Radisson Hotel Corpus Christi – Review

This past weekend we drove from San Antonio to Corpus Christi to check out the city. It was our first visit there. I booked the Radisson Hotel Corpus Christi right on the beach, and got the first night for 38,000 points, and the second night free courtesy of my Club Carlson VISA card.

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Location:

The hotel is conveniently located right on North Beach, next to the U.S.S. Lexington, the #1 attraction in Corpus Christi.  It’s also near the Texas State Aquarium and just a short 5 minute drive to downtown.

Check-in:

We got to the hotel just as a massive downpour was happening. There was a small roof in front of the main entrance that fits a couple of cars, so we had to wait in the car until the other cars moved to pull up and get our luggage out of the car. By the time we checked in, the rain had slowed down and I was able to move the car. Parking is free, but you do need a sticker from the hotel so you don’t get towed, so be sure to grab one while checking in.

The hotel lobby is beautiful. It is very nicely decorated with a marine theme. Lots of blue and green.

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When I originally booked online, I was given a city view room, but I called a few days ahead and mentioned my Club Carlson Gold status and was able to secure an oceanview room on the top floor.

The room:

While it was a standard room, I liked the decorations and features of the room. It had a whole marine theme going, with a few pictures of fish on the walls and even a desk lamp that resembled blue waves.

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There was a microwave, which we didn’t use. We did use the small fridge to put some bottles of water, beers, and snacks I had brought from home.

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The bathroom was small, but for two people it was fine. The water pressure was fine, but I kept noticing some subtle changes in water temperature as I was using the shower, although not enough to bother me too much.

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One problem I encountered was noise. The fridge had a clear, whooshing sound that just wasn’t normal, so I had to unplug it during the night.  I couldn’t figure out the A/C unit, which was extremely loud each time it would crank back up. The unit had a high/low/auto setting, but none of them seemed to keep the fan on for more than a few minutes.

The View:

The best feature of this hotel, and particularly our room, was the view. The rooms have balconies, and ours faced the beach and the majestic U.S.S. Lexington with all its aircraft on the flight deck. The balcony has a couple of chairs so you can sit outside and relax, although I don’t understand why they had to go with plastic bar railings instead of glass. When you’re sitting down, the top of the railing is right at eye level, so if you really want to “look out” to the beach you need to stand up.

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Pool:

The pool and jacuzzis are salt water. We didn’t try either one of them. There is a swim-up bar which I was looking forward to enjoying, but it is only open seasonally, so I suppose it just wasn’t our season. The pool had quite a few people, so I couldn’t figure out why the hotel would miss out on the drink sales.

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Restaurant:

We tried the restaurant’s breakfast buffet, which was open until 11:00 a.m. on Saturday. While there are no breakfast benefits for being a Club Carlson Gold member, my brother, who also has Gold status, had stayed at the property just the month before and had received breakfast vouchers, so I asked about them and the hotel front desk clerk was gracious enough to give us a couple.

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The buffet, while it was free, was mediocre at best. It only had a fruit tray, some pastries, and scrambled eggs and sausage. No complaints since we got it for free, but it just isn’t worth paying for it. There was no toast, yogurt or other buffet essentials, and we wanted a bagel and we had to pay $3.99 for it.

Radisson-Hotel-Corpus-ChristiThe service wasn’t that great either. In all fairness, the restaurant, while located inside the hotel, is independently owned. The room fridge comes in handy if you want to take snacks and save breakfast money.

Amenities:

Internet is included in the rate. Unfortunately like many experiences with hotel internet, it was hit or miss.

There is a fitness room that is reasonably large and equipped considering it’s a relatively small hotel.

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Service:

The hotel staff was great. Everyone we ran into said hello and asked how we were doing. The front desk clerk who checked us in was very welcoming and friendly, and the hotel employee who gave us the breakfast vouchers was very nice, even making a follow up phone call to our room to see if we needed anything else. We felt right at home.

Conclusion:

If you like the beach and a convenient location, this hotel is in a great spot. The fact that you can get two nights for the price of one with the Club Carlson VISA is also a great perk, and the view is as good as you can get for a beach hotel. With just a relatively short drive from San Antonio, it is a great spot for a weekend getaway and we will definitely be back during the summer months, when the rates are much higher but still 38,000 points.

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