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More downtown Houston hotels in the works

December 11, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

American Liberty Hospitality, a Houston-based developer, broke ground on a new hotel project in downtown Houston and purchased the land adjacent to the site for future development.

 

Hampton Homewood Rendering

American Liberty Hospitality broke ground on its Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites by Hilton hotels, which will be housed in the same building.

 The 300-room dual branded hotel — Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites by Hilton — is expected to be complete in time for the 2016 NCAA Final Four.

However, the newly acquired property, which is along La Branch between Capitol and Rusk, is slated for a not-yet-branded hotel.

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“We’ll gauge the market in a few months and decide (the brand) at that time,” Nick Massad, president and CEO of American Liberty Hospitality, said in a statement.

The Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites will have separate entrances for each hotel, but they will share a common lobby. Both hotels will also offer guests access to amenities such as two dining areas, a fitness center and an outdoor swimming pool.

Once the hotels are finished, American Liberty will own four downtown, Hilton-branded properties with a total of 662 rooms.

Hotel development around downtown Houston is booming in anticipation of the 2016 NCAA Final Four as well as the 2017 Super Bowl. There are currently no fewer than eight hotels planned and underway in downtown Houston.

In May 2013, the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau stated that local hotels had already met and exceeded the NFL’s request to reserve 19,000 rooms for the 2017 Super Bowl

Tourism dollars are of great importance to Houston, according to the numbers from the Texas Office of Economic Development and Tourism. Its data shows that visitors to the Houston metro area spent $16.2 billion in 2013, up from $15.5 billion in 2012, beating traveler money flows for all other covered metro areas in Texas, including Dallas and Austin.

Lisa Holmes is the associate editor for the Houston Business Journal.

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