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Thats the problem. If you look at the image that Urbanizer posted on page 65 taken at a distance from the east you have a hard time even noticing the building. It blends in better than Waldo. I just keep thinking of what should have been there. Would someone remind us what we missed out on with a fresh look at the original plans for what would definitely have been a building that would have made a lot of people very happy. I don't know how to do it or I would have posted it here. Thanks

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For the benefit of bobruss and everyone else, here's a quote of Urbannizer's original announcement of what we should have gotten instead:

 

On 3/26/2014 at 8:29 AM, Urbannizer said:

This is amazing. 7,000 sq ft of retail, demolition work begins in June.

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http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/retail/article/Luxury-project-is-latest-hotel-planned-for-5350301.php

 

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This is basically Hotel Sorella CityCentre 2.0.  I guess we shouldn't be surprised.  That's Midway's frame of reference.

 

 

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Agreed Tiger.. I had hoped they might do that, given the green space shown in the initial conceptual renderings. All of the barren flat roof tops in our urban areas are so much wasted potential.

 

On September 13, 2013 at 9:23 AM, Urbannizer said:

 

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^^^ @tigereye really cool job here my pal!  referencing these illustrations can only highlight just how very subtle and elegant MIDWAY is constructing and integrating this hotel facility into this entertainment complex.... almost seamlessly.  the beautiful palm trees only add to the vitality that all of this will bring once completed.  this is going to be one gorgeous place.... wow!

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1 hour ago, monarch said:

^^^ @tigereye really cool job here my pal!  referencing these illustrations can only highlight just how very subtle and elegant MIDWAY is constructing and integrating this hotel facility into this entertainment complex.... almost seamlessly.  the beautiful palm trees only add to the vitality that all of this will bring once completed.  this is going to be one gorgeous place.... wow!

 

I agree @monarch. The design is consistent with existing complex and will fit in quite nicely when complete. 

 

Now if only Midway would open up entrances with patio seating along the Dallas St side (along with that rooftop park atop Forever 21)

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On ‎9‎/‎2‎/‎2016 at 0:38 PM, Timoric said:

 

I think we all have to admit that the new buildings in Houston this cycle save a few major exceptions like 609 are very pedestrian. But....that is ok...if...later we get some signature buildings and these are just fill-in that helped get us to the tipping point we all hope for.  If Houston is doing the hard and not sexy work of getting transportation, downtown living initiatves, better parks and better roads done to usher in the right conditions and it will pay off in the future, this is just the transition happening.

 

The main potential for better design I think lies in property types such as downtown retail, hospitality, and mixed use, where lack of an established demand base or low outside perceptions limits the amount that investors are willing to risk. With downtown office, since it is so established, we are much closer to being maxed out. Although if there is a big increase in downtown office demand as the baby boomers fade out and downtown residential grows, that could lead to better office designs.

 

Suburban design is probably as good as it's going to get. There is no foreseeable increase in the appeal of the suburbs. Inner loop apartment midrise architecture is probably also maxed out, although things could get more interesting in places like Midtown or along Buffalo Bayou as developments cluster and synergize. To take Dallas' McKinney Ave. corridor as an example, from about 2000 to 2010 you had density being developed, but it was pretty bland, being a frontier area. Since 2010, development has become higher quality because the neighborhood is established and risk is lower. Midtown is a step or two behind, but starting to make this transition.

 

The ultimate thing would be if Houston could somehow make the leap to becoming a tourist destination, led by downtown/Midtown/Museum District forming an attractive, exciting urban core that is unique in the southern U.S. Such a change would absolutely raise the bar on development throughout the city. Even if we only manage to neutralize our current abysmal reputation among other regional cities, that would make a big difference.

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1 hour ago, htownproud said:

Embassy Suites is happy to see this hotel completed.  It makes it look good.  

 

Just say no to beige!

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15 hours ago, H-Town Man said:

Even if we only manage to neutralize our current abysmal reputation among other regional cities, that would make a big difference.

