Tremont hotel, Galveston
Here I am, in my room at the Tremont, sitting in a very comfy bed, with fluffy pillows supporting me. Ahhhh, very nice! We are here for the weekend, to celebrate mardi gras Galveston style, mostly to attend the balk on Saturday night, but also to enjoy the festivities. We bought a package which includes the room, access to mardi gras on the strand, the ball Saturday night with balcony parade viewing and breakfast Sunday morning.
Valets parking is included and due to the closed roads, we find the valet stand down the road from the hotel, just being set up at 5pm when we arrive. Check in is easy, the front desk is easy access, people very polite and welcoming, we receive our packet including beads and tickets for the ball. The lobby is a small area with one side the bar and the opposite end a small restaurant. At our arrival people are already filling the area, dressed in various mardi gra garb. There is always a door man to greet us.
Our room is on the second floor and is an inner room, which means we have a Juliet balcony overlooking the lobby. When we open the balcony doors, we can view down to the lobby and hear the jazz band playing, nice background music for us. The room itself is quite large, two queen beds, two comfy chairs and a sofa. Small desk, large closet and a coffee maker. The bathroom is large and the best part is the towel warmer, which keeps even your Jammie's warm when placed on it!! So neat! Nice toiletries, a regular tub with shower. Tall ceilings and calming prints with striped walls, all very nicely done. The entire hotel speaks of another era when comfort was a key.
Ordered room service this am for a pot of coffee, only took about 10 mins and it was here. Enjoyed our coffee while in bed, ahhhhh.
The bathroom is well equipped but older, the tub is tired looking and has marks, the shower head is low (ok for my height of 5.3' but if you're taller...). Spray works well but touchy to adjust water temps. Lots of stripes throughout the room, can make you feel dizzy, don't stare!
With our room overlooking the cafe area, we get smells of the kitchen which is a downside as obviously whe the fryers are going, the room starts smelling like fried chicken, which is not a bad smell...but who wants they're clothing smelling like this?
Breakfast this a.m. In the cafe, we barely made it in the door before it was closed. Put in our order of fruit plate and panini, took 25 mins before our food arrived. Starbucks is served and only one cup per order....
Staff so Far has been very friendly, no gluten free menu or suggestions.
The main reason we have come to the Tremont this time is to celebrate Galvestons mardi gras, we are part of a package that includes entry to all the outside parades, etc. private viewing of the strand parades, entry into the ball which takes place at the Tremont and breakfast the following morning. So after check in on Friday and enjoying ourselves watching parades and being part of the merriment, we enjoy a leisurely start to Saturday, then venture out for more parades, which start about noon. We choose a seat outside at one resurant on the strand, yagas (again no GF menu) but it is good viewing for the parade and live music outside in the park. Lots of people and after lunch we join others to listen to a good band. Since we plan to stay up late at the ball, we head back to our room for a quick nap, very convenient with the hotel being a block from the strand! Then it is time for getting all dressed up for the ball! Staff has been working hard all day with bringing in all the decor for the ball. It is country themed and there are large silhouettes of cowboys and table decor made for hats, piles of hay with bandanas outside for sitting on and viewing. They really go all out. Strolling food trays and speciality drinks are passed out upon arrival, full bar, a lavish buffet with lots if shrimp, meat carvings, and the dessert bar is fab. A jazz band brought over from New Orleans plays on the hotel lobby, and after dining we walk outside to view the parade before walking across the street to the grand ballroom for dancing with a love band. Lots of fun and everyone is happy and dancing. The evening ends with a breakfast buffet starting at 11 pm, lots of food and fun!
Check out the following day is very easy. We call the valet to advise our timing and our car is waiting for us at the curb. Good bye Galveston and the Tremont, see ya real soon!