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Galveston: Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort

1702 Seawall Blvd., Phone: (409) 762-4141

Reviewed by: Asmith from TX, review #2036

When: August 2007

Great Second Anniversary Getaway

My husband planned a wonderful romantic getaway in Galveston and it was unforgettable. For someone who is normally not creative at all, he surprised me and bent over backwards to please me. I was very impressed. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort (HISR). After much persistence we got reservations as they were completely booked. I read the reviews on a travel website which seemed mostly negative but we went with an open mind.

Mark was at the reservations desk and he was terrific. Seemed genuinely concerned about our having a pleasant stay. He even left a voice mail message on our phone about an hour after check-in making sure everything was to our satisfaction and if not to please call him and he'll rectify the problem. Everything in the room worked from the balcony door locks to the adequate shower pressure.

The room was very clean with coffee pot, refrigerator, adequate lighting, 25" TV and the usual bathroom toiletries. There was a posting that if one needed further toiletries like comb, toothpaste, toothbrush to call the front desk and it would be provided complimentary. I especially loved the black-out curtains and the very comfortable bed and thick pillows. The room is very well insulated, too. I didn't hear the band until I opened the balcony door.

We requested a high floor and got room 513, excellent location. They have gated parking, a fitness room and laundry room as well. They do only have one elevator but it wasn't a problem for us. Never experienced a too long wait. But they do have nice seating by each one just in case. They have a band that plays in the bar but in my opinion they were not that great and need a lesson in versatility. However, we went for a stroll along the seawall and by the time we made it back they were packing up to leave at about 10 p.m. Thereafter, there was no one around the pool area at all. The bar stays open til 2 a.m. but it was so quiet around there we thought it too was closed. We kept seeing a few people hanging out around there and James figured they were still open and they were.

We stayed out on the balcony enjoying fruit, cheese, crackers, and a great bottle of Brunello di Montalcino and Chianti Reserva Classico in anticipation of our vacation to Italy next month. It was so peaceful sitting there enjoying the Gulf breeze while watching the activity along the seawall and each other's company. We stayed out there until about midnight before turning in. The wine had taken its toll. We slept like babies in a very peaceful surrounding.

The only negatives were the heat from the A/C unit on the balcony and their reservations line. We had to be persistent. One time we called and were told they were all booked and there was a two-night minimum. We called back and got a reservation no problem for the one night.

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