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Le Meridien (Melrose Building) At 1121 Walker St.


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Le Meridien.

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This brochure lists 6 Houston Center as "active construction". Can you remind me what the 40 story residential tower is that Trammel Crow is building? Is that the Orange Dreamsicle by the Kim Garage?

 

There is nothing in the link that suggests a Le Meridien only that there would be an announcement this spring about the hotel above the GHP Tower. Although the 300-400 room hotel does fit within their usual American portfolio. 

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This is interesting, SSP has Le Meridien under construction at 25 stories?

 

http://skyscraperpage.com/cities/?cityID=28&statusID=2

 

 

 Listing 1 to 43 of 43 buildings  

    Name | Floors | Status | Year | Drawings   609 Main at Texas   49   under construction       (1)   2929 Weslayan   39   under construction           Market Square Tower   40   under construction           BHP Billiton Tower   30   under construction       (1)   Capitol Tower   35   under construction           Marriott Marquis Convention Center Hotel   30   under construction           Residences at Market Square   32   under construction           3400 Montrose   30   under construction           Hilcorp Energy Tower   23   under construction           Le Meridien Hotel   25   under construction      

 

43 high rises under construction is pretty good.

 

 

That is very interesting, let the suspense begin.

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~25 stories is about what the GHP Building is (actually 24 i believe). the location and info seems to indicate it being the GHP Building, as that started construction in 2014, and is on ADLA. nothing else fits that description. now the question is... did a HAIFer or someone get our original info and post/update that in the last day or two.. or has that been listed for a while?

edit. lmao.. there is a map with a beacon showing the location being GHP Building. so is this a new page or has that info been listed on SSP for a while?

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What about the old days inn building? Wasnt there a story a few months back that it was being 'gutted'

 

This is my first post here but the old holiday inn building is going to renovated and turned into a W hotel although I haven't heard from my friend if the current economic forecast could impact that decision and delay the project. 

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This is my first post here but the old holiday inn building is going to renovated and turned into a W hotel although I haven't heard from my friend if the current economic forecast could impact that decision and delay the project. 

 

This would be the most majestic thing to happen in Downtown Houston...

 

Trash pit eyesoar to W Hotel??? Is that even possible? I want to believe it.

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This would be the most majestic thing to happen in Downtown Houston...

Trash pit eyesoar to W Hotel??? Is that even possible? I want to believe it.

Wulfe had a majestic proposal for residential and complete overhaul of the facade a few years back so there's still hope for the old girl.

But I doubt the W would go to a location like this. Isn't there one proposed for Uptown Park?

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Wulfe had a majestic proposal for residential and complete overhaul of the facade a few years back so there's still hope for the old girl.

But I doubt the W would go to a location like this. Isn't there one proposed for Uptown Park?

Maybe we're getting 2 W's! After all Atlanta has 3. Lol, just kidding.. Man that would be amazing though.

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This is my first post here but the old holiday inn building is going to renovated and turned into a W hotel although I haven't heard from my friend if the current economic forecast could impact that decision and delay the project. 

 

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oh god, please no!  this would kill me....

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I'm sorry I guys. I didn't realize it until earlier today that the proposed Le Meridien may not be connected to this proposal. There's a chance that the Le Meridien will be a new building altogether for Downtown.

The hotel brand for this proposed hotel will be announced officially this Spring, but in the meantime I'm going to split all post on the Le Meridien brand into a new thread.

HC2415.pdf

A. The document is from Houston First and we know Houston First is in negotiations with a developer for the GHP Hotel.

B. Item 5-A states "Consideration & recommendation of the terms for a convention services agreement with Houston Hotel Partners LLC for the development of a Le Meridien Hotel.

In my mind, the picture is Houston First is in negotiations with Houston Hotel Partners LLC for the development of a Le Meridien Hotel at GHP.

The only other spot for "convention services" hotel would be the other half Block 75 (Hyatt Place/Hampton Inn block) or Block 100 (directly north of Marriott Marquis) which Houston First has control of.

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Le Meridien is French for Holiday Inn. I am not impressed,ahving stayed in a number of them around the world. Pretty much the epitome of soulless accommodation.

I've never heard of the brand, but once I found their website and learned that they have such locations as Tampa Bay & Indianapolis I wasn't going to get my hopes up. Maybe since they are not high end the building will get some fresh paint and won't get an exterior Reno.
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Is this building currently vacant? I'm glad that this is not the GPH hotel, this way we get an old building redeveloped into a solid hotel plus whatever brand they get next to the convention center.

 

Side note: is there really enough demand for all these new hotels downtown? I guess they are at varying price points, but it seems like a tremendous influx of hotel rooms within a couple of years. I know we had a shortage supposedly, but do we expect them all to survive, or will some likely close within a few years?

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Houston’s Top Three Priorities

The GRBCC serves a wide variety of users through- out its annual events calendar including conven- tions, trade and consumer shows, and a variety of local public events. Professional organizations rep- resenting convention planners and meeting plan- ners select locations based on the total package available within a community; cities compete on a “destination-basis” rather than a “facility-basis.”

Industry surveys have consistently identified the same top five factors in selecting a convention des- tination:

Convention Facilities • Hotel Package • Attractions and Activities • Transportation • Safety & Security

In developing the 2025 Plan, analysis of the GRBCC’s current package as well as that of its com- petitor cities identified three key areas in need of improvement for Houston to be competitive in to- day’s market. In priority order, these include:

Hotel Package • Attractions and Activities • Convention Facilities

Industry advisors and market analysis by consul- tants agree that Houston’s convention district lacks the number of hotel rooms and hotel mix needed to compete with other cities. Exhibitors and industry experts in hospitality, meeting planning and tour- ism have repeatedly expressed concern about the lack of attractions (restaurants, bars/clubs, shop- ping, entertainment) within convenient walking distance to the GRBCC.

