Stayed here 04/25/08 through 04/28/08. While the rates were a little high, I stayed here because they had a free shuttle to the port and within a six-mile radius, and free parking for cruise guests which all-in-all, ended up saving me money. Rain Forest Café has a shuttle every night that comes to the hotel and takes you to and from their restaurant which my grandson just loves (three nights in a row.) The room was clean and the bathroom was sufficient with towels although their amenities were on the cheap side so definitely take your own. We ate at the restaurant a couple of times and I found it nothing extraordinarily. One morning I waited 45 minutes for my low-carb omelet before finally asking about it to find that the waitress failed to turn it in. (Most people ate off the buffet.) The omelet was rubbery, but considering it was free because of my wait, I felt I couldn’t complain. The shuttle bus driver, Debbie, was absolutely wonderful. She took us to the movie theater on a rainy day and was very pleasant. Unfortunately, when we went to use the shuttle the following day, the front desk informed us that a cruise was leaving and they would be booked all day. They did offer us a cab call though. After a day on the Strand we returned to the hotel where the front desk kindly called Rain Forest Café to tell them we were in need of a ride for dinner. There is a lounge at the hotel that appeared to be busy, but I never entered (had my grandson.) There was live entertainment and while we were on the ground floor close to the bar, I never heard any noise in our room. I would probably stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Holiday Inn on the Beach features 8 stories of Gulfview rooms on beautiful Galveston Island. We are located at the premier San Luis Resort in the heart of the Texas Gulf Coast! Most of our 178 rooms have private balconies that overlook the Gulf or our sparkling outdoor pool. The Jetty Restaurant located in our lobby area provides breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as, room service. The famous B Jiggers Lounge is also located in our lobby offering live entertainment on the weekends and Happy Hour specials. Our hotel is centrally located to many Galveston attractions. Bring your sun block for your trip to the beach or Schlitterbahn Water Park. Go for a wild ride on the Rainforest CafÃ© and Adventure Ride, or if shopping is more your style spend the day at the Historical Strand Shopping District. Stay before a cruise on Royal Caribbean or Carnival Cruise Lines, and park your car with us, we provide transportation to and from the cruise terminals. Whether you want to take a historic home tour at Bishop s Palace, Moody Mansion or Ashton Villa or catch a play at The Grand 1894 Opera House we are the place to stay. The Galveston Island Convention Center is only blocks away, as well as prominent universities, UTMB and Texas A & M University. Upcoming Special Events: Lone Star Motorcycle Rally, and Mardi Gras. Now come Explore Galveston! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Resort Galveston-On The Beach Hotel Galveston
- Holiday Inn Galveston
- Galveston Holiday Inn