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“Great hotel and convention center for business or personal use.”

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Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center
Ranked #2 of 51 Hotels in Galveston
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 13, 2014

I attended an annual (oil based) convention there in April. It is a very nice facility, very nice people, and fairly well maintained given the size of the size. There is ample space for conventions, a large (beautiful) pool, and even a decent restaurant for breakfast.

I did not visit the spa so I can not give input one way or another. My wife and I are planning a get away soon and I will likely taker her to Galveston for 4-5 days. This will most likely be where we stay.


The Breakdown:

The Good:
* Large, works especially well for conventions
* Clean Rooms, well maintained grounds
* Affordable and pretty comparable to standard hotel rates
* No problems with WIFI anywhere I tried to connect
* Moderate breakfast (at additional cost)
* Good view of Galveston
* The pool area is perfect for reading and unwinding. There were several there every night reading.
* Convention Center is separate from the rooms so you don't have to deal with noise if you are there as a guest only.

The Bad:
* Parking. There is ample parking but it is across the street. This can be a little uncomfortable if you have to go to your car at night.

It not perfect, as no hotel is, but I'm struggling to find anything considered a con. Overall, satisfied. I will be back at some point to spend some of my own hard earned money.

Room Tip: Tell the hotel you want on the waterfront side for the best view. The view of the pool area is wort...
  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled on business
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MoodyGardensHotel, General Manager at Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center, responded to this reviewResponded May 18, 2014

Dear JeramieOK,

We are thrilled that you had a great experience with us. Thank you so much for the comments about our staff and property. We look forward to welcoming you back to Moody Gardens soon!

Sincerely,
Garvin O'Neil
General Manager

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Reviewed May 11, 2014

I stayed at the Moody Gardens Hotel for two back to back conferences over 4 nights. This was not my first time but I had a little extra time to visit. The hotel is very clean and the room was lovely. The staff was terrific. The conference food was excellent, including an awards dinner. The cafe food was okay to good.
The rainforest exhibit is absolutely a delight and well worth visiting. The aquarium is also nice but would be hard to beat the rainforest. The resort has pool, zip line and ropes, beach and lazy river which I did not try. Nice spa and pretty complete exercise room. Also Starbucks. Actually got to visit historic Galveston on this trip - you can arrange for the hotel van to take you down there. All in all a very nice experience.
By the way, Moody Gardens has a program of helping to train and sometimes employ young people with traumatic brain injuries. Kudos to them for walking the walk!

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled on business
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Thank KRB81
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MoodyGardensHotel, General Manager at Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center, responded to this reviewResponded May 18, 2014

Dear KRB81,

It is certainly rewarding to read such a wonderful review. I am glad we continue to impress you, and I am thrilled to read how much you enjoyed your stay, the amenities and the terrific service staff provided. They are always ready to assist, and are a great asset to Moody Gardens. It’s great to hear you had extra time to explore and enjoy the Moody Gardens Attractions and visit historic Galveston.

We look forward to welcoming you back for business or leisure. Thank you for your review.

Sincerely,
Garvin O'Neil
General Manager

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Reviewed May 9, 2014

Lobby Bar was closed for renovations but went to the Billiard room for a cocktails. Our Bartender Kim was wonderful...great service and good conversation...She is such a delight...stop by and see her if you are staying at the hotel...

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Deborah T
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MoodyGardensHotel, General Manager at Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center, responded to this reviewResponded May 18, 2014

Dear Deborah T,

Thank you for leaving feedback on your recent visit to our Lobby Bar. Your kind words about Kim are greatly appreciated. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit at the temporary location in the Garden Cay. The Lobby Bar will re-open after Memorial Day 2014. We look forward to welcoming you back soon and to hearing your feedback on the “NEW” Lobby Bar.

Sincerely,
Garvin O'Neil
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Reviewed May 7, 2014

The staff were extra, extra helpful. My stay was wonderful. Very clean and looks great! The pool area was amazing. The pool bar staff were amazing. I spent 3 nights. Was very, very satisfied and would reccommend this hotel to anyone. Except the shrimp cocktails from the Cafe need a little help, the food is decent.

Room Tip: Poolsode king. Very comfy. Nice view of the property from 7th floor.
  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled on business
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MoodyGardensHotel, General Manager at Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center, responded to this reviewResponded May 18, 2014

Dear Cherie R,

Thank you so much for the wonderful comments. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay, the pool and the Pool Bar. We hope that you will give Café in the Park another try; we promise you won't be disappointed! We hope to welcome you back to Moody Gardens soon.

Sincerely,
Garvin O'Neil
General Manager

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Reviewed May 5, 2014

The staff at check in was so nice and so very helpful. Including the valet service. The room was beautiful and very spacious. We had a corner room and had a lot of space. The rooms are supplied with a keurig coffee machine which is nice. The beds were comfortable. The room was also very clean along with a clean bathroom. The décor is very tasteful and island themed. I will stay here again in the future.

Room Tip: Request a room on a higher floor.
  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with family
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Thank lovesweekends94
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MoodyGardensHotel, General Manager at Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center, responded to this reviewResponded May 18, 2014

Dear lovesweekends94,

Thank you so much for the nice review! We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us! Thank you for the kind comments about our staff and decor! We hope to welcome you back to Moody Gardens soon!

Sincerely,
Garvin O'Neil
General Manager

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Reviewed May 5, 2014

This hotel is top-notch. The surroundings both indoors and out are beautiful. The food in the restaurant on the main floor near the lobby is excellent. The pool is really nice and very clean. Our room was immaculate, and always cleaned to perfection. The bedding was really clean and the bed was always made. The bathroom was immaculate as well, always cleaned to perfection. The cleaning staff was very friendly and the check-in personnel was friendly as well. The rooms were reasonably priced, even though this was a holiday weekend. We will definitely be back!

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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MoodyGardensHotel, General Manager at Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center, responded to this reviewResponded May 18, 2014

Dear hobo8703,

Thank you for taking the time to comment about your recent stay at Moody Gardens! We are so glad that you had a wonderful Easter weekend with us. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future!

Sincerely,
Garvin O'Neil
General Manager

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Reviewed May 3, 2014 via mobile

The hotel is exquisite all around! From check in personnel to bell men to the poolside workers to the the associate in the creamery station were completely nice and friendly. The property is well kept and manicured perfectly. The one and only issue I had was the bottle water in the vending machine was $3.00... And no complimentary water in the room. Not a deal breaker but I guess hotels/ resorts have me spoiled with comp water. I would def visit moody garden hotel again and again (I'll bring my own bottled water) but a must stay hotel. The entire family can have a great time. I have a 2 and 3 y/o and they enjoyed their time greatly. The breakfast buffet was amazing. 6 and under eat free and only 15.00 for adults was great!

Stayed: May 2014
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MoodyGardensHotel, General Manager at Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center, responded to this reviewResponded May 6, 2014

Dear AKA77056,

Thank you so much for leaving feedback about your recent stay at Moody Gardens. We are thrilled to hear that your family enjoyed your stay here with us! We love to welcome children to the hotel and we are so glad that they had a good time. I am glad that you got to try our breakfast buffet and visit the pool during your stay.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Moody Gardens soon!

Sincerely,
Garvin O'Neil
General Manager

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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
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Galveston
#1 Spa Hotel in Galveston
#3 Business Hotel in Galveston
#5 Romantic Hotel in Galveston
#5 Family Hotel in Galveston
#5 Best Value Hotel in Galveston
Price Range: $170 - $255 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center 4*
Number of rooms: 418
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