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“Overrated -however worth a second stay” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of La Quinta Inn & Suites South Padre Island

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La Quinta Inn & Suites South Padre Island
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Texas
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42 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Overrated -however worth a second stay”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2007

The Laquinta South Padre Island "Resort" advertises itself as a new hotel - new maybe a couple of years ago, but it is clearly showing it's age. It is important to acknowledge that a hotel on the beach can get some heavy use, and this is probably the case with this hotel, but it is not NEW so don't expect it. In addition, some shoddy construction detracts from the overall feel (minor point).

The pro's- and there are quite a few -- right on the beach, balcony's with gulf view, nice sized rooms (we had 2 queen beds with sofa) fridge and micro, nice breakfast area.

Con's --none really except as mentioned above.

Note about the gulf view rooms - we considered it, boy are we glad we didn't pay the extra $$ - it is a pool view/cabana room more than a gulf view , and the pool area was very noisy while we were there - we think the standard rooms were just fine.

  • Liked — Right on the beach
  • Disliked — Starting to show its age
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Houston, TX
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10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2007

I booked this particular hotel for several reasons, mainly (1) the price was great, (2) it was directly on the beach, and (3) it is a major hotel chain. I had read some reviews about other "locally owned and operated" hotels which didn't seem to get many favorable comments. You can seldom go wrong with a chain hotel.

I strategically planned my trip for after Labor Day when the kids are back in school, the crowds are gone and the prices are down.

THE CHECK-IN STAFF was friendly and efficient, and I was thrilled with my room. I was on the third floor with the sunrise on one side and the sunsets on the other.

COMPLIMENTARY HAPPY HOUR is limited to wine (from a box,) beer and soft drinks, along with popcorn and chips/queso. I thought it was very nice of them to offer this, but we only took advantage of it the first night. Free boxed wine was not worth the wait in line. We bought our own spirits down the street and served as our own bartenders in our room and took our cocktails down to the pool (we bought two large plastic cups at the store prior to arriving.)

THE BEST FEATURE OF THIS HOTEL: It's located right on the beach. Out the door of the hotel, past the pool, onto the beach. That fast. We checked out some other "beach front" hotels and yes they were on the beach, but it felt like you needed to take a short plane ride to get to the beach from the hotel. One major hotel was 500 yards from the beach, yet it was "beach front." The La Quinta gets top scores from us for beach-proximity.

ARRIVE EARLY FOR FREE BREAKFAST. The hotel offers complimentary continental breakfast including waffles. I went down at 9:30 a.m. and there was no place to sit, and I didn't feel like hauling my food out to the pool just in case there was no seating out there either. But the food sure looked good!

PARKING WAS LESS-THAN-CONVENIENT. The parking lot was being completely re-done so there was less parking available than usual (although the security guard made sure to point out that parking for the employees was readily available right by the entrance to the hotel - not a nice business practice, and not a smart thing for an employee to disclose.) They have parking next to the hotel in a weed-filled lot. It's about 100 yards from the entrance to the hotel. Once this issue is resolved, they will probably have ample parking. But it was a little frustrating to return each night around midnight, circle the parking lot, exit the property, park next door, and then walk back. *** The night clerk at the hotel said, "Park in the field next door and I'll come and get you in the golf cart." We parked, and saw him come out of the hotel and go to the golf cart. Then he turned around and went back to the hotel. After a few minutes we headed back to the hotel on foot, and when we asked the night clerk why he didn't come and get us, he said, "The golf cart wouldn't start." At least he could have walked to our car and told us. But once the parking lot is complete, I don't foresee this issue again.

HOUSEKEEPING did a good job, although the coffee pot was never cleaned out so we had to do that every morning ourselves. Not a huge issue.

THIS HOTEL IS PET FRIENDLY: In fact, we began to think that there must've been a big discount for bringing a pet because everyone seemed to have one. I can understand a few people bringing their dogs, but there were 23 different dogs that we counted (some people had more than one.) And the dogs would bark in their rooms in the morning. That's not the hotel's fault that the dogs are noisy, but keep this in mind when you make a reservation. If you have pets, bring them along. If you don't like pets or you don't like the possibility that fleas will be in your room upon check-in, just remember this place is pet friendly.

