Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center
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This trip begins with a long 4 hour drive to the port of Galveston, Texas. On the trip we stop at McDonalds for some breakfast and later arrive at our Discount Cruise Parking place. It's at a gas station, but the parking is secure and clean. So we hop on the free shuttle and see our huge ship for the first time. Wow!!! It is gigantic! 12 public decks high. The embarkation process is really very easy and effortless. We get the usual picture with the ...
... headed for Texas in hope of better weather.
We settled on Galveston Island as our destination, as the state park there sounded attractive. Having stocked up on food and beverages we drove to the campground. It was 6.30 p.m. and a sign at the entry said that all campsites were filled. However, we decided to check in the office for other options or suggestions - only to discover that there were in fact several ...
... as well, along with her good friend Dana.... Taylor did it too but he doesn't count since he has been egging me on to do one ever since he did the full Ironman last year.
I started the trip off with Ian (you'll be seeing many posts about him) and on our way out to Galveston we thought we'd swing by Lockhart and get some of the best BBQ Texas had to offer. We ended up going to ...
... blocked the doors of the lighthouse so people could not get in and be rescued and the people inside could hear their screams. Nice story, huh?
Then the ferry ride. Always fun and there is the chance to see the dolphins playing alongside the ferry and see the gulls and pelicans following along behind the ferry. Fortunately, they only allow feeding of the birds at the back of ...
... logical time to do it was during their first week in San Antonio. Now we will spend a week together there, then we will head home in time to see Brie & Ryan when they get back from Thailand, and for Roger's dad's 85th birthday. Gil & Lois have a booking in Canyon Lake after San Antonio, and I think New Braunfel's after that.
It was a foggy week here in Galveston. We did have some ...
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People, Moody Gardens is for real. It is outstanding to say the least.
Moody Gardens rules in Galveston as a hotel getaway.My wife and i stayed 2 nights for our anniversary.The grounds were impeccable. The service was excelent. The attractions were great. Everyone needs to visit the Moody Gardens hotel and attractions. If you are a fan of pretty palm trees you gotta go.
A great Hotel and Resort
The hotel was beatiful and the service was excellent. I stayed there for my honeymoon and it was unforgettable. Everything from the food to the friendly staff exceeded my expectations.
Train wreck. Not a good value. Arrived at hotel for anniversay stay at 4:30pm, only to find no rooms available yet. Hotel appears understaffed. The Moody attractions all close at 6pm, with last entry at 5 pm. Attractions don't open in the morning until 10am but hotel checkout is 12 noon. As it was Sunday Shern's Restaurant on top of the hotel was closed. Went to Shern's Bar for sunset view and drinks, only to find it closed for private party. Our room was large, nicely appointed and clean for the few hours we were in it. For what we did at Moody Garden's we could have done anywhere in Galveston and at half price. Moody Gardens charges like a first class hotel and puts on that exterior facade but has a long way to go to be a first class hotel.
Moody gardens was dissapointing
I was somewhat dissapointed with the Moody Gardens Hotel. When we got to our room, we just wanted to relax and watch a movie on PPV only to discover that there was a problem with it and we could not watch any movies, and the cable kept going out. The front desk was very rude when my husband called to ask about the problem. Apparently they were aware of the problem but failed to tell us when we checked in. Everything was quite pricey. I was not impressed.
This was a generally nice hotel. There are quite a few attractions surrounding the convention center. But don't go for the attractions; rather they are something to pass the time with. They are somewhat limited in size; for example the aquarium is not very large.
Regarding the room, there were stains on the carpet and in general, you didn't want to try to look too hard. The overall cleanliness was not very good.
This is an ok place to go, provided you're not paying too much. If the room had been a little cleaner, I would have given it 4 stars.
The Moody Gardens Hotel is nice, but for what you get for your money, it isn't worth it at all.
This was a great hotel to hold a conference at as it offers a veriety of different rooms, meeting halls, convention center, kids programs, etc. The Moody Gardens musuems (Rain forest, aquarium, IMAX) are a short walk away. Hotel room we had was the standard room with 2 beds, nicely furnished and housekeeping was average. My sister had confirmed the same type of room but was given a king bedded room with whirlpool and balcony instead, which sounds nice until you realize there is not enough bedding for 4 people. Hotel provided 2 roll-away beds, and everyone was happy. The convention rate for the room was $155 a night.
Twice was enough for me!
I gave them a second chance and they didn't improve one bit! Besides being too pricey for what you get, they lack good housekeeping. The first time I stayed there the bathroom was still dirty when we checked in. The second time, same complaint about the housekeeping of the rooms but also feces was floating in pool. When notified of this, staff didn't bother to do anything about it. Yuck!!
This hotel was so pretty and nice. There are caged birds in the lobby for viewing and huge fish in the lobby atrium. The fish swim up to you as you watch them and you can actually reach out and touch them if you want to do so. Each day the food was extremely good and tasty. I am on the Akins diet and there were plenty of meats, fish, shrimp, cheeses, and salads to choose from. The chandeliers in the hotel conference rooms were the prettiest I have ever seen and the bathrooms were so spick and span that you could eat off the floor. Also, the pillows in the rooms were the best I have ever slept on. They were made of down feathers and were soft to the touch, but felt like I was sleepy on a firm cloud. The bathrooms had luxurious soap that made my skin feel silky and soft and the towels were big, fluuffy,absorbent and soft also. There is this bar on the top floor of the hotel that has a fabulous view and the the mixed drinks are strong and generously poured. The wait staff was friendly and at your beck and call. The pool was second only to the ones I have seen in Cancun with a swim up bar and waterfalls all around. I had a fabulous time and hated to leave. I felt more like I was on a vacation than at a conference for work.
A wnderful and beautiful place - but get there early
I have been going to the moody gardens for years now. I love it every time I go. The Tropical Rain Forrest pyrimad is still just amazing. The I-max, especially the 3-D Imax is a must see as well. The Aquarium is excellent as well. There is also a very goo I-Max ride - not as big as the real imax but a really fun time as well. Then there is the paddle boat and the large gardens and paths outside. I highly recommend visting here and really just taking the time to enjoy. The prices have gone up (no real suprise) but so has the quality of the facility. Their weekday hours are pretty week so get going early since last admission is 5:00pm