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“Great Deal for Adorable Boutique Hotel”
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Harbor House
Ranked #4 of 51 Hotels in Galveston
Certificate of Excellence
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2 reviews
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“Great Deal for Adorable Boutique Hotel”
Reviewed September 26, 2013

I recently traveled to Galveston with my family and we loved Harbor House! It's beautiful, clean and has a ton of character. It's also within walking distance of a ton of little shops and restaurants which was a plus for us, and my baby loved watching all the boats come in and out of the harbor. We also got a great deal because we stayed on Sunday and Monday night. We'll definitely go again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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WyndhamGalveston, Guest Relations Manager at Harbor House, responded to this review, September 30, 2013
We are so pleased that you and your family enjoyed your stay at Harbor House Hotel and Marina. As you mentioned, the hotel's location at Pier 21 is within walking distance to shops, dining and more. It is also the only hotel that overlooks the harbor.
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

We stayed at Harbor House on September 11. From the moment we entered the lobby the staff were friendly and helpful. We got a good price on the room, discounts at two nearby restaurants, we got a requested location (on the side facing the cruise terminal), and late checkout. The room was comfortable & roomy, the wi-fi was free and acceptibly fast, and the bathroom was nice. Taking into consideration that the hotel is on the banks of a very busy harbor, it wasn't too noisy. In fact, it was so quiet we overslept and missed the breakfast. It did however have the somewhat musty smell of most waterfront properties. The location is convenient to the Strand, museums and restaurants. We enjoyed our stay and would like to visit again.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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WyndhamGalveston, Guest Relations Manager at Harbor House, responded to this review, September 20, 2013
We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Harbor House Hotel and Marina. It does offer a wonderful location and, as you mentioned, its just a block from The Strand. By the way, we are planning to renovate the hotel at the end of the year. Please stay with us again.
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The Woodlands, Texas
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

For the price we paid I expected a little more. The beds were said to be queen, they were full sized and not very comfortable. The furniture was pretty worn out and faded. The paint around entry and bathroom was badly scuffed and dirty, peeling paint in one small area and the room had a very musty smell, and a constant feeling of moisture that never faded. The TV was very old and had no means of renting a movie for the night, and there was not an iron or ironing board. On the flip side the location was ideal. The view of the harbor was nice as well as the sourrounding restaurants. The water pressure was also very strong. The room could have been very cute with a few updates. I have to say for the money next time we will go to The Tremont.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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WyndhamGalveston, Guest Relations Manager at Harbor House, responded to this review, September 13, 2013
Thank you for the comments on your stay. We are excited to share that we are planning to renovate the hotel at the end of the year. While we know that you'll love The Tremont House, we do hope that you will give us another try after our renovation.
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Corpus Christi, Texas
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Reviewed September 11, 2013 via mobile

My husband & I stayed here overnight prior to our cruise in August. Yes, the hotel is dated but I think it added to the ambiance of its location. Out view in the morning was of our ship which added to our excitement. The location is perfect...walking distance to the Strand. For the most part the personnel were great. After reading the reviews, we didn't even attempt the free breakfast. We did take a look and suggest you go find a McDonalds! Our only issue was the parking shuttle. For a fee you can park your car in their lot. The fee is comparable to other private parking around the ship terminal. They don't have their own shuttle but use their sister hotels shuttles. The shuttle driver who took us to the terminal said we weren't on the list so she was glad she stopped. Funny because we heard the front desk clerk make the phone call and put us on the list (wish I remembered her name to give her kudos...she is an asset to this establishment!). We called the hotel when we got back and were treated kind of rudely by this desk clerk. He told us the shuttle runs continuously every 15 minutes. After 30 minutes and no shuttle (we'd have walked since it would have been quicker but it was raining), the driver of an unrelated hotel graciously took us to our car.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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WyndhamGalveston, Guest Relations Manager at Harbor House, responded to this review, September 13, 2013
Thank you for the feedback on your stay at the hotel. I'm so sorry that you had an issue with the return shuttle. We typically don't have these type issues with our shuttle. We hope that you will give us another try in the future. Please note that we are planning to renovate the hotel at the end of the year.
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Reviewed September 8, 2013 via mobile

Our room was fantastic better than the pics and the staff was very friendly, check in was fast! parking is an additional fee but the parking is semi closed off from public and you get to access sister hotels on the island at no extra cost giving you access to there parking/restaurants/bars for FREE!

  • Stayed September 2013
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WyndhamGalveston, Guest Relations Manager at Harbor House, responded to this review, September 9, 2013
We appreciate your kind review on your stay at Harbor House. As you mentioned, Harbor House guests have access to the pool and parking at Hotel Galvez & Spa as well as signing privileges there and at The Tremont House. We also offer a courtesy shuttle on weekends or upon request. We look forward to your next stay with us.
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Property: 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 Best Value Hotel in Galveston
#3 Romantic Hotel in Galveston
#9 Family Hotel in Galveston
#11 Business Hotel in Galveston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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