The Mermaid & The Dolphin A Boutique Inn & Tropical Garden Spa Resort

1103 Thirty-Third Street, Galveston, Texas 77550
Innkeeper(s): Jeffrey Reilly
 
  • Introduction

    Tropical Gardens

    Galveston's only luxury resort...
    Featuring all suites with private "Jacuzzi-For-Two AquaSpas"!

    Credit goes to the ancient Greeks for being the first to avow the magic of Thalassa, The Sea...for rejuvenating body, mind and spirit! Water...It's the essence of life.


    So naturally, it's one of the greatest sources of relaxation. Refreshing, swirling waters & jet massage float tension away. Relax your body, rejuvenate your mind and re-discover yourself at Galveston's Tropical Romantic Getaway...located just 10 blocks from Galveston's Seawall beaches. The luxury resort with a comfortable laid-back Island attitude! Intimate, private and exceptionally elegant! Experience the magic & romance of the Mermaid & Dolphin!

    Some choices in life are perfectly clear...

    The Mermaid & Dolphin is extraordinary. The luxurious resort, once the Texas Governor's Summer Mansion is a breathtaking paradise offering Island visitors an exquisite sanctuary of seclusion, romance and adventure. When you enter the Mermaid & Dolphin, you'll know immediately that it is a place far away from the everyday and ordinary: elegant, European, tropical, Caribbean, quaint, romantic, artistic, private, relaxing. It is a one-of-a-kind Island resort... warm Gulf breezes, swaying palms, sun-drenched days and romantic moonlit nights, all in a setting of historic enchantment.



    Four Star Amenities

    • Year Round Indoor Swimming
    • Business Center
    • Lush Tropical Gardens Sun Decks
    • Elegant Furnishings Sensuous Art Mermaid Lore
    • Recreational Library- Books- Magazines- CDs
    • Over 400 Movie Titles Complimentary Weekend Breakfast
    • All Guest Suites Provide:
    • Magnificent Hand-Carved Beds w/Bed Steps
    • Luxury Baths Fireplaces Cable TV/VCR
    • CD Player Telephone/DSL Port
    • Coffee Service Mini Refrigerator Microwave
    • Private Balcony or Garden Terrace w/ Private "Jacuzzi-For-Two AquaSpas"


    Circa 1866 Texas Governor's Summer Mansion, located just 10 blocks from Galveston's Seawall beaches!

    Galveston's finest Boutique Hotel offering Bed and Breakfast Lodging Accommodations! Intimate, private and exceptionally elegant! Experience the magic & romance of the Mermaid & Dolphin! The luxury resort with a comfortable laid-back Island attitude! Whether you're celebrating a special occasion, seeking accommodations for business travel, or just looking for a relaxing getaway, The Mermaid & Dolphin is sure to please!


    Changes In Latitude

    The stately ballroom has been converted to the resort's dining facility, offering guests intimate individual table seating. Elegant, tropical breakfast buffets are served on weekend mornings. In-room coffee makers are provided in each guest suite for those that prefer the quiet luxury of greeting the morning in their suite.

    Private dinner parties, events, workshops, and small corporate retreats and conferences can also be accommodated for clientele seeking personalized service, combined with elegant, historic charm. A fully certified commercial kitchen offers a wide range of menu entrees. In the ballroom's turret is a grand piano available for entertainment at private events.

    Finnegan's Pub

    Finnegan's Pub is also available for private functions in combination with rental of the ballroom.

     

    Many Places to Relax
    The Tropical Gardens

    Check out the Tropical Garden Rainforest, featured on HGTV's "Secret Gardens of Galveston!" The resort boasts lush tropical gardens featured on HGTV's Secret Gardens of Galveston. Within the gardens a private sundeck and loungers await guests wanting to relax or catch a few "rays".

    The Conservatory

    The conservatory, a lush glassed garden with Coconut Palms, Frangipani, Kahili Ginger and unusual tropicals encompassing an Endless Pool offers guests year-round indoor swimming. The powerful jetted current allows guests an olympic style workout while swimming stationary. While normally kept at ambient temperature, the pool when heated, can function as a hot spa for larger groups reserving the entire Inn. Its shallow end, fitted with multiple benches and jets was designed by a massage therapist. Relax, Re-energize, and Rejuvenate body, mind and soul!

