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“Pleasant by the Sea” 4 of 5 stars
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Hilton Galveston Island Resort
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   5400 Seawall Boulevard, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77551   |  
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North London UK
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37 hotel reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
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“Pleasant by the Sea”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

On first impression was a little concerned about this hotel, with it's out side poor and bar which were both busy we thought we'd selected a party type hotel, however it proved during our stay not to be the case. We weren't disturbed at all by other guests, or by parties, or drunks.

The actual hotel itself was fine, maybe not quite up to the top Hilton standard but no complaints, room was clean, staff were friendly and helpful. We didn't eat or drink in the hotel can't comment on that side. We also got a nice sea view from our room which was great.

Location as many have stated is excellent on the seawall but more to the quieter end. It was an easy drive to most attractions, but like most of the USA a car is a necessity to get around.

Room Tip: Breakfast options are limited the only place in walking distance of the Hilton is an IHOP which is p...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Mike P, General Manager at Hilton Galveston Island Resort, responded to this review, November 20, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to post your comments on your stay with us. We value your opinions of our establishment and hope that you will return soon. Again I appreciate you sharing your review.
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  • Value
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Sugar Land, Texas
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22 hotel reviews
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

we expected much more from a Hilton. We are Hilton Honors members so we only stay at Hilton brand or affiliated hotels. Sad to say, but the Embassy Suite and Hampton Inns that we have stayed at are more comfortable than this Hilton.

Location is great, rooms are clean and comfortable but not exceptional. The room we got had lousy views.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Mike P, General Manager at Hilton Galveston Island Resort, responded to this review, November 16, 2012
Thank you for your posting to Trip Advisor. We take your comments to heart so that we may improve our facility. We appreciate your business.
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Beaumont, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

This is definitely NOT what you expect from a Hilton property. While the rooms are sanitary, the do not feel clean. I cannot explain it exactly, other than you always feel grimy when staying here. If other guests get out of hand (read: drunk), front desk simply says that "Galveston is for fun!" Beds are not really comfortable and seem to be well past their replacement date. It's an okay place, but look for somewhere else first.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Mike P, General Manager at Hilton Galveston Island Resort, responded to this review, November 14, 2012
Thank you for your comments of the Hilton. we appreciate your views of our property and they will be shared with the staff.
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Multiple stays at this hotel have always yielded the same results. Less expensive than the neighboring San Louis with better rooms and a 100% professional staff. Located on the seawall with great views, swim-up bar, friendly and confrotable lobby bar, and an above average "hotel" dining room. A small mistake in reservations resulted in an upgrade for entire party. Ask for Sybill in the dining room and don't miss Shelly in the lobby bar. If you wish to stay on the seawall as opposed to the Strand, we strongly recommend this hotel. If you prefer "the strand", try the Harbor House on the pier (particularly if you are booked on a cruise out of Galveston).

Room Tip: High in the tower provided excellent view. The older wing has balcony rooms. We selected the tower...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Mike P, General Manager at Hilton Galveston Island Resort, responded to this review, November 7, 2012
Thank you for thanking the time to post your views of your stay at our property. i will share your comments with staff to improve our operations. Again, i appreciate your bssiness and hope to see you for future stays!
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San Antonio, TX
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

This hotel while getting older is still Hilton quality. We had a room on the top floor and the view overlooking the Gulf was spectacular. Beds are comfortable and room was very clean. It still bothers me that Wifi is an extra charge. No breakfast offering but the IHOP next door is outstanding!

Room Tip: Choose the top floor and get the Gulf View!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Mike P, General Manager at Hilton Galveston Island Resort, responded to this review, November 7, 2012
I personally appreciate yor feedback about your stay at the Hilton Galveston. Your comments as well as others are very valuable to our operation. Please consider us for future stays.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

This hotel is probably better for families than a couple looking to get away or a business traveler. The hotel was clean but dated and a bit musty. There is a nice pool with swim up bar and its located on the seawall for easy access to the beach. Next door to one side is the convention center, and restaurants to the other. The San Luis Resort is also nearby.

My room was on the sixth floor in what appeared to be an older section. The room was spacious enough and had all the amenities you would expect from a Hilton (and a view of the ocean), but the a/c struggled with bouts of freezing cold, followed by a hot room, until the a/c kicked back on. This problem may have been remedied if the thermostat was in proper working order, but I think it was just the way the a/c worked.

The staff was very helpful and friendly and would do well to offer free wifi in rooms to all customers. I was too lowly of a Hilton Honors member to be entitled to such service, but so many hotels offer it for free it astounds me that Hilton doesn't. Even the lower brand hotels in the Hilton chain offer free wifi.

If you stay here, there is a grocery store on the opposite side of the convention center so you're within walking distance of snacks/pharmacy/starbucks. You're also within walking distance of many of the newer restaurants on the seawall.

Room Tip: Ask for a room facing the beach or you'll be looking at a parking lot.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mike P, General Manager at Hilton Galveston Island Resort, responded to this review, October 31, 2012
I appreciate your candid review of our property. Your comments willl be passed on to our staff as well as our home office. It's individuals like yourself sharing your views of your stay that will make us a better operation. Please accept my appreciation for staying with us at the Hilton.
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Oak Park, Illinois
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

I stayed in this hotel for two nights while traveling on business. Here are the pros. It is right across from the Galveston Convention Center which made it a great choice for me. It was clean and friendly.My room had a very pretty view of the Gulf. Here are the cons. The morning breakfast was not very good and not very organized. The walls are thin. I was able to hear the tv and laughter from the room next door to me.
Overall the hotel is average and affordable.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Mike P, General Manager at Hilton Galveston Island Resort, responded to this review, October 31, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to posts your review of your stay at the Hilton Galveston. Please be aware that we take your comments very important and will share them with our staff to make improvements. Thank you again for choosing us while in Galveston.
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Address: 5400 Seawall Boulevard, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77551
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Location: United States > Texas > Texas Gulf Coast > Galveston Island > Galveston
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Galveston
#8 Business Hotel in Galveston
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Galveston
#11 Family Hotel in Galveston
#12 Romantic Hotel in Galveston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hilton Galveston Island Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 240
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Unwind at Hilton Galveston Island Resort and enjoy a premier oceanfront location overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Situated on the historic Seawall Boulevard at the 32-acre San Luis Resort, this Galveston hotel is within close walking distance of the beach, fishing piers, shopping and restaurants. Relax in a cozy guest room with elegant, ocean-inspired decor and marvel at breathtaking sea views form a private balcony, or choose a suite with separate living space. ... more   less 
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