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Island House Condominiums
Texas
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6 reviews
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“Can't wait to go back”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2009

When I pulled into the parking lot and the sign read "One by One the Penguins Steal My sanity", I knew I was in the right place. I love fun and funky places, and that was the Island House! The condo was very clean and comfy, a great and I mean GREAT bed (my hubby has back issues), and when my husband got food poisoning, the management was great. They let us stay an extra day to let him recover. I loved being right on the beach, and there's nothing else around! I didn't know there was any unpopulated beach left... business has kept us too busy to return, but when we can break away, this will be the place we head. Fun, relaxing, affordable---don't change a thing!

  • Stayed July 2006, traveled with family
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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West Hartford, Connecticut
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488 reviews
123 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2008

We have stayed at the Island House with friends during each of the last several summers. By its exterior looks, the property was originally developed back in the 60's but most of the owner held units have been renovated to more modern standards.

The location can't be beat for its proximity to the beach (e.g. 50 foot walk) with nice warm water during the summers, and is one of the few properties built right near the gulf coast beach front side of the island.

The property is perfect for a quiet family vacation because of its proximity to the beach and modest pool and outdoor BBQ grilling area. North Padre is relatively under-developed without tons of tourist attractions that you might find in other Gulf coast (e.g. S. Padre, Florida, etc) or Atlantic coast beach fronts (no massive board walk or amusement park rides). For some needing distractions for teenagers that might be an issue, for us it isn't. Corpus Christi is a short drive away for those need / craving some tourist attractions (for instance check out the USS Lexington).

We've never had issue with the property management company similar to one of the previous reviewers. It seems like more of a smaller scale operation compared to a massive professional property management firm. Sometimes that might result in variation and inconsistencies although in our estimation the positive features of the property more than make up for it.

  • Liked — Beach and pool
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with family
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Thank Int_Bus_Travel
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Texas
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2008

We were first introduced to the Island House 5 years ago by some friends and we’ve been hooked ever since. It’s not a fancy place, but a laid back, comfortable, well maintained and very clean place to say. Plus, you can’t beat the location. We usually stay at the Island House 1-2 times in the summer. Our last stay was over Memorial Day weekend for 4 days. As usual, it was a wonderful trip. Our 2-2 condo was on the first floor facing the beach. It was really nice to be able to just walk out and be literally on the beach. The room was very clean and nicely decorated. The appliances were a bit old, but they worked just fine. There is a nice swimming pool which the kids love jumping in after the beach and in the evenings. There is also a built-in BBQ grill that is prefect for grilling hamburgers and hotdogs. This is a very family friendly place. We are looking forward to our next trip at the end of July!

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  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2008

never got to stay at this place. i booked a room back in january, paid a deposit, and i just got a call today 5/23/08 that my room was being taken by the owner for that week-end and they didn't have another room to accomodate my family until september!!!! no where on the web site does it say anything about possible last minute cancellations.. where am i supposed to get accomodations now on the beach?????

Stayed May 2008
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5 Thank sad_texas
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islandhouse, General Manager at Island House Condominiums, responded to this review, June 29, 2008
We like to believe that the only thing we overlook is the ocean! But sometimes, rare though they are, something happens and nobody in this buisness likes an unhappy customer. As a condotel our owners can let us know as little as 60 days out they want to use thier condo. 99.8% of the time we can move guests to another unit. The majority of our owners enjoy the revenue they generate from the rentals and try not to use the unit during the busy summer months. I am sorry this guest had this experience and more so did not push to speak to the GM at the time, Im not sure what I could have done with no space available but I'm sure I would have made a great offer at a later date. This is a beautiful property with a great location and has been serving the traveling public since 1968 and as you can see from other reviews, people do have a nice experience while visiting Island House. We are not perfect but we will not quit trying to be, that I can assure you!
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Texas
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2007

We spent 3 days of our honeymoon at the Island House and really wished we could have stayed longer! Our room was ocean front and we had a balcony to enjoy the view... which was amazing! We watched dolphins jump in the ocean, right from our balcony! Our room was clean, bright and cheerfully decorated, we had everything we needed (dishes and linens), tv and high speed internet access. The location is perfect... right next to Corpus Christi Bay, close to Port Aransas, and right on the beach! Folks were fishing and swimming in the surf... we caught a nice Snapper, a Redfish, Spanish Mackerel, sand trout and perch. This place was made for relaxing and having fun! Very family friendly, with a beautiful pool area (it was heated!). A very cozy feeling, like being at home... not fussy at all. You can grill outside. Each room is decorated differently... just bring food, laundry detergent (if you stay awhile!) and you're set. We are definitely coming back!!

  • Liked — Location, Price, Views
  • Disliked — the elvator was small, older... a bit stuffy!
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: Island House Condominiums
Address: 15340 Leeward Dr, Corpus Christi, TX 78418-8021
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Location: United States > Texas > Texas Gulf Coast > Corpus Christi
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 14 Specialty Lodging in Corpus Christi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 73
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We offer 1,2 and 3 bedroom Beachfront Condominiums for rent nightly, weekly and monthly(Winter Texan Rates). Our property is located just steps away from the sand and ocean. We are the the only Condominiums that offer a "pedestrian only" beach on North Padre Island! All of our rooms have fully equipped kitchens, dining and living room areas with their own private balcony or patio that overlook the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. ... more   less 
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