Home Away from Home
People flock to Galveston year-round for lots of reasons. They enjoy the beaches, attractions and wildlife for weeks at a time, or for just a night or two before setting off to cruise the Caribbean. Fortunately, the island offers a wide variety of accommodations, from swanky resorts and beach houses to budget-conscious lodging and cozy bed-and-breakfasts. Choosing the place that’s right for you may seem like an overwhelming task, but the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau is happy to help! Call their toll-free visitor line (888-GAL-ISLE) for suggestions. In the meantime, we’ve come up with tips to narrow the search.
Hotels For Every Need
Whether you want luxury or just a clean place to crash after a day on the beach, Galveston has dozens of hotel options, most near the center of the island and major attractions.
Charming Bed and Breakfasts
Quaint and cozy, bed and breakfasts shouldn’t be overlooked. They offer all the comforts of home and are particularly suitable for couples seeking romantic getaways or picture-perfect places for weddings.
Family-Friendly Houses and Condos
These range from upscale condos with luxury amenities to beachfront homes that sleep entire families. Though situated all over the island, those on the West End offer a bit more privacy, as well as plenty of room (typically) for large groups.
A Specific Scenario in Mind?
Best Old-World Charm: The Tremont House
Established in 1839 and located in the historic Leon & H. Blum Building, The Tremont House celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. On weekends, jazz emanates from the downstairs courtyard to the beautiful, period rooms, and the rooftop bar boasts an incomparable sunset view.
2300 Ship’s Mechanic Row
Best Beachfront Stay: The Galvestonian
If the beach is your thing, the Galvestonian is your place. Its luxury one- to five-bedroom East Beach condos are a short drive from the Seawall and the Historic Downtown Strand District. With its pool and proximity to the beach, the Galvestonian is ideal for couples or families.
1401 East Beach Dr.
Best Pampering: Hotel Galvez and Spa
Built in the aftermath of the 1900 hurricane, the Hotel Galvez retains the beautiful architecture that makes it the jewel of the Seawall and a popular wedding venue. Enjoy a massage in the world-class spa.
2024 Seawall Blvd.
Best Hotel Pool: San Luis Resort
You may think you’re in Miami’s South Beach at the fabulous resort’s swanky new ultra lounge, H20. Its signature martinis, swim-up bar, fire pits and private poolside cabanas make this the place to see and be seen.
5222 Seawall Blvd.
Best Family Fun: Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa, & Convention Center
Set among the Moody Gardens pyramids with their rainforest replica, aquarium and IMAX theater, this hotel is chock-full of enticements to enchant children. But there’s also plenty to help their parents unwind amid the lush botanical setting.
7 Hope Blvd.
Best Family Reunion Spots: Sand 'n Sea Vacation Rentals
Finding the right venue for a large family celebration can be a challenge. Sand ’N Sea Vacation Rentals offers a wide variety of vacation rentals, including groups of beach houses in close proximity, all with 24-hour property management services.
Best Romantic Getaway: The Victorian Bed & Breakfast Inn
This bed and breakfast (Galveston’s first!) is situated in a charming, antique-filled, 1899 mansion. What’s more, its picturesque garden is a National Wildlife Federation– certified butterfly way station and bunny sanctuary.
511 17th Street
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