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  • Renovation Spotlight: The Whitehall

    A downtown Houston hotel goes back to its roots, in style.

     
    POSTED May 15, 2017
     
  • Renovation Spotlight: The Whitehall

    A downtown Houston hotel goes back to its roots, in style.

     
    POSTED May 15, 2017
     
  • Renovation Spotlight: The Whitehall

    A downtown Houston hotel goes back to its roots, in style.

     
    POSTED May 15, 2017
     

What happens when a downtown Houston hotel goes backs to its roots? It keeps the best of its classic architectural features, completes a $5 million renovation and returns to a grand name, The Whitehall. Originally opened as the Hotel America in 1963 and now a member of the Historic Hotels of America, the property was renamed The Whitehall early on for its famed white Italian marble floors. It quickly became Houston’s most iconic business hotel, a reputation that rang true for many years until economic downtown struck and the doors were shuttered in 1991 for a decade. 

With a $25 million renovation invested and branded as a Crowne Plaza, the hotel reopened in 2001. Sotherly Hotels acquired the property in late 2013 and began charting a new course, including a major renovation of the 259 guest rooms, 12,000 square feet of meeting space, public spaces, rooftop swimming pool and fitness facilities that was completed in April 2016. 

Three new food and beverage outlets also were introduced: Buffalo Bayou Coffee, a casual coffee bistro brewing local JAVA PURA coffee; Edgar’s Hermano serving Mexican-Southern fusion cuisine; and Part & Parcel, an outdoor restaurant offering local bites and craft cocktails. Upon completion of the renovations, the hotel became an independent boutique property again.

The meeting and event space on the lobby floor and second floor can host up to 500 guests and includes 17 venues. A unique feature on the second floor is an in-house rotating art gallery featuring original works by students and alumni of Savannah College of Art & Design, a feature in all of Sotherly’s independent hotels. 

The Highland Lakes Region extends from Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin to 100 miles outside the city to Lake Buchanan. The chain of seven lakes formed from a series of dams along the Colorado River offer opportunities to boat, kayak, fish and swim while taking in the Texas Hill Country. 

It’s a “serene environment,” says Salina McCullough, sales and programs manager at Canyon of the Eagles, “away from the hustle and bustle of the city.”

 

In the up-and-coming east Austin area in Texas, ARRIVE Hotels & Restaurants is building a new boutique hotel. Located on the corner of East 6th and Chicon St., this will be ARRIVE's second location. The new hotel will have 83 rooms and will open in the spring of 2019.