I stayed here for several days about 11 years ago when the hotel was still part of the Omni chain. It is now a Holiday Inn, and it has not fared well in the change. I stayed here for three nights while attending a conference in downtown Corpus Christi. The room I had on the 16th floor had a great view of the marina, but later, I realized soon enough (when I attempted to go to sleep) that the wall the bed was on backed up to the elevator shaft. All night it sounded like a roller-coaster coming at me. I also had trouble with the air conditioner. It was not working by the second day and the room was humid and hot. The staff (who were all very nice) did send someone to make a repair, which consisted of taking out the malfunctioning part (some kind of valve) and jerry-rigging the a/c so that it ran constantly. After the repair the thermostat could not be adjusted, so it was soon freezing cold in the room, which was better than hot and humid, but not what you expect from what is supposed to be one of the better hotels in town. Additionally, my coffee maker did not work. The first morning I was able to get a half cup out of it. I asked for a new coffee maker, and when I came back from the day's conference, a new one was sitting on the desk, however the old one was still in the bathroom and I had not been given a coffee cup, so no coffee at all (not even a half of a cup) on the second morning. The water softener in the hotel was working double-time so the soap in the shower was hard to rinse off. Because of the soft water, the floor of the bathtub was so slick I had to put down a towel inside the tub to keep from falling. I complained to the front desk about this as well, but was told that there were no rubber mats available. The restaurant downstairs had a breakfast buffet for $14 but the food was worth about half that much. The second morning, they were having problems with kitchen and wait staff not showing up, and so the buffet was minimal and picked over but there was no reduction in price. The third day we walked across the street for breakfast. The parking garage was convenient although the security gate was broken and stayed in the open position the entire time I was there. I don't know why I was given a security number to punch in for the gate to open. However, they did deduct the parking fee from my bill. The internet did not work well, kept going off, so I had to keep restarting and logging back in -- annoying. This used to be a superior hotel, and it is still clean with good beds and a pleasant staff, but for this trip, I wish I had booked at the Omni hotel down the street.
- 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:
- Omni Corpus Christi
- Corpus Christi Omni