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Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center
Ranked #1 of 51 Hotels in Galveston
Certificate of Excellence
Galveston Island, Texas
1 review
“They made our celebration extra special - great rates, great for families and wonderful people to deal with.”
Reviewed 14 December 2010

My husband I have stayed several times before, once for a vacation and twice for business. This time it was for my 10 year anniversary of being Cancer Free. I called and spoke with one of the planning specialist (Jaime) and she helped me make decisions on the rooms I wanted based on my needs. It was awesome we got 3 rooms and a suite. They were able to put my teenage neice in a room next to my room and my grown son they were able to place down the hall. The suite between my room and my neices was awesome. Then my parents came to join us for dinner and the festival of lights. The decor was fabulous and the doors opening to the pool were perfect as I am a big water person. We had chilled champage and chocolate covered strawberries waiting for us with a rose. Everyone we dealt with was so helpful in letting us know about the different attactions and hours, directions etc. Everything was very clean and everyone was very helpful and professional. The festival of lights was awesome. The people of Galveston are great and there are so many wonderful things to see and do plus it is a perfect place for families. Our family beach home was destroyed in Bolivar by Hurricane Ike and this hotel is the next best thing. I loved staying there and plan to go back soon.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with family
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MoodyGardens1, Manager at Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center, responded to this review, 29 December 2010
Thank you for celebrating your 10 year anniversary at Moody Gardens. We rejoice with you!! It is always nice to read kind remarks about our employees and how they give customer service to our hotel guest. Moody Gardens has lots to offer our guests and we look forward to your return, hopefully in 2011. Happy New Year to your family!

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Reviewed 11 November 2010

We went as a quick get away, visiting Palm Beach in the morning, then leaving when it became crowded. It was great to come in from the "beach", clean up and change, have lunch, then hit the hotel pool. The hotel has many activities in the afternoon: music, crafts, pool contests, and small bounce houses.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 October 2010

A mother & teen daughter get away over Labor Day weekend. We enjoyed a nice king bed & stayed up late reading. We had a wonderful night's sleep-the best I've slept in a hotel bed lately! We had a view of the gulf (across the island). enjoyed the pool. They even allowed us a late check out & a swim in the pool after check out. The parking lot is free, & it is right next to Schliterbaun (we didn't use it). There is a mini fridge in the room & that was great to cool our bottled water for the beach!

  • Stayed September 2010
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MoodyGardens1, Manager at Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center, responded to this review, 22 October 2010
Thank you for sharing a review of your stay with us. A mother & daughter get away is a special time and we appreciate you choosing Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center to share that quality time. Your feedback is very helpful and we look forward to welcoming your family back in the near future.

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Austin
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Reviewed 7 September 2010

As a former Disney cast member myself, I have a very high standard for quality of service from a resort experience. As a result, when I take my family on a vacation, we typically stay on property at one of the Disney resort locations. This year, with limited time and resources, we decided to stay a bit closer to home and book a few days on the Gulf Coast. A friend mentioned the Moody Gardens resort in passing, and after reviewing the attractions and amenities online, we decided to give it a try. We are quite happy that we did.

After a short drive down from the Austin area, we arrived at the lobby of the impressively grand hotel, where we were greeted at the front desk by two very helpful gentlemen, Brandon and Michael. They took great care in checking us into our room, providing information on the packages for the area attractions, and generally welcoming us to the resort. Even our 5 and 7 year-old children commented on how “nice” and “friendly” the two were with us. It was a great first impression, and both Brandon and Michael remained friendly and helpful throughout our stay.

As for the amenities… Our room was immaculate. The beds were great. And, the view of the surrounding area from our room was quite nice, as well. We spent the whole first day at the Schlitterbahn park, and enjoyed dinner at the Terrace Restaurant. Tony and the staff at the restaurant did a great job, and we really appreciated the “kids eat free” program. Over our three day stay, we visited the restaurant several times and found Tony to be both personable and professional in the highest degree.

In our remaining two days, we spent time exploring the Moody Gardens attractions and the greater Galveston area. All of the attractions were very clean, well designed and expertly executed. Of particular appeal was the Moody Gardens Aquarium. The kids loved it! We spent more than two hours going up and down the different levels, exploring all of the views of the undersea life. We also enjoyed a visit to the 3D IMAX, the white sands of the Palm Beach area, and the expansive hotel pool with swim up snack bar. All were very clean and very enjoyable.

