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Tarpon Inn
Ranked #1 of 4 Port Aransas B&B and Inns
Reviewed March 9, 2009

We enjoyed our stay at the Tarpon Inn. The building and grounds are nice and well kept. Our 2 twin bed room was cute and clean. There were plenty of rocking chairs on the veranda where we rocked and listened to the live musice across the street. It was also just a block away from the dock where the fishing boats leave from and just a few blocks from the beach.
No TV's or phones in the rooms which was just fine.
The bathroom was small and the sink was outside of the bathroom with no light over the mirror. The Inn has been there since the 1880's so you can expect old fashiioned.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 11, 2008

Stayed at the Tarpoon Inn for a get away weekend from Houston.
The room, though small, was cool and very attractive. The staff couldn't be friendlier and the rocker filled porch was the perfect social scene. We would definately return.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 31, 2008

We stumbled on the Tarpon Inn, when we literally got Blown off the Beach at the state park. I brought my daughter and her friend down from Minneapolis. Camping on the beach sounded like just the thing we needed until 75 mile per hour winds blew our tent in the air during the middle of the night. So...after spending the night at Denny's in Corpus Christi, we drove back to Mustang Island and registered at the Tarpon Inn. Luckily they had room, and we had a lovely stay. The room was small, but cozy and we loved the historic feel, the walking distance to beach, and being close to downtown. I highly recommend this place for its charm and location.

  • Stayed: April 2004, traveled with family
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2  Thank Norskydu
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Reviewed February 14, 2007

A great old place with a history. The place has seen better days, but the rooms are decorated with antiques, and there are rocking chairs on the porch and balcony. The downstairs rooms smelled quite musty, but the upstairs rooms were fine. At least one room upstairs has the old vertical posts exposed so you can see what holds the place up on a sandy base without bedrock.

Stayed: February 2007
1  Thank RockyPt
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Reviewed August 12, 2005

If you want an unusual hotel, full of character, in a great location, the Tarpon Inn is for you! We stayed 2 nights in August in room 37, small, with a queen bed. The A/C was cold, plenty of hot water and fluffy towels, lovely antique decor and lacy linens. The pool area is pretty, private and clean. We loved the rocking chairs on the porch, had drinks and breakfast there each day. The live music from the bar across the street was a bonus! I do recommend asking for an upstairs room as we were awakened by footsteps from above early in the AM. The Tarpon Inn is a great deal for the money, a perfect romantic getaway.

  • Stayed: August 2005
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Reviewed July 24, 2005

If you enjoy a sense of history and are attracted to the idea of a place without room telephones or televisions this is a good choice. However, don't get too attached to the idea that this old wooden structure with large front porches with ceiling fans and rocking chairs is a peaceful retreat. The amount of road traffic and restaurant/bar activity takes a toll on the serenity that is apparent in the hotel pictures. The rooms relect the age of the (updated) hotel - in a good way including the rustic scent, worn paint, and heavy wooden doors. The lace window coverings help create a relaxing visual effect as night time lighting shines through and projects shadows around the room.

People are generally friendly and the location is very convenient. Since each room can be drastically differnet, it's probably best to thorougly review room options prior to making a reservation. There's not much fanciness here - but in a good way. I'd certainly like to visit the inn again.

Stayed: July 2005
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Reviewed May 22, 2005

Just back from our visit early May.....The Historic Tarpon Inn has finally recieved some much needed updating, and to our surprise, has added a pool! For those of you who love the Tarpon, all the good things are still there, they are just better! The rooms are all updated - even the air conditionars have all been replaced. All the rooms have a different theme/style and are different sizes. See their website for nice photos of each of the rooms. We love the second floor. Hanging out on the large porches and swaying in the rocking chairs makes for a perfect morning or afternoon! The lobby has all been redone and even offers a coffee spot and TV! The pool is not in the courtyard, but just to the side of it where there used to be alot of trees and shrubs. The beautiful courtyard is still there, and hoping to lure a restuarant back after Beulah's left. See attached photos. The bank directly across the street is now a club/grill. We were worried about loud music, but actually just sat in the rockers and listened to the singer sing some nice jazz (Norah Jones)- it was so nice! A new restaurant, Lizabellas just opened next door and is fabulous and very reasonable - be sure to sit outside on the upper deck for a great view! Tarpon now has it all, history, location, charm and hey- even a pool!

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Additional Information about Tarpon Inn

Address: 200 E Cotter Ave, Port Aransas, TX 78373-5124
Location: United States > Texas > Texas Gulf Coast > Port Aransas
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Port Aransas
Price Range: $169 - $188 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Tarpon Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 24
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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