Galveston, Texas, teeters on a tropical climate –subtropical, to be exact. Located on Galveston Island and Pelican Island, this coastal Texas locale is a popular resort city with plenty of lodging.
We’ve combed the shore for you and found three suitable resorts in Galveston, basing our selections on past customers’ reviews, location, amenities and value. Here are three properties offering extra comforts in the Gulf of Mexico’s humid air for under $200 a night.
Moody Gardens Hotel
From $142/ night
This 242-acre destination is one of Galveston’s highlights, drawing about two million visitors a year, not only to its accommodations but its pyramid-shaped attractions. These pyramidal structures house a living rainforest, aquarium and science exhibits. Should all this nature bore you, there’s also a 3D theatre on-site. Want to swap biomes for bathrobes? The Spa at Moody Gardens supplies guests with massages, makeups, haircare and other feel-good treatments. Complimentary transfer service is provided to get around. As for aquatic fun, look no further than the on-site Palm Beach and water park.
The San Luis Resort Spa
From $169/ night
At The San Luis Resort, the beach is near —very near, as in a one-minute walk from the property. A more chlorinated alternative can be found in the tropical outdoor pool, which boasts poolside libations. For further relaxation, a full-service spa is available on-site, offering facials, body scrubs, massages and hydrotherapy baths. A fitness center is provided for the athletically inclined, while a style boutique is open seven days a week for devout shopaholics. After a day of on-site activities, you can dine at one of the resort’s restaurants, such as Grotto (Italian food), Blake’s Bistro (comfort food) or The Steakhouse (take a guess).
Hotel Galvez and Spa
From $116/ night
Sitting on the Gulf of Mexico, Hotel Galvez is only a five-minute drive from Central Galveston. More importantly, it’s only two minutes distant from the beach. For greater quietude, the on-site, full-service spa is equipped with nine treatment rooms and a professional salon. Services include steam rooms, hydrotherapy, Swiss and Vichy showers, and a meditation garden. Decor leans toward the traditional, with warm, solid colors. You can soak up the ambience while dining at the Galvez Bar & Grill, a casual seafood restaurant. Afterwards, complement those healthy Omega-3s with some exercise at the fitness center or outdoor, heated pool.