What kind of
Galveston Motel do you want?
the best Galveston Motels? Three are three factors that most
people use to find the best motel in Galveston. Location, price,
and amenities. But there are some people want to shop, check out
the historical sites, and generally take it easy. Then there's the
group that wants the beach, action entertainment, and all the
outdoor activities. And the term motels is somewhat outdated in
the fact that the drive up and park in front of your unit may or
may not be available in the Galveston Island area.
going to pick the two best motels, one for the action folks and
one for the shopper and historical folks. But I guess we should
also see if we can find one for the family with kids. So lets go
with three of the best places for each of the groups.
A couple of
things that you should consider when traveling to Galveston (or
any other popular tourist area anywhere) is security. Use the room
safe or at the front desk for serious valuables. Keep an eye on
all family or friends in your group. There are few problems in
Galveston but it's always a good idea to pay attention and take
precautions. You don't want to ruin your vacation.
Quinta Inn (on east side)
one choice for price, beach proximity, and basic amenities is the
La Quinta Inn on the east side of the island (there's one on the
west side too). It's located right on the Seawall just west of
14th street. It's got the best price (out of season - $39, in
between seasons - $55, in season $135), and you can see the Gulf
from many of the rooms.
It has all
the basic amenities like Internet access, continental breakfast, a
pool, laundry room, and also takes pets under 25lbs. It's a little
rowdy since many families and younger people stay there but it's a
great location for many of the outdoor activities. This a great
choice for the outdoor action group and a good choice families who
are on a budget.
Quinta Inn is right smack in the middle of great restaurants, and
just a few blocks from Stewart Beach, and other beach front
activities. To get the best price check both the La Quinta main
website and Expedia. It's very popular in season so make
Inn is a good choice for families since they have all the child
related amenities like childcare, babysitting service, cribs,
infant beds, and supervised child activities. It's about one block
west of 16th street on the Seawall and has a great location and
many rooms with a Gulf View.
that they are in the midst of remodeling the rooms and some have
been upgraded, some not. Be sure to ask for upgraded room.
Everything else is top notch and location is great for beach
lovers. The prices are a little high for Holiday Inn but that's
due to the location
Inn has it's own restaurant and bar, lots of balcony rooms, If
you're flying in it has free transportation to and from airport.
It also has room safes, complimentary newspaper, and video game
consoles. The room prices are little higher than La Quinta, out
of season - $135, in between seasons - $165, in season $205. They
often have specials so check with the Holiday Inn website and
Expedia to find the best deal..
The Harbor House
is right off Galveston Bay and is in easy walking distance to The Strand,
the historic district filled with boutiques, antique shops and galleries. The Great Storm Theatre and Texas Seaport Museum are on the same block as the hotel.
|On Galveston's Pier 21, the
Harbor House was an early steamship terminal and still runs a slip marina on the property, lending itself to modern-day portside ship-watching and docking.
It has some great views of the boats coming and going from
The three-story hotel's 42 Nautical-style guestrooms offer panoramic views of the harbor and are decorated with designer fabrics, pickled wood flooring and white washed oak furnishings.
one of the top rated hotels on the island and has continental breakfasts,
Internet access, complimentary use of a nearby fitness center, and
meeting rooms for groups up to 200. You also get to pay for
parking in their lot, $10 per day.
be a good place for people who want to shop along the Strand area
and visit downtown historical sites. It's very popular so you will
need to book your rooms as early as possible. Prices go from $69
off season to $99 in between, and up $230 for season.
(*The Tremont House is another downtown/Strand area choice but
it's about twice the cost of the Harbor House.)
There are a
lot of nice Galveston Motels, but the ones listed above seem to be
the best according to reviews, prices, location, and amenities.
The Harbor House really doesn't fit the mold for a motel but none
of the downtown places to stay do either.
three out and be sure to book early since all have limited space.
And their home websites or Expedia appears to have the best prices
for the most part online. And regardless of what you want to do on
your Galveston visit, one or more should fit your needs.