ROBSTOWN - A group called Robstown Enterprises, Inc owns the hotel in Robstown being sued by the Texas Attorney General's office for price gouge allegations.
The property owner and president of that company is a man named Samir Patel, according to deed of trust records on file with the Nueces County Clerk's Office. Patel purchased the hotel property Jan. 4th. Even though he's listed as the new owner, a former business partner told 6 Investigates Patel has managed the property for years.
Patel could not be reached Tuesday for comment.
Despite the price gouging allegations and the hotel's loss of affiliation with the Best Western chain, business appeared to continue as usual on Tuesday. Out front, hotel guest Robert Lemos loaded his luggage onto a hotel cart. He isn't worried about the allegations of the recent price gouge. Lemos is relieved to have found a hotel that would accept his FEMA voucher. Other hotels in the area had a lengthy wait list, he said.
"They didn't tell me how much they're charging and I don't really care," he said. "The government is footing the bill, at this point."
Lemos, of Portland, has been living in hotels since Hurricane Harvey flooded his Portland apartment. He's been unable to return home because of the damage.