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Avenida Plaza
The Avenida

Convention District of the Future

By 2017, Houston’s downtown convention district will be transformed into one of the most dynamic entertainment and hospitality campuses in the country. This new convention district will be the only one in Texas with two headquarter hotels connected to a convention facility.

The section of Avenida de las Americas stretching along the front of the George R. Brown Convention Center is getting a bold makeover that will bring restaurants, nightlife, art and entertainment to the convention district.

Houston First Corporation is overseeing the project that will make the district a new gathering place for locals and leisure travelers as well as convention attendees. At least seven new restaurant concepts will open along Avenida on the ground floor of the GRB itself or in adjacent buildings. What’s more, by narrowing the roadway itself from eight lanes to three, there is now room for a grand pedestrian promenade that will include a major piece of public art, spots for live entertainment, sidewalk dining and more. The promenade will help connect the GRB with the existing Discovery Green park, just across the street.

The infrastructure improvements are slated for completion this fall about the same time the new 1,000-room Marriott Marquis will be complete. The restaurant and entertainment concepts should be open by year-end.

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MARRIOT MARQUISMarriot Marquis in Downtown Houston

  • $335 million dollar project slated for completion in September 2016

  • 29 stories and 1,000-rooms

  • 166,000 sq. ft of meeting, banquet and exhibition space including a 40,000 and 22,000 sq. ft. ballroom
  • One level connected to George R. Brown Convention Center via skywalk
  • 60,000 sq. ft. amenity/pool deck overlooking Discovery Green Park
  • 3,500-square-foot event pavilion
  • 1,900-car garage
  • Roof-top infinity pool and Texas shaped lazyriver
  • Ground-floor restaurants and retail including a 12,000-sq. ft.sports bar

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GEORGE R. BROWNGeorge R Brown Convention Center in Downtown Houston

  • Only convention center in Texas connected via skywalk to two headquarter hotels (1,200 guest room Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel and the 1,000-room Marriott Marquis)
  • Among the top 10 largest convention centers in America

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HILTON AMERICAS-Hilton Americas- Houston

  • 24 stories and 1,200-rooms
  • 91,500 square feet of meeting space, including a 40,000 and 26,000 sq. ft. ballroom
  • Two levels connected to George R. Brown Convention Center via skywalk
  • Separate group check-in area, retail shops, valet, room service, executive floors and full service FedEx store
  • $11 million renovation completed in 2011 that included updates to guest rooms, the executive lounge, common areas and meeting spaces





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For more information: 713.437.5293