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“Comfortable and family-friendly” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Surfside Courtyard Condos

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Surfside Courtyard Condos
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6 reviews
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“Comfortable and family-friendly”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2013 via mobile

This is our third year to stay at Surfside Courtyard Condos. Our first time was at the recommendation of a friend who has been there many times and spoke highly of it. The units feel like really nice 2 bedroom apartments. There is a full kitchen with all the amenities you would find in your own home (full sized refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave, coffeemaker, blender, dishwasher, etc.) Cabinets are stocked with cups, plates and utensils plus pots and pans for preparing your own food. Being able to prepare your own meals while on vacation is a huge money-saver when you consider the cost of the restaurant food on the island. We generally ate breakfast and lunch at the condo and then ventured out to a local restaurant for supper.

The pool in the courtyard is very clean and inviting. Our kids would have lived in there if we had allowed it. Also, the beach is a very short walk across Windward and through the parking lot next to the Holiday Inn. The soft, white sand and sea spray is delightful! The warm waters of the Gulf are invigorating. The beach is relatively clean and you can even drive your car on the hard-packed sand (permit required).

The staff at Surfside is very friendly, helpful and they respect your privacy. They cheerfully exchange towels for you daily and help you make sure you have essentials, like toilet paper and trash bags.

We stayed in unit 203 this year and last year. Our only difficulties were the low-flow toilet had some issues that required frequent "jiggling of the handle" to keep the tank refilled and the air conditioning is not balanced throughout the unit. The front room was always very cool, while the bedrooms were uncomfortably warm. We tried adjusting the airflow at the vents, but it never felt uniform to us. This in no way took away from our enjoyment of being there, nor will it prevent us from returning next year. We love this place and plan to make it part of our summer vacation schedule for the foreseeable future.

We recommend Surfside to families who like having the comforts of home away from home and for people who like a nice, clean, and quiet place to stay that is convenient to the beach and not far from some really nice places to eat and things to see and do.

Stayed June 2013
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Piedmont, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2013

We stayed here June of 2012 for 3 nights. We had a baby and 2 teenagers, so we were looking for a family-friendly environment and this was it! You walk right across a street and you are at the beach.

We walked past the Holiday Inn and we were glad we did not choose to stay there, it seems like party central all week and weekend long. Very loud and noisy. Full of young loud partiers.
It was nice to creep back to our fully stocked little condo at the end of the day at the beach. Food is very expensive around this area, so it was nice to be able to at least eat breakfast or fix some sandwiches. Saved us a lot of money

I agree with the other reviewer, a bit "granny-style" in the decorating, but everything was clean and comfortable. We felt very safe.

We stayed in Condo 211 which was right next to the pool and also close to the parking area. They seem to spread the guests out, so we didn't notice any noise while we were there (this was nice so the baby was able to nap as needed).

We would stay here again. I wish they were a little more affordable.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 211 and it was close to the pool and the parking lot...it is a nice view of the pa...
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Manor, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2012

We just got back from a weekend getaway at Surfside Condos and we really enjoyed it. These condos are old, but pretty well kept, and an incredible value! For $225 a night we got 2 bedrooms (each with it's own TV), a large fully furnished kitchen and a super-sized living/dining area. The decor was somewhat "granny" style, but the rooms were clean and very comfortable. About the only drawback was having just one bathroom for 6 people, but with planning, you can deal with it. The beach was right across the street and very easy to walk to (and clean!). The large tropical courtyard had a decent sized pool with plenty of tables and BBQ pits and it was a great place to hang out. There was a nice grassy area on one end to "walk" our dog in, and the condos even provided doggy litter bags and a trash can for easy disposal. The management enforces the rules so it was quiet when it needed to be. We did get some foot noise from the room above us, but only during the day. The whole place was super quiet after 10. Perfect for families. We highly recommend it!

Room Tip: Room 116 was right by the gates to both the rear parking lot and the swimming pool so you didn't...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Surfside Courtyard Condos

Property: Surfside Courtyard Condos
Address: 15005 Windward Dr, Corpus Christi, TX 78418-8008
Region: United States > Texas > Texas Gulf Coast > Corpus Christi
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 14 Speciality Lodging in Corpus Christi
Number of rooms: 43
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Owned by families, designed for families, Surfside has long been a 'family secret'. Spacious 2 bedroom, 1 bath, kitchen units that open to the large, lush courtyard, pool, cook-out facilities and cabanas. (All our units are non smoking) Inquire about our properties for your next vacation. The Surfside Courtyard with its freshwater pool is a tropical paradise of warm sun, and lush green palms and foliage, a real getaway. Four gas grills plus old-fashioned barbeques are just right for the fisherman's fresh catch, shrimp fresh from the boat, or burgers. Picnic family-style under a cabana. Heated pool! Free WiFi & cable with HBO. Families always welcome. Pet units available with nominal fee. From Surfside Courtyard Condos it's just a short stroll to the beach, anchored on the north by Packery Channel and on the south by Bob Hall Pier and the National Seashore. Corpus Christi - "the sparkling city by the sea" also provides excellent shopping and fine restaurants, arts and entertainment for all ages. Surfside is a world of vacation fun and activities. The Padre Island sands offer ever changing playground for fishing, surfing, swimming, beachcombing, or just soaking up the sun. Deep sea fishing boats depart Port Aransas daily - just 20 minutes away. We've teamed up with some of the local businesses to offer our Guests discounts on Treasure Island Golf, Horseback Riding on the Beach, The Salty Dolphin Gift Shop and Golf Cart Rental, Brinn's Lucky Duck Chair and Cabana rentals on the Beach. ... more   less 

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