Went down to Galveston for a few days to get away. Stayed one night at the Doubletree, one night at the Holiday Inn Club Vacations Galveston Beach Resort, and one night at the Hampton Inn and Suites.
The Doubletree was the best hotel overall as far as the room quality goes- the direct view of the gulf was perfect. The room was new and clean. The bathroom was huge and the beds were comfortable. There was a fridge in the room and that worked well. The service left something to be desired however. I got in late in the evening and was not offered the famous cookie. I had to ask for one the next day. The front desk agent was a bit stand offish- not rude, just not especially friendly. The whole place had a cold uninviting sort of feel. I would feel like children traveling with me would be out of place almost- especially compared to the two hotels I stayed in later on my trip. The balcony was a decent size- not as big as at the Hampton Inn, but not nearly as tiny as the one at the Holiday Inn Vacation Club and definitely had the best view of the 3.
This place is next to Miller’s Seawall, one of my fave eating places in Galveston. It is conveniently located, but not in the middle of the hubbub like Hampton. It is much quieter here, but not as isolated as HIVC. This would probably be great for a romantic getaway as it seems to be going for a more upscale artsy vibe, like a W hotel.
The price I got was a special that they were running due to the place being recently purchased, renovated, and reopened as Doubletree. So for the price I paid- fabulous! And the reason that I am giving it 4 stars. For the prices I see now when I check- too high. The view is special, but I don’t think those prices are warranted in Galveston. There are too many other options. At full price- look elsewhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Over looking the Gulf of Mexico, our hotel in Galveston, TX is located on Seawall Blvd, just 7 blocks down from Galveston Island's Historic Pleasure Pier. Most of our inviting guest rooms and suites feature a private balcony, offering full ocean views. Feel at home with complimentary WiFi, a mini-refrigerator, a luxurious Sweet Dreams(R) bed and a 42-inch flat-screen HDTV. Enjoy fresh seafood in Foxtail or relax with a glass of wine as you soak up the sunshine on the poolside patio. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort Galveston Beach Hotel Galveston
- Holiday Inn Galveston
- Galveston Holiday Inn