THIS HOTEL IS BARBECUE FRIENDLY: We were a little surprised at the number of people who brought their own hibatchi portable barbecue and briquettes who were barbecuing by the pool. I didn't think it said much about the clientel. I booked a bargain hotel so I could spend more on nice dinners at the recommended restaurants..... many of the hotel guests stocked up on groceries before checking in. They were out by the pool every night flipping burgers and weenies.

I WOULD STAY HERE AGAIN without question. I foresee a completed parking lot in the future, and that was my biggest complaint. The price, the location and the reputation make this one of the best buys on the island.

  • Liked — Proximity to the beach
  • Disliked — The parking situation is temporarily
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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6 Thank PierreLaCroix
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Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2007

We just returned from S. Padre, where we stayed at La Quinta.

At first, the location seemed a little out of the way of things, but that perception changed. The location is FANTASTIC! It's not in the midst of the other hotels and resorts, so the beach remains uncrowded. I enjoyed being one of only a handful of people out and about.

We had a 4th floor room with pool view, which meant we had an excellent view of the ocean. The first thing we did each morning upon waking was go stand on the balcony and stare at the waves. Very relaxing. The pool area was usually pretty crowded but mostly with kids. The hotel is family friendly. It's also pooch friendly; several guests had dogs.

The hotel staff was friendly. Rooms were clean. My only complaint - and this is NOT unique to La Quinta by any stretch of the imagination so I'm not really holding it against them - is that the hallways smelled a bit like.... pee. For some reason, most lower budget hotels I've been in have hallways that smell a bit like pee. How do you know you're in a 2-star hotel? Take a whiff. I suppose it could have something to do with the canine guests, but it's probably more likely related to humidity (or drunk spring breakers and other hard partiers whose potty training is often less reliable than that of man's best friend). To clarify, the rooms did not have this aroma. It's only in the hallways.

Overall, I'd say the place is above average due to the views and beach access. I'd stay there again.

  • Liked — Amazing view and great beach access.
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 Thank jm2517
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austin
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2007

Very clean, Superb location and friendly staff. Will definately be staying here again. Love your beach area.

  • Liked — Beach area
  • Disliked — Parking
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank mcabrera
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Fredericksburg
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2007

We were registered for a conference that was going to be held at the LaQuinta. We normally stay at the Holliday inn but since our conference was at LaQuinta we decided to give it a try. When we arived we were so impressed with not only the size of the rooms but how clean they were. Everyone was very friendly and made us feel right at home. We could not beleive how close we were to the beach. It was so close that my mother who is in a wheel chair and could never get to the beach at ht Holliday Inn had no problems at LaQuinta. We have found our new home on South Padre Island.
Sincerely,
Mr. Hoover

  • Liked — Attitude of Staff and Management
  • Disliked — Parking
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank MHoover
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Brownsville TX
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2007

We were so impressed with how clean and friendly the staff and management was. We did not expect to be so close to the beach, we were litterally 100 feet away from the water. The happy hour was nice with the free drinks and free nachos. We have found our new home away from home on South Padre Island.

  • Liked — Beach right outside of our room
  • Disliked — weather was very hot
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank sglenwoods
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San Antonio, Texas
Level Contributor
28 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2007

Stayed at this property a few months ago and what a difference a few months can make. The hotel is probably not more than three years old but you would never know it. Very worn down and not kept up. Loose bricks in the walkway, filthy, filthy pool, dirty carpet. If you want a place that is right on the beach, this place is for you. But if you want a clean, well-maintained hotel, go somewhere else.

Stayed August 2007
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Property: La Quinta Inn & Suites South Padre Island
Address: 7000 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597
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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 Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in South Padre Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — La Quinta Inn & Suites South Padre Island 3*
Number of rooms: 146
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Quinta Inn & Suites is a Texas Beach hotel located on the north beach on South Padre Island. Hotel is located directly on the beach, featuring an ocean-side swimming pool, restaurant and bar. Enjoy free wireless high speed internet in your room, throughout the hotel, and outside to the pool and beach! Free bright side breakfast every morning featuring fresh Belgian waffles and a made-to-order omelet station. Host events for up to 200 people in our grand ballroom.We also have several electric car Charging Stations available. ... more   less 
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