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OMNI HOUSTON HOTEL Above: Hotel guests enjoy a night out at Black Swan, the Omni’s popular nightclub. Right: The Omni’s welcoming lobby.
The moment you arrive at any number of Houston’s finest hotels, you’re a swift elevator ride from some of the most lavish amenities around.
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restaurants, two emanate a particular Houston pride. Bustling sports bar Biggio’s, named for and created in partnership with Astros Hall of Famer Craig, is the perfect place to relax before or after a ‘Stros showdown. Meanwhile, 2017 James Beard Award-winner (and HHM cover boy) Chef Hugo Ortega heads up his latest concept, Xochi, which serves a delicious Oaxacan-inspired menu in a luxe setting. Of course, visits to the Marriott aren’t only for play—the renowned George R. Brown Convention Center hosts many of the city’s most important events in its staggering 1.8 million square feet. With its climate-controlled skybridge offering guests direct access, the Marriott Marquis is the perfect host to out-of-town convention-goers. Across town, the 11-story Omni Houston Hotel cuts a striking figure even as it recovers. Chic red accent walls adorn the exterior, and a curved façade ensures that every room includes an unbeatable view. That’s just
the beginning—once travelers set foot in the expansive lobby, they find a world of entertainment waiting within. The sprawling campus boasts a slew of luxe amenities, including the Mokara Spa, award-winning NOÉ GRILL, pools and cabanas, and the popular Black Swan nightclub (complete with resident black swans Sam, as in Houston, and Rose, as in “The Yellow Rose of Texas”). Mr. Brunet, the Omni Houston’s Director of Sales and Marketing, is rightfully proud of the hotel’s obvious appeal. “We attract all types of travelers, from group conventions to business travelers to staycationers, wedding parties and various other social events.” It’s not difficult to see why. The Omni Houston’s Uptown location lends itself perfectly to travelers, but it also appeals to locals in want of a great cocktail and a prime location to see and be seen. It’s hard to do better than the perfectly-appointed Black Swan nightclub, a gem of the Omni enjoyed by a unique
mélange of international visitors and life-long Houstonians. Hotels as a cultural hub? As Mr. Brunet sees it, they’re a natural fit. “We embrace and reflect the local culture of each city we have a presence in,” he explains. “As an example, our hotel lobby contains a gallery of paintings by a famous local artist, David Adickes. We recently held a wine and art pairings dinner with Mr. Adickes, where attendees met him and learned about the inspiration for the famous paintings and sculptures throughout the City of Houston.” Such an authentic connection to the city stands to benefit visitors and Houstonians alike. All anticipate this local gem’s reopening.
Debuting Soon Elsewhere in the city, a wave of new construction is keen to further raise the bar for luxury travel experiences—or shatter it altogether. One approach? Make a trip to your hotel feel like a remarkable destination in and of itself. Such is the case at the