This hotel gets some very bad reviews for what appears to be ill logical thinking on the part of their guests. While I am no expert on lodgings, I do have extensive varied experience with the ranges of accommodations from “bates motel” to “Carlton Ritz”. I would like to address some concerns for any future travelers.
First, it is an older motel; emphasis on motel. From the front it looks like a hotel, but on the inside you can see where they have accented décor to hide the fact that it was an open motor inn at one time. Therefore, many of the rooms are directly exposed to the sea salt water from both directions. Because this is a seaside town, there is always going to be high humidity and moisture in and around ALL lodgings. It will have a damp feel and as such you can smell it and it doesn't necessarily mean it's moldy. You must turn on your air conditioner to alleviate and “dry out” the room air. Our room was essentially like this when we arrived. An hour later, it was perfectly fine after getting the air going.
Second, both elevators were running fine this weekend. However, we never had a problem using only the main elevator with everyone else. Once again, I detect impatience as a reason for previous gripes. You should always know where and how to access stairs in an emergency as even new hotels have problems.
While this hotel certainly overcharges for what you get, they do offer friendly, helpful people at the front desk, you do not have to fiddle with pay by phone parking as Stewart Beach is right there, Pleasure Pier, Floats, The Spot, Fish Tales(a favorite of locals) are all within walking distance, the pool is clean and has a swim-up bar, they have their own palapa street-side bar from where you can enjoy the ocean, and Miller's Seawall Grill has the best breakfast and is a block from this hotel. You could literally pull in and never have to move your car if you didn't want to. This hotel is on the East end of the Island very convenient to the Bolivar Ferry, The Strand, and Bishops Palace. The view from the windows is great and the balconies are well used by guests. They also have some of the best soaps I've ever used in terms of the fragrance.
The only drawbacks we experienced were the timing on cleaning service daily and once again I think the rate is a little high considering other places I have stayed. But, you have to be willing to pay for perfect. I suspect these previous reviewers would need to pay the 300 – 400 a night range in Galveston to satisfy their needs. Not being willing or able, they would rather bash this hotel.
I'm not related nor do I have any interest in the success or failure of this establishment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Over looking the Gulf of Mexico, Galveston Beach Hotel,is located on Seawall Blvd. Just 7 blocks down from Galveston Island's Historic Pleasure Pier. Enjoy a beach front cocktail at Longboard's swim up Pool Bar or relax poolside while taking in the sun either way, allow Galveston Beach Hotel to be your getaway. Most rooms offer balconies with fantastic panoramic views the beach and we are centrally located to ensure ease of travel to local destinations. We offer breakfast daily and a breakfast buffet on the weekend. Just minutes from the cruise terminal, our property offers great cruise packages including parking and shuttle transportation. Whether you are going to the beach, on a cruise or in Galveston on business, you are sure to have a comfortable stay at Galveston Beach Hotel. Our property offers bunk bed kid suites, private balconies, a great pool, and beautiful beach views. We invite you to be our guest. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort Galveston Beach Hotel Galveston
- Holiday Inn Galveston
- Galveston Holiday Inn