Our older son and family relocated to Houston early in the year, and we wanted to spend some time with them at summer's end. Found availability through RCI at Silverleaf's for the Labor Day week. Would have liked Friday to Friday better, but figured the elevator, in unit washer/dryer, etc were more needed. Hence went with one of the Saturday-Saturday available units.
Arrived at check-in around 2:45 PM. No line. Took less than 3 minutes. And didn't even ask for a credit card imprint. I was already impressed.
Then a short drive to our unit, #182 in bldg. 16 in the far rear of the resort. Plenty of parking. Like nearly all structures in the area, the building rests on very tall stilts. So a nice climb to first floor. Our unit was on the far right of the second floor. Given our bags and other goodies, the elevator was a must.
The unit was huge, with interior locking doors between larger and smaller portions, each with a full kitchen. The primary bath was larger than many hotel rooms I've been in. All appliances, TVs, lighting, AC, etc worked well with the exception of a toaster which wouldn't lock down. Very large deck with views of the gulf and bay.
Although the weather was brutally hot, our family enjoyed the pool and the beach. As others have noted the beach is quite a distance from the unit, so plan to drive to it. Galveston with its many attractions is about 15 minutes north. Found that to be wonderful on the day after Labor Day when the crowds had disappeared.
Had a couple complaints, though:
a. In its catalog, RCI incorrectly shows the property as not allowing pets. We therefore left our pooch at a kennel only to be quite displeased to find dogs everywhere on the property. There is a $100 charge per pet, much less than the kennel charged. So don't always believe what RCI publishes.
b. Mosquitos are a real problem especially in the elevator, stairwells and parking lot. Suggest having Off, Raid, etc among your items. Packing to depart was very bad. I sprayed Yard Guard around our car to be left alone long enough to stuff the trunk. While the property is quite wonderful, there is no way I could give it a rating of excellent.
Have included a few photos of property.
- Also Known As:
- Silverleaf Seaside Hotel Galveston