Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites South Padre Island Rating: 2.5 Pearls
South Padre Island, Texas, United States

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Pros

  • Spacious, modern rooms with free Wi-Fi
  • Big, sunny outdoor pool with relaxing tropical decor
  • Free hot breakfast every morning
  • Quiet location walking distance to the beach
  • Rooms have flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and microwaves
  • Convenient outdoor shower at pool for rinsing off from beach
  • Work desks with ergonomic chairs
  • Jacuzzi suites offer tub and walk-in shower

Cons

  • Not directly on the beach
  • Very cramped fitness center
  • Some dated furniture

Bottom Line

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites South Padre Island is located on the quiet, northern end of the island. Spacious rooms are modern and offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and microwaves. The resort has a big outdoor pool with relaxing tropical decor and an outdoor shower for rinsing off from the beach, but is lacking in other amenities -- including a decent fitness center. While this hotel is not located directly on the beach, it is only a three-minute walk away along a paved walkway. Additional perks include free breakfast every morning and convenient work desks with ergonomic chairs, but the rooms do lack dramatic views that other South Padre Island hotels offer.

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 Scene

A relaxed scene with a tropical feel

Pool at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites South Padre Island
Pool at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites South Padre Island

This Holiday Inn Express lacks an oceanfront location, but is only a three-minute walk from the beach along a paved walkway. The hotel has a tropical feel, and like many of its competitors, the exterior is cheerfully painted in orange and yellow tones. The lobby is spacious with its high ceilings and second-story veranda overlooking the ground floor. Most relaxing takes place at the large outdoor pool with plentiful lounge chairs. There is also a covered bar area here and palapa-thatched drink tables, and palm trees add to the tropical feel.

 Location

On the northern end of South Padre Island’s hotel sprawl, though not directly on the beach

This Holiday Inn Express is located at the northern end of South Padre Island's hotel sprawl, about a three-minute walk on a paved walkway from the beach. This hotel is close to local restaurants, although a car is necessary to get almost everywhere. Outdoor enthusiasts might appreciate the hotel's close proximity to Sea Turtle, Inc. and the South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center. Potential guests should be advised that all of the walking distances described below involve walking across or along a busy road without sidewalks.

  • 65-minute-drive to Rio Grande Valley International Airport
  • 6-minute-walk to South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center
  • 6-minute-walk to Sea Turtle, Inc.
  • 8-minute-walk to Andy Bowie County Park
  • 8-minute-walk to South Padre Island Convention Center
  • 10-minute-drive to Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark
  • 12-minute-drive to Port Isabel Lighthouse & Museum
  • 49-minute-drive to Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge

 Rooms

Clean, modern rooms with unexceptional views and no balconies

The Jacuzzi Suite at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites South Padre Island
The Jacuzzi Suite at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites South Padre Island

Spacious, modern rooms feature ochre shades against dark wood furniture. There are no views to get excited about, although some rooms on the highest floors have a slight view of the ocean in the distance beyond neighboring houses. There are no rooms with balconies here, but the beds are very comfortable with nice linens. The Jacuzzi Suites offer extra amenities, including the in-bathroom Jacuzzi tub and walk-in shower.

  • Bathrooms are spacious and bright, with granite countertops.
  • Comfortable beds with quality linens
  • Large flat-screen TVs
  • Coffeemakers with free coffee
  • Mini-fridges and microwaves
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • No balconies
  • Wet bars with granite countertops in some rooms
  • Jacuzzi Suites feature walk-in shower in addition to Jacuzzi tub.

 Features

Large outdoor pool and small fitness center

Fitness Center at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites South Padre Island
Fitness Center at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites South Padre Island

The highlight of the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites is the large outdoor pool area, complete with tropical decor and a covered bar area. But the fitness center is unimpressive.

  • Large outdoor pool with Jacuzzi and plenty of lounge chairs. Offers men's and women’s restrooms and changing areas, as well as outdoor shower for rinsing off after the beach.
  • Tiny, cramped fitness center with old cardio equipment
  • Free business center
  • Guest laundry facilities
  • Sundry shop in lobby
  • Free parking in lot fronting the property
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 Food

Free breakfast in the lobby dining area

Breakfast area at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites South Padre Island
Breakfast area at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites South Padre Island
  • Free breakfast served daily.
  • Coffee available around-the-clock
  • Breakfast buffet includes cereals, milk, yogurt, juices, eggs, breakfast meat, biscuits, and pancakes.
  • Microwave meals are available for purchase in lobby sundry shop.
  • Several restaurants nearby

 Bottom Line

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites South Padre Island is located on the quiet, northern end of the island. Spacious rooms are modern and offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and microwaves. The resort has a big outdoor pool with relaxing tropical decor and an outdoor shower for rinsing off from the beach, but is lacking in other amenities -- including a decent fitness center. While this hotel is not located directly on the beach, it is only a three-minute walk away along a paved walkway. Additional perks include free breakfast every morning and convenient work desks with ergonomic chairs, but the rooms do lack dramatic views that other South Padre Island hotels offer.

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Address

  • 6502 Padre Boulevard, South Padre Island, Texas, 78597

Room Types

  • Executive Club Level
  • Standard Guest Rooms
  • Suites

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 104
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: South Padre Island, Texas
Address: 6502 Padre Boulevard, South Padre Island, Texas, 78597
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