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Port Royal Ocean Resort & Conference Center
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San Antonio, TX
Reviewed December 3, 2003

Port Royal has best ammenities and location for a family getaway.
Security is great- especially in keeping non-guests/partiers from coming in off the beach. Pools and hot tubs are nice but the time has come to ban smoking in them. My kids and I were trying to enjoy it and everyday, several people were smoking away and you couldn't even smell the nice ocean air. One big oaf puffed away on a stogey and I asked if he wouldn't mind (we were there first) and he said "when I'm done".
Need to just ban it if people won't even consider the kids. I don't care if it's in a bar or the area they have the adult parties. Rooms vary greatly based on the particular unit's owner's tastes and investment. Some painting was underway. Elevators are filthy but then again- kids, families- you get that. Overall I would always request a top floor room- much more quiet and peaceful. Not a place for a romantic getaway but great for families yet you get to relax knowing the kids are in view of while they hang out/meet other kids. Just please ban smoking in the hot tubs- nasty to see ashes wash up on your's or your kid's skin.

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Boerne, TX
Reviewed October 27, 2003

I have always stayed at the Port Royal Resort whenever I have planned vacation at the coast. Because of the atmosphere, the accomodations and the scenery cannot be beat I dread leaving, with the exception of my last visit. The kitchen cabinet door came off in my hand as I opened it. The entry door into the suite was difficult to open, injuring my foot more than once, the secondary bedroom smelled like old socks, the patio door opened with difficulty and their was almost no water pressure in the shower of the secondary bathroom. I was rather dazed by all this as I have always loved staying there and recommend it highly to all and anyone that will listen. Port Royal Resort is a gem that just needs a little polishing...

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Reviewed August 10, 2003

This is a great beach-side resort with an outstanding pool. Our family had a blast just "chilling-out" together. Our condo was large and in relatively good shape. Be sure and take a look at your condo before you accept it as they vary in upkeep. The grounds are in excellent condition especially around the pools. The restaurant on- site has a great ocean view and our lunch was very good. Stay away from Pelican's Landing restaurant in town..dirty and overpriced. Try Virgina's place in town or better yet ride ferry over to the Crab N' between Aransas Pass and Rockport. Excellent seafood and much better price than in Port A. South Padre beach is much better but this place is great and not so far to drive. Outside of property needs a paint job.

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Reviewed July 24, 2003

We had booked a 5 night stay and arrived only to be informed that our college son who would be visiting us during our stay would have to pay each day to park his car, wear an arm band, and leave the premises by 10p.m. as well as log in and out each time he visited. After checking out our assigned "fully equipped" condo we discovered there were not even enough pans, etc. to cook a decent meal, not to mention the roaches, cheap furniture, dirty tub, etc. in that particular condo. The property is run down, and needs a major facelift. We advised the extremely rude staff at the desk that we did not wish to stay there under the circumstances and were advised that we would have to pay for the one night just for having looked at the condo(which was even against their policy) in that it states we should have paid for the entire 5 nights. (My credit card had already been charged 2 weeks prior to our arrival. The web-site for this property is extremely misleading. Nice pool, and lots of kids, for sure but there are much better properties on the island for the high price Port Royal charges. Look elsewhere and if you do stay there be sure to check out your assigned condo prior to signing anything. After numerous calls to the manager , she did state that our particular condo was in need of some work. We were refunded all monies but this can take up to two weeks to be refunded on your credit card. We would not recommend Port Royal to anyone!

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Richardson, TX
Reviewed July 14, 2003

We had a great time at Port Royal. The pool is fabulous. We liked being just one floor up so we didn't have to wait for the elevators. Liked the gulf side because it is a little more peaceful on the balcony. The beach was lovely and never too crowded. Visited the on-site store almost every day. so really didn't have to go to town much. We are planning another trip in October and will stay at Port Royal.

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Houston, Texas
Reviewed July 14, 2003

We had a 2 bedroom condo for 4 adults and 2 teens. Had to book for 3 night minimum, due to check out on July 15. There was a hurricane warning for Port Aransas and they were ordering visitors in hotels and condos to leave the island as of 11 am today, July 14. When we asked management for a refund for 1 night, they refused. They stated that they did not follow Port A's orders as they were actually located in Corpus Christi, although all of their letterhead, business cards, advertisment listings, etc., are listed as Port Aransas. The management was extremely unwilling to work with the many guests who felt they should leave the island. The place is also in need of many updates. The "whirlpool" bathtub in our unit was disgusting. We hardly wanted to stand in it to take a shower much less use the tub part. The appliances were rusty, the carpet was old, there was no sleeper sofa although we were told the unit had one. The place is not worth the price. There was no beach because of the storm in the gulf. For the price we paid, we would have been better off going to a first class hotel like the San Luis in Galveston than to go to the Port Royal. We could have put up with all of the problems in the unit had the management been more cooperative, but they were very unwilling to work with any of the guests who had complaints as far as refunds.

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Dallas, TX
Reviewed July 5, 2003

We spent 7 days in June at Port Royal. I loved our condo with the view of the Gulf. Had 2 teenager girls with me. They loved the pool and I was totally comfortable with them going to the pool together because security was good and people just can't wander in from the beach. The condo was well stocked - I was able to cook almost all our meals there which saved on our vacation expenses. The on-site store came in handy.
We ate lunch by the pool once. It was good and reasonably priced.
Didn't try the restaurant, but it was nice to know we had a close alternative. The staff was friendly and very responsive. We will be back!

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Additional Information about Port Royal Ocean Resort & Conference Center

Address: 6317 State Highway 361, Port Aransas, TX 78373-9712
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Location: United States > Texas > Texas Gulf Coast > Port Aransas
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 41 Specialty Lodging in Port Aransas
Price Range: $328 - $754 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Port Royal Ocean Resort & Conference Center 3.5*
Number of rooms: 210
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
AN ISLAND VILLAGE... with all the amenities of modern civilization, we are the premier Texas resort for family fun and group events on the Gulf of Mexico. Come visit Port Royal Ocean Resort Condominiums and Conference Center, nestled among the dunes of Mustang Island in Port Aransas, Texas.We think the sea, sun and fun should be part of every memorable business meeting and vacation getaway. Miles of uncrowded beaches, tropical elegance, mild temperatures and majestic wildlife make it possible to beachcomb, frolic and enjoy the Royal Treatment year 'round at Port Royal Ocean Resort Condominiums and Conference Center.You won't find a more luxurious, full-service resort anywhere else on the Texas Gulf Coast...where the sun rises from the sea each morning to greet you with a Royal Welcome. ... more   less 
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