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Grand Galvez

2024 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-8029
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#10 of 57 hotels in Galveston
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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 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 Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Bicycles available
Business Centre with Internet Access
Paid private parking on-site
Hot bath
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Fitness / spa changing 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 films
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Room types
Ocean view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
Historic Hotel
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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ATx_Traveler76 wrote a review 25 Oct
Austin, Texas5 contributions
Hotel's non-management/office staff (and spa in separate review) are it's saving grace for our recent stay. Valets: Awesome. They are very friendly and welcoming. I witnessed several happy people coming and going with similar interactions. Bartenders: One inside lobby and one poolside. We had more interaction by poolside, but both were friendly, engaging and great with the hotel guests. Upon arrival, we were informed of new ownership and that dogs were no longer allowed. Luckily, we had a service dog. We always verify before booking rooms anywhere we travel that dogs are allowed (service or not). We had booked our room prior to the hotel dog policy change but no where do we have a record of the changes being communicated to us prior to our stay. What would have been the plan for the hotel or us had we not had a service dog? Would our room have been refunded? Would they help find us a suitable stay somewhere else? Was there a grace period for changes to take place? It would have been professional of new ownership to send communications out to all future reservations to inform them of new ownership changes, potential policy changes, options for cancellations if we were affected and to welcome our stay in general if unaffected. This was very unprofessional and started our stay off with a sour note. We didn't have any issues signing the official paperwork, but we were disappointed in the new ownership not providing anything for their staff as to how to handle reservations who had pets, nor did they provide communications to their future guests. We had the room booked for over 4-6 weeks in advance of our stay. We were informed that between the time we booked and the time we actually arrived, the changes were made official. Other hotel areas: The lobby is beautiful. The check-in staff could be coached better to provide concierge service versus just running through a script for check-in. There were construction changes going on for the check-in counter area. It was nicely blocked off. BUT, you would think a hotel such as this could provide something better than just folding tables and chairs in the hallway upon walking into the hotel. It was crowded during check-in/check-out times. There are numerous meeting rooms that could have been converted to handle the guests during check-in and other various activities that were going on at the hotel. As indicated, the check-in staff seemed to just run through a script. There was no official concierge pointing out what to do or offering where to go. No "please help yourself to water, coffee, or visit our historic info." We never walked the hotel as things just didn't seem too friendly or open to us. The Room. Our room was simply basic. We sprung for an ocean view. There was an old, cheap tv cabinet and bedside tables with a vinyl-retro style loveseat. No coffee maker, no microwave, no fridge snacks (even if they charge us for eating them later). No artwork on the walls that was appealing (enlarged flower). We were surprised we had a fridge. Even basic holiday hotels have these basic amenities. We typically don't use microwaves, but we actually had a specific reason to want one this trip. There were painted over old leaks in the ceiling. There was evidence of moldy moisture around the AC vent. Both appear to have contributed to the musty odor in the room. The shower had leaks and cracks in the caulking that looked like cheap fixes. There was a constant noise of running water thru the pipes of the walls; it was as if someone in the hotel was always flushing toilets or taking showers. Noise in water pipes of old buildings is not uncommon, but often isn't constant. There was uncleaned/unvacuumed carpet along the edges of walls and under/behind side tables. We only recognized this because we were looking for dropped items. And, lastly, we ordered room service on the stormy night instead of going down to the restaurant. The food was lukewarm but it did the job. A microwave would have been handy. We had this hotel booked for our anniversary celebration 5-6weeks prior to our stay. We had scoped out the ratings and reviews. We scheduled our spa services. We were looking forward to dressing up in our pre-pandemic "fancy" attire and looking forward to dining at this grand "Queen of the Gulf." We hadn't had any grand trips since before the pandemic. The view from our room was beautiful. The hotel from the outside at night was lit up amazingly. But the room and stay were definitely not worth the $400+ nightly rate paid. This hotel has so much potential because of its history. While changes may be coming, we are not holding our breath for a revisit; especially with changes in pet policy (even though we have a service animal). We hope valet and bartenders continue to be scheduled and paid well. We seriously hope ownership takes time to invest in check-in/concierge staffing. At their hotel rates, all should be benefiting more, especially the guests. Staying at a hotel that charges such rates should be providing a completely positive and above average experience.
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Date of stay: October 2021
Room Tip: Top floor room seemed musty.
