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“Nice room with a perfect view of the Gulf of Mexico” 4 of 5 stars
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Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Galveston West - Seawall
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   8628 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77554   |  
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Ranked #26 of 49 hotels in Galveston
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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“Nice room with a perfect view of the Gulf of Mexico”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

Our room was clean and updated. Parts of the property was in need of touch up work like the balcony. The beds were comfortable and the staff was very accomodating. The breakfasts were just okay. We went during a holiday and many of the restaurants were closed. I wish there were nice snacks available or some type of hot food and drinks in the evening kind of like they serve breakfast in the morning. Overall, we'd visit there again!

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

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.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

This holiday inn is past 61st street. The hotel was like most Holiday Inn express I have stayed in. We paid over $150 on a Saturday night and considered ourselves lucky to get a room on the island. The buffet was average and followed the posted hours to the minute. Parking is free and the check in was good. Overall, it was a nice experience.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

going into galveston i wasnt expecting much cause it seems like the salt water just eats through the hotels but to my surprise i had actually reserved a great room we stay in a balcony facing over the ocean it was clean and very up to date in my opinion great rates for being right on the ocean awesome stay a+ now the breakfast you could use some work but all in all it was good how do you really complain on a free breakfast i would stay here again over and over and hope either people do too

  • Stayed October 2012, 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Hotel was easy to find, however signage for parking not very clear. Check in was smooth, however when we got to room it smelled horribly of cigarette smoke. Went back to desk and got room change. When we got to new room, the door was open, and it was still dirty. Talked to front desk and housekeeping, nad we left our bags in the room, and went out to explore Galveston. When we got back a couple of hours later the room was clean, however it is just an average room. Door to balcony is big steel door, and balcony overlooked parking lot with a slight ocean view when leaning out.
I booked this as a 1 night pre cruise hotel, and was told they had parking for 15.00 for week and a free shuttle to pier. The next morning when we went to put the car where it was supposed to go, it was in an unsecured back lot behind the LaQuinta next door. There were no fences and I was not comfortable leaving my car there, so we made a reservation at EZ Cruise Parking that was 2 blocks from pier and they were great!
We went to lobby breakfast before checking out, and there was a busload of people, and their group lkeader was yelling at the buffet stocker, who was also the baggage handler that they were on a time schedule, and he had to go right then and collect everyone's bags...that left the buffet unmanned and empty. After finding an empty coffee urn, cold biscuits, and an empty pancake making machine, we just left and went to starbucks before getting on the cruise.

All in all, it was ok, but for the difference in actual money saved, I think next time I will stay closer to Houston, and just pay to park. Convenience was just not worth it!

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

If you are looking for a customer friendly oriented hotel, DO NOT stay at this place. The manager was very rude and not accommodating at all with our problem. Especially stressful when all area hotels were booked. We cancelled our reservations and thankfully for hotels who are customer friendly driven, we found an alternate place to stay with a great last minute rate during a busy event and friendly hotel staff. Please do not spend your money here especially if you book a state govt rate. You must have official work orders AND they will have to call to verify that you did not forge the document, according to the manager. Making a call to state goverment agencies on the weekend are impossible especially on a weekend when everyone at personnel division are off. if you run into a problem, they are not going to be helpful. They will just ask you to cancel your reservations in hopes of charging a Saturday rate of $324 a night to someone else instead of a cheaper rate when booked online.

Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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Katy, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

We stayed here Friday October 19, 2012 in room #210. We checked out of another "on the beach" hotel that wasn't, and after finding the weekend rates at all the Island hotels too high, we took a gamble on Priceline for the first time and blindly chose a 2.5 star hotel at $100 a night. It turned out to be a good gamble. I've always been a fan of HI Express, but this one was exceptionally good. Caveat: when booking on Priceline, you get the room they assign you. We wanted a king room, we got a double queen. No worries, it was still a great stay. By the way, if you want a balcony that fully faces the Gulf, they are all king suites. It's not a problem, the view from our balcony was really good. Breakfast was awesome, with their cinnamon rolls, cheese omelets, waffles, and good coffee. The staff kept up very well with the demand that a tour bus of seniors put on breakfast. I will definitely make this my Island hotel from now on. Okay, one thing to keep in mind if you or a travel mate are short or must sit in the shower. The shower has two heads, one fixed up high, and one lower that can be handheld. The problem is, to turn on the lower shower head, you must reach to the top of the fixed head 6 1/2 feet high and pull up on a knob. Good luck if you are wheelchair bound.......

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  • Stayed October 2012, 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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Address: 8628 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77554
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Location: United States > Texas > Texas Gulf Coast > Galveston Island > Galveston
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#26 Top resorts Hotel in Galveston
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Galveston West - Seawall 2.5*
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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