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Mustang Island, Texas….. who would ever think a RV would fit down here, and who would ever think we would come down here to find out? As soon as we arrived that first day, we walked down to the beach—we were in high winds, high waves, and higher piles of seaweed on the beaches, but it still was a fun afternoon on the beach. Why are the laughing gulls out in full force? Are they laughing at us?
Finding ourselves on "this side" of the Gulf ...
... boardwalk to the beach then he returned to "G/G" to get some towels. The boys played for a while in the sand and a little in the water. After about 30 minutes, we returned to "G/G", cleaned the kids up then they departed for home. It was nice to be with them for a while and the boys got used to us. We'll see how long that lasts.
Dinner tonight was a catered affair, not great but OK. Overall, the meals this weekend ...
So OK go ahead and ask me what we've been doing today. Are you ready for the answer?
Actually, not too much. The day started normally, weather nice, not too windy, mostly clear with some clouds rolling in later in the afternoon. We ate, ate, and ate some more!!
First eating occurred at breakfast time, of course, but not too much breakfast because we were going out for the Red ...
... There were a few things we needed including some printer ink for the printer we carry in "G/G". Well, while we were out, we stopped in Arby's for a quick lunch. We haven't been to Arby's since before 5 Mar.
After returning to "G/G" we just chilled, except you know a woman's work is never done so I did 4 loads of laundry (have I told you how much I like having a washer ...
sand fest was going on the weekend that we arrived. our campsite was a couple of blocks from the beach so we were able to walk to sand fest for the three days. we got to see the progress of the sand sculptures. good music (kinda), fun food, sand, beach, happy people:.what's there not to like. well maybe the crowd, but we have found on this trip that most of the "good places" are crowded, but if you are not driving around in a car, it's not as bad. walking, biking is ...
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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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.