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Island Retreat Condo on the Beach
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Island Retreat Condo on the Beach
71 reviews
Port Aransas, Texas
The Property
Bedrooms
1
Bathrooms
1
Sleeps
4 people
Type
Condominium
Pets
No Pets
Sq. footage
430 sq. ft.
Beds
1 Queen, 1 Sofa Bed
Check in / out
Check in
Anytime after 3pm
Check out
10am
Description
Island Retreat Condo on the Beach – Boardwalk to Gulf, Pool Access
Every Stay Includes
Complimentary Wi-Fi
Secure keyless entry
Professional cleaning
24/7 local support
Hotel-grade linens
Starter set of toiletries
Local recommendations
Amenities
BUSINESS
Nearby ATM, Nearby Post Office, Nearby Internet Cafe, Nearby FedEx, Nearby Bank
CULTURE
Live Theater, Museums, Library
OUTDOOR
Shared Pool, Tennis
GEOGRAPHIC
On Beach, Near Beach, Close to Town
KITCHEN
Full Kitchen, Refrigerator, Coffee Maker, Microwave, Toaster, Cookware, Cooking Utensils, Pots / Pans, Dishwasher, Glassware, Stove / Oven, Silverware
CONVENIENCE
Nearby Medical Services, Nearby Grocery, Golf Course
LIVING
Central Air, Air Conditioning, Linens, High Speed Internet, Hair Dryer, Alarm Clock Per Bedroom, Cable
ENTERTAINMENT
Cable TV, Stereo System, Wireless Internet
Quaint and Quiet
Love all the amenities on the property, pools were beautiful and well maintained.
Loved the grill cabana areas and the walk to the beach was relatively short.
The ease of rental was excellent. Some updating needed in the condo but overall acceptable. The area was quiet and very family friendly! Will definitely return.
On 08/26/2017 by Undisclosed
Housekeeping Review - Very Good
On 08/20/2017 by Jamie L
Good location but it needs attention.
The condo itself was relatively clean but it's a bit run down. The pull out couch is broken so don't rely on it if you need an extra bed. The DVD was broke. The bathroom is ran down and in need of serious updates. The room is close to the beach so that was nice. Not sure I would stay here again without some renovations.
On 08/11/2017 by Undisclosed
Response on 8/15/117
Briton, Thank you so much for the review, and we are happy to hear that you had a good stay at our place. That being said, we do apologize if some inconveniences occurred and wish we had known during your stay so that we could have helped out. Here at TurnKey, it is our highest priority to make sure each guest has the best experience possible, and our 24/7 guest hotline is always available to help if anything comes up. Please know that we are following up on all concerns mentioned. By the way, you were absolutely perfect guests, and we are hopeful to hear from you again! -The TurnKey VR Team
Housekeeping Review - Very Good
On 07/23/2017 by Briton W
Housekeeping Review - Good
On 07/10/2017 by Jessica D
Housekeeping Review - Good
On 06/21/2017 by Cheryl M
Great memorial weekend
The property was clean, interior was exactly as expected. We were never told to check in with the front to get a parking permit and pool pass. Luckily we didn't get towed and on day 2 the parking lot security directed us to the office to get our tags.
On 06/14/2017 by Jessica L.
Great place to crash after a full day at the beach
Our family was looking for an home base for our beach weekend with two small kids. This place is not fancy, but is a comfortable and clean place to come back to after a long day at the beach.

Pros:
- Full kitchen allowed us to cook and eat dinner in
- Kitchen was equipped well enough to cook meals
- Walking distance to the beach
- Clean place, with a comfy bed, and working AC where you can sleep well
- Location has active security and was quiet at night, which isn't always the case in Port A.

Cons/Minor Annoyances:
- kitchen is tiny, as you might expect. Don't plan on cooking anything too involved.
- remote for the TV didn't work
- walls are super thin, can hear the folks next door having a conversation
- pictures might imply a beach view. there is no view of the beach or water from this unit. Not a big deal for us, but might matter to others.
- the electronic lock stopped working over an hour before our extended checkout time, locking us out when we returned from the beach. Easily resolved with a call to TurnKey's emergency number.
