Hotel Galvez

2024 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, Texas, 77550, United States
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Excellent (4.5 out of 5.0) 6 reviews
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Historic

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 18, 2012

I stayed at the Galvez about a year ago for a work chirstmas party in Galveston. We got the room on priceline.com for about $100. The room we were in was very nice but you could tell it was a historic hotel. Everything is old fashion BUT it has been re done. The beds are super comfortable and they do have flat screen tvs. My family has history with this hotel which made the stay even better. My parents bedroom was huge and had a living area and a serperate bedroom. Our room was also very large but it was all in one and no living room area.

Unique Quality: They have a very nice large outdoor heated pool with a swim up bar, fitness center, business center, a very nice spa, Complimentary WiFi Internet access, coffee/tea in the room, tvs, phones, safe, work desk, Alarm clock with iPod docking station (came in handy), room service, wake up calls, Gilchrist and Soames bath amenities, and bathrobes!

This hotel is beach front and very close to alot of attractions. Stewart beach is across the street and is a really good/safe beach to play with your kids. They have beach volleyball, playgrounds, and at times a REALLY big blow up water slide.

This is on the East end of the island and it is in a good part of the island. Lots of restaurants and a shuttle service can take you just about anywhere on the island.

Directions: East end of the Seawall

Still the Queen of the Gulf!

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 13, 2012

My father, William "Bill" Rahe was the executive chef at this wonderful Hotel in the mid to late 50's.
Back then all the employee were held to very high standards and I'm pleased to see that seems to remain a constant by reading the reviews.

I highly recommend this Hotel - it may be more expensive than other places to stay, but the location, the service and the hotel itself are more than worth the money.

4 stars aren't twinkling very bright!

Bad (2.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 12, 2011

I checked into the Hotel Galvez about a hour ago, when I pulled up to the hotel it took the bell boy a few minutes to ask for help. After entering the hotel the bell boy left to help someone else(or whatever he did). When I entered the room I thought I entered a cubicle. I went to the lobby to have a drink, I went to go use the lobby restroom and when seat had urine and the other stall had no toilet paper. There is a really good about this hotel and that would be the big open lobby out looking the ocean.

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Waterfront Luxury

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on December 20, 2006

Overlooking Galveston Bay, the Hotel Galvez is an elegant structure. It was known as the 'Queen of the Gulf'and named after 18th century governor of the Louisiana Territory, Count Bernardo de Galvez.

The hotel has an expansive light-filled lobby offering comfy wicker chairs and cushy upholstered couches, with the dining area and bar located to one side. Planters add a little greenery and piano music creates an soothing atmosphere. (Please see additional photos...)

Many people participating in DICKENS ON THE STRAND were lodged here, so we were treated to a costume parade every day! After reading something about the hotel's history we learned that:

Following the Great Storm of 1900, which destroyed most of Galveston, a group of concerned businessmen met to discuss the need for a luxury hotel in order to replace the void left when the Beach Hotel burned down in 1898.

One million dollars was raised to build the hotel which was completed in 1911 by the architectural firm, Manua and Russell of St. Louis and interior designer, Daniel P. Ritchey. By 1918 the hotel was accommodating more than 400 guests a day. The public areas featured a barber shop, candy shop drug store, soda fountain and Gentlemen's Bar and Grill. Roller chairs lined up in the front of the hotel were available for those wanting to take trips along Seawall Boulevard.

The hotel changed hands several times through the years, once owned by W.L. Moody,Jr. (see Moody Mansion), finally becoming the property of George and Cynthia Mitchall, Galveston preservationists and developers. They proposed an agreement with Wyndham Grand Heritage Hotels to handle the operation of the hotel, but they retain ownership.

Unique Quality: The rooms were nicely appointed and generous in size, beds very comfortable and terrific view of the water if you have a front room.

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Queen of the Gulf

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on March 9, 2006

The Hotel Galvez, located along the Galveston Seawall and facing the Gulf of Mexico, has been hosting guests from around the world since it opened in 1911. As an older hotel, it was in need of serious renovations years ago. After Wyndam Hotels purchased the property, an expensive revamping of the entire hotel and property restored its glory, while retaining its old historical feel. The lobby decor is indeed a reminder of hotels past, with its wonderful dark woodworkings, arches, and early 20th century furniture. The rooms are well keep, with fabulous furniture and many ammenities, including television w/ an assortment of pay-per-view movies, high speed internet, and an iron and ironing board. Bathrooms are very clean, with marble counters and hair dryers available. The outdoor pool area is a bit small, but very quant, with a swim up bar, and plenty of lounge chairs for guests to relax in. The pool is also heated, a bonus for the few months of the year that it is cold here. The restaurant is very elegant, serves a great buffet breakfest, and a really good Sunday brunch. And the staff is very helpful and knowledgable about sites and goings-on around the island. The rates tend to be a little on the expensive side, usually around $150/night. But if you are looking for a nice property to stay at while visiting the island, you can't go wrong here.

Unique Quality: I think the most impressive detail about this hotel is how well it has been preserved, as it has that feeling of a hotel straight out of the early 20th century. A very pleasant, well kept hotel.

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The Grand Dame

by written on October 12, 2002

This hotel oozes with all the grace and charm that is Galveston. Built in 1911 it has set the standard of gracious hospitality and claims to being the grand dame of all island hotels. Right across from the beach and close to the Historic district.
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Address: 2024 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, Texas, 77550, United States

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Amenities at Hotel Galvez

  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Center
  • Free Parking
  • Business Services
  • Free High Speed Internet
  • Spa
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  • Bar / Lounge

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