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Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Called to inquire about rates and details regarding rental of courtyard area for a birthday party. Was quoted pricing and was told I would receive a call back from chef and staff to go over menu, decor and further details. Never received any response, so I tried back and was told, once again, someone would get back with me. This...

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1Thank Shawna H
Austin, Texas
Reviewed 20 September 2016

I've only stayed at this one hotel in the Port A area, so I can't say for sure how it compares... but my impression is that this hotel is average for the area. It's historic, which is code of "small rooms," "no tv," "no phones," "window AC units," and "variable water temperatures". I was expecting the small rooms, so that...

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1Thank Jaime D
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

The Tarpon Inn is a historic hotel when it was 1st built only access was by boat. Which is how F.D ROOSEVELT arrived. Was built originally for army barracks later years morphed into the hotel. Got it's name from the namesake large fish that makes it run in the waters there.The hotel has 24 rooms that are all different decor...

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Thank Golfnut614
Fort Worth, Texas
Reviewed 19 August 2016

A bit of history but that's about it. Rooms are very small and a/c window unit made it hard to sleep. It does have history and I can say we have stayed there but probably not again. We go to Port A at least one a year and there are a lot of other places to stay. Try Sunday Villas....

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Houston, Texas
Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

Just returned from a 2 night stay for a family reunion and deep sea fishing trip. The hotel has kept it's ambiance furnished with antiques and hardwood floors. Rocking chairs on the porch were a great spot to watch Port A on parade. There are no TVs or phones in the rooms. The only complaint would be the old, slippery,...

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Thank Steve L
Tyler, Texas
Reviewed 13 August 2016

Perfect place to slow down and recharge away from modern technology....Always a friendly staff, and easy to check in...Nice just to sit out on the porch in the rocking chairs and enjoy the evening breeze.

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Thank Maruitta
Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

We have been staying at the Tarpon Inn for over 9 years. It's old and has some of the quirks of an old place...but we love rocking on the front porch with a drink in hand and our dog at our feet. If you enjoy chatting with strangers and people watching, it's a fantastic location. We always meet the greatest...

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tarpon1886, General Manager at Tarpon Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for the review and thank you for loving the Tarpon Inn! Come back and see us soon!

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Reviewed 8 May 2016

The historic inn is really a wonderful experience for relaxation and being close to everything. They don't have T.V.s or telephones, but they do have charm! It's kinda like visiting The Gage in Marathon, but you're surrounded by restaurants and a short drive to the beach. Great to rock in the rocking chairs and watch people, too. Definitely going back....

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tarpon1886, General Manager at Tarpon Inn, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the great review and thanks for loving the Tarpon Inn! Please come back and see us soon!

Kerrville, Texas
Reviewed 20 April 2016

The tarpon Inn has a great location--awesome rooms-easy check-in--very friendly Sitting on the common porch watching the traffic go by was very relaxing. Beautiful landscaping. Only several blocks from the beach. A must stay

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tarpon1886, General Manager at Tarpon Inn, responded to this review

Thanks for the review, and thanks for loving the Tarpon Inn! Come back and see us again soon!!

Bethesda, Maryland
Reviewed 4 April 2016 via mobile

It is historic hotel, and has lots of character, but there were some issues, and the hotel will not be for everyone. I am pretty forgiving when it comes to older hotels, as they are always a work in progress, and there will always be projects to tackle. That said, Room 23 had terrible furniture. The picture appears to be...

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tarpon1886, General Manager at Tarpon Inn, responded to this review

Thanks for the review and letting us know what we need to do better. Like you said this is an old Inn and is a constant work in progress. We are always trying to do better. Hope you'll come back and see us again soon!

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
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  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Kitchenette
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
With 200' long porches to relax on since 1886, the longest porches in Texas stretches and relaxes along with you. The salt air and breezes are gently encouraged by old-fashioned ceiling fans.  The sweet creaking of roomy rocking chairs blends with the pages of a novel being turned. Where each room is decorated in period antiques and no two rooms are alike and where there are no televisions nor telephones.      If our place sounds like your kind of place, then please consider this an invitation to make yourself at home. We're waiting to treat you as part of our Tarpon Inn family and encourage you to wonder if it's possible to stay forever,or at least a couple more days. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Tarpon Inn

Address: 200 E Cotter Ave, Port Aransas, TX 78373-5124
Region: United States > Texas > Texas Gulf Coast > Port Aransas
Price Range: $165 - $234 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 24
Also Known As:
Tarpon Hotel Port Aransas
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“Look on line to choose the type you want, since they vary in size. Also, consider if you want to climb stairs for the second floor.”
 of 5 bubbles gourmetlover, 7 May 2016 | Read review
“FDR suite is our favorite. Has kitchen, dining room and private porch in back and a king size bed with an awesome living room”
 of 5 bubbles N2213JSmichaelh, 20 Apr 2016 | Read review
“Go online and see the different room configurations!!!”
 of 5 bubbles 250mattj, 17 Feb 2016 | Read review
“Just look online, they have photos of each room”
 of 5 bubbles CaptainAnne, 16 Aug 2015 | Read review
“No elevators, 1st floor is very quiet too. Most convenient/nice place in Port A”
 of 5 bubbles allysons676, 29 May 2015 | Read review
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