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... in Galveston and Darren captured a dolphin.
So we head to San Antonio only to be caught in what we thought was rush hour traffic... turns out it was the traffic created by the parade for the San Antonio Spurs after winning the NBA. Brad said later he was caught up in the celebration when he arrived in San Antonio earlier in the week ...
On our way to Galveston we got caught in traffic so we opted for an adventure in the form of a detour. What a surprising view. The Gulf roughly lapping the shores; beautiful homes on stilts, pastel colors of beach community homes were easy on the eye. I wish more of them were caught in pictures. Small farms, resturants and shops dotted the main drag and the bay was so still in direct contrast of the gulf. This was an enjoyable ...
... not much. I'm guessing the size of this ship had something to do with that. On this trip I'm traveling with my 56 year old mother and 9 year old daughter. The men stayed home to dog sit. My mom does not understand or speak much english and goes to bed early, For that reason I signed up for the early 6 pm dinner at the main dining room. Our room is right below the northern light dining room so naturally we are assigned to the southern lights ...
... into East Texas, which
is flat flat flat.
For those who have not been this way; there is
so much water in Louisiana because of the Mississippi delta, much of the
state's highway system is basically concrete slabs on stilts raised
above the bayous and lakes. The engineering and effort to build these
causeways is quite remarkable. ...
... Most of these homes looked new, so I assume most had been remodeled in some way after Hurricane Ike in 2008. There was still evidence of the devastation across this area; some homes left to decay on the far side of the beach road. John saw one sign at a condominium on the Galveston beach advertising units for $295,000.
We stayed at another City RV park, because it was also right on the beach. But, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Galveston Beach Hotel
My husband and I stayed at the Holiday Inn Sunspree October 21 & 22 before we boarded the Carnival Conquest out of Galveston. I don't understand what people are complaining about. The hotel was very clean; the staff at the hotel and the bar was excellent. We didn't get the chance to swim in the pool, however, it was beautiful. I think that they should offer free shuttles to the pier and/or free continental breakfast like most of the other hotels here.
After doing a lot of research online, we booked at the Holiday Inn Sunspree, even though we couldn't find any photos online because it is new. We were told we could have a smoking room, with a view, as high up as was available when we checked in, for $170 per night. Thinking it would have amenities like a resort and larger rooms, we booked it.
Great hotel - best on the island!
Stayed at the hotel August 20 - 24. Beautiful property with really nice pool and bar. I do not understand the previous review as I was there at the same time and found the service and facilities excellent. I guess some people cant be pleased...
Property is gorgeous, views were unparallelled and the food was great. Best Hotel for the money on the island without doubt!
I can't wait to get back to the Holiday Inn Sunspree in Galveston, Texas! My husband and I brought our son down to play at the beach. He's 2 years old and we wanted to stay in a family friendly enviornment. Imagine our surprise when we walked in to find "Krabby Korner", it's a small section of the lobby dedicated to children. They had Spongebob everywhere and a TV playing nickolodeon shows. The price was right for all they offered. A beautiful restaurant and of course kids eat free, Game room, gift shoppe, laundry facilities and I hear a billiard room! They even offered supervised kids activities.
Probably won't go back.
The service was extremely poor with the exception of the 2 girls at the front desk on Thursday and Friday. (8/19/05 & 8/20/05). The worst service was trying to get service from the poolside bar. It appeared the employees were pre-occupied with friends intead of the guest. We got tired of waiting for service and left. We had reservations for 4 nights. Stayed 1 night and cancelled the rest. In my opinion, this would be a $70-$90 per room motel
instead of $150 or higher. I was mislead thinking this was a better hotel than it really was. Waterfall in the pool over the bar was not impressive. This hotel
does however, have potential if the prices were lower, better service, & employees were friendlier.
We stayed here for 4 nights over the July 4th weekend. The room we were in was so HOT. I know it was not only our room because we talked to other people on our floor while we waited for the SLOW elevator. We noticed hot air blowing in from under the patio and front door so we rolled up towels and put under the doors. This helped. The doors had big gaps between the frame and weather stripping. We asked at the front desk for a fan but was told they didn't have any so we went and bought one ourselves. The view from the patio was limited to a small portion of the beach because of the business meeting building. The room was clean and nicely decorated.
We stayed at the Sunspree for 4 nights, July 13 - July 17, and overall thought it was very nice. We had a first floor kids suite, which I thought was great. The kids had a small separate room with bunk beds, tv with DVD player & vcr, and I had a queen size bed in the main bedroom area. There was also a small table and two chairs, small fridge and coffeemaker. The first floor kids suites don't have a balcony or patio, so it was difficult at times to find places to hang all of our wet beach towels, but still would rather be on the first floor than above. The hotel only has one elevator, which isn't air conditioned, so whenever we went to an upper floor to get ice or to the fitness center, we had to wait a long time, and then ride in a hot elevator. If I had been on an upper floor, that would have driven me crazy. Anyway, the kids suite rate was avg. about $170 per night ($144 on weekdays, 188 on Fri/Sat), and the Hilton wanted $400 per night for their kids suite for the same time frame, so I thought it was a pretty good deal.
Just returned from Texas; spent 2 nights at the new Sunspree and can't wait to go back. The good:
We stayed at the Holiday Sunspree resort for 4 nights from June 30 - July 4. We went mainly for work reasons and was able to get the rooms for $80 a night which I know we should not complain, but one of our rooms was so HOT all the time we had to actually go purchase a fan just so we could sleep a little more comfortably. There were several other people either in the halls or at the front desk complaining of the heat. The elevators did not work at times during our stay, there were no phone books in the rooms, our closet door fell off the hinges several times and we had a room that only had a shower with the shower curtain too high so the entire bathroom floor got soaked everytime we showered. We reported all these problems (more than once) to the front desk and not one of them was taken care of. There is also no complimentary transportation as they indicate on their website.