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Inn at the Waterpark
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

We wanted a nice, clean and inexpensive place to stay before our cruise that would let us park our car there and shuttle us to the pier. We found it at The Inn at the Waterpark. At $55.00 a night you can stay, keep your car there and be shuttled to and from the pier. Most places around Galveston and wanting $150.00+++ for the same service. I found this place on Trip Advisor and I would highly recommend it to anyone taking a cruise out of Galveston. Not fancy but clean and convenient. What more can a person ask for.

Room Tip: We stayed in the older part of the complex. I did not get to see the newer part. I think next time I'll request the newer part just to compare the two.
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Sue509
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Reviewed November 23, 2012

We stayed at the Inn at the Waterpark for our honeymoon. Got a very good deal, two all day passes to Moody Gardens included with the room. After reading some of the reviews, I was a little hesitant, but am so glad we chose to stay here. The staff was very attentive, prompt and friendly. The room was quite comfortable, clean and the a/c was more than adequate. The only problem we had was that the card reader to enter one of the entrances to our building was down and it was a little inconvenient to go around to the back entrance. Some of the reviewers were upset over the "view" from the window, which overlooked a very large cement tank. This was no bother at all to me or my wife, since we were literally right next door to Moody Gardens.

Room Tip: I have nothing to compare with, since we only stayed one night. However, we wandered down the hall for some snacks and found the vending machines, which didn't give us our change.
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank NOLAN S
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

The staff is nice, the outdoor part of the property is nice, and the location is good, but to give a hotel a good review you have to have decent rooms. These are not. Not to put too fine a point on it, they stink. It's a combo of BO, stale smoke (coming off guests over time, not smoking in the rooms, which is forbidden), the lack of renovation and/or deep cleaning in too long a time, and ridiculous amounts of perfumes used to try to cover it all. I'm not picky, but I almost couldn't stand it. It would be manageable if the windows would open, but they don't - you can't get any fresh air in here at all to clear out the stench.

There also were wall items (picture, mirror) missing, and there were open cuts in the ceiling for the sprinkler system, which made the room look even more run down. In the hall, there were patches all over the ceiling due to water leaks. Also, their towels were dingy gray - they either don't use bleach (and this is a town where people do go to the beach and track in dirt, so they should expect sand and such in their towels!) or they don't replace towels except once in a blue moon.

If view matters to you, don't pick this place. Ugly, ugly tanks and other industrial views will make you jealous of pretty Moody Gardens next door.

Room Tip: There are 2 buildings - the main and a non-connected building with parking underneath. Insist on the main building, because that one is in better shape, and if it's raining you won't have to dash through a downpour to get to the lobby or breakfast.
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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3  Thank Daemonaquila
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INNWPGM, General Manager at Inn at the Waterpark, responded to this reviewResponded December 20, 2012

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Reviewed November 3, 2012

We stayed there to visit Moody Gardens. It was perfect walking distance to Moody Gardens. We had a two day pass and were able to walk back and forth. The rooms were comfortable and all the people were very nice.

Room Tip: Great location to Moody Gardens
  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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Thank Rain S
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

We stay here everytime we go to Galveston. The Hotel is basic, clean, and quiet. We've never had a safety issue, nor felt 'unsafe'. It is next door to Schlitterbahn, but it's about 3 blocks walking distance to the Schlitterbahn the entry gate, so we still get in our car and drive, but teens can walk it just fine. It is about 5 full blocks from Moody Gardens, but if you can't afford the Moody Gardens more than twice the cost, this is the hotel for you. There is also transportation to the cruise ship terminal, and you can leave your car parked in the hotel parking lot if you spend the night before (they do not guarantee safety though). There is also a pool for guests at the hotel. No Pets Allowed.

The views are nothing to write home about, but it's a place to spend the night that's clean and 'safe' feeling. No tub, but shower has a 3" lip that you can put a washcloth in the drain that you can bathe your baby or young child in (stay with). It has two separate buildings, and we've always stayed in the one detached from the main building, but it only allows entry through a keycard, unlike the main building that registers visitors.

Breakfast is good but go before 8 or after 9 because of seating...cereals including Raisin Bran, Fruit Loops, Frosted Flakes, etc. Bagels, fruit pastries, toast, and a pancake machine that causes more problems than good, so don't count on it. They need two waffle machines to replace the non-working pancake machine. Apple, Cranberry and Orange Juice Machines, coffees, hot chocolate, tea, milk (low fat, reg and fat free, no chocolate).

We will stay here again.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank mmmckinn
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