Rumors are flying around Montrose that the Lovett Inn, the renowned bed and breakfast in the very heart of the neighborhood (and a Best of Houston winner for Best In-Town Get-Away) is being sold to a non-profit group that will turn it into, of all things, a youth hostel.
We're still trying to track down the rumors, but supposedly an announcement was made at a meeting of the Neartown Association last night.
The Inn , which opened in 1989, prides itself on its casual luxury, and it also hosts wedding receptions and other such events. Not quite the common vision of a youth hostel, but maybe upscale is the new trend.
One Montrose insider who's heard the rumors isn't impressed: "Just what Montrose needs and walking distance to Covenant House," he tells Hair Balls, referring to the youth counseling and housing center a couple of blocks away that sometimes generates resident complaints.
More on this as we hear details, and if you're in the know or have an opinion, e-mail us or add a comment.
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Update: We've heard from Trevor Eades of the Hyde Park Association:
I attended a meeting last night, and heard from Barbara Wein, Hostelling International USA - she was the speaker. The only details I really know, is that Hostelling International are in the process of finalizing details to purchase the Lovett Inn, and turn it into a Hostel. This will be the first hostel in Houston (apparently). I believe (and I could be mistaken) there will be 50 beds.
So it looks like there's something to it. Here's the Hostelling International USA's facility in Austin.
Click here for a further update, with details straight from the organization buying the inn.