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“Very pleasant stay at the Holiday Inn Express” 5 of 5 stars
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2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   727 South 11th Street, Port Aransas, TX 78373   |  
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Ranked #9 of 19 Hotels in Port Aransas
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“Very pleasant stay at the Holiday Inn Express”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2009

We just returned from spending 5 days in Port Aransas at the Holiday Inn Express. Everything was "as advertised". Clean, friendly, great breakfast, nice pool and close to the beach (well within walking distance). We chose the "Jr suite" which had 2 queen beds and a sofa sleeper. We booked a month in advance so the price wasn't too out of line and I definitely suggest doing this to save a few bucks.
The staff was friendly and helpful. The hotel provided towels at the pool, and the ice maker was always ready to fill our cooler.
Please note;
There are no balconies. So you're limited to the dryers (at $2 per load) and the bathroom shower rod if you have wet bathing suits/beach towels.
The beds are a little too firm for my liking, but my kids were happy with them.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay a lot and will definetely stay here again!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2009

Very good location (2 blocks to beach) and convenient to restaurants/shopping/ferry, clean, attractive hotel, friendly/polite staff, room was a good size/clean, but loud air conditioner.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2009

We were there at Spring break but other than the hassle of having to wear a wristband to identify ourselves as guests of the hotel, we had no problems with the springbreakers in the hotel at all. Rooms are nice, modern and comfortable. We took the kidsuite, basically a room with a part sectioned off between the bathroom and main room where there're bunkbeds and a separate TV/game console with a small chair - 6 y/o LOVED having her own space. One of the better HI breakfasts, lots of hot items, quickly replenished too. Staff were really friendly and seemed like a good team - the front desk lady was helping to fold towels quite happily. The pool is pretty nice for a HI too, towels are provided there too. It's a 5-10 min walk to a nice section of the beach. Seems a family friendly section of the beach even at night (but turn right and drive 5-10 mins that's where the wild parties are every night!)), quiet and seaweed wasn't too bad. Nice that you can shower off the sand before heading back too.There's a really good restaurant Shells just round the corner - it's small though so you may have to wait for a seat. Great little vacation spot!

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2009

We booked hotel online and stayed for three nights. Room was king suite on the third floor overlooking the pool. I was worried about noise from the pool but never experienced any noise problems during our stay. The suite appeared to be two room joined together. The front portion was the living area with couches, table and TV, then the kitchen area with clean microwave and fridge, marble counter tops and plenty of storage space. The bathroom was the standard size found in any other hotel room. The back portion was the bedroom with closet, TV and desk.

The room was clean and fresh. No bugs, mold or beach sand like you will find at other beach hotels in the area. My Iphone picked up that Wi-Fi was available on the third floor, but the signal was so bad I could work faster on the 3G signal. I am guessing the hotel Wi-Fi is probably limited to the lobby area and I was just picking up stray signal. No big deal.

The breakfast and dining area were clean and the food was ok. Nothing special, just the normal hotel food which suited us just fine.

The pool was nice, water warm and not to crowded when we went. All the staff we met were friendly and answered any questions we had. The location is the best in town, about two blocks to the beach. It is easily walked.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this hotel to friends and family.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2009

We stayed at the Holiday Inn (two very short blocks from the beach but we still drove and parked) in a suite which I LOVED. We've stayed in the beachy style condos before and I prefer the clean modern hotel room look and free breakfast It had a kitchenette (cabinets, drawers, mini fridge, microwave, sink, paper towels, coffee maker w/ coffee and tea) so I brought tons of food and we only ate out twice. Washer/dryer on each floor ($1 to dry, $2 to wash + $1 for detergent). Big fish tank in the lobby viewable from breakfast area too. All the boys slept in the living room (sofa bed and portable crib) so we got the bedroom to ourselves Holiday Inn breakfast was 6 to 9:30am - boiled and scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, three cereals, yogurts, biscuits w sausage gravy, three juices, tea, coffee (decaf too), milk (skim too), toast, butter, jellies, bagels, cinnamon rolls, oranges or bananas. The pool was gorgeous and very small kid friendly. There's a 6 inch depth baby pool with three little fountains, a bench seat that goes all around the main pool that our kids loved walking on - part of it backs to a fountain that is a mini waterfall into the pool, steps and shallow area are 3 feet so our 6yo could walk in that and 4yo almost could. There's also a hot tub. The pool/hot tub area is enclosed by the hotel on three sides - one side had a tall fence so was cozy

There's no water view from the hotel so you might want to ask for a pool view. And top floor if you can to avoid little feet jumping above you. It felt awesome getting in the pool after being at the beach. Beach parking is $4 but we never did pay for it b/c the one time we were there in the morning we didn't notice them parked there collecting money (oops) and they were never collecting in the evenings when we mostly went to the beach. One time we drove by just to see the beach on our way to Corpus and saw them parked.

