Gracing the coast of the Gulf of Mexico since 1911 is the renowned “Queen of the Gulf,” the Hotel Galvez & Spa®, a Wyndham Grand® Hotel and National Trust Historic Hotel of America. Following the 1900 Hurricane that devastated Galveston Island, prominent Galveston businessmen raised $1 million to construct the hotel as a symbol of recovery. Several multi-million dollar renovation projects by the current owners have returned the Galvez to its rightful place as “Queen of the Gulf Coast.” Hotel Galvez is the only historic beachfront hotel on the Texas Gulf Coast.
The closest commercial airport to Galveston is Houston’s William P. Hobby, which is 45 minutes away. Hobby offers daily service via AirTran, American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue and Southwest. Private shuttle service begins at $35/pp.
Hotel Galvez Shares History Via Audio Tour and Hall of History
Hotel Galvez is the only historic beachfront hotel on the Texas Gulf Coast. Its longevity lends itself to an interesting history. In celebration of this history, the hotel recently released a free multimedia tour app for iPhone and Android smartphones. The free Hotel Galvez app provides a 25-minute history tour and a 20-minute ghost tour with scrollable images, numeric keypad entry and a keyword search function. The tour was produced by Acoustiguide Inc. (Espro Acoustiguide Group) which also produced the audio tour at Galveston’s popular Bishop’s Palace and the Tall Ship Elissa which are operated by the Galveston Historical Foundation.
In addition to the new audio tours, the hotel offers a Hall of History located in the lower level of the hotel. The Hall of History is a permanent exhibit, which is open to the public, that offers a history on the hotel and Galveston as well as a display featuring various items related to the hotel’s history.
Hotel Galvez Opens New Galvez Bar and Grill
Hotel Galvez & Spa completed a $900,000 renovation to its lobby, restaurant and bar in May 2013 and opened its newly branded Galvez Bar & Grill. While the hotel’s wicker furniture in the east and west promenade remains intact, the lobby is updated with new flooring, furniture and lighting. The hotel’s restaurant boasts a new look and new menu for guests. Galvez Bar & Grill features fresh local Gulf seafood from Pier 19 and Texas regional cuisine as well as an extensive bar bites menu featuring sliders, flatbreads and Campenchana (Mexican seafood cocktail). As part of this renovation, the hotel has also expanded its popular bar which has its own fascinating history. The bar, which is not original to the hotel, was purchased by hotel owner George Mitchell from the Old Galveston Club, which was known as Galveston’s last speakeasy. In addition to this spring renovation, hotel owner George Mitchell and the Mitchell family completed an $11 million guest room renovation for the 2011 Centennial. The owners replaced the Gulf facing windows throughout the hotel with divided light windows reminiscent of the hotel’s original design and updated all the guest rooms and suites. Additionally, the hotel added a new 9,328 sq. ft. outdoor green space called Centennial Green, which is available to special events and wedding ceremonies. Link to release.
Galveston Kicks Off Summer with Galveston Island Beach Revue, Presented by Hotel Galvez & Spa®
The annual Galveston Island Beach Revue, presented by Hotel Galvez & Spa®, is Galveston’s official kick-off to summer. The Beach Revue is free to the public and offers a weekend of family-friendly events headlined by the Bathing Beauties Contest. Picture forty lovely ladies all donning vintage swimwear. All Beach Revue events, scheduled on the third weekend in May, are held at Beach Central, located adjacent to the Hotel Galvez & Spa®. Islander By Choice, LLC coordinate the Galveston Island Beach Revue. Link to 2014 release.
Hotel Galvez Offers Annual Wedding Vow Renewal in June
Hotel Galvez has been the top choice for couples for 100 years and in celebration of this tradition, the hotel hosts an annual wedding vow renewal ceremony in June. This historic hotel hosted its first group ceremony in conjunction with its centennial anniversary in 2011 and the hotel decided to make it an annual event. In celebration of the hotel’s 102nd anniversary and the most popular month for weddings, Hotel Galvez invites couples to renew their vows during a mass ceremony on the hotel grounds on a Saturday in June at 10 a.m. Couples have the option to stay for the weekend and enjoy a Romantic Rendezvous Getaway Package that includes champagne upon arrival and souvenir champagne glasses as well as breakfast all weekend.
The ceremony is officiated by a Galveston Justice of the Peace and held outside on Centennial Green, which overlooks the Gulf of Mexico. Following the ceremony, couples are invited to attend a small reception hosted by the hotel. Participation is also open to non-guests at no cost. The package is available to book at www.WyndhamHotelGalvez.com. Link to 2014 release.
