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This is the one across from the Hyatt Regency - wasn't it a Sheraton? :rolleyes:

It was not in operation for a very long time, not sure if legal wranglings or just the fact that downtown was in such a slump. I had such a 60's dated look and that ugly olive green faded color. Looked like a big refrigerator. Yucko. Should have been placed on the haif forum section of "tear downs".

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It was not in operation for a very long time, not sure if legal wranglings or just the fact that downtown was in such a slump. I had such a 60's dated look and that ugly olive green faded color. Looked like a big refrigerator. Yucko. Should have been placed on the haif forum section of "tear downs".

My high school prom was held there, and I went to a couple of conventions there.

I'd like to see pictures of it NOW - but guess there aren't any.

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My high school prom was held there, and I went to a couple of conventions there.

I'd like to see pictures of it NOW - but guess there aren't any.

i have some - not of the interior, but the garage and exterior. i'll dig em up when i get back (from chicago of all places :P)

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I went ahead and combined a couple topics on the old Sheraton.

It was not in operation for a very long time, not sure if legal wranglings or just the fact that downtown was in such a slump. I had such a 60's dated look and that ugly olive green faded color. Looked like a big refrigerator. Yucko. Should have been placed on the haif forum section of "tear downs".

But I love this building!

The interior was indeed gutted down to the frame for asbestos remediation.

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Back when I was in high school back in the 1970s, I remember reading in the Guiness Book of World Records what was then the most expensive hotel room. A suite in the AstroWorld Hotel which rented for $2500 a night. I don't know if the AstroWorld Hotel is still there anymore.

But, as all of you know, today there are many hotels which far exceed $2500 a night. On TV there was a show about that televangelist named Benny Hinn. It showed hotels that he stayed at which cost $10,000 a night. But of course, God told him to stay there.

I just found a website called "cheapticket.com." Oh, did I find a bargain! I can get a room at the St. Regis Hotel in Houston for only $367 a night! I'm gonna stay there for a few weeks. Before today I never heard of the St. Regis. Maybe someone can tell me what to expect.

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I work for the Doubletree Downtown in Sales, we heard in a meeting yesterday that the former Sheraton-Lincoln was just purchased by Dallas based Omni Hotels and should become the next hotel to hit downtown Houston.

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This has always been one of my favorite buildings downtown. When it opened in 1962 it was the first downtown hotel since 1929, so it was a big enough deal that the Chronicle ran a special supplement about it. Famous guests included Jack Ruby and the Beatles during their only visit to Houston in 1965.

Beatles press conference from the Sheraton-Lincoln:

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Fans spying:

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The hotel closed in 1986 but the office section of the building remained open for a while after that. The Hyatt Regency bought the building for expansion in 1998 and planned to connect it to the Hyatt with a skybridge. They got as far as gutting the Sheraton interior to remove asbestos, but the expansion fell through because of the weak economy. It has been a vacant shell ever since.

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Wow! Welcome to HAIF and thanks for the tip!

I sure hope that is true. I love this building and hate seeing it a shell. It just seems surprising that Omni would want to buy in. I thought there was a lot of excess hotel room capacity, but maybe things have been tightening up with the strong economy.

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Thanks Friend,

I grew up in Houston and just came back after living in San Diego for the past 5 years. I handle the business travel market for Hilton (Doubletree). Downtown Houston is booming with business right now with Deloitte moving from 3 Allen to Heritage and getting 3 times bigger. The Hyatt, Doubletree are undergoing renovations. What we are hearing is that Omni will not have to do abatement on that building since it is asbestos free.

What it looks like so far is that the structure will remain and undergo major renovations. Thanks for the great pics from the brochure. I never kew that used to be a Sheraton.

Wow! Welcome to HAIF and thanks for the tip!

I sure hope that is true. I love this building and hate seeing it a shell. It just seems surprising that Omni would want to buy in. I thought there was a lot of excess hotel room capacity, but maybe things have been tightening up with the strong economy.

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If I hear anything else I will definitely keep you posted. I even asked my parents who grew up in Houston and they could not ever remember that hotel. It must have not been open for that long. It was such a big hotel for downtown at that time.

