Hotels Near the Texas Cruise Ship Terminal in Galveston, Texas

by Matthew Knight

The Port of Galveston on the north side of Galveston Island is home to a cruise ship terminal servicing Carnival and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Visitors will find cruises to many Caribbean and Central American destinations. Within a mile of the port are a few hotels offering convenient access to central Galveston and golden sand beaches.

Harbor House

Harbor House is a marine warehouse converted to a nautically themed hotel adjacent to the Galveston cruise ship terminal. Guests will enjoy views of Galveston Harbor while being within walking distance of many attractions and restaurants, including the Fisherman’s Wharf Restaurant and Texas Seaport Museum. Spacious guest rooms feature nautical decor, complimentary continental breakfast and wireless Internet. A small, on-site marina offers nine boat slips on a per-night basis.

The Tremont House

The Tremont House in downtown Galveston, built in 1879, features luxury guest rooms within two blocks of the cruise terminal. Its downtown location offers convenient access to The Strand Historic District, East-End Theater and Galveston Railroad Museum. Accommodations include a variety of layouts with flat-screen TVs, Simmons Health Smart mattresses and 12-foot ceilings. Guests have access to an on-site gym, complimentary local shuttle and bellhop service. The Tremont Cafe in the lobby serves American cuisine and Starbucks coffee.

Hotel Galvez

Hotel Galvez, across the street from the Gulf of Mexico, features a free shuttle to the Galveston Cruise Ship terminal less then a mile to the north. The historic hotel built in 1911 offers guest rooms with ocean or city views, suites with spacious floor plans and ClearAir rooms that are hypoallergenic. An on-site, full-service spa features massages, a fitness facility and a whirlpool. Guests have access to a heated outdoor swimming pool, beach chairs and continental breakfast. Bernardo’s Restaurant in the hotel features fresh seafood with an ocean view.

Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort

Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort features a tropical landscape across the street from the beach. Guests are just over a mile from the Port of Galveston and can access many attractions within a mile, including the Treasure Isle Train Tour, Moody Mansion Museum and Grand 1894 Opera House. Accommodations include standard guest rooms with a balcony, flat-screen TV and Keurig gourmet coffee maker. The property features a concierge desk, gift shop and large, outdoor, free-form pool with sundeck overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Kokomo Grill off the lobby features fresh seafood and steaks. Captain Jack’s Beach Bar is adjacent to the pool and serves tropical drinks and light fare.

About the Author

Based in Southwestern Michigan, Matthew Knight has been writing outdoor and technology articles since 2008. His articles appear on various websites. He holds a bachelor's degree in computer information systems from Western Michigan University.