On 06/13/2017 by Undisclosed
Response on 6/18/117
Hi Austin, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review and share your experience. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. Please let us assure you that we will check on the remote for the TV and make sure it is working properly. By the way, you were perfect guests, and we look forward to next time! -The TurnKey VR Team
Housekeeping Review - Very Good
On 05/29/2017 by Jessica L
Housekeeping Review - Very Good
On 05/14/2017 by Bryan F
Housekeeping Review - Good
On 04/14/2017 by Matt C
Housekeeping Review - Very Good
On 04/01/2017 by Nancy S
Housekeeping Review - Very Good
On 03/19/2017 by Debra T
Housekeeping Review - Very Good
On 03/12/2017 by Ashli H
Housekeeping Review - Excellent
On 02/22/2017 by Amanda M
Housekeeping Review - Excellent
On 10/21/2016 by Rayna B
Housekeeping Review - Good
On 09/18/2016 by James B
Housekeeping Review - Very Good
On 09/11/2016 by Cassy H
Housekeeping Review - Very Good
On 08/08/2016 by Richard C
Housekeeping Review - Excellent
On 07/31/2016 by Richard P
Housekeeping Review - Good
On 07/22/2016 by Glenn O
Housekeeping Review - Excellent
On 07/17/2016 by Deborah W
Housekeeping Review - Very Good
On 07/05/2016 by David C
Housekeeping Review - Good
On 07/05/2016 by Kiana M
Housekeeping Review - Very Good
On 07/05/2016 by Rebecca C
Housekeeping Review - Very Good
On 05/28/2016 by Charlie W
Housekeeping Review - Excellent
On 05/23/2016 by Sandi W
Housekeeping Review - Good
On 05/16/2016 by Michael H
Housekeeping Review - Good
On 04/30/2016 by Jasmine N
Housekeeping Review - Very Good
On 04/18/2016 by Emily P
Housekeeping Review - Excellent
On 03/30/2016 by Debbie L
Housekeeping Review - Excellent
On 03/24/2016 by Jenny B
Shabby unit, but great venue for families
Worst part first: my wife started crying once she saw the inside of the unit; it was cramped and cheaply decorated, the bathroom was really grubby, and there was a huge dead roach on the floor. The overall impression was of a shabby motel room. On the bright side, once you leave the unit, the communal areas are very nice, the general location is great (easy walk to a fabulous beach!), and you probably don't go to a beach to spend a lot of time indoors, anyway! We had a great time barbecuing, swimming, and playing basketball on the well-maintained grounds, and beach access was quick and fun via the wooden walkways over the dunes. The beds were very comfortable (even the sofa bed -- it had a huge memory-foam topper that made it difficult to fold up, but that was worth it, as it was vastly more pleasant than any other sofa bed ever!), the appliances worked (though the stove is a bit off-kilter), and generally we enjoyed our visit. The photos were mostly accurate, except that the kitchenette is much more cramped than it appears in the photos, and the bathroom was quite nasty with mold and water damage not visible in the particular angle shown in the photo. The promised "ocean views from our front door" and the aerial photo of the complex (https://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p207993) were quite misleading -- this unit does *not* face the beach, unlike those units -- it has no views at all, facing directly onto other nearby units instead. It's true that one can see a tiny patch of water off in the distance from the balcony on the way to the stairs down from the unit, but there is *no* ocean view (or any other) from this particular unit. A "romantic retreat" this is not. So, overall, we had a great time in Port Aransas, had no issues with checking in or out, had no internet issues (we updated the out-of-date internet access instructions left inside; there should be no problem with them now) and would definitely return to this family-friendly complex. We would try to find a better-maintained unit next time, but if this were all that was available in the Island Retreat complex, we would do it, just to get a chance to be at this location.
On 03/18/2016 by Undisclosed
Response on 4/10/116
Hi James, thank you so much for taking the time to write us. We really apologize that you weren't completely satisfied and we want you to know that we are making updates, in part due to your suggestions. Thank you! We're glad you enjoyed your stay in Port A and we hope to hear from you again soon! -The TurnKey VR Team
Housekeeping Review - Very Good
On 03/11/2016 by James B
Housekeeping Review - Excellent
On 02/28/2016 by Rio G
Housekeeping Review - Very Good
On 02/26/2016 by Michael S
Housekeeping Review - Excellent
On 02/24/2016 by Barbara C
Housekeeping Review - Excellent
On 01/13/2016 by Leslie V
Housekeeping Review - Very Good
On 11/04/2015 by Sarah B
Housekeeping Review - Excellent
On 10/23/2015 by Misty D
Pretty nice but WiFi did not work
The only downside to this rental was that the WiFi did not work.

The instructions said that once I was connected to the WiFi network then I would be prompted for a username and password in the web browser. This did not happen. Instead, when I clicked on the network to connect I was automatically asked for a password. There was no initial connection to the network in order to get to the browser page in order to type in the username and password.
On 10/11/2015 by Stephen A.
