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Best Historic Preservation Houston 2011 - Hotel Galvez & Spa

Hotel Galvez & Spa

Hotel Galvez & Spa

2024 Seawall Blvd.

Galveston, TX 77550


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Now the only historic beachfront hotel left on the Gulf Coast, the Hotel Galvez & Spa has just completed an $11 million renovation in celebration of its 100th anniversary. Owners George Mitchell and his family have made several updates to the property, modernizing it while maintaining its turn-of-the-century charm. The hotel's grand multi-paned windows have been restored to their original beauty, and a 9,000-plus-square-foot spa and poolside cabanas have been added along with a newly landscaped lawn called Centennial Green, positioned just outside the hotel's magnificent Music Hall. Each of the guest rooms has been redecorated with plush furnishings and nature-inspired prints by artist Kayla Mitchell, the talented granddaughter of George Mitchell. The Hotel Galvez was originally built in 1911 as a powerful symbol of the city's physical and economic recovery after the Great Storm devastated the island a decade earlier. A century later, the hotel, like Galveston Island, is not only surviving but flourishing.
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This might be the best Historic Preservation, but the Don CeSar in St. Pete, FL is still going strong, so the Galvez is not the 'only historic beachfront hotel left on the Gulf Coast.

The Don isn't as old as the Galvez (1928), but it's a real gem, too.