The EconoLodge will be the ONLY place in Corpus where I will stay in the future. Its quality and service are in very pleasant contrast to the generally ghastly hotels in Corpus, especially on the bayfront.
My visit was over the two nights of 19-20 October 2007. On the motel's website, I got a good Web rate, which was honored.
To reach the EconoLodge from U.S. 181 or I-37, take the exit toward the Marina (stay left instead of forking toward the Crosstown Expressway). Proceed to the end (Shoreline Drive), turn right, and proceed for less than 3 miles. The two-story motel will be on your right, past what's currently an empty field and just before a church with a large steeple. You will see the church before you see the EconoLodge.
The entrance drive is cramped and covered, so if you're driving a tall vehicle with surfing or sailing equipment atop it, take care. There is a narrow drive from the rear that can be used. The parking area is compact, and there seem to be exactly enough spaces (at best) for a full house.
I had requested a second-floor room, quietest possible. I was assigned #202, which qualified. Lugging "Bagzilla" up the outside stairs was not fun, but the stairway (in the middle of the hallway areas) is a straight shot up (no reversing direction halfway up).
To enter one's room, the room card needs to be shoved down into the slot, the door handle opened, and the card removed, in that order.
The room interior was excellently appointed. The carpet, although not new, was clean. All furniture, fixtures, and linens were in excellent condition. Instead of the usual cheesy artwork on the walls was exquisite millwork. The ceiling above the bed was slightly vaulted (with millwork); one could easily picture a canopy being added around the bed.
The room contained a desk with chair, a soft chair, a large TV, a small closet area, a one-seat bar area with tall chair, a microwave & mini-fridge (both musts!), and an in-room coffeemaker. The air conditioning was strong, and a plastic guard kept most of the curtain from billowing in the air flow. While not unduly noisy, the A/C was loud enough to provide enough "white noise" to eliminate most of whatever sound could come from outside. And (dig this) there were electrical outlets available, visible, and reachable throughout the room. The only thing conceivably "missing" was a fold-out rack on which to put one's suitcase, but the room had plenty of floor space, which sufficed.
The bathroom sink was outside the toilet/shower area, with enough counter space to spread out toiletries. The bathtub appeared a bit short & narrow, but the curved curtain-rod eliminated that misconception. Bath linens were standard for a mid-range budget motel. Water pressure from all fixtures was good, including from what must have been a high-pressure showerhead. All faucet handles (and the showerhead) were two-toned gold/chrome -- a VERY classy and different touch. The showerhead was rigged WAY up high (at least 7' -- thank you!) in a manner able to accommodate even tall guests.
The king bed was comfortable, although the mattress was not brand-new. The room's clock-radio, which I didn't touch and never use anywhere (why does any motel EVER have these?) went off at an odd hour, but I unplugged it in favor of my own alarm clock.
The motel has a small but decent-sized oblong pool (depths of 3' & 5' only) with lounge chairs. The pool faces in such a direction that there will be both sun and shade at all but high noon. The water was very clean.
My room opened almost onto a large, open deck area, from which one can see Shoreline Drive and the bay just beyond. If there were beach chairs (and nothing stops you from setting up your own), this would be a good tanning area; instead, a picnic table is there. I observed it being used briefly by quiet guests at sunset.
The motel grounds are clean. I observed an elderly man (perhaps the father of the owners) whisking up whatever small debris was around.
My room was quiet, but not able to block out VERY noisy guests next door (a family of at least 5 people, including a child). They slammed their room door, stomped on the outside concrete corridor, and talked loudly until I nicely asked them to belay that.
Checkout was efficient and friendly. I complimented the owner/manager on running a fine operation. The only thing glaringly missing would be a public computer for guest use in the front office.
This EconoLodge will be my only lodging in Corpus hereafter, and I strongly recommend it to you.
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