Value-priced Hotels Planned for Houston Convention District
The area around the George R. Brown Convention Center is about to see a burst of hotel construction as developers plan several new projects, two of which will offer more moderately priced rooms.
The new projects are planned for sites just outside the convention center's front doors, making this the most active period for hotel construction in this part of downtown in a decade.
Houston hotel firm American Liberty Hospitality is planning a 300-room property along Crawford between Capitol and Rusk.
The 14-story building will have two brands under the same roof: a Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites.
The two hotels, known nationally for their value pricing, will help serve price-sensitive travelers, whether they're coming downtown for a business meeting or the annual quilt show.
"We are trying to bring a variety of room types to the convention district," developer Nick Massad Jr., president and CEO of Houston-based American Liberty Hospitality, said of the $50 million project.
American Liberty Hospitality expects to break ground early next year on its dual-branded hotel and open it by September 2015.
Running two hotel brands in a single structure benefits the operator financially through shared expenses, said hotel consultant Randy McCaslin.