- The Tremont House Offer New Extended Stay Option
The Tremont House opened its extended stay suites, The Quarters, to its first guests in February 2018. The Quarters (a $1.2 million project), located on 2311-2313 Mechanic in the 1858 Berlocher Building, offer king-sized beds, fully-furnished kitchens, and high-end furnishings for living and dining spaces in one and two-bedroom suites. Special amenities include a mini-bar, adjacent parking, room service, Wi-Fi, cable TV, access to Tremont Fitness Center and the Galvez pool. These suites are part of The Tremont House inventory and available for guests with stays from five days to a month-long or longer.
- Hotel Galvez offers Unique Family Experience Package
Wyndham Grand® is setting out to bring quality time back to vacations by launching a one-of-a-kind family program: Reconnected, a Wyndham Grand Family Experience. Unlike traditional hotel kids programs, Reconnected encourages families to create memories together - starting with putting down their phones - through a curated set of family activities including the exclusive, architect-designed ultimate in-room blanket fort. Hotel Galvez & Spa is a pilot hotel for this new family experience and the only hotel in Texas to participate. There is no additional cost to book the Reconnected package during the pilot period. Families that book the package will stay in the hotel’s Parlor Suites which offer a king with a full-size sofa sleeper in the parlor for the kids. These rooms provide plenty of space to build a “blanket fort.”
Upon check-in, guests will receive the Reconnected Kit including:
- Lock Box – Guests receive a timed lock box for their mobile device(s) enabling them to set a timer for uninterrupted play.
- Instax Camera – Guests can capture memories the “old-school” way with this instant, still camera.
- Blanket Fort Kit – An exclusive kit and blueprint design by Wyndham Grand Fort Architect Ben Pell for creating the blanket fort of your dreams.
- Backpack for Children – Kids receive a backpack stocked with goodies including The Nocturnals, a book that focuses on friendship and adventure, a shadow puppet how-to guide and flashlight for families to create their own adventures.
- Hotel Galvez Upgrades Pool
Hotel Galvez & Spa will begin a $300,000 renovation to its pool area this spring to include new cabanas, upgraded restrooms and a remodeled bar that will be completed by May 1, 2018. The pool area offers a swim-up bar, hot tub, lounge seating, misters and pool grill for guests. The pool is saltwater pool and heated, as needed, for the comfort of guests.
- The Tremont House Expands Popular The Rooftop Bar
The Tremont House is home to Galveston’s one and only Rooftop Bar. In January 2017 this popular bar was expanded to offer 14 more seats for a total of 70 to help accommodate more guests during peak times when the bar’s seats are often at a premium. The bar, open evenings daily (weather permitting), offers views of Galveston’s historic downtown and harbor from the roof of the four-floor hotel. The bar received two 2017 “Best of the Island” Awards from Galveston.com for Best Cocktail Bar and Best Hotel Bar. Awards are determined by a popular vote and nomination.
- Hotel Galvez & Spa Renovates Bathrooms in Guest Rooms
Hotel Galvez & Spa completed a $1.8 million renovation of all 224 guest bathrooms in 2016. All guest bathrooms from the second through fifth floors had a makeover with new decorative shower surrounds, fixtures, tile floors, paint and artwork as well as bedding.
- The Tremont House and Hotel Galvez Offer Cold-Brewed Coffee
Coffee lovers can experience cold-brewed pick-me-ups and hand-crafted caffeinated cocktails at The Tremont House’ 1888 Toujouse Bar and at Galvez Bar & Grill at Hotel Galvez & Spa. The hotels are working with Houston roasting company Katz Coffee for its coffee beans. The Tremont House joins Wyndham Grand hotels around the world in Chicago, U.S.; Shenzhen, China; Doha, Qatar; and Istanbul, Turkey already offering the one-of-a-kind program.
Wyndham Grand’s Brew Parlor is centered on cold-brewed coffee, an artisanal yet approachable trending drink consisting of coffee brewed for eight to ten hours with cold or room-temperature water, producing a condensed, smooth, and full flavor.
