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“Good hotel far from the beach” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Galveston West - Seawall

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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
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Good hotel far from the beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Really nice hotel with good amenities.
Rooms rather large and with balconies, which I like especially when I'm close to the beach. Even thoguh we didn't get a room with direct beach view - but a side-room - it was OK never the less.
Nice beds and pillows and the cleaning was good.
Breakfast buffet OK, but occasionally the buffet runs empty and are not filled fast enough with a lot of empty trays) leading to queues.
Otherwise service was nice og allways at hand if needed.

But ( and no fault of the hotel - but just as information): NO beach access at all.
The pictures of this hotel deceives a bit - lovely views over the water etc. and when you drive up to the hotel it seems as though you just have to cross the street to be able to get into the water.
But when you actually cross the street and want to take a dip in the Gulf you realize, that you can't ! It's a stonewall that doesn't invite to bathing.

To be able to get to a decent beach access you'll have to drive/walk/run app. 3 miles down the road - where there's parking restrictions ( beware of towing ).

So if you choose this hotel for the beach access then beware.
But if you choose this hotel for it's amenities and for its sheer service, then you're in for a treat.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 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
    4 of 5 stars
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TEXAS
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12 hotel reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

Wanted a getaway with kids before school started. Booked reward nights here for two nights. Easy to get to and plenty of parking. Lobby small but decor nice. Brand new hotel. Greeted by Heather with smile and efficiency and already had my info printed out in front of her with key cards to room and wifi access code. Was upper floor as requested but not end of hallway as is my standard request. Room was adjacent to elevator and ice machine. I am a light sleeper so asked if another room available. With apologies no. However good noise insulation as we never heard noise outside the room. Balcony view of gulf. Nice pool with 2 spa tubs outside and a great little hot breakfast each morning featuring eggs, biscuits, gravy, bacon or sausage, a pancake maker, muffins, cinnamon rolls, fruit, yogurt, cereal, juice and coffee and milk. Great place to stay.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Pasadena, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

My friend and I stayed here for a weekend, and I must say our stay was fantastic. We stayed here during Mardi Gras, so we knew the hotel would be busy, but we still got taken care of. The hotel even had a shuttle that would take their guests to where Mardi Gras parade/Galveston Downtown was at. My friend and I go to Mardi Gras every year and we have already decided to definitely stay at this hotel again.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

We stayed for the weekend and everything went good, housekeeping staff was nice and front desk staff recommended great places to eat. Hotel is located on the west end of the island, hotel has two spas and a pool witch were enough for us since it was so hotel in Galveston. I would stay there 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013 via mobile

The housekeeping ladies go above and beyond, and do an excellent job. They even took the time to make a bed for my daughter's doll, which was a cute surprise. Our only issue was with the guy on duty Monday evening (Jacob) not having our reservation from the 1-800-HOLIDAY number, and charging us almost 3 times our quoted price. This was resolved at checkout but I spent 3 hours on the phone trying to resolve an internal Holiday Inn issue that Jacob should have taken the initiative to resolve.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

My husband and I recently took our grandkids, ages 8 and 5, to Galveston and very much liked our stay at this Holiday Inn Express. Our very pleasant room was on the 3rd floor with a small balcony overlooking the swimming pool with a view of the Gulf.

The room was spacious and clean and the breakfast room was large and the breakfast selection was very good, appealing to both the little kids and grownups.

The pool was nice with two adjoining hot tubs. Pool towels were supplied and there were adequate lounge chairs and umbrella tables. My husband sat and read while the rest of us swam.

One of the hot tubs had brownish water, which I forgot to mention to the staff. The kids enjoyed it, anyway, and have suffered no illness from the dirty-seeming water. Maybe it was just caused by beach sand.

The beach across the street is rocky. If you want to swim at a beach you need to walk (or preferably drive) east down the seawall to get to a sandy beach. We drove west a couple miles to Galveston Island State Park and enjoyed the beach there.

It took too long for the front desk to answer the phone, but when they did, they were pleasant. They were very busy. That is why I marked down the service rating a notch.


It was a thoroughly pleasant hotel.

  • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

This hotel is located on the end of town so not right in the middle of everything. The rooms were very clean and the breakfast was very good. Everything you would want to eat was there in plenty! The pool was nice and there are two hot tubs. The staff was very helpful both checking in and out. There was covered parking and open parking which was nice since it was raining when we left. The only thing I found wierd was the hallway carpet looked like it hadn't been vacuumed in quite awhile and could use a good cleaning. The carpet in the room was vacuumed but needs to be cleaned. We will stay there again! We paid $239 for a Sat. night which is a bit pricey but what are you to do? It was the best price I found.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #26 of 49 Hotels in Galveston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Galveston West - Seawall 2.5*
Number of rooms: 81
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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