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“Air Mattress Nightmare” 3 of 5 stars
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Isla Grand Beach Resort
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   500 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597   |  
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Devine, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Air Mattress Nightmare”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

The resort location and proximity to the beach is what made the vacation. Facility in general is a little dated but very clean grounds and rooms. We stayed in a pool side double room that was typically what was expected for that room type. What wasn't expected was the adjustable air mattresses and the two full size beds vs. not having queen size. The adjustable air mattresses were very uncomfortable and almost impossible for two people to share, unless they are the exact same size, weight and never move. We all found ourselves to be unbalanced while laying down to rest or sleep. My guess to those that are traveling alone, it would not be much of an issue. The pool area was very nice and the walk to the beach was spectacular. Plenty of water sport activity options right on your beach, for an additional cost. We went out for all our meals, so no comment on food at the resort.

Room Tip: 1st level room seems a lot easier to access.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Houston, Texas
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Went down to S Padre for 7 Days Vacation with a friend. Resort is well maintained, Grounds are beautiful and lawns manicured. Don't even have to leave the Resort if you don't want to. Has great niteclub w/ Live Music. The Band we saw numerous times during our stay was Groove, Inc. Excellent show whether you want to dance or just listen. Bryan, the frontman, was excellent w/his guitar and excitement. Drinks very generous. Good mix of Tourists and Locals. Swim and Tennis facilities nice. A few too many kids around the pool and hottub. Food is ok, especially around the pool. Good local restaurants deliver also. Only bad thing was the Recreational Watersports Booth Beachside named Sonny's. Guess they handle the JetSki, Parasail, Bananaboat rides for the Resort. They resceduled our prepaid parasailing trip twice after we had confirmed reservaions and set times. I cancelled on the third try and got a refund. Still, had to go down to the beach at scheduled time twice and stand around only to be told would have to reschedule another day. With the diving, fishings and others activities we were doing, it was quite an inconveinence. They could have called the room and left a message.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Pearsall, Texas
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Everything you want in one place. Restaurants, night life, swimming pools, fitness room and the beach. The staff was very friendly and the entertainment was fantastic! If you did want to leave the resort you never needed to get in your car. We found some great restaurants and shopping all within a couple of blocks. Very easy walking distance. We will definitely be coming back to Isla Grand. There is something for every age group here.

  • Stayed August 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Austin, Texas
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

It has been several years since we have stayed at Isla Grand and the improvements are noticeable. The room we stayed in did not look or feel dated, was clean, and very large. The restaurant for breakfast was outstanding and the service was excellent. The two swimming pools are beautiful but I wish the water had been cooler-it felt like a lukewarm bath late in the afternoon. One concern was the amount of debris on the pool's edge later in the afternoon-it was obvious the guests left it there and no one from the hotel stakk had bothered to clean it up. One word of advise-if you stay in a cabana and want to walk out of your room and straight into the pool or beach ask for the first floor. If you stay on the second floor you have to enter from the parking lot side and although you have a beautiful patio looking at the pool and ocean you have to walk and take stairs to get to the water.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

This was our 2nd stay here and we were very satisfied with appearance and access to beach. Only thing we would prefer as we have a large family is being able to have our own food and drinks under the umbrella tables outside of the pool area.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 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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islagrand, Manager at Isla Grand Beach Resort, responded to this review, August 17, 2013
Thank you for choosing the Isla Grand Beach Resort. Im very glad to hear you enjoyed your stay with us, and also enjoyed our wonderful rooms and view. We do allow food and drinks under the gazeebos as long as they are not alcoholic drinks and they are not in an icechest. We do apologize if there was some kind of confusion or misunderstand on that matter. We really appreciate you taking time out of your day to share your experience with us.We really hope to see you again in the near future.
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Houston, Texas
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

It was not a special room in any way, rather dated and dark. The beds were fine and housekeeping
was very good, but room did not merit $350, it was Friday so that was weekend tab. However, with so many places to choose, I would look further my next visit to Padre. The staff in dining room, bar, and desk were all VERY helpful and personable. An aside, we used to stay at Sea Isle in
69-70's when it was it existed, and then replaced w/new structure named Isla Grand Beach Resort,
bringing back old times was the best part of our visit on our 62nd wedding anniversary! For that reason the visit was special,

Room Tip: we did not stay in main building and noise was not an issue, and did get a partial view of Gulf whe...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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islagrand, Manager at Isla Grand Beach Resort, responded to this review, August 17, 2013
Thank you for choosing the Isla Grand Beach Resort and congratulations on your 62nd wedding anniversary. We do apologize that you felt the room did not merit the price. We do have some special offers and promotions on our website www.IslaGrand.com or you can call our hotel associates and ask for any offers and promos and they will be more than glad to help you out. We will be renovating most of our hotel rooms throughout the end of the year. Hopefully you will give us another chance on your next visit to south padre. Maybe on your 63rd wedding anniversary you could come and enjoy our renovated rooms. We really appreciate you taking the time out of your day to provide us with this valuable feedback on our resort.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

This was our second time coming here, it was even better than last year. great location close to beach it was not crowded at all. the staff was very friendly room service was fast. I would recommend this resort to families. The only thing was that when we arrived in our room there was a paper with a list of activities for kids each day of the week. When we went to ask where they were at we were told that they are only on the weekend. Due to staff having to be cut down for cost. My suggestion would be not to place activity schedule during the week.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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islagrand, Manager at Isla Grand Beach Resort, responded to this review, August 19, 2013
Thank you for choosing the Isla Grand Beach Resort. We are very glad you enjoyed your stay with us. We do apologize for that confusion. The reason we still had the kids activity sheets during the week is because there are guest that stay full weeks with us. That way they are aware of the kids activities and cans make plans for the weekend. We have taken the proper steps to resolve this issue for the years to come. We would like to thank you for taking time out of your day to share your expirience with us. We hope to see you again in the near future.
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Address: 500 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597
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Location: United States > Texas > Texas Gulf Coast > South Padre Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in South Padre Island
#4 On the Beach Hotel in South Padre Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Isla Grand Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 187
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Also Known As:
Isla Grand Beach Hotel South Padre Island
Hotel Isla Grand Beach
Radisson South Padre Island

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