Response on 10/15/115
Hi Stephen, we're so sorry about the internet problem. Guests can call us 24 hours a day with any problem that may arise. You were great guests and we hope to hear from you again soon! -The TurnKey VR Team
Excellent Vacation for a Family on a Budget!!
The condo we stayed in, unit 12, was identical to the pictures shown online. It was lovely. Everything required to sleep and feed a family of 4 was provided. I was surprised to pots, pans, silverware, cooking utensils, pot holders, dishwashing liquid, laundry detergent, towels, paper towels, linens, dish towels, and I'm certain lots of other things I can't immediately remember - as well as fantastic customer service. The property was gorgeous - the pools, and multiple lighted grill areas were immaculate. Someone else mentioned the long walk to the beach... Honestly? It's across the parking lot, over the boardwalk, then the sand and ocean. It's a bit of a walk (maybe 2 or 3 city blocks) but my family and I enjoyed every step. Even my teenagers had no complaints. There are no words for how wonderful it was to be able to wake up and take a thermos of coffee to the beach and watch the sun rise/set - it was majestic. I am not a professional photographer, but almost every picture I have of the beach and ocean looks like a post card. If I had to complain about anything? It would be the lack of comfort on the sofa bed, but that didn't exactly come as a shock. In short, my family needed an inexpensive place to stay (roof and bed) and found so much more. The stocked kitchen allowed me to buy actual groceries and cook dinner, so we saved money there too, AND we set down to dinner at the table. My family had the opportunity to pull together and we had the time of our lives. My children, as I mentioned, are teens, so with all the options on the property (pools, basketball, tennis, etc.), my husband and I even managed an hour or two alone everyday. We will definitely be back next year!!
On 09/21/2015 by Tamara H.
Response on 9/27/115
Hi Tamara, thanks for the kind words! We look forward to hearing from you next year! -The TurnKey VR Team
Housekeeping Review - Excellent
On 09/19/2015 by Matthew D
Housekeeping Review - Very Good
On 09/05/2015 by Tracy M
Nice Retreat
Nice rental, a bit dated, but the location is nice and the pool and other facilities are nice. The bed and fold out sofa need to be replaced, but were not horrible. The Turn Key experience overall was wonderful!
On 09/04/2015 by Carl K.
Response on 9/8/115
Hi Carl, thank you for the kind words and helpful feedback. You were perfect guests and we look forward to looking for to hearing from you again soon! -The TurnKey VR Team
Housekeeping Review - Excellent
On 08/31/2015 by Jonathan m
Housekeeping Review - Excellent
On 08/30/2015 by Mark C
Housekeeping Review - Very Good
On 07/31/2015 by jarod h
Unit 12
This unit needs some cleaning. The linens were very stained. The sofa sleeper did not work and there were sheets left over on it that were very stained, scared to even use the bed. The couch and bed lumpy - needs updating. Towels and hand towels were stained/or dirty. The carpet was not cleaned or vacuumed. The hot water worked great. The Stove and oven worked. The shower fixtures need updated as they are falling apart. We enjoyed the pool and enjoyed our time there. Just wished we felt clean in our lodging. When we come back we would not want to stay in unit 12.
On 07/23/2015 by Undisclosed
PORT A REVIEW
Overall, the unit was okay and met our needs. The floor still had some coins in the bathroom, so I’m not really sure how well it was swept.


-For this specific unit, some improvement suggestions:
-Please replace or clean the bathroom rug as it smells like urine
-Dump some Drano/or snake the drain in the tub to help drain the tub more efficiently.
-Caulk around the tub, seeing old moldy caulk is not a good impression(30 minute fix)
-The vacuum in this unit is worthless. We cleaned out the filter as best we could and it still has a hard time picking up anything on the rug. Yes,we had the setting to clean carpet.
-Mattress in the couch is great if you like springs in the back. Is it possible to update?
On 07/20/2015 by Ben S.
Response on 8/3/115
Thank you for staying with us and we do appreciate the feedback you provided. We do apologize for any housekeeping issues that you experienced. Just to follow up, the bathroom rug has been replaced, the drains cleared, the bathroom is re-caulked and the vacuum cleaner has been replaced. We really appreciate you taking the time to let us know and hope to hear from you again. -The TurnKey VR Team
Great Beach Access
property was outdated and noticed staines on the comforter and chair cushions. I also think having some house cleaner (409, windex, etc.) would have been nice since we do not have maid services. Loved the beach access. AC worked great! fridge and microwave were very clean!
On 06/25/2015 by Natalie F.
