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Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center
Ranked #2 of 51 Hotels in Galveston
Certificate of Excellence
Fair Oaks, California
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257 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Great pre cruise stay here.”
Reviewed April 28, 2014

Rooms very nice, hotel staff worked hard to get us adjoining rooms, had fantastic time at the pool. It was Easter and they gave the kids an Easter basket. Great jogging track, helpful front desk staff. Nice start to our vacation.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Thank Susanlynn53
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MoodyGardensHotel, General Manager at Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center, responded to this review, April 29, 2014
Dear Susanlynn53,

Thank you so much for the nice note. We are so glad that you had a fantastic time at the pool. We are honored that your stay at Moody Gardens was a nice start to your vacation.

We hope to welcome you back to Moody Gardens soon!

Sincerely,
Garvin O'Neil
General Manager
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Reviewed April 27, 2014

This was our third visit this property and it was the best. Every single staff member was friendly and helpful. From a contract employee in the elevator, to the front desk clerks, to the housekeepers, to the security guy at the pool, every employee was so friendly. We stayed in one of the newly renovated rooms in the main tower. It was clean and very comfortable. The pool area was clean and well maintained. We really enjoyed our visit and noticed improved customer service. We will be back.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank RandS_TX
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MoodyGardensHotel, General Manager at Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center, responded to this review, April 28, 2014
Dear RandS_TX,

We are thrilled to hear that you had such a good experience at the hotel! Thank you for the kind comments about our staff, pool and rooms. I am glad to hear that you are planning another visit.

Thank you for your continued patronage. We look forward to welcoming you back to Moody Gardens on your next visit.

Sincerely,
Garvin O'Neil
General Manager
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed April 24, 2014

We stayed on a quick trip from Houston to go to Moody Gardens. I had never stayed at this hotel and was pleasantly surprised. Very clean, modern, and friendly staff. We did not get a chance to eat at the hotel because it happened to be closed while we were there so that was a bummer. Our room overlooked Schlitterbaun and you could see the ocean, so that was nice. Their was a big sign out from that said, "Welcome Cheerleaders", so I was worried we would hear noises all night. But, to our delight, I did not hear any children the entire time we were there! What a great bonus! I don't know if it is because kids these days are not up to the tom foolery we used to cause, or if they are better behaved, or if the rooms just do that good a job at sound proofing. I will be staying here again with the family.

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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MoodyGardensHotel, General Manager at Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center, responded to this review, April 28, 2014
Dear mjgatto,

Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. We are delighted to hear that you were pleasantly surprised by the accommodations and our staff. We would love the opportunity to welcome you back to Moody Gardens in the near future!

Sincerely,
Garvin O'Neil
General Manager
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houston
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Reviewed April 23, 2014

It was a very nice & clean place to stay. Very clean & roomy. There weren't much to complain about, really. I would say that not having an air vent in the bathroom was not helpful! The beds are good for one person, but if two sleep on one bed, they would feel every movement! That's it, other than these two minor things, everything was great.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Thank sehseth001
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MoodyGardensHotel, General Manager at Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center, responded to this review, April 28, 2014
Dear sehseth001,

Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay at Moody Gardens.

We hope to welcome you back again soon!

Sincerely,
Garvin O'Neil
General Manager
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League City, Texas
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Reviewed April 23, 2014

This hotel and all it's amenities is absolutely the best. This is our 4th stay in the last 7 months. It is so clean, so luxurious, so convenient, and the staff is very helpful. Our room was very clean, quiet, elegant and very comfortable. The pools are heated and there are activities galore for the children. This has become my grandson's (age 6) favorite place to stay. This hotel is a definite 4+ star hotel. We've got at least 2 more trips planed this year to visit again. Highly recommend it.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Thank Martha2242013
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MoodyGardensHotel, General Manager at Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center, responded to this review, April 28, 2014
Dear Martha2242013,

Thank you so much for the kind note. We are thrilled that you have had such a great experiences here. We love to welcome children to the hotel and I am so glad to hear that your grandson enjoys the Kids Crew activities and that Moody Gardens is his favorite place to stay. We are happy that you were able to visit the heated pool during your stay.

We appreciate your continued patronage and we look forward to welcoming you back to Moody Gardens soon!


Sincerely,
Garvin O'Neil
General Manager
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Huntsville, Texas
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Reviewed April 19, 2014

Moody gardens is a nice place to stay. We had bought the Explore Moody Gardens package from their website which gave us a king sized bed, free valet, and a two day pass to the attractions.

