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Emerald Beach Hotel
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Reviewed May 19, 2009

The Holiday Inn at Emerald Beach was average in comparing it to other Holiday Inns. They tried hard to be a four star hotel but did not quite get it. No problem checking in, for the hotel at the time was pretty much empty.

This hotel has it all, a private beach where you can rent chairs, umbrellas and jet skis, outdoor and indoor bar, indoor pool with spa, indoor playground with ping pong tables, pool table, air hockey, and shuffle board. A gift shop is located next to the pool. It also had a business center with free internet access, WiFi, and a restaurant.

One of the drawbacks is this hotel is dated. Meaning it needs a overhaul in presentation and service. This hotel get packed with families for it takes a lot abuse, but it is not an excuse for the Disney resorts have a lot of families staying there and the hotel still looks brand new. On our stay, the hot water took over five minutes just to get warm, one of the elevators went out of service, the cable went out ( city wide Time Warner problem ), parking problem, and poor ice maker. This hotel filled up for the weekend and which caused the pool to get a little to crowded with kids. This hotel allows pets so be aware. No valet parking available when the hotel is full and no doorman. The Handicap door did not quite work properly. And the business center ( no sign present ) required you to go the front desk and get an access key ( one time use only ). The outside bar did not have a TV so I could not watch the game. The hallways and stairwells were too darkly lit where I felt unsafe. Only a few rooms have balconies. No room receipt under the door.
When we were checking out, I overheard other guests complaining about the hotel in general - not good.

This hotel is located on the beach and not too far from downtown. Perfect hotel for kids. The beach is kept very clean and a band was playing on Saturday. An off-duty police office was working the lobby during the weekend to provide security.

Our room was average, but we did have a fridge and microwave, and a balcony facing the beach. The carpet had a lot of sand on it, and the ceiling had water stains. The coffee provided in room was awlful. It did have a LCD TV and couch which turned into a bed. Lots of Pillows provided.

Overall we liked the it and would stay here again for the beach scene else stay at the Omni.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Homestyle68
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Reviewed April 20, 2009

We stayed @ the hotel due to the fact it's the only downtown hotel on the beach. Our kids really enjoyed the indoor pool & beach. Beds were extremely comfortable & I noticed the new look of no bed spreads. My wife & I really enjoyed the outdoor bar "Kokomos" ? Overall it's a great family beach place with very good curb appeal.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled with family
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1  Thank TXtraveler444
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Reviewed February 21, 2009

This hotel is filthy. It is in desperate need of a major overhaul. Carpeting is dirty and there is a distinctly malodorous quality (mold?) to make matters even worse, the walls are paper thin allowing you to hear considerably more than you may want to. Visits to the business center and fitness rooms require a special one time only key (obtainable by the front desk ). That inconvenience is heightened by the fact that should you need to leave those premises, you need to obtain another key to re-enter. Dark hallway near elevator (and back door parking lot) and only one working elevator for a hotel that size only add to the creep factor. Big yuck!

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled on business
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3  Thank gimmelDallas
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Reviewed February 6, 2009

The staff was fantastic! At check in, I was greeted with a smile and a personable desk clerk. The hotel and room were clean. The beds were very comfortable. The view of the bay was fantastic! We ordered room service on our last night and it was the only negative aspect. It was ho-hum prepackaged chicken fried steaks. Overall, my stay was absolutely wonderful and I will stay at this Holiday Inn whenever I am in Corpus Christi.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled on business
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1  Thank gelibean4u
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Reviewed October 18, 2008

Great hotel for families and for couples. Great play structure for kids and nice indoor pool. For adults, there is a bar in the hotel and one on the beach as well. The beds are comfortable, and the room was clean. This is a great value!

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank AGMG5
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