    The Conservatory with Our Endless Pool

    Jewel Of The Isle Spa

    Our Jewel Of The Isle Spa offers a sanctuary for the senses.   Therapeutic, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports/Athletic, Trigger Point/Myofacial Release, Reflexology, Prenatal, Aromatherapy and Chair Massage are offered in-suite. Full European Facials, Mini Facials, Herbal Foot Soaks, Soothing Scalp Scrubs, and Aromatherapy Body Wraps are also offered. Appointments are required. Please call at your earliest convenience to assure desired appointment slots. 48 hour cancellation required on all spa services. Please visit Special Packages page for Massage and Day Spa Package pricing.

    Island Sanctuary

    Sharing the sun-dappled grounds of the estate are many spirited creatures; several Island cats, an array of tropical birds, and a multitude of butterflies. Guests may catch a glimpse of one of the Island cats as they entertain, play or lounge about the lush gardens.

    "Life is Paradise for those who love many things with a passion: people, places, oceans, mermaids & dolphins, nature, animals, plants & flowers, history, architecture, music, arts, books, learning, creativity, entertaining, cooking, candlelight & romance, sentimental things, antiques & heirlooms, family, friends, cats, cats, kittens & cats..."


    Recreational Library

    Whether you're seeking relaxation, rejuvenation, or re-energizing, the Inn is sure to please. Additional recreation/leisure activities include in-suite Cable TV/VCR and CD players. Guests enjoy complimentary use of the a video library of over 400 movie titles, a CD library and a reading library.

    The Business Center

    Weekday business travelers will be pleasantly surprised. Here they will find much more than overnight lodging. Business amenities abound, making corporate travel more tolerable, and even enjoyable. Within an easily accessible, self-serve business center, is a computer with high-speed DSL Internet service, color printer, photocopier, scanner and fax. Audio-visual and other business equipment is available for meetings or workshops. The numerous business amenities in the Inn and each suite attracts business clients that miss the comforts of home, yet cannot leave technology behind. Data port connections for laptop computers providing high speed DSL Internet access and telephones are located in each suite.


    Concierge services

    Concierge services are available for deep-sea fishing, golfing, historic tours, local museums, attractions, entertainment, and masseuse services. Special packages are available with advance notice, and boutique gift shops offer last minute gifts, souvenirs, sundries and other travel needs.

    Sultry and Seductive.
    Intoxicating and Inviting.
    A feast for the senses.
    The Mermaid and Dolphin
    will surround you with magnificent
    architecture and tropical splendor...

    Sway with the palms.
    Feel the Island breeze.
    Let the sea soothe your soul.
    Fall in love.
    Write a poem.
    Dream a little more...


    Come visit us on beautiful Galveston Island, and indulge yourself in the easy elegance and amenities of our first class resort!

    The symbol and concept of THE COURTESY OF CHOICE represents the business philosophy of The Mermaid & Dolphin. It reflects the centuries old philosophy that acknowledges differences while allowing them to exist in harmony. The philosophy accommodates the preferences of individuals in a spirit of conviviality and mutual respect.

    The Mermaid & Dolphin is a haven where hurried souls escape worldly concerns in surroundings of exquisite beauty & natural wonder. The luxurious Boutique Hotel & Spa Resort provides the perfect relaxing getaway!

    "Galveston's only tropical bed and breakfast hotel, The Mermaid and Dolphin Resort, offers a lodging accommodation alternative to traditional bed and breakfasts or hotels. Exceptional accommodations for business or leisure! Island visitors gravitate to The Mermaid & Dolphin Resort for its richer experience, yet comparable pricing...

    More service, more amenities, style and flair! Here you will find all the privacy, luxury and ambiance afforded by the spaciousness of the mid-nineteenth century mansion, plus lavish in-room amenities, hospitable guest services, recreation and leisure activities and always a comfortable laid-back Island attitude! Check out the Fabulous Guest Suites!"