Hopefully Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown featuring Houston, which is set to come out soon will help our image on a national level. 

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^^^ @tigereye for real?  i have never referenced a BLACK pool deck area on a hotel.... wow!  this is quite unique, chic, and smooth.....

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6 hours ago, BeerNut said:

I'm sure it will be haf in the summer time.


Yeah, I too was thinking a black pool deck would get hot. Maybe they are covering that surface with something else?

Does the lobby section of the hotel jut out into the courtyard any? Or is the courtyard really just that narrow through there? Looking at it while driving by on Fannin it looks like the new lobby area juts out into the courtyard. Maybe its just more narrow than i remember/im getting it confused with the width of the wider middle segment?

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18 hours ago, monarch said:

^^^ @tigereye for real?  i have never referenced a BLACK pool deck area on a hotel.... wow!  this is quite unique, chic, and smooth.....

 

Still black at the moment. I kinda like the nickname "Blackwater Bay" lol

 

 

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Be able to fry an egg during the summer while swimming in 100 degree water as it is currently displayed.  I'm sure they are going to either change the color or add shade covering. 

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I suspect the black-colored coating is a waterproof sealant onto which concrete pavers will be set.  You can tell a little bit by the raised door thresholds as well, leading out to this area... ...they should eventually be flush w/ whatever final finish is applied.  Unsure how the rest of the pool will pan out, but bet there's a bunch more to come on this deck...

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ANNOUNCING HOTEL ALESSANDRA

She arrives Summer 2017

Valencia Group welcomes a new luxury downtown Houston hotel to our ever-growing portfolio of award-winning hotels, Hotel Alessandra. Once again, Midway and Valencia Group partner on their first hotel since the resounding success of Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE. Alessandra is the eldest of her European sister brands, Valencia and Sorella. She is more fluent, well-traveled and distinctly more glamorous than her younger sisters. Guests will immediately be drawn to her sense of style and sensuality.

Plans reveal a sleek and contemporary exterior coupled with sophisticated and luxurious finishes that will emphasize Hotel Alessandra’s beautiful simplicity interwoven with a sense of timelessness and sophistication.  Located at GreenStreet in downtown Houston, our newest hotel will transform this urban area into a vibrant and well–rounded environment. We cordially invite you to join us in welcoming one of the best Houston hotel locations for business travel, groups, meetings and weddings.

Slated to debut in the summer of 2017, at GreenStreet, this 20 story sky-rise hotel will be amid shopping and entertainment including House of Blues and III Forks Steakhouse and conveniently located just steps away from prominent downtown destinations such as the George R. Brown Convention Center, Toyota Center, and Discovery Green. Whether for leisure or business travel, this new hotel will prove ideal.

Inspired by Houston’s towering skyscrapers and GreenStreet’s modern themes, Hotel Alessandra will feature 223 elegantly appointed rooms and suites with oversized bathrooms and private balconies.  The interior design will reflect a strong vertical design and an overall minimalist approach to décor.  An appreciation of height, space and natural light will also be apparent throughout the hotel from the soaring ceilings in the lobby to the beautiful, luxurious décor of its suites and guest rooms.  The lobby, lounge, and hotel restaurant will be on the second floor.  Designer Lauren Rottet, Founder for Rottet Studio says “Alessandra transplants old world sophistication to blend seamlessly with Southern charm, sophistication, and a business savvy mindset.”

Additional amenities will include meeting spaces and a ballroom on the third floor, a spa, pool and fitness center on the fifth floor. 

Guests will enjoy comfort, sophistication, and an experience complete with lavish indoor and outdoor spaces with elegant design features throughout the hotel. Hotel Alessandra will combine comfort, elegance and the cultural influence of European lifestyle with the pioneering spirit of the Texas wildcatter to create a uniquely Houston Hotel. San Francisco-based Gensler is the design architect, and Houston-based Rottet Studios is the interior architect.

 

^^^ @hindesky  here you go my pal......

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5 minutes ago, swtsig said:

this thing looks hideous.

