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Tiki Vacation Condominiums
Reviewed 6 March 2014

This is an older complex but it is well maintained.The pools are clean and warm. The grounds are very nice. The location is perfect. The office staff were very polite and helpful.
The condos are rented either by the individual owners who manage their own condos or by the Tiki. When you rent read your contract and you will know what is included. If you rent
from the owner you can check reviews on VRBO or Homeaway. Some of the condos have been updated. We stayed in #338 and it was clean and comfortable with everything we needed.

Room Tip: Make sure your condo has been updated.
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 January 2014

Going on our 3rd night with no hot water. 2nd time here, so we know what used to be. At this time last year, we had hot water and the pools were well heated. Currently, many units have no hot water and according to the maintenance manager, this is a long standing problem due to the age of the chiller system used to heat the whole complex. They appear to have overloaded the 40 yr old heat pump system tied into 3 chillers, and the place has conveniently contracted with an outside source to do I don't know what. Bottom line is there is no capacity to provide hot water to the complex. They refuse to spend the money to fix things. The same system heats the pools, but they are basically "baiting and switching" us all, as the management is lazy, and quite dirty--they won't return calls or let me talk to the manager. Not at all worth $160/night for a cold, dirty place. Instead of "the Tiki" this place should be called "the suckee" because the rude management does just that, and they even laugh at you at the front desk when you try to complain about something such as NO HOT WATER. Clearly, they have no clue about hospitality, nor do they have any real intention of correcting the hot water problem, because it is too costly. A maintenance guy did come in and turn up the hot water on the outside. It lasted for 3-4 min. while he was here. After the brief "test period", the water went cold again. Once he left, I guess he went and turned it back down.
It is ashamed that this place would do this to us, especially with our 84 yr old grandmother, and forcing her to take a cold shower every night, and not wanting to wash her hands because the water is too cold. The homeowner's president and their association should be ashamed of their selfless refusal to not provide hot water, and knowingly rent out units that are known to be without hot water, even at the time they are reserved. Current management should be given a lesson in hospitality, and the whole lot of owners and managers of this money skimming operation warrant a revolt of all the people they have misled, all for a few bucks. Who does this, and actually maintains a clear conscience?
If you want hot water, you should go to pretty much any other place on the island. If you want a heated pool with gulf views, try the Marisol (we have stayed there before, and they have caring management, and a good facility.) I stand behind this review, as it is not at all embellished, and if anything, I am being way too easy on the selfish and crooked owners and managers of this place. So, do enjoy your stay at "the suckee" but you're gonna freeze your buns off while your wallet gets picked. Happy New Year from "the suckee!"

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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8  Thank PowerCow
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Tiki6608, Manager at Tiki Vacation Condominiums, responded to this reviewResponded 10 January 2014

At the Tiki, we strive to provide our best customer service. We sincerely apologize for the burden you went through during your stay. Unfortunately the device that is used to heat the water was not working on Tuesday and this is an issue that cannot be fixed by our maintenance department. However, we did call an outside company that takes care of providing this service and they worked as quickly as possible to get all the units with hot water. Thank you for all your input, as this will definitely help us improve.

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Reviewed 15 December 2013

The Tiki is located at the North end of South Padre Island, and is immediately on the beach. There is no long walkway over the dunes. The property is 40 years old, but is very well maintained. The pool is heated and open year-round, and the staff is very friendly.

We were in Unit 238, which was very recently renovated, and it was modern, very clean, well-equipped and comfortable. The owners were extremely helpful, calling us to be certain we made it in OK and that we didn't need any help. They provided excellent restaurant recommendations as well.

We will definitely return.

