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Tiki Vacation Condominiums
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“Good location for Families & Birders”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2013

While some of the reviewers on TripAdvisor say that their units were dated & run down, our condo was very nice! It had been recently remodeled and had all new tile floor, granite countertops, beautiful tile work in the remodeled bathroom, and all new decor. We rented directly from the owners on vrbo.com.

We had a very nice view of the beach & ocean from a balcony that stretched from the bedroom to the living room. We sat outside in the morning with coffee & the evening with wine... watching pelicans fly overhead & watching the waves crash on the short. Very peaceful.

The beach was one minute from our door, and the kids (ages 10 & 13) loved the pool, which is located in the courtyard. The pool was tastefully landscaped & the outdoor furniture is new. The water in March had to be over 90 degrees. Some units overlook the pool & others overlook the beach.

If you are a birder, this place is a very short walk away from the South Padre Birding & Nature Center -- just up & across the street. The Sea Turtle Rescue Center, which the kids loved, is directly across from the office. It is also just two properties away from a large public park located just to the north.

We liked this location because it is at the very north end of the "strip." We came for a relaxing family vacation & the beach and wanted to avoid spring breakers. These condos appear to be mostly rented/ owned by retired couples who walk the beach with their dogs, which suited our family just fine! It is a quiet place. We liked the laid-back atmosphere & would rent from this owner again.

Room Tip: Be sure to specify pool/courtyard view or beach view. There are no elevators so the third-floor unit...
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2013

well that is another story. Yes these units are privately owned. But they are rented through Tiki management. The units are very basic bare bones places. Do not expect any amenities. I have lost track of the number of times we have had no water. The hot water is luke warm most days. Now they had a sewer backup today. No water or flushing since 10:00 AM. These condos are very old. Maintenance on these units have been hit or miss. Mold is a big issue if the unit is not maintained. The weather on SPI is what sell this place. You can find better accomodations on the island for the same or less than what we paid.

Room Tip: The island is very humid most days. Rooms that face south are better in winter.....the sun helps to...
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Tiki6608, Front Office Manager at Tiki Vacation Condominiums, responded to this review, 18 February 2013
It is unfortunate that you feel this way; we have done our best to accommodate you and provide you the best customer service possible. As you have been explained a lot of units are going through upgrades and remodeling. Tiki owners are working hard to make this transition as fast as possible. In regards to the water issue, this was an unpredictable event but it was resolved in a timely matter. Tiki Management will continue the hard work to provide the best customer service possible. Thank you.
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dallas
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2012

Pros: close to the beach
Cons: Old, Old, Old. The place is old and outdated. None of the doors in the room had a lock on the door ( not even the bathroom or the bedroom). I had to wait an hour to get 3 wash cloths. They only come clean the place if you stay longer than a week and only give you 4 towels for your stay. The pool closes early at about 10pm. My room had old appliances with the stove timer keep going off and buzzing. The pull out sofa was small and hard to pull out. The blankets had a stain and burn that they blamed on me but it was there when we first got there. The kitchen cookware was bare minimum and old and scratched as well. My stay was not a good stay and they charged me a $175 dollars of my $200 deposit for 4 dirty towels and the blanket that i supposedly burned. I cant imagine how they expect white towels to stay clean when a person goes to the beach and gets wet sand all over them and also have to use the same towel for the entire length of the visit without getting a new one if the stay is not over a week ( i had to go buy some towels for our stay) The office closes at 530 so if you need anything after that time too bad. I will never stay again and i would never advise anyone else to stay

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Fort Irwin, California, United States
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2012

For everybody that stays at the Tiki In SPI. There is one thing you have to understand all the condos are privately owned and everybody has different funiture ans different layouts. Some of the owners clean there condos by them selfs or they pay the maid service to do it. I myself have stayed at the tiki room 237 and it was a great stay, the room was clean and it smelled great no problems with anything now one of my freinds stayed in another room across the way and yes it had it minor defects but nothing to really complain ok yeah it was a lil dirty and yes you can write about it. Towels and ect. those are your reponsablility its a hotel its a condo. There is a landry place there where u can do your laundry. Also on the price sometimes the owner makes the price or the tiki suggest the price, but when the day is over great place great view great pools great looks

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Austin, Texas, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2012

We stayed at the Tiki because our catamaran sailing group's regatta was starting from their beach. We would have preferred to stay elsewhere because of past experiences, but since that's where the group was staying, we joined in...

Our room was full of mold. The lock on the front door of the condo did not work and we could not get it fixed after several requests...

But the thing that caused me to write this review is a mix up on the billing for the room. We paid the deposit on one card and the final balance on another. One of the Tiki staff made a mistake in crediting the payments to our bill. That would have been fine but the woman that called us screamed at us over the phone and threatened to send the sheriff after us due to their mistake. Then when we called back to find out if the mistake was cleared up, she was rude again and said of course it was cleared up or they would have called. No apology, no call to let us know that things were cleared up...

We will never stay at the Tiki again.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Canyon, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2012

The main reason I picked The Tiki was the tropical landscaping.Most of the condos on SPI are large concrete buildings that look cold and uninviting and not what I am looking for on a beach vacation.I was not disappointed in The Tiki.The grounds were beautiful. I felt like I was in the caribbean. The staff was very friendly and helpful !!!! Unit 119 is an updated unit,very,very comfortable, nicely decorated,clean and well furnished, although the dining room set was very pretty it was a little large for the space it is in making it difficult for the family to use.It is a large glass table with points on the corners which were perfect height for my 18 month old grandaughter to walk into.She got a big lump on her head and we had to block the table with the chairs to keep her safe. Outside patio is tiled and slippery when wet,which is often because the dehumidifer drains out to it. Bring extra towels or mats to help keep the water and sand off the floors.Dont forget all the little extras like paper towels,toilet paper,foil, etc.The Tiki is an older complex but they are updating all the units and the location and grounds are great. BBQ pits could use some attention.The one close to use was never cleaned by previous guests. The Turbo shot pina coladas at the Clayton Beach Bar which is right next door are great. We will be back, soon I hope.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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2 Thank allybay54
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Katy, TX
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42 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2012

I cannot review the management or any other units than the one we stayed in, which was privately owned, but the grounds of the Tiki are well kept and the pool was awesome! The lady at the front office was very friendly when we checked in for our parking pass. Very convenient location as we had a unit right on the oceanfront, just steps down to the sand! We will be back for sure!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Tiki Vacation Condominiums
Address: 6608 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597-7711
Region: United States > Texas > Texas Gulf Coast > South Padre Island
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 35 Speciality Lodging in South Padre Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Tiki Vacation Condominiums 3.5*
Number of rooms: 144
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