Corpus Christi and North Padre, Texas Hotels

by Nannie Kate

Corpus Christi and North Padre Island lie on the southern coast of Texas, enjoying a subtropical climate that beckons visitors to the area. From urban museums and upscale restaurants to the university and military campuses to the casual beach life, this area provides hotels that suit your individual needs.

Downtown Corpus Christi Hotels

Downtown Corpus Christi bustles with business visitors and tourists. Defined by the long Corpus Christi Marina, this area has convenient waterside hotels. Omni Hotels offers two luxury hotels on the waterfront, the Omni Bayfront Tower and the Omni Marina Tower. Just one block apart, these two hotels have guest rooms, suites and luxury penthouse-style accommodations plus several in-house restaurants. Get a bird's-eye view of the marina from a window seat in the Republic of Texas Steakhouse in the Bayfront Tower. Spa services by Body-n-Balance are based in the Bayfront Tower but are available for guests in both towers. You will find fitness facilities and heated outdoor pools at both locations. For home-style cooking, visit the Portis Kountry Kitchen nearby and enjoy hearty breakfasts and old-fashioned lunches that include meatloaf and mashed potatoes, chicken and dumplings, pork steak and gravy, and enchiladas. While visiting, take time to see the oldest building in Corpus Christi, the Centennial House, and the Texas Surf Museum, filled with surfing artifacts and photographs displaying the history of surfing in Texas.

North Beach-Corpus Christi Beach Hotels

North Beach, also known as Corpus Christi Beach, lies just north of the downtown area of Corpus Christ. This casual area is known for its beach hotels and vacation atmosphere. The Radisson Hotel Corpus Christi Beach is a short beach stroll away from the USS Lexington, an aircraft carrier from World War II you can explore at will. The ship is also a museum and has an IMAX theater. The Radisson Hotel offers standard guest rooms, large family rooms and rooms with jetted whirlpool tubs. The Calypso Restaurant provides breakfast, lunch and dinner, while the Calypso Bar offers a party atmosphere with dancing and jukebox music. You can play a relaxing game of pool here as well. For a budget vacation to Corpus Christi Beach, consider the Sea Shell Inn Motel, also within walking distance of the USS Lexington. Park in the first-floor parking garage and enjoy the no-frills rooms with or without kitchenettes. Relax by the pool on a chaise or lie out on the sand. Nearby Pier 99 Restaurant has burgers, sandwiches, chicken and pasta dishes as well as libations of choice.

Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi and Truax Naval Base Hotels

Texas A&M University and the Truax Naval Base lie close to each other in this area, with hotels convenient to both. South of downtown Corpus Christi, these hotels provide accommodations for visitors, with eating establishments along the strip. Guest rooms and suites at the Hilton Garden Inn provide microwaves and mini refrigerators plus a convenience store on the premises. Relax in the lobby to the sounds of the sheeting water fountain, swim in the outdoor pool or let the jets in the outdoor whirlpool soothe you after a day of business or exploring. The Motel 6 offers an inexpensive stay near the university and naval base. This outlet boasts a few upgrades to its basics-only standard, with granite countertops and wood-like flooring. There is a veritable glut of fast-food restaurants along this strip, including Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Whataburger, Little Caesars and Subway. For barbecue plates, sandwiches or whole cuts, visit Bill Miller's BBQ, which also offers chicken-fried steak, fried chicken, ham and turkey.

North Padre Island Hotels

North Padre Island lies just over the John F. Kennedy Memorial Causeway from Corpus Christi. A favorite spring break venue, the few accommodations here are mostly fun-in-the-sun hotels. These hotels lie close together in a small area. The Mustang Island State Park lies to the immediate north, and the Bob Hall Pier just under three miles below marks the end of development for many miles. Pristine, uncrowded beaches are the result. The six-story Holiday Inn Corpus Christi North Padre Island has 149 units, four of which are suites. All are equipped with a mini refrigerator and microwave. Work out in the fitness room, relax in the sauna and whirlpool or step out onto the beach for a scenic walk. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in the hotel's Beachside Grill and Lounge. You will be close enough to walk across the street to the beach from the Comfort Suites North Padre Island. This hotel offers studios and one-bedroom guest rooms, plus full-size kitchen suites and jetted tub units. Both hotels are near the Black Sheep Bistro, a trendy restaurant with catchy names for its dishes: The Hoss, a 1-lb. ribeye; the Little Joe, a small filet mignon; and Roman Holiday, a chicken dish with poblanos and linguini alfredo on the side.

About the Author

In 2007 Nannie Kate discovered that the words she had been writing all her life had an actual cash value. She's been writing professionally through brokers ever since. With an English major background she creates articles and ebooks on a wide variety of subjects.