Southern hospitality runs deep at these first-class hotels in Galveston, Texas’ fun-filled seaside city, all bookable with Culture Trip.
The island city of Galveston, Texas offers plenty to do – whether you want to visit the Moody Gardens or Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, this Lone Star State destination throws up an array of places to stay. From a historic getaway that once served as a makeshift White House to a boutique dockyard retreat, whatever your needs, Galveston has something for you.
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Once known as the Queen of the Gulf, this six-story Spanish-era hotel impresses with its grand exterior and palm-lined driveway. Built in 1911, it’s played host to Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, served as a US Coast Guard facility in World War II and even acted as a temporary White House for Franklin D Roosevelt. It’s not all rooted in the past, though – a heated saline pool, seasonal swim-up bar and electric vehicle charging stations are very much of the moment.
The Tremont House first opened in 1839 – the same year Galveston was chartered – but was ravaged less than 30 years later by a great fire. A second iteration suffered an equally devastating fate. But the third – and current – hotel, is thriving. Guests stay in high-ceilinged rooms and can enjoy signature cocktails at the rooftop bar with views over the harbor. Head to the atrium for live jazz and local craft beer at the Toujouse Bar.
From the outside, Harbor House brings a dockyard aesthetic in keeping with its surroundings. However, inside, it’s surprisingly cozy. Rooms give a subtle nod to the industrial setting with wooden ceilings but warm hues and one-off art pieces to soften the look. Open your window for salty-aired breezes and views over Galveston Harbor. For more maritime fun, visit the 1877 three-masted tall ship Elissa and Texas Seaport Museum.
Carr Mansion is a restored 19th-century Greek Revival grand house, close to the Pleasure Pier and the Strand. The B&B packs plenty of character – room colors vary dramatically, but the homely rugs and nautical touches, along with vintage furniture, tie it all together. Plus, they also come with a golf cart and a bike for exploring the neighborhood.
Stay in a 19th-century inn painted in a striking sky blue, where high ceilings and restored wooden floors transport you back to a different era. Its uncluttered interior includes ensuite rooms with gilded finishes in the bathroom and light fittings. All the main attractions of the Strand Historic District are nearby or, if you’re looking for a nature fix, the varied birdlife of Big Reef Nature Park is a 10-minute drive away.
This historic B&B is a fine example of late-Victorian architecture. Stained-glass windows, chandeliers and immaculate woodwork bring the interior to life. An American breakfast is served every morning, whilst guests can mingle in the seated garden area surrounded by greenery. Rooms at the B&B come complete with a balcony and fridge; the Cottage and Carriage House suites, located in the garden, offer a private entrance and porch.
The Galvestonian features a charming collection of beachfront condos with up to five bedrooms, a full kitchen and a balcony with ocean views. Guests benefit from two tennis courts, while the resort’s manicured grounds look over Galveston Beach. Hide from the heat in the pool – dreamy views of the sands included – and dry off on the large deck. Afterwards, gather in the picnic area having made good use of the complimentary grills.
With a distinctive yellow-painted exterior and a selection of antique furniture, this upmarket B&B is an architectural delight at every turn. Guests start the day with a buffet or American breakfast before heading to the shared lounge and terrace to mingle. When it’s time to explore, you can walk to the Strand Historic District or visit Seawall Urban Park, where a 10mi (16km) stretch is laid out for bike rides.
With a name like Absolute Paradise, guests’ expectations are sure to be high – thankfully, it delivers. The condo has a lot to offer with its seawall location, ocean views and a neat swimming pool surrounded by palms. The living room and both bedrooms come with snazzy TVs; the bamboo furniture and beach-ready decor create a homely feel. Guests can also take advantage of gym equipment positioned overlooking the lapping waves.
This Greek-Revival building has a rich history dating back to the 19th century. It’s now a B&B with six guest bedrooms and private baths. There’s a vintage feel to the interior, with patterned sofas from a different era and a downstairs piano. The Lasker’s rooftop observation deck allows for serious stargazing – in line with the inn’s romantic overall feel.
These recommendations were updated on August 24, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.