La Quinta Inn & Suites South Padre Beach
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... beautiful vistas and a bonus fire ant bite in the parking lot at the end!
After our hike we had a quick shower (not together) and then headed out to dinner at Gueros, a local Mexican joint on Congress Avenue. Texas shares more than 50% of its southern border with Mexico, so it comes as no surprise that they have excellent Mexican food throughout the state! We had a fantastic meal including two whole servings of queso (cholesterol, anyone?) and chips with guacamole and ...
... and watch the birds and did we ever. we saw so many incrediable hummingbirds, orchard orioles, blue winged warblers, hooded warblers, summer tanagers, lots and lots of warblers that we could not identify. we feel so lucky to have seen these beautiful birds, needless to say, we went back there a few times and now, we are going to buy a better camera and a better binoculars!!!!
on the sunny day we took ...
... gates. Tavana reminded me when I picked up the iPads that show folks can't hang out around the gates during show time (something I'm supposed to enforce and will from now on), so if you're reading this and you're with the show, please be kind to me and not get me in trouble. Haha...wave, say hi, buy me a funnel cake, but please don't congre-gate. (Get it? Groan...)
Tomorrow is a jump to Elsa, TX. I think it's only about 50 miles or so...call time is 6:30am.
Was a lovely day - warm sunny breezy! Did bar hoppin thing! Spent most afternoon at Clayton's on the beach - just sat in chairs & watched the surf. Had cocktails & shrimp ! Got back appx. 4 ( I 4got my phone :((. ) bad idea - Just got a text from Lori that Sara is at hospital. Talked to Pete (5) and they're at Waconia. Have done some tests - she is nauseous, leg is numb has chest pain etc ...
... went back up and kicked his
ass off. Anyways, was a fun time, Margaritas $3., 16oz. beers $2.
This is why I like a bar, great place to meet real people.
SIX STRINGS DOWN
(A great blues tune by Jimmie Vaughan in memory of his
brother Stevie Ray. Change a few words and it fits Willie)
We are in shock! We are also totally devastated. We have
just heard of the loss of our good friend, neighbour and lessor ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews La Quinta Inn & Suites South Padre Beach South Padre Island
Great, relaxing vacation - thanks La Qunita!
We just returned from a mid-peak season stay at La Quinta, South Padre. I believe all rooms are suites with separate sitting area, microwave and mini-fridge. If you want ice for your ice chest, buy some. Because of this problem, the ice machines were mostly empty on the weekend and Monday. Bring bottled water as the water has a funny taste. But, the staff was wonderful and accomodating. The rooms were very clean and comfortable at a decent rate below $100. DO NOT accept a first room floor if there are others as there is no ocean view from the first floor. This is very much a family hotel so if you have kids, it is perfect. If you dont want to spend your time with noisy, unsupervised kids, forget the pool and hit the beautiful beach right out the back door where the beach service has chairs and umbrellas to rent. Only problems were the unsupervised kids running the hall and the overrun pool. They have free computer access and staff will run the kids off if they are hogging them. But we were there for the beach, anyway. We will be returning! Thanks, La Quinta!
Kids loved it!
The room was neat, clean, and roomy. The pool was very clean and warm during rainy weather. The access to the beach was better than we expected. Our children loved the trip other than the unfortunate rainy weather. Our only complaint about the hotel was the parking, especially during weddings. There was an occasion that we thought we might have to park across the street. But, all in all, it was a great place that we hope to return to again soon!
Nice, new, & great location
This is a very nice and new hotel. Staff were always cleaning something. In fact, they were repainting the hall while we were there. The rooms were very nice. Each one has a private balcony. They also have a small sitting area with sofa and two chairs. It has a huge patio area around the pool with many tables and a covered area. The location is the best part. It is the last hotel on the North end of the island. It is right across from the convention center and next to the Bahia Mar resort. Yet it is still just a few blocks from all the eating places. The only negatives I might mention is that the maids were very far behind each day in cleaning the rooms. The first day our room wasn't ready until after 4:00. And, they didn't seem to get around to cleaning ours until about 4:00 each day. Also, the breakfast could have been better with more variety. The juice machine was empty. You could make yourself waffles but the line was horrible. Overall, though, I would recommend this place to anyone. It's great for families and couples. I even saw several senior citizens there.
Beautiful location. . . . .
Just returned from a great trip in South Padre Island. The LaQuinta is a beautiful hotel with great beach access. The room was spacious, two queen beds and a sleeper sofa. Plenty of room for two adults and 2 or 3 teenagers. Large bathroom, a mini fridge, and a microwave. The room was clean and smelled great. The staff was constantly cleaning around the hotel. The pool was great - never over crowded, but the hot tub was a little too hot to use.
This is a good location - you're away from the main traffic of SPI, but not too far away from the fun. Not a lot of folks on the beach down around this hotel. You can visit the Sea Turtle rescue center across the street, right next door is a ATV rental location. Lots to do and see. A great location.
My family can't wait until our next trip down.
The only downside of this hotel is that there is not an ice machine on every floor. There didn't seem to be enough food for the continental breakfast, long lines that moved really slow. But, worst of all when the weekend rolls around watch out for those prices on the rise. Doesn't matter if you have been there the whole week, they still stick you for $50 to $70 more for the weekend.
