Are you cruising out of Galveston?

Are you cruising out of Galveston? If so, you might be looking for a hotel for at least one overnight stay before departing for your cruise vacation. We typically cruise from Galveston because we live nearby, but we recently needed a pre-cruise hotel in a different city.

We are leaving on a cruise soon from Fort Lauderdale, and we found ourselves in the position of finding a hotel in an unfamiliar place. I didn’t know where to stay, what was close to the Port, or which hotels might provide shuttle service.

For this reason, I thought it would be helpful to those of you that drive to your cruise ports to provide information about hotels for cruisers from Galveston, Texas, specifically concerning parking and shuttle service.

Are you cruising out of Galveston?

I have included hotels I am familiar with, and most are name-brand chains you will also be familiar with. Some hotels offer a terrific perk in cruise port cities: free parking while you are away on your cruise and a shuttle ride to the cruise port on departure day.

If you are driving to Galveston for your cruise and choose to stay overnight on the island before your cruise departure, free or discounted parking and shuttle service at your hotel make good sense.

Be aware that parking packages may only be available if you book directly with the hotel. Offers and perks are always subject to change, so always confirm your reservation and benefits with the hotel.

The following list does not include even close to all of the hotels available in Galveston, but I am familiar with these. Galveston has so many choices not listed here.

Comfort Suites Galveston

3606 89th Street

Comfort Suites is across the street from the beach and is close to Moody Gardens and Schlitterbahn Waterpark. Six miles from the Port, this hotel provides parking at no charge when you stay one night here as a guest. Twenty dollars is the fee for a roundtrip shuttle to and from the Port.

Are you cruising out of Galveston?

Inn at the Waterpark

2525 Jones Drive

This hotel is adjacent to the Schlitterbahn Waterpark and is a great family option. You may even decide to extend your stay a few days to take full advantage of the Waterpark. Free parking is available to overnight guests, although they do not provide a shuttle to the cruise Port.

La Quinta Inn & Suites Galveston

2901 63rd Street

This La Quinta is near the beach. Wal-Mart is also nearby, making it convenient to pick up almost anything you need! Cruise parking is free, but the Port shuttle service is not available.

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Galveston Island North

1002 63rd St.

This La Quinta is a new property near Interstate 45 in a great location near the freeway and
between the downtown historic district and only two miles to the beach. This hotel does provide complimentary cruise parking but no shuttle.

Gaido’s Seaside Inn

3700 Seawall Blvd.

Gaido’s is a well-known restaurant in Galveston and is next door to the Seaside Inn. If you book directly with the hotel, you can request free parking during your cruise. There is no shuttle, but the cruise terminal is only 10-15 minutes away by taxi or Lyft.

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Holiday Inn Resort Galveston On the Beach

5002 Seawall Boulevard

This Holiday Inn is across the street from the beach and has beautiful beach views. I learned that this hotel offers a package rate that includes parking for eight days. Shuttle service to and from the Port is also available here.

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TownePlace Suites Galveston Island

9540 Seawall Boulevard

TownePlace Suites is a reasonably new hotel near the beach. An $80 fee is charged for seven days of parking while you cruise—the rate increases to $120 after seven days. Note, however, that cruise parking is not available from May through September. Shuttle service is not available here.

Courtyard Mariott Galveston Island

9550 Seawall Boulevard

This Courtyard shared a parking lot with TownePlace Suites mentioned above and provided the same parking amenity during the same period. Again though, no shuttle service.

Beachfront Palms

5914 Seawall Blvd

Beachfront Palms is across the street from the beach, as many of these hotels are. It provides free parking for your vehicle while you are cruising. Beachfront Palms does not have a shuttle service but can offer recommendations for a shuttle service.

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Country Inn & Suites Galveston

2818 Avenue R ½

You can walk to Galveston’s Pleasure Pier from this hotel. Country Inn & Suites offers a cruise package on 5-7 day cruises, including a round trip shuttle to the Port. Their cost is $75 for four people and $10 for each person after the first four.

The San Luis Resort

5222 Seawall Blvd

The San Luis is undoubtedly in the resort class and one of Galveston’s finest. Cruise parking is available here in the open rear parking lot for $50. The hotel does provide a free shuttle. Don’t forget to book parking and a shuttle when you make your reservation.

Grand Galvez

2024 Seawall Blvd

The Galvez is my all-time favorite historic hotel. It is also one of the island’s grandest hotels, a magnificent pre-cruise choice. Unfortunately, the Galvez no longer offers parking for cruise guests. You also will not find a shuttle here.

The Tremont House

2300 Ship’s Mechanic Row

The Tremont is another of my very favorite hotels in Galveston. It is, however, in the historic Strand area, not near the beach. You will find a cruise parking package that includes seven days of parking and a roundtrip port shuttle service. However, parking costs $100, and the shuttle costs $50.

Harbor House Hotel and Marina at Pier 21

No. 28 Pier 21

The Harbor House is just about as close as you can get to the cruise terminals. It’s a beautiful property on the opposite side of the island from the beach. This hotel provides parking for cruisers at $15 per day and a complimentary shuttle to cruise terminals.

If you’re looking for Galveston attractions before or after your cruise, take a look at these earlier Galveston posts.

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