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Surely it's a 200 Key Hotel.  Or, something a lot more than 20. 

Very cool, never the less. 

Quite a hotel boom we are hearing in TMC.


 

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Surely it's a 200 Key Hotel.  Or, something a lot more than 20. 

Very cool, never the less. 

Quite a hotel boom we are hearing in TMC.

 

 

It is and I made a typo. I'll make the correction.

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Go Fish and a BBQ place just vacated this building, told me rent was too high. Hopefully this reno brings more food options to the area.

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An Embassy Suites is a perfect hotel for that location. It's amazing to me how few hotels are within walking distance of the hospitals. Families coming here for treatment has so many things to worry about; rental cars and directions shouldn't be one of them!

 

I also love that it doesn't appear to be changing the building too much. I've always liked the Medical Tower.

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Surely it's a 200 Key Hotel.  Or, something a lot more than 20. 

Very cool, never the less. 

Quite a hotel boom we are hearing in TMC.

 

 

The hotel boom is happening across the country. 2015 was the best year for hotel occupancy ever at 65.9%. It beat the previous record in 2000 at 64.8%.

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From Swamplot

 

 

Embassy Suites To Send Envoy to Baylor’s Old Dryden Haunt in the Medical Center
 

Just north of the hypodermic peaks of the St. Luke’s Medical Tower on Main St., the tower at 1709 Dryden Rd. is slated for redevelopment as the Medical Center Crossing complex — the office space, leased by Baylor as recently as 2013, will be converted into an Embassy Suites hotel (shown from the northeast corner in the rendering above). The tower was sold at the end of 2014 to an entity connected to Pritesh Patel — the Fort Worth developer who previously purchased the Samuel F. Carter building at 806 Main St. and turned it into a JW Marriott after peeling off the building’s extra glass-and-marble skin.

 

Ground-level retail will remain and expand — a siteplan released by Transwestern shows most of the building’s remaining restaurant tenants still in place, with an existing parking garage ramp exiting onto Fannin seemingly replaced by a 1,670-sq.-ft. storefront spot (Retail E in the plan below):

 

The Chipotle at the corner of Dryden and Fannin (right alongside the southbound Dryden/TMC light-rail stop) looks as though it will remain in place, pending the outcome of the chain’s ongoing run-in with federal authorities. The Starbucks next door appears in the current plans as well, as do Subway and Salata.

 

Around the corner on the Main St. side of the siteplan, only Cliff’s Grill remains in place, where it has been flipping patties since 1978.

 

 

 

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From Houston Chronicle:

 

 

 Developer proposes Medical Center redevelopment with hotel

 

 

A plan is stirring to renovate the Medical Towers office development in the Texas Medical Center and add a 230-room Embassy Suites to the site at 1709 Dryden.

Renderings and a site plan of the future project are shown in a marketing brochure being circulated by retail brokers with commercial real estate firm Transwestern.

The development, which will include 23,000 square-feet of restaurant/retail space on the street level, is to be called Medical Center Crossing.

 

An entity affiliated with Pearl Hospitality purchased the medical center property at the end of 2014, records show. Pearl recently turned downtown's 806 Main into a JW Marriott.

Baylor College of Medicine has had offices in the Medical Towers building, which was developed in 1956 and designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.

 

OffCite.org, the website for Rice Design Alliance's Cite magazine, describes the property's design, which has won several awards.

In a concession to Houston's hot, sunny climate, the long elevations of the rectangular tower are clad with a curtain wall of turquoise, enameled-steel panels that alternate with narrow strips of dark gray, tinted solar glass. The narrow end walls, roughly facing east and west, are solid brick. In 1954, the building won a design award in the first annual P/A Awards program. The Medical Towers Building went on to win a national design award from the AIA and a statewide design award from the Texas Society of Architects, both in 1957. It also won a design award from the Houston AIA in 1960.

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2017/01/12/tmc-hotel-expected-to-break-ground-this-year.html

 

Lubbock, Texas-based Pearl Hospitality is moving forward on it latest Houston-area hotel with plans to break ground at the end of 2017.



 

Archit Sanghvi, regional vice president at Pearl Hospitality's JW Marriott Houston Downtown, told the Houston Business Journal that the hospitality group is currently in the design phases of its the Embassy Suites in the Texas Medical Center. Pearl expects to open the hotel by the end of 2018, Sanghvi said.

