What a fine little park, smack dab in the middle of New Orleans. The French Quarter is indeed but a few blocks and they do give you a ride to and from the main street; for your walk to begin. The owners and staff were great, we really enjoyed visiting with them. As I read through some older posts, I see very few complaints. It's hard to beat an oasis in the concrete jungle! I do have a suggestion or two. Lower the temp on the hot tub 2 or 3 degrees. Maybe, the last hour of the day the pool and spa could be adults only? Make the laundry room a "dry feet" zone, and yes, some barrels of flowers and plants would make this place more beautiful. And while I'm dreaming, how about an on call masseuse. But then, our rating system would have to go to at least a 12, in order to rate this park. In my opinion these fine folks will have recycling on board as soon as the City of New Orleans gets it's recycle program back on track from Katrina. Go visit, the city needs our support! The park still feels new, and the amenities were greatly appreciated by us. We have already made our reservation for Mardi Gras 09.
This is without a doubt the friendliest casino I have ever visited. It's about 2 miles off U.S. 90, but completely big rig friendly. Sites are big back-ins with convenient hook ups. As soon as your motor is off the shuttle shows up and takes you to RV registration, there you fill out a comment card which reduces your $25 nightly rate to $10. The shuttle takes you back to your coach where a gentleman unlocks your hookups. We were told to come back to get our "players" card by six so we would be in the drawing for six $1000 gas cards and other cash prizes. Well, unfortunately we did not win. But we were given 2 free tickets to a buffet dinner with a six piece band and dancing. Very cool, and very unexpected! On the down side: no restrooms in the lot, no showers, no pool, no Jacuzzi. Probably not a great spot for children (nothing to do), there really wasn't a dog run, but there was plenty of space. There were trash receptacles, but alas, no recycle. Just behind where we stayed, the casino was building several more pull through sites, so perhaps they will be ready by fall. We both enjoyed our stay and would visit again.
Fortunately we had read that it was OK to rent 2 spots which allowed us to fit in the space without sticking out into the driveway and allowed us to open our slides. These are really built for 5th wheels and trailers with the other vehicle parked in the next lane of auto parking. Otherwise the place was very nice. We as RV guests had the same privileges as hotel guests. These included a great pool with water slide, and a very comfortable hot tub. Also the sauna in both men's and women's showers was a great treat, along with the full compliment of fresh towels and toiletries. We had a lovely dinner at the steak house located within the hotel, not only great food, but the leftover's lasted for two more meals. Now, if the slots in the riverboats had just been loose. There was no trash receptacles or recycling available to the RV sites. All in all, it's a great easy on easy off spot to spend a night or two. If the electric spots are full or you don't want to squeeze in, there was plenty of dry camping space.
This could be a great little park if. The owners were on site a bit more often. The office was dingy and cluttered, the staff was grumpy, I think he said the laundry was being worked on and was closed. I never went over to that area as it was next to the long term sites with rough looking locals. I did not see any restrooms. They may have had a pool behind a tall solid fence, all you could hear was what I thought was the pool equipment, but my husband thought it was the aeration equipment for the stocked FISHING pond. The pond even has a bridge to the "island" with a tree covered relaxing/fishing area. Yep, like I said this place could be great! Only the pull throughs were big enough for our 40' coach, the office person assigned us a back in but there was no way we would fit. Even with the pull through we had to park our Jeep across the park road next to the pond. These spaces were quite narrow as well. The towns people we met were great, we ran into Bubba and his buddies and found out all the important who, what and where stuff about the area and he turned us on to a great restaurant, The Tidewater. We ended up liking San Leon and stayed an extra night. This park is the best in the area, and with just a bit of work it could be quite nice. I would stay here again. No recycle available. Shame on Texas!
When I told my husband I was giving this place a 2, he looked at me strangely and said, "But I thought you liked it here?" "I do, I do," I said. "I'm just worried there won't be anymore room when we come here again." We did enjoy this park. It's water front, has great views, beautiful landscaping, and good flat sites. Has a nice laundry, plus friendly long timers and staff. Everyone here was having a good time. We did not use the pool, it seemed to be a children zone from early to late. We did use the spa one night and it was so clean it bleached my suit. When I inquired where the recycle trash was, I was told there was no official recycle program. But, one employee lived where they recycled paper and cardboard, so she took it all home and put it out to be disposed of properly. A+ for this person. Maybe a raise? The road coming in is paved and residential. Very narrow for a 40' bus, but the neighbors were tolerant. I gave this park a 9, one point off for unsupervised children in the pool and riding motor bikes, endangering themselves.
We opted for a spot on the end of the road with only 30 amp electricity, but a much better view than the pull throughs in the middle with 50 amp service. After heading in, rather than backing in, we were able to maximize our view of the shipping channel. Lovely! We were snuggled in between 2 of the many 6 month residences, a pie shape site, with big back yard. Only 1 of those was being used and it was a family who lived a few miles away (weekend place). So it seems that if you get a site and like it, you can improve it. Some of these sites are very, very nice, and some are over grown with stickers and weeds. It did feel to us that the employees were "typical civil servants" i.e. they get paid if they do a good job or not and they can't be fired. This is a great place, like camping in a State or Federal Park: without the Hosts. Isla Blanca Park could be a resort, with the right management. We were dismayed to find no recycling in the park. We were told there used to be, but "they" took them away. We inquired about a spot on the island we could go. Not here! One must take one's recycle over the bridge, and a few blocks more to behind the fire station. We did. So I have to give this lovely location a 7. Two points down for lack of maintenance, & one big point down for failing the recycle awareness responsibility test. Our Internet In Motion worked great!
This is a really well located park for sightseeing, and getting around. The bus at the gate makes it easy to get to the wonderful River Walk and downtown. The place is large and sites are ample, lovely trees, and the maintenance/landscape crew had a project nearly everyday. Although we only used the laundry facilities, while enjoying the spa, both were clean and worked very well. The view of the golf course is mostly obscured by the unkempt brush on the fencing, that view could be lovely. The Wi-Fi is available, but was the pay for service variety, geared more for the long term guests. Our on board internet service worked very well. This is a nice quiet park to use as home base for getting to know San Antonio. It saddened me that no recycling was available, it seems they used to do it, but no one seemed to know.
Wonderful small park. The new owners are great, live here, hands on with a smile. Our site backed up to the edge of the park, with only the lighted walking/bicycle path, between us and the Pecos River. The park has big shade trees, lots of grass, flat gravel parking, Wi-Fi worked great, kitty friendly, and everything worked. I would guess half the sites were long term visitors, we would have stayed longer but our site was reserved. If we find ourselves back in this area we would definitely come back. There was, unfortunately, no recycling available on the park grounds. We did find a yard with dumpsters just across the rail road tracks. They took cardboard, and plastic, but not glass. Oh yes: there are local trains across the river so there is some noise.