Nice hotel,But church group took over hotel.terrible
Great place to stay for Spring Break
The comments posted for La Quinta seem to be done by people with families travelling with them, and as a college student, it might be helpful to post a review from my perspective. I went down to South Padre with a friend for Spring Break and was very pleasantly surprised to find the La Quinta in great condition (especially relative to every other hotel on the island). The beach wasn't crowded as it was down the island from the big spring break spot (definately a do-able walk) and the staff was VERY helpful and friendly at all times. Our room was kept very clean and we had an awesome ocean view eventhough the detail of room described it as "partial". The room was very spacious and the beds comfortable. It is a great place to stay for Spring Breakers because it isn't the typical crazy trashed hotel- definately more laid back-- but still kids around to party with. I'd recommend this hotel to anyone- families travelling with children included, but i'd suggest not going in March as that could be noisier than desired due to the spring breakers. Wake up early for the continental breakfast though- it goes VERY fast.
South Padre Island: Pretty Poor Management
My husband and our 3 year old spent 4 days here. After reading some of the good reviews about the new hotel and big rooms we were looking forward to it.
The hotel is relatively new and is located on the beach and the rooms are large. We booked ocean frontviews, double queens for 2 nights and the family 3 bedded suite for 2 nights. Both were around 80.00 online.
When we arrived, which was late on our first night there, there were no clean rooms available. We took the dirty chacuzi room -- the chacuzi was broken too, and they gave it to us for 40.00 half price. The next day they moved us to another room, which wasn't ocean front but had a partial view of the beach. The manager claimed the ocean front rooms cost 139.00 a night? Website is misleading -- those 139.00 rooms aren't mentioned, but they offer other double queen rooms with views for 39.99? I think we paid 80.00 for a 40.00 room. Someone else must have gotten the rooms I actually booked online.
They tried to accomodate us as best they could, but there was a wedding in the banquet room, and they had obviously squeezed us out of our original rooms to accomadate the very large wedding party. We did get a corner room on our last 2 nites and didn't have a problem with the noise; however, this particular wedding ended pretty early.
The facilities are not state of the art. The work out room has a few nice pieces, but is very small, and was over-run with kids playing on all of the equipment the entire time we were there. Outdoors, the hot tub was way too hot to get into and the heated pool was too cold to actually swim in.
Overall, the place wasn't very clean or well-kept. It might be a nice place when there isn't a wedding or other large event taking place.
For the same money, I'd stay at the Radisson -- they have a gorgeous and warm pool, or pay a little bit more and stay at the Sheraton. It is a La Quinta and not a resort hotel, so it is probably unfair to compare it, but for the atmosphere, service and pool area -- I'd stay somewhere else and if you're looking to spend less money I'd recommend -- The Travel Lodge, which has big rooms too, a free breakfast, a heated pool that is really heated and a hot tub, and is also right on the beach.
We've stayed there before and it is a great value for around 35.00 as well.
There also wasn't a magager on duty, and none of the staff, on duty, seemed to be able to speak English very well. You might fair better at this hotel than we did if you are fluent in Spanish, but maybe not?
The La Quinta is definitely interested in the bigger party clients and will cheat you, no doubt, if given the opportunity.
Great location but those Spring Breakers.....
The location of the hotel was the best we have experienced in SPI and we have been coming for 6 years. You are literally right on the beach and there is a lovely pool area that you walk through to get to beach access. Our view from our balcony gave us a partial beach/water scene and the room was a nice size which had a useful microwave and fridge.
However, upon check-in we were shocked at the damage the Spring Breakers had already done to this 6 month old resort! Our door frame had been partially ripped off and was replaced with a block of wood and the paint and plaster work had not been completed. The shower area was not cleaned and it was visible throughout the hotel how hard the college students had been on the property. Upon bringing it to the manager's attention they did try to resolve and better clean the room and adjusted our rate. Breakfast was a disaster with not enough food and very long lines! No one who spoke English serviced the buffet, and even the coffee was awful! As this is one of their marketing tools, we expected more from the food service. We would stay there again but make sure someone had inspected our room prior to check-in.
Beautiful Spot on South Padre Island
My husband and I recently spent our 25th wedding anniversary at La Quinta Inn on South Padre Island, Texas. The Inn was about 5 months old and had the best location on the Island as far as we were concerned. It is convieniently close to the Convention Center where the Wildlife Habitat is located. Just across the street are the Sea Turtle "hospital" and the "sporty" Parrot's Eyes watersports center. The Inn is very well staffed and the high ceilings in the beautiful rooms added to the elegance of the surroundings. We made good use of the pool with the fountains, and the beach, which was just past the sun deck. I was able to check out the equipment in the "training" room, and they were all state of the art. Use of the computer room helped me keep in touch with mail and IM's. Overall I'd give it a 9 on a scale of 1 to 10.
This is a nice La Quinta right on the beach BUT there is a ballroom that is rented out for weddings and parties. If your room is on the floor beneath the ballroom, forget about sleeping, listening to tv, or anything else during a party. And the management doesn't care. When we complained, we were repeatedly told that the party would end soon (four times over 2 hours it would be ending soon) and that THEY HAD PAID TO USE THE BALLROOM (I guess we hadn't paid for a room to sleep in or we didn't count). No manager was on staff (very odd but apparently true) on a Saturday night. Also, this seems to be a destination for Winter Texans who monopolized the breakfast area, taking extra food (for lunch?).