While the historic Grand Galvez hotel in Galveston, Texas, has always been an esteemed vacation destination, recent renovations are making this hotel truly stand out amongst other Galveston accommodations.
“Grand Galvez is the only historic beachfront hotel in Galveston. Proudly overlooking the Gulf of Mexico for 110 years, her majesty offers a rich history as well as luxurious amenities,” explains Darryl Hill, the asset manager for Saint Hotels as well as the general manager of Grand Galvez.
In April 2021, the Grand Galvez was purchased by Mark and Lorenda Wyant, a well-known hotelier and graphic designer duo, based in Dallas. The Wyants have a reputation for several other transformations of historic properties, making them hip, modern and trendy new locales to see — and at which to be seen. As one of the first steps in the renovation, the couple created a stir amongst locals by changing the Grand Galvez’s exterior paint to a chic shade of pink. Indeed, you might know the hotel by its previous name, the Hotel Galvez. The name changed to Grand Galvez as a result of the new ownership and vision.
Proudly overlooking the Gulf of Mexico for 110 years, her majesty offers a rich history as well as luxurious amenities.
— Grand Galvez hotel’s Darryl Hill
As a historic hotel, the hotel had already made quite a name for itself throughout the years. “Grand Galvez has a long history of serving Galveston Island. She opened her doors on June 10, 1911, at 6 p.m. This followed the completion of the seawall, built in response to the devastating storm of 1900. Within a year the hotel was named ‘Queen of the Gulf’ and deemed ‘best arranged and most richly furnished seaside hotel in America’ by Hotel Monthly,” explains Hill. In addition to a whole host of accolades, the Grand Galvez has also played host to several celebrities throughout the last century.
The Grand Galvez “served as a temporary White House for the staff of President Roosevelt, and has housed other presidents and celebrities over the years. During the second World War, the hotel functioned as a working facility for the U.S. Coast Guard. These are just a few of her many memories over the years,” said Hill. “We look forward to making new memories with a new look and new leadership for many more years.”
For those who have never been to Galveston or for those returning for the 100th time, the Grand Galvez provides the perfect base for exploration. “With the longest consecutive sidewalk in America, there are 10.3 uninterrupted miles to walk or bike along the beach. There are multiple attractions, including the historic Pleasure Pier which is just a couple of blocks from Grand Galvez. We also have the historic downtown area providing shopping, museums, restaurants and historic homes,” recommends Hill.
However, some vacationers may not find any need to depart from the property with its many amenities. “We offer direct access to the beach, and our beautiful pool area caters to both playtime for the kids and relaxation for parents,” explains Hill. “With a heated pool and hot tub, the water is always warm enough. The seasonal swim-up bar offers the utmost convenience in refilling your drink without ever leaving the water. Be sure to try our signature Ghost Bride drink.”
Additionally, the Spa at Grand Galvez offers a variety of services including facials, massages, manicures and pedicures. “A glass of champagne in the Relaxation Room is the perfect way to unwind before your service. Our Vichy treatment is always a favorite. Spa reservations can be made by phone and are available to the public,” says Hill. Thanks to the hotel’s privileged location, stunning views can be had from several areas around the hotel. “It’s hard to choose only one picturesque space, as our Terrace/Veranda ballroom has a beautiful view of our Oleander Garden as well as the Gulf, while our Music Hall overlooks the Centennial Green out to the Gulf,” said Hill. “Meanwhile, the interior just gets lovelier by the day with the ongoing updates and renovations.”
The complete renovations on the hotel are due to be completed by July 2022, but guests are welcome to book a stay even sooner to enjoy the charms offered by Galveston’s gem on the Gulf.