When checking on places to stay in Galveston I was extremely pleased to find that Marriott had finally built a Courtyard there. Granted, it is on the west end of Seawall Blvd, but we were still a bit disappointed that it was not by a beach section... the stairs led to rocks. The beach doesn't start for about a 1/2 mile to the east. Nonetheless, this is a very nice new hotel, with an awesome pool. It is connected by the pool to their TownPlace Suites, so there were lots of kids in it last weekend. School should be starting soon, but even with the kids there, it was still very nice. The pool is very nice, almost resort like, with a cabana bar and food service. There is a waterfall, several umbrella laden tables, and a fire pit. The pool features changing colors every few seconds at night and music, too.
Being that the hotel is at the west end of the Seawall, there isn't much else down there either. Most of the restaurants and the Pleasure Pier are at the east end, and it's not really a "walk" to anywhere else.
The rooms are very nice, spacious and with comfortable beds and a clean bathroom. The A/C needed fairly constant attention, it seemed to keep going back up after we set it down, but the room stayed cool with that extra attention. We had an Ocean view on the 3rd floor with 2 queen beds and a good view of the water and traffic on Seawall Blvd. We did wish they had more than 4 rooms with balconies. The hotel is nice packaged with amenities like flat panel TVs, including several in the lobby, a room service menu and a nice meeting and lobby area with a small bar and food service there, too.
One complaint... parking. We arrived back at the hotel just after midnight and there wasn't a single space available, I ended up having to park on the boulevard... not too pleased about that. By the time we awoke the following morning to check on it, there were 5 more cars out there. They really need more spaces, hopefully they can rectify that as the Security person told me it had been an issue since it opened in March 2013.
Overall though, a good find for our stay... prices probably drop some after the summer season, but it was still comparable to others along the seawall.
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