    All guest suites at The Mermaid & Dolphin provide:

    • Luxurious Private Baths
    • Private "Jacuzzi-for-Two AquaSpas"
    • Individual AC/Climate Control
    • Ceiling Fans
    • Elegant Furnishings
    • Sensuous Art
    • Magnificent Hand-Carved Mahogany Beds with Bed Steps
    • Gas Fireplaces
    • Cable TV/VCR
    • CD Player
    • Radio/Alarm Clock
    • Telephone
    • High-speed DSL Data Ports
    • Coffee Service
    • Mini Refrigerator
    • Microwave
    • Iron/Ironing Board
    • Hair Dryer
    • Egyptian Cotton Bed & Bath Linens
    • Quality Pillow-top Mattresses (All King or Queen Sized)
    • Signature Line of Private Label Bath Products
  • Weddings

    The Mermaid & The Dolphin Resort is the perfect setting to start your lives together. From the ceremony to the reception, to the honeymoon accommodations, The Mermaid & The Dolphin provides the most romantic tropical setting on Galveston Island. The 1866 Texas Governor's Summer Mansion provides all the grandeur and elegance for your special day!

    The Queen of the Gulf  Wedding Chapel
    Simple, but... Intimate, private and exceptional elegant!

    The wedding chapel can accommodate up to 150 guests to bear witness to that special moment as you exchange your vows. Private Bride and Groom changing rooms are available for preparing for that magical moment.

    The Mermaid & Dolphin provides the most romantic tropical setting on Galveston Island for your wedding.

    Sway with the palms.
    Feel the Island breeze.
    Let the sea soothe your soul.
    Fall in love.
    Write a poem.
    Start your life together outside in our gazebo.
    Dream a little more...


    The Inn's Grand Ballroom was designed and built in 1889 by prominent Galveston architect, Nicholas Clayton. Elegant and formal, the room has twelve foot ceilings, satin oak floors, the original opulent glass bowl chandeliers, and an ornate fireplace imported from England in 1889. Expansive, the room is adorned with both a large corner turret and a side bay. In the room's corner turret is the circa 1928 Conover Grand Piano, tuned and ready for your pianist. The room can accommodate formal dining seating for 36 people or 80 buffet style. The Ballroom's massive, arched pocket doors can open to extend the room into Finnegan's Pub, the Inn's Irish pub, allowing the perfect setting for socializing and entertaining after the wedding ceremony.

    Reserve That Special Day

    To reserve the date for your wedding or event, you must secure an open date with a deposit in the amount of $400.00. After 24 hours the $400.00 deposit is non-refundable. The $400.00 is applied to your invoice.

    Please view the chapel in person and read the contract (online) thoroughly before putting down your deposit. We are very anxious to help make your special day as magical as you have always imagined, so we want you to be completely satisfied with your choice!

    The Wedding Chapel and Inn is available for formal portrait photography sessions for your wedding or special occasion for $150/90 minute session. Minimum charge $150. Reservations required. Please speak with Events Manager for details.


    Wedding Chapel
    Capacity Seated: 150
    Capacity Standing: 175
    $150/hr
    2 Hour Minimum

    Grand Ballroom
    Capacity Seated: 36
    Capacity Standing: 60
    $150/hr
    2 Hour Minimum

    Finnegan's Pub
    Capacity Seated: Not Applicable
    Capacity Standing: 15
    Available only with Ballroom rental

    Grand Ballroom & Pub
    Capacity Seated: 36
    Capacity Standing: 75
    $200/hr
    4 Hour Minimum

    1866 Parlor
    Capacity Seated: 20
    Capacity Standing: 20    
    $150/hr
    1 Hour Minimum

    Tropical Gardens/Verandahs
    Capacity Seated: 150
    Capacity Standing: 175    
    $150/hr
    1 Hour Minimum

  • Galveston Beaches & Attractions

    Galveston Island offers everything in a resort destination – beautiful accommodations, entertainment, shopping and 32 miles of Gulf Coast beaches. Galveston ’s festivals, special events and attractions are enjoyable for Islanders and tourists alike. One bit of advice – if you live here, don’t wait until you have out-of-town visitors to tour the Island ’s many attractions.

    Perhaps Galveston's greatest attraction in recent years has been the advent of cruising. Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Princess Cruise Lines have all found a home at the Port of Galveston in recent years. These premier cruise ships will take passengers to various stops in Mexico, the Caribbean and more. For information about departure dates, times and itineraries, visit GalvestonCruises.com.