The asbestos abatement took place a few years ago when it was planned to become an annex to the Hyatt. Let's hope this works out - several redevelopment plans for the Sheraton have fallen through.
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I work for the Doubletree Downtown in Sales, we heard in a meeting yesterday that the former Sheraton-Lincoln was just purchased by Dallas based Omni Hotels and should become the next hotel to hit downtown Houston.

Sounds like you were right! According to the current print edition of the Houston Business Journal, the Sheraton building is being sold "to an unidentified buyer who has plans for new hotel rooms, residential units or a combination of both. This was in an article about Brookfield buying Total Plaza next door. The spokesman compares it to what was done with the old Whitehall Hotel. I hope it comes through.

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Yeah! I hope that is true, but on the other hand working for Doubletree I don't want the competition. I'm pretty sure it's going to be an Omni or perhaps a Starwood product, Sheraton, Westin etc. I was told that when that hotel was originally built the rooms to meeting space ratio was bad, so they had a hard time selling the hotel to conventions. I also heard that the celing height in the guest rooms was really low. I'm sure whoever takes it over will fix that.

Sounds like you were right! According to the current print edition of the Houston Business Journal, the Sheraton building is being sold "to an unidentified buyer who has plans for new hotel rooms, residential units or a combination of both. This was in an article about Brookfield buying Total Plaza next door. The spokesman compares it to what was done with the old Whitehall Hotel. I hope it comes through.
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The ceiling height in the hotel section of the building is lower than in what were the floors for offices. The change in floor height is noticeable from the exterior. Unfortunately there's not a lot that can be done about that by new owners. That also makes sense that the meeting space was limited, since the meeting areas were only in the horizontal block at the base. The other reason this has proved a difficult building to redevelop is the very narrow plan in the upper floors, which limits floor plan options and room sizes. If the Hyatt had gone through with it's redevelopment the lack of meeting areas would not have been a problem.

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It's nice to know that Houston's downtown isn't as empty as Dallas's downtown!

Does anyone know the story on the Sheraton Lincoln? Someone should either buy the place, refurbish it and turn it into condos or it should meet the wrecking ball...I work downtown, and that place looks like it's on the verge of collapse. Two other buildings downtown should be converted into condos as well -- the old Holiday Inn Hotel and another (don't know the name) across the elevated that some morons are spray painting with graffitti...

These three buildings are an eye sore.

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Sounds like you were right! According to the current print edition of the Houston Business Journal, the Sheraton building is being sold "to an unidentified buyer who has plans for new hotel rooms, residential units or a combination of both. This was in an article about Brookfield buying Total Plaza next door. The spokesman compares it to what was done with the old Whitehall Hotel. I hope it comes through.

Is that the same company in Dallas that purchased the Warwick Hotel in Houston?

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Will have to check the place out I will be Houston this weekend and want to see what the place looks like.

Pack a hazmat suit if going near. Just kidding...asbestos comments from above.

It really needs to be razed and started over.

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Just got in from Houston and walked around the building and was amazed that it has sat empty for so long, glad something is being worked out on it.

Yes, in most cases when a building is left vacant, homeless people usually break into it, making it to where nobody wants to buy or lease it.

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Ahh, I work at Hyatt and I've heard rumors about this for a while. (It was addressed at our state of the Hotel address) Alot of the employees park there, everyone calls it the ghetto garage. They re-routed the traffic so you enter from Louisiana instead of Milam so the valet could easily access cars there and drive them quickly to the Hyatt. If you park there you'll notice that there are the orriginal signs telling you to go one way and small cheep signs recently placed telling you to go the opposite. If you've never parked their before its really confusing. If you take the elevator, which I only advise you taking if you are extremely exhausted, there is a metal serial number for the elevator with Sheraton's logo. I never really understood the building though because when you get to the ground floor there is an unusually small elevator bank (for a hotel) and I never understood how it was encorporated with the hotel lobby. It makes sense now, this must have been the elevator bank for the offices. There is an emergency exit door that I then take to get to the street. Usually I spook someone who is sleeping on the ground when I exit.

