Hotel at a Glance: Comfort Suites Galveston
No matter where you are in Galveston, you're not far from the ocean—the quaint port city straddles two barrier islands off Texas's southeastern coast Comfort Suites Galveston sits right on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico, close to the Galveston Fishing Pier and the Lone Star Flight Museum, known for its impressive fleet of World War II-era warbirds.
- Complimentary breakfast of eggs, meats, fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, and waffles each morning, from 6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
- In-room amenities: Microwave, mini-refrigerator, coffeemaker, and free WiFi
- Go for a swim in the on-site swimming pool or relax in the hot tub
- Visit Moody Gardens next door, which houses an aquarium, a simulated rainforest with Giant Amazon river otters and Chinese alligators, and a 3D movie theater
Galveston, Texas: Historic Port City along the Gulf of Mexico
The charming and historic port city of Galveston is a popular weekend destination for Houstonians, as it's just 50 miles southeast. Situated on a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico, Galveston is home to six historic districts brimming with Victorian-era estates. One of the most popular mansions is Bishop's Palace, erected in 1892 for wealthy railroad magnate Walter Gresham. You can take a guided tour, offered twice daily, or show yourself around on a self-guided audio tour.
You might notice several Victorian-era buildings in the Strand National Historic Landmark District sporting a plaque that says "1900 Storm Survivor"—the plaque designates a structure that withstood the 1900 Galveston Hurricane, which holds the record as the U.S.'s deadliest natural disaster. The Galveston Railroad Museum is also located in the Strand and showcases several historic locomotives and coaches as well as intricate model train layouts.
About 50 miles northwest of Galveston lies Houston, the country's fourth largest city by population and one of the Gulf Coast’s most thriving cultural hubs. The city has 19 museums covering everything from history to art to science. For art lovers, the Menil Collection—which Frommer’s calls “one of the world’s great private collections”—is a must-see. Here, you’ll browse a wide array of 20th-century art from Jasper Johns, René Magritte, and Andy Warhol, as well as artifacts from Africa and the Pacific Islands.