My account of our trip below:

Well we ended up going to Port Aransas - it was soo pretty. Seaweed was definitely not an issue, there was some but a very narrow strip of it, not continuous and far back from the water. But we did encounter a LOT of jellyfish and saw two portuguese man o' wars (which btw are not jellyfish and you should not put vinegar on b/c it makes the sting worse). Two guys both touched a portuguese man of war (grr after I told them not to and why) and got small stings (Joshua on his finger and then got it on his neck/chest/back). The hubby got jellyfish or man o' war stung on his leg and chest/neck while in the water and got rashes out of that.

I was body boarding Monday night and while gliding along on a little wave the top of my foot went sliding across the top of something squishy. My foot swelled up some so I had to take my toe ring off. And then yesterday my other foot felt stingy and swollen too so I must have gotten some of the microscopic little stingers on it overnight. And then by rubbing my feet I got them on my hands It wasn't awful, just a bit uncomfortable and stingy/rashy feeling.

But the man o wars is pretty scary b/c some people are allergic and can stop breathing so look out for those if you go - they have transparent bodies with blue tentacles. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portuguese_Man_o'_War

The Port A water is very shallow for a long distance so very safe for kids. There are some waves that knocked them over once they were waist high but there are none of the huge waves that anyone would go surfing on. It's very silty water so you can't see your feet - a downside b/c you can't see if you're near an underwater jellyfish, or anything else. In the evening the fish would jump and skip along the waves - one theory is that they do that just for fun It sure looked fun. The Port A beach is very very wide so tons of room for sand castle building and digging holes, running around. The surf goes in and out in a very satisfactory way. Water is more gray than blue so that's one downside if you've seen blue water before but it's beautiful in the evening We went three times in the evening and that was my favorite time of the day to go - between 6pm and 9pm. The one time we went during the day (10am to noon) the hubby got super sun burned and was pretty miserable the rest of the trip. That was despite putting suntan lotion on him and not getting in the water during that time - guess he sweated it off? He was making a sandcastle with the little boys. He now has little blisters on his shoulders

We took one day to go to Corpus Christi and visit the Texas State Aquarium and USS Lexington (hubby's favorite part of the trip). We didn't go to the beach there (it's so much narrower than PA's and has tons of little crushed seashells in the sand and not as natural looking with all those tall buildings behind it) but rather beat it back to PA for an evening beach trip that day But first I insisted on checking out Beach Access 3 (we were usually at zero). It was GORGEOUS with very few people and at that point you can drive right up to the water. But not planning to go right onto the beach or anything our low to the ground minivan got stuck just on the little access road where some sand had piled up We got it out with a couple people helping us to push, putting our beach mats in front of the back tires, and good use of a sturdy little sand shovel to dig out the front tires hehe. But another family tried to go out onto the beach in their Suburban and got VERY buried. A Jeep had to come get them out. Only trucks with the giant monster tires were out on the actual beach. Despite the two big trucks on it, it looked a lot more beautiful/natural because there weren't the pylons blocking the beach from car traffic and all the cars parked behind them. But also no showers/portapotties like there are at Beach Access 0 (the northernmost one on Mustang Island).

I highly recommend the Pizzeria Port A, on the road between the ferry and Beach Access 0. They have a buffet between 11 and 2 and 5 and 9:30 - $6.50 for adults, children are 40 cents times their age, 3 and under eat free. Pizza, dessert pizza, salad, soup, pasta, soft serve ice cream. They make everything from scratch and you can tell - yummo!

Between 3:30 and 4 or so the fishing boats come back with tourists at the white sign that says "Dolphin Watch" (and at various other fishing charter places) and you can go see what they all caught - various fish and sharks - they measure and filet them. There's a candy shop we didn't get to that apparently has great home made fudge. And I was dying to go into a shop called Popsicle Toes that specializes in anklets and toe rings but they were closed the one time we went by for Father's Day.