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David H wrote a review 12 Oct
Oberlin, Louisiana125 contributions33 helpful votes
Historical, beautiful, one of the best. All staff friendly and professional. Clean room, grounds and all areas. First time staying at Grand Galvez and can highly recommend. The Sunday brunch is fantastic. The prices for everything is a little high, but worth it.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Beachlover wrote a review 6 Oct
Portland, Oregon1 contribution2 helpful votes
Stayed at This Grand Galvez hotel, amazingly beautiful. Pool was amazing staff was great. Had a fantastic time. See it is under new ownership and I'm excited to see the updates from the dated decor that exist from the past. My only complaint is work is happening while i was there, but who am i to post blame I could've came another time. Spoke with a manager about work and he explained and showed me the plans of the future and took me on a tour. I was happy to see what is up and coming, very excited.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Kim wrote a review Sep 2021
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Sherry seeing that it had been painted pink(ugly), we pulled up to no valet and No parking on premises. We unloaded our luggage ourselves and went off to find the only parking available was on the street. Great.🙄 Once we schlepped our stuff into our room, we noticed there were no longer coffee makers in the room. And only one large towel. Ugh. After we settled in, we went down to the restaurant to grab some dinner. One seated we were informed by the waiter that there was no shrimp in the hotel because they had sold it all earlier in the day at the champagne buffet which was invitation only the public could not partake. You're in freaking Galveston for crying out loud they couldn't find shrimp somewhere?? Instead ordered a salad that arrived to me inedible.the lettuce was slimy and there was a puddle of dressing in the bottom of the bowl that someone could have drowned in. I asked for the hotel manager I was given a 20 something kid named Kevin who basically stood there and smirked at us and did absolutely nothing and didn't even care about our concerns. My husband's fish tacos were okay but the so-called soft tortillas were old and stale. We've been coming here for at least 10 years multiple times a year and we will not be back.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
James Ralph W wrote a review Sep 2021
Dallas, Texas5 contributions8 helpful votes
First visit to this hotel Pros- great location, beautiful hotel and gardens. CONS- Service does not exist at this hotel. I can get past that for the money, the rooms and bathrooms are small with no microwave but covid or not, when you are on vacation you want your rooms cleaned. By day two there was sand everywhere in our room and bathroom so imagine dealing with that for the next 4 days. My husband ordered a Guiness and the bartender said she was out but then brought back, what she said were the last two in the whole hotel; it was not drinkable it was so old but she served it anyway. She also got our food order wrong. She was so unfriendly, downright rude to us. the next day we go to the pool thinking that we would have some food and drinks- there is zero service at the pool, there were people with uniforms on who we assumed worked there but no service and the poor kid working behind the bar was so overwhelmed he had no clue what he was doing. this hotel is way understaffed. My husband and I waited one hour for a club sandwich and it was only when I went and asked where it might me that we finally got it and I had to carry back to my seat along with my drinks...no one offered to assist me and they are supposed to deliver it to you! There was a man at the pool talking about how he was the contractor for this hotel and how the new owners were dropping 100 million into it and they changed the name to Grand Galvez. HA THIS IS A LAUGH- GET MORE STAFF WITH THE MONEY AND BE A FULL SERVICE HOTEL!!! NOTHING GRAND ABOUT THIS HOTEL. motel 6 is better I bet they will start putting cleaning products and vacuums in all the rooms so we can clean them ourselves!
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Date of stay: September 2021
Room Tip: I would not recommend this hotel
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Hotel Galvez & Spa
United StatesTexasTexas Gulf CoastGalveston IslandGalveston
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Frequently Asked Questions about Grand Galvez
Which popular attractions are close to Grand Galvez?
Nearby attractions include The Bryan Museum (0.6 km), Murdochs (0.3 km), and Escape The Island (1.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Grand Galvez?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a swimup bar, free wifi, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Grand Galvez?
Guests can enjoy a swimup bar, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Grand Galvez?
Yes, a parking garage, paid private parking on-site, and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Grand Galvez?
Conveniently located restaurants include Miller's Seawall Grill, Galvez Bar & Grill, and Blvd. Seafood.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Grand Galvez?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness centre, and a sauna during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Grand Galvez?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Grand Galvez offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Grand Galvez?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Grand Galvez?
Many travellers enjoy visiting 1892 Bishop's Palace (1.2 km), Moody Mansion (1.2 km), and 1859 Ashton Villa (1.1 km).
Does Grand Galvez have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.