If anyone is REALLY curious, the parking attendant usually goes off duty around 10 am, so you can drive in and look. I'm not positive that this is the schedule but thats just what I've observed. If you want to enter the garage from the street you walk in the vehicle entrance and WALK down the ramp. There is no other way down. Its really ghetto, and will require alot of work.

As far as demand, downtown can probably support another large hotel. It's not uncommon, especially in the fall, for the Hyatt and Hilton to be completely booked. I'm not sure about other properties.

FYI - The Hyatt Regency Downtown is about to undergo a 35 million dollar renovation. Every room will be renovated, which is BADLY needed. There are some rooms that still have carpet in the bathroom! Every room is going to have plasma televisions, Hyatt grand beds, contemporary furnature, wood appointments. Lobby, restaurants, and bar totally redone. This is all starting in November.

Its really exciting to be downtown right now!

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FYI - The Hyatt Regency Downtown is about to undergo a 35 million dollar renovation. Every room will be renovated, which is BADLY needed. There are some rooms that still have carpet in the bathroom! Every room is going to have plasma televisions, Hyatt grand beds, contemporary furnature, wood appointments. Lobby, restaurants, and bar totally redone. This is all starting in November.

Its really exciting to be downtown right now!

I heard about the renovation occuring a few days ago and it seems timely. One customer complained that the $230+ room should be charged for the quality of a $150 room. His hasn't been the only one that I've heard that complaint about.

But I was under the impression that the renovations had already started, doing two floors at a time. What are they planning on doing to the exterior? I saw them taking some serious measurements over the past couple of months and again within the past few weeks.

Currently, the Four Seasons is undergoing a major Renovation as well. They're doing it in a odd way, they closed half of their rooms.

A few of us are debating as to who was doing it better, cost-effective way.

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I heard about the renovation occuring a few days ago and it seems timely. One customer complained that the $230+ room should be charged for the quality of a $150 room. His hasn't been the only one that I've heard that complaint about.

But I was under the impression that the renovations had already started, doing two floors at a time. What are they planning on doing to the exterior? I saw them taking some serious measurements over the past couple of months and again within the past few weeks.

Currently, the Four Seasons is undergoing a major Renovation as well. They're doing it in a odd way, they closed half of their rooms.

A few of us are debating as to who was doing it better, cost-effective way.

I don't have a major credit card (VISA, MasterCard, Discover, etc.). Sometime I plan to stay one night at the Hyatt Regency or some other hotel. When I go to check in, will the desk clerk call the police if I hand him/her cash?

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Does anyone know the story on the Sheraton Lincoln? Someone should either buy the place, refurbish it and turn it into condos or it should meet the wrecking ball...I work downtown, and that place looks like it's on the verge of collapse. Two other buildings downtown should be converted into condos as well -- the old Holiday Inn Hotel and another (don't know the name) across the elevated that some morons are spray painting with graffitti...

These three buildings are an eye sore.

My firm (Leo A Daly - Dallas) is working now on the design of the renovation for this hotel. It is going to be an Omni & it is going to be fabulous! You guys are going to love it! All hotel - no condo space.

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My firm (Leo A Daly - Dallas) is working now on the design of the renovation for this hotel. It is going to be an Omni & it is going to be fabulous! You guys are going to love it! All hotel - no condo space.

Can you post pictures? Pleeeeease?

At the time the Hyatt planned to renovate, they were going to build a skywalk across Louisiana to the Hyatt. Is that still in the plans?

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Pack a hazmat suit if going near. Just kidding...asbestos comments from above.

It really needs to be razed and started over.

AARP classifies Westin and St. Regis Hotels as "upscale." They'll give discounts to members. But if I stayed at the St. Regis, I would "save" about only $40-$50 because a room for one night is close to $400.

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Any thought of connecting through to the adjacent Louisiana Place building? I believe there was originally a door to connect the building. That would give the guests tunnel access during business hours.

No tunnel access is planned at this time. The original access to the adjacent building (Total) is located on the 2nd floor.

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