Hotel Galvez
2024 Seawall Boulevard
Galveston, TX. 77550
A Wyndham Resort Hotel

Visit another Wyndham Hotel in Galveston
The Tremont House

Rich in history and restored to its grandeur, Hotel Galvez is a breathtaking blend of classic form and casual charm. From marble bathrooms to a tropical veranda, everything about this hotel is a tribute to the Victorian past-a timeless age of excess that still entices today.

Sweeping archways and stylish decor lend an elegant feel to 231 renovated guest rooms, many with vats ocean views. What awaits outside each room? Bernardos Restaurant is a popular attraction, serving Northern Italian and Gulf Coast cuisine. The shops of The Strand District are a quick trolley ride up the street. And an endless horizon of beachfront whispers promises of escape.

Is a trip to Texas is in your future, consider a stay in the Gulf's storied past. Hotel Galvez. Its Galveston done The Right Way.


Concierge Lounge and Ballroom
Lobby Gift Shop
Membership Privileges to the Galveston
County Club 18 Hole Golf Course
Tropical Pool with Swim-up Bar, Hot Tub
and Outdoor Grill
Valet Parking

Dining and Entertainment
Bernardo's Italian Restaurant, accented with Gulf Coast Fare.
Sumptuous Champagne Brunch each Sunday
Room Service
The Historic Strand District is just a short Trolley ride away

Meeting Room Features

More than 14,000 sq. ft. of Flexible
Meeting Space
Fully Restored Music Hall

Guest Room Information
Number of rooms 231
Number of Floors-8

Guest Room Features

ADA rooms available
Bath & Body Works Toiletries
Coffee Maker with coffee
Color TV with Cable
Complimentary USA Today
Hair Dryer
In-Room Movies
Iron & Full-size Ironing Board
Marble Bathrooms
Plush bathrobes
Shower Massagers
Triple-Sheeted Custom Bedding
Hotel Galvez located on the Seawall is walking distance to the many gift shops, restaurants and clubs that line the Seawall, such as the Balinese Room, just across the street. The beach is also just a short distance away, and many of Galveston's historic structures are within a few miles, such as Bishop's Palace and the beautiful St Mary's Catholic Church.
History of Hotel Galvez
A Wyndham Grand Heritage Hotel

Full of enchantment and history, Hotel Galvez is renowned as the "Queen of the Gulf." The Great Storm of 1900, the nation's greatest national disaster, destroyed a vast portion of Galveston's commerce. A group of prominent businessmen, dedicated to the economic recovery of Galveston Island, developed a public awareness campaign leading to the construction of the Hotel Galvez. Galvestonians were in desperate need of a luxury beach front hotel to fill the void that was left when the Beach Hotel burned down in 1898.

One million dollars was raised to build the hotel which was developed by the architectural firm, Mauna and Russell of St. Louis, and interior designer Daniel P. Richey. Local firms involved in the initial ownership include H Kemper, and Adoue & Lobit bank, Hutchings-Sealy and Company and the Galveston Electric Company. Many Hotel names were suggested, such as the Dixie, and the Galveston Beach Hotel. Named after an 18th century governor of the Louisiana Territory, Count Bernardo de Galvez, Hotel Galvez was the victor.

Newspapers excitingly reported. "At a cost of more than a million dollars the best hotel architects, builders, interior designers and innkeepers were brought form all over the nation, to establish a first-class hotel unsurpassed by any other Gulf resort." Hotel Galvez was a resounding success and Galveston was on the road to an economic boom. During the 1918 season, the hotel held more than 400 guests a day, with room rates starting at $2.00 per day, and approximately 40,000 guests throughout the summer. The public areas featured a barber shop, candy shop, drug store, soda fountain, and Gentleman's Bar & Grill. Roller chairs line the front of the hotel for those wanting to take trips along the famous Seawall Boulevard.

In the 20's and 30's, Hotel Galvez became the social hub of the "Playground of the Southwest." The hotel restore contained names of prominent political leaders. socialites, business and celebrities. The hotel was host to presidents Franklin D Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Lyndon B. Johnson. In 1951, General Douglas MacArthur stayed at the hotel. Band leader Phil Harris and actress Alice Faye married at the hotel and hundreds of celebrities such as Frank Sinatra and Jimmy Stewart also visited Hotel Galvez.

On October 3, 1940, Hotel Galvez was acquired by W. L. Moody, Jr. During World War II, Hotel Galvez served as a living and working facility of the U.S. Coast Guard. In 1950, The National Affiliated Hotels, Mr. Moody's hotel chain, joined the main building on the east side, developed the lavish swimming pool and Galvez Club. In 1965, the owners spent more than the original cost of the structure to refurbish it. Six years later, Hotel Galvez was acquired by Harvey O. McCarthey and Dr. Leon Bromberg.

In 1979, another major renovation to the hotel was initiated by Dr. Denton Cooley, who purchased the hotel in 1978. Soon after Dr. Cooley bought the hotel, he sold half his interest to Archie Bennett Jr. of the Mariner Corporation and they decided to obtain a Marriott franchise contract in June of 1989.

In April of 1995, Hotel Galvez was purchased by George and Cynthia Mitchell, Galveston preservationists and developers, who have long been committed to restoring Galveston to a bustling year-round tourist destination. In the Fall of 1996, the Mitchells entered into a management agreement with Wyndham Grand Heritage Hotels to handle the operation and management of Hotel Galvez. The Mitchells have retained ownership of the property. Today, Hotel Galvez has been completely restored to its original splendor as Galveston's only truly historical hotel.

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