Since our return home, we have recommended the resort to several of our friends and colleagues. We had a truly World-Class experience, and we plan to return to Moody Gardens time and again for future family vacations.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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MoodyGardens1, Manager at Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center, responded to this review, 23 September 2010
We were pleased to read about your World-Class experience at Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center. We value your visit and your comments are greatly appreciated by all employees. In particular, we are proud of the professionalism of our staff, Brandon and Michael at the front desk, and Tony and staff at our Terrace Restaurant. It is our overriding goal here at Moody Gardens to provide the best in service, accommodations and attention to detail. We look forward to welcoming your family back in the not too distant future!
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Reviewed 24 August 2010

We have stayed at Moody Gardens now 3 times. We love it. Have two small kids. So many planned activities for kids. The staff are awesome and so prompt! Rates are fair. Beautiful, well maintained tropical grounds. Not on the beach but there is so much to do at the resort for kids, that it doesn't seem to matter. Love the aquarium and love the Palm Beach area, man-made beach with lots of shallow swimming areas for kids. Good on site restaurant where KIDS EAT FREE! :) Will definitely be back!

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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MoodyGardens1, Manager at Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center, responded to this review, 26 August 2010
We would love to welcome your family back for your 4th visit to Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center!! We were pleased to know that your stay with us was enjoyable and your children enjoyed many of our fun events. It is our goal to consistently provide the highest quality in service - so it was pleasing to know our staff gave you A+ customer service and they were awesome, prompt and met your needs. We will share your comments with them.
Thank you for choosing Moody Gardens and we look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future.
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El Paso, Texas
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Reviewed 14 July 2010

my family and I we have just gone to Galveston to the competence of Showstoppers and after 12 hours of road when we arrive at the hotel the only thing that we want is to rest, and which was our surprise that the young lady that was found in the counter told us : that my two beds queen reservation was not going to be able to be because we arrived very late and that instead of that ;They were going to give us a King size and a small bed, neither to speak already we were very tired and added to it did not say them of a very coarse form. The continental breakfast costs $10.00. The dryer of hair and the plate functioned poorly.the personnel of Palm Beach too coarse, and be prepared with repellent for mosquitos because they sell it to $14,00. The personnel that helps with the luggage quite.coarse finalizes. Next time take in consideration the reviews of tripadvisor.
Please Embassy Suites Hotel we need you in Galveston Texas.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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MoodyGardens1, Manager at Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center, responded to this review, 2 August 2010
Thank you for taking the time to post your comments - they are greatly appreciated! I was disappointed that Moody Gardens did not meet your room requirements and that your stay was not as enjoyable as you had anticipated. I can understand your frustration especially after a 12 hour drive. Please be assured that we did look into the matter to assure this does not happen again. As far as mosquitoes - unfortunately this is the time of year they come to the island and surrounding area. We hope we have the opportunity to regain your trust in the future.
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Reviewed 22 June 2010

My husband and I stayed here during the Memorial Day weekend. We live within 50 miles of Galveston, so it's easy enough to drive here. We were able to book a nice King room just a few days before our arrival. This resort is bayfront, not oceanfront, but it is less than a mile to the beach.

The room was clean and comfortable. We ate a dinner and a breakfast buffet at their main lobby restaurant, but were not able to try their pricier place on the 9th floor. The food was fine, but I was not impressed with the service here. I'm used to overly-friendly and chipper employees at resorts, but did not feel that here. Not that anyone was unfriendly or discourteous, just not the same type of enthusiasm you might see elsewhere. (that goes for the entire resort, not just the restaurant.)

Upon check-in we were given a pass to the Palm Beach swimming area, but we found it to be extremely crowded that day. However, this was 2:00pm Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, so I am assuming this was a bigger crowd than normal. We ended up at the hotel pool, which was still crowded but much less noisy.

Overall, I enjoy the resort and am extremely impressed by the lush tropical landscaping. My husband and I enjoyed an early-morning walk from the resort to the beach (approx. 1 mile,) we visited the Aquarium, and saw an IMAX film during our stay. All of the attractions are worth visiting, and the prices are fair.

Be sure to make time to visit other parts of Galveston, especially the Strand Area. It's not very far from the resort, and you will find a lot more dining options.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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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 Spa Hotel in Galveston
#1 Luxury Hotel in Galveston
#3 Business Hotel in Galveston
#5 Family Hotel in Galveston
#5 Romantic 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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