The Haunted Hotel Galvez
Hotel Galvez opened on June 10, 1911 and was built at a cost of $1 million as a symbol of recovery following the nation’s deadliest natural disaster, the Great Storm of 1900. Hotel Galvez and the City of Galveston are both named for Bernardo de Galvez. De Galvez, who never set foot on the island, was a Spanish hero of the American Revolution.
The Galvez is probably one of the most haunted places the team members of Haunted Galveston have ever had the opportunity to investigate. 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 was built on 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 along with 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. The only true historic hotel on Galveston Island, the Galvez is reminiscing of a gilded age gone by.
Our team at Haunted Galveston wasn’t surprised when we arrived at the Galvez to hear of a spirit roaming the large luxury hallways of the hotel. Upon checking into our room, we just had to grin when the lady assisting us asked “you requested the haunted room?” We immediately knew we were on the right track! When we probed further and began to ask her questions about the haunted fifth floor, and more importantly the haunted room 505, she told us a story about a guest that supposedly committed suicide on the 5th floor of the hotel. Visit http://www.galvestonghost.com/galvez.html to read more about the most haunted hotel in Galveston. And for a full schedule of activities this summer, visit www.HotelGalvez.com