A group of businessmen pulled their resources and opened the Hotel Galvez in 1911 as a symbol that Galveston Island had withstood the devastation of the Great Storm of 1900. This elegant, beachfront hotel was immediately proclaimed “Queen of the Gulf” and within a year of opening, it was deemed the “best arranged and most richly furnished seaside hotel in America” by Hotel Monthly. The hotel has undergone several renovations to restore it to its original grandeur. Recently, as part of its 2011 centennial celebration, the owners completed an $11 million renovation upgrading all the guest rooms and restoring the Gulf facing windows with operable, divided-light windows reminiscent of the original design of the hotel.
The 224-room historic hotel includes six suites. All suites and sleeping rooms flaunt views of the Gulf of Mexico or the city. A tropical pool with swim-up bar and hot tub provide the perfect escape for relaxing, sunbathing or enjoying cocktails. The hotel opened The Spa at Hotel Galvez in March 2008. The spa offers a relaxation room, meditation garden, eight treatment rooms including a Vichy Shower and Swiss shower, and a full-service salon and fitness room.
Hotel Galvez & Spa is the only historic beachfront hotel on the Texas Gulf Coast and is rated four diamonds by AAA. The property is a Wyndham Grand Hotel and National Trust Historic Hotel of America.
Hotel Galvez is owned by Galveston preservationist George Mitchell and part of Mitchell Historic Properties.