Renowned for its sandy beaches, rich cultural heritage, and beautiful Victorian architecture, the island resort city of Galveston on the Gulf Coast of Texas attracts large numbers of visitors every year. Among the most popular attractions are the amusement rides and restaurants of Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, while a number of walking trails, fishing spots and bird-watching opportunities can be found within the abundant environs of Galveston Island State Park.
There are a large number of accommodation options in Galveston to cater for the many tourists it attracts, with several of them dotted along the city’s vast stretch of idyllic coastline. For those on a budget, there are plenty of cheap hotels to pick from, and we’ve selected 7 of the best.
From $56/ night
Situated just minutes from Galveston Beach and the Seawall Bouelvard, this 3-star hotel combines an idyllic location with some excellent amenities at affordable prices. The spacious guest rooms come with a flat-screen TV, microwave and refrigerator, private bathroom and cosy seating area. Elsewhere in the hotel, there’s an outdoor swimming pool, a dining room where continental breakfasts are served daily, vending machines selling snacks and drinks, 24-hour front desk, business centre and fitness centre. There’s also free WiFi in all areas of the hotel. A straight walk down to the coast will bring you to the 61st Street Fishing Pier, offering family friendly activities and fishing rod rentals. Downtown Galveston is a 10-minute drive away.
From $57/ night
Perched in the eastern corner of Galveston Island, this 3-star hotel is well positioned for those keen to explore the restaurants, antique stores, and curio shops of the Strand National Historic Landmark District, which can be found nearby. Classically furnished guest rooms feature a television, work desk, microwave, refrigerator and private bathroom. Hotel amenities include an outdoor pool with a sun deck, daily continental breakfast, 24-hour front desk, and free cruise ship parking. Anyone interested in learning about the history of the offshore oil and gas industry can do so at the nearby Ocean Star Offshore Oil Rig & Museum. The Port of Galveston Cruise Terminal is also a few minutes away on foot.
From $79/ night
Another well located hotel for accessing the golden sand of Galveston beach, this 3-star hotel offers an indoor swimming pool, fitness centre, business centre, 24-hour front desk and on-site laundry facilities. Guest rooms are equipped with a coffee maker, microwave, refrigerator, desk and dining area, and some also have a separate seating area with a sofa. Notable nearby attractions and places of interest including Moody Gardens, Schlitterbahn Water Park, Galveston Convention Center, and the Strand National Historic Landmark District are all a quick drive away.
From $120/ night
Few hotels can boast their own on-site nightclub and lounge hosting live music and dancing, but this 3-star property, just seconds from the relaxing environs of Galveston Beach, is among them. Popular with sporty types too, there’s also a sports court, an outdoor pool and a fitness centre, while a restaurant serving American-style all-day food is the perfect place to re-energise after a day of activity. Guest rooms come with a flat-screen cable TV, microwave, coffee maker, and work desk. Another notable perk is the complimentary shuttle service that transports guests to nearby attractions, such as schlitterbahn Waterpark. Pleasure Pier, and Moody Gardens. The historic Strand District, with its eye-catching architecture, is also just over 4 miles away.
From $63/ night
On the island’s northern coast, close to the popular Moody Gardens tourist attraction, is this 3-star hotel that features an outdoor pool, on-site laundry facilities, 24-hour front desk, and business centre. All guest rooms come with a flat-screen TV, air-conditioning, microwave, refrigerator, coffee machine, desk, and private bathroom, and some also offer a sea view and a comfy seating area. Local, easy-to-reach entertainment sites include Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark and Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier.
From $99/ night
This 3-star hotel is a popular choice with families thanks to its proximity to the thrills and spills of the Schlitterbahn Galveston Island water park, which adjoins the property. Other nearby attractions include Moody Gardens and the Lone Star Flight Museum, both of which are just moments away on foot. As for the hotel itself, guest rooms are kitted out with mini-fridges, microwaves and coffeemakers, and there’s cable TV and free WiFi too. Free continental breakfasts are served in the lobby each morning. Other hotel amenities include a business centre, vending machine selling drinks and snacks, outdoor pool, fitness centre, mini-golf course, and 24-hour front desk.
From $92/ night
Part of the global Best Western chain of mid-range hotels, this 3-star property is located in the north-eastern corner of Galveston Island, a few minutes’ walk from the beach. Well-appointed guest rooms have a microwave, a refrigerator, and a private bathroom and elsewhere in the hotel There’s also an outdoor pool, 24-hour front desk, meeting rooms, and free on-site parking. Complimentary WiFi is available in all communal areas and guest rooms. The bustling East End Historic District is a couple of miles away.