Room Tip: You should really take a room in the building closest to the beach. The other buildings are not as...
  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

We rented a condo in the Tiki complex from an individual rather than theTiki. The condo we had was decorated beautifully and very clean. It was moderately priced which was a very big attraction. It was also on the other side Clayton's, "the Biggest Beach Bar in Texas" so it was also very quiet. I don't know if it is different when you rent from Tiki itself but as a week renter I was a bit put out that we had only 6 towels and no option other than washing them ourselves to get clean ones. I suspect this is the pitfall of renting from individuals rather than a hotel. Given our rental situations things like service do not apply. We liked the pool at the Tiki. I seen a brochure that said 2 pools but we only found 1. The pool is on the small side but the water is warm and it isn't too chlorinated. We traveled in the off season so we were frequently the only people at the pool. Most of the people there are "winter Texans", which indicates they are also elderly. Going in the off season there wasn't a lot of water activities going on. This is a bit baffling to me because it was still pretty hot outside but we didn't see anyone swimming in ocean, horseback riding or really much of any actiity. At first I didn't think it had much of a beach by the Tiki but when the tide isn't in there is quite a bit of sandy beach area and it it quite nice. The Tiki is on the North side of the island and there are not a lot of high end hotels/resorts on the north end, at least not yet. ( I expect there will be some time in the future.) We did not rent a car (BIG mistake) and relied on The Wave, a free bus that is available to go on the Island and Port Isabel. The only things by the Tiki are the Turtle rescue place, the Bird Center and the Laguna Madre Nature trail . Turn out the Bird Center and Laguna Madre nature trail are pretty much the same. In fact, a lot of the trails that were once available at the free Laguna Nature Trail are now part of the Bird Center. The fee for Bird Center is something like $5. We didn't go when we heard the trails were pretty much the same except there were more of them at the Bird Center. So we spent a lot of time on the bus or waiting for a bus to take us to other parts of the Island. ( A car would have been so much better) All and all I was disappointed by they lack of things to do in the off season at South Padre Island.

We spoke to the people at the front office a couple of times. They seemed friendly enough though they did lead us down the wrong path telling us they would replace towels and toilet paper. They didn't replace either and never called us to tell us they were wrong and that it wasn't their responsibility.

I would recommend renting from Tiki if you are looking for moderate pricing but I would only recommend going during the spring/summer when things are hopping and if you enjoy water sports. Otherwise, the things to do and see is pretty limited.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

My family and i come to SPI every year and stay at the tiki which we USE to love. We skipped a year and came back this year to find it a wreck. First of all the lady in front desk should really check her attitude. Secondly like everyone else we were not given towels. We stayed in a 3bd condo so there were at least 6 ppl and hardly any towels. When we asked for more they said they didn't offer more. Did they forget that they're on the beach and towels get dirty and sandy very quickly. We'll thankfully we had our own and our condo was next to the washers so we could wash them. We were also told that we wouldn't get our deposit back if the towels had "damage". It's not like these are super nice expensive towels. We also asked for toilet paper and we got denied!!! Like I said 6 ppl for 3 days. NOT FAIR. I also didn't like that the pool area was not for food and drinks. It should be allowed because most of us clean and pick up after each other. We use to love the tiki with other management but now I REALLY DONT RECOMMEND THE STAY THERE!!!!

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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5  Thank Rosie C
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Reviewed 16 September 2013

WOW! This is a great place, its an older condominium complex but it is very clean and well maintained we stayed in unit # 132 owned by Peggy Pichelman she owns 3 units on the beach front all are very nice and have been updated with new modern amenities and she is very easy to deal with our unit was on the ground floor only 30 steps to the beach and the Tiki condos are easy to get to right across the street from the Sea Turtle rescue center witch I recommend also.
I highly recommend the place. We will stay here again.

Room Tip: Beach Front Access
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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3  Thank David N
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

The tiki is a great place to stay. It is right on the water & it feels like home! They welcome pets too!
The only thing I would say the need to update is their laundry room. To far & not noticeable for the customers.

Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Cindy F
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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 #7 of 35 Speciality Lodging in South Padre Island
Price Range: £68 - £133 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Tiki Vacation Condominiums 3.5*
Number of rooms: 144
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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