|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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 a comfortable king size bed, queen sleeper sofa and a set of twin bunk beds. 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.
This property was purchased by myself Bell, my husband Jeff, my mother Mackie, and my son Ike with his wife Courtney I first
saw and loved the property in the early 70's. We bought it and have been working to restore it for the last eleven years. It's been a hall but well worth it. We all live here, Ike and Courtney, with there new baby Mackie, named after my mom after she passed away, live here full time. Myself and Jeff live between here and Houston.
Courtney Mayfield purchased this apartment in 2003
Salt water pool, a small work out room.
Not only was this place awesome; it was relaxing, peaceful and a true getaway. My husband and I opted to stay in Port Isabel instead of paying for an overpriced dirty condo on SPI for twice the price of this gem. So glad I found this place. The Spanish architecture is beautiful and the Mayfield's have done a fantastic job updating and caring for this property. My husband loved the bed, it was a bit hard for me; but, wasn't so bad I couldn't sleep like the dead. However, i could sleep (and have slept) thru a hurricane; lol!
The outdoor area is where the relaxation is. I spent a lot of time by the pool when we weren't on the beach. It was perfect with all of the plants, watered daily by a real sweetheart named Jenn. The massive plumeria was my favorite. I have a huge love of these plants. The north winds also blew right thru the area making it perfect even in the heat of the day.
Fair warning, if you have never lived or stayed in a beachy/coastal area; the little sugar ants won't hurt you. I grew up on North Padre Island and they were probably a solid part of my diet as a child. You just have to remember not to leave anything and I mean anything out that could be enticing to them. They are part of the salt life; be prepared and don't be squimish.
Anyway, back to Gallo; there is a private sitting area out front, complete with patio table and chairs. Street parking under a massive tropical tree; wish I knew what it was, I want one! You're also a short walk away to the Laguna Madre if you just want to look at the water or see the fireworks outside the tourist trap of Louie's Backyard on SPI Thursday and Friday's. Definitely walk to few short blocks to Joe's Oyster Bar on Maxan; some of the best grilled fish I've ever had. That is saying a lot for me! I was turned off fish years ago smelling redtide from the NPI part of the laguna madre.
I loved everything about our trip. Note, if you're going to the beach, its probably cheaper to buy a 30 day pass than to pay the $12 a day to get onto the beach. If you want to watch a perfect sunset; go to Laguna Bob's and hang out with Jesse, Brandon and Tom. Best burger and ceviche I've had in a while!
All in all, if you want a relaxing beach trip that feels like home; stay with the Mayfield's! If you want an overpriced hotel or condo on the beach with onsite restaurants/roomservice/bar, where the maids wake you up at 8 a.m. don't stay here. If you have expect a 5 star resort, don't stay here.
We headed down for Memorial Weekend and I'm SO thankful that we stayed at Alta Vista and away from the crowds at SPI... And its just a 5 minute drive to SPI! What can I say, the rental was even better than the pictures. The landscaping is beautiful and we enjoyed the private patio that offered peace and quiet at the end of long days. It was a very functional rental for a family of 4 with everything that we needed. The kids loved the bunk beds and our bed was super comfortable. The decor was outstanding. They've really done a magnificent job with the remodel.
You'll know this was the right choice the moment you open the door. Oh yes, the swimming pool! The beach was wonderful but the pool was amazing! We didn't get the chance to use the outdoor kitchen but we will on our next visit. If you're reading this post, I promise you won't be disappointed. Words to describe this rental: Clean, beautiful, relaxing, comfortable, friendly. A free tip... Just around the corner you'll find Joe's Oyster Bar. Order the special and the Mexican shrimp cocktail ;)
We lucked out with this one... If its available, grab it while you can!!
This is the second time we have stayed at Alta Vista. It is very comfortable and important to us, we also slept well. Courtney and Ike are very hospitable and made sure that we were well taken care of. It is a great location, you can walk to a lot of popular areas and bus stops are close for that free bus ride to South Padre Island. Our apartment had all we needed to be comfortable. The grounds are very well kept and the pool is always spotless. We would definitely stay here again and always highly recommend it to friends and family.
Quiet and peaceful oasis! Our room was so comfortable, clean and had everything we needed. The outdoor area was perfect for fun and entertaining. The pool was perfection. The owners of the property were so welcoming and hospitable. They made us feel right at home! Can't wait to stay there again!!!
Our family had a amazing experience and really enjoyed our stay here in Alta Vista #4 The Gallo. We loved all the decorations especially how it was well equipped with everything we needed and much more.
Thank you :)
We had an awesome time even though it was a short trip. We didn't want to leave. This is our second time to stay at Alta Vista. First was before it had been up graded and stayed in the studio Apt. Had a good time then. This time we stayed in the one bedroom with bunk beds. Very nice place. Love the antique furniture. Very comfortable. We really enjoy staying here with the pool right out your door and getting to know the other guest. The owners are awesome. Love the outdoor kitchen and decor. We're aleady looking into our next trip.
Port Isabel is a sleepy spot just across the bay from South Padre Island where you can find all the action one would like.
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2 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|
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Any additional cleaning services $45.00
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