The lobby for the new 25-story luxury Downtown hotel announced yesterday — an add-on for the GreenStreet conversion of the former Houston Pavilions — will be on its top floor. A pool and bar will sit above it on the roof level. Its highlighted contours tracing a giant question mark, the sleek modern 225-room tower will be planted on top of the remains of former Houston Rockets center Yao Ming‘s flopped restaurant. It’ll sit back from Main St., behind XXI Forever, hugging Fannin on the block also bounded by Polk and Dallas. But the Hotel Alessandra isn’t meant to spike the retail flow in the failed-mixed-use redo project — instead, it’ll include 7,000 sq. ft. of retail and restaurant space on its bottom floors, and connect to the project’s Main St. shops and Fannin skybridge.
Here’s a view from Main St., looking southeast along Dallas:
Like the Hotel Sorella at CityCentre, the Alessandra will be owned by the Midway Companies — GreenStreet’s new owners — and designed and operated by the Valencia Group. And the building is being designed by the same firm too: the
San Francisco Los Angeles and Houston offices of Gensler. Midway announced today it’ll begin demolishing the former Yao Bar and Grill and adjacent spaces in June and finish the tower in the second half of 2016.
The Chronicle‘s David Kaplan reports that Midway will be getting a 50 precent rebate of the city’s hotel occupancy tax from Houston First, in return for the inclusion of ground-floor retail and for giving booking priority to convention groups.
- Luxury project is latest hotel planned for convention center area [Houston Chronicle]
- New luxury hotel to be built downtown [Houston Business Journal]
- Previously on Swamplot: GreenStreet, Frame by Frame: Previewing the Upcoming Houston Pavilions Remake