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Westin in the works for Houston Memorial

December 7, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

The Westin Houston Memorial City will open April 6 after four years of construction and plenty of delays.

We met on-site with Chris Miller, director of sales and marketing for the three-hotel Starwood Memorial City complex, and GC Anslow Bryant foreman Adam Laura. Construction started on the hotel in 2007 after a deal was struck between MetroNational and Starwood.

The hotel marks the culmination of MetroNational’s decades-long vision to develop an upscale mixed-use project for the Memorial City area, we’re told. The causes of delays? Ike and the recession, and though Chris says it never completely ceased, work resumed full-steam this January.

Westin rendering

We toured the 570k SF facility, which includes 18 stories of hotel space and four floors of condos, 267 guest rooms (25 suites), three floors (30k SF) of meeting space with a dedicated elevator bank and spiral staircase, two club floors, private spa rooms, the 024 Lounge (named after the zipcode), and a skybridge to Memorial Hermann Medical Center and Memorial City Mall.

The infinity pool on the 18th floor will remain open-air with views of downtown, the Med Center, and the Energy Corridor. Chris says they focused especially on maximizing space in the rooms, opening areas that traditionally are dead space. That leads to little office niches with half walls in many of the corner rooms.

Westin infinity pool

It wasn’t certain if MetroNational would build the condos after the recession, but Chris tells us they’re going ahead with 24 units, scaling down from 65 originally planned. Condo owners have their own parking, entrance, and elevator bank, and can use the 18th floor amenities. Chris says the condos won’t be ready with the hotel and pre-selling hasn’t begun. But there’s a waiting list and the sale center opens next month.

In another year or two, MetroNational will develop the corner of I-10 and Gessner into retail space, Chris tells us, and they’ll eventually get feeder access. The rest of the team: Morris Architects, Haynes Whaley, Acumen, CHPA Consulting, Brown & Gay, and Kudela and Weinheimer.

Reprint from Real Estate BisNow Dec 6, 2010

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