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From journal Sunny South Padre Island
by Lauren T
January 4, 2003
The penthouse was HUGE, with three large bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, and six (I counted them) terraces wrapping around both floors of the apartment (which happened to be the enirety of the top two floors of the tower), giving us 360-degree views of the gulf, the bay, and everything South Padre Island has to offer (and they were fantastic for observing any and all firecrackers thrown for miles around on New Year's Eve).
The place was loaded with luxury amenities, including some I found excessively ridiculous (for example, it really didn't seem necessary to have two wet bars with ice machine and mini-fridge--particularly when one of them was maybe 10 feet from the full-sized kitchen).
All three bathrooms were equipped with gargantuan showers you can walk around in, and both master bathrooms were equipped with double sinks, bidets, and luxurious Hollywood-style Jacuzzi bathtubs.
As these were apartments rather than a hotel, common areas were somewhat limited, but included a heated pool and hot tub and a solid workout facility complete with weights, racketball courts, and sauna.
All this aside, I'm afraid I'll have to nitpick a bit. It must be said that, for all its grandiosity, the place wasn't particularly well-maintained. A lot of things in it didn't work properly, such as the TV in the third bedroom, one of the icemakers, and perhaps half of the cabinets. There was some Formica chipped away on one of the counter corners, and some things could use a paint job. None of these problems are major, but they do somewhat diminish the effect of a piece of property which is probably worth a million dollars.
Another thing: While the penthouse was expensively furnished, the furnishings weren't what everyone would consider tasteful. My dad described the decor as "Las Vegas." My brother said it looked more like the set of Scarface or some other '80s gangster series. Whatever you call it, some of it was pretty garish, complete with psychedelic pink wallpaper, gilded seashell-themed furniture, some interesting bits of wall "art," and all-too-many mirrored surfaces.
All of these complaints are pretty minor, however, and none of it bothered me much at all. Then again, I wasn't paying for any of this.
(I have no idea what my grandparents paid for this, but I'm fairly certain it was at least $250 a night.)
From journal The Holiday Season on South Padre Island