The Isla Grand Beach Resort's location is outstanding. The beach was great (although you will want to wear sandals as there was plenty of broken glass and jagged aluminum cans around the volleyball nets). This is a family and pet friendly resort.
Check-in was fast and there was ample parking. Our second floor cabana had a nice view of the ocean, tennis courts and pool area from the balcony. The room was dated, and certainly not what I would expect for the price, but it was kept clean. Perhaps the rooms in the tower are nicer?
The one thing my family noticed throughout the stay was how unfriendly the majority of the staff were. From waiters in the Windjammer, to the bartenders in the Whiskey Shack bar at the pool to the housekeeping crew. And especially the bartenders next door to the upstairs restaurant. I only went into the bar once, as they acted as if they were quite put out having to wait on me. The bar was dead that night (Tuesday) with a table of 5 watching the live music, and 3 others sitting at the bar. I had to wait a few minutes for one of the 2 ladies working the bar to end their personal conversation and reluctantly take my order. We typically have great experiences with resort staff, as we are very friendly people ourselves. We spoke with other guests who had the same impression of the staff at the Isla Grand.
All in all, our trip was nice, but I would only consider staying here again if the rates were deeply discounted. South Padre Island was great (our first family trip here), but we were told by many that tourism was down this year (perhaps a good negotiating tool for those of you planning a trip).
- Also Known As:
- Isla Grand Beach Hotel South Padre Island
- Isla Grand Beach Hotel
- Hotel Isla Grand Beach
- Radisson South Padre Island
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