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The Galvestonian
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   1401 East Beach Drive, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550   |  
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Ranked #1 of 49 Hotels in Galveston
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11 hotel reviews
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“Very nice stay!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

This place is a little pricey, but there is not much choice in Galvestion to stay directly on the beach. The Galvestonian is a really nice property with a heated pool, and walking access to the beach. We went in March so it was still a little chilly. The kids (12 and 10) loved the pool and hot tub. We walked out on the beach every day, and found a few shells. Condo is great, because you can shop for groceries at the nearby store (Arlans), and cook your meals there- so you do save on not eating out. All rooms have a few! You do not have to bring your beach towels- they are provided by the Galvestonian. They also have coffee in the lobby, as well as computer/ wi fi in the rooms.

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Gregory C, General Manager at The Galvestonian, responded to this review, April 11, 2013
Hi 8lizB,

Thank you for choosing the Galvestonian for your spring break vacation. We are glad to know that your family enjoyed their stay and thank you for the nice comment about our pool and spa. Many of our guests tell us that we have the best pool in Galveston. We maintain our pool at 86 degrees during the cooler spring, fall, and winter months. And you are right, "you do save on not eating out". Condos with full kitchens do indeed save families money on their vacations. We hope that you and your family return soon for another visit. Please feel free to visit our website for special spring value packages.

Best regards,
Greg Clark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

I should have written a review sooner since we stayed last August, but I am writing it now based on a recent review I read on Trip Advisor. We LOVED the Galvestonian! The previous reviewer was talking about the pool and that they don't allow pool toys. I understand how he must have been frustrated about that since he was there with his young children; I would have felt the same way. But; as a parent with older teen children, this was a huge positive for us. It was wonderful that the staff cared about us and stopped three boys from throwing a ball and splashing everyone. It was great to have some relaxing pool time. We also loved it that they didn't allow children in the hot tub. I guess it is all in what you need as a traveler,so I wanted to show the opposite viewpoint. We found the staff to be very friendly and helpful. They were eager to give us ideas on where to eat, and other island info. The condo itself is extremely well maintained. It's really hard to believe that it was built in the 70's. If you are looking for a place without the seawall, easy access to town, a great beach, large rooms with kitchens, and great pool and hot tub, this is for you. Look at the pictures, call and ask questions about the rooms, and you won't be disappointed. I don't want to stay anywhere else in Galveston. Lastly, the rooms are very quiet, we never heard any of our neighbors at all.

Room Tip: All rooms face the ocean, but of course the views are better higher up. They have small one bedroom...
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  • Stayed August 2012, 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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Gregory C, General Manager at The Galvestonian, responded to this review, April 5, 2013
Hi Crunz3,

We appreciate your recent review! We are happy you found your condo to be quiet and well maintained. I saw you mentioned the fully equipped kitchen in the condo. The full kitchen does make it easy for families who do not want to eat out for every meal. Though, there are plenty of great restaurants just a few minutes away. Our beach access being “Right on the Beach” and views of the Gulf from every Condo we have does make us unique. We look forward to seeing you back at the Galvestonian in the near future.

Greg Clark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

We stayed at the Galvestonian the week of March 25th, 2013. Tim Lopas was very accommodating the first time we came and explored our options of staying for a week somewhere on Galveston Island. He personally showed us a couple of units of different style to help us make a decision for our 3 teens. Although the prices seem to be expensive, you have to weigh the options of going out to eat -vs- buying food from Walmart down the road and cooking in your own kitchenette. It is a no brainer especially with 3 growing teens. Although our weather was very cool (mid 50's to low 60's) with a very stiff wind, it was very refreshing coming from Minnesota. Our family might make the drive to Galveston again in August after the kids sport's wind down and right before school starts in early September. There is plenty to do for kids like playing tennis, biking, basketball etc. Of course you have the heated pool and hot tub. They have a very nice grilling area where i cooked burgers and hot dogs a couple of times. Hoping to see a rattle snake next time we come down!

Thanks again Tim for making our trip fun as we did lots of activities on the side as well (ghost tour, Moody Mansion, Pleasure Pier just to name a few). Lots of great places to eat out at as well.

Brent Z. from Minnesota

P.S. Tim. I have your business card and if it works out we might come back down in August. I will be in touch as we get closer.

