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“Beautiful property but construction noise” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sandpiper Condominiums

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Sandpiper Condominiums
Certificate of Excellence
Austin, Texas
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27 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Beautiful property but construction noise”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2013

This was our third stay at The Sandpiper Condominium in Port Aransas. I am rating our stay only a three this time due to noise from a condo renovation going on below our condo unit. Our unit was unit 501, a three bedroom, two and a half bath updated condo unit. This condo has a nice kitchen with granite counter tops and the condo furnishings are nice.There are flat screen tv's in the living room and bedrooms. The view is beautiful from the balcony toward the ocean and there' s a view from the two back bedrooms of the pool area that is pretty. There is plenty of outdoor seating on this unit's balconies.

The disappointment this time was with the construction noise during the day. Very loud and we were unable to nap in the afternoon. We stayed two nights and our bill was $770.00 for ths stay. I wished we had been notified prior to our check in about the construction, and also wished we had been offered another unit away from the construction. Upon checkout, I spoke with the Sandpiper staff and voiced these sentiments. They sent us an e -mail offering us a 20 percent discount on a future stay at the Sandpiper for not notifying us that construction would be going on in the unit below ours during our stay. While this gesture is appreciated, the really does not address the $770.00 we spent on this stay that was not up to The Sandpiper's usual standards.

Other than this issue, The Sandpiper is one of the cleanest and nicest properties with gorgeous views of the beach in Port Aransas. I would recommend this property but ask when checking in if any renovations are going on near your condo. If not, I think you will have a very enjoyable stay!

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank MaryTS2013
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Sandpiper M M, General Manager at Sandpiper Condominiums, responded to this review, November 2, 2013
Thank you for your review. I would like to apologize again for the noise you have mentioned. The Sandpiper is a great place to stay. We strive to make the Sandpiper the best property in Port Aransas. Best Regards!

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2013

Every year our family stays in Port Aransas for a 3 day weekend after Labor Day. We previously stayed at a not so nice condominium each and every year (you'll see my previous reviews). Well this year, what a change. This condo was beyond nice. Unit 407. The owners must be world travelers with a wonderful decorating touch. Everything in this condo was 5* by all means. We will never stay anywhere else again. Only tiny comment, they need some more basic cookware such as a cookie sheet and some more pots and pans, otherwise, it was flawless! Management at the condos was excellent as well and the amenities were better than I ever expected.

Room Tip: Unit 407 is 5* all the way.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Klondike's Mom
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Sandpiper M M, General Manager at Sandpiper Condominiums, responded to this review, November 2, 2013
Thank you for your review! We look forward to your returned visit!


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San Antonio, Texas
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30 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2013

This was our first stay at the Sandpiper in mid-September. Things weren't too crowded this time of year. We had unit #307 on the third floor. We choose it for the updated living space and it was the opposite side of the condo from the pool (quieter). We had a perfect view straight out to the water. It had two bedrooms and two baths. It was very clean. The living/dining/kitchen area was all remodeled and very updated with a great beachy feel. The kitchen has updated appliances, plenty of dishes and utensils. The only thing we were missing was handsoap. The housekeeping was good. We stayed 2 nights and they came in and made beds, took out trash, provided new towels, etc. The beds were comfortable, but needed updated bedding.

One major complaint was the elevators. Have fun trying to get down to the lobby to check out and take down your luggage. The housekeeping staff use the 2 elevators that the guests use and that combined with everyone trying to check out was a nightmare. We talked to some other guests who waited 45 minutes for the elevator. That is a problem that needs to be addressed.
There are warnings about rattlesnakes around the pool. This was enough for me not to take my 2-year old down there.
It would be nice if they would clean up the beach a bit in front of the condo. There was trash, cigarette butts and TONS of seaweed making it hard to find a spot to set up.
Another drawback was no wifi in the room.
There is a washing/tar removal station just of the boardwalk to the beach which was helpful.

Overall we had a really great stay with a few things that needed some improving.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Andrea B
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Sandpiper M M, General Manager at Sandpiper Condominiums, responded to this review, November 2, 2013
Thank you for your review. We are thrilled you selected the Sandpiper. We look forward to seeing you on your next visit.


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San Antonio, TX
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11 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

We stayed in a one bedroom on the fourth floor #408. The entire condo was immaculate and up to date. The bed slept great. All necessary amenities were supplied in the kitchen. Even though the property is older it is well maintained. Housekeeping is excellent. Port Aransas night life and restaurants are a 5 minute drive away. If you can, make sure and hit Roosevelt's at the Tarpon Innfor a lovely dinner. Wonderful food and service.

Only complaint I have is in the chair rental service. It was $10 per day and we were told to book our chairs by 8 am of the morning we wanted them. We did. When we made it to the beach at 10:30, it turned out that all of the lounge chairs were gone and we ended up with plastic outdoor picnic chairs. (Fortunately, we had brought more comfy ones with us). When I brought this up to the front desk, their comment was "sorry".

All in all, though, a lovely stay. Have been there before, will definitely go again!

Room Tip: #408 for 2 people. Clearly,the owners of this condo take great pride in their property.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Mary H
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Sandpiper M M, General Manager at Sandpiper Condominiums, responded to this review, November 2, 2013
Thank you for your review. We are thrilled you selected the Sandpiper. We look forward to seeing you on your next visit.

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San Antonio, Texas
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2013

We've always stayed at the Sandpiper, but they are very expensive for what you get. The rooms are okay, the staff is okay, the pool is okay. Scary that they post warnings about snakes around their pool, too. Everything is just okay. We were really disappointed that they don't clean the beach in front of the condos whatsoever - especially when you're paying so much for an okay condo. Our friends stayed at Cinnamon Shores (which is just about 1/2 mile down from the Sandpiper) and it was lovely. It is really geared toward families with movie nights, golf cart rentals, an onsite restaurant, s'mores. Next year we're going to make the switch.

