We had a really nice time here. We were in town for a wedding, it was our first time to the island and our first time traveling with our new babies. Daniel was so nice, very responsive and easy to communicate with. The grounds were beautiful, the atmosphere was pleasant, and the condo was very clean and cozy. The pool was clean, the hot tub was clean and hot. It was quiet. The bed was super comfy and the sheets were soft. Great water pressure in the shower. Nice clean kitchen(URL HIDDEN)have to be honest though, the first thing I noticed when we walked in was an overwhelming smell of mildew. I'm sure being so close to the beach that's common? It wasn't on any of the furniture, just the apartment itself. There was also a pretty intense septic tank smell that seemed to be coming from the drains in the bathroom. It got worse every time we used the sink or the shower. We also found a cockroach in the bedroom, which I feel is probably due more to the age of the building and the moisture in the air than the cleanliness of the condo, but still... eek.
The last day of our stay, a woman came to to door at 8am asking (rudely) what time we planned on checking out. My husband and our infant twins were still asleep, our checkout time was 11am. She informed me that they had workmen coming to fix the central air (we had been using window units and they worked great) at 9:30. They showed up at 10am, I had just gotten out of the shower and hadn't gotten dressed yet. It was very uncomfortable. Between 10-11, there were 3 different repair men in and out of the condo while we were packing ourselves and our 3 month old babies to get ready for our 6 hour drive home. They were very friendly, one of them even offered to bring our trash out to the dumpster for us. But still, it made for a bit of a chaotic feeling on checking out, and felt like a bit of an invasion of our privacy.
Now, I don't feel that any of this was the fault of the host, everything was great on his end. When I informed him of what was happening, he was very upset on our behalf and offered to give us a discounted rate next time we come to town. I hope to make it out to South Padre again in the future. The vibe is great and the beaches are beautiful. With the new additions to our family, travel is pretty rare. If we come back, we would definitely like to check out one of Daniel's other properties. Renting from him was great, but I probably would not want to stay in this building again.