Galveston Island’s fascinating history is reflected in its elegant historic center – plus it sits on some of the best coastline that Texas has to offer. The Gulf of Mexico offers captivating sunsets each day, and attractions like Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier and the Moody Gardens draw visitors year-round. If you come to Galveston, how could you not stay directly on the beach? Here are some of Culture Trip’s favorite beach hotels for you to choose from.
Whether you’re on a romantic trip or a corporate one, the San Luis Resort provides simple and satisfactory luxury at this spectacular beachfront setting. Sipping a cocktail from the pool area with views across the Gulf, eating from one of their award-winning restaurants or experiencing any of their personalized services on offer will make you realize exactly why this resort has won so many awards.
Ocean views literally on the beachfront, a swim-up bar in the outdoor pool area, an on-site restaurant and lounge serving snacks and a short walk to Galveston’s finest dining – this Hilton property knows how to set the tone for its guests. Relaxing in a poolside cabana offers the over-the-top experience that one would expect from a high-end resort on the Gulf of Mexico.
For those wishing to stay in a villa on the beach, the Holiday Inn Club delivers well-equipped residences for small or large groups. Extra entertainment is provided, as video games, cable TV and a music system help the evenings come alive after a long day of exploring around the island. Some units even include your own private jacuzzi – taking relaxation to a new level.
For those seeking tranquility and who don’t mind being further away from the action on Galveston, this DoubleTree property is a great option. Far from being too remote, many places are still within walking distance. There’s a friendly shuttle bus that takes you to wherever you need to go, plus the hotel throws in free bicycles for those who wish to cruise as they explore.
Equally attractive for both romantic retreats and family vacations, the Moody Gardens Hotel can accommodate a couple’s weekend retreat, and endless activities that will keep the kids entertained. The spa offers a romantic massage with champagne for true escapism – while the kids can explore the Aquarium Pyramids, swim the Lazy River and play on the mini beach around the outdoor pool.
This hotels delivers phenomenal views from your balcony, as you soak up the sunset across the ocean. A short walk to the historic pier and close to all the main attractions, it’s not only well-positioned on the seafront, but offers very friendly service. The free continental breakfast sets you up for a healthy start to the day, and you are welcome to grab some free cookies and milk in the evening, too.
Looking for a budget-friendly option? Check out our list of affordable hotels in Galveston.
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