Room Tip: I rated kids activities as terrible because they are non-existent. Elevator is ridiculously slow.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Maria G
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Sandpiper M M, General Manager at Sandpiper Condominiums, responded to this review, November 2, 2013
Thank you for your review and for your recent stay at the Sandpiper. The Sandpiper amenities include: tennis courts, swimming pool, hots tub, shuffle board, ping pong, library, meeting room, upgraded coffee bar, four common sitting areas with two large flat screen televisions, exercise room, movie and game rentals. Management is communicating with the City of Corpus Christi regarding beach maintenance. The Sandpiper is a great place for families to gather. The Sandpiper strives for guest satisfaction. Best Regards!


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Katy, Texas
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92 reviews
39 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2013

This is still our number one place to stay, but some changes are needed. We lucked out and scored a condo with all flat screen TV's, plenty of dishes, plenty of silverware, etc... Only drawback for the room was no wifi. The higher you go in floors, the better the view.

This year the cleaners did not sweep, vacuum or make beds. They only came in and changed the trash out, and we were paying close to $500 a night. We stayed 4 nights and really needed some cleaning done by the end. Another disappointment was the canopy guys. These guys are LAZY this year. Two days nothing set up before 10, one day not until 1pm. And they are stacking them way too close together, it really is one foot apart as someone else said. We always get one, but it was sad to see them moving other people's items to put the canopies up on a public beach.

Make some changes and keep us coming back to Port A!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Sandpiper M M, General Manager at Sandpiper Condominiums, responded to this review, November 2, 2013
Thank you for your review. We now have WiFi in ALL units. We value all of our guests and appreciate your business. We strive to make the Sandpiper the best property in Port Aransas and we look forward to your return visit.


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New York City, New York
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5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013

We stayed here as part of a multi-family gathering that included 10 adults ranging in age from 40’s – 80’s, two young couples in their 20’s and 4 boys ranging from 10-17. We rented a 3BR/2BA and a 2BR/2BA unit, both of which had fold out couches in the living room. We rented units on the 6th floor. Both units 606 and 608 were very modern, with carpeted bedrooms and tile floors in the living, dining and bath rooms. We had plenty of room to eat, lounge and play games. Both units had large screen TV’s and modern kitchens that were well stocked with dishes, serving pieces and cookware.

All units at the Sandpiper have Gulf views and covered terraces. As other reviewers have mentioned, you should stay on the 3rd floor or above in order to get a view of the Gulf. There seems to be a wide variance in the “modernity” of various units, so you should check the website (http://www.sandpiperportaransas.com) and view photos or take virtual tours for individual units before making a reservation.

The front desk staff was friendly, but can be a little overworked at check-in/check-out rush hours. The pool and pool/hot tub area are clean, well kept, have plenty of chairs. The front desk supplies beach/pool towels. The grounds are well landscaped. There is also a covered shuffleboard area, drink and ice machine with 10 lb bags for sale and a coin-operated laundry facility on the ground floor. There is a small fitness center and several well-maintained tennis courts, but we did not use them. A board walk will take you over the dunes to the wide sandy beach. This may be helpful for older people who may have trouble walking or may need to be wheeled.

The property is about 8 miles outside the town of Port Aransas and there is not much nearby, which makes for a nice view and an uncrowded beach. If you want to eat or buy provisions, you’ll have to drive a few miles.

The only complaint is with the staff who set up the tents for the beach. They do not appear to be happy to oblige guests and will try to set up tents right next to each other in an effort to avoid having to walk farther than they have to. Be firm in getting them to set up where YOU would like.

Room Tip: Stay on third floor or higher for a view of gulf.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank ViviTraveler
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Sandpiper M M, General Manager at Sandpiper Condominiums, responded to this review, November 4, 2013
Thank you for your review! We are pleased you enjoyed the unit and all of the first class amenities the property has to offer. The Sandpiper Staff tries to make each guest’s stay as comfortable and wonderful as possible. We hope you return for another stay with us.


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Property: Sandpiper Condominiums
Address: 6745 Seacomber Dr, Port Aransas, TX 78373-4934
Location: United States > Texas > Texas Gulf Coast > Port Aransas
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 42 Specialty Lodging in Port Aransas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 107
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Sandpiper is the premier condo beach property on Mustang Island, which, in turn, has been identified as one of the 10 best barrier islands resort areas in the United States. All rental units in our premier condo resort overlook the beautiful Gulf of Mexico and whether your choice is a one, two, or three bedroom unit, they are furnished with a fully equipped kitchen, have daily maid service, on site laundry facilities, and a 24/7 front desk service to ensure your stay is first class. Satisfied former guests established Sandpiper's record of having the highest rate of repeat vacation rental customers on Mustang Island. They much prefer staying in a fully furnished beach home rather than a sparsely furnished hotel or motel room. You’ll experience a sense of comfortable elegance while sitting on your private beachfront balcony enjoying the panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico and the Mustang Island coastline. Relax in the Sandpiper heated outdoor pool and jacuzzi or stay fit in our exercise room or on our private tennis courts. Enjoy exercise with the children in our covered game room offering shuffleboard and table tennis or spend time playing games with the children in the comfortable elegance of our spacious lobby. Simply relax and enjoy reading with your family in our lobby library while enjoying the sights and sounds of the ocean’s waves and catching glimpses of the abundant wildlife inhabiting our private beach. ... more   less 
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