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“Great Location but Watch The Prices”
Review of Harbor House

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Harbor House
Ranked #4 of 51 Hotels in Galveston
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 18 September 2012

We have stayed at The Harbor House on a few occasions as well as had friends stay there while visiting us at our Galveston home. The hotel has a great location...its 2 blocks from The Strand and positioned along restaurant row along the Harborside. The lobby is all but nonexistant and only has a small one person check in desk. This creates a problem during peak checkin/out times.
The hotel only has appx 40 rooms so they book up fast. The room are good size and comfortable. It has no pool or its own restaurant. Thats not an issue because you are surrounded by many nice places to eat including one thats in the same building. The hotel is sister properties with The Tremont and The Galvez, so you are welcome to use the pool and spa at the Galvez.
The main set back to this hotel is the price...sure you can get some off day rates at less than $100.00 but more often than not the price is the same as The Tremont...let me tell you The Tremont this place is not...

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 September 2012

I stayed 4 days/3 nights...right next to harbor with excellent restaurants close by...price was excellent..I stayed at the beginning of the off season Sept 9 to Sept 12 , 2012....
no swimming pool , but a nice beach close by...a lot of shops on the strand...
value wise , you cannot beat it.....staff was excellent as were the rooms.....

Room Tip: the odd number rooms face east up the ship channel to bay , even number , west ...all are excellent...
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank Kenneth S
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Reviewed 11 September 2012

We stayed here the night before crusing on the Carnival Magic. It was a very nice hotel. The hotel receptionist was nice and helpful. I loved the decorations in the hotel room and it was clean. The hotel is right downtown next to the area called The Strand. Parking was a little hard to find, but once we found it, it worked smoothly. We checked in and then went walking in the downtown area, had a wonderful evening shopping and eating. The next morning, we were able to see our Cruise Ship docking at the port. Check out was easy and we were just a couple of blocks from our park and cruise spot. I would defintely recommend staying there, especially if you are needing a place the night before you cruise. They will also let you park there for the cruise, I think it is a little cheaper then what we paid, however we had reservations at another spot. But we will remember that for next time.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 August 2012

Stayed here for 2 nights on a business trip. The location is great- within walking distance to really nice restaurants. Sadly even though this is a Wyndham hotel, it is probably the poorest quality I've been in. Furnishings are old, dated & need upgrading. Bathtub was chipped, shower curtain moldy & stained. Continental breakfast was minimal- sweet rolls, packaged oatmeal, juice, coffee & yogurt & juice. No fruit or anything hot. No workout room. Clerk said we could use workout facilities at Galvez & Tremont but who wants to have to drive across town for shared amenities?? Check in was pitifully slow- clerk nice but when you've been driving for hours & ready to get to your room, her conversation going on & on got old quick. This could really be a neat place - just needs some refurbishing & TLC to make it a 4 star. Right on the harbor side waterfront & rates were reasonable.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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1  Thank DKLT
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Reviewed 20 August 2012

Grossly overrated. I have had a better continental breakfast at Motel 6. Too many deficiencies to list here. Overall a poor rating. Bath and bathroom sink are dated. The air conditioner is behind the window curtains when you close them for the night. The room lighting is inadequate except when the window curtains are open.

Room Tip: Rooms are quiet.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 July 2012

We stayed here overnight before a cruise out of the port and it was exactly what we hoped for. Rooms and property were clean, especially for an older area. As others mentioned, the breakfast isn't great, but we were able to sleep late, have a couple of pastries before walking to the cruise ship and were eating lunch on the ship less than 30 minutes after leaving the hotel. There were several places nearby to eat or grab a drink. We didn't spend much time exploring the area, so I cannot comment on other attractions, however for catching a cruise this place cannot be beat.

Room Tip: Ask for a room overlooking the cruise port if you want to see your ship at the port.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 July 2012

The staff was wonderful and the room was spacious. We disliked the lighting or lack there of. We had to take a newspaper by the window so we could read small print. Also we didn't appreciate the air conditioning being on a timer or motion activated, so that it cut off 5 minutes after we left the room. We would come back to a hot room with no lights. After spending a lot of time shopping on the strand or the dolphin tour, it would have been nice to come back to a nice cool hotel room. Didn't like that the parking fee was added and that she said we should be happy they didn't charge 15-20 dollars like other hotels. We were expecting more choices for breakfast. Yogurt, bagel, or raisin bread to toast and juice. The room was nice and the staff was very helpful. I agree that a pool or maybe even a roof top area to view the harbor would have been nice. It is fun to go to the Galveston website and get to see the view from our room anytime we want.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Hollye F
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WyndhamGalveston, General Manager at Harbor House, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2012

Thanks for staying with us and for your comments. I apologize for any problems you experienced. Our air conditioning does not turn off when guests are out of the room so we will check that unit to make sure it is working properly. Guests at Harbor House are welcome to enjoy the pool at Hotel Galvez so please come back and enjoy the pool.

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Additional Information about Harbor House

Address: Pier 21, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550
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Region: United States > Texas > Texas Gulf Coast > Galveston Island > Galveston
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Galveston
#9 Family Hotel in Galveston
#11 Business Hotel in Galveston
Price Range: £75 - £240 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Harbor House 3*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Harbor House Hotel resides in Galveston Wharf overlooking Galveston Bay. The Harbor House amenities feature spacious guest rooms with scenic harbor views, free Wi-Fi Internet access as well as complimentary breakfast. All Guest rooms are designed to reflect a relaxed ambiance, embellished with nautical-style furnishings and wooden floors. Enjoy nearby attractions, such as the Texas Seaport Museum, The Tall Ship Elissa, and The Great Storm Theater. ... more   less 
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