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Queen Isabel Inn

300 S Garcia St, Port Isabel, TX 78578-4102
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#1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Port Isabel
Welcome to the historic Queen Isabel Inn, the Rio Grande Valley's oldest seaside resort. We offer luxurious, nicely appointed one and two bedroom suites for sophisticated guests who enjoy quiet and privacy with easy access to the beaches and attractions of South Padre Island.
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NotFancyJeff wrote a review Jan 2020
Shorewood, Wisconsin9 contributions1 helpful vote
We were planning a visit to my 86 year old parents and my mother identified the Inn not too far from the retirement village where they were spending 2 months. She was struck that the first person she met on the property seemed unfamiliar with the idea of having hotel guests. Fortunately, he directed her to his wife, who confirmed they did have rooms and at a reasonable rate. When my wife called to make reservations, she also had the impression that they were surprised anyone would want to come and stay with them. This made us a little nervous - was this just a front for smuggling contraband into the country? - but the location was great and price reasonable so we made a reservation and vowed to keep our eyes out for criminal elements. We had no reason to worry. The place was well kept, though the rooms had clearly not been updated for sometime. Our one bedroom suite had a full kitchen as well as free wifi and various free movie channels. The decor emphasized the historic nature of the inn; lots of black and white photos of the fishing events that were the original tourist draw. There is a large, clean swimming pool and a grassy lawn leading down to a dock with slips for boats (none there). the person who greeted us when we arrived around 7:45 PM said that there was likely to be an open bar at the pool the next afternoon, but we did not see anyone, guest or employee, at the pool, which is unheated, or the poolside bar, which was shuttered. Once we were safely in our room, the staff member, who had been waiting for us, went home, leaving some contact information in case we needed anything. For the next 2 full days and the third AM, we did not see another guest. On one occasion I saw a person who appeared to be cleaning staff, who I suggested did not need to clean the room or replace the towels (trying to be ecofriendly to make up for flying 1000 miles to get there). She did so anyway sometime while we were out and about. I had asked her to drop off more coffee packets for the in room coffee machine, which she did. She did not pick up the $5 tip we had left with a thank you note. My wife thought this might be because that was how drug money was exchanged and this employee did not want to be implicated. That was the only person I saw, though there was a very old cat who walked stiffly around the place and my wife overheard someone feeding her. The doors to the common area were left open one afternoon so we walked through the first and second floors of that area and found some wedding planning materials and wedding photos in a conference room, and a large dining hall with a kitchen attached. My wife thought this might be an effort to further cover up criminal activity but we found no firearms or evidence of wrong doing. We are forced to the conclusion that this is just a wonderful place to stay that has somehow gotten off the beaten path. I am writing this message to encourage others to take advantage of the opportunity. The inn is just a few blocks from the bridge to Padre Island, which is much more of a tourist hotspot, with a wide range of tourist type amenities, but Port Isabel itself if much more quiet. We are told it is overrun with students at spring break and that folks from the rest of TX come there in the summer to escape the heat. (We were there from Wisconsin to escape the January cold)
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Date of stay: January 2020
Olga W wrote a review Jul 2019
Houston, Texas7 contributions2 helpful votes
Always a great experience at Queen Isabel Inn. This place has everything you need, it definitely holds a special place in our hearts. Been coming here with the husband and friends since 2016. Patricia is awesome and she will make sure you have a great stay. The place is beautiful,clean, quiet, and the most important, accessible to everything. Do yourself a favor and choose Queen Isabel Inn. 😊
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Adventure53327474978 wrote a review Jun 2019
Texas City, Texas1 contribution
By far one of the best places I've stayed, the history alone makes it special. The view over the bay made my vacation, you can see fireworks displays over the bay on the weekends which was beautiful to watch under the stars with the ocean breeze off the bay. The staff was courteous and quiet, I cant wait to go back again. Has a very swanky, old hollywood vibe that i totally loved, great views from the pool and the dock, the bungalow was great, had everything you could need for a nice getaway from the ratrace.
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Date of stay: June 2019
Dee wrote a review Jun 2019
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This lovely old hotel has the best view on the bay! John and his staff were warm and welcoming. The cottage was cozy and very clean. It had every thing we needed to feel at home for the weekend. The bed was very comfortable. The a/c worked great. The pool area was lovely and the gazebo was the perfect place to end the day! We cannot wait to come back to visit.
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
R.F.Elizondo wrote a review May 2019
McAllen, Texas2 contributions
Very clean and hospitable environment. The area is quiet and full of options for breakfast, lunch and dinner, not to mention its convenient proximity to the island’s bridge in case you want to spend your days at the beach. The resort has a lot to offer and it’s a shame we didn’t get a chance to fully take advantage of the amenities. I recommend staying in one of the cottages if you’re looking for a cozy room to get away with the spouse or significant other on a relaxing weekend. The hosts are very friendly and eager to assist anyone from out of the area, so don’t be shy if you’re from out of state/country. They are more than willing to help you decide how to spend your trip by suggesting local activities and recommendations for local eateries. As a local to the Rio Grande Valley, it was inspiring to discover such a storied location right in my back yard. Don’t let its age fool you. The location is very much up to date despite showing its historical character. If you’re interested in getting to know a piece of RGV history while enjoying some fun in the sun, this is the place for you. Included is a photo my girlfriend took of the sunrise over South Padre Island from the docks at the Queen Isabel. Just an incredible place, hosted by incredible people.
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Date of stay: May 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about Queen Isabel Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Queen Isabel Inn?
Nearby attractions include South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center (0.1 miles), Port Isabel Lighthouse (0.2 miles), and Pirate's Landing Fishing Pier (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Queen Isabel Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Queen Isabel Inn?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Queen Isabel Inn?
Guests can enjoy a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Queen Isabel Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Queen Isabel Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Joe's Oyster Bar, Manuel's, and Marcello's Ocean Grille & Spirits.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Queen Isabel Inn?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Queen Isabel Inn located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.2 miles away from the center of Port Isabel.
Is Queen Isabel Inn accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.