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“Lovely Stay. We Will Be Back” 5 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
Denver, Colorado
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“Lovely Stay. We Will Be Back”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

I have never understood when people write reviews and rave about the hotel staff as the reason they are adding the fifth star. I do now. Every single employee that we encountered at the Galvestonian went out of their way to make our stay as easy as possible.

The Good:

Unit 112 was very cutely decorated. Nice kitchen and bathrooms and the beds were very comfortable.

Beach barbecues were very nice and the pool was large and well maintained.

The Great:
Wheelchair access to the beach at this hotel was phenomenal. Very easy to get straight out to the water for a chair user. There is a wheelchair accessible ramp out to the beach and the sand is hard packed enough for any independent chair user to be able to push through down to the water.

The staff. They made us a special key for wheelchair access, brought us charcoal when we were out, always were friendly and helpful and even offered to help us get a walker for our son when he struggled with the bathroom set up. They were just always there to help out.

The view. Beautiful sunrises every morning. Unit 112 would be perfect for a family with 1-2 kids that could have some freedom but you could still keep an eye on them at the pool or beach from the room.

What needs attention:
Since these are individually owned condos there are NO truly ADA compliant rooms. While my wheelchair using son had plenty of room to move around in Unit 112, the bathroom doors were too small for him to access. We were able to work around this by lifting him in but this would not work for an adult full time chair user.

It's such a shame because the property is gorgeous and has amazing outdoor access. I hope a a few of the unit owners decide to make some accessibility upgrades inside.

We loved our stay and hope to come back.

Room Tip: Loved Unit 112
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  • Stayed October 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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Euless, Texas, USA
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

Spent a holiday weekend and the stay was fantastic! Staff was very professional, helpful and responsive. They provide for any needs you might have, from beach towels to flashlights. Also, the beach is the cleanest on the island. Every morning they raked up any seaweed that may have washed up. We have been to Galveston numerous times and our stay at the Galvestonian was the best we ever had. Will definitely go again!

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ennis, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

As always, PERFECT. Although one complaint :( The owners need to check a/c vents in bedrooms to be sure that it isn't blowing on peoples faces. I must say this was a pain but everything else was perfect. Also, if you need ice immediately when you check in, grab a bag before you get there, Unless they have an ice machine that I am not aware of. The ice maker in rerig most of time is not on.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rogers, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

My wife and I stayed at the Galvestonian for one month, Sept.22nd to Oct.22nd. Before we left we made a reservation for one month in 2014, Sept. 15th to Oct.15th. That should say plenty about our pleasure with the facilities and the staff.

The staff knows how to make you welcome and continuing it every day of your stay. I'll name names in hopes of not overlooking anyone: It begins with General Manager Gregory Clark and Asst. Manager Tim Lopas. It continues with other staff, Frank, Amanda, Ros, Carol, Susie, Cindy, Sarah, Pat, and Mitch. They are exceptional as resources in knowledge about Galveston, attractions and resturants.

The physical facility is well maintained and beautifully landscaped. The swimming pool and deck are large and inviting. Arrangements can be made to use grills and enjoy a picnic setting. A fire pit offers a night time warm and glowing experience. The Gulf and beach are only a walkway over the dune.

Now you know why we will be back next year.

Room Tip: All rooms have a Gulf view and balcony.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Grand Prairie, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

My husband and I recently stayed at the Galvestonian for several days. We are already looking forward to returning in the very near future! Our condo was beautiful decorated and had two balconies. The view was wonderful! Every staff member we met at the Galvestonian was friendly, professional, and helpful. The entire place is operated like an up-scale hotel. The swimming pool is exceptionally clean, and so is the beach area. The grounds are also beautifully landscaped. There is lush foliage and gorgeous flowers. The beach is cleaned every morning! Having been to Galveston before, I was never impressed with the beaches because of the clutter, ect.... Staying at the Galvestonian was like staying on an entirely different island! That is THE reason that we will be returning! We highly recommend this lovely, secluded paradise!

  • Stayed August 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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Houston, Texas
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6 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This has been our preferred resort when we want a quick weekend getaway from Houston. It's on a quiet stretch of beach that doesn't feel crowded. The large lobby area is beautifully decorated and there is a cabinet of board games for rainy days. The pool is great for all ages and there are plenty of lounge chairs and other plush outdoor furniture.

I would recommend looking at photos of each unit on Galvestonian.com before booking as each unit is privately owned and the furnishings can vary greatly. We have stayed in unit 203 twice in the past two years. It has comfortable beds and nice den furniture but a few things went downhill a bit since since our last visit. The dining room chairs' fake leather seats were ripped and uncomfortable to sit in. In the kitchen, we would have appreciated a chef's knife instead of having to use steak knifes for food prep. Also the selection of glassware left a lot to be desired and we had two wine glasses total. Possibly the Galvestonian should do more frequent checks inside the units to make sure everything is up to par for a unit that runs $325 per night off season. I know these things are the owner's responsibility but this was a unit booked through the resort's reservations (not VRBO.com).

I must add that you will not find friendlier staff anywhere. From the front desk to the housekeepers (who come daily), everyone was always smiling and helpful. The maintenance guy who helped us figure out our cable box was so nice and even asked me how it was working when I saw him downstairs the next day. They also provide a breakfast on the weekends consisting of donut holes, fruit and juice.

This is probably one of the nicer resorts for extended stay in Galveston due to the full kitchen, amenities and beachfront location, but just do your homework and ask lots of questions before booking a unit.

Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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The Woodlands, Texas, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Went with 4 moms and 1 2 year old granddaughter for a weekend of relaxation and fun. It was the perfect get-away. The Galvestonian is a great place to stay and be able to access the beach and/or a very nice pool. Don't expect the pool to be "wild child" friendly, but you can take the kids to the beach for that. Loved it for all the right reasons. Don't go there because when I get ready to book again, I want a room to be available.

Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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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 On the Beach Hotel in Galveston
#1 Family Hotel in Galveston
#1 Romantic Hotel in Galveston
#1 Top resorts 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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