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 areas such as 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.
Aloft Houston - Downtown
Aloft opened its second Houston property in Downtown Houston at Fannin and Walker streets. The hotel, which opened in fall 2016, is a redevelopment of the historic, 10-story Stowers Building. The 168-room, smoke-free hotel is pet friendly and boasts a pool and fitness center.
Courtyard Houston I-10 West / Park Row
The Energy Corridor made room for another 132-room property in 2015. The hotel offers travelers a fitness and business center, along with laundry service, outdoor pool and a restaurant, bar and lounge. The new Courtyard hotel is located just west of Barker Cypress Road.
JW Marriott Houston Downtown
The 102-year-old Samuel F. Carter Building at 806 Main has been transformed into a 328-room JW Marriott. Pearl Hospitality is responsible for the $82 million luxury hotel at the corner of Rusk Street in the center of Downtown. The hotel includes a full-service bar, spa, health club, executive lounge and 10,000 square feet of meeting space. The Carter building is hailed as one of the city's architectural gems; when it was first constructed, it was the tallest building in Houston.
Hampton Inn/Homewood Suites
Houston-based American Liberty Hospitality built a a pair of hotels under one roof at Crawford and Capitol streets Downtown, just steps from the convention center. A 168-room Hampton Inn and a 132-room Homewood Suites comprise the $50 million project that opened in late 2015. Also part of the development: 6,000 square feet of meeting space.
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Houston I-10 West Park Row
In September 2016, the 135-room property opened in West Houston's Energy Corridor. The hotel offers free wifi, a 24-hour business center, meeting space, an outdoor pool and fitness center. In addition to traditional guestrooms, the site also offers suites with additional space and a sleeper sofa.
Holiday Inn Downtown
A development group turned the former Savoy Hotel that straddles Downtown and Midtown into a Holiday Inn. The 17-story property on Main Street had been closed since the late 1980s, but now it's the city's flagship Holiday Inn. It opened in late 2015.
Hyatt Regency & Hyatt Place - Galleria
A 325-room Hyatt Regency and a 157-room Hyatt Place have risen at Sage Road and West Alabama near the Galleria. The project features 15,000 square feet of meeting space and a large-scale fitness center overlooking the pool deck. The project finished in fall 2015.
Just a few blocks west of the George R. Brown Convention Center, the historic Humble Oil Building complex at Main Street and Dallas welcomed a new 166-room SpringHill Suites hotel in late 2015. The complex was already home to a 191-room Courtyard and 171-room Residence Inn. The property's owner, RLJ Lodging, spent $80 million to convert an existing 82-unit apartment tower into the new hotel.
AC Hotel By Marriott
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. AC Hotel is expected to open in early 2018.
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 Polk streets with 223 rooms. Valencia Group is spending $67 million on 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. Completion is slated for early 2017.
Hotel RL Houston Downtown
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.
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. The hotel is slated to open in summer 2017.
Intercontinental Houston Medical Center
In late 2018, U.K.-based InterContinental Hotels Group will open its 21-story, 353-key Intercontinental Houston Medical Center property in the Texas Medical Center. The hotel will include 11,800 square feet of meeting space, a 7,800 square-foot ballroom and more.
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. Completion in Fall 2017.
RIDA Development Corp. and Houston First broke ground in April on the new 1,000-room Marriott Marquis that will rise adjacent to the GRB Convention Center. The massive hotel, along with the existing Hilton Americas Houston, will bookend Discovery Green and dramatically increase the city's convention capacity. In addition to the hotel's 100,000 square feet of meeting space, it will also feature a Texas-shaped lazy river, retail shops on the ground floor and an attached 1,800-car garage. Completion of the $335 million project is slated for fall 2016.
Unnamed Medical Center Project
TRC Capital Partners and Medistar Corp. are planning a 250-room hotel in the Texas Medical Center. The 17-story, unnamed project at 6750 Main Street will include up to 20,000 square feet of meeting space. Groundbreaking is slated for later this year but no completion date is set.
South Shore Harbour Resort and Conference Center
Hot off a $15 million overhaul, the updated Bay Area property is busy welcoming guests into its redesigned guest rooms, suites, conference rooms and lobbies. The 238-room property also refurbished its poolside and bar areas. The nine-month renovation wrapped in mid-2016.
By AJ Mistretta
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