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“My new favorite place in Galveston” 4 of 5 stars
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The Galvestonian
1401 East Beach Drive, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550   |  
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Ranked #1 of 49 hotels in Galveston
Plano, Texas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“My new favorite place in Galveston”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

We needed a weekend getaway from Dallas and The Galvestonian provided a superb place for my family and I to stay. The beach here is as nice or nicer than any other beach area I've seen in Galveston, and I've seen them all. Being away from the crowded seawall area & Stewart Beach was awesome. The staff at The Galvestonian was clearing away seaweed both mornings we were there which made the beach feel nicer throughout the day. It almost felt like a private beach with the free beach towels, chairs & umbrella that are available ($30), and the small number of people on the beach. The pool area was very nice too with chairs straightened regularly and towels available for guest use. Every member of the staff we encountered was friendly and helpful, but Roz is clearly the rock star among them! She made some great suggestions for places to eat & her smile is infectious!
I would have given the Galvestonian 5 stars had it not been for the few minor maintenance issues with our 2 bedroom rental (slow toilet, inoperative ceiling fan in the master, broken patio door latch), but these were minor and we let the staff know about them on our way out. The air conditioning worked great, and our room was always a comfortable temperature. It was also nicely furnished and very clean on arrival.
As a native Texan and a frequent Galveston visitor, I'm not sure why I've never heard of this great place before! You should stay here.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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, August 1, 2013
Hi David J,

Thank you for the great review. First, I want to let you know that we have corrected the maintenance issues that you pointed out. We really appreciate your comments about the beach and the staff who help maintain the beach and the pool. Tommy and Arnaldo have worked very hard this summer to enhance our guest beach experience. As for Roz, she does rock! She is clearly one of our best staff members and loves creating memories for our guest who visit the Galvestonian. We are glad you enjoyed the condo and we look forward to seeing you back at the Galvestonian once again.

Thank you,
Greg Clark
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Frisco, Texas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013 via mobile

This place is NOT FOR FAMILIES that enjoy poolside entertainment. They prohibit any form of fun in the pool. Balls? No! Marco Polo? No! Water guns? Uh uh. The staff blames the geriatric owners- some of which walk through the pool with paperback books. Go somewhere else if poolside fun is your plan. THIS IS NOT FOR YOU.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 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, July 26, 2013
Hi Beatendown,

Thank you for your review. We do appreciate your high marks in some areas. Here at the Galvestonian our guest enjoy many of our fantastic amenities. You are correct about our pool rule that prohibits ball throwing in our pool. When you have a pool full of children throwing balls around it does not allow for our guest to enjoy the relaxation of the pool and spa area. The areas that we encourage kids to have fun with balls are playing tennis on our tennis courts, shooting basketball at the goal, throwing frisbees or footballs in our 2 acre picnic area, or just having great fun on the beach. This is where we see most of our guest playing football, volleyball, or playing with their beach toys and balls. Our rules are in place for a reason. They allow for a fun relaxing experience for all of our guest and owners when they go to the pool and spa area.

Thank you,
Greg Clark
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Saint Peters, Missouri
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

We arrived to great service at the desk and a quiet private beach with umbrellas. We enjoyed the friendly staff, with daily housekeeping. We brought three of our children along, who commented on the condo, pool, and beach access. We drove through the Seawall area on our way to the Galvestonian. My children ages 11, 16, and 18 thanked me for choosing this hotel. They did not want to be near the crowded seawall. We also had great internet service which was a huge plus. The staff provided us with flashlights to hunt for crabs on the beach at night. We h ad a wonderful time. The only thing that could have improved our stay was cleaning the seaweed off of the beach. It was not a big deal, but it would have made the beach a little nicer.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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, July 17, 2013
Hi Lamp891,

Thank you for the great review. Sounds like your family had a great get away here at the Galvestonian. We appreciate you sharing your experience with our staff. I will make sure to pass your comments on to them. It really is nice being away from the hustle and bustle of the seawall yet close to all of the attractions. I love the fact you guys took advantage of hitting the beach at night to run after the sand crabs. That is great fun for the kids! We hope to see you back soon!

