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“Nice hotel, great view of the beach!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sandcastle Condominiums & Conference Center

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Sandcastle Condominiums & Conference Center
800 Sandcastle Drive, Port Aransas, TX 78373   |  
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Austin
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Nice hotel, great view of the beach!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2008

My husband and I stayed there for 2 nights and we loved it! It's in the perfect location, right on the beach. The pool was awesome, definitely the best hotel pool I've ever seen. The rooms were pretty nice, average looking, but spacious and clean. Ours had a fridge and microwave and even an oven with a stovetop so we could cook if we wanted too. We had so much fun that we are planning a trip this summer with our son.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — nothing!
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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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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Midwest
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2008

This was our first time on a Texas beach for a family vacation. We stayed in condo 537, incredible Gulf views. Facility is showing its age but overall was maintained OK. Staff was friendly and helpful.
It was Spring break week so things were hopping on the beach. There was a mixture of families and college kids (but nothing like South Padre craziness). This place was near the town and had great security, constantly keeping out folks without a resort wristband. The biggest drawback was that the pool was not heated. We expected that the Gulf was going to be too cold but it was disappointing that the pool was just as cold. Pool was pretty much deserted except for a few diehards. It was a very nicely maintained pool area too. I'm sure by May it would be perfect. Overall was happy with the resort.
Eat at the Crazy Cajun and Port Aransas Pizza.

  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2008

Great place and location. Very close to town but right on the Beach.
We had the top floor end unit 1 bedroom which was awesome.
They do have photos on the condo website and you can actually choose your room after seeing it.

Tip: Eat at Shells right down the road !!! one of the best places I've eaten at in beach towns.

Pool was nice too.

Stayed March 2008
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2007

We stayed at the Sandcastle for three nights (Thursday - Sunday) for our friend's wedding, on the beach at this location.

The pluses: GREAT location. We stayed on the 5th floor, when I walked into our room and had a gorgeous view of the beach, it literally melted all stress I had accumulated during our 7 hours drive down. The walk to the beach took less than 5 minutes. There was also a very lovely pool available at the hotel site. The rooms, as they are condominiums, are all different. We stayed in 527, and it was quite nice. It was very clean, tile floors, small fridge, stove, microwave, kitchen necessities. There was also a tv with dvd/video combo built in.

The minuses: The staff were not very knowledgable, friendly, or helpful. The young guy who took our reservation over the phone and checked us in, was ridiculous, and barely spoke a word to us... played with his tongue piercing the whole time.. yuck. Also, while this was a condo unit, I expected some hotel items to be provided. Example, as we were there for a wedding, we needed an iron which was not in the room. We were told (rather rudely) at the front desk that this required a $10 (cash ONLY) deposit... and to 'watch out, it's still hot.' Also, there were no tissues, hand soap, extra toilet paper in the rooms either. Also, when asked, neither front desk employee could recommend (or name) a good seafood restaurant on the island. The first guy said, 'you mean for like, fried shrimp? because I don't like seafood otherwise.' (to which I rolled my eyes). Come on, you work at a hotel, on the gulf, on an ISLAND. Finally they gave us a phone book to look through.

All in all the experience was good, the wedding was nice, however you're getting what you pay for as this is a pretty inexpensive place. However, it was clean, comfortable and convenient. We would stay here again, but we might shop around a little bit first.

  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2007

My boyfriend and I stayed in a studio/efficiency unit (#111) September 14th and 15th. We loved the proximity to the beach, the boardwalk leading through the dunes (with the freshwater pond full of turtles!), and the large pool area with its numerous umbrellas and lounge chairs. We had a great view of the pool/hot tub and the beach. The staff was pleasant, too. The unit we rented could use some updating (I believe the complex was built in 1983), especially in the bathroom. Having a refrigerator, sink, microwave, toaster and stove/oven in the unit saved us a lot of money and time and was so convenient. There's only minimal housekeeping here (they come once a day to replace the towels and take out the trash), so everything else is up to you while you're in the rooms.

As another posted mentioned, the pool area is open until 11 pm, so if your unit faces the pool, the noise level will be loud until 11 pm.

Overall, it was a good deal for the price we paid.

  • Liked — Beach view
  • Disliked — Dark interior hallways
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Houston, Texas
2 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2007

Beautiful, clean rooms. Friendly, helpful staff. Got a gorgeous beach view deluxe room at a very reasonable off-season rate. Beautiful pool, wonderful beach. And one of the few places left that still have smoking rooms! Hated to leave and already planning to book another trip soon.

  • Liked — Privacy, proximity to beach, cleanliness of room, pool
  • Disliked — Can't think of a thing
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Richmond, TX
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2007

Home away from home! We went for a nice family vacation and plan to be back sooner than in a year. We found a room from the webpage just the way we wanted it and it was more than we could have imagined. The boardwalk made it great to go to the beach without having to drive. People were friendly and helpful. We really don't have anything to complain about except for having to come home.

  • Liked — View
  • Disliked — Friday travellers getting in late and being noisy.
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Sandcastle Condominiums & Conference Center

Address: 800 Sandcastle Drive, Port Aransas, TX 78373
Location: United States > Texas > Texas Gulf Coast > Port Aransas
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 39 Specialty lodging in Port Aransas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sandcastle Condominiums & Conference Center is located in Port Aransas and on the Gulf of Mexico. Rental units consist of efficiency, one bedroom, two bedroom and three bedroom condominiums. Amenities include two tennis courts, fitness center, large peninsula pool, 2 large hot tubs, fish cleaning building and free wireless Internet service. Discover your intimate vacation or corporate retreat at the Sandcastle. ... more   less 
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