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“5 Star Price for 1 Star Service” 3 of 5 stars
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Schlitterbahn Beach Resort
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   100 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597   |  
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Chandler, Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“5 Star Price for 1 Star Service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

I have been in resorts all over Mexico, Belize, and the US. This hotel has horrible service for the price paid. This is the most money I have ever paid for a hotel with NO service. After a nine hour drive we waited half an hour for a luggage cart. Finally, we just lugged our luggage up to our room ourselves. We asked the front desk three times for a luggage cart and never did they ask to help us in leu of a luggage cart. There was never an explanation or offer to help. They just shrugged their shoulders.

The service there is about equal to a Motel 6 twenty years ago. In the Schlitterbahn park some of the rides were closed because of construction (which was not stated when we booked our trip nor is it on the website). Also one of the lifeguards told us that several lifeguards called in sick because they got hung-over from the night before. When were leaving to go to the park, we went to fill a small cooler up from the ice machine. A lady came running around the corner and told us to stop. This was a HUGE ice machine. All that money we paid and they are worried about 50 cents of ICE.

I would say this hotel is worth about $120 a night because of the beach location and the newness. $300 a night is way over-priced especially if you are not going to the water park. If you are going to the waterpark with your family it is a good deal. Just expect to do some work yourself and beware of the ICE patrol lady.

Room Tip: Ask for a room closest to the elevators.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 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
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Rene V, Manager at Schlitterbahn Beach Resort, responded to this review, June 21, 2013
We appreciate your feedback about the hotel. We do offer luggage carts for guest use that are on a first come first served basis. We are in the process of adding Bellhops that will be assisting guests with their luggage as well.
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 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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Austin, TX
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64 reviews 64 reviews
32 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

We stayed here last week for short family vacation with out 2 yr old toddler. As it was beginning of the season, we got lucky and it wasn't too crowded yet.

This is a brand new beautiful brand new hotel/waterpark resort by Schlitterbahn. Staff at check-in was wonderful and pleasant. Architecture use of wood from Bastrop area was a great touch - beams, tables, etc. Note, there is still some light construction - they are not yet finished but it didn't take away from the experience. I'm sure when it's all done, it'll make this great resort even better!

All the rooms are in brand new condition - we got upgraded to ocean view, was great value. We walked to the beach in just a few minutes, nice cafe/pool overlooking ocean, too.

Indoor waterpark for our toddler was tons of fun for our toddler - pirate ship, lazy river, tube rides. We tried the main outdoor waterpark the next day and that was a blast, too, for kids and adults.

Food at resort part of hotel was okay but a little pricey but too be expected. Food in the outdoor park was more fried food - typical park stuff - noticed many people brining in picnic baskets, was unaware was an option.

Overall, a big thumbs up! If you're looking for a family vacation with the kids on the beach - with a massive waterpark to boot - this is the place.

  • Stayed June 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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Rene V, Manager at Schlitterbahn Beach Resort, responded to this review, June 21, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a review about our Hotel. It sounds like you got the complete experience and history of our Hotel. We look forward to having you come back and visit, especially when the tunnel that connects the two parks is completed, so you can see it without the construction fence up.
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Mercedes, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

We live 45 minutes from this place & didn't hesitate once to pay what we paid. If you do the math for going to the parks, you would understand. I'm coming back over & over again as long as the prices remain around the same. In addition we received a beach front room with a view because our room was not ready. They did not ask if we could wait they just gave it to us with a smile on their face. This place is fun for families with children.

