Exterior of the Tremont House with a car in front of the entrance

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06 Apr

Ten Terrific Facts About The Tremont House

1. The Tremont House was built in 1839, the same year Galveston was founded.

2. The original two-story Tremont House was considered the largest and finest hotel in the Republic of Texas.

3. General Sam Houston delivered his last public speech on the balcony of Tremont House on April 19, 1861, only a few years before the building was destroyed by fire in June 1865.

4. Designed by noted architect Nicholas Clayton, a second Tremont opened in 1872. The hotel fell into ruin following the depression and was demolished in 1928.

5. Cynthia and George Mitchell bought the 1879 Leon & H. Blum Building in 1981 and transformed it into an elegant boutique-style hotel. The adjoining building, which houses the Belmont Suites, dates to 1873.

6. When the current Tremont House opened in 1985, it was the first hotel to open in Downtown Galveston in more than sixty years.

7. Celebrity guests who have stayed at The Tremont House include Liza Minnelli, Clint Black, Holland Taylor, Aaron Neville, Dr. John & The Night Trippers, Sinbad, Carol Burnett, Shirley MacLaine, David Cassidy, Robert Earl Keen, Shoji Tabuchi, James Earl Jones, B52s, Sally Struthers, Ronnie Milsap, Wilson Phillips, William Shatner, and many others.

8. The hotel’s lobby features a hand-carved rosewood bar that dates to 1888. The bar is named for Henry Toujouse, a French immigrant who worked at this bar and later owned it. The bar was originally located at the Opera House Saloon in the basement of The Tremont Opera House at Tremont and Market.

9. The Tremont House is home to Galveston’s only rooftop bar.

10. The Tremont House joined the elite ranks of Wyndham’s hotels in 1996.

Along with The Tremont House, we also suggest the following for future trips to Galveston: For the best in beachfront luxury, check into Hotel Galvez & Spa. If you prefer gorgeous harbor views and nearby access to Pier 21®, book your stay at Harbor House Hotel & Marina.