My family and I stayed in Port A from June 26 through July 3rd this summer, and for the first time we stayed at the Seashell Village Resort. My husband had been eyeing the place over our last several visits when we stayed among other places at the Holiday Inn across the street.
We will likely stay at the Seashell Village Resort on all future trips. We stayed in room 710, which is a King Suite in the new (green and blue) building directly behind/attached to the pool area. (Some of the older pictures on their website show the pool area before this building was constructed.)
The grounds are lusciously landscaped with tropical, colorful flowering plants and trees. The various buildings are pastel-colored in harmony with much of the architecture on the island. We were very happy with the look and feel of the grounds, and especially enjoyed the palm trees, views, and the trees with the flowers that turn from yellow to orange to red from sunrise to sunset. There are bbq facilities scattered throughout the grounds, and the sight and sound of families barbecuing and enjoying themselves throughout the day and night gave the area a festive appeal.
Our room was spacious with a living area with couch, arm chair, game/eating table, flat panel tv, bathroom with full shower/batch, fully stocked kitchen, and spacious bedroom with king bed, arm chair, two night stands, dresser, closet with light, ironing board, hangers, extra linens, and a game table.
Our room was on the top floor in the corner, and we had a great view of the beach from our living area/front porch and a view of the pool from the back porch. The porches were one of my favorite features of this location. There are chairs and benches all around, and you can sit and enjoy the shade and gulf breezes, which we appreciated on this HOT HOT HOT trip.
The room itself was well appointed, and obviously new. The style was beachy casual. The kitchen was my favorite room, with crisp white cupboards, brand new stainless appliances, and granite/granite-looking countertops and wood laminate flooring. It could be called a kitchenette for its size (walk-through between the living area and bedroom) but it features full-sized appliances and is well stocked. We enjoyed cooking fresh fish and breakfast on our stay using the full-sized electric stove/oven, microwave, and full sized refrigerator. Also worth mentioning is the dishwasher (yeah!), and a roomy pantry for a short stay. The kitchen was stocked with dishwasher detergent, dish towels, liquid dish soap, coffee, dishes and glassware, wine glasses, corkscrew and most of the kitchen utensils and pots/pans that you would use for cooking.
The bed was king sized, and extremely comfortable for both my husband and I. We also used the pull-out sofa for our daughter and it was roomy and she seemed very comfortable as well.
The bathroom is similar in appearance to the kitchen and had lots of storage space. Provided were towels (a little rough, as with most hotels), eco-friendly soaps and shampoos, and a hair dryer. The shower/bath was exquisite with powerful water flow through a body-and-head-friendly shower head, seemingly softened water, and a quick and easy supply of hot water. The tp was thin; we bought our own at the local IGA.
I rated the service for this resort at a 2 only for these reasons: The housekeeping is light. We received new towels every day placed on our sofa right inside the door, but the linens were never changed, we had to take out our own trash, and had to ask for dish towels/removal of old towels/trash bags/etc. This may be standard for this resort and we would be ok with that, but there was no hotel information in the room with the usual statements of policies or other information. We had to ask for a phone book. Also, the office is only staffed from 9 am to 6 pm; again not a problem for most people, but worth mentioning. Again, I am addressing my rating of the service, but should mention that we found the lack of service (versus a chain or luxury hotel) well worth the benefits of the resort's other features. This resort could be compared to condo vacationing, where much of the daily cleanup is self service.
The pool was fun, well shaded, and surrounded with bbq facilities, but a note to management: The water could be several degrees cooler. I'm not sure if it's heated or if the extreme summer sun can be blamed, but the pool felt more like a very warm bath than a place to get some cool relief from the heat.
Wireless internet was provided in the room, which I found to be very convenient and easy to use. Speed on my internet connection was about 11 Mbps which is less than I'm used to at home but easily sufficient for internet browsing.
My favorite features of this resort, and essentially, what will keep us coming back are: The grounds and appearance, and the roominess/comfort of the suite. It is also virtually right across the street from Port A Pizzeria, one of our favorite places to eat on the island. Great pizza buffet, and very family friendly. Yum yum. We also enjoyed Moby Dick's for the atmosphere, beachy decor, kid-friendly noise level, and suprisingly tasty food.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Seashell Village Resort is a multi-building complex of condominimum style rooms that are beautifully decorated. All units have private entrances and front porches. Our rooms have kitchenettes and full kitchens that are fully furnished with all necessary cooking supplies. Our resort features a large, modern pool area with two seperate swimming pools new in 2012. We even keep one heated in the winter! BBQ grills, large dining tables, pergolas with lounge chairs and cabanas with lounge beds finish out the pool area making it the center of our resort. Our courteous and professional staff make coming to Seashell Village feel like a vacation amongst friends. We welcome families back year after year, they make this a special place. We invite you to join us! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sea Shell Village Hotel Port Aransas