2nd trip this year to Port Aransas with an overnight stay at the Tarpon Inn. I'm working on getting some "seat time" in my quest to become a more proficient motorcyclist. My husband and I visited Port A every summer "BC" (before children) -- it was actually where I figured out he was "the one". That was 20 years ago - and we had not visited since 1998 until this year. The place has grown and sadly become a bit more commercialized (trip report added later)- but the sweet Tarpon Inn has remained the same.
If you like quaint hotels, huge porches with ceiling fans and rockers, friendly people with a location you can't beat - this is the place for you. If you want modern decor, television, lots of room,etc - Run Forrest Run. We stayed in room 25 - premium queen. It was Spring Break and they typically have a 3 night minimum - but we waited until Friday to book for the next night (Saturday) - and they only had 1 room/1 night available. Just what we needed. Room was $145 plus tax for a total of $163.85 Nice room/queen bed/full dresser/bath tub & shower combo and 2 small closets.
They have hairdryers at the front desk - so I bring my own. If they are not super busy you can keep it in your room throughout your stay. The towels were a bit more worn than really is "acceptable" - but, like I said - it was probably one of their busiest weekends of the year. The sheets are high quality with good thread count and the beds are comfy. Room was clean and the service was excellent. They have water and coffee downstairs in the lobby - along with a small gift shop. There is a pool in the back (we didn't swim) and a restaurant that is just off the back courtyard. (we didn't eat there - so no feedback) They had live music the night we were there. Great sound and in my opinion would be pleasing to anyone - somewhat of an "island" sound. I enjoyed getting dressed to go out to the sound of the music. The front porch is probably the most important feature of this hotel. It faces the main street that runs parallel to the channel and connects the Ferry to the Beach. It's a wide porch (12 to 14 feet?) with rockers all up and down. It is certainly the kind of place you sit outside and meet your neighbors over a drink (or two,or three). But, it's not a "party" type atmosphere where people keep you up all night. We have met interesting people from all over the USA over the years. However, this trip we were more in and out - and really didn't take the time to socialize. Which is okay too. There is not pressure one way or another.
Location is perfect. We always take a walk down to the beach - it's probably 3/4 of a mile straight up the road. You end up at the Jetties - which is always fun. There are people fishing and I enjoy walking up and down the Jetties. Across the street are many great restaurants and bars (see trip review for more information) and you can easily walk to the shops throughout Port A. Also across the street is also the marina where you can secure fishing trips and/or dolphin tours. There is a convenience store next door where we walked for bananas. (we both were getting cramps in our legs and hands so needed some potassium)
Overall - we keep coming back to The Tarpon Inn. We have stayed in the smaller Queen rooms before....although they are about $20 less /night - the bathrooms are TINY. I much prefer the larger rooms if they are available.
My last tip -- we came into town on the Ferry side. The wait for the Ferry was an ungodly 1.5 hours!!!! How frustrating to be 3 miles from your hotel and have to wait for 1.5 hours. Here is the cool part -- husband and I were sitting on our motorcycles baking in the sun waiting for the ferry when the guy in the car behind us got out and told us motorcycles didn't have to wait. About that time a couple on another bike came up and told us to follow them. We made it almost to the front of the line when we were flagged over by Texas Parks and Wildlife truck who escorted us the remainder of the way to the front of the line. WooHoo! Now - that made my weekend!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With 200' long porches to relax on since 1886, the longest porches in Texas stretches and relaxes along with you. The salt air and breezes are gently encouraged by old-fashioned ceiling fans. The sweet creaking of roomy rocking chairs blends with the pages of a novel being turned. Where each room is decorated in period antiques and no two rooms are alike and where there are no televisions nor telephones. If our place sounds like your kind of place, then please consider this an invitation to make yourself at home. We're waiting to treat you as part of our Tarpon Inn family and encourage you to wonder if it's possible to stay forever,or at least a couple more days. ... more less
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- Tarpon Hotel Port Aransas