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Across the street from the beach, and a short drive from The Strand Historic District
The Four Points by Sheraton is located right on 23rd and the Galveston seawall. Although downtown is not within walking distance from the hotel, 23rd street does run right into downtown, through the Strand, and ends at the seaport (near cruise terminal). There is beach access across the street from the hotel.
Galveston is Texas barrier island on the Gulf of Mexico with an economy rooted in tourism. It's prone to hurricanes: A hurricane that hit here in 1900 went down in history as of the country's worst natural disasters, and parts the town are still recovering from Hurricane Ike, a category 2 storm that hit the area in 2008. Tourists come here for Galveston's many beaches and warm water temperatures. East Beach and Steward Beach are both public, paid beaches ideal for tourists, while some beaches along the Western shore still show signs of recovery from recent hurricanes.
Popular seasonal events in Galveston include Mardi Gras, the American Institute of Architects Sandcastle Competition, and at Christmas, Dickens on the Strand, featuring street performers and vendors, live music, and readings of Charles Dickens. Anyone who arrives in full Victorian dress is admitted free.
The mid-range Four Points by Sheraton overlooks the Gulf of Mexico -- a major draw for travelers. On-site amenities -- including a modern fitness center and outdoor pool -- are solid for a mid-range hotel, and the beach (bordered by the historic Galveston Sea Wall) is right across the street. The hotel is clean and well kept, with an appealing lobby featuring colorful striped carpets and modern chairs. Photography depicting the Texan landscape done by local artists adds a warm touch. The chain-like rooms have comfortable beds; modern amenities such flat-screen TVs, microwaves, and mini-fridges; and private balconies, though the views vary (and some views aren't great). All-white bathrooms are simple and clean, with shower/tub combos. The hotel features an on-site restaurant and lounge, though guests might consider walking to other nearby bars and restaurants to sample local seafood.