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. 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.
- Galveston Island Beach Revue, Presented by Hotel Galvez & Spa®, is Flashback in Time
The annual Galveston Island Beach Revue, presented by Hotel Galvez & Spa®, is now part of the first Third Coast Music Festival in April 26 – 29, 2018. The Beach Revue is free to the public and offers a weekend of family-friendly events headlined by the Bathing Beauties Contest. Friday offers a Beach Revue Prevue at Hotel Galvez featuring live music and an introduction to contestants in a speakeasy inspired party. On Saturday, picture forty lovely ladies all donning vintage swimwear complemented by jazz age revival music at Beach Central, located adjacent to the Hotel Galvez & Spa®.
- 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.HotelGalvez.com.
- Hotel Galvez Offers Monthly Ghost Tours with Dinner and Weekly in October
Due to popular demand, Hotel Galvez offers it ghost tour, typically reserved for guests, to the public as part of a ghost tour and dinner package the second Thursday of the month. Additionally, it’s available weekly Tuesdays through Thursdays in October. The ghost tour dinner is only available as part of an overnight package on Fridays in October. During the tour, a Hotel Galvez staffer guides participants through the ghostly past of the hotel. Priced at $56 per person (inclusive of tax and server gratuity), the one-hour public ghost tour is only available as part of the dinner package. In conjunction with the tour, Hotel Galvez has an overnight ghost packages that offers accommodations for two and the ghost tour and dinner. 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.HotelGalvez.com. Check the hotel calendar and Facebook page for additional dates.
- Hotel Galvez Hosts Annual Holiday Lighting Celebration
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.HotelGalvez.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 $100 plus tax. 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. Hotel Galvez is across the street from the Seawall and Downtown Trolley Depots. The Galveston trolley runs daily and is available for a minimal fee.
- 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.