Hotels:The #1 Priority

Downtown Houston and the GRBCC lack what are considered positive draws for its competitor cities including attached and proximate hotel room sup- ply.

The City of Houston and the GRBCC need 2,000 new hotel rooms in the convention district to re- main competitive with the lodging capacity of oth- er convention destination cities.

 

“You’re under-hoteled...” “The need for more hotel rooms is great...” “Focus on hotels and amenities now!”

Quotes from Industry Advisory Group Vision Session December 2010


so the question here is.. how many hotel rooms are currently U/C?
 

http://www.downtownhouston.org/site_media/uploads/attachments/2012-01-24/111212-GRBCC-2025_Master_Plan.pdf

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As has been pointed out before, Downtown Houston lacks the amount of hotels needed to be considered a top tier convention city. The GRB CC is striving for that goal. Hence them being involved in many of these new hotel projects..

 

But will these large conventions move to Houston from Vegas/Orlando/wherever once the hotel rooms are built? I guess I'm not familiar enough with the convention industry to fully understand, but it seems like landing even a dozen major conventions a year is not enough to sustain so many additional hotel rooms for the other 40 or so weeks per year. I guess they wouldn't build them if the demand wasn't there though. Glad to see that it's happening, regardless.

 

Edit: didn't see the last post above mine before writing this. Looks like all these rooms are required, but I just have a hard time seeing how all of these hotels will make money. Maybe people are currently staying in other parts of town and will stay downtown instead once there are more rooms.

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Maybe people are currently staying in other parts of town and will stay downtown instead once there are more rooms.

im thinking this will be a big factor as well as the hopeful status increase to a top tier convention city. especially with how happening downtown is becoming and whenever people come to visit all these residents in the 5,000 new units downtown they can stay nearby.

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Houston First's hotel meeting minutes for January were posted today. The Melrose Building will be redeveloped into a Le Meridien.

 

attachicon.gifHC12315minutes.pdf

 

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It's incredible... earlier today when everyone was speculating about where the Meridien was going to go, I thought of the Melrose building as a joke. Now I see that the joke has come true.

 

But then, why not? It could be restored to a very snazzy, modernist look. The looming shadow of 2 Houston Center is a bit of a bummer, but I could see people digging the shady look.

 

Meanwhile, the biggest remaining blight source in central downtown is taken away. Prime beneficiaries of this will be the Texaco apartments, HSPVA, Houston Center, and the aLoft Hotel if it indeed moves forward as Urbannizer's link suggests.

 

 

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It's incredible... earlier today when everyone was speculating about where the Meridien was going to go, I thought of the Melrose building as a joke. Now I see that the joke has come true.

 

But then, why not? It could be restored to a very snazzy, modernist look. The looming shadow of 2 Houston Center is a bit of a bummer, but I could see people digging the shady look.

 

Meanwhile, the biggest remaining blight source in central downtown is taken away. Prime beneficiaries of this will be the Texaco apartments, HSPVA, Houston Center, and the aLoft Hotel if it indeed moves forward as Urbannizer's link suggests.

 

 

I agree. With this building being renovated into a Le Meridian and if the old Days Inn becomes a W like iah77 said, then downtown could lose its two biggest eyesores.

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HAIF, has some brilliant members patronizing this fantastic forum throughout!


therefore, may we locate that special member that may be able to name the new forthcoming hotel brand, that shall rise high above the GHP building now currently under construction downtown?


this new / forthcoming hotel brand, shall be officially announced this coming spring.


 


my choice:  OMNI HOTELS


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according to wikipedia, we have 5000 hotel rooms downtown because 'houston isn't a leisure tracvel market'...

 

we're not, We're a business city, and we don't have nearly enough rooms for the convention business.... Adding on 2000- 3000 rooms will bring it up to snuff.... we'll need more restaurants and bars, more places to hang out, more everything.... Downtown is still booming in spite of the oil price drop.

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HAIF, has some brilliant members patronizing this fantastic forum throughout!

therefore, may we locate that special member that may be able to name the new forthcoming hotel brand, that shall rise high above the GHP building now currently under construction downtown?

this new / forthcoming hotel brand, shall be officially announced this coming spring.

my choice: OMNI HOTELS

LA Quinta

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So, I guess I have to eat my words from yesterday. It will be yet another hotel on yet another blighted parcel. Very surprising to me but good to hear!

I love this building it is absolutely among a couple of favorites of mine in downtown. The dozens of homeless who sleep under its awning won't be happy though. Oh well.

Anyway, do we think that the City will grant a variance to allow the "balconies" that already exist on the building to get a "clear glass" railing so that they can actually be used as balconies?

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Le Meridien is French for Holiday Inn. I am not impressed,ahving stayed in a number of them around the world. Pretty much the epitome of soulless accommodation.

 

As long as it is not French for "abandoned place where homeless people urinate", "souless accommodation" will be a vast improvement.

 

If Aloft happens across Fannin too, this would be another completely transformed block/intersecion.

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  • The title was changed to Melrose Building At 1121 Walker St.
  • The title was changed to Le Meridien (Melrose Building) At 1121 Walker St.

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