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“A Condo With a Beautiful View” 5 of 5 stars
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The Galvestonian
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   1401 East Beach Drive, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550   |  
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“A Condo With a Beautiful View”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2011

My husband and three grandchildren recently stayed at this establishment. This is our third summer to stay at this facility with our family. This is a condo association-not a hotel. A two night minimum is required.
Each condo is decorated by the individual owners. Therefore, you might rent an updated condo or one that is 80's or early 90's style. The grounds are beautiful. The pool is large and very nice. Unlike other hotels in Galveston, you do not have to cross a street to go to the beach. The Galvestonian has a boardwalk that goes directly to the beach. All condos have a balcony that has a beautiful beach view. If you are looking for a quiet, peaceful rental, this is the place for you. You will need a car for sights and restaurants. There are no restaurants within walking distance. The beach is very clean at this location. A tractor cleans up any sea weed that might accumulate. This is a wonderful place that we plan to return to every year.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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forney, texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2011 via mobile

This place is great. My family had a great time. The beach is clean, the pool is awesome. The rooms are clean and comfy. I really appreciated they have buggies in the lobby so you can get all your groceries up in one trip. I can't think of anything negative to say about this place. Thumbs up to the Galvestonian!!

  • Stayed June 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2011

Enjoyed our 4 day stay here. We stayed in a 1 BR condo. Very clean and comfortable. You just can't beat the ocean view and the the beach was not crowded at all which kind of surprised me since school is out and the beaches up and down the seawall seemed pretty packed. Everything here was clean and well taken care of. Be aware though that wi-fi in the rooms is pretty spotty so more than likely you will have to go to the lobby for this. But your not coming here to sit and look at a computer right?? We will definitely stay here on our next trip to Galveston.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2011

The Galvestonian will definitely be on our vacation list again. It was clean, updated and had all the amenities Moms and kids could enjoy. The private beach was clean and safe. The pool was also clean and big enough for everyone to enjoy. Best part was the helpful staff. They recommended a place to eat and that had great food, local flavor and reasonable prices. A must stay!

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  • Stayed April 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2011

The Galvestonian's beachfront location made it easy for us to go back and forth to the beach without having to pack up the car and drag around our sandy belongings. The lobby is beautiful and the particular unit we stayed in was very pretty and had all the things we needed. We opted to grocery shop and stay in for most meals - since the kids would tire themselves out at the beach all day.

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  • Stayed March 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2011

My husband and I needed to go to Houston for a couple of nights but after that wanted to get out of the big city. After talking to my Texas living brother and doing some research we decided that Galveston would suit us very well for a beach holiday. Galveston is easily accessible from Houston; just a pretty direct one hour drive away. We stayed at the Galvestonian and it could not have been better. Here's why we chose it and why it was so great. Most importantly, IT'S RIGHT ON THE BEACH!!! Most of the popular gulf waterfront areas on the island require that you cross the very busy seawall blvd. to get to the water. Who wants that! The Galvestonian is at a more secluded end of the island (we love our peace and quiet!), yet only a couple minutes drive to lots of restaurants and attractions. All of the units have balconies with gulf views; this is the most important factor for me to have a large unobstructed view of water. However, I did notice that some of the units on one end had balconies where one could also view the sunset which would have been nice. The units are all privately owned so the decor depends on the owner but ours, a small one bedroom (405) was fantastic, beautifully appointed and everything we needed in the kitchen and VERY CLEAN. There is a great pool and also a fitness room, bikes to borrow, tennis courts, and dining areas that you can reserve on the grounds with barbeques. The lobby is airy and beautifully decorated; casually elegant I would say. Kudos to the decorator.
As far as the beach goes, it may not be white sand but nonetheless at the Galvestonian it is a perfect beach. There was a little bit of seaweed at the water's edge but it was soft enough to walk on. We generally don't swim and didn't here so I cannot comment on that but the beach is EXPANSIVE and you can walk for miles. We were there in April and saw very few people on the beach. But most of the time we were happy to view the beach and water from above happily viewing the beautiful scenery from our balcony. The staff were friendly and very attentive. The lobby printer was out of order and the front desk offered to print my boarding passes for me. All in all, a great alternative to the Florida beach scene. Oh, and if you go you MUST dine at Rudy and Paco's. I had the creamy poblamo soup and the jumbo crab cake and my husband the plaintain encrusted red snapper. and we are still dreaming about it. We shared their famous bread pudding. Fabulous!!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2010

We have stayed at the Galvestonian at least 5 times. And the staff has always been amazing. I believe that the condos are all individually maintained so can't speak for all of the units. But everyone we have stayed in was very nice. We have stayed in the small 1 bedrooms and the 3 bedroom, 3 bath.
There isn't one bad thing that I can think of to say. The service is wonderful and the amentities are too. It's so nice to be on a quiet area of the beach with my family and kids. there is a gianormous new building next door and we wouldn't stay there is you paid us (well... ;) )

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 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: 1401 East Beach Drive, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550
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Location: United States > Texas > Texas Gulf Coast > Galveston Island > Galveston
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Galveston
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Galveston
#1 Family Hotel in Galveston
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Galveston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Galvestonian 3*
Number of rooms: 97
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Galvestonian is designed for pleasure and relaxation. For outdoor fun, the large heated swimming pool, which features a hot-tub Jacuzzi, is elevated on a deck which runs almost the entire length of the building. This affords the privacy you deserve, plus a spectacular view of the Gulf of Mexico. The spacious poolside cabana is quiet, shaded area for enjoying pool side refreshments. For tennis buffs, there are two lighted courts. And, of course, there are miles of beach a few steps down from the pool deck. You can stroll along the water's edge, build sand castles or simply relax on the sand and let the sun's golden rays warm your body.East Beach is the most exclusive beach in Texas. Only 50 minutes from Hobby Airport and only three minutes from downtown Galveston. East Beach is a hideaway which will allow you to escape life's pressures. ... more   less 
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