The Port of Galveston – on the busy, historical island of Galveston, Texas, has some great accommodation options nearby. Here we’ve selected the best, all bookable via Culture Trip.
The Port of Galveston in Galveston, Texas is one of the oldest ports in the Gulf of Mexico. With a rich cultural heritage, the area is packed with historic homes and museums, yet it continues to function as a working cruise port, too. There’s a long stretch of beach here and the bright lights of Houston aren’t far away, meaning there’s a wide range of local hotels including everything from resorts to motels to boutique heritage properties packed with character.
Harbor House Hotel and Marina at Pier 21
Boutique Hotel, Independent Hotel
4.4/5 (941 Reviews)
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This quaint boutique hotel is not only near the port – it is in the port itself. At Pier 21, as the name suggests, Harbor House Hotel really could not be better located. A few minutes’ walk from the cruise ship terminal, this waterfront Galveston hotel offers one-of-a-kind harbor views, onsite boat rentals and stylishly designed interiors. The guest rooms and suites are spacious, light and ever-so-slightly nautical themed. With the intimacy and attentive service of a small business, the hotel’s impressive location makes it the ideal base to explore the area’s attractions, shops and restaurants.
This impressive luxury resort just 45 minutes’ drive north of Galveston – in Houston’s Bay Area – radiates maritime style. Each room in this 237-room hotel is bright and spacious, with chrome interiors, soft bedding and a bay or city view. There are three in-house restaurants to choose from, whether you go for cocktails at the Lighthouse Bar & Bistro, or order the area’s famous Sunday Brunch at Paradise Reef. The real draw here is the Oasis Pool & Swim Up Bar because, well, who doesn’t love drinks in the pool?
A recently renovated fishing and hunting lodge, with seven magnificent rooms and suites, Harborwalk Lodge on the Bay is 20 minutes’ drive from the Port of Galveston. It’s ideally located for fishing in the bay, with lodge staff happy to arrange fishing trips – or you can select one of their fishing packages when you book, with boat hire included with your room. A stay here gives a real bed and breakfast feel, with the owners serving a complimentary home-cooked breakfast every morning, plus free beer or wine between 5-7pm every evening.
This traditional hotel on Galveston’s Seawall Boulevard, just 15 minutes’ drive from the Port of Galveston gives you easy access to the beach. Most of the modern, well-equipped rooms offer great sea views, as well as minifridges, microwaves and coffeemakers, free wifi and a flat-screen TV. Some of the rooms have balconies to relax on and suites have a separate dining area, or a whirlpool tub. There’s also a fitness center, including an outdoor pool and a hot tub, plus free breakfast and parking, all reasonably priced for those seeking a solid budget option.
This branch of the Palace Inn chain is just 30 minutes’ drive north of Galveston. Another quality budget option, this spot has motel vibes for those en route and looking for a comfy bed to rest their head. The bright, modern rooms are well equipped and comfortable with free wifi and TV. The lobby is staffed 24/7 and offers free coffee for the weary traveler.
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Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center
Chain Hotel, Hotel
4.3/5 (1800 Reviews)
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Local favorite Moody Gardens is a family-friendly spot that’s both vibrant and educational as home of the rainforest pyramid and the aquarium pyramid. The non-profit organization has been promoting conservation and wildlife since 1986 and continues to hold this goal at its heart – but this place evolved over the years to include a spa and golf course. The course has a unique seaside feel with 18 holes passing through the natural wetlands habitat of Sydnor Bayou, with over 500 palm trees. Ask for a hotel room on one of the top floors to get the best views of the bay and don’t miss the huge swimming pool area.
This dreamy beachfront property gives guests the perfect opportunity to get away from it all. Based right on the ocean shore, Ocean Village Hotel is an hour’s drive back along the coast road from Port of Galveston, away from the hustle and bustle. The property offers spacious rooms, most of which come with a private balcony, as well as lovely honeymoon suites. There’s in-house dining at Seahorse Bar & Grill serving local seafood, steaks, sandwiches, burgers, salads and tacos in a blissful seaside setting.
The San Luis Resort
4.4/5 (988 Reviews)
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A luxurious beachfront resort and spa, the 32-acre (13ha) San Luis Resort has been a recipient of the illustrious AAA Four Diamond Award since 1999. The lavish rooms offer show-stopping views of the Gulf, with plush bedding and chic interior design to boot. The resort hosts 10 individually unique restaurants: Landry’s Seafood is a real Gulf Coast affair, while the Rainforest Cafe is a family favorite with burgers that kids will love. Or check out the wonderful Italian cooking at Grotto, where delicious veal, chicken and homemade pasta dishes light up the menu. Needless to say, the swimming pools, spa and fitness center are breathtaking, too.
Just a five-minute drive across town from the Port of Galveston, the grand Galvez Hotel has been welcoming guests for more than 100 years. This AAA 4-Diamond property is the only historic beachfront hotel on the Texas Gulf Coast, elegantly restored and modernized to offer a real slice of luxury. The huge spa boasts nine treatment rooms, a eucalyptus steam room, a hydrotherapy room, a meditation garden and a salon. The fine in-house dining at Galvez Bar & Grill is unmissable, serving freshly caught Gulf Coast seafood in a glorious space with high ceilings and oversized windows flooded with natural light.
In the heart of Galveston’s old district, a five-minute walk from the Port of Galveston, this charming period property is a huge, ornate affair that somehow retains the intimacy and service of a boutique hotel. Full of historic features and classic beauty, Tremont House is a local institution with roots dating all the way back to 1839. The current hotel is in a wonderful, high-ceilinged 1879 building that captures the spirit and elegance of its heritage and is a mainstay of the historic downtown scene. The divine rooms feature high ceilings, hardwood floors, and custom-made furniture, with luxurious fluffy pillows and soft finishings.