When you ask for historic & quaint, you get a lot of character with a few limitations.
On check-in I received a surprise, complementary upgrade from a queen room to the upstairs corner suite (room 29) with separate living area, fridge, and microwave. The bedroom itself was very large with plenty of room to unroll a yoga mat, and a clawfoot tub! There was a shower in the separate bathroom. Décor was suitable antique-y. The queen bed was super comfy but the head & foot boards were made of iron; the foot board had weird projections at thigh-level that whacked the h*** out of my leg till I draped white towels over them to remind me to steer clear.
It was lovely to sit in a rocking chair on the porch with a beverage and watch the world go by. At peak season the traffic noise might be a problem, but in January it was lovely. The inn’s location is excellent, a stone’s throw away from the intersection of Cotter Street and 361, with the harbor & Fisherman’s Wharf, home of the Wharf Cat and Scat Cat, across the street.
Stairs to the second floor rooms were narrow and steep and the handrail didn’t go all the way up – it’s necessary to grab onto the posts of the upstairs guard rail toward the top of the stairs. Also, they are painted gray so that it’s hard to tell where each one ends. At the beginning of my 3-night stay I thought I’d get used to them but found myself less and less comfortable as the visit went on.
The heating/AC unit in the living area was so high up in the wall that I could barely see the knobs. It was quite a stretch to reach them, and I’m 5’5”. Windows were painted shut so couldn’t be opened, which is a shame for fresh-air fiends like me. Controls on some of the blinds were broken and couldn’t be opened or closed. The room did not include a hair dryer, alarm clock, or Kleenex, but I’d brought my own.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With 200' long porches to relax on since 1886, the longest porches in Texas stretches and relaxes along with you. The salt air and breezes are gently encouraged by old-fashioned ceiling fans. The sweet creaking of roomy rocking chairs blends with the pages of a novel being turned. Where each room is decorated in period antiques and no two rooms are alike and where there are no televisions nor telephones. If our place sounds like your kind of place, then please consider this an invitation to make yourself at home. We're waiting to treat you as part of our Tarpon Inn family and encourage you to wonder if it's possible to stay forever,or at least a couple more days. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tarpon Hotel Port Aransas