This budget hotel offers a wonderful waterfront location on a quiet stretch of beach. Rooms and hallways are showing their age, but the rooms are still clean and functional. Room amenities include microwaves, mini-fridges, and coffeemakers, and the hotel also offers free Wi-Fi and daily breakfast. A small outdoor pool and cramped fitness center are somewhat lackluster amenities, but the appealing location makes it a good value overall.
The La Quinta Inn & Suites South Padre Beach is a quiet, budget hotel option on the northern end of the South Padre Island hotel sprawl. The Hilton Garden Inn is right next door, but this hotel lies closer to the water than its northern neighbor. A pretty wooden walkway leads to the beach, giving the hotel a very serene feel. The small pool only has a few chairs for lounging, but many guests relax on the beach instead. The interiors of the hotel are dated and showing wear, but basic, chain-like rooms offer clean bedding and budget-friendly conveniences (such as microwaves and empty mini-fridges). Travelers choose this hotel not for its decor, but for its excellent beach location and good value.
On the northern end of the hotel sprawl beside a quiet stretch of beach
The La Quinta Inn & Suites South Padre Beach is located on the northern end of the island, making it feel somewhat quieter than hotels in the middle of the hotel sprawl. It is close to local restaurants, with at least one that is within walking distance right along the beach. Similar to other areas of South Padre Island, a car is needed to get around with ease. A Hilton Garden Inn sits immediately to the north of the property, with only a narrow alleyway separating the two. Outdoor enthusiasts might appreciate the hotel's convenient close proximity to Sea Turtle, Inc. and the South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center. A beach park lies just to the north of the hotel.
Potential guests should be aware that any of the walking distances below involves walking across and/or along a busy road without sidewalks.
67-minute-drive to Rio Grande Valley International Airport
4-minute-walk to Andy Bowie County Park
4-minute-walk to South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center
4-minute-walk to Sea Turtle, Inc.
6-minute-walk to South Padre Island Convention Center
11-minute-drive to Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark
12-minute-drive to Port Isabel Lighthouse & Museum
49-minute-drive to Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
Outdated decor but comfortable, spacious, and clean rooms
Spacious rooms at the La Quinta Inn & Suites are lacking in appealing decor, although they do offer a nice color scheme, ceiling fans, and lamps for warm lighting. Amenities include mini-fridges, microwaves, and coffeemakers, and all rooms also have free Wi-Fi. While all rooms have private balconies, they are noticeably smaller than those at the newer Hilton Garden Inn next door.