Would we return - No
Would we recommend - No
Was it an interesting / an adventure / memorable - Yes
Our 1st impression of the hotel's public areas, lobby, restaurant & bar was favorable. The owner, John, is attempting to restore a historic building & business to its once grand self. He gave us a lengthy tour of the public areas, spoke on his plans & told interesting stories of the hotel's & restaurant's past as a speakeasy & casino in the 1930s, including a few notable characters such as Al Capone & other gangsters during Prohibition. We learned during our stay in the area Pt Isabel has a very colorful past.
Unfortunately upon closer inspection what we were enjoying was more reminiscent to a stage or movie set than a restoration. Beyond the antique furniture & furnishings it's a very old structure well past its prime.
When asked about a business card from a para-normal investigator laying on the registration desk, John said he's been contacted by a ghost hunter who has left a capture box in the hotel attempting to do whatever one does with a ghost. John said he's never seen anything abnormal in the hotel but we were forewarned.
Our disappointment started when we were directed to our room, #10, upstairs. As we carried our bags upstairs (no elevator) we observed the rest of the hotel is worn thin & most tenants appeared to be long term, low budget renters. In retrospect, we could probably have rented a room for the month for 3x what we spend for one night. Ash trays & cigarette butts were everywhere. Our room, again on 1st appearance appeared wonderfully decorated in 30s period furnishings The bed had 8 ornate pillows & a heavy fancy red & gold trim bedspread. Unfortunately the room was very small, musty & the only ventilation was a very old AC. It did work, albeit noisily. We dumped our bags & departed for an evening with friends on the island. When we returned very late we discovered our bed was made with sheets too small thus the bottom not able to be tucked in & the top barely covering the bed. We wrestled all night trying to stay covered. Also the bed frame "knocked" whenever we moved, actually had 2 sounds. One a vertical knock, the other a lateral tap. In a more spirited situation it would have been funny, unfortunately we found it just annoying.
The Roach....not a trophy but decent size. It only took one whack to smush it.
The mini fridge....came with one remaining beer our of a six pack still in the white plastic bag from the convince store.
Shower Head....this is where John's spend the loot....we had 2, a huge sunflower overhead & a handheld. We didn't lack for warm water. Bring your own soap & shampoo, we've been furnished better in Motel 6s.
What we learned from the locals about the hotel. John bought it for a song a few yrs ago at a tax auction, he has a passionate dream of restoring it & has spent loads of $$$ on antiques. Initially he had a lady running the day to day operation while he did the restoration. She's no longer there, the hotel has evolved into a hotel / apartment complex & John's dream appears to be just that. The land the hotel sits on is worth more than the building & business & someday the Yacht Club will be gone, replace with condos.
Our time with John & at the hotel was interesting & we're glad we experienced one of TX's great historic sites.
Permanent residents are crack dealers and hookers, a real family destination. The landlord should be arrested for aiding and abetting narcotics sales, but he was whining about being a victim on the news when the place got busted three weeks ago.
spent one night there the outside needed alot of work,but looked ok. the main hall and restaurant were realy great,but the rooms were not. We stayed in room 8 i think this was the only room that was brounght in to the 70's with tile floors and a/c (that did not work at all, with this texas heat u need some thing that gets cold, not one that cools) it was ok for the price ($70) but @ that price look for a motel 6.
I have been a guest in the Yacht Club on numerous occasions since 1979 during three sets of owners and innkeepers. The current management has restored the building to its 1920's charm while keeping it thoroughly modern by gutting all the rooms and installing new furnishings and new baths for a pleasant and homey atmosphere. Entire property is clean and well kept. Continental breakfast in the drawing room is enhanced with the presence of a digital player piano with the music of your choice. The Yacht Club is a fine package with gracious hosts and the best value for your traveling dollar in the area. I would definitely return next visit to South Padre. R. Gamble, Dallas
The Yacht Club is for folks who enjoy peace and quiet, down-home comfort in a setting that begs you to make yourself at home with all the amenities. Like a Hemmingway feel? Enjoy being away from hustling crowds people rushing around? Great 1920s ambience, laid-back but first rate service, just let John know what you need. On the way to the beach? Club is only 1 1/2 blocks from the Hwy 100 and moments from the causeway. Do life!
had a contract in place for several months for a wedding reception and 45 days before the wedding after my wife and myself had visited John several times. He booked the entire hotel out for a camp of some sort. And then had the audacity to tell my wife that we could just move the wedding date. The man is rude and has no sense of business ethics. I would recommend pitching a tent before I would suggest his hotel to anyone.
We paid in advance for a full two months having to leave two days shy of a full stay, Co-Owner/Manager agreed to credit us two days to use at a later date instead of a cash refund. We just found out that Co-Owner/Manager accused us of taking things and leaving the place a mess so she took the money for our two days in exchange for her allegations. However at no time since we stayed there about a year ago did she mention any of this, nor did she ever send us a statement to reflect such accusations. In our room were extension cords running from one end of the room to the other. There was no hot water most of the time forcing us to take cold showers. The bathtub faucet didn�t work preventing us from the luxury of a bath. There were no curtains in the rooms. Dirt fell in from around the outdated windows all over the bed on a continuous basis. We had to go out and purchase cleaning items and plungers to maintain our own maid services and keep an outdated toilet functional. The air conditioners barely kept the rooms cool, there was absolutely no room services offered at all. We had to request towels, vacuum cleaner, broom, dust pan and sheets. Management never informed us we would be responsible to clean the room ourselves not offering any maid services at all. Never did the facility offer to clean the room, change the sheets or freshen our towels. The Co-Owner/Manager was very biased toward people who wanted to rent a room choosing them based on personal preferences. Some were socio economic factors; some were race, some were based on age and others against handicapped people. They claimed to have pool facilities open every day from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm, however management would closed the facilities during their absence which occurred frequently and for extended periods of time with no one to mange the office. We were asked to watch over the facility in there absence and never received so much as a thank you. An advertised continental breakfast was served only at there discretion. Co-Owner/Manager is dishonest and many of the local residence and business owners in that area commented on how biased, disrespectful, rude, dishonest and unprofessional the Co-Owner/Manager is. Our recommendations are that if you decide to stay there Co-Owner/Manager is apt to accuse you of things you haven�t done in order to rip you off so watch your back.
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