Hotel Galvez

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Said to be the oldest hotel on the island, Hotel Galvez has a haunted room 505. Reports say that very few people actually stay all night in that room, because there is an eerie presence that makes them feel uncomfortable. The mysterious scent of gardenias is said to be a clue to the ghost’s presence.

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    2024 Seawall Blvd Galveston, TX 77550
    United States

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    29.292511, -94.78584899999998
    Galveston County, Texas
    Nearest Towns:
    Galveston, TX (0.9 mi.)
    Texas City, TX (9.5 mi.)
    Bayou Vista, TX (9.5 mi.)
    La Marque, TX (12.3 mi.)
    Jamaica Beach, TX (13.7 mi.)
    Hitchcock, TX (14.4 mi.)
    San Leon, TX (15.5 mi.)
    Bolivar Peninsula, TX (17.8 mi.)
    Bacliff, TX (19.3 mi.)
    Dickinson, TX (19.8 mi.)

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    1. Stayed the night in room 503 a few years ago. Wanted 505, but it was booked. The atmosphere in the room did get very heavy a few times that night. Woke up the next morning with a yellow sticker from my luggage taped across my arm like a band aid…I just had stitches removed. I didn’t put it there. Whatever did seems friendly. I will definitely stay on that floor again.

    2. Was told that the haunted room was 505 then 503 and 501. The staff will rarely tell you the exact room number, but they will only put people in the haunted room when all the others are taken. A friend of mine and I stayed on the 5th floor in August of 2011 next to room 503. There was a door between us and that room. Around 2 am we heard loud noises like someone was throwing luggage against the walls for about 5 minutes. We asked the front desk who was staying in that room and they said no one.

    3. Just stayed here on November 1, 2014. I stayed in room 528, I was not sure if I had visitors or not as my roommate said she was awake most of the night, however, twice during the night, my bed shook and both times I smelled flowers. I asked my friend if she has sprayed room spray during the night and she said she had not. The next morning, I looked around to see if there might be some sort of plugin that I had smelled, there were none. Was I visited by Audra the girl who hung herself on the 8th floor, perhaps, you be the judge, all I can say is the only time my bed has ever shaken is during an earthquake and there were no reports of one on the island that night.

    4. Stayed here for about two nights on a school field trip. Woke up in the middle of the night to an utter feeling of dread and paranoia. Usually sleep like a hibernating bear when not at home. No one else was awake and other friend was about 2 feet away from me on the bed. Friend in another room also mentions waking up around 2 in the morning to Bathroom light flickering with everyone in bed. Be Noted we were all of the left wing of the second floor.

    5. We just stayed the night in room 518 and had the scariest experience of our lives. I always leave the bathroom light on and the door cracked about 6 to 8 inches for the kids to have a night light. At 12:10am I noticed that the light just went out. I got up to turn it back on and noticed the door opened up wider yet no one has used it. I reached in and turned on the light and immediately a woman started crying really loud. Chills of cold went over my body as I looked over at the bed at my son who was devastated by the sound. The sound then move outside our room door and continued for about 30 seconds and started to fade down the hall as I opened the door quickly and yet saw no one. My wife woke up and asked what’s the commotion about and I looked at my 11 year old son and asked what he heard and he replied a woman screaming really loud in the bathroom. I then said that that was exactly what I heard as it moved past me and outside the door. I reported it to the front desk and security came up and it seemed to be no surprise to them. We then decided to stay at Quality Inn farther down the seawall. I never believed in paranormal activity until this, now I absolutely do not deny it!

    6. We stayed in room 505 this weekend. The only thing we noticed was a heavy feeling in the room between 2-3am. It would also get very hot during the night although we never adjusted the thermostat. A coworker stayed in room 501 this weekend as well, alone. Said when she arrived she asked if anyone was there to let her know. The toilet flushed very loudly right then.

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