A vacant, historic downtown office building will be renovated to become an upscale hotel with a rooftop pool, outdoor sundeck, restaurant and bar. 

The Melrose building, originally constructed in 1952, is being redeveloped as a Le Méridien, a Starwood Hotels and Resort luxury hotel brand. The building was Houston's first modern-style skyscraper, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Le Méridien will feature 225 guest rooms and 8,000 square feet of meeting space in its 21-story design. The luxury hotel brand with a European focus will add to the score of upscale hotels developing in downtown Houston. Le Méridien’s pool and sundeck will join the many other Houston hotels that have opted for a rooftop patio design. The neighboring Marriott Marquis (set to open in 2016) will boast a Texas-shaped lazy river on its rooftop.

Altogether, nearly 3,000 new hotel rooms have been recently completed or are under construction in Downtown Houston, taking the total number of rooms close to 8,000. 

Construction on Le Méridien is scheduled to be completed in the third quarter of 2017.