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“Comfort, Beauty and History make for the Best stay on the Island” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Victorian Inn

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The Victorian Inn
511 17th Street, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550   |  
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Ranked #3 of 12 Galveston B&B and Inns
Houston, Texas
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Comfort, Beauty and History make for the Best stay on the Island”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

I was introduced to the Victorian Inn and Marcy about three years ago and I keep returning each year. It is hard to add to all the excellent reviews to date and I completely agree with them. Marcy, the hostess, is a friendly, caring and very interesting lady. Be sure to ask about her adventures after Hurricane Ike! Her breakfasts are served buffet style and are delicious. One of my main criteria about a B&B or a hotel is cleanliness. This house is pristine and beautifully decorated. In addition to the spacious rooms, it is relaxing to sit in the living room,enjoy a board game, read a book or look at all the beautiful antiques. I also love a good porch and this inn has a spacious one and is truely a joy on a good weather day. There is a wide variety of rooms that accomodate any need. This Inn is a true survivor of the Island and is one of the few structures that still remains on the island that survived the 1900 Hurricane, so if you are interested in the island or hurricane history, this is worth a tour. Marcy also has a survivor, of sorts, from Hurricane Ike in the form of a beautiful angel in the garden. It was carved from an oak tree that did not survive the storm. It is one of several such carvings that can be toured on foot from the Inn. I highly recommend staying at the Victorian Inn and know you will not be disappointed. When you go, tell Marcy hello for me and I'll be seeing her soon!

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Houston
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6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

I'm not big on B & B's but this was a wonderful, elegant place for our weekend visit to the Island. The building structure is over 100 years old and in perfect repair with beautiful furniture and period antiques yet it was quiet and comfortable as opposed to other B & B's where I have stayed. Tree carvings and bunny rabbits are found in the garden and sitting on the veranda with a glass of wine was a perfect "unwind". It is conveniently located walking distance to the strand. Marcy is a perfect hostess and a very interesting person. Her food was awesome, fresh seasonal fruit, homemade fig preserves, warm ginger bread, eggs benedict, yogurt, granola i.e., something for everyone's palate. I would definitely return.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Austin, Texas, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013 via mobile

B&Bs are our preferred lodging when we travel so we have a lot of experience with these across the country. We just stayed at the Victorian Inn in Galveston for a medical school reunion in Galveston. The mansion is one block over from where I lived as a medical student in Galveston. This is truly a very special place. The owner/manager Marcy Hanson is totally dedicated to her home and B&B. The mansion is one of the best that we have stayed at. The room was large, quiet, comfortable, and impeccably decorated to the Victorian and historic times in Galveston. Marcy will give you a tour and terrific history of the house. Being a Galveston native and long time resident of Galveston, she will give you some great history of the city and recommendations of what to do and the local's restaurants. This really adds a great touch to the stay. She maintains a rabbit rescue and you can walk around among them which is a real treat. When staying here you can take a nice walk through the historic home district and you are in very close proximity to the Strand historic area. Marcy is a terrific chef and her breakfast is one of the best that we have had at a B&B. Marcy is really fun to talk with. I can't recommend another place more highly. I only wish we could have spent more time there. Please feel free to contact me if I can help you with your stay in Galveston.

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

An exquisite place to stay – we spend a lot of time on the big porch when we visit..
Marcy is the perfect hostess – and makes killer breakfasts. All rooms are great –
The Inn is within walking distance to the Original Mexican Inn, the Sunflower Bakery, the Strand, and the Seawall (less than a mile away).

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  • Stayed February 2013, 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
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Mansfield, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

My husband and I stayed here for our 6th anniversary on a weekend trip to the island. The Victorian Inn is a gorgeous historic home full of original fireplaces, floors and carved wood work plus added antiques and furnishings yet it is warm and comfortable.

We stayed in Laura's room which was full of charm and quite nice. The bed was soft and comfy and the room was suprisingly large. In the main bedroom was a king size bed and a table and chairs for games or snacks. There is a day bedroom off to one side with a twin bed in it as well. Like most historic homes of the time, to get to your private patio you walk out the window! The windows are floor to ceiling and slide up to allow you access to a small covered patio. The shared bath was dated pink tile but it fits in the home and was spotless clean and well furnished should you have forgotten something.

The Inn's location is perfect walking distance(1/4-1 mile) from many resturaunts, shops and attractions and it was a very easy drive to the seawall and beach as well. We walked to The Original Mexican Inn, The Mosquito Cafe, The Strand, the Tall Ship Elissa, the Ocean Star Drilling Rig and Museum, Starbucks, The Bishop's Palace and more!

Marcy was a great hostess who is very familiar with the area and has many recommendations on things to do and places to eat. She also cooks an excellent breakfast including fabulous homemade fig preserves and blueberry jam!

The price of the Victorian is on par with many local hotels which are far shadier looking and not nearly as high of quality.

We will certainly stay here again in the future!

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Lewisville, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2012

We stayed here prior to a cruise last year and it was just a little piece of heaven.
Our check in was quick and painless, the room was so cute!
Breakfast was included and it was very tasty with lots of different options to choose from.
We were able to leave our car parked for the week while on the cruise, which was an added bonus. It wasn't too far away for us to just walk back from the ship upon debarkation.

Will definitely stay here again and highly recommend to others staying in the area :)

Room Tip: There isn't a bad room here ;)
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  • Stayed July 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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Pointblank, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2012

Four friends really enjoyed our weekend at this bed and breakfast. It is a beautiful house with a beautiful hostess. We had the third floor suite, 2 bedrooms, private bathroom and living room. This is the only suite on this floor. It is a long climb, but worth it. The house has quite a history surviving two major hurricanes and you could never tell. The bunny sancuary was so cool. Hats off to Marcy for taking them in and giving them a permanent home. Breakfast was outstanding, Marcy made a quiche that was kind of biscuits and gravey on the bottom and a wonderul egg custard on top. I definately will go back and would recommend this place to everyone. It was such a welcoming and homey place and close to the beach and the Strand. Our bed just was so comfortable, it seemed to embrace you.

Room Tip: If you have more than two people, take the climb you will enjoy the 3rd floor suite, very private.
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  • Stayed April 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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Address: 511 17th Street, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550
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Location: United States > Texas > Texas Gulf Coast > Galveston Island > Galveston
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
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Ranked #3 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Galveston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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The Victorian Hotel Galveston

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