Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center

7 Hope Blvd. | Galveston, TX 77554-8927  [SEE MAP]Galveston, TX  [SEE ADDRESS]

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Hotel includes a kids club, water park, golf, several eateries and more
On-site restaurants are a bit pricey
Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center is an excellent choice if you're looking to turn a boring business trip into a quick family getaway. The first thing you'll notice about this complex in Galveston (roughly 51 miles southeast of Houston) is its Egyptian-inspired architecture. Yes, several of its buildings look like the Great Pyramids of Giza, but rather than crawling with mummies, they contain a rainforest, a 3D movie theater and an aquarium. The property also features its own convention center, and the 24-hour business center makes it easy to get work done, no matter the hour. Meanwhile, the kiddos will be kept busy at the water park (located next door) or with activities scheduled through the Kid's Crew. Recent guests say that great customer service isn't lost in the large property; most found hotel staff to be helpful and friendly. And at the end of the day, you can all sit down to a family dinner at Shearn's Seafood and Prime Steaks or Café in the Park, but be warned that they're all pricey. Recent guests say that the spacious accommodations are perfect for larger groups; those who stayed in one of the suites appreciated the Jacuzzi tub and the views from the private balcony.
Galveston, TX
Hotel Class
Property Type
Resort hotel, 418 rooms
Primary View
Bay, Neighborhood



  • 4.0Hotel Class
  • GOODCritic Rating


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Other Awards

  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards 2019


Although this property is attached to a convention center, a water park, and a number of other features open to the general public, the hotel itself has its own separate entrance for overnight guests.

Other Awards

  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards 2019

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by Tripadvisor. A total of 2071 have reviewed the Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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Tripadvisor Travel Rating: Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2071 reviews 4.5 (based on 2071 reviews)

Guest Rooms

Moody Gardens' accommodations are decorated to resemble the tropical motif of the hotel. Inside the room you'll find artificial plants, a Keurig coffee maker and a flat-screen-TV.
  • Housekeeping services are available twice a day
  • Wi-Fi access is complimentary
  • Bathrooms include a lighted vanity

Standard room size500 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center is located in Galveston, Texas on Galveston Island. Set among 242 acres of a tropical oasis, the hotel is perfect for guests of all ages. The hotel is near Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Moody Gardens. Moody Gardens has a variety of aquatic and natural museums, exhibits and attractions. The property is located on a marina and offers boat docking.
  • Complimentary shuttle service to The Strand shopping area, cruise ship terminal and Scholes Airport
  • Less than a mile west of the Scholes International Airport; 41 miles southeast of William P. Hobby Airport
  • 24-hour valet parking ($22)
  • 24-hour self-parking (free)
  • Airport shuttle (free)
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Restaurants
  • Movie theater
  • Train station
  • Beach
  • Theater
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Grocery store
  • Shopping


Moody Gardens offers guests a wide variety of dining options that range from fine dining to grab-and-go. Shearn's Seafood and Prime Steaks is the hotel's fine dining venue that serves steak and seafood dishes for dinner. Café in the Park is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and serves American fare. The Lobby Bar, Shearn's Lounge and Pool Bar serve handcrafted and refreshing cocktails as well as snack bites. Blossoms is the hotel's poolside snack bar and ice creamery. Moody Brews serves Starbucks coffee and grab-and-go items in the hotel lobby.

    Number of restaurants4

    Cuisine TypesAmerican

    • Fine dining
    • Casual dining
    • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
    • Bar/lounge
    • Room service
    • 24-hour room service
    • free breakfast


    The pool area at Moody Gardens is very large with a lagoon-style pool, swim-up bar and adults-only lounge area. The outdoor area is technically a water park, with features including rides and a lazy river. There is also an indoor heated lap pool. Arts and crafts are available by the pool during the summer months.
      • Lap pool
      • Wading pool
      • Lazy river
      • Family pool
      • Infinity pool
      • Whirlpool/hot tub
      • Adults-only pool
      • Lifeguard on duty
      • Poolside service
      • Waterslide
      • Deck chairs or cabanas
      • Pool bar


      The Spa at Moody Gardens has a large menu with treatments that range from massages and nail services to hydrotherapy. Unique services include the tropical yogurt body wrap, lactic acid facial and gentlemen's facial.

        Services offered:

        • Massage
        • Facial
        • Body Treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
        • Salon services
        • Outdoor treatment area
        • Steam room
        • Sauna


        Moody Gardens and the surrounding areas offer a plethora of family-friendly activities. Kid's Crew, which is located directly on the property, specializes in activities, snacks and arts and crafts.
        • Kid's Crew is complimentary to hotel guests
        • Near the Moody Gardens Pyramids, Schlitterbahn Water Park and The Strand shopping area
        • Galveston is home to the Lone Star Flight Museum, Moody Mansion Museum and Railroad Museum
        • Kids Club
        • Free Kids Club
        • Fee for Kids Club
        • Cribs
        • High Chairs


        The 24-hour workout room at Moody Gardens is stocked with cardio and weight equipment. Floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the entrance of the pool area. Free yoga classes are available on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
        • Separate men's and women's locker room with showers
        • Outdoor jogging track
        • On-site volleyball courts available
        • Weight equipment
        • Cardio equipment
        • Yoga mats
        • Free fitness classes
        • Premium fitness classes (with fee)


        Moody Gardens has more than 100,000 square feet of conference space. Built-in registration desks and event planner offices are available throughout the hotel. The Frances Ann Moody Ballroom can break into eight smaller conference rooms or stand-alone at 15,180-square-feet. On-site meeting and event planners will assist with every aspect of event planning. There is an Exhibition Hall used predominately for trade shows, concerts and large events. The business center is open 24 hours with computer access and printing available.

          Number of meeting rooms21

          • Business center
          • Meeting rooms
          • Meeting and event planners available


          The on-site 72-par, 18-hole golf course at Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center sits about 4 miles from the hotel property and faces Syndor Bayou.
          • Tee times can be reserved online
          • Golf carts
          • Golf packages
          • Club rentals
          • Club house
          • Refreshment stand or restaurant
          • Caddie service
          • Pro shop


          The hotel has numerous wedding venues that can cater to intimate affairs or grand celebrations. The biggest wedding venue at Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center is the Frances Ann Ballroom, which can accommodate 1,100 people in banquet-style seating. Outdoor wedding venues are the hotel's rooftop terrace, beach area and botanical garden. The wedding staff will assist with all aspects of wedding planning.
          • On-site catering

          Maximum wedding guest capacity1100

          • Hotel hosts weddings
          • Outdoor space for weddings
          • Wedding planners available

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