The only historic beachfront hotel on the Gulf Coast of Texas, our fully restored property bears the name of Bernardo de Galvez, who surveyed the area in 1786. In 1900, a hurricane devastated the city as the worst national disaster in history, claiming and estimated 6,000 to 8,000 lives. Central to the courageous rebuilding that followed was the construction of a 17-foot Seawall, Causeway to the mainland, and with the 1911 opening of Hotel Galvez, Galveston, Texas was reborn as a treasured vacation destination.
Hall of History & Free Audio Tour Apps
In celebration of our rich story, you'll find a Hall of History on our lower level, with informative panels, antique plates, and precious collectibles. We also offer free smartphone apps with a 25-minute audio history tour, and 20-minute ghost tour. Listen here:
Our Very own Ghost Story
Like much of Galveston, there's more to Hotel Galvez than meets the eye. Legend has it a seaman's fiancé was staying in room 501 when she heard his ship had sunk, and took her own life. Now she haunts our halls, especially during Ghost Tours.