Room Tip: elevator takes a while even though there are two. (2 minute estimate but seems longer when wet &...
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  • 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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Rene V, Manager at Schlitterbahn Beach Resort, responded to this review, June 21, 2013
Thank you for taking the time and writing a review. The word is starting to get out about the "Stay-N-Play" package. You always get a bonus day in the Waterpark as a resort guest complimentary. We have also added "Exclusive Ride Times" for resort guests only at the indoor waterpark and for the world famous Boogiebahn as well. Call us anytime for details.
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Texas
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

First and only thing to keep in mind when going to this resort is that its great for adults who want their kids to run, play, explore and enjoy themselves. The indoor park is not the biggest but kids will still have fun, specially when the parent gets involved in the fun or games. The main park is less than a five minute ride away; although the vehicles used to transport people to the main park could use some plastic covers to avoid sitting on wet smelly cloth seats. As long as you stick to the standard rooms the price per night wont be bad. The restaurant food, service and price is descent. They have a beach side restaurant that gives a great view to the Gulf of Mexico without having to pay sky high prices for a nice view. When tired of the resort you can spend a few hours at the beach which is right there. Again, when going to this place just keep in mind that its time to get the kids out of the house, time to get involved with them going down a fast fun winding slide or even just throwing a cheap dollar frisbee on the sand. Would definitely go and play again with my kids.

  • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rene V, Manager at Schlitterbahn Beach Resort, responded to this review, June 21, 2013
I loved your review! Family time is so important, and who doesn't want to act like a kid sometimes? The vans are temporary until our connecting tunnel is completed. This tunnel is underground and will be a walk tunnel and later we are adding a ride to it as well. Leave it to the geniuses at Schlitterbahn to design an under ground tunnel with water ride below sea level.
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Seguin, Texas
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

We stayed at the Schliterbahn Resort for the first time. It was a great stay. Other posts had negative service comments, however I fully disagree. Service was exceptional, and when they got busy, they apologized and made up for it. Food quality was great. Especially at the pool side grill. Between the beach and the indoor park, we almost didn't make it to the water park. One negative issue was that the Torrent River went down late Sunday afternoon, and needed maintenance. The wood work throughout the property was very impressive. This resort has all the flare, family fun and quality the Schliterbahn is famous for.

Room Tip: The room facing park or Gulf is recommended
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  • Stayed May 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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Rene V, Manager at Schlitterbahn Beach Resort, responded to this review, June 21, 2013
Thank you for your review and for giving us a chance! It really is never a good time for routine maintenance, but sometimes it must be done to prevent other (possibly bigger) issues later. I appreciate the understanding and we look forward to having you back with us in the near future.
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1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

Im actually staying here still tonight. Its going on 1 hr wait for for meal from room service! Young lady on phone has poor order taking skills didnt remember she took my order and she said it would be 15-20 mins! They have no towels in pool area so you have to carry your room towels down to pool/park area which is annoying. There is no bell boy service or even one cart for when we arrived! Having two small kids with all the luggage and no cart was so tough especially because parking was still under construction and far! Lobby is always muggy and hot and wet.. bartender took 20 mins to attend to us and we never recieved a drink cause then the parknhad closed! All staff needs so much more customer service training to charge this much! Ridiculous.. fyi my food still hasnt arrived and my kids fell asleep! I will send back the order! Not worth the money!

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rene V, Manager at Schlitterbahn Beach Resort, responded to this review, June 21, 2013
My apologies for the troubles you had encountered during your stay with us. We are in the process of implementing a room service department here at the Hotel, it is unfortunate there was a miscommunication about this to you. At the time of your stay we only were offering "to-go" items from our Seaside Grille. I appreciate the other feedback and will look into addressing these issues immediately.
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McAllen, Texas, United States
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

My stay was booked through my city for a conference. The room was very clean and the linens were good quality. My friends' twins had loads of fun in the children's pirate ship pool. Plenty of friendly staff on hand to help. We dined at the new rooftop Sea4ever restaurant. The Mahi Mahi was excellent and fresh shrimp were delicious. This new dining area features repurposed log beams and even the rope around the pillars were repurposed from the port of Brownsville. Manager Mike was on hand to talk to guests and the musical guest was surprisingly awesome, playing songs from James Taylor to Paul Simon. The conference room was beautiful and well appointed. I highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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Rene V, Manager at Schlitterbahn Beach Resort, responded to this review, June 21, 2013
Sea4Ever is a great spot for dinner. The crab finger appetizer and Veal Chop entree are my favorites. Thank you for taking the time to write a review for our Hotel and Sea4Ever Restaurant!
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Address: 100 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 Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 33 Hotels in South Padre Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Schlitterbahn Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 221
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