This hotel has a lot going for it. A good location. A good price. A very friendly and accommodating staff. And most of the usual amenities you’d want near a beach. It’s the kind of motel you want to like. But it also has a very big negative in the form of a foul smelling musty, moldy, mildewy funk. Most of the locations I’ve stayed at in Port Aransas do not have carpet. Anywhere. That may not sound like a big deal but on a hot and humid island carpets act like a disgusting sponge that never has a chance to fully dry out. Carpets and islands just don’t mix. Trust me on this. You may think you can fix it by opening the window or by spraying Lysol or Febreze or whatever. You cannot. The disgusting moldy mildewy funk is there to stay and when you wake up you’ll feel much worse than when you entered. Leaving the hotel and getting some fresh air will provide relief from the sneezing and congestion, but you’ll dread returning to your room again.
Some lodgings understand this and use tile or linoleum instead. Some hotels stick to the standard design no matter where they are located and so their guests suffer the consequences of their ridged design philosophy. The condominiums along the actual beachfront tend to cost more than the Best Western charged us, but I would prefer a peaceful and restful night for more money than a sneezy and restless night in a funky sponge of a hotel room. One other thing to mention was that the window to our room was closed but NOT locked when we entered. It’s a good thing we just happened to notice it because it was easily accessible by anyone from the outside due to the design of the motel. It would sure suck to have an unwelcome visitor at night simply because you didn’t think to check your window before heading to bed.
A couple quick suggestions before I end this review. Avoid the extremely slow and inefficient ferry ride to Port Aransas. It was slow and pointless decades ago and it’s only gotten much worse since then. Seriously, avoid it at all costs. Approaching from the JFK Bridget to the south of Port A is much better in my view and there are many more options for eating and stocking up along the way to the bridge. Be sure to get your parking tag before you leave your car at the beach. The revenue helps keep the area accessible and helps pay for the removal of all the plastic trash that washes ashore these days. The tags can be purchased at convenience stores and gas stations.
If you enjoy macaroni and cheese even a little bit then you owe it to yourself to try the Smokey Mac & Cheese at Pelican’s Landing. It’s mind-blowing good. The Chicken Sandwich and Onion Rings are also pretty good. On the down side the burger wasn’t all that great and the blackened chicken pasta dish was overcooked IMO. If you enjoy chocolate or caramel or sour candy then you should visit Wintons Candies. If you’re on the fence about something ask if you can have a free sample. Be warned that Wintons displays a lot of partisan memorabilia on the walls that may not agree with your views and sensibilities, which seems a little odd for a relaxed island setting. Finally, if there is anything beach related that you’re thinking of buying you’re advised to purchase it on the mainland before you arrive. Buying beach supplies on the island is a major ripoff.
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Ocean Villa Hotel Port Aransas
- Port Aransas Best Western
- BEST WESTERN Port Aransas Texas