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“30th Anniversary trip” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Galvez & Spa, A Wyndham Grand Hotel
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   2024 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550   |  
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Ranked #6 of 49 hotels in Galveston
Cedar Park, Texas
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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“30th Anniversary trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

We chose the Hotel Galvez for our 30th anniversary because of it's historic status and the location. When we made the reservation, we informed them that it would be our 30th anniversary. We were given an excellent, gulf view room for a discounted price, which we greatly appreciated. When we called a week prior to the trip to confirm, we again told them it would be our 30th anniversary. Not that we should expect anything special in addition to the room upgrade, but we were disappointed that there was no mention of our special occasion when we checked in or throughout our stay. Maybe times have changed. We also tried several times prior to our arrival to contact the consierge and never received a call back. Only one time during our stay did we see anyone at the consierge desk. The only other negative comment would be that the linens could have been of a higher quality & not smelled so strongly of bleach. We did not eat at the restaurant and did not use the pool or hot tub because of the weather, but it all looked very nice. We were treated to a little extra history by David McKinney in Security, which we enjoyed. Overall, we were pleased with our stay at the Hotel Galvez and would recommend it to others.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

Let's start with the valet service, they are so up to par with treating you like you are at a 4 star hotel for sure. They greet you and carry your luggage, it's $17/night for valet service and it's unlimited, so you can request your car unlimited times for the night you are paying. If you want to do self pay there is a parking garage across the street. Walking in to the grand entrance the atmosphere was very elegant and you are greeted by a pianist which is kinda nice. There are beautiful seating areas to overlook the ocean. Checking in was a breeze, we stayed on the 4th floor, the room was TINY. That was a major let down, the room had 2 double beds and a nice size TV. Internet is free which is a nice perk. The room does have a safe but NO FRIDGE. No balcony. I took my kids with me this time and they were able to get in the pool which is heated, and the hot tub. The pool area is beautiful and has a very romantic ambience. The bar at the pool was not open this time. But normally they do have a nice swim up bar. We walked to the pleasure pier which is about 4 blocks from the hotel. The hotel also has bikes for the guests to use on the strand. The hotel is older, but it still a classic. Very nice experience. Staying here for this New YEar! Pics to come.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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WyndhamGalveston, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Galvez & Spa, A Wyndham Grand Hotel, responded to this review, December 26, 2012
Dear Guest,
Thank you so much for sharing your comments on Hotel Galvez. We are pleased to read that you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to seeing you on New Year's. By the way, the restaurant is offering a special New Year's Eve Dinner. We will open the pool bar and grill in the spring but the pool is always available to guests.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

A very mixed review for the Galvez. I was initially very turned off by the poor valet service on a Saturday afternoon (4 valets standing around the talking, but not coming over to get my keys. Ended up deciding not to pay for valet, but to self park (big mistake). Self park lot is across the street and is three levels - THERE IS NO ELEVATOR. If you have mobility issues or have a lot of luggage, plan ahead (or just wait for the valet...).

Front desk attendant very nice and professional. I had previously spoken on the phone to "Jennifer" who was extremely nice and helpful and had set my expectations high. Front lobby was nicely decorated for Christmas and fitting an upscale hotel.

Room was a MAJOR LET DOWN. Stayed in room #452 which was extremely small - two double beds and just about nothing else. Beds were nice and clean and TV was modern, but bathroom was extremely old and badly in need of renovation (not even a $39 curved shower bar) to go with the old grungy white 4"x4" square tile.

Housekeeping made a terrible racket Sunday morning starting at 9am up and down the hall (noise travels badly in this hotel). Final annoyance was that there was a coffee maker, but no "decaf" coffee (packets were all "regular".

Carrying the luggage back up the three flights of stairs in the parking garage was no fun on the way out. In general this is just an OK hotel, but certainly nothing special and I certainly wouldn't pay a premium to stay here. If you are planning to go to the Pleasure Pier it is close (4 blocks or so).

The previous night I had stayed at the San Luis Hotel at 52nd and Seawall and it was a much much better experience (and I paid $36 less per night than at the Galvez). Had a balcony overlooking the Gulf on the 8th floor. Again, Galvez isn't terrible at all, just needs a better parking situation, quieter housekeeping service and to upgrade/renovate the tiny rooms/bathrooms.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2024 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550
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Location: United States > Texas > Texas Gulf Coast > Galveston Island > Galveston
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Galveston
#3 Luxury Hotel in Galveston
#4 Business Hotel in Galveston
#4 Romantic Hotel in Galveston
#5 Family Hotel in Galveston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Galvez & Spa, A Wyndham Grand Hotel 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Galvez & Spa, A Wyndham Grand® Hotel and National Trust Historic Hotel of America, 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 and pool with a swim-up bar. The hotel is rated four diamonds by AAA and is owned by Galveston preservationist George Mitchell as part of Mitchell Historic Properties. ... more   less 
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