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Behind the Scenes: Marriott Marquis Houston

Opening in December of 2016, Houston’s sleek new Marriott Marquis is another jewel in the crown that is downtown. This new 1,000-room hotel will feature many unique and luxurious amenities, including a Texas-shaped lazy river, Houston’s largest ballroom, a custom wine cave, and a prime location downtown, overlooking Discovery Green park. The opening of the Marriott Marquis is one of the many ways that Houston has been preparing for the 2017 Super Bowl. The Marquis’ decor has been styled to…

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Biggio’s Sports Bar Set to Open this Fall

Astros fans rejoice. Houston baseball legend Craig Biggio announced yesterday that his sports bar Biggio’s is set to open across from Minute Maid Park this November. The two-level restaurant will be a part of the new Marriott Marquis hotel and convention district downtown. Biggio’s menu is fit for foodies as well as sports fans. The upscale sports bar plans on offering high quality steaks, burgers, and wings as well as local craft beers, wines, and cocktails. Diners can watch all the big games…

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19 Dating Adventures in Houston

Photo by Jonathan Ivy at jonathanivyphoto.com Are you looking to elevate your next date above ordering pizza and watching Netflix from your couch? Whether you’re keeping an old flame alive or looking for ways to spark a new one, Houston has dozens of activities for your next romantic date out on the town. Catch a Show Houston is bursting with theatrical, musical, and comedic talent. Upgrade the run-of-the-mill movie date to a more romantic showing at the Showboat Drive-in or Sundance Cinemas…

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$55M Entertainment Complex Anchored by Gilley’s Taking Shape

Bay Area Houston is one step closer to building a $55 million 50,000-square-foot entertainment venue that features a Gilley’s honky-tonk dance hall, 114-room hotel, conference center, retail and office space, theater, and museum space. The La Porte City Council yesterday approved the project dubbed La Porte Town Center; ground breaking is expected this June. The original Gilley’s honky-tonk played a huge part in Houston’s “urban cowboy” culture in the 70s and 80s before closing in 1989. The…

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10 Reasons to Check Out The Houstonian’s Glamorous Gym

by John Egan Looking to get in a 3-mile run before or after your meeting in Houston? Then you might want to check out - and check into - The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa. Recently anointed by CNNMoney as one of the 12 coolest hotel gyms in the US, the fitness center at The Houstonian would suit even the likes of professional athletes. "The gym at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa is anything but ordinary, even by luxury standards," wrote Hayley Bosch, an editor for the Forbes Travel Guide…

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Three Local Hotels Make T+L Best for Business List

Readers of Travel + Leisure have spoken, and they believe two Downtown properties and another in the Galleria area are tops when it comes to business hotels. Hilton Americas, Four Seasons Hotel and the Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa were named the best properties for business travelers in the travel magazine's December issue. The ranking is part of T+L's annual World's Best Awards survey. Travelers were asked to rate properties around the country on a number of attributes. The Hilton had the…

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New Marriott Marquis to Rise Next to Convention Center

The Houston City Council this week paved the way for a new Marriott Marquis that will go up in Downtown Houston. The 1,000-room hotel will be connected to the George R. Brown Convention Center. RIDA Development Corp. is developing the hotel through a cooperative endeavor with Houston First Corp. Officials say the new hotel will significantly increase the amount of rooms around the convention center, making the city a more competitive destination for organizations looking to host large…

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Rida Development to Build New Convention Center Hotel

Houston officials have chosen Rida Development Corp. to build the new 1,000-room convention center hotel adjacent to the George R. Brown. The hotel will be developed on the block immediately north of Discovery Green and attached via a skybridge to the convention center. Houston-based Rida will team up with Morris Architects, a well-established local firm with almost 75 years of experience in the Houston area. "We are so excited to be developing this transformational hotel in our home city…

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And Then There Were Two

Houston First has narrowed the field of candidates vying to build a new 1,000-room convention center hotel down to two. Rida Development and TRT Holdings/Omni Hotel were chosen out of 11 groups that originally responded to a request for proposals, according to the Houston Chronicle. Rida Development is a Houston-based developer that's built major hotels and other projects in Texas, Florida and eastern Europe. TRT Holdings is a Irving-based holding company whose assets include Omni Hotels &…

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Sorella Earns Top Honor Among Lifestyle Properties

Score another accolade for Hotel Sorella in CityCentre. The three-year-old boutique West Houston property was named Lifestyle Hotel of the Year at the Boutique & Lifestyle Hospitality Awards this week. The awards, handed out by the Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association at its annual event in Miami, honor properties in six categories. Sorella took the top spot in the lifestyle category. The Betsy Hotel in Miami Beach took Boutique Hotel of the Year and Jonathan Plutzik, principal owner of…

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