Room Tip: Apparently you can look online at the rooms beforehand. I did not know this.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Gregory C, General Manager at The Galvestonian, responded to this review, April 5, 2013
Hi Brent,

We do hope to see you and your family again this summer. The beach is awesome in the late summer and there is so much to do and see for families. Your kids will have a great time! I thought it was unique how your family found us. Tim told me that you researched Galveston on trip advisor, drove down from Minnesota, and then reviewed the top lodging choices in Galveston before booking. We are glad that you chose the Galvestonian! “Right on the Beach”. We hope to see you back soon!

Greg Clark
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Temple, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

We stayed at the Galvestonian for spring break with 3 children ages 6-8, the condo was very nice, great view & kid friendly, the heated pool was awesome because the weather was cloudy and windy for the most part, but they do not allow toys in the pool. I can understand when there are several people in the pool it can become annoying to some guests but this particular week the only people at the pool were families with small children so it was definitely a little frustrating because the kids weren't able to play with the toys that we bought specifically for vacation. The majority of the staff was friendly, however a few ladies at the front desk didn't seem to have much patience for children and it was quite obvious by the way they talked to us. I don't know that we will stay here again with the kids, it seems more of like a retirement atmosphere with private access to the beach, much more of a place for a getaway with your significant other in my opinion. The location was nice, it is off the sea wall so there weren't many people around the beach area behind the condo. Overall it was a good vacation and the kids still has fun!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Gregory C, General Manager at The Galvestonian, responded to this review, March 30, 2013
Thank you for visiting the Galvestonian. We appreciate the helpful feedback you provided and are glad to know that your overall stay with us was a positive one. Balls and certain other pool toys are restricted in our pool for the safety and enjoyment of our guests. Please know that your comments are important to us. I have reviewed your comments with our front desk staff. We are working on a process to effectively communicate the pool rules to our guest. We want to create an environment that all of our guest can enjoy. Please know that we are committed to making the Galvestonian the best getaway vacation destination that is “Right on the Beach” here in Galveston, TX.

Greg Clark
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Garland, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

My husband and I just got back from a weekend getaway at The Galvestonian!! I can’t say enough great things about our stay. From the first phone call with Susie, who is an asset to the company, to meeting the general manager when we left, everything was perfect. The room surpassed my expectations and the “VIEWS” were awesome. . The grounds and the beach were amazing and were kept so clean. I usually stay on the other end of the island, but I can now say, that I will forever be staying at the beautiful Galvestonian. So if you are looking for a romantic getaway or take your family I highly recommend you try The Galvestonian, You wont be disappointed!!

  • Stayed February 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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Gregory C, General Manager at The Galvestonian, responded to this review, March 3, 2013
Hi Cindy,

We are so glad you were able to have a weekend get away with your husband here with us at the Galvestonian. I will make sure to pass along your nice comments about our grounds and clean beach to our staff. We consider our location to be very unique and the best spot on the beach. Thank you for taking time to share your experience with us. We hope to see you back again at the Galvestonian sometime soon.

Thank you,
Greg Clark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

My family had a reunion and stayed at The Galvestonian during the holidays. We had four condos and everyone of them was very, very nice. We had three condos that had views on three sides - the bay and the beach. We could not have been more satisfied with the accommodations, the pool and hot tub, and the private location on East Beach. The staff were very helpful with everything. Thank you Galvestonian for helping my family have a special and fun time together. We will be back!

  • Stayed December 2012, 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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Gregory C, General Manager at The Galvestonian, responded to this review, February 7, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your great stay here at the Galvestonian. Your positive experience here at the Galvestonian means a lot to us. We are very happy you and your family had a great stay. You are right about our 3 bedroom condos! While each condo has a spectacular view of the gulf our 3 bedroom condos both on the east and west ends have phenomenal views. Staying at the Galvestonian is about creating memories that will last a life time. As always, we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Thank you,
Greg Clark
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

Just booked a second stay after visiting last year. Perfect location and great staff. Rosalyn helped me again with my reservation, and she actually remembered me from last year! She's the best. Units are decorated by individual owners, so it's great that you can look at pics on their site and their FB page so you can choose what suits you. I have found the units to be spotless upon arrival and just perfect for a quick visit or longer trip. Feels like home--but with a better view!

Room Tip: Check out pics on their site and on FB--or ask Rosalyn! She was really helpful.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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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 ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Galveston
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Galveston
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Galveston
#1 Romantic 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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