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Moody Gardens Hotel Renovations- Part One

Friday, March 8th, 2013

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The Moody Gardens Hotel is dedicated to remaining a first-class hotel destination. They believe in providing the best experience for all of their guests, and this includes top-notch accommodations. They are soon to be embarking on the most extensive and expensive renovation since the hotel first opened in 1999.

Over the next three years the Moody Gardens Hotel will be undergoing a $20 million renovation to make it even better for their valued guests. All upgrades have been carefully planned with the comfort and satisfaction of guests in mind.

If you’ve stayed with them recently you may have already noticed a difference in the bedding. The new bedding includes new Sealy plush Euro-Top mattresses, crisp white duvets, and fresh fluffy pillows. However, with the new renovations all guest rooms will be getting a complete makeover.  Rooms will be designed with a modern design palette that incorporates new colors, luxe fabrics, and natural stone and wood furniture accents. Bathrooms will feature custom granite vanities, new tile, and new fixtures. Suites will be designed with each one featuring their own unique theme.

The Spa at Moody Gardens will also be receiving a complete makeover with new colors and seating in the waiting area. The treatment rooms will receive new artwork, seating, flooring, and fixtures. The Spa’s Couple Suite will have new decorative wall coverings, freshly upholstered furniture, and a freestanding water feature.

These renovations are just a few of the areas that Moody Gardens will be upgrading! There will also be renovations in the banquet rooms, restaurants, and hotel public spaces! Check back to our blog to learn more about our exciting renovations. These new renovations are just one of the reasons Moody Gardens Hotel remains one of the best places to stay in Galveston! Our resort is not only luxurious; it is also one of the most family friendly hotels in Texas.

Spring Break Family Fun at Moody Gardens

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

spring break family funSpring Break is quickly approaching, and there is no better place to spend it than at Moody Gardens! We create a total vacation for you right here at the Moody Gardens Hotel and our popular attractions. The weather is warming up as well, so visiting the beaches of Galveston is a must.

Moody Gardens “Spring Break Family Fun” gives you and your family the opportunity to break away from your daily responsibilities and enjoy the island. Moody Gardens puts together spring break activities for your entire family. When you are staying at the Moody Gardens Hotel, you will start off each day with a character breakfast. Our resident King of Cool, Sunny the Penguin, will be joining you while you fuel up on eggs and bacon!

Kid’s Crew is the perfect way to enhance your family’s spring break vacation. When you check into the Moody Gardens Hotel, your children will receive a Kid’s Crew Fun Pack. All the activities offered are free to hotel guests and include arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, pool coin dives, a bounce house, kite flying, karaoke, Wii competitions, clown face painting, movie nights, and s’mores! Kids can also participate in a game of giant chess or explore the outdoor playground.

The Spa at Moody Gardens is the perfect place for parents to find some time to relax and enjoy their vacation. Indulge in a couple’s massage or take a dip in our hydrotherapy tub.

Moody Gardens Hotel is currently offering a special Spring Break Family Fun hotel package! Book your vacation between March 7th and 19th and enjoy the following prices:

Sun – Thurs from $229/night + tax

Fri & Sat from $249/night + tax

When you book two nights, you will get the third night half off! The Moody Gardens Hotel is one of the best places to stay in Galveston and the perfect vacation destination for you and your family. Not only do we have great deals, but you can also explore the Aquarium Pyramid, Rainforest Pyramid, and all the other popular attractions on our grounds.

Spring Break and Easter Hotel Packages

Monday, March 4th, 2013

skd273461sdcThe Moody Gardens Hotel is a 428-room luxury destination nestled in a lush and tropical landscape and is the premiere vacation destination for Spring Break and Easter this season. If you plan on joining us, we have a couple of great hotel packages to make your trip more fun and memorable.