    Galveston Island Ferry, located on Hwy 87 (Ferry Road), continues to be one of Galveston's most popular attractions. Riders can park and ride the ferry or drive their vehicle aboard the ferry. Ferries run approximately every fifteen to twenty minutes and are free.

    The Great Storm, a multimedia presentation at the Pier 21 Theater, gives visitors a glimpse of the devastating 1900 Storm through a multi-image documentary experience. The 27-minute story gives actual accounts from diaries and letters of survivors during and after the storm.

    One of Galveston's most popular attractions is Moody Gardens, One Hope Boulevard. Work or play, this tropical destination is ideal for families and groups alike. Water your imagination and travel the oceans of the world at the Aquarium Pyramid. Step into the Rainforest Pyramid with thousands of tropical plants, exotic fish and birds. Explore the mysteries of science at the Discovery Pyramid, and take a rocking and rolling ride through the universe at the Ridefilm Theater. Get in the middle of the action at the 4D Special FX Theater. See spectacular images leap from the screen of the six-story IMAX 3D Theater and visit beautiful Palm Beach (seasonal) and the newly expanded Moody Gardens Hotel.

    Docked at Moody Gardens , the Colonel, a 750-passenger, 19th-century-style sternwheeler, offers a unique view of the Gardens and an enjoyable cruise. And business or pleasure, the Moody Gardens Hotel offers spectacular views of the entire Island . 

    With its huge array of awesome aquatic adventures, Schlitterbahn Galveston Island can be your personal happy place! During the summer season, the park offers amazing rides and attractions, including a large wave pool, uphill water coasters, thrilling speed slides, kid's water playgrounds, whitewater rapids, relaxing hot tubs, family raft rides, the Boogie Bahn surf ride and the exclusive Transportainment river system. Relax in steaming warm waters and enjoy summer fun all year long at

    The Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum, located at Pier 19, gives visitors an opportunity to step aboard an offshore rig and experience how oil and gas is produced offshore. Videos, interactive displays and models take patrons to offshore locations all over the world.

    Seawolf Park, Pelican Island via Seawolf Parkway (51st Street), was built on an immigration station site and offers a three-story pavilion with a view of Galveston harbor, picnic sites, a playground area and a lighted fishing pier. A World War II submarine (the USS Cavalla), a destroyer escort (the USS Stewart), and other military hardware are open for tours.

    Of course, no visit to Galveston is complete without a savoring the Island's historic homes and museums, which give visitors a glimpse of an era featuring both wealth and prosperity, as well as disaster and change.

  • Awards & Accolades

    • Newly Renovated and Lavishly furnished, the Inn was featured on the Galveston Historical Foundation's 25th Anniversary Tour, May 1999
    • Featured by Travel Editor, Syd Kearny, The Houston Chronicle, May 1999
    • Featured by Travel Editor, Jean Simmons, The Dallas Morning News, November 1999
    • As seen on FOX TV, May 1999
    • Featured In Texas Monthly Guidebook
    • Featured in Romantic Getaways, June 1999
    • Featured in Houston Lifestyles & Homes, May 2000
    • Featured on Galveston's Garden Tour, June 2000
    • Featured by Travel Writer, June Naylor-Rodriquez, Fort Worth Star Telegram, August 2000
    • Featured by Contributing Writer Jan Johnson, "An Island Sanctuary", Where Houston Magazine, August 2000
    • Featured in Houston Lifestyles & Homes, November 2000
    • Featured in Best Fares Magazine, December 2000
    • Featured in "Great Escapes", Victorian Magazine, Spring 2001
    • Featured in "Destination Texas", Southwest Airlines, Spirit Magazine, April 2001
    • Featured in "Great Getaways in Texas", Gourmet Magazine, June 2001
    • Featured by Travel Editor Syd Kearney, The Houston Chronicle, Sunday, October 28th, 2001
    • Voted as one of "Top 15 Inns Nationally" by inn-goers in Arrington's Bed & Breakfast Journal, 2001
    • Featured by Travel Writer, Gayle Forman, Travel & Leisure Magazine, January, 2002
    • Featured in The Toronto Star, February 14th, 2002
    • HGTV, "The Secret Gardens of Galveston" April 14th, 2002, 2:30PM, CST
    • Coastal Living Magazine, Spring 2002
    • GulfScapes Magazine, March/April, 2002
    • Galveston's Port-of-Call Magazine, March 2002
    • Atlanta Goodlife Magazine, July 2002
    • Member Galveston Chamber of Commerce
    • Member Galveston's Association of Historic Bed & Breakfast Boutique Inns
  • The Tropical Gardens

