I booked a room on a discount site, paying about $90. When I checked in, I did as I always do and try to be charming to the staff, hoping for a better room (hotels always have "good" rooms and "bad" rooms within the same grade). Since this hotel looks over the harbor, I asked if, it wasn't any trouble, could she give me a room with a nice view. She didn't look up, and said "I'll see what I can do". When I got to my room, I realized that it had the worst view of any in the hotel; farthest from the water, overlooking the restaurant next door. If they didn't have better, that is fine, I didn't come to look out the window anyway. But a maid told me they weren't sold out so I don't know why I got that room. Also note that almost never is there anyone at the desk when you come in. You have to call out to someone in the back.
The room itself is very nice. The bedding is excellent. My room is very clean and appears freshly painted. The sitting area is nice as well. The room layout could be better. The bed is between the tv and the sitting area, so if one wants to sleep while another watches tv, the tv will be a distraction to the sleeper. Adding to that is the chair is right next to the air conditioner, requiring a higher volume. It is bigger than your average hotel room as well.
Outside of the room, you get nothing else other than the usual toiletries and coffee. There isn't even a notepad, or a magazine of local attractions. They shouldn't claim to offer breakfast. There were some danishes, and other bread items. there were a few yogurt cups in the tray of ice water, along with some small juice bottles, which had been placed in there warm as the top part was warm and the bottom slightly chilled. There are no tables, but a couple of sofas and chairs are there. most people took stuff back to their rooms. no cereal, no steam table, nothing. i tried to eat a danish but it wasn't good, so I went to McDonalds. There was only one "regular" coffee carafe, which apparantly had been taken to be refilled just prior to my arrival.
The location is great if you plan to stay on the Strand. If you are going for the beach I'd stay elsewhere.
Another thing: they have such low wattage bulbs that it is impossible to read a book at night. Also the A.C. shuts itself off somehow, so when you come in after a day in the hot sun, you come in to a cold room (lights shut off automatically too).
At the price I paid, I'm happy. But if I'd paid $150 or so I'd feel like I didn't get my money's worth. There is nothing "boutique" about the hotel. It is just a nice room without any other amenities. Oh, and when management reads this, know that the faux wood floor in the sink area of room 228 has a loose tile. it sticks to my foot and pulls up then flops back in place. Are they rubber?
One other thing to offer: Room numbers that are even face west, odd to the east. 28 is the highest ending number on second floor, its farthest from the water. So obviously 200 would be the closest.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Harbor House Hotel resides in Galveston Wharf overlooking Galveston Bay. The Harbor House amenities feature spacious guest rooms with scenic harbor views, free Wi-Fi Internet access as well as complimentary breakfast. All Guest rooms are designed to reflect a relaxed ambiance, embellished with nautical-style furnishings and wooden floors. Enjoy nearby attractions, such as the Texas Seaport Museum, The Tall Ship Elissa, and The Great Storm Theater. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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