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Lighthouse Inn at Aransas Bay
Ranked #4 of 20 Hotels in Rockport
Certificate of Excellence
San Antonio, Texas
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Charming coastal hotel”
Reviewed January 4, 2014

Stayed at the Lighthouse Inn for a Birthday weekend in December. All the associates were welcoming and friendly. Our room was clean with a beautiful view of the bay. We enjoyed the continental breakfast, with the make your own waffles. The hotel is perfect for a romantic weekend or a family vacation. Thank you for a wonderful weekend away! We look forward to staying again this spring!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brian O, General Manager at Lighthouse Inn at Aransas Bay, responded to this review, January 5, 2014
Thank you so much for this wonderful review. I am so pleased that you chose to spend your Birthday with us. The hotel staff appreciates your kind comments. We all are looking forward to your return visit in the spring.
Sincerely,
Brian Olsen
General Manager
The Lighthouse Inn at Aransas Bay
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Wylie, Texas
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

We stayed at the Lighthouse Inn 3 nights beginning on December 27. We were married on August 2, 1963 and have celebrated 50 years all year long. We started with a cruise in January, a Marriage Vow Renewal Cruise in October, and this trip to Rockport in December. There were numerous local activities.

The breakfast each morning was very good. Coffee was available throughout the day and night. Every employee we came in contact with was very friendly, starting with the lady who checked us in on our arrival at the inn. The staff members attending the breakfast were very attentive at keeping the serving tables replenished with food. Only thing that may be considered to a negative is sparse seating for breakfast, but it gives the opportunity to meet other people. One morning, a member of the cleaning staff had to let us in our room because we left our keys in the room.

We did not book a whooping crane viewing boat ride but did see some at a water hole south of the Inn. Standing on the Lighthouse pier, we saw dolphins following the boats in.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brian O, General Manager at Lighthouse Inn at Aransas Bay, responded to this review, January 7, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write this wonderful review about your stay with us. Congratulations on 50 years of marriage. That is a wonderful accomplishment. We are so honored that you chose to end your celebration year in Rockport. I am pleased that you were able to see the whooping crane and enjoyed watching the “resident” dolphins in the bay behind the hotel. Thank you as well for sharing your picture. It is nice to see what our guests have been up to during their stay. We ALL hope that you will come back and visit again soon.

Sincerely,
Brian Olsen
General Manager
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed December 31, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I came to the south Texas coast to see the whooping cranes and other birds wintering in and around the Aransas NWR. It was our first trip to the area. After some research, I found this hotel and planned to stay 3 nights. The birding in the area and hotel and its location were so nice that we added another night.

The breakfast while free was prepared from food services type supplies. It was okay, but not great. The dining area was clean and the coffee was available in the lobby all the time. That was a nice touch as was the Starbuck's coffee provided with the in room coffee service.

Overall this was a pretty hotel with good service and location. We would definitely stay here again.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brian O, General Manager at Lighthouse Inn at Aransas Bay, responded to this review, January 1, 2014
Thank you for writing this review about your stay with us. I am so pleased that the Whooping Cranes brought you to our area and kept you an extra day. They are magnificent birds to observe. I am sure that you saw plenty of other types at the Aransas NWR. We all hope that you will return soon.
Sincerely,
Brian Olsen
General Manager
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Austin
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Reviewed December 31, 2013

We booked a "Holiday Special" package and were very pleased. This is our second time to stay here and we had a good visit with our daughter who came to Rockport to meet us there. Our previous stay was summer time and we went on a fishing trip one day and spent our other days on the Blue Wave beach.
But this time it was COLD. So our time was spent visiting the museums in town, sightseeing and shopping. We enjoyed the hotel lobby in the evening which had tables for us to play our domino game (other families were also playing games such as dominos, cards and chess). One day we drove over to Port Aransas by ferry to eat lunch and sat in our car at their park watching the dolphins chasing the boats going up the ship channel.
The food at the Inn was very good, one evening we had shrimp (both fried and grilled) and it was fresh and delicious. The salad and baked potatoes were also good. The waitress/bar server is very friendly and helpful and made us feel like part of your family whenever we spent time in the lobby. She gets a gold star!
Our room was comfortable and served us well for rest and sleep, but we spent our visiting time either in the hotel lobby or sightseeing/shopping.
One good note...initially we had a broken coffee pot in our room (someone prior had put the coffee grounds into the water reservoir and it was clogged up), but as soon as I reported the problem, a brand new coffee pot was brought to us. They use Starbucks coffee which is a treat, and also they have urns of fresh coffee and hot water for tea available in the lobby all hours of the day (Caff and Decaf),.
We just love this place...home away from home no matter the weather!

