Lodging in Galveston, Texas

by Allison Westbrook
Galveston is in southern Texas along the Gulf of Mexico.

Galveston is in southern Texas along the Gulf of Mexico.

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Galveston's status as a tourism destination has resulted in an abundance of hotels and resorts scattered throughout the island. From chic shoreline properties offering Gulf Coast beach access to old hotels nestled in the historic Strand District, visitors can find a hotel that accommodates their interests, close to the attractions they value.

Beach

The historic Hotel Galvez and Spa is just across the street from the beach. Guests arrive to a circular drive and palatial architecture built in 1911. The hotel maintains much of its original allure and is known by many as the "Queen of the Gulf." Hotel patrons can spend their days soaking up the sun on the beach or taking a dip in the hotel's pool. A fresh seafood restaurant is on-site, along with a full-service spa offering massages, facial treatments and salon services.

The Strand

The 36-block Strand District, in downtown Galveston, was known in the 19th century as the "Wall Street of the South." Today, it serves as Galveston's premier shopping and social center, with restaurants, landmarks, galleries and shops. The Tremont House, in the heart of it all, features its own rich history that dates to 1839 and includes playing host to foreign ministers and dignitaries. Rooms and suites at the hotel speak of both the past and present, with high ceilings, marble bathrooms, hardwood floors, antique-look furnishings, towel warmers and wireless connectivity. Dining is available at the Tremont House's restaurant, and a cocktail lounge offers afternoon and evening drinks at a bar built in the late 1880s.

Attractions

Galveston Island harbors several tourist attractions, including the family friendly Schlitterbahn Water Park and the Moody Gardens Resort, where families can visit a simulated rain forest, an indoor aquarium and a 4D special effects theater. Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center is less than one minute from both Schlitterbahn and the Moody Gardens entertainment facilities. Guests have access to a golf course on the property, as well as a full-service spa. Rooms feature comfortable accommodations with flat-screen televisions and high-speed Internet access. Kids eat free in the hotel restaurant with a paying adult, and live bands provide weekend entertainment during the warmer months.

Airport

Just two miles from Scholes International Airport in Galveston, the Comfort Suites offers easy access for island visitors arriving and departing by plane. The hotel also provides shuttle service to and from the Galveston cruise terminal five miles away. The hotel has free high-speed Internet access, an on-site laundry center and a business center with copy, print and fax services. A fitness center and outdoor pool await guests with free time, and a daily continental breakfast assures that no one flies on an empty stomach.

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