We are longtime and occasionally long-suffering Silverleaf owners who chose to use the week we had deposited with RCI at this Silverleaf property for a first stay. I am sorry that some other reviewers did not find their stay to be a 4-star experience as we did. SSR is an attractive, well-appointed, well-maintained and well-managed property that is at least the equal of any other Silverleaf property where we have stayed. The location is far enough from Galveston's Strand and Seawall to be free of crowds yet close to both and thus shopping, eatin out, attractions, etc. The best convenience/grocery store is the nearest one on West Beach to SSR in Jamaica Beach. A few minutes further back toward town is Walmart. The grounds are well-landscaped and well-kept. The resort offers covered outdoor conversation/gathering shelters ala Europe, shuffle board, putt-putt golf*, a nice albeit unshaded swimming pool, a club house with games, ping-pong, fitness center, gift shop, etc. and a business center**. The youthful office and grounds staff could hardly be friendlier, more helpful or more professional.
There are over 100 units in several attractive pastel-colored and white trimmed buildings of 4 floors and 12 units each. The 2-bedroom "lodge units" are 1,100 s.f. and the Presidential units exceed 1,300 s.f. Our unit was sparkling clean, well-equipped from pans to pillows and sheets to silverware. All appliances worked well as did all three TV's.
An easy, quick walk across the highway fronting SSR is a half-mile long beach that is groomed daily. There is a decent sized, well-paved parking area at the dunes crosswalk. There is not now and there has not been ANY oil spill residue on this or any other Galveston Beach. We saw flying fishes, porpoises, terns, cranes, pelicans, and even a small school of baby rays that flitted by underwater. The whole neighborhood is filled with high-end, multi-level beach homes.
If you are stuck up, SSR may well not suit you. If you are a member of the 99% looking for an affordable, enjoyable and entertaining stay at an attractive, clean, well-run and just plain nice getaway place...our entire family recommends SSR highly!
Yeah buts include:
*Several putt-putt putters.that were issued having bare metal shafts exposed inviting injury and advisory input to the staff changed nothing. The dyed blue put-put water feature is remindful of toilet disinfectant and/or Water World, take your pick.
**The "business center" is a work in progress where accessing their WIFI can be frustrating. Once you are connected, you may find yourself staring at a message that says the WIFI had to switch servers or some such. There is no WIFI in the housing units at all, so you get a gratis Gratitude lesson. Internet connectivity has not traditionally a strong part of Silverleaf's culture. I have been lectured by a 17-year old Silverleaf employ for even asking if WIFI was available. ;-) Sprint service on West Beach 13+ miles from downtown is inconsistent.
***Finally, all Silverleaf buildings, like most shoreside buildings on Galveston Island, is on "stilts" so it is 18 steps up the the first floor in the lodge units, 36 steps up to the second floor and 54 steps up to the third floor. There are no elevators or luggage lifts in the lodge units. The Presidental units do have elevators.
- Also Known As:
- Silverleaf Seaside Hotel Galveston