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“You get what you pay for...” 3 of 5 stars
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Wanna Wanna Inn
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   5100 Gulf Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597 (Formerly Island Inn on the Beach)   |  
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Central Illinois
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“You get what you pay for...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

You totally get what you pay for with this location. This is NOT a Hilton property so don't get your hopes set too high, however it sits right on the beach, one of the few places that actually does on the ocean side of the island. The room was clean, the bed was made every day, the shower worked just fine. The bar staff were all good and the beer was ice cold. The food was your basic fried bar food, but all done well and relatively quickly. The pool was being cleaned and painted during my stay so never got to use it--no big deal because the ocean is right there...

One thing was kinda strange---no phone in the rooms. If you need to call the front desk you gotta use your cell or walk.

The weather kinda sucked when I was there for most of the days, not the Wanna Wanna's fault, but other than that it was an ok place to stay. A little better explanation of the local island shuttle would have been more helpful in the beginning--I ended up walking A LOT, but no big deal. Not much else to do when the weather was crappy...

Room Tip: Get a room on the second floor for a view of the ocean. Catch the shuttle north to Clayton's on...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 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 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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San Marcos, Texas
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2012

My husband and I drove to South Padre Island on a whim and wanted to stay on the beach.The motel is really cute and looks as if it was recently renovated.

We knew there would still probably be many visitors from up north, so we were pleased to find that the Wanna Wanna had two rooms available - one room for one night and the other room for as long as we wanted. We found out quickly why Room 109 is always available. It is right next to the bar and the pool, which is OK, if a little noisy. However, when we got into the room and shut the door, we could hear men talking through our air conditioner - I mean every word they were saying. My husband walked around to the other side of the building and discovered that our air conditioner vented into the bar's men's room next to the urinal. When we told the young woman at the front desk, she let us move into the other room, which was upstairs, and we had a restful night.

Pros:The beds were very comfortable and I love the murals on the walls. Plenty of parking in a lot across the street. Kitchenette with a real coffeemaker, refrigerator and microwave. Plenty of towels and new hairdryer in the bathroom. Ocean side of the island and motel is next to public access to the beach.

Cons: Limited view of the ocean from the upstairs balcony. None of the windows open. No exhaust vent in the bathroom. Funky showerhead. Strong chlorine smell in the bed linens and the pillows were flat. Air conditioner very noisy.

Room Tip: Rooms upstairs are quieter.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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gretna ne
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2012

Just returned home from a three week stay at the Wanna Wanna. Cant say enough good things about it. We had a wonderful time, the rooms were clean and maid service was outstanding. The office staff was also great. Food and drinks at the bar were excellent. Thank You to everyone at the Wanna Wanna for making our 53rd wedding anniversary a very enjoyable stay.

Room Tip: Upstaires rooms have a better view. Beautiful sunrises.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Benito, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2011

This small beach front hotel is great. Rooms are clean and comforatble, nice pool, they allow pets ($10.00 night), good bar and grill. I would recommend highly.

Room Tip: Room 118 upstairs has a direct view of the beach and Gulf of Mexico
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Antonio, Texas
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

Everything about this hotel was great! They have a kitchenette with Microwave and Refrigerator and hot plate. It was clean and the murals on the walls is a particular plus for me. You are already on the beach and they have a bar and grill so you don't have to go far.

Room Tip: We have stayed in three different rooms and they were all great!
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Antonio
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7 hotel reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

This is not a five star resort, it is a simple down-to-earth little hotel on the beach. it has a beach side bar/restaurant.... rooms are simple, clean and really an all around value. One kind of sticking point, you got to have reservations in advance, maybe two-three weeks or more, because location, price, location, price. Will I stay again, you betcha every chance I get, I don't need no fancy smancy hotel, a good clean room and let's go to the beach.
Give it a try next time you are at SPI

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2011

My wife and I stayed here for an extended weekend get-a-way.
Pros: Beach front property and a short walk to the beach. They have a sports bar/grill and you can eat food on the patio. This small hotel is lively at night and has a good view of the Gulf.
Cons: Small plainly decorated rooms. Very noisy on weekend due to some rowdy
individuals at the on site restaurant/patio and the parking lot. Very few parking spaces for guests because visitors eating at the restaurant took up most of the parking space. The Wireless Internet worked at the front office but not in our room. Appears the signal not strong enough to cover the entire hotel. No lobby, only a small office. No free breakfast.
Summary: Ok place for the hardcore beach and party crowd, but not what we were looking for. Since our stay at this hotel, wife and I returned to South Padre Island twice and stayed at a different hotel and were much happier.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Wanna Wanna Inn

Also Known As:
Wanna Wanna Hotel
Wanna Wanna Hotel South Padre Island
Wanna South Padre Island
Address: 5100 Gulf Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597 (Formerly Island Inn on the Beach)
Location: United States > Texas > Texas Gulf Coast > South Padre Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#9 On the Beach Hotel in South Padre Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Wanna Wanna Inn 2*
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