Disappointed in this mainly b/c it is in all the guidebooks, so expected more. Be sure to read previous reviews b/c many include things I was going to mention and re-emphasize, so just be aware of what kind of place it is. Main thing is yes, it is a cool historic place, but also true that it is not being kept up as nice as it could be. Room amenities are close to nil, like going to summer camp. Not even a Kleenex box, or a clock. No screen in the bathroom window so if you want fresh air you risk bugs. Toilet seat was very worn out, many scuffs which made it look not clean, an easy thing to replace. Exactly one hanging piece of art in room, a framed outdated festival poster; tons of old nails in the walls w/nothing hanging from them. We had room 16 and if you look online, that is it exactly: it had two beds, a dresser made of painted plain wood, and two wooden (read: uncomfortable) chairs. They advertise that the rooms have antiques; not one in this room. Glass doorknobs as someone else mentioned were cool, we anticipated more of that kind of charm on going in room but no. Pros: beds very comfy, bathroom quite large, cool to sit in rockers on porch, they had TWO suitcase racks (many high-end places don't even provide that), walking distance to many good eateries. But don't think you'll have a water view; you can see boats docked but not the water itself. And very loud right on the road there sometimes. And yes you hear every conversation and move your neighbors make, thin walls (old place so that can't be helped as much, but just be aware if you are sensitive to noise). Shower was narrow, and window had been sloppily painted (years ago) and paint marks still on the glass and desperately needed new coat; those kind of details as someone else said, easy to fix, cosmetically. And yes, way overpriced for what you get, which is basically an enclosed room to sleep in. And the lobby is not a place you'd want to spend time in; half of it they use for storage and seems like staff space. Room is small so you'd better be there to enjoy the outdoors. Strange: extra pillows in the closet but no pillowcases on them, so basically unusable. Clothes bar in closet but no hangers: why? We asked at desk and they gave us some, so why not just provide in the first place? It was also very cold when we were there and on the beds were thin thin blankets, so we also had to ask for more blankets; they gave us fluffy comforters that were quite nice (again, why not just put on the beds in cold weather). Ate at Fish House next door one night, good food and reasonable prices. Get breakfast at Eats just a block away, behind the inn. Great coffee and good breakfast sandwich. Coffee Waves also a great place to hang out a few blocks away, cool decor inside. Office hours of the place yeah, not open til 8 in morning, so too bad if you want just a simple cup of coffee earlier. They also accept pets which is good for pet-owners but not for us who listened to one bark for an hour and a half in the room below us around midnight when some inconsiderate other guests left it there; also a problem when no one at desk to complain to (they do have a # to call but by the time we got up and around to do something, it stopped). Also worth visiting just down the street: Potters on Cotter. Did see other places to stay in and around Port A and can see why this, in comparison, gets good reviews, but really could be better or not charge as much. Staff was pretty friendly and tried to be helpful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With 200' long porches to relax on since 1886, the longest porches in Texas stretches and relaxes along with you. The salt air and breezes are gently encouraged by old-fashioned ceiling fans. The sweet creaking of roomy rocking chairs blends with the pages of a novel being turned. Where each room is decorated in period antiques and no two rooms are alike and where there are no televisions nor telephones. If our place sounds like your kind of place, then please consider this an invitation to make yourself at home. We're waiting to treat you as part of our Tarpon Inn family and encourage you to wonder if it's possible to stay forever,or at least a couple more days. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tarpon Hotel Port Aransas
- Tarpon Inn Port Aransas, Texas