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Hotel Galvez & Spa

2024 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-8029
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Hotel Galvez & Spa 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.
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Property amenities
Valet parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Bicycles available
Business Center with Internet Access
Paid private parking on-site
Hot tub
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Vending machine
Swimup bar
Poolside bar
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Steam room
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
ATM on site
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Room features
Allergy-free room
Air conditioning
Room service
Flatscreen TV
On-demand movies
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Room types
Ocean view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Historic Hotel
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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R M wrote a review Jun 9
1 contribution2 helpful votes
This is the smallest hotel room I’ve ever stayed in. Came for weekend staycation which was dampened the moment I arrived to start with the spa staff. We were completely ignored (with no on one else there) and extremely rude interaction. She barely even made eye contact and didn’t want to answer questions about services (which aren’t cheap prices and we were paying patrons staying at the “resort.”) front desk was more pleasant but room was dated, smallest I’ve ever stayed and basic. Bartender was nice but menu was limited. We would never stay again. Lastly, I reached out with a detailed message on our experience and was again ignored and never replied.
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Jennifer B wrote a review Jun 2
Cibolo, United States5 contributions2 helpful votes
We arrived on a Saturday around 5:30 PM right before a huge wedding. There were no bellhops on staff so we had to manuever around 200 hundred dressed up wedding guests. Our parlor suite was okay--really nothing special. The couch in the front room was super uncomfortable. There was no microwave so our takeout food was not able to be reheated. There were two really good things: the rain shower in the bathroom felt like a little piece of heaven and the bed and bedding was probably the most comfortable I have ever slept in. Staff was short due to the pandemic. The valets were very nice but not available on the weekdays
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Date of stay: May 2021
Room Tip: Ask for rooms or suites with a beach front view
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WednesdayNightGirl wrote a review May 2021
McKinney, Texas1295 contributions334 helpful votes
We pulled in this afternoon and was so pleased to see such a lovely hotel. It's a big hotel, but not ridiculous like some resorts. Easy to get around, clean, sleek, inviting. The valet suggested self-parking tonight since their valet service was going to be disrupted the next day and we would have to retrieve our vehicle ourselves regardless of whether we paid for the valet or not. I really appreciated them giving this info up front. Because trust me, I would have complained about paying for a service I did not receive. This saved me disappointment in the hotel services and valuable time. We checked in and got to our rooms. Although fairly small, the room is lovely and the beds are heavenly. Top-quality linens, nice fixtures, nice amenities. We went to the bar area and had great cocktails in a nice spot. perfect.
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Date of stay: May 2021
Room Tip: Ocean view
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RFWDFW wrote a review May 2021
1 contribution3 helpful votes
When I visit and review an establishment, it’s more like an overview of what we experienced versus someone’s opinion of what something should or shouldn’t be. I begin with 5 Stars, then subtract – and add back - accordingly. I enjoy doing these because reviews by others often help me as a consumer to decide whom to patronize… and whom to avoid. So hopefully this overview of our recent stay will help in your decision whether to choose the Galvez or to consider a different hotel. This review has 4 parts - Hotel, Room, Food, Service – with a Summary Hotel – This is a grand luxury hotel built in 1910 in a Mission style with Victorian design elements. The drive-up entry is truly grand with its manicured grounds and towering palm trees encasing a circular drive up to the lobby. But after a 25-minute wait in the line of cars to the understaffed valet stand and having to haul our baggage to our room ourselves, we were immediately aghast at how the most recent remodel devastated the period ambience of this once truly grand hotel. Gone is the grand décor. Gone are the grand chandeliers, furnishings, art and accents… replaced with modern fixtures and furnishings, including plastic wicker seating with white cushions. We entered one of the only 2 public elevators and walked with our baggage down a long, dark and musty hallway to our room. Minus 1 star. Room – Small, quite small, but the gulf views from our corner room were superb! But again, the opulence and ambience of a 111-year historic grand hotel was long gone… replaced with modern furnishings, wall art, and modern nickel fixtures. It was clean and conditioned comfortably, but nowhere was a guide to the hotel, Spa, television or services. No ‘Things to Do’ and not even a bible in the drawer. Bed was ok and the extra pillow in the closet made it a bit more lounge friendly. Ah, but here’s what lost them another star: No Maid Service our entire stay! We had to call for more coffee, cups and towels. Our trash was not emptied a single time for the 3 day stay. And for a luxury hotel that up through 2018 had consistently received ‘4 Diamond’ awards and charges $300+ a night for this room to not even include mouthwash in the bath supplies ensemble, well - Minus 1 more star. Food – A glimmering light amongst the falling stars; the food was superb. Well prepared and a delight to see on the plate. Breakfast in the lobby restaurant area was a great start to the day. Crème Brulee French toast was as good as it gets, but someone please tell somebody that real maple syrup is not made with corn syrup and Bourbon Maple Syrup should actually have some bourbon in the mix. Raspberry Danish and Muffins from room service were as fresh and as good as it gets. The Tenderloin with the Tarragon Hollandaise and Horseradish Mashed Potatoes were prepared perfectly as were the Blackened Jumbo Scallops and Creole Risotta. But aren’t ‘Jumbo Scallops’ usually a bit larger than a quarter? We’ll stay at 3 stars for now. Service – I must refer back to the valet stand and lack of maid service as I get to this one - a pattern develops. Understaffed valets and no maid service made us painfully aware that there may be issues with services all around. Sometimes I hate it when we’re right. One word can pretty much sum up what we experienced: Millennials. ‘Please accept my apology for you having to wait on us at our meals and for us expecting decent service at a hotel that charges over $300 a night and $$$ for meals.’ This must have been the reason for the lack of smiles and greetings as we arrived – each of the 3 times we dined - and as you so obviously and painfully mustered your way through escorting us to our table… next to the single Millennial with the labeled ‘Emotional Support Dog’ at her feet… in the restaurant… at the table… next to other patrons. For the Mother’s Day dinner, we were led to an empty table in the bar area; empty, no settings, no greeting, no server, in the bar, for dinner… and we had reservations made 3 weeks earlier. After 10 minutes, and having to go ask for a wine list, I finally went to the bar for our drinks (don’t order a ‘Gibson’; they have no cocktail onions at this Hotel). Galvez, you are down another star here, but the fun is just beginning. When a manager sees our no waitress dilemma and asks if we’d like to change tables, the optimism flowed, only to be crushed by the new waiter – another Millennial and all that implies. Long story short, after our obvious imposition of his time when ordering and throughout dinner, we waited 17 minutes after ordering dessert… the entire time with our dinner dishes sitting on the table as we watched him walk by several times before the Cheesecake arrived. After having to go ask for our tab, for the first time I can recall, ever, on a $140 tab, I tipped ZERO. Zero, Zip, Nada, Nothing… and I usually tip 25% by default; more when deserved. As I handed the slip to the waiter, I shared that ‘I hope you take this as a learning experience’, to which I am retorted with “You need to stop being so disrespectful.” Wait, what? Oh, and it gets better; he doesn’t pass GO and goes straight to his manager, with whom I then approach and spend the next 10 minutes talking with about why the zero tip and how I am apparently not the first to have these problems and how this hotel goes well above standards and just doesn’t do this, blah, blah. So we’re now down to 2 stars at this point, but I ended up adding back ½ a star when the manager offered what actually seemed like a sincere vocal apology and an offer to comp the dinner. The complimentary bottle of wine in our room later that evening with the hand-written note sealed the half-star return, but still couldn’t transform the overall dining experience into an enjoyable Mother’s Day event. So how does the Galvez go from the 2.5 Stars we’re at now to the 3 Star rating? I love it when a Manager asks how was our (stay); it allows me to either give deserved praise and/or inform them of any unpleasantries we experienced. When checking out, that is exactly what happened, and that is exactly what I did. Bottom line is the Guest Services Manager listened and then went out of her way in a sincere attempt to make things right, and it appears she was successful… to a degree. Summary – The Galvez is a grand 111-year-old hotel that has lost its original ambience through a modernizing renovation many years ago and is now experiencing the pains of hiring and administering a quality staff in a Millennial aged time. Younger people today just don’t have the standards and work ethic of past generations. The Galvez - having lost its former elements of opulence and guest service - is simply no longer a ‘destination hotel’ as it was for so many decades. Still, it is a very well-maintained property with excellent food fare, albeit service challenges. Yes, it is still a far nicer hotel than the chains around and has a deep history; it’s ghosts seem friendly, albeit mischievous at times. All in all, considering the sheer cost element of staying at the Galvez, the gulf view along with bell service, enjoyable dining, emptied room trash, daily maid service, clean towels and an onion for your martini could have been enjoyed for a full week just down the Seawall for the cost of 3 nights here. Note: The Galvez Hotel has been sold and the new ownership will soon be embarking on a 2-year full renovation beginning in September to which I am told will bring it back to its opulent glory of old. Can’t wait to see the reverse transformation. Call me when it’s done; I’ll be at the Tremont.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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gregntommy wrote a review May 2021
Austin, Texas182 contributions109 helpful votes
We just love this hotel. It is historic and luxurious. For COVID, you must manage your own luggage but their are many carts to use to carry your own luggage to the room. Self parking is $12 per night and valet is $20.00. Self parking was very easy, we took Uber when dining out so as to enjoy adult beverages. Uber seems to disappear after 11pm so make plans. The pool area is resort-like luxury with a swim up bar for drinks and snacks. The rooms ending in 30 are larger and have a great view of the Gulf of Mexico and the Pleasure Pier. The location is great, you could walk to most places of interest if the weather is nice. Highly recommended. Great people, great service, personable and Texan.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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$154 - $363 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel Galvez & Spa
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel Galvez & Spa?
Nearby attractions include The Bryan Museum (0.4 miles), Murdochs (0.2 miles), and Escape The Island (0.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel Galvez & Spa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a swimup bar, free wifi, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel Galvez & Spa?
Guests can enjoy a swimup bar, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Hotel Galvez & Spa?
Yes, a parking garage, paid private parking on-site, and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel Galvez & Spa?
Conveniently located restaurants include Miller's Seawall Grill, Galvez Bar & Grill, and ShyKatZ.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hotel Galvez & Spa?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Hotel Galvez & Spa?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Hotel Galvez & Spa offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hotel Galvez & Spa?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Hotel Galvez & Spa?
Many travelers enjoy visiting 1892 Bishop's Palace (0.8 miles), Moody Mansion (0.8 miles), and 1859 Ashton Villa (0.7 miles).
Does Hotel Galvez & Spa have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbor view available here.