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“Saturdays are not good.”
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Harbor House
Ranked #4 of 51 Hotels in Galveston
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 18, 2011

Do not stay here on a Saturday night. They rent the party room and the noise is heard all through the hotel. Owners need to decide whether it is a hotel or a party venue.

  • Stayed: September 2011
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Reviewed September 3, 2011

Stayed her in Sept. 11. Wonderful view. However, we got to breakfast at 8:47, stayed out late the night before. It is a Sat. Morning, and there was hardly any coffee left. Called front desk and asked if we could get more. Were told that breakfast ends at 9....WHAT? On a weekend? On Vacation? That is crazy, please extend it at least until 10 for weekenders! On positive side, rooms are spacious, and water bottles is a nice touch.

  • Stayed: September 2011
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1  Thank Jdgtex
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WyndhamGalveston, General Manager at Harbor House, responded to this reviewResponded September 6, 2011

Thanks for your review and a very good point on the breakfast hours. We will do better to keep breakfast stocked until the posted hours and consider your suggestion of extending the hours on weekends.

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Reviewed September 1, 2011

We arrived on Sunday after church and we were very impressed with Harbor House! We were a block off of The Strand and all of the shops and the Railroad Museum. We had a wonderful view of the Port of Galveston and the cruise ships there. The Tall Ship "Elissa" and the Seaport Museum (right out our 3rd floor window) and the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum were on either side of the Hotel and well within walking distance.
The room was large and very comfortable with a refrigerator and microwave. The bed was wonderful. The staff was great and very eager to help and answer any question on the area attractions. Even though parking cost, it was nice to not have to worry about out truck or having a good place to park.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 24, 2011

Really liked staying there until money that we had left in the night stand beside the bed had been stolen. Obviously the cleaning people lifted the money. So totally did not trust leaving anything of value in the room when we were gone. Reported it to the front desk and never heard back from them.

The other major problem are the air conditioners in the rooms are extremely noisy and we were told they were new units which I do not believe.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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WyndhamGalveston, General Manager at Harbor House, responded to this reviewResponded August 27, 2011

I am sorry your money was taken or misplaced. We will contact you directly to find out what happend. The air conditioning units were all replaced in the last year. We will see if we can make them run more quietly.

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Reviewed July 14, 2011

Loved the location of the Harbor House. Easy walking distance to the strand and the arts district. Good harbor views from the room. Was so quiet and peaceful for our romantic morning and sunset strolls. Not at all like the seawall area with its crowds. Parking is $10 a day but you may come in and out as often as you like and it is close to the room. Restaurant downstairs had a great view of the harbor from outdoor seating.

Continental breakfast was convenient and adequate. Coffee, juices, pastries, fruit, oatmeal and yogurt. Enjoyed our trip and would certainly return to the Harbor House at Pier 21.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 11, 2011

1) Check in process: The young man was not courteous. We were very rushed and it was unpleasant. There were several people behind us so it was CRAMPED in the so called lobby which is the size of a broom closet. Maybe that is why he was somewhat rude. (The morning person was FABULOUS.)

2) The lighting system in the room in INSANE. What is the point of the dimmers? Then, when we finally got to bed, we got rid of the lights and the plug didn't work. My husband is on a breathing machine at night and guess what???? He is gasping for air! The plug doesn't work when the lights are off. Beware if you are using it for health reasons or just to charge your phones. It was horrible.

3) Noise. We had barely put our bags down and I thought... wow, that must be a big ship going by! I was excited! Rushed to the window, NOTHING. Guess what the noise was??? Our AIR CONDITIONER. Yes, we had the loud and I do mean LOUD noise each time it came on. We thought it was a ship it was so loud!!

4) Breakfast? What breakfast? Cut off on breakfast time at 9 AM for weekend is insane. We travel alot, bed and breakfast, other hotels and it is 9:30 or 10 weekends. So, we didn't get any.

We were very glad to get back to our own bed, our air conditioner that makes minimal noise and lights that work.

We won't be back to the Harbor House. VERY overpriced for the $243 total bill we paid with it all total.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 8, 2011

Very quaint and "olde world" feel in the heart of The Strand. Right on the marina, wonderful views and walking-distance to wonderful eating and shopping. A very short drive to Seawall/beach access. No pool, but sister-hotel GALVEZ has everything, and you can have complete access to all their amenities with a parking garage. COLD A/C in rooms - wonderful on a hot July Texas day! Friendly staff. Small feel, won't get lost in the crowds of larger resorts. Internet didn't work the first day, so the engineering manager added an outlet near our room by the end of the day and it worked perfectly for the remainder of our stay. Comfortable beds, plenty of room for our family of 5. I would give a few marks off for their continental breakfast, we ended up eating in a restaurant instead. Otherwise, two thumbs up. Parking costs $10/day per car, but it is within gates and feels very secure. Hotel kept very clean. This is a very small hotel, so don't expect a huge resort-feel. I would use the words: quaint, cozy, modest, beachy, almost like a B&B.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the 3rd floor, closest to the harbor, facing East to avoid sunset heat.
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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Harbor House

Address: Pier 21, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550
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Location: United States > Texas > Texas Gulf Coast > Galveston Island > Galveston
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Galveston
#9 Family Hotel in Galveston
#11 Business Hotel in Galveston
Price Range: $101 - $319 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Harbor House 3*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Harbor House Hotel resides in Galveston Wharf overlooking Galveston Bay. The Harbor House amenities feature spacious guest rooms with scenic harbor views, free Wi-Fi Internet access as well as complimentary breakfast. All Guest rooms are designed to reflect a relaxed ambiance, embellished with nautical-style furnishings and wooden floors. Enjoy nearby attractions, such as the Texas Seaport Museum, The Tall Ship Elissa, and The Great Storm Theater. ... more   less 
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