The Most Budget-Friendly Hotels in Galveston, Texas

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Writer25 January 2021

Galveston has much to offer its visitors – including museums, nightlife and some incredible coastline – and is even within easy reach of historic New Orleans. But there’s no reason to sacrifice on comfort if you’re visiting on a shoestring. Save your cents for sightseeing with a stay at one of our favorite budget hotels in this Texan city.

Candlewood Suites Galveston

Budget Hotel, Hotel
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Visiting Galveston on a budget can still afford you room to be comfortable and get you close 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 with your family, or a great way to meet others staying at the hotel if you’re feeling sociable.

Harbor House at Pier 21

Boutique Hotel, Independent Hotel
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Galveston’s only harbor-front hotel, 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.

Hampton Inn & Suites Galveston

Hotel, Budget Hotel, Chain Hotel
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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 for pleasure. Complimentary hot breakfasts, a modern gym and meeting rooms – this hotel offers functionality as well as a great location, and the staff are especially friendly and warm.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Galveston Beach

Chain Hotel, Hotel
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A little further from the action than some of its peers, this 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.

Hotel Galvez & Spa

Spa Hotel, Hotel
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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 swim-up bar. You’ll forget you’re on a budget in no time.

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  • The Tremont House

    Luxury, Hotel
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    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 being in the Historic District adds pomp to your stay, while the rooftop bar is a fantastic place to enjoy a cocktail with a view.

    Inn at the Waterpark

    Hotel, Budget Hotel
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    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 minigolf on-site only adds to the atmosphere.

    Schaefer Haus

    Boutique Hotel, Hotel, Luxury
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    Right in the historic center, occupying one of two structures from the 1890s, Schaefer House offers the opportunity to truly set foot in historic 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 practically on your doorstep. Guests are gently encouraged to mingle in the parlor. Expect to be charmed.
    These recommendations were updated on January 25, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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