on April 22, 2010
Last fall I had a business trip to the Corpus Christi area. I'd never been there, but I understood it to be something of a beach destination. I was looking forward to some time walking the shore in the beach while not working, even though it was November, figuring the warm Gulf would keep things pretty temperate.It didn't quite work out that way. In fact, I ended up arriving just in time for the city's first rain in nine months, according to the people I was meeting. The sun hardly broke through the wet blanket of clouds once. The morning and evening views from the balcony of my eighth-floor room at the Omni Hotel actually transformed the clouds briefly into something beautiful, as the yellow-orange skies, the vast seas, and stringy bottoms of the clouds produced some unique and surreal images.Overall, I was quite happy with the hotel. I like to check local CVB sites when I travel for accommodations and things to do and such, so I found this place through Corpus Christi's lodging page, which was very helpful. I got a nice rate thanks to some company relationships as well. The room was very well-appointed, with clean, relatively new, attractive sheets and blankets and such. The bathroom was exceedingly nice as well with updated finishes and fixtures. One complaint: really lame TV service. It looked alright for an old-style TV and had a flat screen (not a flat panel, mind you), but it took sooo long to change between channels. Several seconds. Very annoying when you're in an unfamiliar area trying to flip through and see what's on.The common areas of the Omni were also quite nice. I didn't get to try the restaurants, but I did have a drink at the bar on the second floor. For being sort of a low-key thing stuck in an alcove, it had a nice atmosphere, sort of like a tropical night lounge. I wish I could've spent more time around the hotel, but then, there was a massive convention of high school theater kids in town at the time, and it was a little too emo for me.
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