MARRIOTT MARQUIS HOUSTON Opposite: The Marriott Marquis’ iconic Texasshaped lazy river. Left: Another view of the Marriott Marquis’ lazy river from the Park View Terrace, their beautiful amenity deck. Below: The High Dive Bar, where your dreams of poolside cocktails come true.
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here is no need to leave once you arrive,” explains Octave Brunet. He’s talking about the Omni Houston Hotel, a glittering urban oasis that graces the swank Galleria area with striking architecture and resort-style amenities. Although it suffered in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the top-notch hotel will be back and better than ever in 2018. That’s the Houston spirit. Continued convention, business, and tourist travel—as well as trendy “local tourism”— has the nation’s fourth-largest city thriving, even as local recovery continues. Meanwhile, the hospitality industry continues to enjoy an extended hotel boom, as a plethora of high-end developments crops up across town. The cranes dotting the skyline foretell a dynamic city reshaping its own identity. As Houston sheds its strictly-business mantle and embraces its fun side, hotels
no longer have to cater primarily to business travelers. In fact, they’ve moved beyond the blackand-white delineation between business and pleasure altogether. With a strong national economy, years of climbing occupancy rates, and a developer-friendly state, the stage is perfectly set for new developments in Space City—and the stars of the show are shining brighter by the day.
Here & Happening The Marriott Marquis Houston opened in December, 2016 to immediate acclaim. The haute hotel is a holistic addition to the downtown area—no small compliment when referring to a city of Houston’s size—and it earns the accolade with its unmatched features: A skybridge connecting to the George R. Brown Convention Center, over 100,000 square feet of meeting space, a vast ballroom, six signature culinary outlets, and
an already-iconic Texas-shaped Lazy River and infinity pool. The Marriott Marquis houses 1,000 opulent guest rooms, as well as a thoughtful art collection and Houston-centric design details. Even the elevators glow with H-town pride: Each features a striking image of an astronaut floating in space, honoring NASA’s intrepid galactic explorers. Gracefully elevated to 110 feet in the air and surrounded by an unobstructed panorama of the downtown skyline, the Marriott’s Park View Terrace is easily one of the most unique amenity decks in the city. In addition to the one-ofa-kind Texas-shaped Lazy River, it features a full-service poolside bar and grill called the High Dive, making it the perfect stop for relaxing, al fresco dining, and catching up on emails poolside. Back at ground level, more dining options abound. Of the Marriott Marquis’ six fantastic
As Houston sheds its strictlybusiness mantle and embraces its fun side, hotels no longer have to cater primarily to business travelers.
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Published on Nov 16, 2017