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Le Meridien.

 

 

Wow, this is great news!

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initially, i was thinking omni brand as per this particular development.  however, le meridien is simply the perfect choice high above the GRB.


i have lodged at many of these hotels throughout the middle east, and i really enjoy their courteous staffers / services.


houston, is getting it's groove back....


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So, what does this news about le Meridian mean?

Will the hotel be constructed as part of this current construction or, will construction start some years hence (after the office/garage construction)?

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considering the plan is to have the hotel opened by mid 2017, i would say they are constructing the whole tower at once.

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is there a link to the Le Meridien info? should that be put in the thread title now? i feel like a bunch of people arent noticing it and there should be more excitement about this. haha

but in all honestly..

this is the most mixed use building to ever go up in Houston.

ground floor retail/restaurants
intermodal transit center
1,900 space parking garage
office building podium
and a freaking LE MERIDIEN to top it all off.

the only thing that could make this sweeter is if the le meridien had residences too.

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Right? I assume they will have it when they make the official announcement. Le Meridiens are usually pretty cool looking

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The one in NOLA opened in December I believe? If the interiors look anything like those this will be a home run.

Also, who would have thought that two of the more rare hotels flags would be flying directly next two the GRB. Great times in Houston.

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but in all honestly..

this is the most mixed use building to ever go up in Houston.

If you don't count the Galleria

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If you don't count the Galleria

moo, that only has retail, hotel, and office.

This has retail, hotel, office, and intermodal transit center.

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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

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This is even better news with it being a new construction. Do you know where this may be going in downtown?

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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.

attachicon.gifHC2415.pdf

 

Maybe this is finally coming to life: http://www.houstonarchitecture.com/haif/topic/27262-city-selling-dt-block-101-for-development-capitolruskcrawfordamericas/?p=483552

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yeah i was wondering about that site. it will be interesting to see who is going to nab the site next door to/south of OPP, west of Embassy Suites (assuming it hasnt been bought already and is available for sale). thats one of the last remaining properties with decent sight lines of discovery green, unless someone builds something on the same block as ES.

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Personally, I don't think that this will be a new structure in downtown. I think it will be in the Houston First planned hotel space.

If it really is yet another hotel on another parcel, I would be surprised.

There are a lot of hotel rooms coming on line within a year or two in downtown. Probably something like 2000 new rooms (JW, holiday inn, Marriott Concention, Houston First, Greenstreet, humble apartments, Hampton inn or whatever it is under construction now, the mysterious aloft hotel..... Did I miss any?).... That is a lot of new capacity. I am struggling to think that developers will plan yet another one.....

Le Meridien will go into the Houston First building.... That's my prediction.

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Le Meridien.

Question Time!

 

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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Except Urban even with the new hotels Houston is still a mid tier Hotel space Downtown and is not even on the same footing as it tier cities. .Dallas, ATL, etc

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The 40 story is the skinny one planned just west of the Marriott.

The Le Meridien info was in the PDF file linked most recently.

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I was addressing the concern that we have too many hotels going up and developers might not want to build more, by pointing out that even with the new hotels we lag behind cities that are peers

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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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Isn't the Alessandra technically serving "convention purposes"? But yeah. Unless one of us updated that SkyScraperPage link.

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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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Excellent! This is right next to the Texaco renovations.

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Excellent! This is right next to the Texaco renovations.

And another project by the rail line.......but Im sure the two are completely unrelated because according to many posters here, Metros Light Rail has never and will not ever spur any developments along the rail lines......
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First of all AWESOME! Look at our city. Older buildings getting redeveloped instead of torn down. I know it probably won't be returned to its original glory, perhaps a new facade?

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First of all AWESOME! Look at our city. Older buildings getting redeveloped instead of torn down. I know it probably won't be returned to its original glory, perhaps a new facade?

Original glory? What Did it look like before? It looks like one ugly mofo now.

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Great news! I hope they get rid of the garage next to the building. That thing looks bad.

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Original glory? What Did it look like before? It looks like one ugly mofo now.

 

It's one of my  favorite buildings.

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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.

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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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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..

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