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“SMELLY”
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Budget Inn
Ranked #60 of 80 Hotels in Corpus Christi
texas
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“SMELLY”
Reviewed 22 July 2009

I would never stay in this hotel again nor would i recommended to anyone. The room smelled horrible. The shower head is facing the shower curtain so all the water fell outside & the hot water did not work.It was an awful experiance
& the owners did not fix any problemsor change me rooms, they sprayed the room w/air freshner. 1ST & LAST TIME NEVER AGAIN!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 April 2008

Clerks were on the phone. They could not refund credit card because we could not stay.

  • Liked — close to hospital
  • Disliked — unable to refund money even though we did not stay in the room.
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank pocat
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Central Texas
1 review
Reviewed 14 March 2008

My stay at this modest, older motel was a pleasant surprise. The room was very clean, and I appreciated the mini fridge and microwave in the room, and several shelves to store food items. The woman at the desk, the owner's wife I believe, was helpful, efficient and pleasant. I enjoyed being only a very short walk from the Gulf - several rooms face the water; mine didn't, but I could see it when I stepped out the door. My 3-day stay was a very good value for the price and I would stay here again.

Stayed February 2008
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Thank Farm27Girl
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Dale Texas
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2007

Pros -

Great off season mid week rate
Right across from ocean
Nice TV
New A/C unit that worked well
fridge, microwave in room

Cons

No restaurants within walking distance
TV remote did not work all the time
No mirror over sink - I had to shave in two different rooms
Fiberglass shower had cracks and open spots where pipe came through wall.
Towels were rough and well worn
Office with coffee did not open until 7:00 A.M.

Overall

I will stay elsewhere next trip to Corpus Christi

  • Liked — rate
  • Disliked — location
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled on business
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2 Thank salesroadwarrior
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Sugar Land, TX
Level 5 Contributor
38 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1,213 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2007

The EconoLodge will be the ONLY place in Corpus where I will stay in the future. Its quality and service are in very pleasant contrast to the generally ghastly hotels in Corpus, especially on the bayfront.

My visit was over the two nights of 19-20 October 2007. On the motel's website, I got a good Web rate, which was honored.

To reach the EconoLodge from U.S. 181 or I-37, take the exit toward the Marina (stay left instead of forking toward the Crosstown Expressway). Proceed to the end (Shoreline Drive), turn right, and proceed for less than 3 miles. The two-story motel will be on your right, past what's currently an empty field and just before a church with a large steeple. You will see the church before you see the EconoLodge.

The entrance drive is cramped and covered, so if you're driving a tall vehicle with surfing or sailing equipment atop it, take care. There is a narrow drive from the rear that can be used. The parking area is compact, and there seem to be exactly enough spaces (at best) for a full house.

I had requested a second-floor room, quietest possible. I was assigned #202, which qualified. Lugging "Bagzilla" up the outside stairs was not fun, but the stairway (in the middle of the hallway areas) is a straight shot up (no reversing direction halfway up).

To enter one's room, the room card needs to be shoved down into the slot, the door handle opened, and the card removed, in that order.

The room interior was excellently appointed. The carpet, although not new, was clean. All furniture, fixtures, and linens were in excellent condition. Instead of the usual cheesy artwork on the walls was exquisite millwork. The ceiling above the bed was slightly vaulted (with millwork); one could easily picture a canopy being added around the bed.

The room contained a desk with chair, a soft chair, a large TV, a small closet area, a one-seat bar area with tall chair, a microwave & mini-fridge (both musts!), and an in-room coffeemaker. The air conditioning was strong, and a plastic guard kept most of the curtain from billowing in the air flow. While not unduly noisy, the A/C was loud enough to provide enough "white noise" to eliminate most of whatever sound could come from outside. And (dig this) there were electrical outlets available, visible, and reachable throughout the room. The only thing conceivably "missing" was a fold-out rack on which to put one's suitcase, but the room had plenty of floor space, which sufficed.

The bathroom sink was outside the toilet/shower area, with enough counter space to spread out toiletries. The bathtub appeared a bit short & narrow, but the curved curtain-rod eliminated that misconception. Bath linens were standard for a mid-range budget motel. Water pressure from all fixtures was good, including from what must have been a high-pressure showerhead. All faucet handles (and the showerhead) were two-toned gold/chrome -- a VERY classy and different touch. The showerhead was rigged WAY up high (at least 7' -- thank you!) in a manner able to accommodate even tall guests.

The king bed was comfortable, although the mattress was not brand-new. The room's clock-radio, which I didn't touch and never use anywhere (why does any motel EVER have these?) went off at an odd hour, but I unplugged it in favor of my own alarm clock.

The motel has a small but decent-sized oblong pool (depths of 3' & 5' only) with lounge chairs. The pool faces in such a direction that there will be both sun and shade at all but high noon. The water was very clean.

My room opened almost onto a large, open deck area, from which one can see Shoreline Drive and the bay just beyond. If there were beach chairs (and nothing stops you from setting up your own), this would be a good tanning area; instead, a picnic table is there. I observed it being used briefly by quiet guests at sunset.

The motel grounds are clean. I observed an elderly man (perhaps the father of the owners) whisking up whatever small debris was around.

My room was quiet, but not able to block out VERY noisy guests next door (a family of at least 5 people, including a child). They slammed their room door, stomped on the outside concrete corridor, and talked loudly until I nicely asked them to belay that.

Checkout was efficient and friendly. I complimented the owner/manager on running a fine operation. The only thing glaringly missing would be a public computer for guest use in the front office.

This EconoLodge will be my only lodging in Corpus hereafter, and I strongly recommend it to you.

  • Liked — This motel is well-run, reasonably priced, and in a great location.
  • Disliked — Try not to be the last guest to try to find a parking space when the place is fully booked.
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled on business
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Kenora, On. Canada
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2007

We stayed 2 nights at Econo Lodge in a hugh room with 3 queen size beds. They were the most comfortable beds in our 2 week holiday. Right across street from park/ocean bay & near mansion homes. Pool was a bit cool. Breakfast wasn't the greatest, some stale food. Only there in evenings & it was very quiet, no road noise at all.

Stayed December 2006
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Smyrna, GA
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2006

This property is privately owned and has been recently renovated. The owners have done a fabulous job with the interiors of these rooms - definitely not your average EconoLodge stay. Ceramic tile in the bathrooms, exquisite mill work in the rooms. It's obvious that they care about their customers and the quality of their stay. The room was clean and comfortable. I highly recommend a stay here if you are looking for a waterfront property without a lot of unnecessary frills. I will be returning to this property on my next trip to Corpus Christi without a doubt!

  • Liked — It was obvious that the owners cared about the quality of the rooms.
  • Disliked — Hauling baggage to second floor.
  • Tips/Secrets — A great buy and a great location!
  • Stayed August 2006, travelled on business
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Property: Budget Inn
Address: 801 S Shoreline Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX 78401-3510
Region: United States > Texas > Texas Gulf Coast > Corpus Christi
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #60 of 80 Hotels in Corpus Christi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Budget Inn 1.5*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Budget Inn is located right across the street from the Bay with beautiful views of the water and the rooms all feature free high speed internet, coffee makers, microfridges, and the views of the water. Come visit the Budget Inn and enjoy a free breakfast while taking in the view. ... more   less 
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