On Sept. 13, 2008, Hurricane Ike struck Galveston Island causing $22.5 billion in damage to the island. As the water rose around the island, upwards of 22’ of seawater engulfed Galveston’s downtown and 75 percent of the island was flooded. Galveston Island is still standing, thriving and much like a Galveston calendar from 1901 states following the 1900 Storm is “Greater and Grander than ever, Galveston was not born to die.”
Hotel Galvez & Spa
Hotel Galvez sustained minimal damage from Hurricane Ike with flooding in the lower level of the hotel. The water damaged the newly opened Spa, administrative offices and laundry. The hotel also lost some its Spanish tile from the roof. Despite the damage, the hotel was able to house staff and first responders shortly after the hurricane.
Hotel Galvez Post Ike:
• Nov. 28, 2008 – Hotel Galvez hosts its first Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration to bring the community together.
• June 10, 2009 – Hotel Galvez reopens The Spa at Hotel Galvez.
• Jan. 14, 2011 – Hotel Galvez unveils its Hall of History in the lower level of the hotel.
• Feb. 12, 2011 – Hotel Galvez hosts first Wedding Vow Renewal. The Renewal is now held the second Saturday of June.
• June 2011 – Hotel Galvez adds a new outdoor space called Centennial Green.
• June 10-12, 2011 – Hotel Galvez celebrates its Centennial community events and full renovation of all guest rooms.
• June 2013 – Hotel Galvez completely renovates the lobby, bar and restaurant opening Galvez Bar & Grill
• May 2014 – Hotel Galvez becomes presenting sponsor for the Galveston Island Beach Revue now held at Beach Central. The Beach Revue is now part of the Third Coast Music Festival.
• Now: Hotel Galvez is conveniently located directly across the street from the new Galveston Trolley Downtown and Seawall Depots and just four blocks from the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier which replaced the Flagship Hotel after Hurricane Ike.
The Tremont House
Like many other downtown businesses, the first floor of The Tremont House was completely flooded by the hurricane. This damage gave the owners an opportunity to make some cosmetic and structural changes to the lobby including expanding the front desk. The hotel’s rosewood Toujouse Bar dating to 1888 was not damaged.
Tremont House Post Ike:
• May 30, 2009 – Downtown Galveston hosts Re-Birth-Day Celebration throughout Downtown Galveston. The Tremont House offers tours and a block party in conjunction with owner George Mitchell’s 90th birthday.
• June 1, 2009 – The Tremont House reopens to the public.
• Aug. 2009 – The Tremont House opens Tremont Café.
• May 2010 – The Tremont House launches The Rooftop Bar.
• July 2011 – The Tremont House unveils new modern lounge look for The Rooftop Bar.
• Jan. 2014 – The Tremont House launches weekend Jazz Series.
• Feb. 6, 2016 – The Tremont House underwrites first Texas A&M University at Galveston Mardi Gras Parade Viewing Party in memory of owner George P. Mitchell. This party replaces the hotel’s longtime Mardi Gras gala.
• Jan. 2017 – The Tremont House expands The Rooftop Bar.
• Feb. 2018 – The Tremont House opens new, extended stay suites called The Quarters across from the hotel.
• Now – Downtown Galveston is thriving with new businesses including Zipp E-Bikes (electric bike rentals) directly across from the hotel.
Harbor House Hotel and Marina
Following Hurricane Ike, Harbor House Hotel and Marina at Pier 21 contained a huge shipping container blocking the entrance of the parking lot and a fishing boat and second container next to the hotel. Despite this debris, the upper floors were unharmed and the hotel housed construction crews and first responders.
Harbor House Post Ike:
• Dec. 2013 – Jan. 2014 – Harbor House temporarily closes for a complete renovation.
• Feb. 28, 2014 – Harbor House reopens following a $1.7 million renovation.
• Now – Pier 21 is now home to new harbor excursions including Baywatch Dolphin Tours, Cruise N Time and Jet Boat Thrill Rides. Pier 21 also offers the Texas Seaport Museum and Tall Ship ELISSA, Galveston Harbor Tours, Pier 21 Theater and the Ocean Star Offshore Oil Rig and Museum.
About Hotel Galvez & Spa®
Hotel Galvez & Spa®, A Wyndham Grand® Hotel, is the only historic beachfront hotel on the Texas Gulf Coast. This 224-room, century-old hotel offers 13,000 square feet of meeting space, a 9,763-square-foot spa, fitness center, full-service restaurant, lobby bar, pool with a swim-up bar and Hall of History. The hotel is rated four diamonds by AAA and is owned by the Cynthia and George Mitchell family as part of Mitchell Historic Properties. For reservations, call (409) 765-7721, or visit www.HotelGalvez.com.
About The Tremont House
The Tremont House, A Wyndham Grand® Hotel, is owned by the Cynthia and George Mitchell family as part of Mitchell Historic Properties. The Tremont House is a 119-room boutique style hotel located in the heart of The Strand National Historic Landmark District and Galveston’s Downtown Cultural Arts District. The hotel features 14,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, a bistro-style café, fitness center and two bars for entertainment – the 1888 Toujouse Bar and The Rooftop Bar. The hotel now offers The Quarters at The Tremont House for extended stays. For reservations, call (409) 763-0300 or visit www.TheTremontHouse.com.
About Harbor House Hotel
Harbor House Hotel and Marina at Pier 21 is Galveston’s only hotel that overlooks the island’s working port. Harbor House sits on the site of an early Galveston Steamship Terminal and provides a unique vantage point for watching the activity of a working port. Harbor House is the preferred hotel cruise ship passengers seeking pre- and post- cruise excursions on the island. In addition, this hotel is within walking distance to a wide array of attractions and nearby shops and restaurants. Harbor House is owned by the Cynthia and George Mitchell family as part of Mitchell Historic Properties. For reservations, call (409) 763-3321 or visit www.HarborHousePier21.com
About Wyndham Grand
Wyndham Grand® is an ensemble of distinguished hotels that are approachable by design, representing one-of-a-kind experiences in key destinations with refined accommodation, attentive service and relaxed surroundings. A part of Wyndham Hotel Group, the Wyndham Grand family currently consists of more than 40 locations around the world. Additional information is available at www.wyndhamgrand.com. Most Wyndham Grand® hotels are franchised by Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, LLC or its affiliates. Certain Wyndham Grand hotels are owned or managed by an affiliate of Wyndham Hotel Group, LLC. Wyndham Hotel Group is the world’s largest hotel company based on number of hotels, encompassing more than 8,300 hotels and over 708,500 rooms in 78 countries. Additional information is available at www.wyndhamworldwide.com. For more information about hotel franchising opportunities visit www.whgdevelopment.com.