It's no big secret that downtown Houston is basically transforming before our very eyes. From new food halls to bars and restaurants, and revamped parks that host tons of free family-friendly events, the ever-changing area has a lot to offer, even for Houstonians, and even in the summer. Have you even checked out Yuri Sukuki's Sonic Playground at Discovery Green or the brand-new Understory food hall yet?
With all that in mind, downtown seems perfect for a staycation right about now, whether you're celebrating an anniversary, a birthday, or just want to escape your increasingly dystopian Twitter feed. Good news for you: Three stunning new hotels have opened their doors this summer, adding to our already impressive mix of lodging options. Here's what to know about each of these luxurious new downtown stunners.
400 Dallas Street | From $158 per night
The luxurious new revamp of a former Doubletree is not only the newest addition to Hilton's high-end Curio Collection of hotels, but also the anchor for the reimagined landmark Allen Center, and a nod itself to our city's history. The name, C. Baldwin, honors our city’s iconic unsung hero, Charlotte Baldwin Allen, wife of Houston co-founder AC Allen and one of the earliest benefactors of our city's development.
It looks the part, too. A female-led design crew created the luxe and serene digs, featuring 354 stylish guestrooms, a natural nail salon, a Sloan/Hall storefront, green space, 14,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and event offerings, and a restaurant that will debut in September. All of this anchors the 3.2-million-square-foot Allen Center, a compound that also includes three office buildings and is currently undergoing a multimillion dollar renovation to bring even more retail and restaurants to the mix. The hotel is also adjacent to one of our favorite downtown gems, Sam Houston Park, where you can step back into time with a guided tour by the Heritage Society.
723 Main St. | From $129 per night
Located in a property that's on the National Register of Historic Buildings—the Jesse Jones-designed Gulf Oil turned Houston Bar Center building, dating back to 1914, this 10-story, 195-room beauty boasts modernist architecture, an art collection, restored mid-century modern design elements and Spanish influences that's all very "European soul mixed with Texas charm," their intended ambience after a reported $44 million renovation.
You'll definitely want to check out the historic Zoe Ballroom, known in its heyday as the Zoe Theatre, where silent movies were screened under the unique barreled ceiling. And don't miss the AC Lounge's signature drink, The Chaplin, a black and white Old Fashioned that you can enjoy along with a menu of tapas. But do save room, because the hotel is directly across the street from Finn Hall, an incredible new food hall with tons of great offerings.
1314 Texas Avenue | From $125 per night
Located in the historic Great Southwest Building at 1314 Texas Avenue, and three blocks from Minute Maid Park, this new upscale hotel from Concord Hospitality opened its doors to guests on August 1.
With 226 rooms, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a 20th-floor ballroom and multi-function meeting spaces with great views, the Cambria is both sophisticated and tech-minded–each room has a Bluetooth-enabled bathroom mirror and smart TVs. Its in-house restaurant The Rig is coming soon, with a menu of locally sourced bistro fare, but if this is a special occasion, you'll be extremely close to fine dining faves Potente and Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse.