Lighthouse Inn at Aransas Bay
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Waking up in London was both happy and sad. Happy, because we are going home to see our girls and jump back into our life! Sad, because it was so wonderful to have two weeks together, free from duties or stress. For us to have this adventure was truly a gift that we will not take for granted. It has reminded us that we are adventurers at heart. The beauty of the greek islands will stay with us as we return to Austin.
... we were not guests and should not be walking on private property. There was no sign at the entrance of the boardwalk which identified it as private property. Anyway we made our way over to the main road and easier than the way he eventually told us.
Bob picked us up, we made a stop at Whataburger then showed Julian the shark mouth (at the entrance to shop) before we returned to the campground. Bob dropped us off at ...
... cake). So then it was time to eat again, but dinner tonight was SUBWAY sandwiches since we had a big lunch.
After dinner, we stuck around for a couple of hours for visiting. I played a couple of games of FARKLE and Bob visited with Larry Gordon.
Now it's time to relax and get ready for bed. Tomorrow is going to be a busy day starting with breakfast, then a membership meeting.
Today is the first official day of STR Rally. But first things first.
This morning I thought I would sleep in so when I woke up at 7:30, I stayed in bed and dozed until my internal alarm screamed at me to get out of bed, it was 8:30ish. So I got out of bed and started my day (of course Bob already had started his day). Anyway, after breakfast we decided to take a trip ...
... corpus cristi , took a ferry over to aransas pass and than drove to rockland where we spotted a nice looking rv park on the water, called sand dollar resort. it wasn't too far from aransas wildlife refgue, but the weather was so bad that we didn't go to the refuge, next time. and there will be a next time!!
the rest of the time was going back to the birding places and to the beach. we are headed back to blanco and than we will post our last blog.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Lighthouse Inn at Aransas Bay Rockport
Review the Menu!
I am a frequent guest at this little hotel. I can not say enough about the service and overall quality. On my last visit the hotel was completely booked. Though, that evening the dinning room was almost completely empty. I found out later that the menu had been replaced with a narrow selection of high-priced gourmet selections that in my opinion will not appeal to the average family.
There are many other fine restaurants in the vicinity, some within a short walk. So, do not let this deter you from an enjoyable stay, just check the menu before you sit.
Great facility, lacking on service particularly in dining room
We did a quick overnight trip with our 10 year old to do some fishing in Rockport and after looking at the reviews here I thought this would be a great place. Beautiful place, great rooms, very clean and a great view. The service, however, was lacking. We called ahead and spoke with the front desk on fishing facilities and were basically told nothing. We had dinner at the hotel and it took over 2 hours to get one course and one glass of wine; there were only 6 tables occupied. Food was okay when it arrived but the servers were very inexperienced and clearly the kitchen can't handle crowds. Crowning touch was we checked in with our son and needed the sleeper sofa: it wasn't made up and no linens were left. At 9:30 in the evening we had a wait to get linens which were given to us at the door so we could make up the bed. Conclusion: beautiful spot but the service really needs a lift.
What a great hotel. I'd feel the same even if it hadn't had such an incredible view. My King room was certainly larger and better appointed than what I expected for the price. I had a full kitchen, separated bedroom and living area, and 2 TV's. The A/C worked great, the shower was excellent and the bed much, much better than average. Add the superb bay view (be sure to get the bay side!), and this is a top-notch property.
Excellent view of the bay
I really enjoyed the superior view of the bay. It's very relaxing watching the boats and birds pass right in front of your room (for rooms on the waterfront). The food in the restraunt is certainly the best in Rockport. I really liked the Victorian reproduction theme.
Beautiful hotel and excellent value
We just returned from four days at the Lighthouse Inn. The best part was sitting on the rocking chairs on our porch on the bay watching sea birds, sunrises and sunsets and moonrises over the water, and the oyster (later shrimp) boats come and go. We even saw dolphins rising from the water in the distance. The decor of the room and inn was superb - and I am particular about these things, as well as comfort. The beds are comfortable and there are Bath and Body Works toiletries that smell so good and Starbucks coffee in the room. We ate at several restaurants in the area, and all were good, but the meal at the Inn's restaurant was the best. The entire staff was friendly and genuinely seemed glad we were there. We took several day trips including birding and alligator watching at Aransas Natl. Willife Refuge - an hour or less away, and going to the Texas State Aquarium and seeing the USS Lexington Aircraft Carrier in nearby Corpus Christi, and were glad to come "home" each afternoon to sit on our porch and watch the boats come in. There is a lot to do in the area, and especially at this time of year, the rooms at the inn were a very good value.
