Vows have been recited and the bouquet tossed, waltzes danced and the threshold crossed. It’s finally time to luxuriate as a couple in resort-style romance. The island and mainland offer enchanting escapes for newlyweds seeking the perfect place to spend their first night of married life together.
The Tremont House
Set in the island’s historic downtown, the four-story hotel is the architectural marriage of two buildings, the Leon and H. Blum Building and the Belmont Hotel. The hotel, with 119 guest rooms, encompasses much of the north side of the block between 23rd and 24th streets on Mechanic.
Beyond the double-leaf wood and glass doors, lies a sea of opulent black and white calacatta marble softly lit through the atrium windows. Dark wicker furniture with white cushions lends a simple elegance to the lobby, where honeymooners can enjoy a nightcap from the Toujouse Bar.
“The Tremont House has a smaller, more intimate feel in keeping with a boutique hotel,” General Manager Steve Cunningham said. “We’re set up to deliver that kind of personal touch.”
The Tremont House, A Wyndham Grand Hotel, is owned by the family of the late Cynthia and George Mitchell, as part of Mitchell Historic Properties.
Seventeen suites with lofty 12-foot ceilings and hardwood floors are packed with period flourishes, such as exposed brick walls, molded ceilings or chandeliers.
“It shows you the age of the property and gives it that Mitchell touch,” Cunningham said. “In all of their projects, it’s their goal to highlight the history of the building.”
The Belmont Suites, at 850 square feet, are the size of a proper pied-à-terre. Each offers a sophisticated parlor, dining area and wet bar. One-and-a-half baths — unique to every suite — are decked out in marble and high-end finishes, some with jetted tubs and rain showers.
The slightly smaller, but no less elegant, Tremont Suites come with a parlor, one bathroom and the same stately king bedrooms as the Belmont Suites, complete with cotton linens by the House of Anichini, a high-end designer of artisanal fabrics and home furnishings.
Although there isn’t a dedicated honeymoon room, suite 104’s floor-to-ceiling arched windows give the sitting room instant wow-factor. The suite offers views of the Mardi Gras arch that is quintessentially Galveston.
The Tremont House Hotel
2300 Mechanic St., Galveston
Hotel Galvez & Spa
Since it opened in 1911, the Hotel Galvez has played host to such notables as President Franklin Roosevelt to crooner Frank Sinatra. The historic property with Gulf of Mexico views also has been the setting for some famous nuptials.
Screen siren Alice Faye, who is best known for her role as Shirley Temple’s mother, married legendary bandleader Phil Harris in a seventh-floor penthouse at the Hotel Galvez in 1941.
Like The Tremont House, Hotel Galvez is owned by Mitchell Historic Properties.
“People say when they open the door at the Galvez, they feel like they’ve gone back in time,’ Cunningham said. “They absorb that history and feel like they’re a part of it.”
Anyone who visited the hotel before its centennial celebration in 2011 will find the lobby looks noticeably refreshed, while staying true to its history.
A circular confidante sofa, upholstered in white, is lit overhead by a rotund, mission-style chandelier encircled with Edison bulbs. Club chairs and occasional tables flank the seating area where a nearby bar offers prohibition-inspired cocktails.
Six suites on the seventh and eighth floors belie the hotel’s historic exterior with a serene, neutral palette.
“Guests want to be able to sense the history of the hotel, but they also want modern amenities,” Cunningham said.
Plush carpeting, pillow-top mattresses, flat-screen televisions, and a system that controls the room’s temperature and lighting with the press of a button, offers modern creature comforts.
The seventh-floor Presidential Suite features one-and-a-half baths, a large sitting room and a king bedroom. The Howard Hughes Suite, named for the notoriously reclusive aviator who once stayed at the hotel, is smaller than the Presidential Suite, but the standup, rain shower with a picture window makes it worth booking.
Hotel Galvez & Spa
2024 Seawall, Galveston
The San Luis Resort & Spa
This palatial, 30-acre Mediterranean-style property is surrounded by vibrant, tropical gardens. A glimmering pool is lined with luxurious cabanas and a dramatic rock waterfall trickles over the spa. On hot summer days, acrylic-topped walkways keep guests’ feet cool.
The sleeping quarters are no less impressive, especially on the top floor, where guests can enjoy perks of the high life in exclusive, club-level suites.
The living area and bedroom are modern and sleek, designed with a tropical color palette of golds and browns with pops of orange and lime green.
Bathrooms are awash in rich wood tones: a coffee-colored vanity is offset with white bowl sinks for a contemporary feel.
Guests at Club Ten are treated to exclusive key card access, a nightly turndown service, and unforgettable Gulf of Mexico views. Club Ten guests also receive complimentary VIP seating at Landry’s restaurants on Galveston Island.
Those who invest in the romance package will find their 400-thread count sateen bed linens strewn with rose petals. The package also includes chocolate-dipped strawberries, chilled Champagne and a moonlit Seawall drive in the resort Bentley.
“Club Ten is very popular with our honeymoon guests,” said Richard See, director of room operations. “We also have lots of couples celebrating an anniversary or birthday who want that extra touch that our Club Ten provides”
5222 Seawall, Galveston
A stone’s throw from the bustling center of Kemah, the curving exterior of the Boardwalk Inn is brimming with seafaring charm. With its peak-roofed and pale yellow siding, the structure brings to mind a nautical wedding cake.
This small, full-service inn offers just the vibe for laid-back honeymooners.
The 52 guest rooms are appointed with nautical décor that doesn’t go overboard.
“The décor is coastal chic, with picturesque lighthouses throughout the property that enhances our waterfront location,” General Manager Dalia Pena said.
There are four suites to choose from: the Presidential, Executive Bay, Boardwalk and Plaza.
“Last fall, each suite was extensively upgraded with new furnishings, lighting, wall coverings and electronics,” Pena said.
The Presidential Suite offers 900 square feet of living space, one-and-a-half bathrooms, a wet bar and a trio of private balconies. Upon arrival, chocolate-covered strawberries and Champagne welcome guests.
If the Presidential Suite is booked, opt for the equally large Bay Suite, which has more than 900 square feet of living space, one-and-a-half baths, a king bedroom, wet bar and a spacious living room.
No. 8 Kemah Waterfront, Kemah
Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake
Facing the shores of Clear Lake, not far from the Johnson Space Center, the Hilton recently was revamped with a clean-lined and cutting-edge interior design that draws inspiration from nearby captains of the aerospace industry.
“The joke is that every man, woman and child that’s been to space has stayed in our hotel,” said Emily Picarazzi, director of sales and marketing for the hotel. “The interior designers really thought about our location and went about it in a very strategic fashion in terms of the color palette and the modern feel.”
The lobby resembles a trendy, space-age lounge. Giant, round light fixtures and circular area rugs delineate seating areas fashioned with curving, cobalt sofas.
Upstairs, the open-concept Presidential Suite boasts water views through floor-to-ceiling windows from the hotel’s 14th floor.
In the sitting room, linear furnishings covered in metallic fabric echo the lines of the carpet’s molecular, chain-link pattern. Through the archway, in the bedroom, a king bed is outfitted with Hilton’s signature bedding collection.
“It’s all done in white with either feather or firm pillows depending on the preference of the guest, sateen linens and triple-sheeted duvets,” Picarazzi said.
Honeymooners who wish to take part in an afternoon on the lake will enjoy the hotel’s on-site water sports area.
“Guests can rent Jet Skis or boats, and we can organize fishing trips,” Picarazzi said.
And the pool offers an expansive lake view.
Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake
3000 NASA Road 1, Houston