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“Doesn't look a thing like online photos” 2 of 5 stars
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The Inn at South Padre
2.0 of 5 Resort   |   1709 Padre Boulevard, South Padre Island, TX 78597 (Formerly Howard Johnson Inn and Resort - South Padre Island)   |  
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Ranked #21 of 33 Hotels in South Padre Island
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Doesn't look a thing like online photos”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013 via mobile

First of all it was overpriced for what we got I advise to stay at the Pearl down the street because its the same price for a better room and view. The building and rooms were outdated including the tube television that had very few channels. The staff was not very helpful and housekeeping took all of our towels and only left two. The pool was dirty and crowded and the jacuzzi wAs the size of a kiddie pool. We had a room with a jacuzzi tub but the dials were broken. Overall terrible experience and I would recommend you stay somewhere else. The photos online are very misleading.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Harlingen, Texas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

We have stayed at the Inn at South Padre several times. The rooms have been recently upgraded and the staff are marvelous. They cannot do enough for you. Excellent free breakfast every morning. Great swimming pool, close to beach and restaurants.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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Weiser, Idaho
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

This hotel is very clean and family friendly. The staff are all so attentive also. There is a fairly good size pool with a small jacuzzi and also clean. The breakfast is great with a good variety of hot food. Free WiFi! Sure it is a older place but has been taken care of well.

Room Tip: Ask for rooms that are on the first floor and have the doors open toward the side road. It would mak...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

Older hotel that has not been maintained. Everything appeared to be dated and worn, especially the towels. Seeing this makes me wonder about what else is being neglected. For the rate we paid, i expected more.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Brownsville, Texas
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

Pam is the manager and Pam is wonderful. Pam cares about her guests. The staff are very nice. The rooms are spacious and beds are comfortable. The hotel has a great hot breakfast. Free breakfast. Free parking. Free internet. Free Wifi. In the evening, there was a family friendly movie at the swimming pool area. Free coffee 24/7. A gracious and welcoming hotel. New management is working hard to make this hotel look new again, so expect to see renovations here and there.
Hints: I live a few miles from the Island. I avoid the island on spring break. During spring break, the island gets crowded with young people, and every condominium and hotel has to work to keep crowds of spring breakers who are not guests away from the pool and the free breakfast if they serve breakfast. During spring break, expect extra security like wrist bands and door guards at spring break at many places on the island. Off season, the island is a gracious, slow-moving place that is great for older folks like me. The drive-through part in front of the hotel does not directly lead to the hotel parking lot. You have to circle the block to get back to the hotel parking lot. It’s easier to park on the side of the hotel and walk to the lobby. Pam knows great things to do on the island.

Room Tip: I asked for a room with a view, and got a room on the second floor, facing away from the street. Th...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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McAllen, Texas, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

I got this reservation through a local half price special, so my stay was cheap. Still, the first room they gave me had a toilet that sounded like a screeching truck when it flushed and the safe didn't work. We were given two small pillows per bed so we asked for two extra pillows. We had to ask four times for the pillows. By 11:00 that night (pool closes at 10:00) people were out at the pool, very loud, and staff were not in a hurry to close the pool. Doors didn't close well. It is a very friendly place, but they definitely need to work harder to make this worthy of the "resort" description.

Room Tip: Don't get a room overlooking the pool or your sleep will be disturbed.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Dallas, Texas
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

We booked this hotel for the weekend before the spring break week in Texas. Although, it was a little pricier than other similar quality hotels in the area, we decided to go with it because it had decent reviews at priceine.com and it was in a good location.

Unfortunately, our experience at the hotel was more than frustrating. We booked the hotel through priceline.com and we paid with our credit card in advance.
The moment we arrived, they announced us that because spring break was coming up, we would have to put a security deposit of $250 and that they force their residents to wear wristbands which they check at the entrance to make sure that no outsiders enter the hotel. And that they charge $15 per person for the wristband!!! We were 4 people, so we would have to pay $60 extra!

The reservation policy I got from priceline.com listed that there was no security deposit and did not mention anything about extra charge for the wristbands. I was OK with the deposit, because I knew we weren't going to break anything, but I though the deal with wristbands was ridiculous and I tried to tell them nicely that we shouldn't be paying for the wristbands, since there was no such agreement when we booked the hotel. They did not agree and after a lot of arguing and frustration we decided to pay for the wristbands, since we had not other option. Needless to say that was just a way for them to make money, because nobody really checked if we were wearing a wristband or not when we were entering the hotel. Out of frustration, I actually never wore mine, but nobody ever cared.

As if all that was not enough, I went to check out, they told us that the room we used (2 queen beds) was supposed to be used by 2 persons but we were 4, and so they would have to charge us $40 more. When I asked them why they did not tell us anything when we checked in, although they saw all four of us and gave us four wristbands to wear, they said that they forgot about it!!

Very rude staff. Never using that hotel again.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1709 Padre Boulevard, South Padre Island, TX 78597 (Formerly Howard Johnson Inn and Resort - South Padre Island)
Location: United States > Texas > Texas Gulf Coast > South Padre Island
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Top resorts Hotel in South Padre Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — The Inn at South Padre 2*
Number of rooms: 89
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Also Known As:
The Inn At South Padre Hotel South Padre Island
Howard Johnson South Padre Island
South Padre Island Howard Johnson
s Padre Island Hotel

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