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Houston and Galveston Hotels

Hotel Galvez, a Wyndham Grand Hotel


  • Directly on beach, incredible pool area, beautiful grounds
  • Recently renovated rooms


  • Rooms can be small (especially the bathrooms)

Updated 08/14/2013

Fodor's Review

This renovated six-story Spanish colonial hotel, built in 1911, was once called "Queen of the Gulf." Teddy Roosevelt and Howard Hughes are just two of the many well-known guests who have stayed here. Traditional dark wood and plush upholstery pieces furnish both the public and private areas. A pool, swim-up bar, and outdoor grill have been added to the tropical garden facing the sea.

Hotel Information


2024 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, Texas, 77550, USA

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409-765–7721; 409-765–5780


Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 231 rooms
  • No meals

Updated 08/14/2013

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By Connie

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Dec 30, 2004

Experience didn't match negative reviews I'd read here

Hotel was beautiful and clean. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Our room was great. If you join their frequent stay program (free) you'll fill out of servey that they use to appoint your room as well as a welcome fruit plate. You'll also get a paper at your door every morning. As far as value, I've paid the same or more for a Holiday Inn Express, especially if you book on their web site. We held a wedding and banquet there. The food was superb--the

hit of the day. Their downfall was that the banqu3room was not clean at all, even though they told me it would get cleaned. The "wedding coordinator" did little more than sell us the wedding service. She didn't do much coordinating at all. She wasn't very truthful about things, including the fact that several large buses would be loading passengers to go to the cruise ships in the middle of our frontlawn wedding. I would recommend staying at the Galvez but maybe not having a wedding there. My daughter was happy with everything but as the Mother of the Bride, I wasn't.

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By Thomas

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Aug 20, 2003

How's this a Fodor's Choice?

Usually Fodor's is right-on with their picks. They missed the boat here. Service was dismal: no bellhops at check-in time to unload luggage or open doors; not enough valets to handle autos; unprofessional front desk staff. Overall restoration impressive, but not enough attention to detail. I've stayed in much nicer, more elegant historic New Orleans hotels for much less. Lot of families; not the romantic place for Houstonians to get away to.

Don't expect much - I did and was greatly disappointed.

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By William

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Jan 26, 2003

A Problem They Refused to Fix

I stayed here on Sunday, May 5, 2002- my wedding night. I had booked a room at $119 through my travel agent that I confirmed with them. When I arrived in my tux with my wife still in her veil, they informed me that the room was $275. They refused to budge. They later claimed that it was an upgraded room, but it was not an upgrade I approved nor did the room seem significantly different than normal. I have contacted them half a dozen times since

then and they still have not refunded money, given a credit, or even apologized (26Jan2003). As a positive, the public areas are gracious and the restaurant is superb. They also offer free parking and a shuttle if you are leaving on a cruise. The service and general attitude is so completely horrible, however, that it is not worth your money.

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Apr 21, 2002

Beautiful Historic hotel, great beach location

The Hotel Galvez is a beautiful hotel that has been restored. It is in a great location and the staff is friendly. The rooms are plush but not large. The pool is good sized but needed to be cleaned more often, especially during a busy weekend. If staying in Galveston, this is by far the best hotel, hands down.

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