With only one person at the front desk trying to handle check-ins, answer phone calls, and deal with unhappy guests, my first impression was definitely not a good one. A couple had been waiting for their room to be cleaned for almost 3 hours. Check in is at four, and when I arrived at 6:45, they were still waiting. I finally got checked in 30 minutes later, housekeeping was just leaving our room. The front desk blamed the delays on being short handed due to the time change and people not getting to work on time. That excuse might work on Sunday, but Monday?
Our room was clean, had an ocean view balcony with two chairs, and comfortable beds. The air was constantly humid, like the airconditioner couldn't keep up, or wasn't functioning properly.
We tried breakfast the first morning, arriving at 9. The dining room was busy, making it take longer to fix plates and find a table. My son decided he wanted another pancake, but by the time it was finished, the staff had already put away the butter and syrup. At 9:30 on the dot, regardless of people still eating, without a last call or polite warning of closing, all breakfast was taken out of the room.
Given that the week we visited was Texas spring break, and we were in TEXAS, you would think the hotel would have been prepared for a crowd. I picked it partly because of the free breakfast, but we only tried it that one time.
I gave the hotel a 3 because our room was fine, I liked the less busy location, and at a mess busy time, the lack of preparation " hopefully" wouldn't have been an issue.
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- Hear the wave s crash from your balcony at the new Holiday Inn Express & Suites Galveston Island, located on W Seawall Blvd across from the ocean. Galveston offers 32 miles of relaxing beaches, superb restaurants, marvelous downtown shopping in the Strand Historical District, historical museums with the Lone Star Flight Museum and the Texas Seaport Museum, fabulous entertainment and one of the largest and well-preserved concentrations of Victorian architecture in the country including the 1859 Moody Mansion. The new Holiday Inn Express & Suites Galveston is a great value for business and leisure travelers. The Colonel Paddlewheel Boat is within easy reach; enjoy East Beach Park, Galveston Island Ferry, Stewart Beach, Bishop Palace and Moody Gardens, and the ever-popular Schlitterbahn Waterpark a family adventure. If you are embarking from the Port of Galveston or here on business, we are conveniently located close to University of Texas Medical Branch, American National Insurance Company, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Galveston College, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and the US Coast Guard.Galveston is a small romantic island tucked deep within the heart of south Texas possessing all the charm of a small southern town with Texas Hospitality and just 40 minutes south of Houston. We look forward to seeing you at the new Holiday Inn Express & Suites Galveston Island soon. We also offer parking and a shuttle to the Cruise Terminal. ... more less
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