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El Constante Beachfront Condominiums
Ranked #43 of 80 Hotels in Corpus Christi
Austin, TX
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14 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“I gotta get out of this place!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2008

I have always been a free loader when it came to this website. Before I went on a vacation, I would always read the sometimes interesting comments but never would write one myself. I just recently returned from a four night stay at the El Constante Condo's in Corpus Christie. aka North Padre Island / J.P. Luby Beach.
Every year we head down to the El Constante as a family and spend our time on the beach. Just to let you know how long we have been going there, my first time I was about 14 years old, I'm now 33.
For the most part we have enjoyed our time down there but after this trip, I am going to have to convince my mother to let us head to Port A for future vacations.
When we checked in, the lady working the counter was less than nice. I know that sounds petty, and I realize we all have bad days but not only was she cold to my wife she could not tell us if the city had been picking up the seaweed that was taking over the beach. How could you not know? You work 50 feet from the ocean!
The condo itself was somewhat clean, other than the short hair found in our bed. The place has worn down over time but that's expected in the salt air and humidity.
The trip was good however on our last full day we were approached by an employee while out at the pool. She informed us that there was no alcohol allowed in the pool area. (We were drinking beer out of can's) I apologized but told her that every day after the beach we had been bringing our cooler out to the pool and it had never been a problem nor had anyone told in the previous days. Keep in mind I was with my 75 year old dad and my 72 year old mother so it's not as if we were getting crazy. We were polite and told her we would finish up and throw our cans away at which time she walked back into the office. It was then that I realized that she had walked by two other groups who were all drinking beer (one lady had a bottle of beer) and they were never told anything.
About two minutes later she came back out of the office, passed the same beer drinking groups and told us that we HAD to throw our beer cans out. She explained why the rule had been put in place then told us, if you want to put the beer in cups that would be fine. (So what is it, beer or no beer?)
I guess my point is this; We go to the coast as a family every year. We spend the day on the beach playing horseshoes and swimming in the water. As a Texas Boy I have always enjoyed a cold beer on a hot summer day. I am big on being polite and treating others as I am treated. Well, on that day, I took the high road because this self proclaimed "manager" was not very nice. If you feel the same way, El Constante is not for you. If you have young children then you may want to check it out.

I have to convince my mom that we need to go somewhere else for our summer vacation.
.......I gotta get outta here!!!!!!!!!

  • Liked — Very close to the beach.
  • Disliked — The angry staff.
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with family
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2008

I am 21 and have been staying at El Constante at least once every summer since I was born. This place is like a second home to me.
I've never actually dealt with anyone in the office other then those that wash the towels and they have always been very nice. I know my parents and some of our family friends ,that come out with us every summer, have had some troubles with reservations being lost or with rooms being changed. These errors have always been corrected rather quickly though.
I've stayed at least once in almost all the units with half views of the ocean. Each has it's own beach-like style. Some do look older then others (the furniture, and pictures on the walls) but they are all comfortable. This is an older place, so if you are expecting 5 star resort rooms, then I would suggest staying... well on another beach.
North Padre is the perfect place for families and older couples, and El Constante offers everything you would need to feel as if you are living there. You do have to take out your own trash and do the dishes, but I think that makes the experience better, because it feels more like home. The pool area is fun and they are good about keeping people out after 11pm, so if your unit is facing the pool then the noise isn't a problem at night. The beach out front is perfect, and if you like hunting for sand crabs late at night then this is the prime location. They have a new pier type place that was built about two or three years ago just a short walk away that allows boats to get from the canal into the ocean. You can walk along both side of it. While I was there this past summer of 2007 there were turtles swimming near the rocks. It is a fun experience walking down there. You can fish off of this place as well.
All in all I think that El Constante is the perfect place for anyone to relax and become a beach bum for a few days!!!

