June 20, 2014
If looking for a hotel in Galveston, this is the one.
We thought the hotel was great. It was nice having the full kitchen and making our own meals. We liked the fact that it was away from the hustle and bustle. I noticed all of the hotels on the main strip, you have to cross a busy road to get to the beach. This one you do not. Also, many of the other hotels didn't have beaches across the road from them; it was a no swimming area. The big disappointment was the Sargasso grass. From May until the middle of July the Texas coast is lined with a "seaweed" that made it impossible to swim or sit on the beach. It smells terrible. Had we known that, we would have chose a different time of year to travel. I would recommend this hotel, however I don't recommend you go from May till July.
June 19, 2014
Great view, quiet room and great service.
The view from our room was awesome. Our room was very comfortable and quiet with no outside noise. The service was outstanding. Overall this hotel was great but there was to much seaweed on the beach. So far this is the best hotel I have stayed at and I would definitely recommend this hotel.
June 17, 2014
DO NOT Travel to Galveston!!!
This hotel and the rooms were awesome! Thankfully it was far enough away from the main strip in Galveston that makes you feel like you are still in Houston. That being said...Avoid Galveston at all costs because of the seaweed! I had read about this problem before going but unfortunately I bought the room at a nonrefundable rate. You may read this and think that it's just a little seaweed...No big deal. NO...It's a big deal. There are mountains of seaweed covering the beaches. You get in the water and it is touching every part of your body. Great hotel! terrible time to visit Galveston!
June 16, 2014
As per my recommendation, this location needs to start offering free breakfast in order to be family friedly and stand the test of competition.
June 16, 2014
Decent hotel if you don't have perfume or fragrance allergies
Upon entering the main lobby, we immediately smelled a very strong odor, it was pleasant, but it gave me an instant headache. I have allergies to perfumes or any strong scent and the scent was very strong, actually overpowering. When I asked the front desk receptionist (I believe her name is Kaitlin) about the smell, she said ,"that's the Holiday Inn trademark scent." No apology or anything when I mentioned I got an instant headache. So I realize most people would not have issues with strong fragrances but those of you out there who have allergies to perfumes, be careful. After checking out, I had my mother go into the lobby for me since I just could not take it, and my mother mentioned the fragrance again to Kaitlin who merely responded "have a nice day." Besides this, the hotel room itself was adequate, for 1 night. However, it was very small. There was a separate bedroom, but the "living room" was quite small, and the balcony very very small, 2 chairs barely were able to fit. The little kitchenette was cute and was sufficient. There are no restaurants on the property or even nearby so be prepared to bring your own food or to drive to restaurants. Our room overlooked the pool. We could see the gulf from our room; it wasn't a full front view but still there was a view so that was nice. There was a washer & dryer just outside the room that we were able to use (at no charge) so that was an added plus. Overall, it was an okay place to stay; being that it's one of two hotels actually right in there area directly on the beach is nice. Most hotels you have to cross a very busy street to get to the beach, so this Holiday Inn location being directly on the beach was excellent. The unfriendly receptionist and the strong scent in the lobby was really our only issue (the receptionist wasn't friendly AT ALL) . Everything else was adequate.
June 9, 2014
Perfect stay for my needs
I brought my mother 83, and my aunt 68 to Galveston for the weekend. I needed a hotel with a balcony, because my aunt smoked. I found the Holiday Inn Vacations Galveston Beach Resort through a search engine, liked the room set up, and the pictures so I went with the hotel. It turned out to be the perfect hotel for us. The room was clean, well stocked, and quiet for the most part. Our view was over the pool and straight out to the beach. We sat out on the balcony a lot enjoying the view, and watching all the activity at the pool. Most of the guests were there with family, and were quiet and respectful making it quiet comfortable for my crew. The hotel is away from the heart of all the major attractions of Galveston which also made it quiet peaceful. When we visit Galveston again this will be where we stay.
June 15, 2014
Fantastic place away from seawall in Galveston
This property is away from the main seawall action of Galveston. It is located on the West side of the island (south), and sits directly on the beach. No seawall to contend with, and no need to cross a busy street to get the beach. The property has a bunch of amenities, like several BBQ grills, picnic tables, shuffle board, basketball court, volleyball court, and a great pool and hot tub. The boardwalk has two places to wash off the sand. The hotel has several different room layouts. Some are time share properties so not all will be hotel guests. We stayed in a queen bed room which actually had a separate bedroom and sleeper sofa bed, which was great. Each unit had a small kitchen area like a fridge with ice maker, small stove, dishwasher, toaster oven, and microwave. Great way to cook your own meals without having to eat out all the time. Each room has a balcony, even if it is small. The room had two separate wall-mounted HDTVs and a DVD player. Since these are basically condos, there is no daily cleaning service. If you rent two room together, you will have the benefit of a shared ‘common area’. This is where the washer/dryer are located. If you only have one room, then you may to share this area with another hotel guest including the washer/dryer. Fortunately, there was no one in the other room during out stay. You will have to wash your own towels, either bath towels or beach towels which are in each condo. The staff was great. Friendly and professional, they do give free bathroom toiletries. We also had our sheets changed out when we first arrived and they were happy to do it. The grounds are also well maintined by the staff including the pool area.
June 15, 2014
We came here for a weekend getaway and it was just amazing. Room W15 was such easy access to the beach and pool. Taking the elevator was not even necessary other than to load and unload. The room was well stocked. They even provided washing detergent. We shared the place with my in-laws and we were all comfortable in the two bedroom. I'd recommend the place to anyone coming out here with family. The only downfall would be for those Who like walking to restaurants. There are no restaurants within walking distance. You have to drive to go out to eat. Other than that, the place was simply amazing. Much better than your average hotel.
June 5, 2014
The staff worked extra hard to get our older relatives into the comfort of their air-conditioned rooms earlier than expected. The front desk people were so friendly and welcoming.
June 11, 2014
We really enjoyed our stay and will definitely be coming back!