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“Friendly staff, clean and one of the best budget options in town” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Corpus Christi

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Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Corpus Christi
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   5209 Blanche Moore Drive, Corpus Christi, TX 78411 (Formerly Hampton Inn Corpus Christi)   |  
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Ranked #5 of 81 Hotels in Corpus Christi
Brisbane, Australia
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27 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Friendly staff, clean and one of the best budget options in town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

Stayed here for two weeks while in town. Moved to a room with fridge and desk after asking to be upgraded, gratis. Construction is going on so some dust was experienced on the first floor. Breakfast was surprisingly good for small hotel with very friendly staff attending in the mornings. Pool is lacking and spa was more like a lukewarm bath than hot tub. Gym down the road is free of charge when you show them your room key. The best budget option in Corpus, I can see the rates going up once they complete the renovations. Would stay again.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Frisco, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

I stayed at this hotel for nights and was not pleased at all. They lack in several areas identified below:

1. No fitness center
2. No vending machines
3. Stains on the sheets

I will stay somewhere else next time. This hotel is overrated for sure!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Carlson Hotels C, Carlson at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Corpus Christi, responded to this review, December 3, 2012
On behalf of the entire staff here at the Country Inn & Suites Corpus Christi, TX we apologize for the less than satisfactory stay. We thank you for bringing these things to our attention, and apologize for the concerns mentioned. We ask that you contact us via our website so we may discuss this further.
We hope you visit us again, and we will make every effort to exceed your expectations.
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Palairac
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

We had a two-night stay at the end of October. While one of our rooms was fine, our daughter's room smelled badly of tobacco smoke. A token refund was given. Our stay was spoiled by a large group of teenagers dominating the very small breakfast area with themselves and all their baggage. The hotel needs a lobby area where you can sit and the pool also suffers from being very small. On the other hand, staff were friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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CorpusChristiCIS_GM, General Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Corpus Christi, responded to this review, December 4, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to express your experience at the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Corpus Christi, TX.

On behalf of our entire staff at Country Inns & Suites we apologize for the concerns you shared about your experience at this hotel. I have addressed the room issues with our team, and I assure you we are working diligently to ensure a similar situation does not occur again in the future.

We are currently undergoing renovations, and just as you suggested we will have a nice, large breakfast and lobby area once it is complete. We expect the renovation to be complete by mid-January.

We appreciate the feedback and will use it to fine tune our operations in the hope that upon your next visit we can exceed your expectations.


Sincerely,

Betty Knight-Tapia
General Manager
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Corpus Christi
361-985-8395 ext.406
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Wheat Ridge, Colorado
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66 reviews 66 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

This is my second stay in six weeks at this hotel. They are in the process of a remodel and my wife and I stayed in one of the newly remodeled suites. It was very nice and the room upgrades were very nice. The new bed is great and we were very pleased. We were part of 30 person group staying at the hotel and everyone was very complimentary.

One nice feature is that drinks and fruit are left out for guests all day. That was great for snacks

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  • Stayed October 2012, 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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Round Rock, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

WE read the reviews on trip advisor before we booked our trip two weeks ago for a family wedding. The rooms were very comfortable and quiet. The staff especially Opal at breakfast were very accomodating. We especially liked the proximity to shopping center. We will remember this hotel as one of our favorites when we visit again! Plus was also they honored military discount.

  • Stayed September 2012, 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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San Antonio, Texas
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012 via mobile

Stayed here late August. We wanted to shop but also be semi close to beach. This hotel is in the heart of the shopping district. We were about 20 min from bob hall. The place is older but being remodeled which wasn't an issue and they let us know when we called to reserve. The pool is indoor but small and shallow...very clean though. The room is decent and cleanexcept for the chairs that needed to be thrown away. No bugs. The staff is excellent and friendly and the breakfast is pretty decent. We would stay here again. Oh..and you can't beat the price.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Texas
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120 reviews 120 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

We go to Corpus / North Padre often but usually stay on the island. This time we had business in Corpus so wanted to stay in town. We chose the Country Inn & Suites because it was close to the event we were attending and was also close to SPID so we could get over to the island and beaches. This hotel used to be the Hampton Inn and was bought out by Carlson, so they are renovating. Portions of the 2nd floor were blocked off by workmen for construction, but we never heard any noise (we were on the 3rd floor). We DID hear noise from people in the hallway, mostly kids yelling and running up and down.
The room was small considering it was supposed to be a "suite". The "suite" part turned out to be a sitting area with a couch that pulled out into a queen-sized bed. We didn't use it for a bed so I don't know if it was comfy or not. There were extra linens in the closet for it though.
There was a king size bed and the mattress was extra super comfy, but the down (I think) pillows were HARD! They were fluffy but very very firm. We were about to go to the Walmart down the street for pillows but found some in the closet that were "down-alternative" and they were perfect! Soft and dreamy. OH and the covers were warm but heavy weight. We could barely move our legs after we covered up. It was quite funny actually because one of the blankets fell in the floor and it took 2 of us to pick it up. LOL
There was a free breakfast in the dining room every room, it was average food, but hey it was free. The eating area was kept clean but it was packed full of people every morning no matter what time we went down. They had scrambled eggs, bread, bagels, waffles, cereal, juice, coffee, tea, water. They also had complimentary tea / coffee / lemonade and cookies in the lobby all day and into the evening. Very tasty and fresh!
The lighting was sufficient in the rooms but I was glad we had taken extension cords with extra plugs because there weren't enough outlets for electronic devices.
The free WIFI ... what a joke! If you are on the 3rd floor do not expect to get a connection! That was our one major complaint.
And be careful in the shower because the basin is very slick ... they need a mat of some sort in the tub.
The A/C unit was hard to adjust to keep the room comfortable. It was either icy cold in there or hot and sticky, we couldn't seem to find a good setting.
I do want to mention how friendly and happy all the people were who worked there. Even the hospitality staff was smiling and seemed eager to help.
All-in-all this is a good place to stay and the prices are much lower than the "touristy" areas on the island.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 5209 Blanche Moore Drive, Corpus Christi, TX 78411 (Formerly Hampton Inn Corpus Christi)
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Location: United States > Texas > Texas Gulf Coast > Corpus Christi
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Corpus Christi
#7 Business Hotel in Corpus Christi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Corpus Christi 2.5*
Number of rooms: 62
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Country Inn & Suites Corpus Christi hotel is designed with you in mind. Our Corpus Christi hotel's services and amenities are sure to please both the business and leisure traveler visiting Corpus Christi, Texas. The hotel's location is within walking distance of great shopping and multiple restaurants and just a short drive from beautiful beaches and exciting attractions. ... more   less 
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