Hotel Galvez celebrates 105th anniversary

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Fact 1: Costing $1 million to build, the Hotel Galvez opened on June 10, 1911 as a symbol of recovery following the nation s deadliest natural disaster, the Great Storm of 1900.

Fact 1: Costing $1 million to build, the Hotel Galvez opened on June 10, 1911 as a symbol of recovery following the nation s deadliest natural disaster, the Great Storm of 1900.

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Fact 2: Both the Hotel Galvez and the City of Galveston are named after Bernardo de Galvez. Oddly enough, De Galvez, a Spanish hero in the American Revolution, never even set foot on the island.

Fact 2: Both the Hotel Galvez and the City of Galveston are named after Bernardo de Galvez. Oddly enough, De Galvez, a Spanish hero in the American Revolution, never even set foot on the island.

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Fact 3: Hotel Galvez first boasted 275 rooms upon its debut, but reduced that number to 224 room after in-suite bathrooms became a necessity.

Fact 3: Hotel Galvez first boasted 275 rooms upon its debut, but reduced that number to 224 room after in-suite bathrooms became a necessity.

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Fact 4: As local legend has it, hotel guests drank champagne and danced the night away while a woman gave birth to a baby boy in Room 231 during the 1915 hurricane.

Fact 4: As local legend has it, hotel guests drank champagne and danced the night away while a woman gave birth to a baby boy in Room 231 during the 1915 hurricane.

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Fact 5: The Pageant of Pulchritude, which began in 1920 and ended during the Great Depression, was held in front of the Hotel Galvez. It evolved into the Miss Universe contest, which was later revived as the Galveston Island Beach Revue.

Fact 6: From 1942-1944, the U.S. Coast Guard commandeered the Hotel Galvez for use as its wartime headquarters.

Fact 6: From 1942-1944, the U.S. Coast Guard commandeered the Hotel Galvez for use as its wartime headquarters.

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Fact 7: The hotel has played host to many presidential guests, including President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1937), Dwight D. Eisenhower as a general (1949), Richard Nixon as vice president (1955), and Lyndon B. Johnson as a senator (1959).
Fact 8: Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Douglas Wrong Way Corrigan, Jimmy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Phil Harris and Alice Faye, Jack Benny, Howard Hughes, Peggy Lee, Jerry Lewis, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Freddy Martin, and Jimmy Stewart were rumored to have stayed at the Hotel Galvez.

Fact 9: The hotel s lobby features a hand-carved bar purchased from the Old Galveston Club, the island’s last speakeasy, and added in the mid-1990s.

Fact 9: The hotel s lobby features a hand-carved bar purchased from the Old Galveston Club, the island’s last speakeasy, and added in the mid-1990s.

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Fact 10: Hotel Galvez is the only historic beachfront hotel on the Texas Gulf Coast.

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Fact 10: Hotel Galvez is the only historic beachfront hotel on the Texas Gulf Coast.

KEEP CLICKING FOR MORE VIEWS OF THE HISTORIC HOTEL GALVEZ.

Photo: Carol M. Highsmith, Freelance

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Already widely known and lauded by Southern Living Magazine and OpenTable.com for its Sunday Brunch, Hotel Galvez & Spa, A Wyndham Grand Hotel, is aiming to make its newly renovated $900,000 Galvez Bar & Grill the go-to spot for local seafood and after-work cocktails with the launch of a new menu featuring fresh seafood from Galveston s Pier 19, steaks and various new bar bites.

Hotel Galvez

Hotel Galvez

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Highsmith, Freelance

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Hotel Galvez is a great place for adults in Galveston. credit: Hotel Galvez

Hotel Galvez is a great place for adults in Galveston. credit: Hotel Galvez

Photo: Terry Vine Photography

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Hotel Galvez features an outdoor heated swimming pool with a swim-up bar serving refreshing drinks and cocktails. Hotel Galvez features an outdoor heated swimming pool with a swim-up bar serving refreshing drinks and cocktails.

Photo: Terry Vine Photography Terry Vine, Galveston.com

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Performances from The Nutcracker, handbells, bagpipes and Christmas carols will entertain guests at the Galveston Discount Holidays © Holiday Lighting Celebration at Hotel Galvez & Spa, A Wyndham Grand Hotel, on Friday, Nov.

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Built in the aftermath of the 1900 hurricane, the Hotel Galvez retains the beautiful architecture that makes it the jewel of the Seawall and a popular wedding venue. Don t forget to enjoy a massage in the world-class spa. http://www.galveston.com/hotelgalvez/

The Hotel Galvez concierge will guide guests through the hotel’s ghostly past using ghost-hunting tools.

The Hotel Galvez concierge will guide guests through the hotel’s ghostly past using ghost-hunting tools.

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A view of the first floor hallway is seen at Hotel Galvez on Thursday, September 17, 2015 in Galveston, TX. During the 104-year-old historic Texas hotel’s one-hour tour, the Hotel Galvez concierge will guide guests through the hotel’s ghostly past using popular ghost hunting tools to conduct a paranormal investigation. Guests will learn about the hotel’s “Ghost Bride” and other reported strange occurrences. The tour begins at 6 p.m. and will be followed by a three-course dinner at Galvez Bar & Grill at 7 p.m. Guests can book the tour and dinner package beginning Tuesday, Sept.

1, for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings throughout October. The cost for the tour and dinner package is $45 per person. “Guests will learn a bit of history of the hotel, hear and share ghost stories and enjoy a delicious dinner in the Galvez Bar & Grill, making for an evening of ghostly fun in Galveston,” said the hotel’s general manager, Steve Cunningham. (For the Chronicle by Thomas B.

Shea) Tour members view the west turret where the “ghost bride” hung herself at Hotel Galvez on Thursday, September 17, 2015 in Galveston, TX. During the 104-year-old historic Texas hotel’s one-hour tour, the Hotel Galvez concierge will guide guests through the hotel’s ghostly past using popular ghost hunting tools to conduct a paranormal investigation. Guests will learn about the hotel’s “Ghost Bride” and other reported strange occurrences. The tour begins at 6 p.m. and will be followed by a three-course dinner at Galvez Bar & Grill at 7 p.m. Guests can book the tour and dinner package beginning Tuesday, Sept.

1, for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings throughout October. The cost for the tour and dinner package is $45 per person. “Guests will learn a bit of history of the hotel, hear and share ghost stories and enjoy a delicious dinner in the Galvez Bar & Grill, making for an evening of ghostly fun in Galveston,” said the hotel’s general manager, Steve Cunningham. (For the Chronicle by Thomas B. Shea)

Hotel Galvez celebrates 105th anniversary

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With so many of our historic buildings being torn down to make way for newer! bigger! better! construction, it’s a breath of fresh air when a Gulf Coast classic celebrates an anniversary like this. The iconic Hotel Galvez celebrates its 105th anniversary on Friday, June 10.

Many already know that the hotel is allegedly haunted by a number of ghosts, including the “ghost bride” who has taken up eternal residency in room 505.

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So the legend goes, a woman committed suicide after hearing news that her fiance died in shipwreck. Overcome with grief, she killed herself in one of the hotel’s turrets. But there are other facts about the hotel that aren’t spooky but are just as interesting. Check them out in the gallery above.

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