Image by Galveston.com via Flickr
There's a connection between the Galvez Hotel (and also the Tremont House) in Galveston, TX. and Bangkok, Thailand (City of Angels). Do you know what it is?
The connection is that both cities have hotels owned by Dusit International in Bangkok, Thailand.
Dusit International is a large hotel conglomerate founded by a Thai businessman which over the last 60 years has spread around the world. Not only do they own many premium quality hotels in the Far East but they also own several unique hotel properties in the US.
The Tremont House and the Galvez Hotel, both in Galveston, both share one unique characteristic: they're both historical landmarks. They're not famous because they're big or ultramodern but rather because of their history and their historical environment. That's why they're both members of www.historichotels.org.
The Dusit Thani Hotel in Bangkok, which I suppose is the corporation's original property, is one of the nicest hotels in Bangkok, Thailand. I've been in before....many years ago. Thailand and Bangkok has changed a lot since then but the Dusit Thani Hotel is still one of the prettiest hotels on the landscape there in Bangkok.
There's also a Dusit Thani Hotel here in Manila. It located right in the middle of the Makati City area of Manila (also known as the 'Wall Street' of Manila). I attend a church fellowship that meets there in one of the meeting rooms on the mezzanine.
Right across the street from the hotel is SM Mall, a huge shopping complex with, among other things, a huge food court and a large and diverse selection of stores to shop in.......everything from groceries to computers to clothes to pets. It's also within walking distance from two of Makati's salsa venues, La Dolce Vita Restorante and Pub and Greenbelt 3.
I took a bunch of pictures there recently and I'm going to post some of them here over the next few days.