We were doing a two day 150 mile bike ride that stopped in Galveston overnight at Moody Gardens. We did not want to pay the high prices at Moody Gardens Hotel but wanted a nice clean location close to Moody. This hotel was less than a three minute bike ride from Moody.
The hotel appears to be very new and is very welcoming. The hotel is on the less populated part of the seawall but but is at a good central location for activities in Galveston. There is plenty of underground covered parking at the hotel. They allowed us to check in early and were very pleasant.
On first entering the lobby, there is a very welcome feel. The breakfast area and lobby sitting area are melded together away from the front desk and creates a very warm feeling. There is plenty of room in the breakfast area in the morning.
Our room was a nice King room with microwave and fridge. The room also had a loveseat and table in addition to the nice sized work desk. Closet and bathroom space is acceptable. Very comfortable bed. The climate control system worked well, and the blower can be set to on for white noise. Room has a medium sized Flat Panel HDTV and a large selection of channels. Quiet and dark rooms at night. You could see a bit of the ocean from the balcony.
The breakfast was typical Holiday Inn Express hot premade cheese omelets, biscuits, gravy, bacon, as well as cold hard boiled eggs, pastries, toast, muffins, cereals, juice, milk. They had the breakfast out early for those of us riding, and kept the food refreshed for our non riding companions who slept in a bit.
They have business center downstairs with two computers and a printer. High Speed Internet connection was strong around our room. The inside of the hotel clean and nice looking. They had a typical small but clean exercise room with a bike, treadmill, elliptical, and some free weights. The hotel has a nice outdoor pool and hot tub facing the seawall. We will continue to stay here when we participate in this annual event.
There is not much in the line of restaurants near the location but with a car there are plenty of choices in Galveston.
I think it is the best of their brands here in Galveston.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hear the wave s crash from your balcony at the new Holiday Inn Express & Suites Galveston Island, located on W Seawall Blvd across from the ocean. Galveston offers 32 miles of relaxing beaches, superb restaurants, marvelous downtown shopping in the Strand Historical District, historical museums with the Lone Star Flight Museum and the Texas Seaport Museum, fabulous entertainment and one of the largest and well-preserved concentrations of Victorian architecture in the country including the 1859 Moody Mansion. The new Holiday Inn Express & Suites Galveston is a great value for business and leisure travelers. The Colonel Paddlewheel Boat is within easy reach; enjoy East Beach Park, Galveston Island Ferry, Stewart Beach, Bishop Palace and Moody Gardens, and the ever-popular Schlitterbahn Waterpark a family adventure. If you are embarking from the Port of Galveston or here on business, we are conveniently located close to University of Texas Medical Branch, American National Insurance Company, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Galveston College, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and the US Coast Guard.Galveston is a small romantic island tucked deep within the heart of south Texas possessing all the charm of a small southern town with Texas Hospitality and just 40 minutes south of Houston. We look forward to seeing you at the new Holiday Inn Express & Suites Galveston Island soon. ... more less
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