On our way home we drove all along the bay and through the little downtowns of Rockport and Fulton - very pretty. It's neat to see the big beach houses on the water as well - some have canals in their back yards. Rockport's beach was a bit small and doesn't really have waves (some very very gentle small ones) but that would make it very toddler friendly. It's also the only certified "blue wave" beach in TX - so very very clean and water is clearer than most. There's a playground and some covered beach areas and a natural saltwater pool.

At Fulton on the way home yesterday we stopped at a restaurant called Charlotte Plummers that was recommended to us. We sat in their upstairs outdoor area which had a view of the Fulton Fishing Pier (free to walk on or $2 per pole), a playground (which includes a handicap swing), and lots and lots of cute boats parked It was pricey compared to our usual fare (max entree was $20 or so but also lower priced items like pasta or cheeseburger) but did have a good kids menu ($5 average) - grilled cheese, fish and chips, etc. We then walked out to the end of the public pier and saw a dolphin jumping around and four kinds of jellyfish o.0 They were everywhere.

Then we came home Exhausted lol. We were there four days (two were traveling days though). I think a week would have been best to really get to see all the side things I wanted to - Maritime Museum and Fulton House in Rockport, a beach day at Beach Access 3 (south Mustang Island) would have been great. We never got to check out Padre Island's beach. Didn't get to try that fudge or peek inside Popsicle Toes and tons of other neato looking shops in Port Aransas, Rockport, and Fulton Would have wanted to do a Dolphin Sunset Cruise (various ones at the different little towns) but hubby gets seasick.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2009

Booked "Suite" thru 800 national number and told that room included two bedrooms and two baths. To our surprise when we got the room key it had one room with one bath. Nice for 6 people to share. Pull out couch worse than sleeping on concrete. desk was no help said to complain to national line. Also, when you figure out the total cost with the lack on beach access and small pool, it is better to stay at a bigger place like Port Royal or Myan Princess. It costs about the same figuring you have to get two rooms with the Holiday Inn. Make sure you know what you are getting before you travel!!!

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2009

I tried to book a room arriving on sat. checking out on mon. ( memorial day weekend). Online their were many rooms available for those days as long as you check in on friday. Saturday was blocked out for check ins completely. This is a 3 day weekend, not 4. Some people can't be there on friday so why should we pay for an extra day we don't need! I guess custome satisfaction and accomodation is not important to Holiday Inn. CALLED HIEXPRESS CORP. AND THEY SAID THIS IS A FRANCHISE DECISION AND THEY WERE POWERLESS. I'M TAKING 30+ PEOPLE TO OKLAHOMA FOR SPORTS TOURN IN 3 WEEKS. WE WILL NOT BE STAYING AT A HOLIDAY INN. VACATION ON YOUR SCHEDULE NOT theirs!!!

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 727 South 11th Street, Port Aransas, TX 78373
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Location: United States > Texas > Texas Gulf Coast > Port Aransas
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Port Aransas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Port Aransas / Beach Area 2.5*
Number of rooms: 74
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Port Aransas. Located on the Texas Gulf Coast, Port Aransas is a one stop destination for fishing, birding, beach combing and relaxation. Whether you are in town for business or pleasure our hotel is proud to be the preferred lodging for quality and service on the island.Our hotel is conveniently located 1.5 blocks from the beach and within walking distance to many of the best shops and restaurants. Our island is home to the Harvest Moon Regatta, UT Marine Science Institute, Newport Dunes Golf Club, Mustang Island State Park and three stops on the Great TX Birding Trail.Our hotel features swimming pool with swim up benches, waterfall, kiddie pool and hot tub for relaxing after those long walks on the beach. Our business-minded guests will appreciate our fully-stocked business center and free Internet access throughout our hotel. Guests also have access to our fitness center equipped with a treadmill, stationary bike and 3 station weight machine.Enjoy a new way to start your day with the complimentary Express Start hot breakfast bar. Cheesy omelets, fluffy scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits & gravy and crisp bacon have been added to our famous cinnamon rolls and other delicious breakfast items. On your next trip to Port Aransas, remember to Stay Smart and visit us at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Port Aransas! ... more   less 
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