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Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center
Ranked #2 of 51 Hotels in Galveston
Certificate of Excellence
League City, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Grand”
Reviewed 4 December 2013

Stayed at Moody Gardens in August 2013 & went back in December 2013 & took my sister and her grandchildren. What a glorious time we all had. Hotel was elegantly decorated for the holiday season. Very clean rooms, common areas, grounds. Beautiful and spacious room. Children loved the breakfast and dinner buffets - "best mac & cheese, next to grandma's." There were so many fun things for the children, from just playing ring toss to their playground to the Festival of Lights, the Ice Slide, etc. It is a fun adventure all year round. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Top floor rooms offer wonderful views.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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MoodyGardensHotel, General Manager at Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center, responded to this review, 6 December 2013
Dear Martha2242013,

Thank you for choosing to stay at Moody Gardens with your family and sharing your experience on Tripadvisor. I was pleased to read you found the accommodations beautiful and spacious. It is a delight to hear that you enjoyed the Holiday decorations and activities. It is always our intention to exceed guests’ expectations while here at the hotel and I was very pleased your stay was everything you would expect and more. We appreciate your feedback and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Sincerely,
Garvin O'Neil
General Manager
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Katy, Texas
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Reviewed 3 December 2013

We visit here 2-3 times a year for Schitterbahn, festival of lights or just visiting the pyramids and enjoy the great service offered by the Moody Gardens hotel. The rooms are exceptionally clean, room service and the restaurant are also top class.

Room Tip: Get a room facing the pyramids and the bay.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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MoodyGardensHotel, General Manager at Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center, responded to this review, 6 December 2013
Dear Mark Z.,

Thank you for choosing Moody Gardens Hotel as your go to place to stay whenever you visit Galveston Island. I am pleased to read that you find the Moody Gardens service and accommodations exceptional. Your feedback and continued loyalty to Moody Gardens are greatly appreciated. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Sincerely,
Garvin O'Neil
General Manager
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 2 December 2013

My family already knew we could not celebrate together over the Thanksgiving weekend.....so we committed to a reunion at Moody Gardens the weekend before! What a great treat to be greeted so warmly by the room manager, Mr. Nash. He showed us to our two rooms: one was a junior suite and an upgraded double for my daughter and me. We had a fantastic view of the pool area from the balconies of both rooms. The beds were super comfy with plenty of soft pillows and a warm duvet (all 3 nights were cold by Texas standards!).
The breakfast buffet was so delicious and hot! with Starbucks coffee that wouldn't quit. Our waitress, Tabitha, could not have been more pleasant and accommodating. Mrs. Schmid, the restaurant manager at the Terrace runs a tight ship and everything must be to your satisfaction or she will make it right!!! Her husband is the renowned head chef at Shearn's restaurant which is probably the finest restaurant on Galveston Island.
Our weekend was made even more spectacular by the Festival of Lights that has been a Moody Gardens signature tradition for many years---they even have ice skating, tube-sledding, and hot choclate available! We returned to our rooms late at night to find that the junior suite had several board games that we proceeded to play: Jenga, Candy-land, and Dominoes. We all had many laughs trying to best each other just like many years ago at home!!! What memories we created.
In all, we had the most relaxing time-of-our-lives. We reconnected with each other and remembered what is important at this time of the year---to be thankful to God and for having each other! We will be back. Thanks, Moody Gardens!!

Room Tip: speak to a manager before you arrive. Tell them your needs.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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MoodyGardensHotel, General Manager at Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center, responded to this review, 6 December 2013
Dear hwichelhaus,

Thank you for leaving a review of your recent stay at Moody Gardens on Tripadvisor. It is exciting to hear that Moody Gardens provided a wonderful reunion celebration and memories for your family. I am pleased to read you enjoyed The Terrace restaurant and the Festival of Lights activities. We truly appreciate you choosing Moody Gardens to celebrate your family’s Thanksgiving. We look forward to welcoming you and your family back soon.