Thank you,
Greg Clark

Ps. We are still fighting the seaweed! The common area staff is working as hard as they can to keep it off the beach. Thankfully, the seaweed season is starting to wind down!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

We spent 5 days in Galvestonian and loved it. Our condo was nice, with updated amenities; daily housekeeping was good, beach access was convenient. Having full kitchen was nice, but my husband loved their free BBQ grill - perfect for 4th of July celebration!!! My kids loved pool and hot tub after the day at the beach. Staff was helpful, especially general manager and evening staff - always ready to help. The place is not far from attractions such as Moody Gardens, Schlitterbahn or Strand, about 10-15 min drive, nice if kids are tired of the beach and want to have some fun. Overall, very nice, friendly, relaxing place for family vacation.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Gregory C, General Manager at The Galvestonian, responded to this review, July 17, 2013
Hi UsaMr11,

First, I love your Trip Advisor handle. Still trying to figure it out! We really appreciate your kind comments about our resort here on the beach in Galveston. This July 4th was definitely one to remember here at the Galvestonian. The 2 acres of picnic area we have with 9 grilling stations were so popular we had to add a few more grill stations for the 4th. It's interesting to watch the pool / beach choices. It seems that most of our guest like to go to the beach first and then come back to enjoy our pool and spa. We are very happy you and your family enjoyed a relaxing vacation here with us. We hope to see you back in the near future.

Thank you,
Greg Clark
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Our family (3 kids, 2 adults) choose Galvestonia for a 4 night/5 day vacation. It was nice and relaxing. Perfect quite area with beach and pool. We had the best time just going back and forth, with naps and grilling in between. One day we went into town and took a dolphin tour and had lunch off the Strand. But most of our time was at the condo, loving the amenities, clean, beautiful views, waling the beach a night and found sand crabs, hermit crabs and sea shells. We will be coming back again and again.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 411. 2 bedroom / 2 bath with free wifi. Condo newly remodeled with tile throughout...
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  • Stayed June 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
    • 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, July 10, 2013
Hi NOrthTexasGirl,

Sounds like your family had a very relaxed time staying here with us. The Dolphin tour certainly is a pleasant trip. We are glad you had fun on the beach with the sand crabs and all. We have flash lights and lanterns that our guest can use if they want to explore the beach at night. That's when it's best to see the sand crabs running around. Last week we had some seaweed come in. One our guest found a seahorse in it. We look forward to seeing your family back for some relaxing Galvestonian fun.

Thank you,
Greg Clark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

We have been staying here for years. The location is perfect, the property impeccably maintained and the staff is extraordinary. They are like having a personal concierge. Roz always goes the extra mile to please and handle anything and everything! We take our family(grown children and grandchildren) every summer. The two of us go several times a year for R&R. The property has rules and regulations that insure the high standards are maintained. I was a travel consultant for 20 years and have stayed & booked many hotels. This is the "PEARL" of Galveston Island. They continuously improve the property, amenities and beach. This is one of the only properties on the beach and provides privacy from the crowds, yet close to great eateries, shopping and entertainment. As you can tell, this has been a favorite for many years.
Larry and Carolyn

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  • Stayed July 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
    • 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, July 10, 2013
Hi Larry and Carolyn,

Thank you for the outstanding review. This really means a lot to our management team and to our staff who work so hard to create lasting memories for our guest. You are correct about Roz! She is absolutely wonderful. Roz works four days a week. She mentioned to me once that she wanted to work Thursday thru Sunday. When I asked her why, she said that's our busiest time and that's when I want to work. So she has Monday thru Wednesday off to recover. I thought that was really neat. We also appreciate that you recognize that we are continually improving our amenities and working on the beach to keep it clean. Being right on the beach and close to Galveston's local attractions is in itself a jewel as you have said. We look forward to seeing your family back here again at the Galvestonian "Your Home away from Home".

Thank you,
Greg Clark
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Lufkin, Texas, United States
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

Our stay was short but great.. The staff was great, the condo was very nice, clean, and spacious. The pool area was very nice, and the beach well for Galveston was nice.The shore was well kept by the condo. We will definitely recommend to everyone we know, and we will go back if ever in Galveston again.

  • Stayed July 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
    • 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, July 9, 2013
Hi Stacy Lewis R,

We are glad your stay was great. Maybe next time you can stay longer. We appreciate you recommending the Galvestonian to your friends and family.

Thank you,
Greg Clark
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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 Family Hotel in Galveston
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Galveston
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Galveston
#2 Best Value Hotel in Galveston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
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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