Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center
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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.
Great conference hotel
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.
Reading other reviews we were looking forward to an outstanding pool - not at this hotel. Very average pool, yes it has a swim up bar, and a very good bartenter, yes it had a one small pitiful stream of water, which I guess could be called a waterfall. However there were always plenty of towels, lounge chairs available, it was were everyone was, where all the action was, if you weren't in a meeting, and despite the construction going on adjacent to the pool area it was great. The "Palm Beach" area was a hugh disappointment. Not a "beach area" at all, but rather a kiddy pool surounded by sand. No coolers, food, drink etc were allowed. Umbrella and 2 chairs cost $10 for the day. Whole area smelled like a soiled diaper, very icky, didn't stay there, went back to the pool! Breakfast was a very pricy buffet, food selection was average and not always piping hot. Check out the IHOP on the seawall for a great inexpensive breakfast. For dinner check out "Fishtails" also on the seawall. Yes I would recommend this hotel if you were interested in the convention areas and if you were going to take advantage of the Moody Garden musuems (highly recommend), I would not really recommend if you were more interested in the beach.
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!!
Nice Hotel for a Conference
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
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