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Best Hotels Near the Galveston Cruise Port

If you’re planning to stay in Galveston before or after your cruise, we’ve got you covered. Keep in mind that we can’t cover every hotel in Galveston — there are more than 100 — but these are a few of your best options on the island.

Note: If you’re looking for more options, visit our post on cheap accommodations here. Click here for Galveston hotels with free or discounted cruise parking.

Hotels near the Port of Galveston

Harbor House  If you want to stay near the port, there is no closer spot than the Harbor House. This hotel sits right on the water, nearly in the shadow of the passing cruise ships. Within just a few steps are restaurants like Willie G’s, Olympia The Grill, and Fishermans’ Wharf. You are also just a block from the famous Strand District, which has even more restaurants and plenty of shops. You are also right next to the famous Elissa — the official tall ship of Texas.

Star Rating: 3 stars
Price Range (weekend night): $150 – $250
Cruise Parking: Parking is $10 per night. However, Harbor House will arrange for you to park at Hotel Galvez free of charge during your cruise and provide you with a ride back to the port.

Click here to learn more about the Harbor House

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The Tremont House — The Tremont House sits just a couple of blocks from the port in the middle of the Strand District. One of Galveston’s most beautiful hotels, the inn now occupies a former working building constructed in 1879. The hotel is consistently one of the island’s highest-rated hotels. Guest rooms are appointed with marble bathrooms and hardwood floors — lending the Victorian elegance that Galveston is known for. Don’t forget to check out The Rooftop Bar

Star Rating: 3.5 stars
Price Range (weekend night): $200 – $300
Cruise Parking: Parking is $10 per night. However, Tremont House will arrange for you to park at Hotel Galvez free of charge during your cruise and provide you with a ride back to the port.

Click here to learn more about the Tremont House

Photo: Galveston.com

Luxury Hotels in Galveston

The vast majority of hotels on the island aren’t near the cruise terminal; they’re on the Seawall. However, the island isn’t very large so even a hotel that’s “far away” is usually only a mile or two from the terminal. Below we profile several of the most luxurious hotels in Galveston. If you are looking for cheaper accommodations, then be sure to see our page on budget hotels in Galveston.

Hotel GalvezHotel Galvez — Perhaps the grandest hotel on the island, Hotel Galvez is also among the oldest. The hotel was built in 1911 — just more than a decade after the “Great Storm.” What you’ll find today is an elegant “four diamond” AAA-rated hotel that recalls the spirit and grandeur of old Galveston. Today the hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places. But that doesn’t mean this is some old stodgy hotel. Each of the 224 rooms comes with flat-screen TVs, and iPod alarm dock, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Sitting right on the Seawall, many rooms also have spectacular views of the Gulf. (May require two-night stay.)

Star Rating: 4 stars
Price Range (weekend night): $250-$350
Cruise Parking: Cruise parking is available for a one-time fee of $17. The fee includes a parking space, plus a shuttle to and from the terminal.

Click here to learn more about the Hotel Galvez

Photo: BFS Man

Moody Gardens Hotel — If you plan to visit Moody Gardens or Schlitterbahn during your stay, then the Moody Gardens Hotel might be the perfect place to stay. It sits on the grounds of Moody Gardens, the attraction well-known for its rainforest pyramid (a glass pyramid housing a live rainforest) and aquarium pyramid. It is also right next to Schlitterbahn Galveston — the island version of the famous waterpark. The four-star-rated hotel is modern and comfortable, complete with a beautiful heated swimming pool, in-room safe, and free Wi-Fi. (May require two-night stay.)

Star Rating: 4 stars
Price Range (weekend night): $200-$300
Cruise Parking: Cruise parking is included with your room, along with complimentary shuttle service to the terminal.

Click here to learn more about the Moody Gardens Hotel

San Luis Resort PoolSan Luis Resort — The San Luis Resort offers four-star luxury overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. While the rooms are comfortable and nicely appointed, it’s the hotel’s grounds that make this resort a gem. The property is more than 30 acres of lush greenery, complete with waterfalls and gardens. The spacious pool includes a swim-up bar, waterslide, and cabanas. As with any highly-rated resort, the San Luis also features a spa and fitness center. In effect, this hotel offers you the feeling of being on a luxurious cruise… even before you step on board a ship! (May require two-night stay.)

Star Rating: 4 stars
Price Range (weekend night): $250-$350
Cruise Parking: Cruise parking is included with your room, along with complimentary shuttle service to the terminal.

Click here to learn more about the San Luis Resort

Photo: Galveston.com

One Response so far.

  1. Wow! Those are wonderful hotels. I’m certain that they have great amenities to enjoy while in the place. Quite pricey but that’s what you get for great service and awesomely delicious food.

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