What the Hotels are Known For
- Hotel Galvez Ghost Tour Dinners Always a Sellout
Fascinated by ghosts? Hotel Galvez & Spa invites guests to learn more about the paranormal during its monthly “Dinner with the Ghosts” tour and dinner event. During hotel’s one-hour ghost tour, the Hotel Galvez concierge guides guests through the hotel’s ghostly past using popular ghost hunting tools to conduct a paranormal investigation. Guests learn about the hotel’s “Ghost Bride” and other reported strange occurrences. The tour is scheduled the second Wednesday and Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. and is followed by a three-course dinner at Galvez Bar & Grill at 7 p.m. The cost for the tour and dinner package is $60 per person (inclusive of tax and server gratuity). In addition to the tour and dinner event, the hotel also offers a “Dinner with the Ghosts” overnight package. During the month of October, tours are offered Tuesday through Friday with Friday only available as part of an overnight package.
- Hotel Galvez Shares History through Hall of History and Free Audio Tour
Hotel Galvez & Spa shares its history through a permanent exhibit called the Hall of History. The Hall of History provides a brief history on the hotel and tourism in Galveston via a display featuring various items and informational panels including famous guests.
Hotel Galvez also touts its history and ghost stories through a free multimedia tour app for iPhone and Android smartphones. The free app provides a 25-minute history tour and a 20-minute ghost tour with scrollable images, numeric keypad entry and a keyword search function. The tour was produced by Acoustiguide Inc. (Espro Acoustiguide Group).
- Tremont Shares History
The history of The Tremont House can be traced back to 1839 when the first hotel, located at the corner of Tremont and Postoffice streets opened. In celebration of this heritage, the hotel added a small history exhibit on three hotels bearing its name and the contributions of George and Cynthia Mitchell to its preservation and their role in restoring The Historic Strand District. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
- Harbor House Hotel and Marina Offers Bold New Look
Harbor House Hotel and Marina, Galveston’s only harbor view hotel, reopened Feb. 28, 2014, following a $1.7 million renovation with a bold new look and modern appointments. The hotel’s 42 guest rooms offer an industrial yet warm feel with all new furniture, lighting, bedding, flooring, and bathrooms. Harbor House, which opened in 1993, is located at Pier 21®. Pier 21® has also undergone a major transformation over the last 20 years, and is now a waterfront entertainment and dining area offering five restaurants, three harbor excursions, Pier 21 Theater, and two museums. New to Pier 21 is Suntime Watersports’ Cruise N Time Tour Boat.
- Beach Revue at Hotel Galvez Now Part of New Music Festival
The 10th annual Galveston Island Beach Revue, scheduled in April and presented by Hotel Galvez & Spa®, is Galveston’s official kick-off to summer. The Beach Revue is free to the public and offers a weekend of vintage inspired events headlined by the Bathing Beauties Contest. Picture thirty lovely ladies all donning vintage cocktail attire and swimwear.
The Galveston Island Beach Revue is now part of Third Coast Music Festival scheduled April 26-30. A speakeasy themed event is scheduled at Galvez Bar & Grill at Hotel Galvez on Friday night featuring the Dandy Wellington Band from New York City. The crowd pleaser Bathing Beauty Contest is held Saturday at Beach Central, located adjacent to the Hotel Galvez & Spa®.
- Renew Your Wedding Vows at Hotel Galvez
Hotel Galvez has been the top choice for couples for 100 years and in celebration of this tradition, the hotel hosts an annual wedding vow renewal ceremony in June. This historic hotel hosted its first group ceremony in conjunction with its centennial anniversary in 2011 and the hotel decided to make it an annual event. In celebration of the hotel’s anniversary and the most popular month for weddings, Hotel Galvez invites couples to renew their vows during a mass ceremony on the hotel grounds on the second Saturday in June at 10 a.m. Couples have the option to stay for the weekend and enjoy a getaway package that includes champagne upon arrival and souvenir champagne glasses.
- Hotel Galvez Hosts Annual City of Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration
Hotel Galvez & Spa hosts its annual Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration on the Friday after Thanksgiving at 6:00 p.m. The City of Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration is an annual, free family event and marks the start of the official holiday season in Galveston and features performances from The Nutcracker, a hand bell choir and area carolers. The Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration begins with the arrival of Santa Claus by horse-drawn carriage, followed by the lighting of the hotel’s 35-foot Christmas tree with a count-down led by Santa Claus and a city representative.