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“Good place for families on a budget” 3 of 5 stars
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700 Island Retreat Road, Port Aransas, TX 78373   |  
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San Antonio, TX
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Good place for families on a budget”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

My family has been staying at Island Retreat ever summer for several years. The rates are good for condo stays so close to the beach. This establishment is for any family who have kids or people who just want an average, safe, great location to the beach. They offer on site security - no crazy parties, full size pool. Each unit is a little different so be sure to go to the virtual site to check out the rooms. Good rates during off season and friendly staff.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013 via mobile

Cant remember the room number but it was on the ground floor facing the gulf. The pool was right across the parking lot...no complaints... had a great time...only thing is the cost of the room I guess...I just wish it was a little less so I could stay longer and come back more often!

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

Stayed in #2 right above the office. The room smelled musty, was incredibly dated, had dead bugs on the bathroom floor and the worst part is the bedding was incredibly soiled. The comforters had clearly not been washed in a very long time. The bed was also very very uncomfortable. We were scared to touch anything.

Needless to say, we cancelled our remaining two nights and moved on down the the Best Western. So glad we did. On my way to right a great review for them right now!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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CaseyIslandR, Front Office Manager at Island Retreat, responded to this review, June 27, 2013
Thank you for your review we appreciate all comments and suggestions left by our guests. We do apologize for the lack of cleanliness in the condominium that you rented with us this past May. While each unit is individually owners and bedding will differ, the cleaning quality is within our control and measures have been taken to ensure that you never experience such a low level of service at the Island Retreat again. We would love for you to consider us on your next trip to Port Aransas and give us an opportunity to earn your business by making your next stay comfortable and enjoyable.
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Austin, Texas
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

Great location to enjoy Port Aransas. Stayed in unit 4 and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Everything we needed ... clean and comfortable. Big flat screen tv and fast reliable internet. Planning to return

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Austin, Texas
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

Right on the beach, got a low season rate, the whole family was happy. Played tennis, the pool looked inviting (it was a little cold). The place is 20, 25 years old, but everything worked, it was clean, and the staff was fantastic!
Stayed in #126, small, but it was fine. WiFi and good TV. We celebrated Thanksgiving and the kitchen allowed some excellent cooking to be done.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012 via mobile

Highly Recommended! We're trying to visit Port Aransas twice a year and this place is defiantly one step above them all. The facilities great, the staff is great and the price is awesome. Salina the property manager and Megan @ guest service went above and beyond to ensure we're having everything we need. If you plan to visit to Port Aransas you should definitely stay there!

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Texas
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

We stayed in #139 during what they consider "peak season" and it is definitely NOT worth the price. The week we were here was the week school started in Texas and there was nobody here so I do not consider that to be peak season for prices.
The room was very nasty and unclean. They didn't even mop the tile floors. The carpet is gross and needs to be shampooed. The kitchen appliances are all very old and rusty. The bathtub has rust and mildew in it. The window seals had food and I don't know what else on it. It needed to be cleaned and wiped off. The curtains were broken and the screen door to the sliding glass door was non functional. It was just sitting outside on the back porch. They had tried to fix the broken curtain with a rod that isn't even the size of the door, so it doesn't shut all the way and everybody can see into the room....all the way to the bathroom. This is important because the room is located right by the walkway to the beach and the public rinse off shower. (These are the only good things about the room.) One bar stool was broken and when my 3 year old try to sit on it the foot step "broke." It was very clear that the stool was broken before we had arrived. The clock on the wall doesn't even work. They left one nasty,old broom for us to use and no dust pan. The electricity was always going out also. The beds are extremely hard. It's just like sleeping on the floor and we had to go out and buy foam pads to sleep on. One bed was so super squeaky that we put the mattress on the floor because any slight movement would wake up the whole room from the noise. Overall, it was a terrible experience and we will never stay here again. It's cheap but there are rooms that are nicer for just as cheap or $25 more a night. And, it is well worth that extra $25. Oh, and we found ants in the room too =( We will never stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Island Retreat

Address: 700 Island Retreat Road, Port Aransas, TX 78373
Location: United States > Texas > Texas Gulf Coast > Port Aransas
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 39 Specialty Lodging in Port Aransas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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