The Hotel Galvez is living history, and some of the ghosts of its storied past don’t like to be told what to do, like please leave. In fact, they have never left the premises and have taken up permanent residence.
In October, the 104-year-old historic Texas hotel provides a Ghosts of the Galvez tour, with the concierge guiding guests through the historic hotel’s ghostly past.
Due to popular demand, the October ghost tours have sold out, hotel officials said. However, they have just announced that they are adding a monthly “Dinner with the Ghosts” on the second Thursday of the month. The first monthly tour is scheduled on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015.
For guests looking to extend the haunting experience, the hotel at 2024 Seawall Blvd. is offering a Ghosts of the Galvez overnight package, which includes deluxe guest room, the ghost tour, dinner for two and valet parking. The overnight package is available on the night of the tour.
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.
But who are these ghostly souls that just refuse to go away? Galvestonghost.com sheds some light one on of the otherworldly denizens of The Galvez:
Staff and guests have experienced many unexplained events, leading them to suspect that there are several ghostly residents. The most well known spirit is the lovelorn lady of the fifth floor. Many years ago she checked into room #500. She would go upstairs to the turrets, and gaze out at the bay.
Her fiancé was at sea, and she was deeply concerned for his wellbeing. One day her greatest fears were realized when she got word his ship had perished. But she refused to believe he was really gone. After a month of denial, in utter despondence, she returned to one of the turrets on the top of the Hotel Galvez and hung herself.
In a sad twist of fate, a month after her death her fiancé returned, looking for her – he had survived after all! Now her spirit is “locked” here, at the Hotel Galvez. The staff knows this lovelorn lady is around when they feel a sudden cold breeze from nowhere. They know she wants room #500 all to herself when their equipment mysteriously malfunctions when trying to make an electronic key for that room.
As many times as they try, they cannot make the key. Another sign of the lovelorn lady was a strange light coming from one of the turrets. A guest mentioned the odd light up in the turret, yet the staff knew this was impossible because renovations were underway and the turrets were not lit! Staff and electricians investigated, but found no source of power to the turret, nor had anyone gained access with candles or flashlights.
Other unexplained activity occurs regularly at the hotel. Staff members have been unnerved in the ladies room when their stall door begins to violently rattle, or the commode in the next stall flushes, yet nobody else is in the restroom. Other employees have felt a presence with them on a back stairway.
“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 a unique way to celebrate Halloween in Galveston,” said the hotel’s general manager, Steve Cunningham.
The history hotel has refused to say die, ghosts notwithstanding. This from Wikipedia:
During Hurricane Ike in 2008, the hotel lost clay tiles from its roof and was flooded on its lower level, where the spa, health club, business offices and laundry are located. The hotel was built in 1911, eleven years after the devastating hurricane that killed some 6,000 Galveston Island residents and leveled most of the buildings on the island. The hotel occupies the site where the Beach Hotel, Electric Pavilion, and Pagoda Bathhouse once stood.
The Galvez was referred to as "The Playground of the Southwest" mostly for wealthy socialites, businessmen, and celebrities. American Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Lyndon B. Johnson stayed at the Galvez, as did General Douglas MacArthur. Other notable names include Jimmy Stewart, Frank Sinatra, and Howard Hughes. Many of the 6th and 7th floor Junior and Senior suites are named for these famous and infamous personalities.
To make a reservation for the ghost tour and dinner package, call the Galvez Bar & Grill at 409-515-2145. To book the Ghosts of the Galvez overnight package, visit www.WyndhamHotelGalvez.com.