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“Hotel the same- but the neighborhood has changed” 4 of 5 stars
Review of La Quinta Inn & Suites South Padre Beach

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La Quinta Inn & Suites South Padre Beach
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   7000 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597   |  
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Franklin, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
“Hotel the same- but the neighborhood has changed”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

On a visit to family for Easter we stayed at the La Quinta Inn on South Padre Island. We've stayed here previously when we needed a quiet respite from family craziness. While the hotel itself is little changed from previous visits the environs around it has. Previously at the quiet end of South Padre Island, it is quiet no more!

The hotel itself retains the same qualities that we've enjoyed previously. Our room was large and clean. It had two queen beds that were comfortable. The shower was hot and the air conditioning cold. Our only issue with the room was the door to the balcony was sticky, requiring a good pull to open.

Service at the hotel was great. The front desk supplied us with some forgotten toiletry items gratis (razors, shaving cream, toothpaste). The continental breakfast was tasty, with an assortment of fruits and baked goods along with coffee, juices, texas shaped waffles and three types of scrambled eggs. The wait service poolside was attentive.

The big changes were out of doors. First- we needed wrist bracelets to identify us as guests of the hotel. I expect this was because it was Easter weekend and the island was hopping. It was not a problem for us- we've been to other hotels that required wrist bracelets. The pool now has full bar service. We were able to get some margaritas without leaving the hotel (though I did miss the old happy hour with free drinks). Not the strongest, but nice. Also new is the beachside chair and umbrella service. I've been spoiled by this service in other countries; not having it at beaches in the US is a big drawback for me. While we didn't take advantage of the service on this trip I am certain we will in the future.

The biggest change- a new beach/night club opened next door to the hotel. I liked that I could walk next door for a burger or a cocktail. On previous trips we always had to hop in the car for either. On the downside there was a stage and live music at night. Maybe they only have live music at certain times, like Easter or Spring Break. If you aren't into live music at night request a "viewside" room. These rooms overlook the dunes and hotel next door. We had a viewside room; I could make out the bass in the music, but not to a level that it disturbed me.

While we will return to the LQ in the future, we will keep an eye out for further changes that might make this hotel less attractive to us.

Room Tip: Choose a "View side" room to be away from the noise of the beach club
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Aaron R, Guest Relations Manager at La Quinta Inn & Suites South Padre Beach, responded to this review, June 25, 2013
Dear guest,

It is definitely a pleasure to read a great review from a satisfied guest. It is very enjoyable for us to read you had a pleasurable experience staying with us during your Easter stay. We are thrilled you took a liking to our hotel amenities, your room, and the overall cleanliness of the hotel. Thank you for choosing La Quinta and taking the time to write this review. It will be a pleasure to have you as our guest in a near future.

Thank you,
Aaron R.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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San Antonio
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

We keep coming back! The ocean view rooms are spectacular and the front desk always does their best to honor requests and get you into a room you are comfortable with (we usually take our vacation directly before memorial day - so this may get more difficult as the summer goes on) - but I assure you they will do everything they can.
Staff has always been friendly and smiling. On this stay - I ran into a minor work emergency where I needed a form scanned and the business center lacks a scanner. The GM himself took the paper I needed and found a way to get it to my e-mail. He did this with a smile. I know he must have had about a billion things going on in a hotel this size on a Friday - but he took my issue seriously and helped me with pleasure. Didn't even seem to stress him out (and I know he has a big job).
The views are outstanding. In the last couple years, they put a HUGE outdoor bar next door. I thought it would be a hindrance - but it is kinda cool. Music during the week is light enough unless you open the balcony door and take in some music. Weekends... well, it is South Padre - so just go with it!
CLEAN beaches. You can rent umbrellas on the beach for very little money (I think we paid $25 in the off season for the entire day). If you don't like sand - the extensive patio overlooks the ocean. Perfect place to read.
Enjoy your stay!
Housekeeping was awesome!

Room Tip: Ocean view - the higher the better the view.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Aaron R, Guest Relations Manager at La Quinta Inn & Suites South Padre Beach, responded to this review, June 10, 2013
Dear guest,

It was a pleasure to read this review! Thank you very much for you kind comments and complements. We are glad you always have a great, enjoyable stay every time you come. We appreciate that you keep coming back and enjoy our great amenities. Thank you for praising our staff and hotel. We can wait to see you again the next time.

Bests,
Aaron R.
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Hutto, Texas
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

This hotel does not live up to the pictures. It is not newly remodeled. It was old and very smelly. Lots of partying and drug use going on. We took our little children and had a bad time. The whole place was dirty and everything was over used and broken. Our room stunk like mildew and throw-up. Had to throw away our luggage when we returned home because it smelled so bad. I've never had such a bad experience. We didn't want to bring our children to a spring break experience. The staff seemed oblivious to all the craziness and the mess. We had to have our toilet fixed twice during our 2 day stay, once in the first 10 minutes that we arrived. The beach outside the hotel was covered in trash. We should have stayed next door at the Hilton, so much cleaner.

