We like to run down from Austin for Thanksgiving weekend, meeting relatives from west Louisiana at this mid-point and eating our Thanksgiving meal Cajun or seafood style. The units have private balconies and all the amenities you'd expect in a luxury condominium except an exercise gym. Also, the units have no laundry rooms, so you have to use the one in the basement of the condo building. Experiencing the beach via this condominium is such a different experience than doing it from an 'across the seawall' hotel--it just doesn't compare. If you are making reservations for accommodations in Galveston and they tell you it's 'on the beach' make sure you ask them if it's not actually across the seawall from the beach. There are actually only two or three properties that are right on the beach. The Galvestonian is the best of these few.
Another good way to experience a peaceful Galveston beach trip is to rent a beach house on the west end of the island; but you might not have access to a heated pool and you might pay significantly more. The island beach houses are usually pretty far from the water and are in rows, three to six deep with only the 'front row' having beach views.
by Mrs. J
October 19, 2000
From journal Galveston--The Best Way