by Eileen Ogintz
Dating from 1890, this refined Colonial-style guesthouse is a mile from Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier and 6 miles from Moody Gardens amusement park. The five large, individually decorated rooms come with free Wi-Fi, and private bathrooms could be a good bet for a family gathering with kids who are 10 and older. Up to 12 guests can be accommodated. (Ask about younger children.) Some rooms have sloped ceilings, wood-paneled walls and/or claw-foot tubs.
This house in Galveston’s Lost Bayou historic district is a survivor of the great hurricane of 1900. The house floated off its foundation and was raised and rebuilt with a front porch on each level.
It is close to everything a visitor wants — the beach, historic Strand district, cruise terminals and restaurants. Stay a night and you can park free during a cruise, though at certain times of the year, a two-night minimum is required.
Our Editor Loves
- Unique atmosphere for a family gathering
- Big porches
- Theme Park
- Water Parks
- Water Sports
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
The Lost Bayou Guesthouse is a great place to stay while exploring Galveston. My chosen room on the third floor [Santa Fe] was just perfect, with a very comfortable bed, reading chair and a desk to keep my notes. The floor has two rooms that share a bathroom, but I was the only one on the floor. If I'd known how steep the stairs were and how many times I'd go up and down, I would have picked a lower floor. The owners were out of town when I was there, but our hostess for the weekend, Kellye Graham, was wonderful and made the most amazing breakfasts. The house was beautifully kept and within a few blocks of the seawall and a number of great places to eat. I had a great stay and look forward to my next visit.
Booked this lil' place based on positive reviews and BOY are we happy to throw in our two cents. The room was reasonably priced and very nice but the hospitality was what really won us over from the very start. E-mails, telephone calls, questions, and recommendations were all cheerfully rendered. Free parking while we were on a 7-day cruise, a wonderful home made breakfast all taken care of by such a wonderful hostess, Kelly. We visit Galveston infrequently but the next time we're in the area we'll definitely look to The Lost Bayou Guesthouse without hesitation.