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“Overall it was lovely” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Sandcastle Condominiums & Conference Center

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800 Sandcastle Drive, Port Aransas, TX 78373   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Houston, Texas, United States
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“Overall it was lovely”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

If I could give this a 3.5, I would.

For my boyfriends birthday this past weekend, we decided to run away to Port A. We arrived on Friday about an hour before actual check-in (which is 4 p.m.- 6 p.m.) and I went in hoping our room was ready, even though we were early, I was completely prepared to drive around the island to kill an hour if need be (I've vacationed in the area before and it's not unheard of). Thankfully, our room was ready! We snagged a covered parking spot (and had the same spot for most of our weekend) and stayed in 328, an efficiency, but more than enough room for 2 people who planned to spend most of their time at the beach.

Unit 328 was nice but needs a few updates. The fridge had rust along the exterior and the soap dispenser in the bathtub did not work. The bed also could have been more comfortable...I slept fine, but I'm only 5 ft tall. My boyfriend is nearly 6 feet and woke up to aches and pains each morning. I don't hold that against the complex, but definitely hope the owner will update soon. We were also confused a bit by housekeeping. We didn't realize they had even been in our room as nothing was changed(no towels moved, no beds made) except we had a new roll of toilet paper on the toilet when we came back into the room.

That being said, the facilities were amazing! We loved the convenient beach access, spent our days on the beach, would run out for a late lunch, then would go to the hot tub at night. The other guests were nice and just friendly and everyone really was just focused on relaxing and having a great time.

We definitely plan on going back again (probably for my birthday in July) but will try out a different unit on the property.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Stephanie P, General Manager at Sandcastle Condominiums & Conference Center, responded to this review, March 27, 2013
Thank you for your review. We are sorry you were not completely satisfied with your room. Your comments will be forwarded to the owner. Please keep in mind that you can view virtual tours of our units through our website, or you can call our reservations desk and inquire about the availabiltiy of newly renovated rooms. We thank you for your patronage and look forward to seeing you again this summer!
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  • 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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Austin
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

We love to stay at the sandcastle. We asked for the same room that we had last time. (319)

The staff is professional. The pool is huge with a waterfall/fountain. 2 big hot tubs. A boardwalk to the beach.

I think this is one of the nicer places close to town.

We somehow booked the last days of the winter Texans and the first days of spring breakers. Huge contrast in guests. I prefer the off season.

Depending when you stay you may have very different experiences.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 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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PortABeachguy, General Manager at Sandcastle Condominiums & Conference Center, responded to this review, March 10, 2013
Thank you for staying with us and for your review! We do have quite a diverse group of guests who stay at Sandcastle. We enjoy being able to accomodate groups of all ages and having amenities that appeal to all ages. We look forward to seeing you again at a time when you can take full advantage of our peaceful surroundings.
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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

Our weekend trip to Port A left me wanting to return to see the beach sometime! Our condo was so fantastic and the view so breathtaking, that we never made it to the beach. The pool was clean and not very busy, and there was a nice outdoor double hot tub just below our unit too. I dont think i will ever want to rent anywhere else on the island and I have stayed at half a dozen or more condos there. Thanks for recommending it!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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PortABeachguy, General Manager at Sandcastle Condominiums & Conference Center, responded to this review, February 20, 2013
Thank you so much for your review! We are happy that you enjoyed staying on our property and provided you with a great experience. We look forward to seeing you again soon and maybe you can make it to the beach next time!
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Premont, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

Sandcastle condos are located right on the beach in the heart of port aransas, texas..best location in port aransas...very nice condos, well maintained and very clean...excellent restaurants are at your fingertip...no having to drive 5 to 10 miles to dine...

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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PortABeachguy, General Manager at Sandcastle Condominiums & Conference Center, responded to this review, February 20, 2013
We appreciate your review and mentioning our wonderful location! We hope to see you again soon!
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Fairview, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

I have been coming to Port Aransas since I was a child. I now bring my own husband and kids here. We love the Sandcastle! I like that it is in town, so you get both the beach and you are close to restaurants and shops. We rent a one bedroom in the U on a lower floor so we can sit on the balcony and easily watch the kids in the pool (they are teenager's but we still keep a close eye on them). The boardwalk is such a nice short walk (some of the condo's, like Port Royal, have nice board walks but it is quite a hike (very long). Before you choose a room be sure to check out the virtual tours of each room on their website since some our outdated, while other's have had nice renovations. We will continue to come back!

Room Tip: Check out the virtual tours! Also, the first floor isn't actuall ground level, the parking lot...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PortABeachguy, General Manager at Sandcastle Condominiums & Conference Center, responded to this review, February 20, 2013
Thank you for your review and especially for mentioning our virtual tours. We are glad that you have enjoyed Sandcastle for so many years, and we look forward to continuing being a part of your family vacations.
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Austin, Texas
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

We have stayed here many times over the years and have always been pleased. Condo is right on the beach with private walkway to the water. Very nice pool and spa. Workout facility is adequate with treadmills, stationary bikes and multipurpose nautilus machine. This facility has its own private fish cleaning house and barbecue area.

New to their website is virtual tours of each room so you can decide what suits your taste in decor as they are all different.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 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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PortABeachguy, General Manager at Sandcastle Condominiums & Conference Center, responded to this review, January 28, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write your review with the added description of the property. We hope to continue to make all your vacations here at the Sandcastle as enjoyable as the last.
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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

I chose the SandCastle Conference Center for my wedding and reception location. Planning this from out of town was not an easy feat, but the staff at the SandCastle went out of their way to make sure that everything was handled and then some. The cost to rent the facility was nominal for what we got in supplies and service. I am so very grateful to Thelma, who manages the conference center, her front desk staff, the maintenance crew and housekeeping. The part that is usually the biggest headache for most brides, was something I really didn't have to worry about here. The condos were great, no complaints from any of my guests. You can see photos of the Conference Center on the SandCastle's facebook page, and how it was perfect for our wedding.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PortABeachguy, General Manager at Sandcastle Condominiums & Conference Center, responded to this review, January 28, 2013
We are so happy to have assisted in making your wedding such an enjoyable experience. We thank you for using our facilities and wish you a lifetime of joy and love!
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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 #6 of 39 Specialty Lodging in Port Aransas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 180
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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