My boyfriend and I stayed at the Ocean Village Hotel in late August 2012. We stayed in the Honeymoon suite.
This place did not disappoint! I was amazed at how spacious and clean the room was. The beach-front views were breath taking. All encounters with employees were nothing but pleasant. The bed was extremely comfortable and welcoming-- especially after a long day at the beach. The fried fish from the restaurant tasted light and fresh. I would recommend doing research on other places to eat as well, there isn't a great deal of variety in Surfside itself.
Galveston is about 45 minutes away, so not too far for a mini-day trip.
The beaches in front of the hotel are family friendly and not very crowded at all (at least they weren't the weekend we went). We went during red tide and I was terrified the beaches would be strewn with death fish, but they were very clean and lovely (in the area around the hotel).
The Hotel Water: Some people have complained the water was yellow, smelly, etc. Here's my take on it: I read the reviews before going, so we sort of knew what we were getting into. We brought bottled water to drink at the hotel. While the water wasn't too great at the hotel, it personally didn't bother me. It's a smaller hotel in a smaller area so I felt it was understandable that the water wasn't what I was used to (being from DFW).
I guess what I'm saying is it wasn't a deal breaker. There are so many other great things about this place!
We will definitely be back. :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The idyllic beachfront “Ocean Village Hotel & Resort”, Surfside Beach, TX 77541 is located 12 minutes from the Freeport/Lake Jackson Port and Commerce Center, a scenic 36 minute ocean front drive from Galveston’s fine dining and amusement parks, a leisurely 60 minutes from downtown Houston or a rustic 240 minutes from Austin, the State Capital. Surfside, recognized as one of the “Best Beach Communities” on the Gulf of Mexico, has many activities easily accessible from the hotels fifty nine fully detailed balconied “King or Double Queen” suites, kitchenettes, and standard rooms. “Dine Anytime or have A Reunion” at the boardwalk Café or Seaside Bar before you “Catch some Rays, Surf the Waves and Get Married” on the resorts sugar sand beach,” Fish for Reds” a half mile into the Gulf on the inlet jetty, “Observe the Fish” or walk the nature trail at the nearby Sea Center Texas Hatchery and Aquarium, “Watch the Birds” from your balcony overlooking the local preserve, “Launch your Boat” at the town’s inlet ramp or “Ride your Bike” to City Hall for a ghost guided tour of the Island’s Museum. Relax, walk your pet “See the Sun Rise and set”, then reinvigorate your life with the superior accommodations, extraordinary customer service and great food found exclusively at the Ocean Village Hotel & Resort. ... more less
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