 

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^^^ @swtsig ok, i get what you are saying here.  in fact, i'm still laughing!  however, i really really really do believe that the MIDWAY COS  vs VALENCIA GROUP shall perform any and all to turn this project into a 5***** masterpiece.  just take a good look at their HOTEL SORELLA property.  it's not a ringing endorsement of pure beauty.  however, it's all of the added accoutrements and special touches / amenities that have made this 5***** development a sure winner.  not to mention my pal, HOTEL ALESSANDRA, is supposed to be their most mature and elegant property of all the others combined.  therefore, i cannot wait to start seeing the sun beaming from behind the clouds on this particular project.....

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7 hours ago, monarch said:

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ANNOUNCING HOTEL ALESSANDRA

She arrives Summer 2017

Valencia Group welcomes a new luxury downtown Houston hotel to our ever-growing portfolio of award-winning hotels, Hotel Alessandra. Once again, Midway and Valencia Group partner on their first hotel since the resounding success of Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE. Alessandra is the eldest of her European sister brands, Valencia and Sorella. She is more fluent, well-traveled and distinctly more glamorous than her younger sisters. Guests will immediately be drawn to her sense of style and sensuality.

Plans reveal a sleek and contemporary exterior coupled with sophisticated and luxurious finishes that will emphasize Hotel Alessandra’s beautiful simplicity interwoven with a sense of timelessness and sophistication.  Located at GreenStreet in downtown Houston, our newest hotel will transform this urban area into a vibrant and well–rounded environment. We cordially invite you to join us in welcoming one of the best Houston hotel locations for business travel, groups, meetings and weddings.

Slated to debut in the summer of 2017, at GreenStreet, this 20 story sky-rise hotel will be amid shopping and entertainment including House of Blues and III Forks Steakhouse and conveniently located just steps away from prominent downtown destinations such as the George R. Brown Convention Center, Toyota Center, and Discovery Green. Whether for leisure or business travel, this new hotel will prove ideal.

Inspired by Houston’s towering skyscrapers and GreenStreet’s modern themes, Hotel Alessandra will feature 223 elegantly appointed rooms and suites with oversized bathrooms and private balconies.  The interior design will reflect a strong vertical design and an overall minimalist approach to décor.  An appreciation of height, space and natural light will also be apparent throughout the hotel from the soaring ceilings in the lobby to the beautiful, luxurious décor of its suites and guest rooms.  The lobby, lounge, and hotel restaurant will be on the second floor.  Designer Lauren Rottet, Founder for Rottet Studio says “Alessandra transplants old world sophistication to blend seamlessly with Southern charm, sophistication, and a business savvy mindset.”

Additional amenities will include meeting spaces and a ballroom on the third floor, a spa, pool and fitness center on the fifth floor. 

Guests will enjoy comfort, sophistication, and an experience complete with lavish indoor and outdoor spaces with elegant design features throughout the hotel. Hotel Alessandra will combine comfort, elegance and the cultural influence of European lifestyle with the pioneering spirit of the Texas wildcatter to create a uniquely Houston Hotel. San Francisco-based Gensler is the design architect, and Houston-based Rottet Studios is the interior architect.

 

^^^ @hindesky  here you go my pal......

"Private balconies? "

 

also, with the lobby and lobby bar on the second floor, what will gon on the first floor?  

 

"A uniquely Houston hotel".   That is likely true, but it's not a compliment.

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The ceilings in the lobby are very interesting. Hopefully these were not altered in later plans. 

 

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^^^ @CrockpotandGravel  props my pal for the gorgeous renders / concepts.  however, should the interior design actually be developed according to these renders, then this hotel shall become the toast of texas.  there is simply no other hospitality property within this huge state that could rival this interior design.  MY GOD!

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35 minutes ago, monarch said:

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^^^ @CrockpotandGravel  props my pal for the gorgeous renders / concepts.  however, should the interior design actually be developed according to these renders, then this hotel shall become the toast of texas.  there is simply no other hospitality property within this huge state that could rival this interior design.  MY GOD!

