Always like to plan ahead and am doing research on Galveston - as we will be cruising out of there in Jan 2010 on Conquest. We'll be arriving on Friday and haven't decided if we should stay an extra day or not - but that's not a big deal at the moment. I'm the one who has to pick the hotel for the group and have done a good job in the past so I can't let my record slip -
What hotels have you all stayed at in Galveston and which ones do you suggest/ stay away from? Thanks for any and all help.
My DD lives in Galveston (actually I am there now on grandma duty)
The Galvez is fabulous. Old hotel with all the architectural details. Very plush - also pretty pricey. Pre-Ike some of the lines used them for the pre-hotel spot and even did registration at the hotel. Don't know if that is still true. We often times stop in there for a nice drink and to soak up the ambiance. Paying for a drink at the Galvez at least makes the cruise ship bar prices look good.
The Holiday Inn on the Beach is a nice facility. Just redone after Ike. I actually spent 2 nights there last week when DD and DSIL had friends in for the w/e, so rather than crowd them, we got off to ourselves and had a nice time. They have a shuttle program and allow you to leave your car there for the week, in case you are driving down.
It is in a nice strip of hotels and restaurants owned by Landry's Restaurant and there is a shuttle if you don't want to walk to nearby Landry's or the IHOP. There are other great places to eat nearby. All rooms face the water.
There are others in the usual chains and most offer free shuttle service to the pier. If you stay with any of the big names that are on the beach (Sea Wall Blvd) you will be fine as they've all been redone after the hurricane. Some away from the beach have not been redone as completely.
If you want me to check out anything in particular I'll be happy to. I'll be gone this weekend through April 6 (gotta go cruisin') but then I'll be back for a couple weeks (or until this baby learns to sleep through the night!)
Tremont is nice. It is along the same (or better) than Galvez as far as price and quality. The major big Mardi Gras people stay there and use it as their staging area.
Another place to look is Kemah and South Shore Harbour.
There was some thought of looking at the Moody Gardens and water park area in another thread.
The area along Seawall varies in its "appearance" as far as cleanliness, the occassional bums and crack houses just a block or so inland.
We are on the CM Conquest cruise as well and plan to look into this stuff at some point, altho we live in Houston and don't need a room! We may make a trip down and scope out some places and post on here sometime soon.
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katlady, sorry for not replying sooner.
The Holiday Inn on Seawall with the lower street number is a Holiday Inn Resort facility. I've not been in it but will check it out inside on Tues.
The Holiday in on the Beach in the approx 5000 block is okay. We spent a w/e there last month - yes, my DD lives here but she had additional house guests so we used some perk points and escaped the chaos of a house with 5 children under 5 It is newly redone since the hurricane and all rooms have a view of the water.
There is a dining room on site but no complimentary breakfast.
They offer free parking for cruise passengers and a shuttle.
It is owned by the company who has Landry's and is a few doors down from IHOP and Rainforest Cafe and of course, Landry's.
The Express has just re-opened but while I'm out cruisin' with my morning coffee on Tuesday I'll check 'em out for you.
You'd think I work for Holiday Inn. I don't but I do use their credit card to rack up free pre-cruise rooms.
The Express is not yet open but it won't be long. Will be a very nice facility. It is the furthest from the pier.
the Holiday Inn Resort has a very nice, newly re-done lobby and the pool area is very inviting. The lady says for $20 you can leave your car there but they do not have a shuttle so you will need a cab.
as the OP of this thread - just wanted to let everyone know I found a hotel, the Holiday Inn-Galveston on the Beach - got rooms (5 in all) for $99 a night and they have parking available and they also have a shuttle to the Pier - so I'm happy with my decision and will definitely post a review after my cruise in 96 days!