I was completely fooled by the pictures posted on the various websites about how the rooms at this so called resort looked. When I entered the beach front room the musty smell was overwhelming my wife would not even take off her shoes to walk on the carpet she felt very uncomfortable. I pulled the curtains back to look out of the window onto the beach and the windows were so filthy I could not get a clear view of the beach. We immediately called to try to get a better room. If I would not have paid the deposit to reserve the room I would have left without a doubt in my mind. The rooms look like a cheap motel that you could rent at an hourly rate. The sleep number bed did not work, the sheets and blankets had a funny smell to them and everything in the rooms looked outdated and old and I do not mean in a classy or stylish way. PLEASE FOLLOW MY ADVICE AND DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY HERE.
The events coordinator-Pat-is nothing short of rude. First words out of her mouth when I visited to inquire about having a wedding here was "well you know the ballroom is six grand?" Instead of being kind, courteous, and welcoming, the events coordinator and owners of the place could have cared less what sort of client they were dealing with. Special requests-don't even think about it! In the end, they tried to charge me an initial rate 30 thousand dollars more than another place on the same island. I do not recommend this place to any future bride!!!
Unless you are 25 or younger and plan on getting hammered every night with the college kids, this is the WORST hotel you could possibly choose to stay at!!! It is crawling with college kids who puke and pour beer everywhere, scream and yell into all hours of the night, and bang on doors just for the fun of it.
If you are between the age of 18 and 25, you will be forced to pay an extra $10 for a green wristband that you must wear at all times so the staff can tell that you are a guest of the hotel and not some random college person wandering around.
From 11:30am - 5pm EVERY DAY, there is a huge sound stage set up on the beach less that 200 yards from your room that plays booming bass music so loud the room vibrates.
One of the nights, a huge pool party was held at the pools directly in front of the rooms that went from 9pm - 2am and was so loud we were all unable to sleep. We asked the hotel why we were not informed of this when booking the room and they claimed a letter was sent to us informing us of the party. No such letter was sent, as if it had been we most certainly would NOT have stayed here.
It is not uncommon to see the following at this hotel: college kids vomiting into the pool for a full 5 minutes before any hotel staff asked them to leave; college boys rolling kegs down the beach to make camp in front of Isla Grand; screaming college girls and guys standing on their balcony yelling at anything and everything that passes by; severely under-dressed men and women; parties being thrown after 2am (when the bars close) on every floor of the room.
The hotel staff has a combined age of 22 and is pretty unsympathetic to complaints, so don't expect much help from them. There was absolutely no warning from the staff or the hotel website that this is Spring Break headquarters for the entire island, so don't expect any honesty from them.
We are a family of 5 with 3 college-age kids and EVERYONE felt extremely uncomfortable with the hotel and the whole situation. I can't imagine how some of the families with young children were able to handle it.
In short, NEVER EVER STAY AT THE ISLA GRAND in South Padre!!!
- A Family of 5 from Michigan
This is one of the older hotels on SPI, and could use some updating. It's right on the beach and within walking distance of some restaurants, souvenir shops, etc.
Unique Quality: Their restaurant is very good, and they offer good quality buffets practically every night with a different theme each night.
Directions: When coming off the Causeway, it's practically straight ahead.
Great hotel, great service, nice rooms. We rented a 2 room condo, which was a smoking room, but it didn't smell like it. We were told that the smoking rooms had the ocean view side with balconies.
There is a good sized regular pool with two jacuzzi's, plus there is a heated pool, so there is ample swimming areas.
There is a little hotel restaurant that serves up yummy cheese-burgers. You can play tennis and shuffleboard as well.
Unique Quality: Two Macaws in the lobby. Two swimming pools and two jacuzzis.
310 Padre Boulevard, South Padre Island
500 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island
5100 Gulf Blvd, (formerly Island Inn on the Beach), South Padre Island
6502 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island
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Address: 500 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island, Texas, 78597, United States