Christmas at Lighthouse Inn
My husband and I recently returned to Canada after spending nine days in Texas over the Christmas holidays. For three nights, we stayed at the Lighthouse Inn at Aransas Bay.
I had chosen this location due to the good reviews on this site but I was a little disappointed. When we checked in on December 24th, we were asked if we had made reservations for the lunch buffet on the following day. We had not known about this so we were told that the event was sold out and we would have to find lunch elsewhere! I was extremely disappointed that we had not been contacted in advance about this - the inn did have all of our contact information from the reservation.
I guess they did not think it important enough to advise their guests in advance of the limited resources during the holidays. I thought where we were staying at an inn, we would not have to worry about meals during the holidays...that at least the guests in the facility would be provided for...I will never make that assumption again.
We were also provided the name of two nearby restaurants that would provide dinner on the 25th - the inn's restaurant, The Palm Room, would be open for guests only but with a very limited menu. When we tried to get better directions, the clerk was unable to give clear directions although she advised she had lived in the area all of her life.
We stayed in a Captain's Suite which was very nice and since we had a full kitchenette we when out and bought some food and cooked many of our own meals during our stay. The suite was very nice - very much like a small apartment with the small kitchenette, table and living room area with the bedroom and bathroom off this main area.
My other complaint was the lack of cleaning by the housecleaning staff. The first day (25th) we did keep the no disturb sign on the door all day but nothing was cleaned after that - not our sheets and certainly not the bathroom. The room was not even vacuumed during our stay. For paying $139.00 US a night, I expected better service in this area. It appeared that the housekeeping staff only came in our room to empty the garbage cans, make the bed and then replace the used towels. Once again, we had not been informed that we would receive such limited service so I had expected more.
We did eat in the inn's restaurant for our last night of the stay. I was not completely impressed with the service and the food was okay but not spectacular.
The views from the inn were fantastic - my husband enjoyed sitting on our private deck.
Would I stay here again - unsure.
Not just average!
Fantastice hotel. Feels homey like a B&B, warm and inviting. Rooms were great, I'd recommend upgrading to an ocean view, it has a balcony with two rocking chairs. The beds were heavenly and cozy. Everything at this hotel was not just average, but even the fixtures were custom upgrades like the faucets. Attention to detail when they put this hotel together!
My wife and I and our 2 year just stayed at the Lighthouse Inn Sept. 15 & 16. The hotel is superb. Everything is exceptionally clean inside and out. This hotel really is first class from the carpet & hardwood floors to all its furnishings. It is right on the ocean (literally 10 yards away) and only a 2 minute drive to the beach. There is a $3 fee to get into the beach but it is well worth it. My wife and I were a little concerned that the hotel wasn't on the "beach" but the drive ended up being no big deal. I suggest getting an ocean view room. Each room has a balcony with two rocking chairs and a table. Everybody in the hotel is very friendly. The pictures on their web sight really don't do the hotel justice. The hotel restaurant is exceptional. Our favorite was breakfest but dinner was very good as well. The prices are reasonable with ocean dining and dining in the area. I recommend eating at the little Italian restaurant down the street, Bellinos. It is only open Thursday - Sunday nights. Otherwise I would only eat at the hotel restaurant. Anyone staying in Corpus Christi should consider staying here. It is only a short 30 minute drive up the coast from Corpus Christi and the traffic is very minimal. The area is low key and very quiet. If you're vacationing in Corpus Christi give this a try instead. You will not regret it.
This is a beautiful hotel. The nicest in the Rockport Fulton area.
This is a wonderful hotel The nicest in the Rockport Fulton area. I know, I have stayed in most of them. The staff is wonderful, and very eager to accomadate you needs. Beautiful rooms and grounds. Pool is excellent. Rooms are very quiet and comfortable. Beds are the most comfortable I've ever experienced at a hotel. Overall stay was a very pleasant experience. Very relaxing. This is a place I like to go to to escape reality.
Absolutely loved this hotel. The location is fantastic, we saw dolphins swimming just a few yards from our room! Its worth paying extra for a bay view room just for that. The rooms are very nicely furnished and have fridge and coffee facilities and bathrobes. The rocking chairs on every balcony is a lovely touch. The restaurant is good, although we ate out quite a bit. Lovely pool and hot tub out the back which is very welcome. The staff could not do enough for us, even let us use their computer at the back of reception when we couldnt get our laptop to work. Would recommend this hotel to anyone, we are going back in August ourselves!