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“"Hakuna matata"” 3 of 5 stars
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La Quinta Inn Galveston East Beach
2.5 of 5 Motel   |   1402 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-8199   |  
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Ranked #28 of 50 Hotels in Galveston
San Antonio, Texas
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“"Hakuna matata"”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

OK, from my experiences...beach towns are not like other destinations. We love the "No worries" attitude on vacation, right. Well, I think we may need to remember that when we get grossed out with rusted railings or sandy pools. We have stayed at both East and West locations. West is newer, but the East location is awesome if you want to be in the middle of the island action. The "free" breakfast was not a great experience. Long line....It was a little rundown, but as the title says "Hakuna Matata". Go in knowing this is not the Galvez in Galveston, but La Quinta.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

We arrived in Galveston after taking a shuttle in from George Bush International Airport in Houston. The staff were friendly and the place was situated right across the street from the beach. The rooms were clean but the bathroom smelled of urine and I kept the door closed for the night we were there ! Its a beautiful area and if you can do it a nice walk to see the homes in the historic section is definately a nice way to see the town . The beds were clean and crisp and they serve a breakfast in the morning that isnt bad and if you are on your way out. We were on our way to the Dock the next day for a cruise to the Western Carribean but the hotel has no Shuttle bus so we had to get a cab which was proving difficult as many others vacationers were headed there as well! Its only about 10 mins to the dock so at least it didnt cost us a lot! Galveston at the end of February isnt deserted and in the summer its probably alive with Beach Buffs! For ann overnight stay it filled the need but a long term stay I just couldnt see !

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013 via mobile

Very clean and comfortable rooms,great location, good service . Close to restaurants and points of interest. Good swimming pool and parking spaces. Good value , very quiet neighborhood. Great view of the coast and attractions
Will definitely come back and stay , good price.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Duncan, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

After checking in on March 1, we headed up to our room on the 3rd floor. This hotel is a '60s style motel with exterior hallways facing the parking lots. Upon arriving at our room, I noticed a styrofoam coffee cup full of cigarette butts just outside our window next to an exit door. Couldn't open the room door with either of our two pass cards. Went back down to the lobby and got the pass cards validated properly.

Entered the room and got hit with a blast of stale cigarette smoke. My wife screamed when she went into the bathroom due to finding a large upside down cockroach on the floor in front of the toilet. As I was brushing it into a garbage can, I noticed it wasn't quite dead as it's legs were moving slightly. Although we never saw another roach, it creeped us out and we kept thinking the place was dirty.

That wasn't the case since the room was clean. We both slept fine but hated coming back into the room and noticing the stale cigarette smoke each time.

The free breakfast was below average. One of the 3 waffle makers was out of order; one of the others only half cooked the waffle batter resulting in a gooey mess. I wound up eating Froot Loops for both mornings that we were there.

It felt like we were staying at an average budget motel but paying too much. Our rate was $109 on Friday and $129 on Saturday. If I had been paying in the $60-80 range, I would have just chalked it up to "you get what you pay for". But no, we were paying much more than that.

We cancelled the last three days on our reservation and moved across town to the Hampton Inn. It was like day and night. The Hampton Inn was like a luxury inn. Everything was newer, brighter and quieter. Bigger bathroom; outstanding breakfast with 3 hot choices in addition to the standard waffles; fresh cookies and fruit; a hot tub. It actually felt like we were on vacation and being pampered as opposed to us putting up with little irritations and "making do".

Although the Hampton Inn costs about $15 more each night, the vast difference between the two properties is worth it if you are on vacation. If you're just looking for a place to crash for a night before a cruise, this La Quinta would fit the bill.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars
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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Lots of bang for your buck here, right on 14th and Seawall. While it is an older property, it was spotlessly clean. I'm very picky about the bathrooms in particular and I had no trouble whatsoever going barefoot both in the room and in the bathroom/shower. The mini-fridge worked great, wi-fi reception was 5 bars and it's pet friendly to boot! Beds and pillows were extremely comfortable, A/C worked great and the staff was super friendly and helpful. I'll be back with the family for a weekend this summer!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

We traveled to Galveston from the midwest to get away from the cold, snow, and ice for a few days. We always look for La Quinta Inns for lodging when possible because we generally have had very good experiences at them and we travel with our small dog, who is welcome at La Qunita hotels. The hotel we reserved ended up being probably the oldest one we have stayed in and has a problem with german cockroaches. The manager generously offered to comp us the room and move us to another one after the first night, when we found a live cockroach. We moved to another room, and the next morning found a dead cockroach in the bathroom doorway. That was it for us. We had to cut our time on the island short because we could not find another hotel on the weekend that would accept our dog, except for one that charged more than we could afford (retired, on fixed income). The staff was responsive, but we were a little freaked out by the roaches. When we got home, we had to thoroughly clean everything that we had taken with us just in case any roaches had hitchhiked home with us. We do not recommend this hotel, but do appreciate the effort of the staff.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Spring, TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

This is one of La Quinta's corporate-owned locations, rather than one of their more numerous locally-owned franchises. And like most of their corporate-owned ones it's older than most of the franchises. But also because it's corporate-owned it's also much better operated and staffed. It's very well located on the seawall, between and near the Pleasure Pier, the Strand, and many restaurants.

We had one of the 2 executive king suites at the upper front of the building overlooking the Gulf and beach across the seawall boulevard. Great View. Pics attached. Room was large, with sofa (bed), easy chair, desk and swivel desk chair, microwave, small refrigerator. Furnishings were a tad dated and well-used, but in good condition. Carpet was somewhat worn but not frayed, and was clean. Lots of lighting, which is more often lacking. Everything functioned. The bed was very comfortable... soft, just the way we like it.

The large HDTV worked well and had a great picture, and HD service. But there was no on-screen program guide and no printed off-screen program guide. Lots of hunting to find something.

The bathroom was very clean, but smallish. Being an older-design La Quinta the bathroom is two sections, one for the vanity area with a large doorless opening into the sleeping area, and the bath/toilet area being a quite small separate area with a door off the vanity area. Everything was clean and everything worked. However, it took some time running water to finally get hot water.

The air conditioning worked great, and had a digital wall thermostat. But the ac was fairly loud when running. And be aware that it has one of those “efficiency” thermostats that off-set the temperature upward by 4 degrees after midnight until morning hours, on the theory that you won't notice that it's 4 degrees warmer while you're asleep. Though it was mid-February it was warm outside so we definitely noticed. And got up to reset it.

The breakfast was fairly average, OK but not great, just what you normally see at these things. Had adequate amounts of a decent variety. But adequate seating was lacking for the large crowds. There is a Denny's restaurant immediately adjacent to the hotel parking lot. For those not familiar with Denny's it could be described as an IHOP clone. The hotel swimming pool was out of service being replastered to be ready for the coming summer. Seemed an attractive area with good seating.

The staff was very friendly, helpful, and professional on all shifts. That is typical of corporate-owned La Quintas, as opposed to the behavior of staff you often encounter at their locally-owned franchises that have no training program for staff and a high employee turnover rate.

This was our second stay here, and we will again.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: La Quinta Inn Galveston East Beach
Address: 1402 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-8199
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Location: United States > Texas > Texas Gulf Coast > Galveston Island > Galveston
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#14 On the Beach Hotel in Galveston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — La Quinta Inn Galveston East Beach 2.5*
Number of rooms: 116
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