Just returned to TI for a few days this May and again enjoyed it greatly. My rooms (they were busy and I have to move because I extended my stay for another night) were as expected, old fashioned but comfortable and spotlessly clean; with linens fresh and new. Even the bed mattresses were comfy.
The new owner is renovating the rooms one at a time so as not to cause too much commotion. The walls are having plaster removed to expose the original heart pine; also know as 'red pine'. Of course the pine will be left exposed when done. And I believe there some upgrades to the bathrooms also.
The manager Debra is on-site every day morning and evenings to supervise the staff and she even makes coffee early, if requested, for fishermen, beach combers, and sunbathers getting an early start.
In my earlier review I mentioned the spotless pool and back garden/lawn area, still in my opinion one of the finest in Port Aransas in terms of a quiet relaxing space, surrounded by native plants including beautiful palms. I don't say it's the largest or nosiest pool, with towel boys, chaise lounges and tiki bars (one of the huge concrete condo "housing projects" further south perhaps?). But who's to say that you can't walk next door to the Flats Bar or across the street to the Back Porch?
If what you want is the standard chain motel/hotel experience with tissue boxes and TV's. and telephones in every room there are plenty of places for you in Corpus. Most travelers carry their own shaving kits and cosmetics, including smart phones and iPods (there is Wi-Fi available at TI).
Also, if you have done much travel in the southwest U.S. and stayed for example in the Trost designed historic hotels (The Gage in Marathon, The Paisano in Marfa, or the El Capitan in Van Horn) you are not surprised at the size of the bathrooms, lack of TV's etc.
The TI is a unique historic place and, in my humble opinion, should be enjoyed for what it represents: a window to the past; a slower paced time, with more greenery and less pavement and concrete.
- 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