HOUSTON—JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts and Pearl Hospitality, a hotel development and management company in Forth Worth, TX, have officially opened the 328-room JW Marriott Houston Downtown.
The hotel is housed in the historic, 104-year-old Samuel F. Carter Building and is the JW Marriott brand’s first adaptive-reuse project in Texas and its second property in Houston. Designed by Gensler, the hotel is inspired by Houston’s heritage and modern attitude and incorporates the building’s original design elements, including the hot-riveted steel beams.
“Houston’s downtown is not only a hub of global commerce, but is also home to a thriving arts, cultural and culinary scene,” said Mitzi Gaskins, VP and global brand manager for JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts. “JW Marriott Houston Downtown is a milestone addition to the JW portfolio, providing guests with incomparable experiences from a curated art collection and the first Spa by JW to superior cuisine at Main Kitchen restaurant, all housed in Texas’ first skyscraper.”
Interior spaces, conceptualized by Wilson and Associates and MBCM Incorporated, features 18 original works of art by Texan, national and international artists, including a 13-ft. griffin sculpture and the first augmented sculpture by Urbanscreen in North America, are displayed throughout the hotel.
JW Marriott Houston Downtown offers 328 rooms including executive and presidential suites, long-term apartment suites and four wellness-inspired spa suites. Each guestroom has a 55-in. LCD TV, an iPod station, Nespresso coffee machine, wireless internet and touch-screen room controls. Rooms are also equipped with iPads featuring the multi-lingual iRiSÒ app, which will allow guests to access and book all facilities and services offered at JW Marriott Houston Downtown, including dining, spa, room service, concierge and valet services and travel information.
JW Marriott Houston Downtown’s Main Kitchen offers a menu inspired by the melting pot of Houston’s culinary cultures. Chefs Erin Smith and Sharon Gofreed develop globally inspired, seasonal menus based on locally sourced ingredients. The 806 Bar & Lounge connects to Main Kitchen and is where guests can enjoy delectable small bites, classic and contemporary cocktails, craft beers and domestic and South American wines.
JW Marriott Houston Downtown offers gallery-inspired meeting spaces. The curated art collection displayed throughout more than 16,000 sq. ft. of event space features works by local and national artists.
JW Marriott Houston Downtown is the first hotel worldwide to feature Spa by JW, a new spa concept by the JW Marriott brand developed in collaboration with JW Marriott brand partner and spa industry leader Aromatherapy Associates. Spa by JW offers treatments and products designed to address four core benefit states: Calm, Indulge, Invigorate and Renew. Services vary from a selection of 12- to 25-minute express treatments to 60- to 90-minute full-service spa services.
“Houston’s phenomenal growth continues to capture national and international headlines, and the JW Marriott Houston Downtown perfectly reflects the city’s vibrant arts and culinary scene,” said Natalie Wiseman, director of sales & marketing. “In a city famous for its generous hospitality, we are thrilled to welcome local guests and visitors to experience this amazing new hotel.”