We visited South Padre the week after Memorial Day and I expected a crowd but we were pleasantly surprised by the light turnout. The reviews on the Pearl were spotty but we decided to try it, and no regrets. I liked the tile floors throughout the ground floor and especially in our room. I've been in hotels by the beach with carpet and wow, you are walking on a goopy mess of sand and spilled drinks. Tile cleans slick as a whistle. The standard room has a couch and a small table. I would have preferred to have some kind of desk for the laptop, there was just a little pullout shelf. I guess we had a newish mattress because it was very comfortable. We were on the 7th floor and liked the nice view from the balcony. I could hear people in the adjacent rooms at times, the soundproofing was less than optimal. I asked for a wakeup call and nobody called me, but fortunately I had set a backup alarm. Room cleaning was really early, if you sleep in you may need to tell the maid service working its way down the hall that you want a touchup on your room, otherwise your have to call the front desk for some fresh towels at least.
The pool is very good. They even played well-chosen music there. The hotel is in a great location at the south of the island and near a lot of good restaurants and places you will want to sightsee. The rooms are not cheap but this is a nice hotel. You can stay at a Motel 6 for less than 1/3 of the price but its a small nasty room many blocks from the beach and no pool, take your pick.
Its a short boardwalk directly to the beach and a convenient shower on your way back. There is a swim-up bar but the drinks are expensive. We took a small rollaround cooler with us as checkin luggage and stocked it with our own adult beverages purchased at a nearby store. The room had a minifridge, the nearby icemaker worked, each floor has a coin laundry room. The hotel is 12 stories and I would have liked an observation room up top, no dice.
The beach at South Padre is luxuriously broad and clean - and it is all public. We saw chairs and umbrellas in front of the hotel and figured they were for us, but not so unless you pay extra. Only about a sawbuck but I felt like they should have been included with the price of the room. People walking down the beach sometimes tried to claim chairs, the concession nazi would assiduously run them off which made for occasional drama.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled on the island's southern tip, the Pearl South Padre is a premier oceanfront resort for families and couples who want to experience tranquil views and soft sand beaches in South Texas. Warm rays of sunshine and tropical breezes await your arrival. From the moment you drive down the palm tree lined brick road and discover our lush landscaping and pristine beaches, you'll know why the Pearl South Padre is South Texas' "Best on the Beach" resort destination. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pearl South Padre Hotel South Padre Island
- South Padre Island Sheraton
- Sheraton South Padre Island