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The Galvestonian
Ranked #1 of 51 Hotels in Galveston
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 24, 2013

As always, PERFECT. Although one complaint :( The owners need to check a/c vents in bedrooms to be sure that it isn't blowing on peoples faces. I must say this was a pain but everything else was perfect. Also, if you need ice immediately when you check in, grab a bag before you get there, Unless they have an ice machine that I am not aware of. The ice maker in rerig most of time is not on.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 24, 2013

My wife and I stayed at the Galvestonian for one month, Sept.22nd to Oct.22nd. Before we left we made a reservation for one month in 2014, Sept. 15th to Oct.15th. That should say plenty about our pleasure with the facilities and the staff.

The staff knows how to make you welcome and continuing it every day of your stay. I'll name names in hopes of not overlooking anyone: It begins with General Manager Gregory Clark and Asst. Manager Tim Lopas. It continues with other staff, Frank, Amanda, Ros, Carol, Susie, Cindy, Sarah, Pat, and Mitch. They are exceptional as resources in knowledge about Galveston, attractions and resturants.

The physical facility is well maintained and beautifully landscaped. The swimming pool and deck are large and inviting. Arrangements can be made to use grills and enjoy a picnic setting. A fire pit offers a night time warm and glowing experience. The Gulf and beach are only a walkway over the dune.

Now you know why we will be back next year.

Room Tip: All rooms have a Gulf view and balcony.
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Morris V
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

My husband and I recently stayed at the Galvestonian for several days. We are already looking forward to returning in the very near future! Our condo was beautiful decorated and had two balconies. The view was wonderful! Every staff member we met at the Galvestonian was friendly, professional, and helpful. The entire place is operated like an up-scale hotel. The swimming pool is exceptionally clean, and so is the beach area. The grounds are also beautifully landscaped. There is lush foliage and gorgeous flowers. The beach is cleaned every morning! Having been to Galveston before, I was never impressed with the beaches because of the clutter, ect.... Staying at the Galvestonian was like staying on an entirely different island! That is THE reason that we will be returning! We highly recommend this lovely, secluded paradise!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Kellye B
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

This has been our preferred resort when we want a quick weekend getaway from Houston. It's on a quiet stretch of beach that doesn't feel crowded. The large lobby area is beautifully decorated and there is a cabinet of board games for rainy days. The pool is great for all ages and there are plenty of lounge chairs and other plush outdoor furniture.

I would recommend looking at photos of each unit on Galvestonian.com before booking as each unit is privately owned and the furnishings can vary greatly. We have stayed in unit 203 twice in the past two years. It has comfortable beds and nice den furniture but a few things went downhill a bit since since our last visit. The dining room chairs' fake leather seats were ripped and uncomfortable to sit in. In the kitchen, we would have appreciated a chef's knife instead of having to use steak knifes for food prep. Also the selection of glassware left a lot to be desired and we had two wine glasses total. Possibly the Galvestonian should do more frequent checks inside the units to make sure everything is up to par for a unit that runs $325 per night off season. I know these things are the owner's responsibility but this was a unit booked through the resort's reservations (not VRBO.com).

I must add that you will not find friendlier staff anywhere. From the front desk to the housekeepers (who come daily), everyone was always smiling and helpful. The maintenance guy who helped us figure out our cable box was so nice and even asked me how it was working when I saw him downstairs the next day. They also provide a breakfast on the weekends consisting of donut holes, fruit and juice.

This is probably one of the nicer resorts for extended stay in Galveston due to the full kitchen, amenities and beachfront location, but just do your homework and ask lots of questions before booking a unit.

Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

Went with 4 moms and 1 2 year old granddaughter for a weekend of relaxation and fun. It was the perfect get-away. The Galvestonian is a great place to stay and be able to access the beach and/or a very nice pool. Don't expect the pool to be "wild child" friendly, but you can take the kids to the beach for that. Loved it for all the right reasons. Don't go there because when I get ready to book again, I want a room to be available.

Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
2  Thank Judy G
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

This was our second stay at the Galvestonian. We first booked a condo here a year ago based on the reviews on tripadvisor, and we are so glad we did. We even booked the exact same condo (#914) the second time around. This is a 12 story building with 16 individually owned condos on each floor. The building is on the beach with a walkover to cross the dunes, but no street to cross to reach the beautiful beach. The beach is big and clean (someone rakes the area every morning) and there are chairs and umbrellas you can rent for $30/day. We knew our unit had an umbrella in the closet from last year, so we just brought our own chairs to get our own setup on the beach for free. Beach towels are included and can be found in the lobby as you walk out to the heated pool, hot tub, or beach. The property also has two tennis courts, a basketball hoop in the corner of the tennis courts, fitness center, bicycles, outdoor shuffleboard, picnic tables with grills, and a firepit area where they will set up and clean up your 2 hr s'more session for $40. The units are individually owned so choose your unit carefully as some are more updated than others. Ours had a king in the master and two twins in the second bedroom. The bedding was wonderful and the kitchen nicely equipped. In fact, we ate all of our meals except for one dinner at the condo. The front office staff is very nice and check in and out was a breeze. We had one of the toilets stopped up but that was quickly taken care of while we played a game of tennis. Be sure to ask for the "stay 3 nights pay for 2" promotion, which makes your stay not only first class but also economical. Definitely the best place to stay in Galveston - we will be back!

Room Tip: Pick a room with room darkening curtains as the sun sets outside your windows
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank katym0m
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Reviewed October 9, 2013

Great stay if you want to be very close to attractions in Galveston without all the traffic and crowds. All of the rooms are condos, so they come complete with kitchens that include pots, pans, dishes, eating & cooking utensils, etc...a dishwasher (dishwasher soap and regular dish soap under the counter), full size stove & refrigerator. Our room had a king size bed and a sofa that made out into a queen size bed. There were balconies in the living area and the bedroom, both with patio furniture. The entire walls were ceiling to floor windows with sliding glass doors facing the gulf, which could be covered with thick blinds if desired. The room was very clean, and there were even magazines and mosquito candles available. The pool and hot tub were very nice, as well as beach access via the walkway. Chairs and umbrellas can be rented/reserved at the front desk, and are set up by the staff. There is also a picnic area just beyond the pool deck (before the dunes) with Weber charcoal grills and picnic tables. There was a continental breakfast served in the mornings, which included fruit and pastries. Coffee, teas, and hot chocolate were available all day long in the lobby. There are also shopping carts available to haul groceries up to the rooms if needed. When we called the lobby for extra towels there was no hesitation, or "come down and get them;" they were delivered by friendly staff within a couple of minutes. (BTW, beach/pool towels are strategically located next to the beach/pool access door in the lobby.) Our stay was pretty quiet and peaceful with a spectacular view of the beach and gulf.

Room Tip: All rooms face the gulf and have balconies. Access to the beach does not require fighting traffic t...
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank Laura W
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Address: 1401 East Beach Drive, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-3323
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Location: United States > Texas > Texas Gulf Coast > Galveston Island > Galveston
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Galveston
#1 Romantic Hotel in Galveston
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Galveston
#1 Family Hotel in Galveston
Price Range: $225 - $339 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Galvestonian 3*
Number of rooms: 67
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Galvestonian is designed for pleasure and relaxation. For outdoor fun, the large heated swimming pool, which features a hot-tub Jacuzzi, is elevated on a deck which runs almost the entire length of the building. This affords the privacy you deserve, plus a spectacular view of the Gulf of Mexico. The spacious poolside cabana is quiet, shaded area for enjoying pool side refreshments. For tennis buffs, there are two lighted courts. And, of course, there are miles of beach a few steps down from the pool deck. You can stroll along the water's edge, build sand castles or simply relax on the sand and let the sun's golden rays warm your body.East Beach is the most exclusive beach in Texas. Only 50 minutes from Hobby Airport and only three minutes from downtown Galveston. East Beach is a hideaway which will allow you to escape life's pressures. ... more   less 
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