Hotel Galvez & Spa, A Wyndham Grand Hotel
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... wonder at what point this road will cease to exist and Bolivar Peninsula will be cut off? or will it? The Intercoastal canal runs parallel to the highway and the ocean so time will tell.
Past the famous lighthouse of the Bolivar Peninsula. It dates back to the time of the1900 storm that killed 4000 people on the island of Galveston. According to some sources the water came ...
... Galveston Island we had two sunny days and less wind. A really nice state park in the dunes and on the beach, all 32 miles of it. Great sites much like Mustang Isl. SP. Signs for Watch for Snakes… at both state parks and poisonous too? Forgot to ask what kind. I think it was too chilly for them to be out and about! Homes are very colorful, a wide variety of bright beach colors. They are built on 10-16’ stilts, I guess due ...
... it was received.
The first night we were there for dinner was fishy
Wednesday. We walked into a full house around 6:00 pm. and grabbed a couple of
stools at the bar. We surveyed the
action, ordered a couple of drinks and struck up a conversation with the
fellows beside us. I then figured out the routine and went up and placed our
orders, deep-fried for me, have not had this for a long time, and shrimp
platter for Angie. Went and sat back down and ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Galvez & Spa, A Wyndham Grand Hotel Galveston
Great stay (BRRRR!)
We spent 2 nights (Dec. 18-19) for our 5th anniversary. Great hotel!
Pros: bathroom was elegant; our gulf view was great; enjoyed all of the ammenities (bathrobes, etc.). I would stay here again.
Cons: the heater was not working. Left a note w/ the front desk the first morning. It still wasn't fixed properly for our second night.
Thankfully the weather was mild (not frigid) but we would have liked it a little warmer in the evening. I was hoping we'd be offered a break on our bill at checkout but that didn't happen. For the rate we paid (full price??) the central AC/heat should work flawlessly.
On arrival we were given a room with two double beds when we had ordered 1 king bed via the online service. They were 'unable' to provide us with other lodging. The doubles are large enough for 2 people, so we dealt with it. Heading up the stairs to our room, there was a melted chocolate bar on the main stairs. We alerted a bellhop and he said he would handle it. When we came back downstairs an hour later, it was still there. We notified the front desk and were told it would be handled immediately. Three hours later when we returned, it still wasnt handled, so we called the front desk from the room. Another hour passed, and we headed downstairs. Around 6 hours had passed, since the first notifications. A manager was called who stated "Well, thats housekeeping's job." and offered no solution. A second manager cleaned it up personally and as she was walking by (we were at the bar) she repeatedly and sarcastically said "Thank you so much for alerting us".
After reading all the reviews on the Hotel Galvez and The Tremont House Inn I finally booked a room at the Hotel Galvez for our 24th anniversary weekend. The hotel is beautiful as well as the grounds but the mattress we had was unbearable. I don't know if they're all like that but we had the misfortune of getting one. The next day we checked out and went to the other hotel. Had a wonderful anniversary!
What a great experience and hotel. I was impressed all around. Friendly desk staff, great room (small but it was to be expected), great views!
I would stay here again, it was everything I was expecting.
The hotel its self was gorgeous but the lady at the check in counter was the worst ever, very snooty and condescending. I did not get the room I was supposed to (not the hotels fault) but all-in-all we still had a great time the rooms were very nice, I will stay there again.
Not Pleased At All
Several business women met at the Galvez the weekend of August 8th and immediately were taken back as to how rude the entire staff was. It was not a pleasant experience and one of our rooms did not have high speed internet. It didn't have internet period. We called, twice, ahead of time to verify that it would be a working vacation which high speed would be needed. After sticking me down in the basement without air conditioning for 3 hours, I finally was transferred to another room.
But I missed out of several very important business meeting Friday night and most of Saturday. I will never stay there again.Terry
As I child, I visited Galveston often with my family and always dreamed of staying that the Hotel Galvez. It always looked like such a beautiful hotel, and on my first visit last week, I was not disappointed. The public spaces at the hotel are beautiful - the lobby, restaurant, bar, and entry are gorgeous, but inviting. The pool area is well kept and nicely landscaped. The swim-up bar and comfy chairs are a nice plus. Our room was somewhat small, which is to be expected in an old hotel, but very plush and comfortable. Take advantage of the free shuttle service offered by the hotel to get around the island if you don't want to drive.
We stayed in the Galvez May 2003. The hotel lobby is beautiful and the staff is friendly and helpful. The rooms are very small, so if you have more than two people, you'll find it a little cramped. The pool area is nice and clean and the landscaping is nice. Parking is behind or to the side in a gated area. The window in the room is small but you do get a gulf view if you request one. Hotel restaurant is pricey, so you'll likely be getting in the car to go down the street. The exercise room is nice and included in the rate. You can walk across the street to the beach but you might consider the nice beach right down the seawall at Stewart Beach. If you're going to consider this price range, you might consider spending a little more and stay at the San Luis. It provides a more spacious room and nicer ammenities. It's also walking distance from IHOP and Rainforest Cafe.
Stay with it!
Been staying at the Galvez for over 15 years. Always once, sometimes twice a year. It has had it's ups and downs, but in the last few years seems to have really gotten good. The staff seem to be more friendly and eager to please, the prices more reasonable for a grand hotel in a grand location, and, the rennovations have really helped recall the heyday for this hotel.