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Island Retreat
Reviewed July 1, 2008

I have been traveling to Port A for 25 years. By myself or with my 6 kids in tow. I have many friends that own properties there as well. I discovered Island Retreat about 5 years ago and have stayed there ever since. There is a unit that I have now fallen in love with. It's close to the pool and next to the beach walk way. The owners have decorated it with fun kid friendly items. It's cute and comfortable. Looking forward to more visits and I will request #146 from now on.

Beach bum!
Austin,TX

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 26, 2008

Showed up with confirmed reservations from the Texas Panhandle and when we arrived the clerk greeted and charged us for the remaining balance on our 3 bedroom condo. It was only when the clerk was showing us where the condo was located that he realized that the room we had reserved was burnt in a fire a few days ago (like 5 days). We were stuck with no place stay. We were told that they were working down their call list and we were at the bottom. The manager was apologetic but we still received no call letting us know. At the beach in the summer looking for a place to stay for 7 people for 3 nights, nightmare! Luckily found a place to stay, but will never recommend this place. Couldn't tell you if they have nice accomodations or not, because we never saw them!

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled with family
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Thank pitaknox
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jimt09, Managing Agent at Island Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded July 15, 2008

Four Island Retreat units received minor damage from a recent incident that prevented occupancy. The guest was provided a full refund and accommodations at another property. In a follow-up telephone call with the guest after the trip, the guest family was offered complimentary nights upon their next Mustang Island visit. The staff and management of Island Retreat regrets this unfortunate incident and very much appreciates the guest's accepting the complimentary nights for a future trip to Port Aransas.

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Reviewed June 16, 2008

This is our second year to stay at Island Retreat for a week long extended family vacation. This year we booked unit #104 through Best Coast Rentals. Everything was awesome as usual and we all had a great time. Even the strong winds for the first few days didn't keep us out of the ocean or off the beach !! Condo had three bedrooms and 2 baths and plenty of room for our family. Fully furnished including the kitchen and a great view from the large balcony made it a wonderful place to stay. The boardwalk to the beach and to the pool were close and a great time was had by all. I would highly recommend it !!

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 4, 2007

For the past three years I've taken my inlaws to Island Retreat. We get the same unit every year #46.

This one in right in the middle of the complex second floor with a pool view and ocean view. Great for the 90 year old inlaws to sit out on the balcony and watch us all at the pool or coming from the beach. The best thing is that every year the owner has made yet another upgrade to their until. It is a two bedroom two bath full kitchen with everything you need and with a sleeper sofa in the living room so it can sleep 8 to 9.

This year we were so excited to see that the carpet was gone and the entire unit is now tile.

FYI we found out pets are not allowed unless you own a unit.

We think Unit #46 is the perfect place for the whole family and will be back next year. Can not wait to see what next years upgrades will bring! Ask for Unit 46!!!!

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled with family
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Thank TinksnTexas
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Reviewed October 7, 2007

Friends booked one of the 3 bedroom condos for 8 of us. The price was great at $210 a night (off season).

The condo was # 107, which was second closest to the Beach and walkway to the beach. The view was awesome! Again price was the key and fun was had by all.

The size the place was HUGE! Tons of space and a great balcony.

There was a brochure that we all got a good laugh at. It seems they have not updated their brochure since the late 1970's. The photos were priceless. Check it out when you get to your room.

Pros:
Marker 10 on the beach, short walk to beach.
Close to a restaurant/bar at marker 9 on beach.
Pool was great
Easy parking
Condo LARGE (3 room on 3rd floor)

Cons:
There was no salt or pepper in the condo (yes we forgot ours), but who does not leave a few simple items like salt and pepper?
The A/C, which was plentiful in the main room and kitchen area, was minimal in the rear two bedrooms. (fought this with a box fan we brought, and left the bedroom doors open at night).

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 20, 2007

The perfect place for that family get together or getaway.

Worked perfect for us with more than enough room for sleeping, eating, relaxing and enjoying the sights and sounds of Port Aransas.

The staff were friendly and helpful and the facilities were well maintained.

The boardwalks to the beach were close and easy and kept up and the pools were clean and very nice.

I'd highly recommend this property.

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 28, 2007

We made our reservation with AE and when we arrived, they no longer accepted American Express. New management company and the worst front desk I have ever experienced. Huge ants crawling on the lamp shade in my daughters condo and terribly uncomfortable beds and furniture. These would be great for fishermen, but definitely not 4 star like they advertise. They say no dogs, but go ahead and take them, they couldn't hurt anything.

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Island Retreat

Address: 700 Island Retreat Rd, Port Aransas, TX 78373-6012
Location: United States > Texas > Texas Gulf Coast > Port Aransas
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #26 of 42 Specialty Lodging in Port Aransas
Price Range: $208 - $214 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A recommended budget accommodation for families. ... more   less 
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Island Retreat Port Aransas

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