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The Gulf Coast of Texas is home to a number of charming cities offering luxury accommodations. If you choose to stay in one of Texas’ beach towns, such as South Padre or Galveston, then do yourself a favor by staying in a beachfront property. The oceanfront accommodations on this list offer both luxury rooms and suites and easy access to the beach. Enjoy the Texas coast from the best beachfront resorts and hotels in the Lone Star State.
Enjoy views of the Gulf Coast during your next stay at Hotel Galvez & Spa in Galveston. This luxury resort was actually built in 1911 and has grown into a sophisticated stay that is steps away from the beach. With a heated indoor pool, on-site spa and ocean views from almost every room, you can enjoy your time inside before exploring Galveston’s top attractions. When the weather is nice, there is no need to travel far to enjoy the sand, sun and fun that Galveston has to offer, as Hotel Galvez is within walking distance to both the beach and the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier.
A top beachfront hotel in Galveston, The San Luis Resort features spacious rooms, perfect for couples, families and even business travelers. The San Luis Resort, home to an onsite spa and conference center, sits on 32 acres. You don’t even have to leave the resort grounds to enjoy a great meal since there are plenty of both dining and shopping options here. You won’t regret booking an ocean view room at The San Luis Resort.
Enjoy private beach access at The Galvestonian found on Galveston Island. The Galvestonian is one of the few beachfront hotels in the city that actually offers direct access to the beach along the seawall. The Galvestonian is located right on the beach with private beach access, and the beach here is groomed and free of seaweed. Also, you don’t even have to walk to the beach to enjoy the beach views since beachfront balconies are found in each condo. This relaxed accommodation option also features an indoor heated pool.
A top family resort in Texas, Isla Grand offers a tranquil beachfront setting surrounded by 10 acres of tropical foliage. You’ll have views of the sand and the sea from nearly every vantage point, including many of the rooms. A mix of condo and hotel rooms, all have floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that open to balconies. By booking a condo, most of which include two bedrooms and two bathrooms, you’ll also have a full kitchen. There are two sparkling pools, including a lagoon pool with built-in whirlpool areas, along with poolside seasonal bars. On the beach, you’ll find umbrellas and lounge chairs for rent. Dining options include Windjammer’s Beachfront Cafe, a buffet eatery with indoor/outdoor seating and themed nights. At the Hammerhead Deck enjoy international fare with sunset views, and occasional live music.
The South Padre La Quinta Inn & Suites offers a budget-friendly stay in an ideal beachfront location along a quieter stretch of sands at the northern end of South Padre Island. Many of the rooms come with small balconies that have at least a partial ocean view and all have 32″ flat-screen cable TVs, Wi-Fi, minifridges, microwaves, and coffeemakers. When you aren’t soaking up the sun on the beach there’s an outdoor pool to lounge around and enjoy refreshing dips along with a Jacuzzi for stress-melting soaks. There’s no restaurant for lunch or dinner, but a complimentary breakfast is provided and there’s a bar with basic snacks and drinks.
Located on the north side of South Padre Island, across from the convention and visitors bureau, Hilton Garden Inn South Padre Island Beachfront offers a picturesque oceanfront location with easy access to idyllic sandy beaches via a boardwalk. The rooms have spacious balconies, some of which boast ocean views, while all feature free Wi-Fi, 32″ flat-screen TVs, microwaves, refrigerators, and coffeemakers. There’s a big pool with two hot tubs and a separate kids’ pool along with a small fitness center. Enjoy seasonal poolside drink service, room service until late, and several dining options, including the Great American Grill.
Located right on the Seawall beachfront on Galveston Island, Casa Del Mar offers rooms that are more like self-contained condos, complete with small kitchens, separate bedrooms and living rooms, bunk beds for kids, and private balconies with picturesque gulf views where you can relax to the sounds of the waves. There’s no restaurant on-site, but you can save on dining out by using your fully-equipped kitchen and there are plenty of dining options nearby, including several within just one block. The property includes an outdoor pool and hot tub, guest laundry facilities, and free Wi-Fi throughout.
