Haunted Hotel Named Creepiest Place in Texas

Grand Galvez
Grand Galvez | Image by Grand Galvez/Facebook

If you are a fan of spooky places, you should check out The Grand Galvez in Galveston.

The historic hotel has recently gained the reputation of being the creepiest place in Texas, according to HGTV. It has surpassed abandoned hospitals and dilapidated prisons in terms of being the most eerie place in Texas.

The Grand Galvez, also known as the “Queen of the Gulf,” has a rich history intertwined with a lover’s despair.

According to legend, a “Lovelorn Lady” has reportedly been haunting the fifth floor, where she took her life in room 501 after she heard that her betrothed had died at sea. A few days later, he arrived at the hotel, completely healthy.

Although the hotel states that the guest rooms are “designed for your relaxation,” some guests beg to differ. Guests have reported unusual occurrences during their stay, such as sudden cold breezes, doors slamming shut on their own, and lights flickering unexpectedly, as stated by HGTV.

The historic beachfront hotel is lauded as one of the finest Galveston hotels, being an AAA 4-diamond property that was established in 1911, as per the hotel’s webpage.

Prominent travelers have enjoyed the Grand Galvez throughout the years. Former President Franklin D. Roosevelt made the Grand Galvez his official Summer White House in 1937 while he enjoyed fishing offshore in his yacht.

The Grand Galvez also served more than just recreational guests, as from 1942-1944, the U.S. Coast Guard commandeered the hotel, using it as its wartime headquarters and living quarters for its staff.

The hotel recently underwent significant renovations in 2023, including updates to guest rooms, the pool, and suites, as part of its transition to a Marriott Autograph Collection Property.

The Grand Galvez is hosting its annual Christmas tree-lighting celebration on November 24.

If you dare to be part of the scare, you can check room availability for the Grand Galvez here.

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