This Texas barrier island and coastal resort delivers the goods in terms of fascinating history, entertainment and glorious beaches. But visitors will also find themselves spoiled for choice when it comes to selecting quality hotels with those all-important swimming pools. To help you navigate the options, here is our round up of the best hotels with pools in Galveston, whether you’re looking to paddle, power swim or prop up the pool bar.
Only a few minutes’ walk from the famous Galveston Seawall – built after the catastrophic hurricane of 1900 to protect residents from future storms – Comfort Suites has spacious rooms and offers a complimentary hot breakfast every morning, perfect if you like eggs, sausage links and bagels. The hotel may be on the budget scale, but it still has a great swimming pool and hot tub for guests to use as they relax in the sun.
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The beachfront San Luis Resort attends to the needs of its business and leisure guests in luxurious settings. The pool area oozes style with views overlooking the beach and across the Gulf. Sip a cocktail as you lounge in the sun, or choose from the options of VIP seating and special poolside spa services if you’re feeling particularly fancy.
Up at the quieter end of the beach, this high-end resort on the Seawall with ocean views knows exactly how to set the tone for its guests. With facilities that do not disappoint, the Hilton Galveston works hard to satisfy. From your private balcony, you will catch sight of the heated pool, a main focal piece of the resort. With an island and a swim-up bar, this is the perfect summer spot to grab a drink while still submerged, soaking up the relaxed vibes emanating from this chic hotel.
For those who come to Galveston in search of more action than just the beach, Moody Gardens Hotel has on-site attractions and dedicated theme park activities like no other on the island. The Aquarium Pyramid and zip lines will certainly catch your eye, but the outdoor pool is a striking feature in itself. Guests in search of a few drinks and good times hang by the friendly bar, while more serious swimmers looking for a space to train and do laps head to the indoor pool.
A 25-minute drive from Galveston Seawall, off the island and across the bridge to Texas City, this is another great budget option. The Holiday Inn Express has spacious rooms and features a large swimming pool that lights up beautifully at night. A decent fitness center with free weights, machines and yoga mats is also on hand for a morning workout, after which you can enjoy your complimentary hot buffet breakfast.
The DoubleTree is at the quieter end of the beach, but with the free bicycles provided it is possible to explore the island as you cycle along the Seawall. Most rooms have a balcony offering incredible views out along the coast. The stylish pool is a main feature, where guests meet to lounge during the day, enjoy food from the snack bar and cold drinks from the pool’s swim-up bar.
Candlewood Suites, around 10 minutes’ drive from the Seawall, affords you the space you need on a budget. They are generous enough to include a free movie library so you can enjoy a flick from your comfortable recliner back in your room, while also offering a well-equipped on-site gym and a great pool and hot tub area that comes with a luxurious waterfall.