The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa completes $7.1-million guestroom renovation

HOUSTON (October 8, 2008) -- The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa has completed a significant renovation to its guest rooms and the corridors on each guest floor.  The finished rooms have a warm, residential feel, and offer energy-efficient features and technological advancements that are useful to both business and leisure travelers.

Each room has been appointed with warm-toned fabrics and rich furnishings, lamps and artwork.  New carpeting includes a beautifully-sculpted looped-pattern, and new drapery features rich, copper sheers with embroidered over-drapes.   The beds have wooden frames with upholstered-patterned head boards, as well as comfy plush throws and custom-made sheets and shams.  Some rooms include an oversized sofa with a queen-sized sofa bed, as well as an ottoman to use as a coffee table or for lounging and resting one’s feet at the end of the day

A floating oval full-length mirror is included in each room.  The painted walls feature a neutral warm color, with the addition of a paneled effect and accents.

In the effort to conserve energy and provide special conveniences, The Houstonian has installed an energy management system for each room to regulate the temperature for when a room is unoccupied, and bring it to the guest’s temperature preference for when it is.  The sensor also enables the hotel to know when a door has been opened or closed to eliminate disturbances from service staff, such as housekeeping or engineering.   A “Do Not Disturb” doorbell unit has been placed in all rooms to increase guest privacy.  In addition, each room offers energy-efficient lighting, including three-way, dimmable and standard-compact florescent light bulbs. 

All guest rooms include a new 42-inch, LCD high-definition Philips television, and each room contains the LodgeNet Launch Pad™, a secure and sturdy multimedia connectivity panel that allows guests to connect to a wide variety of portable devices such as laptop computers, digital audio and video players, portable DVD players and more.  Over the desk, two new 360-degree rotating outlets are available for those needing to plug in large adapters and multiple electrical products. 

The Houstonian has upgraded its in-room wiring and wireless network to provide more reliable service, with the wired network more flexible for group usage.  And, Verizon Wireless has installed a cellular booster system that provides a better signal across the campus for cellular voice and data. 

In-room safes now are accessible in drawers, and open at the top, making it easier for guests to store and retrieve their valuables.

The corridors have new carpeting, wall coverings, sconces and artwork.

Renovations to the rooms follow other projects completed at the hotel last year, which included adding new rugs and upholstery to the main lobby’s Great Room, and a redo to The Bar, which was changed to have a more relaxing, clubby-type feel.  Its changes included new sofas, furniture, rich leather chairs, and a new LCD TV. 

In 2005, the facility opened a $3 million aquatic recreation center, including a Resort-style pool with a 32-foot-long water slide, interactive waterfall features, a baby pool, a walk-in entry, a sunning shelf, geysers, and a large deep end to accommodate exercise classes.  A new Sports pool includes a 25-yard-by-25-meter competition pool, complete with a deck-level waterline to eliminate waves, removable starting blocks, pace clocks and a digital clock with easy-to-read six-inch letters.  Finally, the Garden pool features warmer water, a lap-swim lane and a quiet environment for reading, tanning and relaxing.

Future plans include new carpeting in the Grande Ballroom, new digital directional signage in the lobby, a new laundry facility for hotel and spa laundry needs, additional parking and expansion to The Club, which includes four new indoor and four new outdoor tennis courts and a new padel court.

The materials included in the project were carpeting from Masland and Couristan; upholstery items from Flexsteel, Lancaster Industries and Autrey Manufacturing; lighting from Palecek, Lite Source, Cal Lighting, Troy Lighting and Pacific Coast; fabrics from Swavelle/Mill Creek, Robert Allen, Fabricut, ArcCom, Cortina Leather and Reid Witlin; draperies fabricated by Southwest Décor, and other furnishings from Aspen Home, Vanguard, Bassett, Rosenbaum Fine Art, 360 Electrical, Cooper Classics and custom case goods from Milieu Designs.

Work was overseen by the architectural design firm Kirksey. 

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