Thursday, August 10, 2006

Harborside at Galveston

Recently had some relatives-by-marriage over for a visit, and we traveled down to Galveston. Here's a review I posted for the Harbor House Hotel:

I originally called the Galvez Hotel in Galveston, but they were booked for the two nights we wished to stay. The Galvez and the Harbor House are both owned by Wyndham Hotels, so they were able to book us into The Harbor House immediately.

Upon arrival in Galveston, we roasted on the beach. I telephoned ahead and discovered that, while check-in time is 4:00pm, they would be able to accommodate our party of 7 folks in two rooms at any time.

Both rooms were clean and the furnishings were free of excess wear. There is a microwave, small fridge, and tv in the wardrobe. Our room was quite large, with a sofa, comfy chair, lamps with three-way bulbs, coffee table, writing table with two large chairs, and soft beds. Regular and decaf coffee and tea were available each day. The room had exposed beams, a wood ceiling, and plenty of closet space. The walls are painted a soft golden color. I was happy to see that the windows open, so that you can enjoy the ambient sounds of the small yacht basin and harbor.

Each morning, we found a nice continental breakfast waiting in a 2nd floor living room near the elevator. The only problem I'm aware of is that the continental breakfast did not have butter available for one patron who loudly exclaimed his disappointment at putting jelly on his bagel.

There is an astronomically-expensive seafood restaurant beside this hotel; but dozens of other restaurants, boogy bars, and shops are a very short walk away.

If you love to comfortably watch harbor action and see cruise ships, yachts, shrimpers, and off shore oil rigs in drydock, this is the place for you! We've been there once before, and we'll go there again!

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