Spring Break Family Fun Package

From March 7th to March 19th, you can enjoy our Family Fun package to make your Spring Break the best vacation it can be. Not only will you be able to wake up to a character breakfast with the King of Cool, Sunny the Penguin, but once you book two nights for your family, you will get the third night for half off! Participate in Kid’s Crew activities, dine in the Terrace Restaurant, and relax in the Spa at Moody Gardens! Book now for the following prices:

Sun – Thurs from $229/night + tax

Fri & Sat from $249/night + tax

Easter Weekend in the Gardens Package

Looking to get away this holiday weekend? Moody Gardens has the perfect Easter Weekend getaway waiting for you and your family. On the weekend of March 29th-31st, when you book your stay with us you will enjoy a luxurious guest room for one night, fruit, wine, and cheese as well as Easter Baskets for your children. Valet parking is included. When you book two nights, the third night is half off! Book now for the following price:

From $179/night + tax

While you’re spending spring break or Easter weekend with us be sure to check out our special promotions going on at Moody Gardens. At the Spa at Moody Gardens when you buy one Swedish massage, you get the second one free, and at the Moody Gardens Golf Course, you can enjoy a free golf cart and bucket of range balls with your purchase of a round of golf. We look forward to seeing you this spring! 

Easter in the Gardens

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

 

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Easter in the Gardens brings hundreds of families from the area to participate in tracking down all the eggs the Easter Bunny has spread out across the Oleander Bowl at Moody Gardens!

On Easter Sunday (March 31, 2013), we will be throwing the best Easter celebration around. There will be activities such as games, arts and crafts, a petting zoo, and of course, the huge Moody Gardens Easter Egg Hunt! Egg hunts are scheduled for noon and 2 p.m.., but you’ll want to get there early for all the other fun events. Kids aged 12 and under can enjoy all the activities and the colorful eggs throughout the Oleander Bowl.

All activities are open to the public and admission is free. Just show up with your baskets and ready to have a good time. Mark you calendars and get ready to spend your Easter holiday with Moody Gardens this year, and hopefully many more.

The Moody Gardens Hotel is one of the best places to stay in Galveston. Our family-friendly hotel is the perfect vacation destination for your next family weekend getaways in Texas. We look forward to spending Easter with you and your family.

Shearn’s Restaurant Menu Highlights

Monday, February 18th, 2013

shearnsShearn’s Restaurant has been receiving AAA’s Four Diamond Award of Excellence since 2004, and for good reason! Located on the ninth floor of Moody Gardens Hotel, Shearn’s is the finest restaurant in Galveston. This elegant restaurant is unsurpassed in cuisine, service, and ambiance. Entrées at Shearn’s are prepared by Galveston’s most celebrated chef, Executive Chef Urs Schmid.

 

People from all over come to Shearn’s Restaurant to try entrées such as the Shrimp Dejonge and the flavorful Lobster Bisque.

 

Shrimp Dejonge: This signature dish features six jumbo shrimp baked in a light Marsala cream sauce and topped with Chef Urs’ mouthwatering blend of herb butter. The dish is served with rice pilaf and a side of garden fresh vegetables. This is one entrée you can’t miss. Your taste buds will thank you. You can order this tasty dish as an entrée, or just taste it out as a hot hors d’oeuvres.

 

Lobster Bisque: Another signature dish from Chef Urs! The creamy bisque is made with fresh lobster from Maine and delicately seasoned. It’s garnished with crabmeat and a touch of sherry.

 

Crab Cakes Topped with Jumbo Lump Crab: Shearn’s signature crab cakes are a dream come true for any crab lover. The Maryland style crab cakes are topped with lump crabmeat and served with angel hair pasta and tomato fondue.

 

Portobello Mushroom Tortelloni Rosa: For the vegetarian, Shearn’s offers a selection of gourmet vegetarian options such as the Portobello Mushroom Tortelloni Rosa. The sautéed Portobello mushroom is tossed in olive oil and blended with baby arugula, pine nuts, and served in a Rosa sauce.

 

Moody Gardens Hotel is not only home to the best upscale restaurant in town, it is also one of the best places to stay in Galveston. After a long day of exploring the beaches, Aquarium Pyramid, and Rainforest Pyramid head over to Shearn’s Restaurant for a beautiful conclusion to your day.

Why Should You Make Moody Gardens Your Next Family Vacation?

Friday, January 18th, 2013

200361162-001Make your next family vacation a Moody Gardens vacation! At Moody Gardens we have your whole trip covered, from the entertainment, the relaxation, and a place to stay. Our attractions are fun, educational, and appropriate for everyone in the family.