Sincerely,
Garvin O'Neil
General Manager
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Palacios, Texas
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Reviewed 1 December 2013 via mobile

I've been to Galveston a few times and have lived not far from here my entire life, but have never visited Moody Gardens. I was very surprised by how nice and updated everything was. The rooms were very clean and staff very nice and helpful!

Also went through all the pyramids and that was a lot of fun and very interesting! Worth a stay and/or visit!

Stayed December 2013
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MoodyGardensHotel, General Manager at Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center, responded to this review, 6 December 2013
Dear bradbatch ,

Thank you leaving feedback about your first stay at Moody Gardens on Tripadvisor. I am delighted you enjoyed your first stay with us, as well as the Moody Gardens Attractions.

We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

Garvin O'Neil
General Manager
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Reviewed 1 December 2013

We enjoyed our stay in a renovated room on a higher floor with a view of the pyramids. Room was very clean; hotel was nicely decorated for the holidays. Parking was easy and convenient. The only issue we had was with the wifi speed - it was terribly slow for the entire 4 days we stayed. Not a major complaint and we'd certainly stay here again.

Room Tip: Would recommend a room with view of the pyramids in the main hotel.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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MoodyGardensHotel, General Manager at Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center, responded to this review, 6 December 2013
Dear cadp52 ,

Thank you for leaving a review about your recent stay at Moody Gardens Hotel on Tripadvisor. I am pleased to read you enjoyed your stay in one of our newly renovated rooms and the views of the pyramids and Festival of Lights.

I appreciate your feedback and look forward to welcoming you back.

Sincerely,
Garvin O'Neil
General Manager
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Reviewed 30 November 2013 via mobile

My family of 4 came to stay one night and see the Festival of Lights. The Family Festival package is an incredible deal for this attractive, comfortable hotel. The public areas and rooms are very well decorated and very clean. The beds were fabulous and service was excellent. Several people were in the pool throughout the day and evening, and it was cold for Texas (50's) so I'm assuming it is well heated. The only downside is finding your way around the hotel. We stayed in the north tower which has separate elevators from the main towers and lobby areas (and great views). The staff gives good directions, but we were constantly checking the wall mounted maps and going the wrong way. Be sure to find your way to the 9th floor viewing area during your stay to check out the view. This is a bar area, but you can also get a view with small children from the elevator area.

Stayed November 2013
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MoodyGardensHotel, General Manager at Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center, responded to this review, 6 December 2013
Dear Klenox67,

Thank you for your review and for your recommendation. I am thrilled to read how much you enjoyed your stay, the comforts, the great views and the Festival of Lights. Please keep us in mind this summer when it’s warmer and Palm Beach is open.

I look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Sincerely,
Garvin O'Neil
General Manager
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Galveston, Texas
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Reviewed 29 November 2013

Everything exceeded our expectations. We enjoyed the aquarium and the holiday displays inside and out. The Thanksgiving buffet was exceptional. Valet parking was fast. But they charge $18 per day which seems excessive to this experienced traveler. All employees were friendly and helpful, attentive and cordial. The cups did not have sanitized covers and they should have. Aside from that small detail, we have no complaints and we are pretty picky. Thanks for a great time!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Christina M
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MoodyGardensHotel, General Manager at Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center, responded to this review, 6 December 2013
Dear Christina M,

Thank you for choosing to stay with us over the Thanksgiving holiday. I am happy your stay exceeded your expectations and thrilled to read that you enjoyed your room, food and service. I did note your concern over the glasses in the guest room. Please know that you have identified a potential problem area at many hotels. We share your expectation for clean and sanitized glassware in the guest room. We run all glasses and coffee mugs through our sanitizing mechanized dishwashers every day and at every check out. We place the glasses on fresh coasters in the room.

Your feedback is appreciated and I look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Sincerely,
Garvin O'Neil
General Manager
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Property: Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center
Address: 7 Hope Blvd., Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77554-8927
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Region: United States > Texas > Texas Gulf Coast > Galveston Island > Galveston
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Galveston
#1 Spa Hotel in Galveston
#3 Business Hotel in Galveston
#5 Romantic Hotel in Galveston
#5 Best Value Hotel in Galveston
#5 Family Hotel in Galveston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center 4*
Number of rooms: 418
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