June 9, 2023

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The best Galveston hotels for every budget

If you’re planning a getaway to Galveston, your budget will almost certainly be a factor when it comes to choosing a hotel on the beach or a vacation rental. Whether you’re looking for a luxury Galveston beach resort or a budget-friendly option with perks like free breakfast, this list of Galveston hotels for every budget will help you plan your next trip.

Budget-friendly Galveston hotels 

Holiday Inn Resort Galveston-On The Beach 

The consistently reliable Holiday Inn hotel chain is generally a good bet when it comes to getting a bang for your buck, and Holiday Inn Resort Galveston-On The Beach is no exception. The location is pretty much unbeatable—guests are steps away from the beach and Galveston Seawall, and a short walk to attractions like Galveston’s 61st Street Fishing Pier.

If you’re looking for lodging the night before a cruise, the hotel offers a package that includes parking while you’re at sea as well as transportation to and from the cruise terminal. Most rooms have private balconies with seating areas and views of the pool and Gulf. To help you stretch your budget even further, kids stay free and children under age 11 eat for free in the hotel restaurant. 

Find it: Holiday Inn Resort Galveston-On The Beach, 5002 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, TX 77551; 409-740-5300

You’re never far from the water (pool or Gulf) at the Best Western Plus Galveston Suites in Galveston. 

Best Western Plus Galveston Suites via Yelp

Best Western Plus Galveston Suites 

You don’t have to sacrifice location to find a budget-friendly hotel on the beach in Galveston. In addition to being right across from the water, all rooms at Best Western Plus Galveston Suites face the Gulf of Mexico. In the warmer months, the outdoor pool and hot tub are sure-fire hits for families. In the winter, the year-round fitness center is the place to exercise. In addition to affordable rates, the all-suite hotel helps you save money on your trip to Galveston with complimentary parking and free breakfast. 

Find it: Best Western Plus Galveston Suites, 8502 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, TX 77554; 409-740-4300

Quality Inn & Suites Beachfront Galveston 

If you’re looking for an affordable hotel on the Galveston Seawall, Quality Inn & Suites Beachfront Galveston is a great choice. Not only are you steps away from the beach, but the hotel helps you save even more money with free parking and a complimentary continental breakfast. Other amenities include an indoor heated pool and fitness center. Every room has a private balcony, and the majority of the rooms have partial ocean views. Should you want to venture off-property, you’re a short drive from attractions like the Pleasure Pier and dozens of restaurants.

Find it: Quality Inn & Suites Beachfront Galveston, 5924 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, TX 77551; 409-740-1088

Mid-range Galveston hotels 

Guests can stay at the Schaefer Haus which is located in the heart of Galveston's Historic District.

Guests can stay at the Schaefer Haus which is located in the heart of Galveston’s Historic District.

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Schaefer Haus 

The Galveston historic district is filled with incredible architecture and historic homes. Many of its historic mansions, including Schaefer Haus, have been converted into bed and breakfasts. Built in 1899, the mansion survived the great storm of 1900, which destroyed approximately two-thirds of Galveston’s buildings.

Each one of the impeccably decorated bedrooms has a private bathroom. At night, guests slumber in luxurious linens in rooms furnished with antiques, alongside modern conveniences like flat screen televisions. Breakfast may include items like mushroom quiche, French toast and an optional mimosa. Perhaps best of all, you’re within walking distance to the Grand 1894 Opera House, restaurants and attractions of the East End Historic District.

Find it: Schaefer Haus, 511 17th St., Galveston, TX 77550; 409-440-9740

Hilton Galveston Island Resort 

Private meeting rooms, event space and a business center make Hilton Galveston Island Resort a favorite among business travelers, but the beachfront location, pool and swim-up bar are equally popular with vacationers. The hotel is a short walk to the beach and a short drive to the Pleasure Pier or historic district. After the day is through, the on-site restaurant and lively lobby lounge provide the perfect place to relax and plan your next adventure.

Find it: Hilton Galveston Island Resort, 5400 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, TX 77551; 800-445-8667

Make a splash in the pool at Moody Gardens Hotel in Galveston.

Make a splash in the pool at Moody Gardens Hotel in Galveston.

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Moody Gardens Hotel

If you want to hear your children squeal with delight, head to Moody Gardens. The grounds of the AAA Four Diamond resort are home to three enormous pyramids with an aquarium, rainforest and science and nature museum inside. The hotel itself features indoor and outdoor pools, while the rooms offer everything from mini fridges to complimentary robes. With a location across from the beach, your kids may never want to leave.

Find it: Moody Gardens Hotel, 7 Hope Blvd., Galveston, TX 77554; 409-741-8484

Luxury Galveston hotels 

The historic Grand Galvez in Galveston has been welcoming guests for over a century.

The historic Grand Galvez in Galveston has been welcoming guests for over a century.

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Grand Galvez

Famous for its romantic pink exterior, the renovated Grand Galvez is one of the most storied properties in Galveston. The historic property dates back to 1911 and has hosted presidents, Frank Sinatra and Howard Hughes. The AAA Four Diamond resort is rumored to be haunted, but don’t let that stop you from booking yourself an appointment at the spa, spending the day by the pool or enjoying a sumptuous meal in its elegant dining room.

Find it: Grand Galvez, 2024 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, TX 77550; 409-765-7721

The Tremont House 

The Tremont House is located in the heart of the Strand in the historic Leon & H. Blum Co. Building, which was originally built in 1879. Each one of the romantic rooms features rich decor, Italian linens, luxury bath products and Illy coffee. The hotel is within walking distance to more than 50 restaurants, the historic seaport and Grand 1894 Opera House. Even if you’re not staying on the property, it’s worth stopping by The Tremont House to soak in the panoramic views from Galveston’s only rooftop bar (currently closed for renovations, but set to reopen in fall 2023). 

Find it: The Tremont House, 2300 Ship Mechanic Row St., Galveston, TX 77550; 409-763-0300

The San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center

The AAA Four Diamond San Luis Resort, Spa and Conference Center is arguably the most luxurious resort on the seawall. Spend your days sipping drinks from the swim-up bar, playing pickleball or tennis or pampering yourself at the spa. You’re not likely to go hungry with 10 dining options on the property, and the beach is only steps away.

Find it: The San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center, 5222 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, TX 77551; 409-744-1500