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Isla Grand Beach Resort
Certificate of Excellence
Plano, Texas
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Nice improvements, beautiful grounds”
Reviewed May 17, 2010

My wife and I have been going to this property (previously a Radisson) for approx. 15 years. We have always enjoyed staying there. This year we found big improvements within the rooms and a new bathroom with with a built-in shower. The grounds are beautiful. Try and get a beach front room, you won't be sorry.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
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Hutto, TX
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Reviewed March 26, 2010

Incompetent fron desk. Uncomfortable, awkward sleep nember beds, rude staf. screwed up my reservation twice.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled on business
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Houston
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Reviewed March 19, 2010

This hotel is clever in the fact it hosted a beach party in conjuction with Coca-Cola. The hotel has a small parking lot and does not accommodate its guests for parking. If you come by plane and take the bus this will not be a problem for you. If you live in Texas and drive it will be a fight to park. Guest services are untrained in my opinion. They seem to be just here for the spring break as P/T workers. The rooms are not the standards of the price that hotel wants to charge. I will have to compare this hotel to a motel 6 not a resort like it claims. The pools were not clear and clean. The hot tubs in the pool either do not work or have heaters that work intermittent. The bathroom tubs have rust in them. This was my first time to South Padre and will use this experience as a lesson. Next time I will stay at the Sheraton which is the same price. The beaches are interconnected so you can still get to the party on the beach. I have talked to other guests and they have the same feelings I do. Oh, the internet which is advertised in travel brocures does not work much. They are using wireless routers but do not have good placement so finding a signal is difficult.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled solo
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Milwaukee, WI
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9 reviews
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Reviewed March 10, 2010

We stayed here while visiting my in-laws who rented a condo for several months at the property next door. Our room was in a great location near the beaches (if only the weather cooperated!). The property and rooms are somewhat dated, but ours was clean and appropriately furnished with mini-fridge. The beds were great. The grounds were in good shape and the employees were friendly. We dined a few times in the restaurant, and except for being short on wait staff one evening, the meals were good. We didn't check out the entertainment here, instead going to the Pelican Club West located a block away. They have a house band which is fantastic, playing a variety of music. Some nights they serve food. One can easily walk from the hotel. We stay at many fine/first class resorts. While I wouldn't put the Isla Grand in the same category, I would stay here again due to comfort, location, and basic amenities.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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texas
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15 reviews
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Reviewed February 4, 2010

hotel is a little dated, but it is otherwise great. we got a poolside room but we were able to see the beach!!! tennis courts were only a few feet away and entertainment and restaurant are RIGHT THERE :)

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with friends
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Texas
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Reviewed November 8, 2009

Very disappointed in the rooms: Very old, strong smell of mold mildew, AC didn't seem to get the humidity out of the air. It did have sink and mini fridge which worked good when the door opened with loud screetch and would make a bang noise every 1/2 hour. Sleep member bed was a nice touch, wish it worked for us. The closet door kept falling off it's rusty old tracks. Bathroom looked like brady bunch decor gone wrong! The shower head didn't have much water pressure, missing grout in tub etc. Paper thin walls. Free WiFi? Where? I could never get signal in our room.
They did have a safe in our room and give us nice Bath & Body Works toiletries and flat screen TV.
Big pool looked very clean and refreshing, having the hotel room right on the beach was nice.
The Bellman (Juan) is fantastic! Each time we saw him he asked if all was ok and if we needed anything. Night entertainment was good.
Overall, we will never see this place again.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with family
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed September 27, 2009

Just returned from a 4 day mini vacation. I have always used Trip Advisors for hotels, etc. I was alittle concerned about staying here after reading some of the recent reviews. But, after staying I was very pleased with the property. The rooms were just alittle dated, however, they were clean and the bed was comfortable. The water in the shower got very hot. The TV was a nice flat screen and we were able to get many stations. We stayed in a pool side view room but was able to see the beach. The drinks at the poolside bar were very strong. Didn't really care for the turbo, but the hammerheads were pretty good. We ate at the restaurant twice, both times were buffet and we enjoyed the food and the service. Went to the bar (Upperdeck) , but was pretty busy so didn't stay but it looked good.
If I go back to Padre Island, I wouldn't hesitate staying here again. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. We also ate dinner at Sea Ranch and it was excellent and ate at Dirty Al's, they have the best New Orleans boiled shrimp.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Isla Grand Beach Resort
Address: 500 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597-6615
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Location: United States > Texas > Texas Gulf Coast > South Padre Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in South Padre Island
#5 On the Beach Hotel in South Padre Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Isla Grand Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 187
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Isla Grand Beach Resort is the premier resort along the Texas Gulf Coast. Located right on the beach, in the southern portion of South Padre Island, the Isla Grand Beach Resort is easy to find and conveniently located near all of South Padre's top attractions. This beachfront resort has great onsite amenities such as two swimming pools, hot tubs, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, restaurants, a nightclub, gift shop, coffee shop, activities and more. With such a prime location in the heart of South Padre Island, the Isla Grand Beach Resort offers the kind of warm hospitality, inviting resort atmosphere and top-notch services sure to please business and leisure travelers alike. Be sure to ask about our special offers and package deals! From the Grand Bed & Breakfast to the Hole in One Golf package, you're sure to find one that fits your needs and budget. We're the perfect choice for your next business conference featuring 10,000 square feet of conference space. Excitement is never far at Isla Grand Beach Resort. The nearby nightclub has liver entertainment every day of the year featuring bands and musical guests from all over the United States. Whether it's business or pleasure, we're sure that you'll find what you're looking for when staying at our beautiful beach front resort. It's like a tropical getaway that's not too far from home! ... more   less 
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Isla Grand Beach Hotel South Padre Island
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Radisson South Padre Island

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