Rates for hotel/motel rooms vary widely from the lows of midweek winter to the highs of summer weekends. During special events, two-night stays may be required and everything books up months in advance. Because of the heat in August, sometimes late-summer rates are reasonable. The island's official website, www.galveston.com, compiles a thorough list of lodgings. Be wary of budget motels, some of which are truly dismal.