In this very spot in 1911, the Hotel Galvez was built in order to bring in tourists to the island. One of the most finely furnished and finished hotels on the U.S. shore, it gained quite the reputation and became known as "Queen of the Gulf". It became host to many famous actors and U.S. Presidents over the years.
|The Hotel Galvez shortly after construction in 1911|
Some say that when a severe storm is approaching, a figure dressed as a nun can be seen walking the along the shore as if warning of the incoming storm. Heavy poltergeist activity such as doors opening and closing on their own and lights turning themselves on and off in the hotel itself suggest that the spirits of the orphans still linger in the spot where they died.
At some point in the hotel's history, a young woman checked into room number 500 of the hotel to await the return of her fiancé who as due to return from a long voyage at sea. Upon the news that her lover's ship was lost, she became very distraught and climbed to the hotels roof to search the sea for her fiancé's ship. Eventually she gave in to grief and thew herself off of the roof of the hotel. To this day they say that anyone staying in room 500 will not last through the night without leaving the room. People say they are overcome with a great feeling of despair and there is a strange overwhelming smell of gardenias in the room. This smell has been found in other areas of the hotel as well, most notably on the 5th floor where the "Lovelorn Lady" as she became known as spent most of her time.
|The shadow figure in the corner of this hall is claimed to be that of "The Lovelorn Lady" of The Hotel Galvez|
Is is said that Bernardo de Galvez haunts the Hotel Galvez himself in the form of a painting that hangs at the end of the downstairs hallway. Some say that they can feel the eyes on the painting watching them as they walk by and a strange sense of being chilled overtakes you as you approach the painting. Other people say that you cannot take a "good" photograph that is not blurred unless you ask Bernardo himself for permission to do so first. It is only then that clear photo can be taken of the painting.
|The haunted portrait of Bernardo de Galvez|
Now we can see why this one of the most haunted places in the United States. Easily, it is one of the most haunted hotels around. So keep that in mind when you are visiting the Galveston area and you are looking for a place to stay.