In this article we will be covering the legend behind the Hotel Galvez haunted room – is this trapped spirit a bride-to-be-named Audra that has been locked inside the location’s walls for over half a century?
The Story of Audra
During the 1950’s, Audra was known to have gotten engaged to a mariner who was the love of her life. His job meant that he was constantly on the move – in and out of the Port of Galveston.
At the time she was staying in Room 501 in the Hotel Galvez. Whenever she recieved word that her love was returning, she would take an elevator to the eighth floor, then climb up a narrow ladder to get to the hotel’s roof area.
From here she would enter one of the metal-ribbed hexagonal turrets that sat upon the roof, and wait for her lover’s ship to appear on the horizon.
One day, Audra was informed that her lover’s ship was on it’s way back – she would see him once again by nightfall!
She made her traditional journey to the top of the Hotel roof, and sheltered in one of the turrets.
Within hours a terrible storm brewed up across the coast – there was no sign of her lover’s ship. She climbed to the same turret and waited for the next few days…until word came through that her lover’s ship had sunk due to the poor weather conditions.
The grief-stricken bride-to-be refused to believe that she was now alone in the world. She cut off all communication with her friends and family and continued to climb the hotel’s roof every day…waiting for her lover’s return.
Within weeks she finally realized that she would never see her love again…and promptly hung herself in the west turret.
The real tragedy of this story is the fact that her lover was not dead – he actually turned up days after her suicide…
The Ghost of Audra
Over the years there have been numerous sightings of Audra’s spirit by staff and visitors. Senior concierge Jackie Hasan, who was born locally, believes that Audra’s spirit has a special link to her.
She is actually the fourth generation of her family to work at the Galvez – many of these family members have reported incidents with Audra over the years.
Jackie’s familiarity with the tragic spirit has led to her taking the lead role in the ghost tours that now take place at the hotel. The most popular request is to set foot in Room 501…
The hotel has become quite the paranormal hotspot over the years with further reported incidents of a phantom girl, bouncing a ball, in the lower level of the hotel and odd occurrences in the restaurant and lobby.
Following Hurricane Ike, which struck Galveston in September 2008, a group of staff members were left stranded at work due to the roads being closed. Several of these staff members reported an incident with a spectral woman dressed in an old-fashioned maid’s uniform and a man.
This strange, old-fashioned couple were spotted walking through a guest room, then disappearing through the wall!
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