The Morty Rich house, located in the Montrose area, was originally built in 1923 and was home to former Houston mayor and Fifth Court of Appeals Judge Joseph Chappel Hutcheson Jr. For a number of years, it was a private residence before becoming the Lovett Inn, a popular bed and breakfast, in the early 1990s.
Now, it will house young travelers from all over the world as a youth hostel under the organization of Hostelling International.
HI Houston has done several upgrades to the home, but General Manager Grace Dodier says that the company tries to remain as authentic to the past as possible. Much care has been taken to preserve the past but still have modern amenities for guests' comfort.
So why open up a hostel in Houston?
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Dodier says that international visitors who are in the U.S. on business often have time in between when they are supposed to be in New York or Los Angeles, and are looking for a new place to explore. We also lie between the tourism hot spots of Austin and New Orleans.
Despite that beneficial location, however, "Houston is relatively untapped" when it comes to options for travel accommodations, Dodier says.
The Morty Rich Hostel is located at 501 Lovett Blvd. Click to go to their Web site.
And check out our slideshow for a glimpse inside the hostel.