Montagu Hotel in Houston

Photo of Montagu Hotel in Houston, Texas
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Photo of Montagu Hotel in Houston, Texas
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of Montagu Hotel in Houston, Texas
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of Montagu Hotel in Houston, Texas
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Montagu Hotel
Formerly:Montague Hotel
Formerly:Hotel Cotton

804 Fannin, Houston, Texas, Downtown 77002
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Quick Facts
  • Construction start: 1911
  • Construction finish: 1913
  • Type: Demolished
  • Stories: 11
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Destruction of the Montagu Hotel
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There are 11 comments.

  I stayed here in 1990/1991. $92 dollars a week for a room with a fridge. Also...I worked two jobs, 2nd and 3rd shift, and the lady that cleaned my floor would come by to make sure I was up to make it to work on time. Good memories. Not a bad place. Great desk clerks...and...the "grease back burgers" they made in the restaurant downstairs were the BEST! Sad to see a memory get blasted away......... :(

Brian N - Thursday, January 16th, 2014 @ 10:07pm  

  I was there in 1964. Not the best way to spend a couple of nights. I signed up for the Army.I spent those nights there, to take test and have physical and x-rays. But! Other than that.I enjoyed the stay. Sad part. Just met my wife-to-be. We married, two years later. Married for 46.5 Yrs. She passed away in Oct. of 2012.

Larry Reagan - Saturday, July 27th, 2013 @ 8:36am  

  I to spent my first night in the US Navy there as a very uneasy 18 year old awaiting physical exams at the old VA Hospital. My roommate was a rough East Texan who basically did not speak. Years afterwards I read he had been killed in a bar fight and was one of the early heart transplant donors in Houston.

Vince Guarino - Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 @ 1:17pm  

  The Montague was a regular place for Merchant Seaman shipping out in the 1990´s. I stayed there several times, but by then it was a very very rough crowd. To not be robbed, I kept my seabag at the Main Street Bus Station lockers that you rent daily. Even then the building itself was still very noble; clawfooted iron bath tubs, period ironwork, large baseboads, slash windows, etc. etc. Central column open for ventilation - even without AC the rooms were not too hot. The elevator was the old type with a seat for the operator. In its day it must have been the place. A similar hotel is still active in Rio de Janeiro near the domestic airport - Luxor Hotel. Reminds me of the Montague and the Underground Lounge that was below street level.

S.I.U. Popeye - Thursday, May 17th, 2012 @ 1:00pm  

  i worked here in 1980 to 1984 with the kalas brothers it was a great job and charlies bbq was the best

lance bartels - Sunday, January 2nd, 2011 @ 1:11pm  

  Was sorry to see it go.I worked at the Montagu back in the early 60's.I was 17. This was my real first job. Boy did i learn a lot working there. The people that worked there,all were great to me and they all had stories to tell.The guest were great most lived at the hotel. Lots of hanky panky going on there,but that was ok.I will miss that hotel,to bad they couldn't save it.

Gail - Tuesday, March 24th, 2009 @ 12:21am  

  God, I worked at the Montagu Hotel when i was 17,many moons ago. I worked at the front desk. I worked there for about 3 yrs.Boy did i learn about life. I loved the people there. Ones i worked with and the guests.

Gail Boe - Sunday, March 22nd, 2009 @ 11:40pm  

  I have a room key & key tag from the 1920's to Hotel Cotton. The old skeleton type key.I also stayed in the hotel in the late 50's when I was being inducted into the military.

Charles Arnold - Thursday, February 12th, 2009 @ 11:37am  

  I spent the night here prior to induction into the military. I'm sure it was the same for thousands from 1960 thru the end of the Viet Nam era. I can remember being one scared farmboy, I sat and ate my box lunch and watched the big city from the upper floors.

Les Joiner - Monday, January 21st, 2008 @ 12:13am  

  soon to be rubble

Nick - Tuesday, January 15th, 2008 @ 11:42am  

  The first hotel in Houston to have restrooms in every room. A shame to change the name, even just a little.While still in high school, I was fortunate enough to attent a wild game dinner at the Montague.

Nancy Guess - Wednesday, July 12th, 2006 @ 3:15pm  


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