Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites- South Padre Island
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This eve we are doing some home improvement projects with Joan, I worked on her screeen door and made it a little tighter and smoother closing. Bev is helping redecorate her cabinet doors in kitchen.
I almost forgot to mention that Flat Stanley has been accompaning Bev and I on this trip. He ...
... topics, and driving me nuts and I cannot sleep, or at least
put my mind to sleep, and there is only so much news you can read on “I Google”,
so I proceed to write to clear my mind so I can go to sleep. Of course the
saying “Just thinking out loud” is not mine, its Doc Adams, Steve from PEI who
I heard it from, which he usually proceeds or post scripts with, “Not for me to
say!” and he has usually proceeded this with a ...
Another semi-lazy day. Up at 7:30 and made a few phone calls. We had lunch scheduled today with Joan and her water aerobics group that have lunch together once a month. For sure, Bev was the youngest and I was the next youngest. Guessing their were over 40 seniors in the group. I have to admit that they had a great time celebrating an early St. Pat's Day. No green beer, but lots of Irist stuff. Great location and great food. We ...
It was a pretty lazy day. Started with a great Mexian breakfast at Manuel's, a small family run resturant. Then we climbed the steps of the light house in Port Isabel. It was an interesting and challenging climb. The last set of steps were actually two ladders that were straight up. It was a beautiful view but it was overcast so pictures were not the greatest. Then we drove to the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge. This area is know for the only remaining ocelots. ...
... that commute. As you travel out of town the sand from the beaches beome more evident. Pictures will help tell the story.
After a little walk around the complex where Joan lives, and along the wharf for those that have boats, we went to have dinner at Pier 19. Food was great and the sunset beautiful. A nice relaxing day that ended with a conversation with a old friend from Thermop that I hadn't visited with for over 20 ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites- South Padre Island
O.k. This first part is the hotel review. This hotel is the second to last hotel on the far North end of South Padre. Parking is excellent, both in front and behind the hotel. Hotel is Very new. Very clean. Free broadband internet connections in rooms. Free internet access in business office. Printer, scanner, fax access. Beach towels. Rooms were new, clean, and roomy. Had iron and board, Microwave, refrigerator. TV. View of lagoon in front and pool in back. Not quite tall enough to see the gulf. During mid May, the hotel was a ghost town, very quite! No bar, no restaurant. Continental breakfast with dining area and large flat screen TV. Pool is nice, not heated, but has a small waterfall in the back of it. 3- 5 feet of water. Music. No direct sun after about 3 p.m. Hot tub is nice. Big enough for 8 adults. Clean. Outdoor bathrooms at pool. Also , like they have an area out there to host a picnic. It's contrary to the no food or smoking signs, as I saw a large barbeque one day and a grill on another day. Exercise room with a few machines, very new. Small shop with pop, ice cream, lotions, etc. Hotel staff was friendly and helpful. I felt it was an excellent deal for under a hundred a night.
I guess I've been to too many really nice beaches on both coasts and thus expected too much. It's an average Holiday Inn. It had a partial view of the ocean. It is on the beach, but the beach is all seaweed with brown ocean water and brown ocean water waves crashing. No one was swimming, though 15 miles down the road in Port Aransas there were some swimmers.
One of the better HIEX
I have also stayed at many HIEX and particularly like the newer ones like this hotel. Immaculatly clean, well-run and good value. Rooms are like new and kept immaculte. The hotel itself has a small swimming pool at the back and is at the end of the strip as it were - one of the last hotels before you arrive at the convention centre and leave town! It is about 2 miles to walk into the "centre", but this is quite a pleasant walk and there are pavements/sidewalks on both the main road as well as the road which runs along the coast. South Padre has a range of places to eat, and although it appears to be a bit too "party" orientated, it does offer something for everyone. The beaches in the area are beautiful.
We've stayed in many Holiday Inn Express's and this is probably one of the nicest. The building was very clean and quiet, although it was quite empty when we stayed. The rooms are spacious and the pool area looked nice, even though we spent our time down at the beach- a short walk away. The rooms are pretty ordinary, but the high ceilings, large bathrooms and ceiling fans give the place a little more upscale feel. Since windows don't open, I'd recommend a room in the front of the hotel so you can at least wake up and look out at the water(the Laguna Madre). And the hotel is far enough from the road that noise is not a problem (and on the quiet end of the main drag).
Fabulous stay at this immaculate, new hotel. We stayed in a suite for 3 nights and thoroughly enjoyed the pool with waterfall, hot tub, complimentary breakfast with warm cinnamon buns. Friendly and helpful staff. Great rates.
Swam at the beach, saw the sea turtles, went horseback
riding, and fishing. Can't wait to go return!
We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express South Padre the
Taking you down a notch! Que Gatcho!!
Couldn't believe the lack of service at this hotel when my wife and I stayed two days ago. Room was not clean at check in and some older lady Maryanne or something, said she was the manager, but was utterly rude, crude and very unrefined. We asked for a clean room and were told to sit in the lobby and look at the unclean and dead-fish filled aquarium while they found a room the was clean. Couldn't. Had to wait for one to be cleaned up and stuff. It was 9 at night people! Why does this happen? Bad management. Staff was totally snickering n stuff at us. Bad experience!
Had a heart
Although I never actually made it to this hotel I want to share my experience. I live in Houston when Hurricane Rita was a huge threat to the coast, and was mandated to evacuate. We opted to head south to avoid the huge traffice jams that were heading north. I called on Thursday night for a reservation---they not only discounted the rate by 2/3 but also waived their cancellation policy since the storm was so unpredictable. We never had to leave since the storm went East and we opted to stay and ride it out. In an age where a profit margin is the bottom line, my family truly appreciates the compassion this company offered when our future was uncertain.
My family and I just got in last night from South Padre Island. I wanted to let y'all know about the staff, breakfast, pool, closeness of the beach, and other little details.
AWESOME! Would deffinately revisit!
We had origionally planned to stay at Bahia Mar but it was a DUMP, so we moved to Holiday Inn Express and that was the best move we made! The hotel was clean, comfortable and the rooms are nice. We spent a lot of time in the lobby with the group we were there with and never felt uncomfortable. The staff was very helpful and courteous.