 

Family Friendly Accommodations

The Moody Gardens Hotel is accommodating for the entire family. We have a great selection of rooms and suites to provide your family with a comfortable place to rest your heads at night. The kids can enjoy the complimentary fun of Kid’s Crew while parents visit the Spa at Moody Gardens for a relaxing couple’s massage!

 

Dining Options

When you stay at the Moody Gardens Hotel, your kids get to eat free at the Terrace Restaurant, which has the best shrimp gumbo in Galveston. For a more formal dinner experience, taste the famous entrées at Shearn’s Restaurant prepared by Galveston’s most-celebrated chef, Executive Chef Urs Schmid.

 

Fun and Educational

The attractions at Moody Gardens are not only tons of fun, but they are also educational. When venturing through the Aquarium Pyramid, you and your family learn all about the penguins, seals, and other sea creatures. You can even get a personal experience with the penguins through the Penguin Encounter program. Other educational yet exciting attractions are the Rainforest Pyramid and Discovery Museum.

 

Location

Moody Gardens is located on Galveston Island, one of the more-popular vacation destinations in Texas. Situated right on the Gulf of Mexico, when you stay at Moody Gardens Hotel, you experience all that Galveston has to offer.

 

Start planning your next family weekend getaway in Texas at Moody Gardens! Once you plan your vacation with us, you’ll realize why we are one of the best places to stay in Galveston. You look forward to seeing you soon!

Dining Options at Moody Gardens

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Screen Shot 2012-12-21 at 12.04.18 PMMoody Gardens is known for its educational and recreational attractions, such as the Rainforest Pyramid and Aquarium Pyramid, but did you know that we also have quite a few delicious dining options? When you come for the fun, don’t miss out on the food as well.

 

At the Moody Gardens Hotel, we have the privilege of serving food artfully prepared by Galveston Island’s most celebrated chef, Executive Chef Urs Schmid. Chef Urs and his culinary team use only the finest and freshet ingredients to create our exquisite cuisine. Join us for a memorable meal at Shearn’s Restaurant or The Terrace Restaurant.

 

Shearn’s Restaurant

If you’re on the hunt for Galveston’s finest dining, then you have found the right place! Shearn’s Restaurant is located on the ninth floor of the Moody Gardens hotel, and its cuisine and service can’t be beat.  Locals come to Shearn’s Restaurant to enjoy the entrées and the upscale ambiance. Come taste Chef Urs signature dishes such as the lobster bisque or shrimp DeJonghe for yourself! Join us for dinner Tuesday through Saturday in dressy casual attire. Sorry, but no jeans, shorts, or tank tops allowed.

 

During the afternoon and evening, enjoy a cocktail in Shearn’s Lounge. Surrounded by views of the pyramids and Galveston Bay sunsets, it’s the perfect location for an evening drink.

 

The Terrace Restaurant

Dine in a location designed to bring the outdoors inside. You’ll be surrounded by tropical plants, hand-painted murals, hand-painted stained ceilings, and magnificent butterflies when you enjoy a meal at the Terrace Restaurant. The Terrace Restaurant can be found on the lobby level of the Moody Gardens Hotel and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Bring your family in to try the best gumbo in Galveston! Kids also eat free at the Terrace Restaurant when you stay in the hotel!

 

Join us at Moody Gardens for your next special occasion or family weekend getaways in Texas.

 

Use Moody Gardens’ Website to Send a Postcard!

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Sending a postcard has never been easier with Moody Gardens’ online postcard service! You can participate in the vacation tradition of sending everyone back home a postcard without the hassle of buying the postcard, writing it, finding a stamp, and then mailing it out! Also, they will instantly receive your message, so you won’t be sending a postcard that gets back home after you do!

 

The Moody Gardens postcard service is also completely FREE, which is way better than a real postcard. Simply click here and start filling out your postcard. All you need is a valid email address, and the receivers email address!

 

You can write a postcard from the whole family, or let each individual family member send their own postcard. There is no limit!

 

Choose from six postcard images that include the Moody Gardens Pyramids, a picture of a hotel room with the pyramids as the view, a picture of the Moody Gardens Hotel, the Spa at Moody Gardens, the Moody Gardens entrance, and the hotel pool! You can send a postcard with each image, talking about your experience at each place.

