Galveston, a barrier island about 50 miles southeast of Houston, Texas, has about 32 miles of white sand beach on the Gulf of Mexico. A popular summer destination, the island also draws Texans escaping the colder regions of the state during the wintertime. Motels on the beach charge seasonal rates, with discounts during the winter. They don’t usually require a minimum stay, as motels do in some resort areas.
Quality Inn & Suites Beachfront
Quality Inn & Suites, with an indoor heated pool, fitness room and whirlpool tub, is a Choice Hotels International Gold Award winner. Upper floor rooms have balconies with ocean views and some rooms have Jacuzzi tubs. Among the nearby restaurants are a cafeteria, buffet restaurant and a Mexican cantina. Galveston’s convention center is a short walk away. Pets aren’t allowed at the motel, but both smoking and nonsmoking rooms are available. Off-season rates are very reasonable.
Country Inn & Suites
The completely non-smoking Country Inn & Suites, located across the street from the beach, offers standard rooms, one-bedroom suites and Jacuzzi suites. A fitness center is adjacent to the indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub. The motel provides free cruise parking for guests who will be at sea after their stay. Complimentary hot breakfast, served daily, includes meats and eggs in addition to pastries and coffee. A branch of Joe’s Crab Shack, famous for its seafood steampots, is half a mile away.
Casa de Mar Beachfront Suites
Casa de Mar is a large beachfront suites timeshare with two swimming pools, one heated, and a barbecue area. Each 475-square foot, one-bedroom suite has a balcony with a view of the gulf, studio kitchen and bunk area for kids. Units that don’t face the water are angled to provide a partial view of the gulf. Prices are moderate, and go down during the off-season. Both smoking and nonsmoking suites are available, but pets are not allowed.
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham
Hawthorn Suites, located at the Victorian Resort & Conference Center, offers one-bedroom suites with full kitchens and balconies with Gulf of Mexico views. Two themed swimming pools have features like water cannons, bubbling jets and waterfalls and a courtyard hides hot tubs from public view. Garibaldi’s restaurant serves complimentary hot breakfast daily, and the hotel hosts a cocktail party every Wednesday evening. Room rates at Hawthorn Suites are in the moderate range during the off-season, and smoking is not permitted.
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