FEB 2014

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 4 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 30 E D I T O R ' S HOT PICKS GALVESTON IN-DEPTH Visit for more about the Galveston area through our interactive Insiderʼs Guide GALVESTON ISLAND was named one of the "Top 10 Destinations on the Rise in the U.S. in 2014" by Trip Advisor, and with a variety of new experiences being offered, itʼs not hard to see why. NUMBER 13 IS LUCKY AGAIN: The recently opened Number 13 Prime Steak fers big city cuisine like aged steaks but with a locally focused menu and waterfront view from Galvestonʼs Pelican Rest Marina. PADDLE ON: Hit the waves with a pad- dle surfing excursion through Ohana Surf fers stand-up paddle boards for all skill levels as well as expe- rienced instructors to guide you along the way. TOP PICKS: The Tremont House, A Wyndham Grand Hotel (409) 763-0300 "Our Pick Your Perk program gives you a 3 percent discount on your folio or an American Express Reward Card." Hotel Galvez, A Wyndham Historic Hotel (409) 515-2118 FOLLOW UP: Galveston Island CVB G A L V E S T O N Throughout the island, Galveston offers 291,000 square feet of meeting space along with 5,000 guest rooms to fit nearly any budget. Galveston Island Convention Center at the San Luis Resort The 140,000-square-foot convention center is located on Galveston's famed Seawall Boule- vard and highlighted features include the col- umn-free, 43,000-square-foot exhibition hall and the 15,500-square-foot grand ballroom. The convention center is located adjacent to The San Luis Resort, Spa and Conference Cen- ter, an upscale, Four-Diamond property located along the water on 30 acres. Numerous attendee amenities, such as a spa and nine restaurants, are available throughout the resort. Along with the Hilton Galveston Island and the Holiday Inn Resort on the Beach, the resort offers 200,000- square-feet of event space and 700 guest rooms. The Hotel Galvez & Spa, a Wyndham Grand Hotel This historic hotel was built in 1911 and named after Bernardo de Galvez y Madrid, Count of Galvez. While the property provides Old World elegance and picture-perfect views of the Gulf of Mexico, groups will also find modern ameni- ties, including a newly renovated (2013) lobby, bar and restaurant, according to Patti Rouse, director of sales. Now named the Galvez Bar and Grill, the restaurant was doubled in size but kept the historic mahogany bar and serves "prohibition-style cocktails, among other drinks." For events, the property offers 13,000 square feet of customizable meeting spaces and can accommodate groups of up to 350. On site amenities include a tropical pool and a deluxe day spa. "Due to the history and beauty of the Hotel Galvez, planners and attendees will enjoy an experience above and beyond your expectations." The Tremont House, a Wyndham Grand Hotel Groups will also find the Hotel Galvez's sister property, The Tremont House, also blends together the days of yesterday and today. Located in Galveston's Strand Historic District and occupying a former warehouse from 1879, the property is within walking distance to many of Galveston's attractions, including The Grand 1894 Opera House. Famous guests include Sam Houston, Ulysses S. Grant, Clara Barton and Buffalo Bill. For meetings, The Tremont House offers eight event spaces totaling more than 15,500 square feet and able to accommodate groups of more than 800. "We offer a value far more than just great guest rooms, facilities, meeting rooms, and professional and hospitable support, we offer a very unique experience to all of our guests," said Patty Rouse, director of sales. ■ The Hotel Galvez and Spa, a Wyndham Grand Hotel, is a historic hotel that offers modern amenities, including a newly renovated bar and restaurant (pictured here). ■ Host Grand Gatherings At The Island's Grand Spaces Hotel Galvez 27-52 CS FEB 2014_Layout 1 2/3/14 12:15 PM Page 30

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