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Thanks Urbannizer, that's great news. The TMC needs more things like this. It's probably the most walkable part of town (you kind of have to in order to get around) and dining/hotel options are lacking. This, coupled w/ the condos and hotel across the street being built, will be a nice boost of options in the area.

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Along with the Le Meridien/Melrose Building redevelopment, this represents a big step in preservation and reuse of mid-century modern turquoise buildings.  I for one  couldn't be happier. 

 

 

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Great to see more food options and GFR opening up in the Med Center. When I was at Rice, the Chipotle and Subway in this building were the only walking-distance food options open in the evening. Halal Guys, Roti, and Mod Pizza are awesome adds.

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I wish Downtown developers thought like this. Those stupid Downtown tunnels really did destroy Downtown Houston street life.

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On 12/10/2018 at 1:54 PM, Elseed said:

I wish Downtown developers thought like this. Those stupid Downtown tunnels really did destroy Downtown Houston street life.

Hopefully in the near future it will be uncool to be in the tunnels. My hope is all the cool/popular restaurants will be at ground level and the tunnel would be more for the older crowd or weather days. 

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On 12/4/2018 at 3:58 PM, Urbannizer said:

Westin is the hotel flag.

 

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More renderings of Westin Houston Medical Center hotel at 1709 Dryden. It's part of Medical Center Crossing. 

 

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Ballroom

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More on Westin Houston Medical Center hotel at 1709 Dryden. It's part of Medical Center Crossing. 



From the website:

New Hotel Development in the Texas Medical Center and Museum District

The 1954 award-winning, Medical Towers, will soon be rejuvenated and restored to become a 382,000 squarefoot, Westin Houston Medical Center, offering a much-needed amenity and enclave to more than 15 million visitors annually to the Texas Medical Center and the Museum District.

 

Iconic Architecture and History

For decades, the mid-century modernist building, situated across the street from Houston Methodist and Texas Children’s Hospital, was home to some of the most innovative thinkers and doers in the medical field. Designed by international design luminaire Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM), he drew inspiration for the Medical Towers building from NYC’s famed Lever House, giving the Medical Towers its own twist that would eventually be known as the International Style of architecture.

 

Redefining Hotel Amenities

Steps away from the busy pace of the Texas Medical Center streets, the Westin Houston Medical Center hotel will offer guests an exclusive serene environment to retreat. Entering on the fifth-level pavilion, guests will be surrounded by a balance of modern luxury and natural harmony, floor-to-ceiling windows, and Houston’s largest skylights, inspired by famed James Turrell skylights, creating unobstructed natural light and the finest views in the city.

 

 

The Hotel At-A-Glance

Experience Mid-Century Modernism in the Texas Medical Center –

The Hotel Design

Year Built:  1954

Style:  Mid-Century Modernist Building

Designer:  Gordon Bunshaft of SOM

Awards:  Won Progressive Architect Award in 1954

 

Guest Rooms

# of Rooms:  273

Room Types:

  • 176 King Rooms, 94 Queen/Queen Rooms, 6 King Suites
  • 12 Extended Stay King Suites, 6 Queen/Queen Suites
  • 1 Presidential Suite
  • 1 Junior Presidential Suite

 

Event Space

Total Meeting Space:  9,660 Square Feet

Total Ballroom Space:  7,676 Square Feet

# of Meeting Rooms:  10

 

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More on Westin Houston Medical Center hotel at 1709 Dryden. It's part of Medical Center Crossing. 

 

From the investor's brochure:

https://americandreamvietnam.org/westin-hotel

https://americandreamvietnam.org/s/Westin-Hotel-Brochure-EN.pdf

 

 

  • The only modern hotel in the area with conference facilities.
  • 19 story towers in the center of the Texas Medical Center
  • Approx. 210,OOO SF (19,510 m2) with 272 suites
  • 10,000 SF (929 m2) of meeting space
  • National retail tenants on the first floor
  • Construction commenced: Q2 2017
  • Projected construction completion: 03 2019
  • Estimated grand opening: QI 2020

 

 

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7 hours ago, CrockpotandGravel said:

More on Westin Houston Medical Center hotel at 1709 Dryden. It's part of Medical Center Crossing. 