Pearl South Padre Resort offers a fun retro beach vibe with a pool and swim-up bar bordered by palm trees overlooking the waves. Rooms include standard guest rooms and condos, all with flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and balconies with full or partial sea views. Condos include separate living rooms with one- to three-bedroom options, all with fully equipped kitchens. Enjoy beachside dining at the Beachside Bar & Grill which offers a menu focused on fresh seafood and karaoke nights. If you’re in need of some pampering, head to the Sapphire Spa for a massage, beauty treatment, or hydrotherapy. Parents will appreciate the summer kids’ camp that’s sure to keep the little ones happy.
For those looking for great accommodations in South Padre, look no further than My Sapphire Condominiums. Each unit at My Sapphire features a balcony that overlooks either the beach or the bay. A stay here is perfect for one person or a whole family. Families will love taking advantage of the teen game room and the two swimming pools, while couples may find relaxation at the full-service spa.
This resort in South Padres offers guests a nice walkway directly to the beach. With such great amenities, such as an on-site spa, an outdoor pool and an onsite bar, you may never want to leave Peninsula Island Resort & Spa. The two or three-bedroom suites at this resort truly offer a luxury experience, with porcelain countertops, a well-equipped kitchenette and a relaxing balcony.
La Copa Inn Beach Hotel is another South Padre hotel that is found right on the beach. This hotel is located close to not only the beach but also family-friendly hotspots like Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Isla Blanca State Park. Start your day off here with a breakfast buffet, and don’t forget to reserve your parasailing or jet ski adventure right from the concierge desk at La Copa. After a long day exploring South Padre, have a nice dinner at the oceanfront restaurant found right at La Copa Inn.
Located right on the beach next to the USS Lexington Museum, a WWII-era ship turned floating museum, and just a few minutes’ walk from the Texas State Aquarium, the charming family-run Capri Beach Hotel offers an ideal location for a fun seaside getaway. Every room includes free Wi-Fi, a microwave, refrigerator, coffeemaker, and complimentary bottled water. A free continental breakfast is provided every morning too. The highlight is direct access to the long, white soft sands and crystal-clear blue waters.
Located just steps from Seawall Urban Park on the beachfront in Galveston, Best Western Plus Galveston Suites offers a more secluded feel than many of the other hotels on the main beachfront road along with more affordable rates. Despite that, it has a rather impressive list of amenities which includes a nice outdoor pool, a fitness center, a business center, and a complimentary breakfast buffet with hot items like eggs and waffles. Snacks are available for purchase 24/7 at the front desk. The rooms are what you’d expect from this standard chain hotel, all featuring 32″ flat-screen cable TVs, free Wi-Fi, coffeemakers, minifridges, and microwaves. Some have distance views of the ocean too.
The Island House BeachFront Condo Hotel offers beachfront access and an upscale, family-friendly feel. The one-, two-, and three-bedroom condo units all have fully equipped kitchens, cable TVs, private patios or balconies, and are so close to the waves you’ll be able to enjoy the sounds of the water breaking on the shore. There are BBQ grills for cookouts, a sparkling outdoor pool, and activities like fishing or horseback riding can be enjoyed too.
Steps from beautiful Gulf of Mexico beaches, DoubleTree by Hilton Galveston Beach offers spacious rooms with flat-screen TVs, minifridges, Keurig coffeemakers, and iHome docking stations. Some have balconies with ocean views. There’s an outdoor pool with a swim-up deck and bar, a 24-hour fitness center with Life Fitness cardio equipment and free weights, and guests enjoy free loaner bikes too. If you don’t want to pedal, there’s a free shuttle that will bring you to popular spots on the island like the pier. Enjoy dining on fresh seafood and classic American fare at the Foxtail restaurant, access to laundry facilities, and free Wi-Fi throughout.