Hotel Galvez Offers Annual Ghost Tours with Dinner in October
Hotel Galvez & Spa opens its ghost tour, typically reserved for guests, to the public as part of a dinner package on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays in October. During the tour, a Hotel Galvez staffer guides participants through the ghostly past of the hotel. Priced at $40 per person, the one-hour public ghost tour is only available as part of the dinner package. The hotel begins to take public reservations for the ghost tour dinners the day after Labor Day. In conjunction with the tour, Hotel Galvez offers overnight ghost packages on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays in October. The package includes accommodations for two, the ghost tour and dinner and valet parking. New this year is a Halloween Night Overnight Package. Hotel Galvez and its ghosts have been featured on “Ghost Lab” on the Discovery Channel and “Ghost Stories” on The Travel Channel. The package is available to book at www.WyndhamHotelGalvez.com. Link to 2014 release.
Hotel Galvez Hosts Annual Holiday Lighting Celebration on November 28
Hotel Galvez invites guests to celebrate the start of the holidays with the Official City of Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration. The holiday celebration begins at 6 p.m. and is always held the Friday after Thanksgiving. The Holiday Lighting includes a special appearance by Santa Claus and holiday entertainment by the Galveston Ballet and area choirs as well as the official lighting of the hotel’s 35-foot Christmas Tree. The hotel offers a special weekend package as part of Thanksgiving weekend which includes accommodations for two, Thanksgiving Brunch, and valet parking. In addition to the holiday lighting on Friday, visitors can enjoy more than 1,000 events during the holiday season as Galveston transforms into a “Winter Wonder Island” of Texas including a new ice sculpture exhibit at Moody Gardens. The package is available to book at www.WyndhamHotelGalvez.com.
Hotel Galvez Now Accepts Small Pets
The Hotel Galvez & Spa now allows pets that are 25 pounds or less. The hotel requires a one-time nonrefundable deposit of $75. Pets are required to be kept in a kennel in guest rooms when left unattended. Pets are not allowed in the public areas or meeting space including the restaurant, bar, pool or gym. The hotel offers a pet friendly grassy area adjacent to the hotel for walks and potty relief.
Hotel Galvez Offers Complimentary Wi-Fi, Bicycles and Shuttle Service
Guests at the Hotel Galvez can enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi in all guest rooms and in the lobby. The hotel also offers complimentary bicycles. Guests can check out these sun beach cruisers and helmets through the valet staff. Each bicycle includes a basket or bag for storage and a lock. Galveston’s Seawall Boulevard is the perfect spot for biking. The Seawall is a total of 10.4 miles, which is one-third of the Island’s total length, and, according to Guinness, it holds the World’s Record for the longest continuous sidewalk. Guests can also enjoy a ride through Galveston’s East End Historic District and historic downtown. The hotel also has a courtesy shuttle that is available to transport individual guests to The Tremont House located in the historic Strand District and to Harbor House located at Pier 21.
Become Part of History and Donate to the Hotel Galvez Hall of History
The Galveston County Historical Museum collaborated with Hotel Galvez & Spa® to create a new historical exhibit in honor of hotel’s centennial celebration. The Hall of History is a permanent exhibit located in the lower level of the hotel and was unveiled to the public Jan. 14, 2011. The Hall of History includes framed panels about the history of the hotel as well as various items exhibited in two display cases purchased from the original Eiband’s Department Store in Galveston. The museum is still seeking exhibit donations of one-of-a-kind items related to Hotel Galvez; donated items will become part of the permanent collection and will be rotated through on a regular basis.
Allergen and Germ Free Meeting and Event Space
Hotel Galvez & Spa offers Wyndham ClearAir meeting space with the PURE system. The PURE system provides allergen- and germ-free guest and meeting rooms through a seven-step air purification process where 98-100 percent of all viruses and bacteria are eliminated. As part of this process, a tea tree oil cartridge is installed that acts as a natural disinfectant. The hotel offers 13,231 square feet of meeting space in 9 rooms. The PURE system is the most comprehensive allergy-friendly system in the hospitality industry. ClearAir sleeping rooms are an optional upgrade. In sleeping rooms, the air is filtered every 15 minutes.
Christine Hopkins, APR, Director of Communications
Hotel Galvez & Spa®, A Wyndham Grand® Hotel
The Tremont House, A Wyndham Grand® Hotel
Harbor House Hotel and Marina at Pier 21
Direct (409) 515-2058/Cell (409) 457- 1055
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