Response on 7/9/115
Thank you for the feedback and for staying with us. We will definitely removed any stained sheets and cushions. We are happy to hear you enjoyed the beach location and that everything was in working order for you. All the best and thank you again ~ TurnKey VR
minimum facility
Upon arrival the unit was clean and orderly except for a few minor things. It was located near the beach but no beach access which was known. Port A has a lot of things to do; we enjoyed the area immensely. The unit was advertised as a “1-bedroom property “ when in reality it was an “efficiency property” with the second room being a bathtub and toilet. We found the unit cramped for 2 people with a week’s worth of luggage and food. A metal pipe was suspended over the water heater as a closet area but no hangars were provided.
On 06/16/2015 by Ronnie .
Housekeeping Review - Good
On 06/10/2015 by Justine A
Housekeeping Review - Good
On 06/05/2015 by Natalie F
Housekeeping Review - Very Good
On 06/01/2015 by Elizabeth L
Housekeeping Review - Excellent
On 05/30/2015 by Stephen W
Housekeeping Review - Very Good
On 04/18/2015 by Heather C
Housekeeping Review - Very Good
On 04/12/2015 by Ronnie L
Housekeeping Review - Good
On 04/08/2015 by Liz A
Good Value
It was about an 8 minute walk to get to the beach. This was a second floor condo/apartment. It was all one room. It was a bit dated but worked for us. The internet was quite finicky and had to keep rebooting our devices. It was fairly clean, not awesome but not bad. The Turnkey company is on top of it as far as keeping in touch. I would come here again if the price was right. It would be good for a family of 4 to rent but would be cramped with four adults.
On 04/08/2015 by Liz A.
Response on 4/19/115
Hi Liz, Thank you so much for your review. I'm glad you would come back to our home, and I hope that we made the experience enjoyable for you. The internet is a little spotty down there, it's hard to get good service on the island sometimes. I hope overall your stay was good and that we can host you again! Thanks, The Turnkey Team
Housekeeping Review - Very Good
On 03/13/2015 by Emma G
Housekeeping Review - Good
On 03/07/2015 by Elaine H
Housekeeping Review - Very Good
On 02/16/2015 by Pete F
Housekeeping Review - Very Good
On 12/17/2014 by David W
Chill Out in Port A
Quiet cozy condo within easy walking distance to a great beach.
On 12/02/2014 by Undisclosed
Response on 12/15/114
Dear Barbara, Thank you for taking the time to leave is a review and of course for staying with us. We are so happy you enjoyed your time with us in our vacation condo. We always found the location to the beach one of best features. All the best and we hope we can welcome you back in the future. TurnKey Vacation Rentals
Decent Rental
It's similar in size to a small hotel room. All the appliances were working, if a little old. The room was clean. The sofa bed was horrible to sleep on. It looked like the mattress was 4 inches thick and fairly worn, so it wasn't much better than sleeping directly on the springs. I would recommend bringing a pretty thick mattress topper. Still hard to beat for the price.
On 12/01/2014 by Edward F.
Response on 12/14/114
Hello Edward, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review and of course for staying with us. We do appreciate your comments and feedback, especially regarding the sofa bed. We will certainly look at adding some further cushioning to make it more comfortable for our guests. Your feedback does help us to hopefully increase the satisfaction of future guests stay. All the best - TurnKey Vacation Rentals
Housekeeping Review - Excellent
On 11/27/2014 by Barbara C
Great location, great price
We really enjoyed this cosy condo for two near the beach. We took long walks on the beach, drove to the Padre National Seashore, and also to town in Port Aranasas a few times. This was our first visit to the area and this location was perfect for exploring.

The condo is small, old, and dated, but very comfortable for two. Attractively decorated. Priced right. Near the beach. Just what we wanted.
On 10/25/2014 by Kc S.
Response on 11/4/114
Dear KC, Thank you for your review and comments. We are happy to hear you were able to explore the area for your first time and you enjoyed the condo and location. We hope to see you back on your second trip to Port A! TurnKey
Housekeeping Review - Excellent
On 10/20/2014 by Kc S
Nice condo by the beach
First of all TurnKey Vacation Rentals made the reservation easy and communication was excellent. We received immediate feedback on questions and general information. Having the keyless door lock was a great convenience. With short walk to the beach and the property is nicely maintained. The condo has everything we need including a kitchen where we made some delicious local bought seafood. The only gripe we have is no dishwasher. Then again if you do not plan to cook this would not be a problem.
On 10/07/2014 by Paul W.
review
Good
On 09/24/2014 by Adam R.