Country Inn & Suites Galveston, Texas

A couple of weekends ago we stayed at the Country Inn & Suites Galveston, which is a not-so-bad 4-ish hour drive from San Antonio. We rolled in late on Friday night and left Sunday morning. We got this hotel for 38,000 points on the first night, with the second night being free courtesy of the Club Carlson co-branded Visa Signature card.

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Check-in, location and parking

Check-in was a bit of a hassle. The hotel has a relatively small parking lot, was completely sold out for the weekend, and we arrived at around 11:30 p.m., when there were no more spots left and no place to park. The front desk clerk had us park right out front, blocking a couple of other cars that she promised wouldn’t need to leave through the night or early the next morning. I was a bit skeptical and worried that I would get a call at 6:00 a.m. asking me to move the car, but there were no problems.

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The hotel’s location is fantastic, since it is right on the seawall next to the beach and less than a mile from the Pleasure Pier.

Room:

A couple of days before arriving, and also on the day of arrival, I called the hotel, mentioned my Gold status with Club Carlson, and asked if there were any upgrades available. I was worried about getting a bad room since we were expecting to arrive so late. To my surprise, the lady on the phone told me that while they didn’t have any upgrades available, they had saved a really nice room for us with a great view of the Pleasure Pier and the ocean.

Country-Inn-and-Suites-GalvestonNot only did the room have a great view, but it was at the end of the hallway, so there was no foot traffic, which makes it really quiet when sleeping.

The room itself was comfortable. It had a king bed, chair with ottoman, mini fridge and microwave, plus lots of space. It also had a balcony.

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The bathroom was ok. Lots of counter space, even enough to maybe have put two sinks instead of one, but it wasn’t a problem for two people. On a 4-person room it would probably be more useful. The shower could have used a little more water pressure, but it wasn’t terrible. The tub needed a mat or some sort of handle, as it felt very slippery. Being that my wife is 6-months pregnant I thought it was a bit of a hazard.

Country-Inn-and-Suites-GalvestonThe room could really use a safe. I did not use housekeeping during the stay since I did not feel comfortable leaving some of our valuables around. In a beach hotel, where most people don’t even take their wallets to go to the beach, you really need a safe in the room.

Hotel grounds and other amenities:

The hotel has a small fitness center, a business center and pool. The pool was really unkept, with pools of water, no towels and a hot tub with a broken skimmer which allowed all that white stuff to accumulate on top of the water. The pool is indoors. Being in Galveston, where the weather is pretty hot in the summer and mild in the winter, I think having an indoor pool is not a good idea. It just isn’t necessary, and it smelled pretty musty. There are a few other options around the area, and they are free (and pretty good).

Breakfast is free, but it was pretty unimpressive for lack of a better word. I’ve stayed at a few Country Inns before, such as the Country Inn & Suites New Orleans French Quarter, and their breakfast is one of the things I’ve liked the most. This breakfast was just bad, with egg beaters and sausage patties and a few apples and oranges. They did have two waffle machines, which we did not use, but there was no yogurt, bananas and other fruit, and no bagels. With the hotel being sold out, it was hard to find a place to sit. On the second morning we just went somewhere else to have breakfast.

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Overall impression:

Overall, the hotel is a good choice due to the location, but it’s just ok. At 38,000 points, it isn’t too bad, and the sweet spot for this property is when you’re able to stay two nights and get the second one for free with the Club Carlson credit card. However, parking and breakfast are both a problem that the hotel should address.

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One Response to Country Inn & Suites Galveston, Texas

  1. Laura Cook says:

    Never again! The staff from the desk clerks to the Manager/Ownet are rude and unprofessional. They went so far as to say that we couldn’t pay the bill until they checked out room because my daughters friend was African-American!!!!! And then tried to charge us twice. Unbelievable!!!!!!

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