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Moody Gardens Hotel Awards, Press, & News

The Latest Updates From Our Gulf Resort

The expert staff at Moody Gardens Hotel strives to create the best resort atmosphere on the Gulf. From guests to esteemed publications, we have been impressing since we opened. Our Galveston hotel has collected numerous awards and accolades, as well as countless positive reviews from customers.

TripAdvisor Reviews

(Three of more than 450 five-star reviews)

“Wonderful stay! Stayed an overnight at Moody Gardens Hotel with my granddaughter. We were in Galveston to attend Moody Gardens/Festival of Lights. We had a wonderful stay! The hotel was extremely nice with a very family-friendly environment. The staff, from check-in to check-out, couldn't have been more friendly, pleasant and helpful. The hotel lobby was beautifully decked out in holiday splendor." ~ jsambo, Katy, Texas

"We spent the Christmas holiday at Moody Gardens. We were delighted with all the activities available at a moderate cost. The hotel was very nice and the available dining options were very good. There is a great zipline and ropes course that was really fun for my grandson. We especially liked the aquarium and the movie experiences." ~ breichley, Oviedo, Florida

"The hand carved ice sculptures in Ice Land are amazing. We brought hats and gloves and were very happy Moody's provides parkas because the building was a very cold 9 degrees. The holiday lights were beautiful and we enjoyed the other activities - movies, rope course (unlimited time on the course), aquarium, rain forest zoo and the Garden Restaurant lunch buffet was good too. Very nice way to spend the day." ~ jk4265

AAA Diamond Awards

  • Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center
  • Shearn's Seafood and Prime Steaks is one of only 11 Houston/Galveston area restaurants to receive AAA’s Four Diamond Award of Excellence. Shearn's has done so each year since 2004.

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

  • Certificate of Excellence, 2013 Winner, Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center
  • Certificate of Excellence, 2014 Winner, Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center
  • Certificate of Excellence, 2015 Winner. Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center
  • Certificate of Excellence, 2014 Winner, Shearn's Seafood and Prime Steaks
  • Certificate of Excellence, 2015 Winner, Shearn's Seafood and Prime Steaks

Convention Awards

Our convention center has collected numerous accolades, including Successful Meetings Pinnacle Award, Meetings and Conventions Magazine's Gold Key Award, Smart Meetings Platinum Award, and the Corporate & Incentive Travel Award of Excellence.

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For media inquiries, please contact Sara Brown, PR Manager at sbrown@moodygardens.org or call at 409-683-4519.

Shearn’s Seafood and Prime Steaks Wins Multiple OpenTable Awards

Shearn’s Seafood and Prime Steaks Wins Multiple OpenTable Awards

Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center is proud to announce Shearn’s Seafood and Prime Steaks is the recipient of multiple awards from OpenTable.com. Shearn’s received awards in the Diners’ Choice category for Best Ambiance, Scenic View and Special Occasion.

TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence Award 2012, 2013 and 2014

TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence Award 2012, 2013 and 2014

The Moody Gardens Hotel is honored to be a winner of TripAdvisor’s 2012, 2013 and 2014 Certificate of Excellence Award. This prestigious award is extended to hotels that consistently maintain an overall rating of four or higher in customer ratings. Only 10% of hotels achieve this status. TripAdvisor is the world’s largest and most trusted travel community with over 30 million customer reviews.

Successful Meetings Pinnacle Award 2012

Successful Meetings Pinnacle Award 2012

The Moody Gardens Hotel has been named one of the best hotels and has received a prestigious Pinnacle Award from Successful Meetings. The 2012 Pinnacle Awards are the mark of excellence for meeting destinations, hotels and conference centers. The awarded organizations have done an outstanding job servicing their meetings, incentive travel programs, trade shows and conventions during the previous year.

Meetings and Conventions Magazine's Gold Key Award

Meetings and Conventions Magazine's Gold Key Award

The award of excellence bestowed upon the finest hotels, resorts and conference centers.

Meeting planners selected their winning properties based on strict industry criteria including: staff attitude; quality of meeting rooms (link to Meetings & Events page); quality of guest services; food and beverage service; proficiency of handling reservations; availability of technical/support equipment and range of recreational facilities.

Smart Meetings Platinum Award 2010

Smart Meetings Platinum Award 2010

This prestigious award recognizes excellence in service and amenities among meeting facilities in the Western U.S., Canada and Mexico. Out of thousands of qualified properties, only 100 are chosen.  

Winners earn this recognition by providing the best in ambience, amenities, facility quality, guest services, meeting space, restaurant and dining facilities, staff attitude, technical support and recreational activities.

Corporate & Incentive Travel Award of Excellence

Corporate & Incentive Travel Award of Excellence

2010 recipient of one of the meeting industry’s most prestigious awards. The coveted Award of Excellence is bestowed upon properties selected by C&I subscribers that best served their corporate meetings and/or incentive travel programs.