  • Liked — Feeling like home
  • Disliked — the stairs to the second floor units are sometime really hot
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled with family
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1 Thank greenbird05
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galveston
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9 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2007

Stayed at El Constantine Condos, Oct 26-29. Unit 208--terrible. The furniture looked like it belong in garage sale back in the 70's. Yes it did have a great view of the beach, but the balcony could only hold two people sitting in thier plastic chairs. The rug looked like it had stains all over it, and I am sure that it was the orginal carpet. The blanket on the master bed looked like it came from the Salvation army store some years ago. Do not think that you will get fresh towels each day, so save your dirty ones you will need them. I have stayed in many a Condo in Padre area, and this is one that I will never be back to, so be careful when you book this condo.

  • Liked — view
  • Disliked — condo very dirty
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled on business
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1 Thank ronnie94
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2007

I have stayed at El Constante with a friend a couple of times and it was fantastic. She has been staying there at least once a year for the last ten years. We were at the pool and the wind is very strong as it usually is and I stood up from where I was laying and an umbrella that was on one of the tables flew off and the point (top) of it struck me in the mouth. This happened in front of the office where it was witnessed and absolutely nothing was done. They did not offer medical attention or even an icecube. I visited a dentist when I returned to San Antonio and had my mouth exrayed and luckily nothing happened but the bruising. Not one person came by to check on me even though I was bleeding and had ice put on it by my friend. This was our first day there and my mouth was bruised for the remainder of the week and then for another week following. I sent an email about this incident and until this day they have not called, emailed or offered sympathy, empathy or anything else. We have not been there since. We just got back yesterday and stayed at the condominiums next door and it was an incredible stay. We will not return to El Constante because their lack of concern and the fact that they totally ignored the situation. I have pictures I took of their maintenance man working on the umbrellas the day after. It was a nice and comfortable until their true colors showed because after ten years of staying there we weren't important to them.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — lack of concern for injured guest
  • Stayed June 2005, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank gdmrngbtfl
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Houston
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2007

We just stayed at El Constante for an anniversary trip. I was a little hesitant after reading some reviews but we really enjoyed our stay. We asked to check out the room before paying and were pleasantly surprised with the decor and the cleanliness. All rooms are different in decoration but ours was nice. Tile floors were very clean too. What I really loved was the location! I could not have chosen a more perfect location for some quiet time without kids. I loved the seawall.....very peaceful for morning walks right near the ocean but not in the sand. I also loved our ocean view room. I spent alot of time sitting outside reading and listening to the waves. We also walked down to the jetties and enjoyed that. El Constante and the condos next door definitely have the best area of beach from the other hotels on Winward. They also had a beautiful pool area but we never tried it out. My only hesitation about going back with my kids is that our room looked to have some mold on parts of the ceiling. You can definitely tell that the condos are older. But in our room you had to look close (at the rusty door jam, baseboards, the popcorn ceiling, etc.)

  • Liked — location, area attractions and restaurants, friendly people
  • Disliked — mold on ceiling in bathroom and bedroom
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled as a couple
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Ottawa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2007

Just spent a week at El Constante. Stayed in a 2 bedrm. Very spacious. But our unit (208) needed some upgrades. Definetely needs new appliances, cutlery, dishes, etc... The pool was nice (except for hot tub-not very clean). Grounds cleaned daily. Has gas BBQ for visitors to use. Staff very friendly, felt very safe at this place.

  • Liked — Spacious condo. Full kitchen.
  • Stayed April 2007, travelled on business
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1 Thank travelLite4me
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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83 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2007

In a sea of OLD beach resorts that are probably all like this-- El Constante is probably fine. We had no real problems with it..but as I said in the title just take into consideration: The condo we had smelled pretty musty, the bed spread smelled like it hadn't been washed for awhile..in the bathroom there was dampness on the ceiling, it just felt like when they clean they do the bare minimum or like surface clean..BUT HOWEVER, it was a great deal and the gulf was right there with a huge beach. We have stayed at another place port royal in port aransas and i would say these are pretty much the same, only port royal is more expensive with not as nice of a beach.

  • Stayed April 2007, travelled with family
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Property: El Constante Beachfront Condominiums
Address: 14802 Windward Dr, Corpus Christi, TX 78418-8024
Region: United States > Texas > Texas Gulf Coast > Corpus Christi
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Ranked #43 of 80 Hotels in Corpus Christi
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Number of rooms: 69
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