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“Great Staff But With One MAJOR Flaw” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of BEST WESTERN Port Aransas

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BEST WESTERN Port Aransas
Ranked #1 of 19 Hotels in Port Aransas
Certificate of Excellence
Texas
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9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great Staff But With One MAJOR Flaw”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2011

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.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2011

Free breakfast was really good. Staff most helpful.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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Arizona
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2011

Because we liked the Galveston Best Western, we picked this motel as well. The price was right. We wanted to stay a second night, however, the rates went sky high for the Sand Festival which we were unaware of. So, at least we got a taste of the festival and, as a result, would consider planning a trip for that another year. It looked like a lot of fun.

The staff at the motel was incredibly friendly and helpful. The breakfast was the best we had while traveling during this trip: waffles, fresh boiled eggs, biscuits and gravy, etc. The room had a frig and microwave as well as a very comfortable king size bed.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank RevuR
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Bloomfield, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2011

This hotel was very nice and did everything they could to make our week-long vacation comfortable. Great location close to the beach. Breakfast was awesome, they did a great job of keeping it stocked up. Fast computers/internet. Friendly front desk and housekeepers, including the managers!! Room was older but clean and comfy.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2011

we stayed there 1 night and had a great time staff was helpful with recommending places to see and eat

  • Stayed March 2011
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1 Thank Aquasurfer1
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Dallas, Texas
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2011

This is one of the best hotels on the island.....it looks a little shabby on the outside but the management and the location make up for it. Very clean and the pizza place is right across the street which is great for teenagers. We had a very pleasant stay here and will book it again for our next vacation.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank icureview
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2011

Our first trip to Port Aranasas and won't be the last, It was the last minute so i called to see if rooms might be available. I talked to Vince, I did'nt want to use a credit card and
was assuming. i would just gamble on availability of a room. But Vince said he would hold the room for me without a credit card till 6pm. With that i knew we chose the right place. Our trip was great, we had zero issues with the room or property. We have stayed at several Best Westerns throughout the southwest and this staff sets the bar for Best Westerns. ( the staff is just that good - honestly - stay here and you won't be sorry )
Also we changed our trip plans and left one day early to visit another area on our return trip home. Vince refunded that night in full no questions no hassles. The management goes out of the way to take care of the guests. We have paid far more for less service and value at other places. The stay was quiet and comfortable, the value was outstanding. It's located about two blocks from the beach (a short walking distance). Port Aranasas is a quiet small town perfect for fishing and relaxing with many things to enjoy. The Best Western Ocean Villa is the only place we will stay in Port Aransas on future visits.....Martin Albuquerque NM.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: BEST WESTERN Port Aransas
Address: 400 E Avenue G, Port Aransas, TX 78373-5707 (Formerly BEST WESTERN Ocean Villa)
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Region: United States > Texas > Texas Gulf Coast > Port Aransas
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Port Aransas
#1 Family Hotel in Port Aransas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — BEST WESTERN Port Aransas 2.5*
Number of rooms: 49
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