In general, we have been very happy with the vacation rental options in Galveston, TX for weekend getaways from Houston. However, I have had my eye on one hotel for some time, The Tremont House. Part of the Wyndham family of hotels, the reviews for this grand hotel are generally outstanding – and the price tag is double the nightly rate of our vacation rental favorites. Galveston offers lodging options with a focus on family and beach bum party accommodations throughout most of the city, but The Tremont House is an exceptional option for a romantic, luxury getaway for two.
Even before our first stay, we had visited some of their on-site entertainment and dining businesses, including jazz night at the interior Toujouse Bar, drinks at the Rooftop Terrace, and lunch at the Tremont Cafe. All of these are notable as stand-alone stops and do not require a stay at the hotel. If you want to scope out the hotel in advance, then visit these for an early drink or light meal to get a feel for the hotel before you commit to the high cost.
On the other hand, if you are seeking a luxury escape from the city or an overnight stay before your cruise departure, then I definitely recommend a stay at the hotel. We were lucky enough to score a deal on Priceline, though I understand that Wyndham Rewards members generally get the best deals. This stay was not sponsored, and the hotel staff did not even know that I have a travel blog at all.
Even with the discounted rate, it was a bit of a splurge for us considering our rental house that we adore is less than $200 per night. But, for proximity to nightlife and all the special amenities, I thought it was well worth it. If you have read any of my other Galveston articles (click here for more), then you know that in general we choose to be in-town rather than on the beach. I like the character and history of this area, and the beaches are just not that great. But I love the laid back vibe of the city.
So, for the grandeur of Downtown Galveston, The Tremont is tops. Originally built in the 1800s, the management has done a great job of maintaining and refurbishing the original architecture to keep historical charm while also offering modern amenities. From the moment, you walk into the opulent front lobby there is a feeling that many decades have passed through before you.
The open lobby includes the Toujouse Bar where marble floors compliment a wooden old-fashioned bar and tall ceilings create a welcoming atrium with natural light and green plants. On a Friday or a Saturday night, you will be greeted by live jazz, a feature that brings some guests to choose atrium view rooms to enjoy the tunes from their room.
Our check-in process was swift and efficient, perhaps with no bells and whistles, but not unfriendly either. We arrived right at check-in time, 4PM, and were assigned a lovely room in a back section of the hotel. It almost felt like our own private wing.
The rooms have tall ceilings which offer a spacious feel difficult to find in more recent buildings, and the hard wood floors give class and a welcome clean feel. I wish more hotels used wood flooring over easily stained carpet. Beautiful shutter blinds cover the windows, which did wake us earlier with light breaks, but definitely add style.
The bathroom vanity area is surrounded by high mirrors and settled by a stool for primping. The bathroom has a phone and a towel warmer should it be needed. There was also a generous supply of Gilchrist & Soames products. I did not leave behind any of these high-end lotions and soaps. They smell so, so good.
We were assigned an outward facing room, which I preferred. People-watching in an interior room might be nice, but I expect a little less peaceful at the same time. We loved our street view room, which was quiet aside from a few loud walkers. The king bed was clean and super comfy. It smelled of fresh lemons. Wi-fi is free (as it should be) and fast. There was an open electrical outlet just above the nightstand, which is always convenient.
Leaving our bags in our gorgeous room, we decided to explore. Located in the heart of The Strand Historic District, Pier 21 and the city’s cultural arts district, the hotel is walking distance to restaurants, bars, museums, boutique shops, antique stores and even an opera house. Also, of note for cruisers, it is walking distance to the cruise lines too. For this reason, it is rather irrelevant that the hotel does not have a gift shop because there are amazing and convenient options all around.
I also recommend a stop in the Rooftop Bar which offers a view of the harbor and Galveston’s historic downtown. It is open Tuesday through Saturday until midnight.
You should note that valet parking is not optional. There is no self-park option at the hotel, though there are street parking options. I also read that they offer free parking for a week when you cruise after a stay. Valet parking is $17/day or you have the option to park on the street which is metered. Parking is charged from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
We spent our evening enjoying the surrounding area and drove to the beach for a morning stroll. For those seeking a pool to compliment the beach town, there is not one on-site. However, you do get access to the partner Wyndham hotels which have not only a pool but also a spa, sister hotel the Galvez. There is a shuttle and services can even be charged to your room at the Tremont.
At one point, I also heard a dog bark in the morning. So I looked up their pet policy, and they do allow small pets. Anything 25 pounds or less for $75 non-refundable fee. And for those who don’t get enough with walking the Downtown streets, there is a very well equipped fitness center to note as well.
Even with the Priceline deal, this was only a one-night stay because it was a bit of a splurge for us and we also could not bring along our big dogs. So, I think that this will only be a special occasion stay for us but I can not wait to go back. The vibe of Galveston is very much affected and shaped by where you stay and the Tremont made it feel luxurious and upscale.