The Tremont House, now in its third incarnation, sparkles amidst Galveston’s famous collection of historic architecture. Nestled in the heart of The Strand National Historic Landmark District and newly designated Downtown Cultural Arts District, the hotel offers a blend of 19th century charm and 20th century sophistication, with exemplary service and luxury that have made it a strong favorite among island visitors. It is the only hotel that operates in downtown Galveston and is a Wyndham Grand® Hotel and owned by the Cynthia and George Mitchell family, making it part of Mitchell Historic Properties. When the hotel opened in 1985 it was the first major hotel to open in downtown Galveston in sixty years. It was a catalyst for the revitalization of Galveston’s historic downtown. As The Tremont House approaches its 30th Anniversary in 2015, the hotel plans to revive old practices, pass on current rituals, and create new traditions for the future.
Following a full renovation of the first floor following Hurricane Ike in 2008, the hotel’s lobby and Toujouse Bar area reflects a boutique-style hotel decorated in black, white, and grey palettes, Calacatta white and black marble and an expanded front desk to serve guests.
The 119-room hotel, including 15 suites, is conveniently located within walking distance of numerous shops, galleries, restaurants and historic attractions. Just a few blocks away, guests will find The Grand 1894 Opera House, a Galveston stronghold designated as the Official Opera House for the State of Texas.
The sun-dappled, four-story atrium lobby with its tropical plants and birdcage elevators is classically elegant. Multiple, large meeting rooms including the Tremont Ballroom feature all of the latest technology and catering services for any occasion. The Rooftop Bar offers a relaxing retreat to watch the sunset and ships from around the world as they dock at Galveston’s port.
Built in 1839, the original hotel ― a square, two-story brick building ― was destroyed by a fire that stretched across The Strand District in 1865. It lay in ruins for years before some of Galveston’s well-known businessmen organized to rebuild the hotel at its original location.
The new four-story hotel was the envy of the South. Opening in 1872, it attracted guests from around the world. In the pages of the century-old hotel register are the names of General Sam Houston, Ulysses S. Grant, Clara Barton, Edwin Booth, Anna Pavlova and Buffalo Bill. Sadly, this hotel faced a similar fate as the original and was later torn down.
Today The Tremont House exists in the 1879 Leon H. Blum Building. The Tremont House re-opened in 1985 in grand style with the resurrection of the island’s Mardi Gras celebration which date back to the late 1800s. The hotel is still in the heart of Galveston’s Mardi Gras celebration with numerous parades passing in front of the hotel during two weekends of revelry.
In celebration of the heritage of The Tremont House and the Mitchells, the hotel added an exhibit on the 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 hotel plans to produce a new audio tour available as a free app for smartphones which will give a brief history on the hotel and the Mitchell’s role in preserving Galveston’s historic downtown and positioning it for the future. The tour app will be available in 2015. Additionally, the hotel is working with the Galveston Historical Museum to create an expanded exhibit on The Tremont House and The Strand in the hotel’s lobby.
119 Rooms Including 17 Suites
Tremont House guests sample the grace and heritage of a bygone era in guest rooms that combine modern luxuries with the grace and charm of days past. The elegantly appointed rooms boast classic décor and charm with a black and white motif. Pillow top mattresses and custom bedding complete the experience.
All guest rooms feature marble bathrooms with towel warmers. Other amenities include daily newspapers, coffeemakers, alarm clock/CD/radio, hair dryers and complimentary high-speed Internet.
As part of the restoration following Hurricane Ike in 2008, the hotel took the opportunity to update the hallways on the upper floors.
The Tremont House offers free Wi-Fi in their rooms and in the lobby area. The hotel also has a courtesy shuttle that is available to transport guests to Hotel Galvez and Spa® on the beachfront and to Harbor House located at Pier 21. Tremont guests enjoy signing privileges at Hotel Galvez which has a full service restaurant, pool and spa. Additionally, Hotel Galvez is a just a five-minute walk to the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier.
Chic Cuisine & Cocktails
Tremont Café opened in August 2009 and offers a bistro style menu. The Café features Starbucks coffee, pastries, a pizza oven, gourmet sandwiches and entrees, salads, soups and desserts, and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Designed to appeal to travelers’ mobile computing needs, the café features a 40-inch LCD television at the counter bar, 24-inch all-in-one PC/TV hybrids in its Internet booths, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi.
Galvez Bar & Grill at Hotel Galvez & Spa®
Galvez Bar & Grill offers casual dining with regional Texas fare for lunch and dinner, featuring local Gulf seafood, steaks, burgers, salads and a children’s menu with complimentary selections for children 12 and younger. Appetizers and bar food items include gourmet tenderloin sliders, shrimp sliders and buffalo chicken sliders as well as flatbread pizzas and Campechana (Mexican seafood cocktail). The grill section of the menu offers Angus steaks, fresh seafood, and grilled vegetables. The restaurant features daily Galveston Fresh Fish Specials bought locally from area fish markets.
