided he really didn't want our money after all.
All in all it was a very pleasant stay. I would return.
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