Flagship Hotel Over the Water Galveston

2501 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, Texas, 77550, United States
#20 of 55 hotels in Galveston
Pleasant (2.5 out of 5.0) 6 reviews
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This hotel is torn down

Terrible (1.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 18, 2012

This hotel was shut down way before Hurricane Ike. It is now a pleasure pier!

Unique Quality: This was a really neat hotel that was on a pier, it is now torn down and it is a pleasure pier that actually opened a few months ago.

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May 1999 Great Deal for Flagship Historic Hotel

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on March 17, 2010

Our party consisted of my 17 year-old daughter, 20-year-old niece and me, 41-year-old MWF. We were not there for a five star hotel experience. We were there for ambiance, history and solitude.

Renovation was going on at the time. There was no air-conditioning in lobby or halls. The continual breakfast was coffee and do-nuts. The restaurant closed for renovation. Balcony had some rust and water leak but view was fabulous. Lysol disinfectant spray, which I take to all hotels, took care of any questionable smells or surfaces. Lysol disinfectant spray and a washcloth take care of phone, TV channel changer, doorknobs, etc. I never use hotel comforters, I always remove comforters and store in a corner or closet. Lack of toilet facilities at the pool was a problem. Pool water appeared clear and clean, we did not swim there. Hotel elevator was "an adventure", not scary.

We had a wonderful pleasure trip in Galveston and at the Flagship Hotel. Parking was simple and easy. The hotel room was spacious enough. The beds and pillows were comfortable. The balcony was my favorite place because of being over the water. Feeding seagulls from the balcony was cheap entertainment. Watching the sky, clouds and sun from the balcony was tranquil. Sitting on the balcony chair felt copious while drinking my morning coffee. The TV worked. It was fun to watch jellyfish and other assorted fish, day or night, at the hotel’s fishermen’s pier. It was unproblematic to walk from the hotel to many attractions.

Now I have a five-year-old daughter to share this hotel with but cannot. I am very disappointed. I envision a new era of glamour for the Flagship Hotel. Landry’s, please return this historic hotel into a gem of the Gulf. 3/17/10.

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A Galveston Original, But Has Fallen Hard!

Terrible (1.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on March 9, 2006

The Flagship Hotel has been a Galveston landmark since its opening in 1965. It is one of the only hotels in the U.S. that is completely over water, as it resides on a 1,000+ foot pier that extends out into the Gulf Of Mexico. Years ago, the Flagship was big draw for out of town guests, and it's unique presence out over the sea set it apart from rival hoteliers. But in recent years, sadly, the hotel has decayed into a shell of it's former glory. Several changes in ownership and severe mismanagement have given the hotel a huge black eye. As a result, it rarely gets the business that other hotels on the island get. In need of major renovations, rooms are old and musty, wallpaper and paint are in sad shape, and the staff is less than stellar. Typically the prices, which are well over $100, would be an insult to any reasonable person looking for a nice place to stay! And now apparently the present owners have been indicted for fraud after billing the government for assisting Hurricane Katrina and Rita evacuees after it was discovered these were normal guests of the hotel. It's sad to see a place like this go downhill, and hopefully a new owner can come in and restore this former treasure into a worthy place to stay. For now, it's just not worth the hassle!

Unique Quality: A rare hotel that sits entirely over the water, but thats it!

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Hotel over the Gulf

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on January 18, 2004

Views are great. but only stay here if ithe temperatures are really hot or really cold. I wouldn't recommend staying here if the temperatures are somewhere inbetween. each room has its own balcony if you would call it that.

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Right out over the Waves

by written on October 12, 2002

Flagship (or USS Flagship as its known) is located on Galveston Island's historic Pleasure Pier. The pier that it sits on stretches 1000 feet out into the Gulf of Mexico. Great views from your own personal balcony.

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The only place I have stayed...

by written on August 26, 2002

The only place I have stayed when in Galveston has been the Flagship Hotel. It is built out over the water. There's nothing like sitting on your balcony over the water watching the waves and surfers sipping a drink. It is a hot spot for the surfers so there is almost always some to watch. There is also a big swimming pool on a deck in front of the Hotel. The last time I Stayed here was a few years ago and the Hotel itsefl looked a little run down( old carpet etc.)but I have heard it has changed owners and has been updated. Although I still really enjoyed my stay over the water old carpet and all. IF you decide to stay here and make reservations be sure to request a room over the water so you don't end up on the parking lot side over the pavement. Not as much fun although you still get a great view of the ocean.
Around $150 a night

Unique Quality: Features balconies over the water, a large swimming pool, and a fishing pier.

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