The imposing Toujouse Bar in the hotel’s inviting lobby offers a relaxing atmosphere after long days of meetings or city exploring. Live music sets the tone as guests sip cocktails amidst the tropical setting. The Toujouse Bar offers live jazz on Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 10 p.m.
The Rooftop Bar at The Tremont House
The Rooftop Bar is the only outdoor venue on the Island to offer a bird’s eye view of Galveston. The hotel unveiled a new sophisticated, modern lounge atmosphere for The Rooftop Bar following a $100,000 upgrade completed in June 2011. Guests can see the historic harbor, downtown, ship channel, beachfront and other landmarks from this rooftop setting. The Rooftop Bar is open daily for the season (weather permitting) beginning May 1.
15,776 Sq. Ft. of Accommodating Function Space
A multitude of services make the hotel the optimum site for holding meetings and gatherings. Gatherings big and small, ranging from 9 to 900, will be provided with high-speed Internet access, state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment, catering capabilities and full-service meeting and catering staff assist in creating flawless events.
Tremont Ballroom (7,946 sq. ft.) With high ceilings and open space that seats nearly 900, the ballroom is perfect for large gatherings. For smaller events, the ballroom can be divided into the North and South Rooms. Each room can hold from 60 to 430 people.
Sam Houston Room (2,842 sq. ft.) This L-shaped room is perfect for groups under 150. Once the lobby of the Belmont Hotel, the original front desk is now used as a bar for functions. Floor-to-ceiling windows make this space very alluring and bright.
Sales managers who focus on weddings are on-site to assist with every detail, from linens and centerpieces to menus and entertainment as well as arranging for added features such as a horse-drawn carriage.
The Tremont House offers cruising guests who valet park the option of free parking during the length of their cruise at its sister property – Hotel Galvez & Spa. On the day of the cruise, Tremont guests may park at Hotel Galvez and enjoy complimentary round-trip transportation to the cruise ship terminal.
Galveston Island, Texas
Tucked away off the southeast corner of Texas, this island city is named after Bernardo de Galvez, the Spanish Colonial governor who ordered the first survey of the Texas Gulf Coast in 1786.
Galveston Island is the No. 2 tourism attraction in Texas for in-state and out-of-state travelers. Galveston is a historic beach town located just 50 miles south from Houston, Texas – the fourth largest city in the U.S. A diverse cultural town, Galveston Island is a unique destination offering 32 miles of beaches, a variety of family attractions and resorts, one of the largest and well-preserved concentrations of Victorian architecture in the country and Texas’ premiere cruise port.
The Port of Galveston and cotton brought the city its early prominence and wealth. In September 1900, a hurricane that still reigns as the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history, struck the island, killing more than 6,000 people in Galveston alone and destroying many of the buildings in town. Following the tragedy, citizens showed courage, determination and an indomitable spirit of survival as they set about to rebuild their island. Nearly every structure left standing in the city was raised and sand filled in beneath them raising the grade of the entire city. In addition, a 17-foot seawall was built to protect the island from future tidal surges.
32 miles of Sparkling Gulf Coast Beaches
The Historic Downtown Strand District for shopping and dining, hotel is located in district
The Grand 1894 Opera House, five blocks
Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, 1.4 miles
Pier 21, four blocks from hotel
Texas Seaport Museum, home to the famous 1877 Tall Ship Elissa, four blocks from hotel
Baywatch Tours and Galveston Harbor Tours aboard the Seagull II, four blocks from hotel
Jet Boat Thrill Rides, four blocks from hotel
Postoffice Street Arts and Entertainment District, two blocks from hotel
Four Historic House Museums
Lone Star Flight Museum, 5.8 miles from hotel
Galveston Railroad Museum, two blocks from hotel
Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum, five blocks from hotel
Schlitterbahn Water Park, 5.8 miles from hotel
Pirates! Legends of the Gulf Coast and Haunted Mayfield Manor, one block from hotel
Moody Gardens, 5.9 miles from hotel
Year-round birding sites
Average annual high 80-89˚F (summer averages)
Average annual low 50-58˚F (winter averages)
William P. Hobby Airport (HOU), 45 Minutes Away
Daily service via AirTran, American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, Branson AirExpress and Southwest. Private airport shuttle service begins at $35 per person.
George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), 75 Minutes Away
Daily service via AeroMexico, Air Canada, Air France, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, Continental, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Frontier, KLM, Lufthansa, Qatar, Singapore Airlines, TACA Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and VivaAerobus
2300 Ship’s Mechanic Row, Galveston, Texas 77550
(409) 763-0300/(800) WYNDHAM