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“Overrated, but the location and view brings in the crowds”
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Claytons Resort
treyepp
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“Overrated, but the location and view brings in the crowds”
Reviewed 11 July 2013

The deck is beautiful and huge, seating area is nice and drinks/beer/food are standard beach bar fare. The problem is that there are just too many people, not enough parking, not enough bartenders and the place doesn't quite know it's niche yet. We went for a recent concert and the logistics were terrible and the crowd obnoxious. For a place so large, it should be equipped to handle the crowds. Even so, if you don't enjoy the crowds or those craving the "next new thing" avoid the trip up north and stick with the local bars.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 5 April 2013 via mobile

They are right on the beach with a great ocean view. The menu is limited but it good. The staff is friendly, albeit very busy. I was there in the late afternoon to evening hrs just after Spring Break and was better able to see their new expansion. It will almost double the already huge observation deck. Loved it.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Romeo, Michigan
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Reviewed 28 March 2013

This place is a huge venue with a nice stage and plenty of deck seating, as well as hundreds of feet of beachfront. This is a hip place with good drinks that aren't too expensive, and plenty of people watching. Nice bar area with plenty of staff so the lines are not bad, and they attract plenty of celebrities for spring break month.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Fort Worth, Texas
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Reviewed 27 September 2012

closing in oct. 2012 for updating which it needs and reopens in march 2013 so I was told, beware of band noise on fri./sat. nights can get really loud. location is great and hotel is quiet during the day and nice beach bar and rest. part of the hotel but does block beach view

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 23 September 2012 via mobile

If you like staying in places with a little character then this is a must stay. Lydia, the manager, is very friendly and helpful. We loved the place, but for us the noise level from the band next door was just too much (Fri til1pm, Sat til 2pm). But, Lydia was great and refunded us for our Saturday stay so we could find a quieter hotel. If your plans include partying with the band, then this place is perfect!

  • Stayed September 2012
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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 23 September 2012 via mobile

Clayton's Resort is a cool touch of a bygone era (1950's), an iconic-looking property on the beach on South Padre Island. It's a small property with 10 rooms, reasonably priced, in a good location on the beach. Rooms are nice, bathrooms a memory of the past. Ours included original blue toilet and sink.

Two things to be aware of: there is Clayton's bar and grill (which sits between the motel and the Gulf) which serves drinks and food and is very popular; the live band music on the deck on Friday and Saturday nights is extreme. However, if you know this in advance and you don't mind staying up late, then it's fine. The nice thing about the property for us was that its for folks 21 and older. Lydia in the front office was very accommodating and was a pleasure to meet.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 12 July 2012

Our family recently rented the entire resort for a reunion and it was great! The rooms are cute, some with original bathrooms and fixtures. My only complaint is the amount of traffic that cuts through the resort to get to the restaurant and beach. They need to gate the front entrance and have better security at the boardwalk gate. We had to throw alot of people out.

The pool has a shelf-like shallow end and a nice deep area. But there is no shade around the pool.

The new deck area attached to the bar/restaurant blocks the view of the beach but is great people watching.

The beach vendors seem to occupy the entire area in front of the restaurant, so if you want a prime spot you have to beat them out. But they will still plop people down right on top of you anyway. Better to drive further down the beach to get to open space.

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Claytons Resort
Address: 6900 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597-7741
Region: United States > Texas > Texas Gulf Coast > South Padre Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #30 of 35 Speciality Lodging in South Padre Island
Hotel Class:3 star — Claytons Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Clayton's offers specialty lodging. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Claytons Hotel South Padre Island
Claytons Resort South Padre Island, Texas

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