Location Houston is probably best known for its space exploring neighbor, NASA, about half an hour’s drive away. But the city is coming into its own with an expanded downtown area that now encompasses what is now called Avenida and the George R. Brown Convention Center. The Marriott Marquis Houston is also within walking distance to the city’s traditional entertainment center with its respected museum and the theater districts. Sports fans staying at the hotel have both the Houston Astros baseball ground and the Houston Rockets stadium within walking distance. The cool new METROrail light railway efficiently runs people throughout the city and a city bike share program has bike hire in several locations.
Lodging The hotel overlooks the picturesque Discovery Green, a large park with cooing doves, squawking grackles and a verdant pond.This epic scaled marbled Marriott Marquis Houston opened in December 2016, a full three years after ground was broken in what was once a parking lot. Connected by a skybridge to the George R. Brown Convention Center, the hotel is both business oriented with 100,000 square feet of meeting space, and leisure focused with the Parkview Terrace overlooking Discovery Green.
This extensive pool deck on the sixth floor has outdoor dining at the HighDive, an infinity pool and large hot tub overlooking the city, and a lazy river in the shape of Texas. The hotel also features a beautiful spa, Pure, which has a focus on natural therapeutic treatments, and a large fitness center. The hotel’s unique art collection pays tribute to the city and the state — and the elevators honor NASA with giant sized classic photos of America’s astronauts breaking scientific ground in space.
View of a Room 1541 This double queen room overlooks the Parkview Terrace via floor-to-ceiling windows, and has city views too. Though sparsely furnished with beds, desk, and an armchair, the comfort level is high, as is functionality. The bathroom is equally light on fripperies, bu meets all needs adequately . The empty fridge is also a bonus. A large TV screen and intriguing art bring life to the buff and beige walls. The room’s design highlights the idea that this place is for sleeping, not living in, and that guests should get out and enjoy the hotel and the city’s many restaurants and entertainment venues.
Restaurants and bars One certainly can’t get bored at this hotel: start with fine wines and small plates at the lobby wine bar, Cueva; or catch a game and grab a bite at Biggio’s, a sports bar with a second floor out-door patio, which was conceived with Astro’s Hall of Fame Craig Biggio.
For breakfast through dinner casual dining, there is the elegant modern Walker Street Kitchen and for a dinner of authentic Mexican — not Tex-Mex — cooking, Xochi is noted local chef Hugo Ortega’s take on traditional cuisine from Mexico’s Oaxaca region. Xochi also has outdoor dining overlooking Discovery Green.
1777 Walker Street
Houston, Texas 77010