I go to Grand Isle nearly every other week in the summer months. It's a 4-5 hour drive. I have been staying at Ricky's on and off for over 10yrs, since the hotel was built. In the beginning it was great, Ricky ran the hotel himself, his son caught bait and was always helpful. Ricky offered to show us some prime fishing areas, etc. Then the hotel grew and became a mess of jammed up rooms and campers. There is NO hospitality there anymore and the rooms are high $. When reserving a room, they want to know how many ppl you are coming with, even though you specify how many ppl you have and how many beds you need. If you have 2 adults and 1 child, they will tell you you have to have 2 beds (we usually bring an air mattress for our child). The fishing pier used to be really nice, but now it's so jammed with parking for boats, you can't enjoy fishing anymore.
We are going this weekend and I'm staying somewhere's else.
After we made our reservation, we forgot to request a kitchen and in one phone call, they were able to accomadate our switch. We brought our dog for a small fee of 20.00. The room was clean (not fancy, clean) with a stove/oven, fridge, double sink, nice counter space, coffee pot, and pots,pans and dishes and large kitchen garbage can. Nice size bathroom with tub and shower. Complimentary soap, as well as dish soap and antibacterial hand soap in the kitchen. We did turn our air on as we were unpacking and the room cooled off nicely on a very hot day. Wireless was working great with an excellent connection and lots of bandwidth. Cable tv with 13 popular channels, TNT, Fox, Spike, Discovery etc. No carpet in the room, understandable with the sand and equipped with broom and dustpan to sweep up after the day. You do have to change your own towels out in the office, which was no big deal. ATM in the office, and a nice small store with bait, tshirts, croc type shoes, candy, beer etc. Nice lit fishing pier with a beautiful sunset view. The room is basic and on par with other Grand Isle hotels. There are no chain hotels on the island. Across the street is a walk to the beach, which was wonderful. Not many folks on this stretch and it was quiet and clean. We will stay again, possibly as soon as this weekend. There is also a convenient laundromat, downstairs under the office which is great for washing the sandy clothes before packing. I would recommend bringing extra pillow or travel pillows though and there was no dresser to unpack although there were open shelving units we folded our clothes away on. Parking available under the rooms which is great for keeping the vehicle out of the hot sun. Coffee is also available in the office in the early morning.
My family and I just rented a "camp" (a.k.a. three bedroom motel room) in this dump and we'll never do it again. I'd rather stay in a tent on the beach! We paid $175 a night for amenities we couldn't even use! From the moment we got out of our vehicles and started unloading, the owner himself, Ricky, was completely rude to us which made it really hard to overlook everything else that went wrong during our stay. First, when we walked into our room, we discovered that the air had not been turned on for us. Then, we walked out on the pier to check out the wading area that they advertised for catching flounder and for the kids to play in and it was full of discarded fish heads and crab shells. I don't know anyone in their right mind that would let their kids in there!! After paying extra to park our boat in a boat slip for convenience, we discovered that when the tide goes out, you can't get your boat in it! So we had to pay to launch it each day anyway. We brought our computers to pay bills online but the wi-fi either wasn't working or doesn't really exist. To top it all off, the entire place smells like raw sewage. In fact, one of the pipes busted and dumped sewage all over my brother's truck. Instead of apologizing or offering to pay to have it washed, they were extremely ugly to us about having to move the truck so they could fix the problem. Of course now we can't use the shower, tub or sink for most of the night and part of the next day but they did give us use of the bath house, nowhere near our room, with tubs that don't work. But wait, that's not the worst part! Upon checkout, we asked to speak to Ricky about the problems we had and he refused to even speak to us, much less offer and apology or refund. We take yearly trips to Grand Isle so I was not expecting five star treatment but I was expecting to be treated like a human being. This is by far the worst place I've ever stayed and the worst business management I've ever seen!
Hmmm, where should I start? Let's see , Trashy . The entire staff and/owner is completely Rude. The Parking lot is a disaster w/huge potholes and smell of raw sewage everywhere. We paid $65.00 dollars a night for a room the size of a Closet , way too much money. The internet claims to have a microwave and fridge in every room, lie. One little 13" T.V that only catch 3 channels clear. And the Only time that the staff came into our room was to snoop around because they dang sure didn't clean our room the whole 3 days we were there. Not once did they bring fresh towels or toilet paper. They could care less, as long as they get their money. And our room door didn't close all the way. Even when locked , all you have to do is push on it and the door would open, how safe is that? And the so called fishing pier is a joke. No gaurd rails , very unsafe. And the cookout station, the owners had their own private party go on there and we couldn't even get a spot. And last but not Least , You have NO PRIVACY here, the staff / owner watches your every move as if you were a child left unattended. Trust me , you would have a better time sleeping in your car. Overall the Experience was horrible ,and I would not recommend this motel to any of my friends or family, heck, I wouldn't even let my dog stay here. Wasted my time and money.
I just visited this motel this past weekend. A friend and I checked into Ricky's Motel l on Friday, June 2. We were told we could not check in until after 2pm. We fished the Leeville area that day and left out around 4:30 to head over to Ricky's. After paying $90 a night for two nights, we opened up the door to our room, only to find that the room was about 110 degrees and unbearable. The A/C unit had not been turned on, which I guess we were incorrect to assume that this would be done. We turned the ancient window unit on high, but it did not even make a dent in the excessive heat. It was so hot you could not even bear to use the restroom. It took over a day to get the room even bearable. We had been fishing in a boat all day and would have liked to use the facilities we had just paid for, but when we tried to use the shower the cold water knob had been stripped. We went to the office to tell someone and they said someone would be right over. We waited, and waited, and waited, but no one came. We had fish to clean but could not leave the room because we had to wait on someone to come over. They finally did after we went and tell the office again, then they had to go to the hardware store, and it finally was fixed about 3 hours later. My friend mentioned that the A/C wasn't working to the front desk and someone came out to check it and was very rude when stating," man that as good as it is gonna get, it has been in here 10 years and no one else ever complained, I can't do nothing for you". Some real " fine cajun hospitality" that their website claims to have I guess. The next day, we came back to a room that had not been cleaned, the trash was still there, no new towels were there. We were told we had to bring the towels there to get new ones, which we did, and had to count them out so I guess the person could make sure none were being stolen. 12 channels on the TV, of the 12 only about 6 were even clear enough to see, for $90 a night. One roll of toilet paper, the one that was on the roller, for a room with two full size beds and two people. The smell of a dug up raw sewage by our room was so bad it cut your breath. For $90 a night, this was the worse money I have ever spent on a trip anywhere. The place was nasty, unsanitary (even for Grand Isle), the people at the office were snobby, rude, and standoffish. You have to have lower expectations when staying in Grand Isle anyway, but this place was an absolute joke and extremely overpriced. My friend, nor I, nor anyone I know will ever visit this motel again.