The best thing about this hotel was its location. We could easily walk to our ship in the morning. In addition, there were several very good restaurants right on the same pier as our hotel. We went to the Fishermans wharf for dinner and Nonno’s Italian for lunch. Both were very good. We happened to sample gumbo at both, and Fisherman’ s wharf won that contest! I had Ciopino at Nonno’s and it was fantastic, however.
One issue we had was parking. We could park at this hotel for the duration of our cruise, but we would pay $10 per day. However, we could park across town at sister property , Hotel Galvez, for free and take a free shuttle back to our hotel. The Galvez costs not significantly more than the Harbor house , it is right on the sea, across from the fun and pretty nice pier, and it is very nice. If we go back to Galveston, that will be the next spot we stay. It really was very elegant, in a stepping back in time kind of way. It is more of a true hotel with a lovely lobby and facilities, where Harbor House is more rooms with a small management office downstairs.
The other thing to be aware of at Harbor House is that breakfast is included, but it is a very weak breakfast. Coffee, frozen waffles, toast, instant oatmeal and a couple of dry cereal options.
It turned out that boarding of our ship was delayed because of fog, but there were several good options for us to pass a little time. We viewed the Great Storm movie on Pier 21 and learned about the horrible hurricane that destoyed Galveston over 100 years ago. We also visited the pier on the sea wall side (very fun) and took a short harbor boat tour. We had a great time, but may have run out of options soon.
The port of Galveston worked out well for us and the Harbor House and Hotel Galvez both are good options for pre cruise lodgings.