I mean it's really nice, but the black stone, green couch, and wood remind me of Champions Forest in the 90's.

 

edit: and to call it the finest in the state is a bit of a stretch...

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M1.1K - Monarch called it Texas Toast.  And come on...we are kind of digging that bar.  I am sure that you and I will pop some bubbles while sitting there. 

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37 minutes ago, Montrose1100 said:

I mean it's really nice, but the black stone, green couch, and wood remind me of Champions Forest in the 90's.

 

edit: and to call it the finest in the state is a bit of a stretch...

 
 

^^^ did you really take a good and careful look at those highly unique renderings / concepts?  please tell me what hospitality property within this great state of ours that shall incorporate such high-end state of the art luxury.  please trust me my pal, TEXAS has some extremely high-end properties throughout, and i have seen many of them.  however, i have not yet witnessed any that shall incorporate the kind of high-end UBER exotic luxury that is referenced upon those renderings that we have viewed within this cool thread.  if you can hereby point some out, then please do so kind sir...

 

 

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2 hours ago, monarch said:

^^^ did you really take a good and careful look at those highly unique renderings / concepts?  please tell me what hospitality property within this great state of ours that shall incorporate such high-end state of the art luxury.  please trust me my pal, TEXAS has some extremely high-end properties throughout, and i have seen many of them.  however, i have not yet witnessed any that shall incorporate the kind of high-end UBER exotic luxury that is referenced upon those renderings that we have viewed within this cool thread.  if you can hereby point some out, then please do so kind sir...

 

 

Edit: Forget it. I should know better than to discuss opinions with someone who thinks black marble and gold trim are high-end UBER exotic luxury. You'll probably explode when you see the ZaZa rooms.

 

This hotel will make Houston rain diamonds and encourage Dallas St. to be paved in gold. You're right, sorry, carry on.

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1 hour ago, Montrose1100 said:

Edit: Forget it. I should know better than to discuss opinions with someone who thinks black marble and gold trim are high-end UBER exotic luxury. You'll probably explode when you see the ZaZa rooms.

 

This hotel will make Houston rain diamonds and encourage Dallas St. to be paved in gold. You're right, sorry, carry on.

 

 

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^^^ you're a little late with the zaza analogy my pal... been there done that.  please remember @Montrose1100 i work in the middle east.  therefore, i have become privy to some of the most magnificent hotels in the world.  dubai, cape town, sa, shanghai, taiwan, kuala lumpur, maylaysia, london, paris, italy, bali, and then some.  please trust me when i say that i know my hotels.  when i laid eyes upon certain elements within those renders / concepts, there were certain details that i had never seen before.  should HOTEL ALESSANDRA proceed forward with that form of exotic UBER interior design, that hotel will be damn near a 6****** star...

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5 hours ago, monarch said:

please tell me what hospitality property within this great state of ours that shall incorporate such high-end state of the art luxury....if you can hereby point some out, then please do so kind sir...

 

 

 

The Joule.

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2 hours ago, Sic'EmBears said:

 

The Joule.

 

^^^ magnificent dallas hospitality edifice.  however, i could very easily equate THE JOULE with HOTEL SORRELA or even HOTEL GRANDUCA in houston.

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57 minutes ago, monarch said:

^^^ magnificent dallas hospitality edifice.  however, i could very easily equate THE JOULE with HOTEL SORRELA or even HOTEL GRANDUCA in houston.

 

Either you've never been to The Joule or you have some strong bias.

 

Whichever it is, I'm excited to see how Alessandra turns out.

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38 minutes ago, Sic'EmBears said:

 

Either you've never been to The Joule or you have some strong bias.

 

Whichever it is, I'm excited to see how Alessandra turns out.

 

 

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^^^ should i ever decide to start adding "strong bias" to any hospitality property in this great world of ours, i can assure you that the FAIRMONT THE PALM DUBAI wins!

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