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Harbor House
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Pier 21, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550   |  
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Ranked #8 of 49 hotels in Galveston
Leicester, England
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“Great Views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

Excellent location at Pier 21 with great harbour views from our room. Good choice of restaurants in walking distance and plenty of interesting locations in the "Strand" historic area close by.
No complaints and would happily visit again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

Would definitely stay here again. Great location for strand shopping. Parking a little crowded but okay. Hotel staff very friendly and helpful. Good restaurants within walking distance. Nice area to sit outside and view harbor.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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WyndhamGalveston, Guest Relations Manager at Harbor House, responded to this review, October 29, 2012
Dear Guest,
Thanks for the positive feedback. We look forward to your next visit.
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Malakoff, Texas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

For the price this should have been better. The upholstery on sofa was too dirty to sit on. The pillow shams looked as if they had never been washed. Black hand prints on all door facings. Microwave door handle to nasty to touch. Long black hair on bathroom floor 2 days in a row.Front lobby was messy with old newspapers,flyers etc.I've paid $8.00 USD in SE Asia,India,Nepal for better places than this.Beware if you are driving parking is $10.00 USD per night on top of room rate. The sheets appeared to be clean and mattress was comfortable.The carpet dirty and had holes in it. Was this just the end of long hard summer season? I don't know but I won't be back to find out.

Room Tip: If you choose stay here ask for a room with a view of the bay.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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WyndhamGalveston, Guest Relations Manager at Harbor House, responded to this review, October 3, 2012
Dear Guest,
I am sorry your experience was not what it should have been. We take cleanliness very seriously and apologize your room did not meet our normally high standards. Please give us another try when you return to the area.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012 via mobile

I stayed for 2 nights. Wanted a hotel overlooking the harbor so this is perfect for that. Saw ships docked and going in/out of harbor. Several good seafood restaurants nearby. The "Strand" historic/shopping area very near too. Parking is in private lot, but costs $10 per night. Room clean and well stocked w/towels, shampoo, etc. No extra amenities - pool, exercise room, etc. These services avail. at partner hotels in town, however.Breakfast is pretty basic "continental breakfast". Seems a little sparse for the rate paid. If you like to eat "healthy", plan on bringing your own. Coffee was pretty good. The "jet boat" ride - next to hotel was great fun.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

We have stayed at The Harbor House on a few occasions as well as had friends stay there while visiting us at our Galveston home. The hotel has a great location...its 2 blocks from The Strand and positioned along restaurant row along the Harborside. The lobby is all but nonexistant and only has a small one person check in desk. This creates a problem during peak checkin/out times.
The hotel only has appx 40 rooms so they book up fast. The room are good size and comfortable. It has no pool or its own restaurant. Thats not an issue because you are surrounded by many nice places to eat including one thats in the same building. The hotel is sister properties with The Tremont and The Galvez, so you are welcome to use the pool and spa at the Galvez.
The main set back to this hotel is the price...sure you can get some off day rates at less than $100.00 but more often than not the price is the same as The Tremont...let me tell you The Tremont this place is not...

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

I stayed 4 days/3 nights...right next to harbor with excellent restaurants close by...price was excellent..I stayed at the beginning of the off season Sept 9 to Sept 12 , 2012....
no swimming pool , but a nice beach close by...a lot of shops on the strand...
value wise , you cannot beat it.....staff was excellent as were the rooms.....

Room Tip: the odd number rooms face east up the ship channel to bay , even number , west ...all are excellent...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cottonwood Falls, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

We stayed here the night before crusing on the Carnival Magic. It was a very nice hotel. The hotel receptionist was nice and helpful. I loved the decorations in the hotel room and it was clean. The hotel is right downtown next to the area called The Strand. Parking was a little hard to find, but once we found it, it worked smoothly. We checked in and then went walking in the downtown area, had a wonderful evening shopping and eating. The next morning, we were able to see our Cruise Ship docking at the port. Check out was easy and we were just a couple of blocks from our park and cruise spot. I would defintely recommend staying there, especially if you are needing a place the night before you cruise. They will also let you park there for the cruise, I think it is a little cheaper then what we paid, however we had reservations at another spot. But we will remember that for next time.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Harbor House

Address: Pier 21, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550
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Location: United States > Texas > Texas Gulf Coast > Galveston Island > Galveston
Amenities:
Free Breakfast
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Galveston
#10 Family Hotel in Galveston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Harbor House 2.5*
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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