Howard Johnson Express Inn Galveston Texas

8216 Harborside Drive77554GalvestonUSA
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About Howard Johnson Express Inn Galveston Texas

Howard Johnson Express Inn – Galveston Texas offers low-cost hotel accommodation with ample free parking just off Interstate 45. It’s about five miles from beautiful Gulf of Mexico beaches and the heart of downtown for cruise terminals and historic architecture.

Bright air-conditioned rooms boast an en suite bathroom with hairdryer, flat-screen cable TV, fridge, desk and ironing facilities. Microwaves are offered in selected rooms. Accessible rooms are available.

Children can stay free at this property where amenities include a 24-hour reception and free Wi-Fi throughout.

A complimentary continental breakfast is served on-site and several dining options, including seafood restaurants, are located within ten minutes’ walk.

Howard Johnson Express Inn – Galveston Texas is about 45 minutes’ drive from Houston and roughly ten minutes from Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark. It’s less than ten minutes’ drive from Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier and Texas Seaport Museum showcasing the area’s maritime pedigree.


8216 Harborside Drive, 77554, Galveston, TX, USA
Telephone: +1(409)7441100 | Fax: +1(409)7441141 | Official Homepage

Top amenities

  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • WiFi in rooms
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Parking
  • Pets
  • A/C
  • Restaurant
  • Hotel bar
  • Gym

All amenities

Hotel facilities

  • 24-hour reception
  • Car park
  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • PC with internet
  • Pets allowed

Room facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Cable TV
  • Central heating
  • Desk
  • Electric kettle
  • Hairdryer
  • Ironing board
  • Room safe
  • Telephone
  • Television


  • Accessible parking
  • Wheelchair accessible

For children

  • Child / Baby cot

Arrival / Departure

  • Check-in: 15:00

Positive Reviews

Handy roadside location was relatively quiet

Guests appreciated the proximity of this hotel to several dining options, gas stations and Interstate 45. For motorists, it enabled easy access to downtown Galveston, area attractions, theme parks, cruise terminals and Atlantic Ocean beaches. Considering its proximity to the freeway, many guests found the hotel to be fairly tranquil.

Clean, comfortable and affordable rooms

Reviewers largely said the rooms weren't luxurious but were spacious, clean and comfortable enough for a short stay. There was praise for the way the rooms were well-equipped with flat-screen TVs, fridges, effective air-conditioning and, in selected rooms, microwaves. Guests also appreciated the usually affordable room rates and perks like the complimentary breakfast, although some criticized the limited menu and the way the dining room sometimes became overcrowded during peak periods.

Customer service praised

Many visitors paid tribute to the customer service, often describing employees as friendly, helpful and professional. Moreover, check-in was usually hassle-free, according to many travelers.

Negative Reviews

Mixed feelings on free Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi access was welcomed by reviewers, although some users said they encountered frustrations with sluggish network speeds and patchy coverage.

Maintenance and cleanliness issues

Despite many guests remarking that they enjoyed a pleasant stay in clean and well-maintained rooms, there were others who disagreed. Critics sometimes noted cleanliness issues like bathrooms that weren't well-cleaned, dirty floors, trash left behind by previous occupants and stained bedding. There were also occasional reports of maintenance issues such as broken lights, cigarette burns and tired-looking furniture.

Divided over comfort of beds

It's usually a matter of personal taste, but some reviewers commented that they found the beds to be too firm for their liking.

Rating Overview

Rating trivago Rating Index based on 1326 reviews across the web
6.2 /10
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6.2 out of 10 based on 1326 reviews