    A sense of nostalgia, seclusion and informal elegance prevail in the tropical gardens that surround the estate. The garden's border, an eight foot privacy fence, draped with flowering vines, is the backdrop to graceful palms and lush undergrowth. Orchids, Staghorn Ferns, Ginger, Night Blooming Jasmine, Passionflower, Shooting Star Clerodendrum, Heliconias and Hibiscus contribute to the luxuriant foliage, vibrant color, dramatic form and captivating fragrance of our garden refuge.

    Fragrant Frangipani

    Fragrant Frangipani (Plumeria) grow throughout the gardens, their rich, seductive scent perfuming the evening air. Native to Australia and the South Pacific Islands, Frangipani blooms are often used in Hawaiian Leis. The Mermaid & The Dolphin's tropical gardens are home to more than 30 varieties of Frangipani!

    Tropical Fruits

    Interspersed in the gardens are many tropical fruits. Mango, Key Lime, Guava, Avocado, Orange, Kumquat and Star Fruit trees. Plus Kiwi vines, Black Pepper, Allspice, Bay Leaf, Miracle Fruit, Papaya and more than a dozen varieties of Bananas.



    The Conservatory

    The conservatory, a lush glassed garden with Coconut Palms, Frangipani, Kahili Ginger and unusual tropicals encompassing a Swim-Spa offers guests year-round indoor swimming. The powerful jetted current allows guests an olympic style workout while swimming stationary. While normally kept at ambient temperature, the Swim-Spa when heated, can function as a hot spa for larger groups reserving the entire Inn. Its shallow end, fitted with multiple benches and jets was designed by a massage therapist. Relax, Re-energize, and Rejuvenate body, mind and soul!

    Island Sanctuary

    Sharing the sun-dappled grounds of the estate are many spirited creatures; several Island cats, an array of tropical birds, and a multitude of butterflies. Guests may catch a glimpse of one of the Island cats as they entertain, play or lounge about the lush gardens.

    "Life is Paradise for those who love many things with a passion: people, places, oceans, mermaids & dolphins, nature, animals, plants & flowers, history, architecture, music, arts, books, learning, creativity, entertaining, cooking, candlelight & romance, sentimental things, antiques & heirlooms, family, friends, cats, cats, kittens & cats..."



    Jewel Of The Isle Spa

    Our Jewel Of The Isle Spa offers a sanctuary for the senses. Therapeutic, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports/Athletic, Trigger Point/Myofacial Release, Reflexology, Prenatal, Aromatherapy and Chair Massage are offered in-suite. Full European Facials, Mini Facials, Herbal Foot Soaks, Soothing Scalp Scrubs, and Aromatherapy Body Wraps are also offered. Appointments are required. Please call at your earliest convenience to assure desired appointment slots. 48 hour cancellation required on all spa services. Please visit Special Packages page for Massage and Day Spa Package pricing.

  • Guest Comments

    "It is said that a sailor is always searching for his Mermaid. We have been here before for our 25th Wedding anniversary. The haven you have here blew us both away! That was in cold winter. But this time, in Spring, the garden is alive. The aromas will never leave my mind. The colors will always be bright and vivid! especially the sun setting over St. Patrick's Cathedral, was an event we'll never forget. But this time is best because...I've found my Mermaid. We've been together almost 26 years and I never really knew her till now! words...There are no words that can adequately describe my joy at discovering this place, this true "Garden of Paradise", & my Mermaid!
    -Joseph & Jamie, Cedar Hill, Texas

    "I offer you my most sincere thanks for a wonderful stay in your Inn. I am amazed that such a lovely Inn, with all the warmth one could ask for in decor and in hospitality, also has a guest computer, DSL lines, stapler, and everything else I needed as I worked into the night. Your Inn is so much more than a Bed & Breakfast, it's much more upscale and amenable to all my needs as a business traveler! I am most grateful!"
    -Mike, Texas Audubon Society