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Brian O, General Manager at Lighthouse Inn at Aransas Bay, responded to this review, January 1, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write this wonderful review about your recent stay with us. The cold weather you experienced is not normal for this part of the Texas coast. We are all looking forward to warmer temperatures. I am so pleased that you took advantage of everything the hotel and surrounding areas have to offer. I like going to Port Aransas to watch the dolphins as well. We all appreciate the kind comments about the food and service staff in the Palm Room. I hope that you will come back to your home away from home very soon.

Sincerely,
Brian Olsen
General Manager
The Lighthouse Inn at Aransas Bay
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Pearland, Texas, United States
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Reviewed December 14, 2013

I like this place a lot. People are nice. My rooms are great. Internet and cable work well. Food is good.my view is amazing. It's also located close to everything. Go north to see the cranes and go south for shopping.

Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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Brian O, General Manager at Lighthouse Inn at Aransas Bay, responded to this review, December 15, 2013
Karen, Thank you very much for writing this wonderful review about your recent stay. I am so glad that you enjoyed the hotel, view and surrounding areas. We are centrally located so it is easy to experience almost everything that Rockport Fulton has to offer within walking distance or short drives. I was pleased that you were able to see our Whooping Cranes. They will only be at the Aransas Wildlife Refuge and surrounding area until sometime in March when they decide it is time to return to their summer home up north. They are magnificent birds to see. We all look forward to your return visit.

Sincerely,
Brian Olsen
General Manager
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Yoakum, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
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Reviewed December 10, 2013

Before I retired, I traveled extensively around the country. My rule was, "I don't sleep in restaurants and I don't eat in hotels". Well, that got changed last weekend.
I took advantage of your "Texas Coast Holiday Package" (the second package this year) and because of bad weather, we decided to eat at the Inn. Well, I probably don't need to tell you that your cook Leslie "the shrimp goddess" produced the best dining experience I have had in a long time. All I can say is that it was exceptional. On the next night we went down the street to a popular seafood restaurant but it was pale by comparison. Future visits will find me in the Palm Room. In fact, my next visit might be because of the Palm Room.
Thank you for your attention to detail. We look forward to our next visit.
Sincerely,
Glen C

Room Tip: Bay side rooms are better this time of year. Be sure to try the Palm Room for drinks and dinner
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brian O, General Manager at Lighthouse Inn at Aransas Bay, responded to this review, December 12, 2013
Glen, Thank you for taking the time to write this wonderful review. Leslie was so overjoyed by your comment about her and her shrimp that she got a bit emotional, in a good way!! The Palm Room Bar and Grill team works very hard to provide each customer with an outstanding meal and experience. It is greatly appreciated that you noticed that. I am pleased to see that you took advantage of another special package. We try to offer something new each month. We all hope to see you back soon.
Sincerely,
Brian Olsen
General Manager
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Winnie, Texas
1 review
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Reviewed December 4, 2013

I booked our reservation on line and when we arrived our names didn't show up in their computer. I showed them a print out of our reservation and was then given a room. We were surprised when we got to our room as it was a lot larger than the one we reserved. I mentioned it to the person at the desk and she told us that we were placed in a captain's suite because of the mix up. Well it was very nice and comfortable. This is the Third time what we have spent Thanksgiving there and hopefully there will many more as the staff treats you like family.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Brian O, General Manager at Lighthouse Inn at Aransas Bay, responded to this review, December 6, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write this review. I am sorry for the mix up with your reservation. I am glad that it was resolved quickly and that we were able to upgrade your room. The hotel staff does try to treat all of our guest like family. For many of them, our hotel is their home away from home. We all look forward to seeing you next Thanksgiving if not sooner.

Sincerely,
Brian Olsen
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The Lighthouse Inn at Aransas Bay
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Property: Lighthouse Inn at Aransas Bay
Address: 200 S Fulton Beach Rd, Rockport, TX 78382-7736
Location: United States > Texas > Texas Gulf Coast > Rockport
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Rockport
#2 Family Hotel in Rockport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Lighthouse Inn at Aransas Bay 3.5*
Number of rooms: 78
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lighthouse Inn is the perfect choice for a vacation on the Texas coastal bay, with full-service accommodations in the beautiful Aransas Bay. Relax and enjoy a laid back Texas getaway with luxurious guest accommodations and amenities and our friendly staff. Positioned at the entrance of Fulton Harbor with a magnificent view of Aransas Bay, enjoy modern amenities, shoreline access and our excellent location close to local attractions and things to do in the Texas Riviera. ... more   less 
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