I was invited yesterday to the grand re-opening of the Marriott Hotel at Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. It was a fantastic event, fitting for a fantastically renovated hotel. Its contemporary look conveys everything Houston is about. Hip and sophisticated, diverse and vibrant. The perfect spot for the busy, fast-forward millennial traveler that comes through HTown.
Newly appointed Houston Mayor The Honorable Sylvester Turner was present at the opening ceremony. Accompanied by Mario C.Diaz Houston Aviation Director of Houston Airport Systems, and Rob Steigerwald Chief Operating Officer of America’s West Marriott Intercontinental. The three of them completed the opening by cutting the ribbon and marking the new beginning of the Marriott IAH.
Newly enhanced lobby area welcomes guests on an open space with artistic accents on the walls. Nearby the bar/restaurant area offers a range of bites and drinks with an intimate atmosphere.
FLIGHTs Grill Executive Chef Patrick Gaugham delighted guests with a versatile selection of beautifully crafted dishes, all of which are available at their restaurant. I strongly recommend you pop by and try them all. Being the food fanatic that I am this was my favorite part!
Fresh juices (including green juice, my favorite) and smoothies were also served upon arrival, along with parfaits, fresh fruit kebabs, and freshly baked pastries, all of which I believe are part of their breakfast menu.
Savory lunch-type menu after the ceremony included southern classics such as Fried Chicken & Waffles, Brisket & Mac, Salads, and Tacos. Yeah! this is Texas Y’all! Dishes were presented in beautifully balanced mini sized portions, perfect for the occasion.
The New Marriott:
Total renovation of all 573 guest rooms features new decor, new furniture, and new linens as well as technology upgrades (high-speed internet and 47inch LCD TVs) New and enhanced bathrooms with large mirrors and new fixtures.
New Entrance & Lobby front desk area.
South tower meeting space and ballroom.
New business center and pool area.
New MClub Lounge.
New Restaurant – FLIGHTs Bar & Lounge
Designed with an on-the-go traveler in mind, the completely renovated guest rooms display a polished and inviting look introducing an updated soft contemporary design, decorative lighting, luxury linens and styled artwork. The custom-designed headboards incorporate the latest technological conveniences with task lighting, electric outlets, and USB outlets (yes! Ipads, Iphones and laptops rejoice!) High-speed wireless Internet access and 47-inch LCD TVs are standard room amenities.
Bathrooms have been designed to showcase a spa-like feel while providing increased dressing area space. New stand-up tile showers with sleek, transparent glass doors have replaced the tub/shower combos.
“The hotel has been updated with our guest’s comfort in mind so that they may have an uplifting experience and the opportunity to recharge while they are on the road,” said Suzy Hart, general manager of the Houston Airport Marriott.
Without a doubt, the newly renovated Marriott offers comfort and style for both travelers and non-travelers alike. Make sure you stop by next time you are in town, even if only to enjoy a drink and a bite.
Jihane – OnixJ
About Houston Airport Marriott at George Bush Intercontinental
Houston Airport Marriott at George Bush Intercontinental at 18700 John F. Kennedy Blvd. in Houston, TX is near the Houston Zoo, Deerbrook Mall and Houston Museum of Natural Science. The hotel features 7 floors with 573 rooms, 6 suites, 1 concierge level, 34 meeting rooms with 30,000 square feet of total event space, a fitness center, outdoor pool and whirlpool. For information, visit http://www.marriott.com/IAHAP or call 1-281-443-2310.
About the Houston Airport System
Houston Airports served more than 53 million passengers in 2014. Houston’s three airports — George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), William P. Hobby (HOU) and Ellington Airport (EFD) — contribute more than $27.5 billion to the regional economy. IAH and HOU collectively provide nonstop flights to nearly 200 destinations worldwide. For more information, visit fly2houston.com. Get social with Houston Airports by following us on Twitter @IAH and @HobbyAirport.