    "I came here looking for solice...and I found paradise."
    - Sandy, Houston, Texas

    "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay! The  room was beautiful, the hot-tub delightful, the breakfast delicious. We especially enjoyed the soft beautiful music playing outside! That added the perfect touch! The plants and flowers and birds added to the wonderful ambiance and we felt as if we had a garden paradise all to ourselves. Thanks..."
    -John & Jen, Houston, TX

    "We have been to Galveston mant times, always doing the 'usual' tourist things and following the beaten path. This time, in search of something special, we decided to explore. And sometimes, when we are very lucky, the result of exploring is that we happen upon a magical place and have an adventure that we will always remember. We have been to London and we have together explored Paris. But we've seldom experienced the kind of lovely magic that we have found here. Thanks for such a specail time. We will see you again-"
    -Jackie & Ed

    "...It has been Perfect! Captivating! Intriguing! Simply Enchanting!..."
    -Michelle & Irene, San Antonio, TX

    "Thank you for what you are giving to the universe with The Mermaid & The Dolphin; this space represents what I'de wish for every day of my life- harmony, sharing, trust, and respect- I'm grateful for this experience!"
    -Caraolyn, Manden, LA

    "...This place has captured our hearts and imagination as few others have, and someday we must return. The ambiance and amenities make their mark, but it is your kindness and hospitality that we will remember."
    -John & Tammy, Ft. Worth, TX

    "...This mansion is beautiful and for a moment you forget that you are living in modern society. Your art work, antiques are beautiful. Your service, excellent. Your vision, magnificent. Your taste, classy. We had a great time and hope to come back soon. Take care and God Bless."
    -Dipak & Archana

    "What a wonderful getaway! ...We enjoyed the pub hour, the breakfasts, and the whole ambiance. We will definitely encourage friends to come and will return ourselves!"
    -Vicki & Larry, Missouri City, TX

    "The Inn, furnishings, art, literature, hot-tub & your wonderful loving care of it all add up to a marvelously romantic setting. We'll be back to build some more memories."
    -Ken & Carla, Brenham, TX

    "...The entire Inn is gorgeous. We loved our room, the colors, the bath, the bed and everything. Your garden is one of true beauty and love. We were ready to sleep out there, the smells are so inviting. The music throughout the entire Inn and gardens give the touch of romance. We'll definitely be back again and again."
    -Julie & Robert

    "Thanks for making our stay so enjoyable with your warm welcome and superb hospitality. The Inn and gardens are beautiful- a real oasis-there is a wonderful atmosphere of tranquility here which is so relaxing..."
    -Terry & Diana, Kendal, England

    "After spending four wonderful nights in your Inn we know you are America's Number 1 Innkeepers. The nights in this beautiful room were pure magic. Thanks for your wonderful hospitality."
    -Duncan & Joan, Carlisle, England

    "Beautiful memories...laughter, warmth, friendship and an abundance of elegance & Southern Hospitality!"
    - Herb & Kip, Sugarland, Texas

    "Sorry for all the glitter left behind, but we had a marvelous time. Mardi Gras 1999."
    - Brigitte & Paul, Austin, Texas

    "Memories abound...the aroma of the Night Blooming Jasmine from the spa, the soothing suite, wonderful art...the friendliness & gracious hospitality."
    - Jim & Kris, Pine, Colorado

    "Your warm hospitality and charming Inn far exceeded our expectations. An unforgettable, fabulous experience. Loved the food, the company, and ah, yes, the Pub!"
    - John & Bettsie, San Antonio, Texas

    "Romantic, sensual, truly captivating and enchanting, almost mystical...dreams can come true."
    - Bud & Pat, Houston, Texas

    "A truly spectacular, gorgeous, romantic Inn. So happy we spent the final two nights of our honeymoon at your Inn-without a doubt the best and warmest."
    - Richard & Renee, Lufkin, Texas

    "We discovered The Mermaid & The Dolphin on the Internet and were intrigued with the descriptive narrative of the Inn and gardens...but nothing could have prepared us for the reality of its beauty and charm...it exceeded all our expectations."
    - Jim & Debbie, Austin, Texas