Room was clean and comfortable. I did like the retractable clothesline in the bathroom and the little sewing kit they offered with the soaps and sample bottles. Attractions were very entertaining and the staff working the attractions were awesome.

The only thing that ruined my family's stay was The Terrace, the lobby located in-house restaurant.

After a long day enjoying the attractions and the paddleboat all we wanted was some dinner. We went to The Terrace and was seated promptly. The waitress could use more time getting acquainted with the menu because she didn't seem that knowledgeable over some of our questions.
We got the fried calamari for appetizers and had the waitress put in our order. Hubby ordered the catfish plate: $20 and I ordered the steak plate $33. First off, the prices seemed too steep, especially for catfish. There was a catch of the day, which was snapper, and it was $27 for two filets, rice pilaf, and vegetables. *shake my head*
Anyway my husband mentioned to the waitress that he was very hungry and was hoping to get an extra piece. Waitress said it'd cost $7 for an extra piece, hubby shrugged and agreed. We get our plates and there are two decent sized filets and a nugget. What the hell?! We told the waitress to take the nugget back because we weren't about to spend $7 on a nugget. And to push us over the edge my steak was way too thin to be called a ribeye and well done instead of medium rare.
Hector Romo, the assistant outlets manager, came to apologize and correct the situation, which he did after we returned from dinner at Cajun Greek (highly recommend, by the way) he called our room around 8p to apologize again and he offered us a free breakfast voucher and said he would send someone RIGHT UP to deliver it. TWO HOURS later (we're already asleep) at 1030 someone comes by to drop off the voucher.
Wow, guys...really?? How is that helping anything??
We wake up to our itemized list and they charged us for the valet. Hubby did get front desk to correct that item but, still, shouldn't have been there in the first place.

Either way, I doubt my family will ever stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Thank Samantha Marie W
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MoodyGardensHotel, General Manager at Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center, responded to this review, April 28, 2014
Dear Ms. Samantha Marie W.,

Thank you for bringing to our attention the series of service lapses in our restaurant. You deserved much better and please accept my most sincere apologies. We opened the Café in the Park in March and have had been pleased with the overwhelmingly positive comments we receive. We do sometimes fall short and your feedback regarding the extra portion and the quality of the steak was very troubling, especially after you discussed with the server the request to make sure the additional portion was adequate. I shared your feedback with our restaurant manager who remembered your table and he agreed that we had dropped the ball with your order. We offered breakfast as an apology but we were not aware of the clumsy way Hector followed up with the courtesy voucher. Hector is one of our newer managers and we have shared your feedback with him as well.

While I noted your preference to not return to Moody Gardens, should your plans return you to Galveston, please do not hesitate to contact me personally as we would welcome an opportunity to win back your confidence. My direct line is (409) 683-4405 and my email is goneil@moodygardens.com. Ms. W., thank you for bringing these things to our attention. We know that you have many choices when deciding where to stay when you come to Galveston. Thank you for choosing us and we look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future.

Best regards,

Garvin O’Neil
General Manager
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Reviewed April 14, 2014

If your travels take you to Galveston, Texas you must plan on staying at this 5 diamond hotel and resort! Brandon Marsh, Guest Services Manager and Bellman Scott, along with the entire Bell Staff are at your service to make your stay enjoyable. The rooms are what you would expect from a hotel of this quality, luxurious and spacious. The restaurants are superb and the food is outstanding. We stay here as we overnight before departing on a cruise, they keep our car in a garage while we cruise and provide us with shuttle to and from the ship. It just doesn't get any better than this. We will be back in September and again in December this year!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Thank Jim H
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MoodyGardensHotel, General Manager at Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center, responded to this review, April 20, 2014
Dear Jim H,

We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Moody Gardensl! Thank you for the comments about Brandon and our bell staff, they are always looking to go above and beyond!

We appreciate your feedback about our rooms and restaurants, thank you for letting us know.

We hope to welcome you back to Moody Gardens Hotel in the near future!


Sincerely,
Garvin O'Neil
General Manager
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Property: Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center
Address: 7 Hope Blvd., Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77554-8927
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Location: United States > Texas > Texas Gulf Coast > Galveston Island > Galveston
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#1 Spa Hotel in Galveston
#1 Luxury Hotel in Galveston
#3 Business Hotel in Galveston
#5 Romantic Hotel in Galveston
#5 Family Hotel in Galveston
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Hotel Class:4 star — Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center 4*
Number of rooms: 418
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