First things first: the breakfast tacos. Skip the expensive restaurant breakfast and head to the gift shop/coffee shop for some authentic foil-wrapped breakfast tacos complete with red or green salsa. Faster, tastier and, at $2.50 apiece, a much better value.
Now that we have the important things out of the way...
I traveled to Corpus for a conference and my company booked my stay; when I read some of these reviews, I was kind of nervous about the hotel. But I ended up having a pleasant stay without any problems. The hotel is being renovated, so I'm guessing that some of the negative reviews were written in an earlier state of disrepair. My room was comfortable, quiet and clean.
The service was excellent. When I arrived, I learned that my reservation had been messed up by the travel agency. It wasn't the hotel's fault, but Victor at the front desk helpfully took care of everything and smoothed out the situation.
As for the non-taco amenities: There is a free airport shuttle, but it takes a while to arrive, so call as soon as you can from the plane so it can start heading your way. Likewise, the shuttle from the hotel to the airport runs only on the hour, but mine was running 15-20 minutes late, so give yourself extra time.
There is a fitness center, but it's pretty small, so if you want to work out at a popular time (early morning), don't count on getting the particular equipment you want.
My conference was at the American Bank Center, which is eight or nine blocks down Shoreline Boulevard. It's a pleasant walk in the daytime, no cab necessary. Overall, it was a good stay, and I'd recommend it for the business traveler.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Holiday Inn Corpus Christi Downtown Marina hotel. Conveniently located in downtown Corpus Christi, experience an iconic coastal hotel overlooking the beautiful sparkling waters of the bayfront. Our luxurious hotel is directly across the street from the historic seawall and within an easy walk of local night life, restaurants, fishing and more. This includes the Texas State Aquarium, USS Lexington, Museum of Science and History, Whataburger Field and the American Bank Center. Take time and go for a swim and sunbathe by our beautiful indoor and outdoor pool offering panoramic views of the Corpus Christi Marina. The Holiday Inn Corpus Christi Downtown Marina hotel is located in downtown Corpus Christi near many corporate locations offering convenient access to our business guest. These locations include the American Bank Convention Center, Exxon Mobil, Christus Spohn Hospital and Koch Industries. This 100% non smoking facility features large meeting and banquet space offering delicious catering menus. Our hotel offers a truly unique and enjoyable experience for all of our guests whether you are visiting for business or leisure. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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