The Most Budget-Friendly Hotels to Book in Galveston, Texas

DoubleTree by Hilton is up there with Galvestons finest seaside hotels
DoubleTree by Hilton is up there with Galveston's finest seaside hotels | Courtesy of DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Galveston Beach / Expedia
Frank Lopez

Writer

Tick off the beaches and the famous Galveston Pleasure Pier, then seek out happiness with one of these cost-conscious stays, all bookable with Culture Trip.

The island city of Galveston, down on the Gulf Coast of Texas, has much to offer visitors – including museums, nightlife and some incredible slices of coastline. But there’s no reason to hold back on comfort if you’re visiting on a shoestring. Save your cents for sightseeing with a stay at one of these budget Galveston hotels.

1. Candlewood Suites Galveston

Budget Hotel, Hotel

An outdoor pool at Candlewood Suites Galveston surrounded by some palm trees, with green sun loungers on the right side
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Visiting Galveston on a budget doesn’t mean scrimping on comfort or proximity to the beach. The suites at Candlewood come with fully equipped kitchens, meaning you can prepare your own meals, but there is also the luxury of an outdoor pool and fitness center. The gazebo grill is a social place to prepare your food as a family or a great way to meet others staying at the hotel if you’re feeling sociable.

2. Harbor House at Pier 21

Boutique Hotel, Independent Hotel

A modern and minimalist bedroom at Harbor House at Pier 21
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The only harborfront hotel in Galveston, right next to the cruise ship terminal and adjacent to the Historic District, is close to all the family-friendly entertainment and attractions the island has to offer. With ceiling fans and hip furniture, these extremely stylish rooms offer great views of working ships and marine life – if you’re lucky, you might even get a glimpse of some dolphins frolicking.

3. Hampton Inn & Suites Galveston

Hotel, Budget Hotel, Chain Hotel

The dining area in the atrium of Hampton Inn & Suites Galveston, with a huge fish tank on one side
Courtesy of Hampton Inn & Suites Galveston / Expedia

A short walk from the Seawall that runs along the wondrous Gulf of Mexico, the Hampton Inn & Suites is as popular with those visiting for business as it is with pleasure-seekers. With free hot breakfasts and a modern gym – this hotel offers functionality as well as a great location, whilst the staff are especially friendly and warm.

4. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Galveston Beach

Chain Hotel, Hotel

The bright modern rooms at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Galveston Beach look out onto the beach
Courtesy of DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Galveston Beach / Expedia

A little further from the action than some of its peers, this Galveston hotel is designed for those seeking respite over noise and excitement. But never fear – you won’t be completely cut off from the island’s attractions; there’s a friendly shuttle bus that’ll take you to wherever you need to go and there’s plenty to do within walking distance, too. For an added dose of adventure, the hotel offers free bicycle rental – a glorious way to discover the island.

5. Hotel Galvez & Spa

Spa Hotel, Hotel

The pastel-coloured dining room in Hotel Galvez & Spa, with arched windows looking out onto greenery
Courtesy of Hotel Central Avignon / Expedia
Those wanting to experience the history of the island without leaving their bed should opt for this beautiful Spanish-colonial hotel – a local landmark in itself. A hundred years old, it’s a wonderful window into Galveston’s past and even boasts a lavish spa and highly recommended restaurant, plus a glamorous pool area, with delightful arches and a swim-up bar. You’ll forget you’re on a budget in no time.

6. The Tremont House

Hotel, Luxury

A bedroom at The Tremont House with a large black rug, a double bed, and curtains and a table adorned in a floral pattern
Courtesy of Schaefer Haus / Booking

The Tremont dates back to 1839 and feels as much part of the legend of Galveston as any other landmark on the island. Walking into the grand lobby, you get a sense that you have arrived: it screams of another era while still feeling every inch the modern establishment. The rooms are spacious and basing yourself in the Historic District adds an undeniable sense of pomp to your stay, while the rooftop bar is a fantastic place to enjoy a cocktail with a view.

7. Inn at the Waterpark

Hotel, Budget Hotel

Inn at the Waterpark has a communal area with a snack bar
Courtesy of Inn at The Waterpark / Expedia

It would be hard to stay anywhere more laid back than Galveston’s Inn at the Waterpark. Set right next to the splash of joy that is the Schlitterbahn Waterpark and only steps from the Moody Gardens, this is the ultimate family hotel with large rooms and breakfasts to match. It is geared towards those wanting a care-free and family-focused experience and the 18-hole mini-golf on-site only adds to the carnival atmosphere.

8. Schaefer Haus

Boutique Hotel, Hotel, Luxury

A spacious suite at Schaefer Haus has a fireplace, seating area and floor-to-ceiling windows
Courtesy of Schaefer Haus / Expedia

Right in the historic center, occupying one of two structures from the 1890s, Schaefer House offers the opportunity to truly discover Galveston. The location is extremely quiet, but you’re still within easy walking distance of all the action, including a multitude of restaurants and shopping hotspots practically on your doorstep. Guests are gently encouraged to mingle in the parlor. Expect to be charmed.

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