I've been coming to Port Aransas for 15 years for a week in the summer. This year, they changed management companies and the price nearly doubled. I think it is because of the demand, as Port Aransas has been "discovered."
We have stayed at the Lost Colony condos for the past 5 years. (the 1-20's) We know that everything tends to rust and decay at the beach, so we always bring hammer/nails/duct tape. We thought they would upgrade the condo decor and maintenance with the extra money. NOPE. Still the same garage sale furniture. Old, OLD food in the cabinets that has to be cleared out to put your stuff in. Garage too full of old junk to put a car in. A/C too small for unit. Blinds missing. Doors sticking. Commode running almost continuously. The gate that allows you in to the complex quit working. They advertise it with a full, queen and king bed, but there is no queen (it's a full).
We knew it was shabby, but expected some upgrades in maintenance, etc with the 5 star price they are now charging. We were very disappointed that all they are doing is pocketing the extra money. Management is unresponsive and they sincerely do not care if you are happy. For years, their response to any maintenance issue has been that the maintenance man just quit. Oddly, he does this just before our stay!
My friends stayed in one of the units that was advertised as 2 bedrooms and a loft. It actully had only 2 bedrooms. There was no loft; only an extra twin bed in the upstairs master bedroom. One person had to drag a mattress into the livingroom for privacy. Their A/C quit working the first day. Their kitchen sink was stopped up, so they could not run the dishwasher. This was not fixed until their final day.
These maintenance issues should be addressed BEFORE someone begins their vacation. If they are not going to use the extra money to upgrade the condos, why can't they at least use some of it to inspect them before ruining someones hard earned vacation?
I guess we will have to find a different beach. For what we paid, we could have been pampered at an exclusive resort!