We visit Galveston every year for Dickens on the Strand which is the first weekend in December, and after dithering for a few years, we decided to stay at The Tremont.
Note... The Tremont is inside the area which is blocked off for Dickens on the Strand, which is great if you are visiting the festival, however, it means its extremely difficult to get your car since there are no cars allowed in that area. Also, if driving, there is a daily fee for your vehicle.
The Tremont House was one of the few hotels which survived the Galveston Hurricane, but I'm sorry to report, this is not it. That Tremont was demolished in 1928. An old warehouse from the era was purchased a few doors down from the original hotel, and the owners have done an excellent job of maintaining the flavor of Victorian architecture inside and out.
The doorman and bellmen seemed a bit overwhelmed when we arrived on Friday evening. We checked in quickly without an issue, and were taken to our room on the third floor. Upon entry, the bellman realized the tray with water contained empty water bottles and did not appear to be cleaned. He apologized, and removed the tray, said he would send up another set and get us some ice. He disappeared, and we were rather apprehensive, as we tend to be cleanliness nuts, I border on being a germaphobe. I immediately began a closer inspection of the room for fear what else had not been cleaned? After about thirty minutes, a maid knocked on the door with a new tray set, fresh bottles of water. About thirty minutes after that, the bellman returned with another tray set and more bottles of water. A little confusion, but we can't complain that the problem was fixed. As much as I feared there was a problem wtih housekeeping, there was none.
There are large air shafts in the center of the building, interior rooms face each other with large windows. This creates quite an airy and open feeling even though the room is on the inside, but also with a view of other rooms, so don't forget to draw the drapes, even though you are on an upper floor. The bathroom is in black and white decor with ample towels hanging over a towel warmer. Robes are also available in the closet. The bed was extremely comfortable with sufficient pillows and bedding. Flat screen TV with large selection of cable channels are also provided. There is an in room safe available for an additional fee.
The next morning, we had dawdled getting ready for the festival, and we left our room after 10:30. We noticed one of the maids in a room down from ours, and we assumed she had passed over our room since we had the do not disturb sign out. I asked if it would be possible to get the room cleaned, she said she would attend to it. About 45 minutes later, after sweltering in the heat in our costumes, we decided we needed to go back to the room and cool off for a few minutes. I told my husband, the room is probably not done yet, he said it was okay, when and if the maid showed up, we would just leave. To our pleasant surprise, the room had already been immaculately attended to. The next morning when we left our room, we saw the same maid, she smiled and said, I will ensure your room is done next. I found her quick action to be impressive, but also that she remembered us from the previous day and proactively addressed us, to be even more impressive.
We had breakfast downstairs at the The Tremont Cafe. This is mostly a Starbucks in disguise. They serve Starbucks coffee with limited breakfast menu, mostly prepackaged items or items heatable in a microwave. You are not going to get eggs and sausage here but mostly cereal, pastries, etc. Lunch provides little more fare with pizza and gourmet sandwiches. We are people who believe in a big breakfast so we were unimpressed with breakfast but found the lunch menu to be adequate. For those of you who do not tuck into a plate of sausage and eggs for breakfast, the Tremont Cafe breakfast will be adequate.
Overall, the stay was extremely pleasant and enjoyable, we plan on returning next year. I am giving them Average for value because this is an expensive hotel and we found the amenties to be on par with other hotels in this price range.
The staff are wonderful. The accomodations are very pleasant, and we will stay there again next year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Tremont House Hotel Galveston is situated in the heart of the Strand Historic District. The Tremont House Hotel Galveston is located near many attractions such as The Bishop's Palace and Texas Seaport Museum. Taxis and Uber offer travelers easy access to Galveston points of interest as well as to the airport. All rooms feature hardwood floors, 32" flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi. Choose from queen or king size beds. Our Galveston hotel provides dinning options that are fresh, distinctive and delicious. On-site is the Tremont Café, which features Starbucks® coffee, pastries, a pizza oven, gourmet sandwiches, salads, soups and desserts. The Café serves breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as provide items for room service. The Tremont House offers its 1888 Toujouse Bar and The Rooftop Bar. Guests will find ample shopping and dining near the Tremont House Hotel Galveston. ... more less
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