Hostel in Montrose's Lovett Inn Opens This Month

In January the group Hostelling International announced plans to buy the famed Lovett Inn in Montrose and turn it into a youth hostel.

There were some neighborhood concerns about parking and traffic, but those have apparently been dealt with: The hostel is having a grand opening September 25.

"Tours, music and prizes" will be available at the building, tucked quietly away at 501 Lovett Boulevard, the announcement says. It also adds, "Neighborhood parking is limited. Please carpool or use public transportation."

The group's Web page for the 50-bed facility talks of a late-August opening, but reservations can't be made for various September days we tried before the 25th.

It offers this description:

Housed in a gracious historic inn on a tree-lined boulevard, the future HI-Houston hostel will host guests in shared dorms and private rooms. The Montrose neighbourhood is ideal for a hostel. Close to public transportation, downtown and the museum district, everyone will find fun things to do in Houston. Walking distance to affordable restaurants, coffee houses, and clubs, hostel guests will also enjoy Houston night life.

The group has told Hair Balls that they don't expect much increase in car traffic or parking problems in the neighborhood.

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