The hotel is a really cool hotel with a lot of history. First, it was built in 1911. They just celebrated their 100 year with a firework show on the beach. The building is in pretty good condition and you can tell they have put a lot of work into keeping it dated, but still renovated at the same time. It's a small hotel, so don't think you are coming to some sprawling resort. It's directly across from the beach. The hotel staff is very friendly and we had no problems with any service.
That said, a few things that could be better... they seem understaffed. Which seems odd considering the time of year (I went in June). But Valet parking was usually a good 15 to 20 minute wait so, call ahead. Dinner at the hotel restaurant was delicious. But if you're in a hurry, don't go there. Wait time for food is pretty lengthy. But there's plenty of seafood restaurants just outside the hotel. I recommend Millers which is the next building over to the left as you walk out of the hotel.
Then there are problems with Galveston beaches in general. If you plan to play in the sand, take a LOT of bug spray. Like "OFF". I went to the beach two days in a row and had these mysterious bites on my legs. I thought at first maybe they were jelly fish barbs or something. After asking around, I found out that Galveston is known for having Sand Fleas. Yes....... Fleas. They like the areas up under your clothing, so definitely spray there if you plan to play in the sand.
But, no real need to play in the sand. The hotel has a salt water pool and jacuzzi. lights up really cool at night.
The spa was pretty good but not a luxurious as some I've seen. More just like a service than a "getaway". Got my daughter a facial, mani/pedi, and makeup with lessons. For myself, I got a gentlemens hair cut that didn't turn out so good. It's meh~~
Lastly, the hotel services seem to close down a little early. Keep that in mind when planning your evening.
All in all, not a bad place to stay for a short vacation. It's not a 5-star beach resort and garden in Tahiti... but it's pretty nice and located in a great area for a short little Galveston vacation.