 

Each postcard allows you to write a brief message, and you don’t have to worry about messing up or running out of space like on regular postcards. Online postcards are the way to go.

 

If you’re looking for family friendly hotels with world-class service and incredible amenities, then look no further than Moody Gardens Hotel. We would love to accommodate you and your family on your next family weekend getaway to Texas, or for a weeklong vacation! You won’t run out of things to do with so many Moody Gardens Attractions to choose from, and with all the places to explore around Galveston. We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Shop at Moody Gardens!

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Once you’re done exploring all the beauty and entertainment that Moody Gardens has to offer, be sure to take home some great souvenirs. Moody Gardens’ souvenirs and paraphernalia also make fantastic gifts, which is important to keep in mind during the holiday season. Moody Gardens offers a few different shopping options for your retail fix!

 

The Shops at Moody Gardens: There are two different gift shops in Moody Gardens. One can be found in the Aquarium Pyramid and the other one is located in the Visitors’ Center. These shops offer unique and high-quality apparel and souvenirs for visitors to take home with them and remind them of the memories they created at Moody Gardens. Some of the popular items featured in the gift shops include:

  • T-Shirts
  • Souvenirs
  • Tropical plushies
  • Games
  • Educational toys
  • Scientific toys

 

Boutique Le Fluer: This high-quality Moody Gardens Hotel Gift Shop is the perfect place to shop for items that capture the memories of your stay. The shop is located next to the registration lobby and carries a variety of keepsakes for sale. Shop for: eclectic souvenirs; Moody Garden logo items such as sweaters or key chains, jewelry, swimwear, resort fashion apparel, and regional treasures.

 

Shopping Shuttle: Moody Gardens Hotel also offers a complimentary shuttle to the Historic Shopping District in Galveston on the weekends. The Shops at Seawall and Strand are the best places to get in a little retail therapy while you stay in Galveston, which we wouldn’t want you to miss out on!

 

If you’re looking for a family-friendly hotel in Texas, then look no further than the Moody Gardens Hotel! Moody Gardens is the perfect place for your next family getaway in Texas. Soak up the sun along the coast of the Gulf, and enjoy the educational entertainment of the Aquarium Pyramid, Rainforest Pyramid, or Discovery Museum.

Family Friendly Accommodations at Moody Gardens Hotel

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

 

While the Moody Gardens Hotel is known for its spectacular rooms and amenities such as the spa and convention center, it is actually a wonderful place for kids to stay. The Moody Gardens hotel has a ton of activities and perks for the kids. Read on to learn more about our family friendly accommodations.

 

Kids Eat Free: Yep, you read that correctly, free! Everyday, with the purchase of an adult entrée at the Terrace Restaurant, your little one, under the age of 12, gets a free meal! The free meal includes anything off the kid’s menu or buffet for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You’ll have a well-fed family and a well-fed wallet.

 

Pools: The swimming pools are a great time for kids of every age! While parents relax amongst the lush gardens and waterfalls, the children are jumping in the water or grabbing afternoon treats from the poolside snack bar. Summer and holiday time call for special poolside fun such as face-painting clowns or a tropical bounce house. The outdoor Jacuzzi is enjoyable for everyone year around, so no matter what season you visit Moody Gardens Hotel be sure to bring your bathing suit!

 

Kid’s Crew: Kid’s Crew activities will keep your children busy and entertained throughout their visit. The activities include arts and crafts, a bounce house, kite flying, scavenger hunts, karaoke, Wii competitions, movie nights, clown face painting, and more. Kids can also play on the outdoor playground or test their logic skill with the Giant Chess Game. The best part is, all the Kid’s Crew activities are free for hotel guests! Activities are seasonal and change daily, so the fun is always different.

 

The Moody Gardens Hotel is the perfect place if you’re looking for family friendly hotels in Texas. Our family friendly hotel is sure to please every member of your family. Don’t forget to check out the Moody Gardens Attractions, such as the Aquarium Pyramid and the Rainforest Pyramid, while you’re here for more entertainment! We’re also offering a special holiday deal at the spa! Take time to relax while your kids are out having a great time.