Downtown’s Hyatt Regency Houston is dressed to the nines and ready for visitors.
The 49-year-old hotel revealed its multimillion-dollar overhaul this month, bringing an eclectic flair, mixed with a brutalist, urban influence, to the heart of Houston.
Award-winning New York City-based Stonehill Taylor led the design effort throughout the 955 guest rooms (including 20 suites), two restaurants, and sleek first-floor bar. Plus, a new managing director, John Schafer, has come on board from the Grand Hyatt New York to oversee the hotel in this new-and-improved era.
The updated look of the first-floor lobby features sleek wooden accents, plush mod furniture, large sculptural light fixtures, a marble-clad LobbiBar, and check-in pods in the hotel’s signature 30-story atrium—a first of its kind in Houston when it was first built back in the ’70s.
Two restaurants on the first floor also got a facelift. The upscale Shula’s Steakhouse has shifted from a traditional country club vibe to a stylish Scandinavian atmosphere while still offering a meat-centric menu and now three separate dining areas for private events. The on-site Einstein Brothers Bagels has removed most of its corporate branding and incorporated airy tones so that it now feels like an updated cafe.
The guest rooms and suites share an aesthetic similar to that of the common spaces, using deep hues, custom lighting, and mid-century modern-inspired furniture to create a cosy but cool setting for professionals and leisure travelers alike. According to a statement from Stonehill Taylor, the guest room palette and color-blocking design were inspired by Houston’s Rothko Chapel.
View the slideshow above for an inside look at the revamped property, which joins a handful of new and remodeled hotels in Houston that we can only assume are itching for travel to resume just as much as we are.