Hotel Galvez and Spa: A historic beachfront hotel in Galveston
Summer sticks around a lot longer in Texas than most other places so we take full advantage. Visiting Galveston Island in the typical winter months is one of the best times of year to go. Enjoy all the fun this beach town has to offer including a staycation at Hotel Galvez and Spa. Trip Advisor lists Hotel Galvez in the ‘Top Ten Most Haunted Hotels in the Country’ . This hotel is one of the most iconic landmarks along the seawall. Sitting at over 100 years old this hotel has a long and very interesting history behind it as well as some pretty iconic guests.
Hotel Galvez and Spa: Haunted History
Hotel Galvez was nicknamed the ‘Playground of the Southwest’ for it’s socialite guests. Famous US presidents like Franklin D Roosevelt, and Lyndon B Johnson have stayed here as well as big named celebrities like Frank Sinatra! Legend says that a 25 year old bride to be was staying in room 501 when tragedy struck her. Her fiancé was a mariner who sailed in and out of the Port of Galveston, and one day his ship didn’t return. She received word that his ship went under and all lives were lost. She eventually hung herself on the roof of the hotel only for her fiancé to return to Galveston a few days later. There are countless guest reviews of them experiencing strange things happening in their room. They say the most haunted room of all is 501 where the bride to be stayed during her time at the hotel.
Hotel Galvez and Spa: The property
The grounds at Hotel Galvez and Spa are stunning. Known as the Queen of the Gulf this hotel blends grandeur with modern day luxuries. The entrance to the hotel is lines with towering palm trees and flower gardens. When you arrive you feel as though you’ve transported back into the swing era. With grand chandeliers, velvet seating, and fun tile patters the lobby resembles that of a lounge. The mix of lush green against the pure white hotel exterior and all the gorgeous glass windows make this property a visually stunning hotel.
Hotel Galvez: The Pool
The pool area of The Hotel Galvez and Spa is absolutely gorgeous. The pool area has a hot tub, pool, and swim up bar. Located across the street from the beach, the pool is a beautiful place to hang out and read a good book and watch the sun go down. Music plays over the speakers and it creates a relaxing vibe around the pool.
Hotel Galvez and Spa: Final Thoughts
This hotel is the perfect historic beachfront hotel to visit. It is a stunning property and located right in the heart of Galveston. Within walking distance to the beach, restaurants, and pleasure pier it is the perfect place to base all your Galveston adventures out of.
Looking for things to do in Galveston? Check out my other blog posts here:
- Visiting Galveston Island: 8 Things To Do in Winter
- Visiting Galveston Island- A Weekend Guide
- A weekend in the woods: Lake Houston Wlilderness Park
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