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Hotel Galvez & Spa A Wyndham Grand Hotel
Ranked #7 of 51 Hotels in Galveston
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 3 August 2009

Stayed last week in the middle of the week, just for a quick getaway and we got a deal on Orbitz. We figured to give it a try. Self parking was easy and free. Our a/c was out (only cooling to 78-80 degrees). Enigneering was up there in a hurry and did what they could around 9 pm at night. They also put a box fan in but this just managed to keep my one and a half year old up most of the night. Front desk would not or did not show much intrest in relocationg us. The next morning I went down to the lobby and E-mailed Jim the GM and within 5 minutes Michelle the manager was standing in fornt of me. She promptly took care of my room charge and offered anything else she could. Case and point for all those out there- before you write a review, give management a chance to fix it. I was happy with the results. This is a "historic" hotel, so be sure you understand the things that all come along with that- like smaller rooms. The pool area was nice and up against the San Luis, the breakfast buffet had them beat hands down. Again, my personal thanks to Jim and Michelle for trying to accomodate me in this unfortunate situation. Their attitude is what really sets them apart from the others in Galveston.

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Reviewed 2 August 2009

Booked at the Harbour House - got there and they had overbooked so they put us up on the Galvez for free. What a deal! It is a beautiful location and I really enjoyed the accomodations. Beautiful room, gorgeous view, lovely facility, first class place! (Nice pool, too!)

Stayed: July 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 July 2009

Location: The Hotel Galvez and the hotel next door, Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort, have the best location on the island. There's a big, beautiful beach just across the crosswalk - no jay walking. My husband and I loved that you could rent chairs and an umbrella, already set up, right on the beach. Some hotels may say beachfront, but there actually is not a beach, just the seawall. The Escapes! resort at the other end of the island and some other condos currently under construction are right on the beach, no street to cross, but they can be more difficult to rent.

There are a few amenities that were pretty fantastic. The pool is beautiful, and we ended up going there more than the beach. Being able to borrow a towel for free didn't hurt either. The television network had a great movie selection, some of which were still in theaters. The fitness room was top of the line. It had newer looking free weight machines and nearly new ellipticals, bike, and treadmills with "cardio-theater." Headphones were provided so you could watch TV while you worked out on your own personal screen; fresh towels and cold bottled water were also complimentary.

I'm not sure about this, but I think historic = tiny room. It was a beautiful room and bathroom, VERY clean and well maintained, but it was about 13 feet square. The bathroom was 5 feet by 10 feet. Basically, it was exactly the right size for a queen sized bed and a TV armoire. I can't imagine where kids would sleep. I thought maybe we had just gotten a small room, so we went exploring on other floors while the rooms were being cleaned and we asked at the front desk. Our room was the standard room size. There are bigger rooms to rent, but they are limited in quantity and rent early in the season.

If we had paid the list price on this hotel, I would have felt ripped off. We were able to get a deal on a discount website for about 40% off. The rate we got was very competitive, probably because we booked last minute. I did miss having a free breakfast that we would have gotten at another hotel. Wireless internet was not free and was charged by the day.

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Reviewed 27 July 2009

we stayed in a super 8 for two nights and the galvez for two nights in the cheapest rooms available at both hotels. the super 8 had a mini-fridge, microwave and free wi-fi, and the galvez room didn't. i saw a mini-fridge in the hall outside someone's room, so some rooms have them, but ours didn't. we put a to-go box in our cooler for the time being. i ended up calling the front desk to ask if there was a microwave i could somewhere in the hotel, and they said no. so we didn't get to keep our leftovers from the various great restaurants on the island.
i didn't mind the room being small for the two of us. i will second the complaint about the room being humid to the point of damp sheets. i'm glad somebody else noticed, i thought maybe i was going crazy. one call to the front desk fixed this problem. they were very nice and sent up a technician for the a/c (it was blowing in the damp air) and housekeeping to give us fresh sheets. we slept comfortably.
i know i've been a bit negative so far, but if you've seen the pictures, you know how beautiful the place is. i loved the location and the parking garage. we left our car in there and walked for the most part. i thought it was definitely worth our money for the new experience (we'd never shelled out for a nice hotel like this before), but i guess perfection still costs extra.

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Reviewed 26 July 2009

This was our second time to stay at the Galvez. We've tried other hotels in Galveston but have come back to this one. Keep in mind, when you stay at the Galvez, you are staying in a much older / historic hotel, so the rooms are not large. However, it's worth losing a few square feet of room space to experience the beauty of this hotel. There is great beach right across street (Sea Wall) where you can rent chairs / umbrellas.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled with family
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Address: 2024 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-8029
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Region: United States > Texas > Texas Gulf Coast > Galveston Island > Galveston
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Galveston
#3 Spa Hotel in Galveston
#4 Luxury Hotel in Galveston
#4 Family Hotel in Galveston
#6 Business Hotel in Galveston
#8 Romantic Hotel in Galveston
Price Range: $171 - $405 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Galvez & Spa A Wyndham Grand Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 224
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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