History of the Legendary Hotel Galvez.
Located an hour SW of Houston, built throughout the early 1900s, and opening its grand double doors in June 1911, The Hotel Galvez is one of the most impressive and stately structures on Galveston Island. The building was named “The Galvez” honoring Bernardo De Galvez y Madrid, Count of Galvez, for whom the Island was named. Although Bernardo De Galvez never stepped foot on the island, Galvez was a Spanish hero of the American Revolution. The hotel is not like any other, just by walking through the front doors you are transported back 100 years with the magnificent décor that greets you with your first steps through the heavy wood and brass doors. From the original mahogany beams that cross the ceiling, to the original pillars that are perfectly spaced throughout the middle of the lobby and extending into the spacious hallways leading to other hidden nooks within the hotel. The hotel itself does such a phenomenal job of enveloping you in the history, luxury, and such a peaceful state, that you honestly forget what era or year you’re in. When inside the hotel, whether in your room or sitting in the lobby you feel transported back to a simpler time.
The Hotel Galvez sits directly on Seawall Blvd overlooking the mighty Gulf of Mexico, so you are always guaranteed a breathtaking Texas sunrise and sunset, on a clear day. The hotel is the only historic beachfront hotel on the Texas gulf coast. Surviving dozens of hurricanes with only minor damage, and flooding, the hotel demands attention and respect, and rightfully so. It stands as a testament of a Texan’s will to survive and recover from whatever is thrown our way. We will stand tall, and we will stand mighty as the great Hotel Galvez does through every hardship.
(The above picture is a bird’s eye view from the famous room 500, looking East onto Seawall Blvd.)