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Historic Galveston hotel elegantly refreshes with room renos, restored bar, and more
If the walls of Galveston'sTremont Househotel could talk, imagine the tales they'd tell. Built in 1839, the historic building has been witness to Galveston's triumphs and tragedies, from the city's heyday as a bustling shipping port to the devastation of the Great Storm of 1900 to the city's present day as a community for artists and entrepreneurs.
If Galveston's beating heart is the surf that rush in upon the shore, the Tremont House could arguably be the city's soul.
Now, a multi-year renovation of the property is complete, and this historic marvel has a contemporary sheen. The Tremont House officially reopens to guests on November 1. Its hip reimagining marries its historic stature, with thoughtful design details throughout and a wealth of modern amenities that will satisfy savvy travelers.
From top to bottom, the hotel's 135 rooms and suites, public spaces, restaurants and bars, and meeting rooms have been completely transformed.
Tremont's elegantly refreshed rooms.Photos courtesy of Tremont House Hotel Galveston
In the guestrooms, travelers will find hardwood floors, exposed brick walls, soaring ceilings, and luxe amenities such as Keurig coffee makers, 55-inch HDTVs with streaming services, in-room refreshment centers with mini fridges that offer wine selections for purchase, and bath amenities provided by NEST.
Penthouse units give guests a choice of one-bedroom lofts or two-bedroom suites. There are also four historic suites in the Tremont's Belmont wing that have been reimagined as "The Mitchell Collection," an homage to the Mitchell family, who led preservation efforts in Galveston. These rooms, located on a private floor, feature pressed tin ceilings, original hardwood floors, large living areas, and the option to connect the suites. The collection has shared social space with a private bar, perfect for large social gatherings.
Those who want to bring their four-legged companions are welcome to do so. The hotel has plenty to pamper them, too, including dog beds, special pet amenities, and convenient water stations.
Blum & Co. is the hotel's urban market and bistro concept, open on the lobby level and offering guests grab-and-go options that incorporate Island flavors, like selections from Red Light Coffee Roasters blends. In the 1872 Toujouse Bar, look for Prohibition-era cocktails to take center stage, amid a vibe that's effortlessly elegant. Craft beer and wine are also on the menu, along with live entertainment in the evenings.
Blum & Co. cafe offers bites and coffee.
Opening in winter 2023, the rooftop bar and lounge has 360-degree views of Galveston Island through glass sliding nano walls, where diners can take in the city's panorama and watch the seasons change.
Those hosting events can choose an array of options custom-tailored to meet the needs of gatherings large and small, from business retreats, corporate conferences, weddings, and parties. Across the 17,000 square feet designated as meeting space, there are eight redesigned rooms that feature the latest amenities.
The striking Tremont Ballroom, a hotel centerpiece, offers access to a balcony overlooking the Galveston Mardi Gras arch. For breathtaking city and harbor views, opt to a wedding, reception or private event in the rooftop bar.
History has been front and center in the renovations, as evidenced by a series of paintings by local artists that tell the story of Galveston’s rich history, including George Mitchel’s revival of the city. QR codes throughout the space allow guests to take a self-guided tour.
The hotel will also offer an adults-only Spirits & Spirits tour led by a local author, Kathleen Maca, ending with a prohibition cocktail inside the hotel’s pop-up speakeasy bar.
The Tremont House is a Tribute Portfolio Hotel. A collection of independent hotels, each with their own charm and character, the brand is synonymous with chic luxury, and is a partner with Marriott Bonoy. Those seeking an elevated experience that pays homage to the past while never compromising on modern amenities should welcome this transformation.