Where to Stay We have been wanting a true Texas lake experience since we moved here and we finally were able to make it happen. We snagged a deal at La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa on Lake Conroe (about an hour north of Houston) and set out for some family fun.
I spent the entire four days there thinking to myself "how exactly do I describe this place?" because it was a bit of a mixed bag. What it comes down to is that the resort has very little curb appeal and it takes some effort to look past that and see that it does, however, offer a convenient, comfortable and fun place to take a family vacation. I think I would have been disappointed had we paid full price, but we took advantage of their "kids stay and eat free" on the weekdays promotion and paid half the normal rate. At that rate, I feel like we got more than our money's worth.
The resort looks beautiful on the website, but lacks sparkle in real life. It has "good bones" with a golf course, tennis court, mini-golf, a modern fitness center (with racket ball), a full service spa, several restaurants, multiple pools, a lazy river, water slides and direct access to the lake ALL on property. Yet, everything except the spa and fitness center (which looked great!) feels dated to the 70s, the golf course cabins look like army barracks and the grounds need more landscaping and imagination to make you feel like you are really someplace special.
That being said, the interior of the golf cabins were perfectly nice and HUGE with two separate bedrooms, two full baths and a living room with TV, couch, dining table and fridge. Not all golf cabins are on the golf course, so some of them look out onto the beautiful golf course and some simply look onto another cabin's back door, which is a big difference! Also, it is about a 10 minute walk to the restaurant and pool from the golf cabins.
TIP: If you are going to stay in the golf cabins to take advantage of the space, make sure to request a cabin that is actually ON the golf course.
Of the 800+ reviews on TripAdvisor, 64% of reviewers rated the resort as excellent or very good while 20% of reviewers rated the resort as poor or terrible. The most complaints center around poor service. We actually experienced decent service on all fronts, from room service to table service to help at the kid's center to golf cart rides on demand by text, but it is clearly not a service oriented resort. I set off on our trip thinking that maybe I had discovered a luxury resort on the lake for a great price, but in reality it was not a luxury resort but still a fun and comfortable place to spend a few days on the lake at a decent price.
Where to Eat We enjoyed the buffet breakfast every morning (the kids ate free!) and one dinner at Restaurant 157. We did not get to try the sushi place or the upscale dining restaurant on-site. We went off property for dinner the other two nights to Fajita Jacks, which had an outdoor patio right on the water.
Things to Do The kids had fun playing on the sandy beach and the water playground, and swimming in the pools and lazy river. There is even a kids cabin with games, movies, a Wii and art supplies that we had a nice time hanging out at on a rainy morning.
Renting a boat was an absolute MUST for us on this trip and it was the highlight of the trip without a doubt! We rented from Nauti Dayz with no trouble and would definitely go back there next time.