HOUSTON, Texas—Today JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts and Pearl Hospitality officially opened the 328-room JW Marriott Houston Downtown. The hotel is housed in the historic, 104-year-old Samuel F. Carter Building and is the JW Marriott brand’s first adaptive reuse project in Texas and its second property in Houston.
Designed by Gensler, the hotel is inspired by Houston’s rich heritage and modern attitude. It incorporates the building’s original design elements, including the hot-riveted steel beams, into sleek, welcoming spaces.
“Houston’s downtown is not only a hub of global commerce, but is also home to a thriving arts, cultural, and culinary scene,” said Mitzi Gaskins, vice president and global brand manager for JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts. “We are excited to be celebrating this landmark opening in one of the city’s most flourishing neighborhoods. JW Marriott Houston Downtown is a milestone addition to the JW portfolio, providing guests with incomparable experiences from a curated art collection and the first Spa by JW to superior cuisine at Main Kitchen restaurant, all housed in Texas’ first skyscraper.”
Interior spaces, conceptualized by Wilson and Associates and MBCM Incorporated, fuse old and and new, past and present. Eighteen original works of art by Texan, national, and international artists, including the 13-foot griffin sculpture and the first augmented sculpture by Urbanscreen in North America, are displayed throughout the hotel.
JW Marriott Houston Downtown offers 328 rooms including executive and presidential suites, long-term apartment suites, and four wellness-inspired spa suites. Each guestroom has a 55-inch LCD TV, an iPod station, Nespresso coffee machine, wireless internet, and touchscreen room controls. Rooms are also equipped with iPads featuring the multilingual iRiSÒ app, which will allow guests to access and book all facilities and services offered at JW Marriott Houston Downtown including dining, spa, room service, concierge and valet services, and travel information.
JW Marriott Houston Downtown’s Main Kitchen offers a menu inspired by the melting pot of Houston’s culinary cultures. Award-winning chefs Erin Smith and Sharon Gofreed develop globally inspired, seasonal menus based on locally sourced ingredients. The 806 Bar & Lounge connects to Main Kitchen for a seamless dining experience. Guests can enjoy small bites, classic and contemporary cocktails, craft beers, and domestic and South American wines.
A curated art collection, featuring works by local and national artists, is on display throughout the property’s more than 16,000 square feet of event spaces. The flexible spaces can be combined or separated depending on event needs.
JW Marriott Houston Downtown is the first hotel worldwide to feature Spa by JW, a new spa concept by the JW Marriott brand developed in collaboration with JW Marriott brand partner Aromatherapy Associates. The spa offers treatments and products designed to address four core benefit states: calm, indulge, invigorate and renew.
“Houston’s phenomenal growth continues to capture national and international headlines and the JW Marriott Houston Downtown perfectly reflects the city’s vibrant arts and culinary scene,” said Natalie Wiseman, director of sales and marketing.