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Alta Vista - Saltillo Unit # 3

Bedrooms Studio
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights


Port Isabel Apartment Rental Photos and Description

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4

Alta Vista is a beautifully restored historical property built in 1931. Constructed of timber, masonry and stucco, it is similar to many buildings in Old Mexico from that time period with it's Colonial style, arched entries, private covered porches and courtyard.

Our family purchased the property in 2003 which had been neglected for many years and began a complete authentic restoration. The structure has been completely renovated and most of the original features preserved including the beautiful oak flooring, exterior masonry and doors.

The property has been modernized to with central air conditioning, on-demand hot water, satellite TV, WI-FI internet and swimming pool.

The kitchens and bathrooms feature beautiful talavera tile and saltillo tile floors which we brought with us from trips to Central Mexico.

This Apartment has two comfortable double beds and all bed tops are freshly laundered before your arrival. You have the convenience of a furnished kitchen.

Outside you will find lush tropical gardens, the courtyard swimming pool, lounge chairs and umbrellas. There is an outside kitchen with a wood burning churrascaria style barbecue, gas grill, fish fryer and bar.

There is a cool breezeway with rocking chairs and a hammock for relaxing. On cool evenings you can enjoy the warm glow of an outdoor fireplace by the pool. The private coin operated laundry is handy for those on extended stay.

We can offer suggestions for all types of activities, restaurants, directions and points of interest. We know Port Isabel, South Padre Island, and the Rio Grande Valley very well and gladly share our knowledge of the area to enhance your stay.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
Courtney Mayfield
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 30, 2016
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Guestbook comments from the manager

We had so much fun! This place is Awesome! We hope to come back next year, Thank you Thank you for everything! Just beautiful!
Aug 2014
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(10 traveler reviews)

Alta Vista - Saltillo Unit # 3
average rating of 4.9 based on 20 reviews
Dallas, Texas

Amazing Place!!

  • 5 of 5

Rented this cute suite for an extended weekend to take my Grandkids to the beach and it was absolutely perfect! Courtney was great and made us feel at home. Highly recommend Alta Vista! We will be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great property with a sweet owner

  • 5 of 5

My stay at the Alta Vista Apartment was very nice. The place does look very rustic, which adds to the vacation aspect of the stay. The property was also clean and well-maintained.

Courtney (the owner) was very sweet and very understand of certain hiccups occurred during the drive down to Port Isabel, which instantly made me glad that I chose this property for my stay on the coast. The only issue I had was that the internet was a bit slow and disconnected at times, which wasn't a big deal in my eyes.

I will definitely be staying here again if I decide to visit Port Isabel in the future, and I will also recommend it to any friend that does the same.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Arlington, TX

Wonderful, Comfortable, Historic

  • 5 of 5

This was a great place to stay. As we were leaving we noticed the Texas Historical Commission plaque that stated this was the oldest apartment building in Port Isabel built in 1931. This place had everything we needed and was only a short drive to South Padre Island. The the pool was shaded which made it perfect to allow my kids to continue to play in the pool after a few hours at the beach.

This was a great place and I would love to come back!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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I'd buy it if it were for sale!

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely darling, authentic property. Amazing restoration. We will stay there again!

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay & look forward to you coming back!
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Beautifully done , very clean & quiet , friendly !!

  • 4 of 5

Only disappointment was the pool was not heated, it was hard to look at it for two months & not be able to use it !!! The outdoor kitchen was awesome! The grounds were kept beautifully !! The owners were gracious & fun to have around! So wonderful to be within walking distance to downtown! Quiet & private & clean !!! Thanks so very much for a wonderful winter retreat !!!!

Jim & Sally

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the wonderful compliments! We do hope you both will come back & see us again next year. We certainly enjoyed your company as well. We are currently in deep discussion about heating the pool! Wouldn't that be wonderful?! Thank you again
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Absolutely Charming

  • 5 of 5

Hi Courtney,

Our 2 week vacation at Alta Vista was wonderful. We found the unit very quaint and extremely clean. The fact that you kept the spanish elements and overall look is so beautiful. The unit was equipped with everything we needed for our stay but unfortunately due to the weather we did have to buy blankets and left them for the unit. The only downside was that there was not a electrical plug in closer to the mirror in the bathroom for the hair dryer. Plugging it in on the opposite wall was a bit of a challenge because the cord was not long enough. We would have loved to spend time by the pool but it was too cold, but was extremely impressed with it and the groundwork. We enjoyed and loved our stay in the unit as well as Port Isabel and the island, and cannot wait to come back again.

Thank you for everything,

Sharilyne Joyce

We also bought a larger coffee pot and left it for the unit

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay! I am sure sorry for any inconvenience in regards to the weather making the room extra cold. The split unit does have a heater but with it being an old building, sometimes that isn't enough so we do provide the units with a space heater as well. We know it is nice to have in the bathroom to cut the chill. I believe that was our coldest week we had for this winter. We do have it on our "Wish list" to have the pool heated some day. Wouldn't that be nice to enjoy in the winter months? We do hope to see you again. Thank you
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Laguna Vista
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
South Padre Island

Located near the Laguna Madre there are all kinds of water sports.We are located in walking distance to the fishing pier or you can wade fish at the end off the street. There is some of the best fishing to be had. We can also hook you up with the best guides available as we have lived here for 40 years and our family is in the boat business.

The beach is just a short drive across the bridge to South Padre Island. Here you can find the best beach in Texas. It offers every thing you want from swimming, surfing, wind surfing, jet sking, and sail boarding. The are instructors available if you are interested in learning.

South padre also has Slitterbaun waterpark. It has lots of fun for all ages.

There are plenty of restaurants close. From seafood to Mexican and Italian There is also a great Ma and Pa restaurant that is great for breakfast with home backed pastry. .

Rates & Availability

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 14.5%

Please ask about our special rates for 5, 6, or 7 nights stay!
Any additional cleaning services $35.00
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Port Isabel Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 300 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The bath has a shower tiled with talavara tile and river rock. There is a hair dryer. There are plenty of towels for showering, also we provide beach towels
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 double , 1 baby crib
  • The bedroom has two top of the line double beds. They are made in hotel style, with all coverlets washed between guests. The fireplace is only for looks. If a fire is desired we can build one in the outside fireplace. It has the original Oak floors and rustic Mexican dresser and side tables. There is also a portable baby bed.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis

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