Houston's hotel market is on fire. Growing demand for rooms has led to rising occupancy rates and a slew of new development. More than 2,300 rooms will come online Downtown alone in the next few years, with hundreds more slated for the Galleria, Energy Corridor and the Medical Center.
Check out the projects being planned, in order of expected completion dates, as well as those properties that recently got face lifts.
The Post Oak at Uptown Houston
The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston is Houston’s newest luxury destination, and has earned a AAA five Diamond within six months of opening. The 10-acre development boasts a 38-story tower with 250 guestrooms and suites; 20 executive residences; and 35,000-square-foot conference facility. Unique amenities include a two-story Rolls-Royce showroom and on-site Bentley and Bugatti Post Oak Motors dealership, as well as signature restaurants including Texas’ first Mastro’s Steakhouse and the new Willie G’s Seafood.
One much-anticipated new hotel project will help anchor the mixed-use GreenStreet development Downtown. Hotel Alessandra will be a tall, narrow tower at Fannin and Dallas streets with 223 rooms. Midway Group is developing the 20-story project that will include 5,000 square feet of meeting space as well as an indoor/outdoor event deck and a restaurant and bar. Valencia Group is the operator.
Hotel ZaZa - Memorial City
Z Resorts, the management company responsible for Hotel ZaZa, has partnered with MetroNational Corp. to bring the sophisticated boutique hotel brand to Memorial City at the intersection of Interstate 10 and Bunker Hill Road. Hotel ZaZa Memorial City will provide 158 creative and exciting guest rooms including seven specialty concept suites, over 22,000-square-feet of event and meeting spaces, social events fit for 6 – 600 people, and romantic personal getaways. Amenities will include an outdoor poolside experience with neighboring pool bar, ZaSpa, and a fine dining restaurant and nightlife-oriented lounge.
Le Meridien - Downtown
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 Le Méridien will feature 225 guest rooms and 8,000 square feet of meeting space in its 21-story design. The building was Houston's first modern-style skyscraper, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Hyatt Place Hotel - Opening Late 2018
The former Southwestern Bell Telephone Company building in downtown will soon be the location of the new Hyatt Place Hotel. This $22.8 million project will transform the 16-story building into a full-service hotel complete with 150 guestrooms, ground-level dining, rooftop cocktail bar, indoor pool, and fitness center. More...
Hotel RL Houston Downtown - Opening 2018
A Washington-based hospitality group will soon bring its 10th Hotel RL concept to Houston. Located at 1005 St. Emanuel St., the 150-room Hotel RL Houston Downtown will make room for retail space, a signature restaurant and bar and meeting space. Construction is expected to wrap in late 2018.
Intercontinental Houston Medical Center - Opening Late 2018
In late 2018, U.K.-based InterContinental Hotels Group will open its 21-story, 354-room Intercontinental Houston Medical Center property in the Texas Medical Center. Highlights include 18,000 square feet of meeting and event space, 124 deluxe king and 193 deluxe queen rooms, 37 luxurious suites and a state-of-the-art fitness center. More...
AC Hotel By Marriott - Opening 2019
Downtown’s century-old Houston Bar Center will soon be transformed into an AC Hotel by Marriott. The $44 million European-style project will be located at 723 Main and bring 185 new rooms to the area. More...
Residence Inn-Houston Medical Center - Opening Early 2019
Residence Inn Houston-Medical Center will serve as a high-rise home away from home for guests. The 182-room extended-stay hotel will be centrally located, just 2 miles away from Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and 5 miles away from Downtown Houston. More...
The Lancaster Houston Hotel - Reopened Fall 2018
The Lancaster Hotel is a historic luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Houston’s vibrant downtown Theater District. Recently renovated and reopened, the landmark hotel enjoys a legacy of nearly 100 years of providing exceptional service and hospitality. It is also known for its long history of hosting a diverse list of celebrity guests that have included - a horse, opera singers, musicians, actors, dancers, screen writers, film stars, poets, authors, politicians, wrestlers, boxers, circus and rodeo performers. While acknowledging its 1926 charm, The Lancaster Hotel now presents an improved and redefined version of itself, poised for its next century of service.
Taking inspiration from the classic Regency style, the redesigned hotel is accented with clean, elegant lines and an intimate yet open floor plan creating a more modern living scenario. The Lancaster places a new focus on the visual arts with its curated collection of over 200 contemporary works of art by more than 100 internationally recognized and respected Texas artists.
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