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A relaxed scene with a tropical feel
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.
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.
Clean, modern rooms with unexceptional views and no balconies
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.
Large outdoor pool and small fitness center
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.
Free breakfast in the lobby dining area
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.