I am from the Corpus Christi area so it was nice to get back and check out my old running grounds. Fortunately, the Omni Bay Front Tower was the refuge that I needed from what was once a pretty nice town to visit. More on that later.
The hotel is downtown overlooking the bay. We had a great room with a great view. As with other Omni hotels that I have visited, this hotel and staff did not disappoint. From the second that I was greeted at the front desk until checkout, everyone that I ran into always had a kind greeting or comment. It must be something in their training because it’s that way at every Omni that I’ve been to.
If I had to pick on something, I would say this. Have more rooms that accommodate four people. My wife and I have 8 and 10 year old boys so rooms with double beds are our standard request unless suites are available. The hotel was booked the weekend we visited (some convention) so room selections were minimal. However, there was a Bay View suite that was available. This suite had a king sized bed which is what I prefer but it had no other beds and the sofa was not a fold out. The only option here was to add one roll-a-way. How can a suite be designed to hold only two people? This seems to me to be an easy fix. Replace the sofa with a fold out so it can hold four people.
We had a Premier Room with two double beds. Not my preference, but it was comfortable. The rooms were clean and well maintained especially for being across the street from the bay. Most hotels that I’ve been in on the water have a humid musty quality that comes with the territory. Not here! A/C worked fine with hardly a noticeable noise.
Kids ate free breakfast which helps considering the buffet was to the tune of $20.00 each. We are not big eaters so buffets are not our usual pick. But, with so much to select from, it was hard to turn down. Great service from the omelet guy with more options for your omelet then I’ve seen in a while. I’m sure once my two get a bit older, we will cherish the thought of only paying $20 for a graze fest.
If you are up for it, get a massage. Kim worked out the kinks from a four hour drive and several days of playing golf. She did a great job, was thorough and very relaxing.
Parking is conveniently located right in the building so no trouble there.
Since my mom lives in Corpus, we will be visiting again and the Omni Bay Front will be our choice.
Now, back to the “what was once a pretty nice town to visit” comment. Corpus was a great place to grow up 30 or 40 years ago and a great place to visit just a few years back. With the exception of a handful of people that we encountered during our recent visit (the folks at the Omni, Benny at Landry’s - you have to see that review, and Sam the girl bartender at Brewster Ice House), my impression of the people in Corpus is that they just don’t care about themselves. Go to the mall and watch people. While waiting on the ladies to help stimulate the economy, my sons and I sat and watched people. It was disturbing to see so many overweight and sloppily dressed people. It’s more disturbing to see it when sitting in a restaurant.
The shine has worn off of the city with few great restaurants, no high end resorts that I could find, and a failing infrastructure. Compared to the rest of the state, Corpus Christi is no longer on our list for a place to go for vacationing. It’s disappointing to see Corpus like this because it was once a great city to visit with plenty to do.
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- Omni Corpus Christi Hotel Bayfront Tower
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