 

From the investor's brochure:

https://americandreamvietnam.org/westin-hotel

https://americandreamvietnam.org/s/Westin-Hotel-Brochure-EN.pdf

 

 

  • The only modern hotel in the area with conference facilities.
  • 19 story towers in the center of the Texas Medical Center
  • Approx. 210,OOO SF (19,510 m2) with 272 suites
  • 10,000 SF (929 m2) of meeting space
  • National retail tenants on the first floor
  • Construction commenced: Q2 2017
  • Projected construction completion: 03 2019
  • Estimated grand opening: QI 2020

 

 

 

Very cool project, but "The only modern hotel in the area with conference facilities"??   That seems like a bit of a stretch.

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6 hours ago, Houston19514 said:

 

Very cool project, but "The only modernist (international style) hotel in the area with conference facilities"??   That seems like a bit of a stretch.

 

Maybe thats what they meant? Just trying to read between the lines. This is what I was trying to say in the Texas Tower thread btw. There is a difference between "Modern" with captial M and "modern" with a lowercase m.

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On 2/28/2019 at 3:13 PM, nate4l1f3 said:

Hopefully in the near future it will be uncool to be in the tunnels. My hope is all the cool/popular restaurants will be at ground level and the tunnel would be more for the older crowd or weather days. 

 

Now that's what Im talking about, I like the way you think!

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It would be nice if they could have more of an MCM theme in the decoration, like Le Meridien downtown.  Still, I love this building and glad to see it get a new use.

 

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On 2/28/2019 at 3:13 PM, nate4l1f3 said:

Hopefully in the near future it will be uncool to be in the tunnels. My hope is all the cool/popular restaurants will be at ground level and the tunnel would be more for the older crowd or weather days. 

 

Has it ever actually been "cool" to be in the tunnels (other than actual temperature)? They've always just been a way for office workers to move between buildings or grab mall food court-quality meals at lunchtime without breaking a sweat in a wool business suit in Houston's 9 months of humid summer. They have, after all, only ever been open on weekdays, closed nights and weekends, so never have been a threat to street level nightlife. Elseed's claim that the tunnels are what "destroyed Downtown Houston's street life" is preposterous. What destroyed Downtown Houston's street life is that Houston exploded in the postwar era from a small regional city with most people living close in to a large national city with most people living out in sprawling suburbs, then the White Flight and urban decay of the 70s, followed by the Oil Bust in the 80s that turned downtown Houston into a virtual ghost town.

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The better quality downtown food has always been above ground - there just wasn't that much of it until the last few years.  Conservatory is underground, but is only accessible from the street since it's away from the tunnel system.

 

That said, we Mole People actually like being protected from the humid heat, the rain, and the damp, cold winter wind that whips up between the buildings - not to mention being free from the inattentive commuters texting away, the ride share drivers who seem incapable of navigating the downtown street grid without staring at their maps, and the kamikaze busses.

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From Eater Houston:

 

Antone’s Famous Po’ Boys, one of the Eater’s essential spots to grab the N’awlins-style sandwich, will open a new location in the Medical Center this summer.


The new outpost will be located at 6618 Fannin Street at the base of the Medical Towers Building, which faces the Dryden/TMC MetroRail stop and Texas Children’s Hospital. Construction Concepts will oversee the buildout of the 1,960-square-foot space which will feature counter service and seating for 50 diners. The interior design of this new spot is getting a revamp, along with Antone’s other restaurants located at 4520 San Felipe Street and 2724 W TC Jester Boulevard. 


More here: https://houston.eater.com/2019/3/21/18274683/antones-famous-po-boys-medical-center-opening-summer-2019
 

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On 3/4/2019 at 5:48 AM, CrockpotandGravel said:
On 2/28/2019 at 1:23 PM, Urbannizer said:



Westin Houston Medical Center Hotel at 1709 Dryden has a webpage.

https://westinhoustonmedicalcenter.com/

 


Early 2020 is the updated estimated arrival.




The flip book showing an exclusive first look at Westin Houston Medical Center Hotel (1709 Dryden ) is up. It's part of Medical Crossings, old name the Medical Towers.

http://online.flipbuilder.com/dwge/orxy/mobile/index.html

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Another rendering of Westin Houston Medical Center Hotel (1709 Dryden ) is up. It's part of Medical Crossings, old name the Medical Towers.

This one comes from the sales kit flip book linked above.


The restaurant

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