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“Fantastic Ocean View” 4 of 5 stars
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Florence II
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Padre Island, South Padre Island, TX 78597   |  
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Austin, Texas
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Fantastic Ocean View”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2006

My family & I just returned from a quick trip to SPI where we stayed at the Florence II Rm. 201 for one night. The place was well taken care of, quiet and clean. The first thing I noticed, well after the fact that we had garage parking, when we entered the condo was that it smelled like it had recently been cleaned. My two children thought it was the "most beautiful place ever." I think we got a heck of a deal for the money we paid.

The condo was spacious--2 beds (1 queen, 2 twins), 2 baths-- with an open kitchen/ living/ dining area. The view from the living room was top notch ( an entire wall of windows with 2 sliding glass doors--see pictures). There was a pool and hot tub, but we were only there for the beach. Our friends who were staying at the Inverness (right next door) commented on how well kept the property was, much better than their condo.

The beach access was fantastic, and the nighttime crabbing was a hoot. I do not think I have ever seen that many crabs on a beach. Just remember to bring a BIG bucket. Those boogers are fearless and mean! If you are looking for seashells, I recommend driving down Padre Blvd. to public access #6. There is a $3 charge to get in, but there are tons of beautiful shells (the further down you go, the better the shells). Also, don't forget to stop at Sea Turtle Inc. to check out their turtle rescue facility.

I should add that Island Services (the group that manages the unit we stayed in) requires a 3 night min. for reservations over the phone. However, for those who cannot commit to 3 days, if you show up & they have something available, you can rent for 1 or 2 nights.

We had a great time at the Florence II and we will go back!

  • Liked — it was clean & there was covered (free) parking
  • Disliked — the elevator was hot, but it was cleaned every morning so that made it bearable
  • Tips/Secrets — hunt for seashells at public beach access #6 & visit Sea Turtle Inc.
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Austin, Texas
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4 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2005

Light traffic on this part of the road and a short and safe walk to the liquor store. The condo is clean and roomy and very 'beach-like'. The balcony in the 2 bedroom is large and the windows overlooking the ocean are fabulous. THe sunsets are magnificant! This part of South Padre has the most crabs so if you're into hunting for beach crabs, this is the place to do it! The pool is quaint although everyone can stare down upon you from thier balconies. We will definently stay again!

  • Stayed May 2004
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2003

The location was quiet, with little traffic, as another reviewer said.
Just a short walk to pick up small grocery items. Safe parking area and nice neighbors. Very beautiful beach view and my morning jogs were great. I liked the little swimming pool, too.

The only bad thing was this big, Texas-sized roach that invaded one night. I had to lasso it and it took two of us to drag it outside. My understanding is that there are alot of those on the beach and they are hard to get rid of. I don't think they'll hurt anyone, and you should keep your food put up anyway, but they are rather large, almost a foot long with a wingspan of nearly a yard.

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Additional Information about Florence II

Address: Padre Island, South Padre Island, TX 78597
Location: United States > Texas > Texas Gulf Coast > South Padre Island
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 33 Specialty Lodging in South Padre Island
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
Florence Ii Hotel South Padre Island

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