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Island Hotel Port Aransas
Ranked #3 of 19 Hotels in Port Aransas
Certificate of Excellence
Austin, Texas
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21 reviews
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“Great staff makes this place worth it”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2013

Great place! Biggest drawback is that the walls are noticeably thin, so I'm grateful we had respectful neighbors that were as quiet and went to sleep as early as we did. It's a very short drive to the beach, but I'm not sure if I would have bothered to try walking it along Hwy 361.

However the concerns are absolutely outweighed by the actual experience of staying here. The staff is so friendly and incredibly welcoming. They were very helpful, so much so I'm sure if there had been an issue with neighbors making noise they would have addressed it quickly. The beds were very comfortable, lots of pillows, soft sheets. Driving to/from the beach is very easy and quick. The complimentary breakfast was a nice extra to help add value to the price per night as well.

For two friends who wanted to enjoy some sun and sand this hotel suited us perfectly. I would fully recommend this place to anyone who doesn't insist on beachfront views or insist on full privacy from neighbors.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Fort Worth, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2013

We stayed here for 5 days, Family trip in Suite B. It was lovely! lots of room, and clean. The staff was very friendly. it was maybe 5 mins from the beach and down the road from everything . Will stay here again in a heart beat!

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Port Aransas, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2013 via mobile

This place advertises "Wifi in every room'", however there is absolutely NO Internet access even if you want to pay for it! Hate misrepresentations, especially when done intentionally. I cannot fathom why they would lie so readily.

  • Stayed May 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2013

My daughter & I stayed here on a mini vacation & had an excellent time. The staff was outstanding & went out of their way to make sure we had everything we wanted. Breakfast was good - game room was fun, the pool was heated and just an overall fun place. We would (and have) recommended this place to our friends & families and would definitely come back again!!

  • Stayed May 2013
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San Antonio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2013

First of all, i was skeptical about using Priceline's "name your own price" and when I bid for a room, received an email that i would be staying at the island hotel. As we got into the parking lot and i went to check in...immediately i knew we had made a great choice. The front desk was so inviting and informed us of all the amenities that were available to us. When we walked into the room we were was so surprised at how clean the room was and the faux wood floor was just perfect! The day of our checkout i called the front desk and asked for a later checkout time and was surprised that she was so nice and answered, "that'll be no problem!" The restroom was clean, the sheets looked very clean, and our overall experience was awesome! We will definitely be staying at the Island Hotel on our future trips to Port Aransas!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2013

I needed to just get away from work so we booked a stay after reading other reviews on this site. We booked from their site islandhotelportaransas.com as they had a "three night" deal that was $70 for Wednesday, Thursday and $130 for Friday and this is considered off season as it is before Memorial Day weekend. Checked in at about 9:30pm and the host was friendly and gave us some dog treats. We stayed in a 2-Queen room with kitchenette. It was a much larger room than I expected. The floors were wood laminate (like pergo) and tile (kitchen). The fridge was not quite a full fridge, but it certainly was not a mini-fridge. Full stove, dishwasher, garbage disposal, double kitchen sink, and cabinet space. The bathroom was spacious. There was not a closet, but there was a rack with some hangers. There was a set of 4 large drawers that we put all of our clothing in and that the TV set on (CRT not HD). The air conditioner kept the room cool, but ran quite a bit indicating some inefficiencies in the room. I felt that our steps were very loud and was concerned that we would disturb the guests under us (especially after having read a review that they had been talked to about their loudness). They do have a heated outdoor pool with several sitting areas with tables and chairs. There were a set of restrooms out there and they were very clean. They have wireless that is really only accessible around the lobby area, but it was relatively quick. The dog walk was out in front of the pool area by the highway. Complimentary breakfast (7am - 10am) featuring juice, waffles, muffins, donuts, bagels, oatmeal, apples, and bananas. I did not see any coffee which was disappointing. Something else that we noticed was that the cleaning staff worked together, were organized, and worked hard. Definitely do not see that very often! I did see them mopping the floors (a must after a guest visits the beach). All of our linens appeared to be fresh and clean. And lots of useable pillows. Definitely going to recommend to everyone at work.

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Sweetwater, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2013

Great, and clean hotel! The heated pool was awesome and the staff was excellent. Hats off to Kara and Emily for helping me during my stay! It was close enough to town to enjoy all the food yet no too close.

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Property: Island Hotel Port Aransas
Address: 2607 State Highway 361, Port Aransas, TX 78373-4818
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Region: United States > Texas > Texas Gulf Coast > Port Aransas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Port Aransas
#3 Romantic Hotel in Port Aransas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Island Hotel Port Aransas 2*
Number of rooms: 57
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated just one mile from the soft sand and warm surf of Port Aransas Beach, Island Hotel Port Aransas—formerly Mariner Inn & Suites—offers affordable, newly updated accommodations and a variety of amenities perfect for family vacations, weekend getaways, and winter months when you just want to soak up some sun. During your stay at our hotel in Port Aransas, lounge by our outdoor pool, have a picnic by our barbecue grills, let the kids play in the game room, or take the short, 1 mile drive to the beach for swimming, sunning and sandcastle building. ... more   less 
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Mariner Hotel Port Aransas
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