Room Tip: Stay away from the pool, crazy loud.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service

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Aaron R, Guest Relations Manager at La Quinta Inn & Suites South Padre Beach, responded to this review, June 25, 2013
Dear guest,

We are sincerely sorry about the incidents and inconveniences you experienced during your 2 day stay. We are very surprised ourselves about the events you have mentioned. This doesn’t sound like our hotel and we can assure you that immediate measures have been taken with the responsible managers to avoid future discontents on these matters. We will be very pleased to host you again and hope to have the opportunity to provide you the memorable and relaxing experience you deserve.

Sincerely,
Aaron R.
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Laredo, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

My stay was for 3 days but It was great. The service, guidance and staff was very curtious and respectful. My main concern was to get something comfortable because we were 4 persons, 3 seniors and I am on cane use, but everything was great and also it was right on the beach. The pool was great. Hopefully I'll be back soon.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Aaron R, Guest Relations Manager at La Quinta Inn & Suites South Padre Beach, responded to this review, June 10, 2013
Dear guest,

We deeply appreciate your nice comments and complements and for taking the time to share them. We are thrilled you enjoy our staff and location. We enjoyed your presences and hope to see you back again soon. Thank you for choosing La Quinta Inn.

Bests,
Aaron R.
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Eptingen
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

La Quinta is located directly on the beach. Room was clean and large, beds/matrasse were okay. Breakfast is included. We got the room for 90$ per night (booking.com) and it was every dollar worth. La Quinta has only a small pool area and not a lot of shadowed table seats but with the beach and Clayton Bar (live music on weekends) next door not really an issue. But if you need a quite stay, book another hotel because the music from the Clayton Bar is rather loud from mid-day until 10 p.m.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Aaron R, Guest Relations Manager at La Quinta Inn & Suites South Padre Beach, responded to this review, June 10, 2013
Dear guest,

Thank you for taking your time to share your experience regarding your stay at La Quinta. We are delighted to read you had a great stay enjoying our breakfast and the beach. We are glad you had nothing but a price worthy stay. We hope to see you back again for another great time in South Padre Island.

Bests,
Aaron R.
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Alexandria, Louisiana, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

I enjoyed the friendliness of the staff. The room was very clean and comfortable. The beach was not as I expected. Hot breakfast was nice and free! The rooms that face the beach are the best, however the beach is not as clean as the pictures depict. The hotel is on the north side of South Padre Island. It is close to shopping, and very reasonable prices are a happy site.

Room Tip: Ask for a beach front room.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Aaron R, Guest Relations Manager at La Quinta Inn & Suites South Padre Beach, responded to this review, June 7, 2013
Dear guest,

We are glad to hear you had nothing but fun while staying at the La Quinta Inn on South Padre Island. Our staff will be very pleased to hear you were more than pleased with their service. Thank you for taking the time to write an excellent review and for choosing LA Quinta Inn. We will be looking forward to seeing you here again.

Bests,
Aaron R.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

The room was very nice. The location of the hotel was awesome! Right on a quiet part of the beach, near eating places but not too busy, the snack bar was pretty great too!
The pool was a little small but never over crowded .. My kids loved it. And it was always the perfect temperature :)
The hotel while spotless has some wear and tear but it was obvious that they were working on that.
The breakfast was "ok" but was disappointed that you couldn't take a plate up to your room. Made it hard with three special needs children.... Over all more than happy with the hotel. Very quiet, very clean. The location near the whaling wall and see turtle rescue is fun.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Aaron R, Guest Relations Manager at La Quinta Inn & Suites South Padre Beach, responded to this review, May 20, 2013
Dear guest,

Thank you very much for leaving an excellent review of your experience staying with us. We are thrilled to read you and your kids enjoyed themselves at the pool area. We are sorry about you not being able to take your plate to your room. This is something we are currently looking into because we understand this can be inconvenient for some people. We hope you will visit us again for another great time.

Thank you,
Aaron R.
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Additional Information about La Quinta Inn & Suites South Padre Beach

Address: 7000 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597
Location: United States > Texas > Texas Gulf Coast > South Padre Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in South Padre Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — La Quinta Inn & Suites South Padre Beach 2.5*
Number of rooms: 146
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Quinta Inn & Suites is a Texas Beach hotel located on the north beach on South Padre Island. Hotel is located directly on the beach, featuring an ocean-side swimming pool, restaurant and bar. Enjoy free wireless high speed internet in your room, throughout the hotel, and outside to the pool and beach! Free bright side breakfast every morning featuring fresh Belgian waffles and a made-to-order omelet station. Host events for up to 200 people in our grand ballroom. ... more   less 
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