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The Cottages at Seashell Village
austin
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72 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“No security. No management anywhere to be found!”
Reviewed 13 July 2008

We arrived at 5:50 P.M. to a closed office and found our keys (as well as other guests) were left in a mailbox. The cottages had no on-site management and several cottages were occupied by a group that had already "taken over" the outside area at 6 P.M.. Extremely, extremely loud music played outside until past midnight, and several of the men appeared to be arguing in the parking area outside the rooms. I like to drink and have a good time, but this was way beyond that. There was no one to contact in regard to our unrestful night, other than a message machine. The envelope with our keys did provide the police phone number, and I wonder if this is how this place is "managed". When we left the next morning I told the manager that I had a complaint about the situation from the night before and she indicated that she was aware of the situation and said "you just never know how guests will be". The management should have done something about the situation if they were aware of it. I did not think this was a safe place to stay!
As far as the cottage itself, it is typical of what I would have stayed in back in the the 60's or 70's, but it is now very well worn...but it is clean and the grounds are well maintained...it is more "dingy" than "quaint", but it is very close to the beach. Stayed in Shark Reef Resort the next night and it was MUCH better.

  • Liked — proximity to beach and shopping
  • Disliked — no management
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with family
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4 Thank AustinTrip
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Austin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 June 2008

We reviewed the comments on Trip Advisor before we called The Gulf Beach Cottages. We were apprehensive, but decided to chance it due to the excellent prices. When we checked in we were pleasantly surprised. The rooms were incredibly clean. I highly recommend #15 of the cottages. The staff were out of this world friendly and accommodating. We will definitely return to #15 if available.

  • Liked — Friendly staff
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled with family
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3 Thank portalover
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Port Aransas, Texas
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 7 May 2007

A little bit of old Port Aransas with a few extras. These Old Cottages are a little worn but still have that old Port Aransas feel. The cottages have been recently purchased by the adjacent property and the office is a bit hard to find. The amnesties including a nice pool are now available to Gulf Beach. The grounds were well kept and the staff was friendly and helpful.

Stayed April 2007
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1 Thank island6969
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Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2006

This was my second stay at the cottages. We returned to Gulf Beach because it was so quaint, had lush & relaxing courtyards. The cottages were what I expected, but the court yards, outside furniture (what was left of it) and lawns were neglected. The court yard used to have inviting shade, nice lighting at night & numerous tables and chairs for socializing. It was great for relaxing in the evening after being at the beach all day. Instead, the lawn was unmowed- full of weeds & had an isolated picnic table near the front entrance and no shade. The Gulf Beach website still displays the lawns and courtyards that I remembered from last year. When discussing this concern with the manager, she sounded overwhelmed, defensive and indicated that she was not happy with her maintenance staff. Jodie( the manager) pointed to the one remaining courtyard at the back of the property and told me to use that one - I suggested to her that the one remaining courtyard would not accommodate all of the guests (& she agreed). I think Gulf Beach plays second fiddle to their property next door.


  • Disliked — unkept lawn & rude staff from the get go
  • Stayed July 2006, travelled with family
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2 Thank smill08
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Fort Worth, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 2006

My, how things can change in one year...and not for "the better". The Gulf Beach Cottages has a new owership and with that, propery priorities have apparently changed too. The outside sitting area where we use to love to hang out and enjoy the breeze is now un-mowed and covered with tall weeds. It use to draw us outside with its clean tables surrounded by lush tropical blooms and sweet Christmas lights at night. Not anymore - the "feel" of the place is simply not warm or welcoming. We had a major plumbing problem that caused us to cut our trip short. The manager, Jody, said we could move to another cottage that wasn't cleaned yet but we'd have to change the bed linens ourself (she did agree to refund us for the nights that we lost). Overall, the experience was really sad...we hate seeing this formerly quaint and wonderful place on such a downhill slide. We won't be back.

  • Liked — They allow dogs.
  • Disliked — Not as clean and well kept as it use to be.
  • Tips/Secrets — Find another place - this one is going downhill fast.
  • Stayed July 2006, travelled with family
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4 Thank beachlovingfamily
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Additional Information about The Cottages at Seashell Village

Property: The Cottages at Seashell Village
Address: 506 E Avenue G, Port Aransas, TX 78373-5747 (Formerly Gulf Beach Cottages)
Region: United States > Texas > Texas Gulf Coast > Port Aransas
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #32 of 42 Speciality Lodging in Port Aransas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €
Number of rooms: 10
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The Cottages At Seashell Village Hotel Port Aransas

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