I wish I had read the TripAdvisor reviews before booking at this property, which, except for its nicely decorated rooms and good breakfast is unlike any other of the dozens of Holiday Inn Express hotels in which I have previously stayed.
The problem seems to be the women who work at the front desk. Yvonne promised to compensate for a problem that gave us a sleepless night, but didn't, and a woman named Tess made us wait for a half an hour before acknowledging us, claimed she knew nothing of a problem recorded in a book at the reception desk, and told us that the manager of the hotel refuses to give her his telephone number.
The night desk clerk, Steve, and a handyman who helped me find an acceptable room for the second night of our stay, were the only two people at this hotel who behaved like normal, caring, responsible human beings.
On December 1 we stayed in room 416 in which the bed nearest the door has a mattress that is loose on its base. As a result, when one turns in the bed, it make a noise that awakened us from our sleep. Yvonne promised to compensate us for our sleepless night and move us to a different room, but she did not and Tess claimed to know nothing about our problem. On December 2 we stayed in room 411, and were not awakened by a broken bed.
It is not clear if the women who work at the desk are instructed to behave in these ways or if they are trying to create ill-will for whoever operates this establishment. In any event, this hotel cannot be recommended because of the unacceptable customer service.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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