    "A fairytale come true! The inviting spa, the luscious bed, the elegant music and art..."
    - Danny & Sara, Sterling, Kansas

    "A step back in time to gentle, easy going ways. Not rushing, but enjoying the moment and each other. A "Masterpiece" not on canvas, but in decor and warmth. Perfection by artists who touch lives with happiness. Thanks for a most enjoyable stay."
    - Charles & Marsha, LA

    "Your wonderful Inn is a credit to you both. It is full of grace, elegance & charm, and the relaxing atmosphere is all that can be desired. You have given me a wonderful holiday that I will remember always. And the architecture of Galveston has to be seen to be believed."
    - Iris H., Brisbane, Australia

    "Thanks for truly delightful and unforgetable Dicken’s Weekend! It was a fulfilment of childhood dreams. After all these years it is still fun to play dress-up! The graciousness of our hosts causes us to feel at home here. With love..."
    -Eric & Jane, Freeport, Texas

    "The surreal setting and environment of The Mermaid & The Dolphin has not only taken us away, but also transcended time. You have allowed us to visit a period of purity of heart and simplicity of friendship. Your example as hosts leave all others with a worthwhile goal to achieve. We look forward to our inevitable return."
    -Ken & Beth, Houston, Texas

    "We were captivated by the elegance and romance of The Mermaid & The Dolphin. During our short stay here, we fell in love with each other all over again!"
    -Alex & Tonya, Houston, Texas

  • Directions

    The Mermaid & Dolphin: A Boutique Hotel & Spa Resort is located on sunny Galveston Island, only 45 miles South of Houston. Just 10 blocks to the Seawall Beaches and 13 blocks to the Historic Strand Shopping District, the Inn is centrally located to all Island attractions; The University of Texas Medical Branch, Texas A&M University, Moody Gardens, Gallery Row,Galveston Harbor, and the Seawall & Central Business District shops.

    From Houston:
    Take I-45 South to Galveston Island. I-45 turns into Hwy 87/Broadway. Come onto the Island approximately one (1) mile. At the intersection of 33rd Street and Broadway, there will be a stop light. Turn Right. Go one (1) block. The Inn is the white mansion on the very next corner, on the Right. You will notice an antique lamp post with The Mermaid & Dolphin sign hanging from it in front of the Inn, also two large lions at the base of the front steps. Park in front. Come up the steps. Please ring the doorbell. The Inn is a small luxury inn and the Front Desk is only staffed from 4:00-6:00 P.M. Check-in begins at 4:00 P.M. If you will be arriving after 6:00 P.M., please ask for late arrival arrangements when making your reservation.

    From Beaumont/Ferry Landing:
    Exit Ferry onto Ferry Road. Take Ferry Road to Seawall Blvd. Travel the scenic Seawall to 33rd Street. Turn Right. Go through two (2) stop lights, one on Avenue P, the next on Avenue O. Come up to 1103 33rd Street. We are at the intersection of 33rd Street and Avenue K, just one block before the third stoplight. We are the white mansion on the corner on the Left hand side of 33rd Street. You will notice an antique lamp post with The Mermaid & Dolphin sign hanging from it in front of the Inn, also two large lions at the base of the front steps. Park in front. Come up the steps. Please ring the doorbell. The Inn is a small luxury inn and the Front Desk is only staffed from 4:00-6:00 P.M. Check-in begins at 4:00 P.M. If you will be arriving after 6:00 P.M., please ask for late arrival arrangements when making your reservation.

    From Cruise Terminal's Parking Lot:
    Galveston's Cruise Terminal's parking facility is located on 33rd Street @ Harborside Drive. Cruise Line Shuttles run from the lot to the Cruise Terminal, and back again. The Mermaid & Dolphin is located at 1103 33rd Street. When leaving the parking lot, turn left. Go 11 blocks. The Mermaid & Dolphin is the large white mansion on the right. You will notice an antique lamp post with The Mermaid & Dolphin sign hanging from it in front of the Inn, also two large lions at the base of the front steps. Park in front. Come up the steps. Please ring the doorbell. The Inn is a small luxury inn and the Front Desk is only staffed from 4:00-6:00 P.M. Check-in begins at 4:00 P.M. If you will be arriving after 6:00 P.M., please ask for late arrival arrangements when making your reservation.

 
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