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“Not at all pleased with Laughing Horse” 1 of 5 stars
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A Laughing Horse Lodge
503 East Avenue G at 11th Street, Port Aransas, TX 78373   |  
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Arlington, Texas
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Not at all pleased with Laughing Horse”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2005

Their website looked OK and we had two small dogs, so we booked for three nights. After the first night we decided this was not the right place for us, ie. doors needed repair, very small bathroom, small kitchen, one room has no air conditioning, living room sofas were bed springs with blankets over them....all of this for $213 per night !!!!!! The next morning when we tried to check out, the co-owner tried to charge us for the two additional nights because we had reserved their most popular room. The management was VERY unfriendly and threatening. WE WOULD NEVER STAY HERE AGAIN AND DO NOT RECOMMEND IT FOR ANYONE.

  • Stayed August 2005
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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, Management at A Laughing Horse Lodge, responded to this review, August 16, 2005
I guess we cound respond to each of the issues mentioned here. But the bottom line is the guest had friends staying at another property and he wanted to move to where they were. Like most destination vacation properties, we are not a one night rental and require guests to pay for their scheduled time. This guest's complaint is motivated by his desire to bail out on his stay and move over with his friends, and our request he live up to his commitments. For those of you who know Laughing Horse Lodge, he was in "The Buzz"; far and away the most favorite of our cowboy camp cottages. You be the judge.
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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17 hotel reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2005

The staff at the Lodge was GREAT! They were very helpful and friendly. We came with our dog and it is a wonderful place for animals. The staff even treats your dog with kindness! The cottage was very clean and roomy. My only complaint was the air conditioner. It did not reach the back rooms and thus, we were rather toasty. If you enjoy a blast from the past, this place is for you. If you want newer accomodations, you may be disappointed. My kids loved this place, too.

  • Stayed June 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2005

A Great place to take your pooch. Loved the mangers, they checked on all the dogs staying at the lodge to make sure they were well behaved and the owners were responsible. The rooms were adorable and very clean. We will come back.

  • Stayed June 2005
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2005

My wife, two schnauzers, and I recently made one of our many annual journeys down to Port Aransas. We had always found it difficult to find lodging for our pets, until I found the Laughing Horse. It was a place we knew little about, but we wanted to give it a shot. Life, however, is about experiencing new things. What a blessing. The staff was tremendously accomodating. The rooms were quaint, clean, and private. There was no worry of people stomping down the hallway, annoying the dogs, or doors slamming at all hours of the day and night. The cottages were perfect for our quiet little getaway. I hope to visit again soon. If you're the type of person that likes pleasant conversation, a personal touch, and friendly folks, maybe you should visit the Laughing Horse Lodge and find out what a great place it is. Thanks, Lance W. Billings

  • Stayed June 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2005

After reading some of the older reviews, I was not left with high expectations. However, one of our friends goes every year for his anniversary and we trust his opinion. Also, we wanted to bring our 2 small pugs to the beach, and a Laughing Horse allows pets.

The room was lovely and super clean! I was very pleased with our accomodations. The kitchen was fully stocked with every utensil you'd need to make a meal.

The bed left the only thing to be desired--it must have had 6 springs in it! Both my husband and I had back pain on the 2nd night.

Overall, i was very pleased with our room (and I'm VERY picky!). Choose the cabanas with 2 rooms, living and kitchen. We had our own closed-in porch and grill.

The owner was super nice and accomodating. She spent a long time in the morning after we checked in, giving us directions to places in Port Aransas for fishing, eating, etc. And gave us a dog bowl full of treats for our pugs.

I would recommend staying at a Laughing Horse, and will definitely be heading back next year!

  • Stayed April 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2005

A large group of myself, friends, and family have been going to the Laughing Horse every year for five years. The cabins are clean, have full kitchens, cold AC, and a very relaxing/beachy/retro feel to them. To top if off, the price is almost impossible to beat! After reading some of these reviews, I had to voice my personal opinion and experience. We have NEVER had a bad experience. The staff is always courteous, rooms clean, and have never had any problems with the dogs allowed on premises. The fact that they do allow pets is one of the reasons we were initially drawn to the place to begin with. The only recommendation I would have for those not familiar with the area, is to avoid the weeks of Spring Break if you are looking for a quiet escape. Many college students spend Spring Break in the area as of the last few years and it is impossible to expect a quiet getaway during any Spring Break along Texas coasts. Definitely give the place a try! We adore it!

  • Stayed March 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 503 East Avenue G at 11th Street, Port Aransas, TX 78373
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Location: United States > Texas > Texas Gulf Coast > Port Aransas
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 39 Specialty Lodging in Port Aransas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Laughing Horse Lodge is a fun, kitchy, beach style, dog friendly Port Aransas fishing village property. We have 18 units of various configurations from efficiencies and kitchenettes to two bedroom free standing cottages with covered patios. We are not a condo or standard motel but are a unique 1950's place updated with colorful rooms and buildings. If you are ready for a fun beach experience, come on down!!!!! ... more   less 
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