Wilson Associates helms Houston convention hotel renovation

Hilton Americas-Houston is renovating its guestrooms and public spaces, led by Wilson Associates’ Dallas studio. Renovations of the property, which is owned by the city of Houston, are expected to be completed in 2020.

Connected to the George R. Brown Convention Center via sky bridges on two levels, Hilton Americas-Houston has 1,207 guestrooms and 91,500 square feet of flexible meeting space. Upon completion, the guestrooms will have a lounge chair, an ottoman and a large granite desk with an oversized work surface and enough space for in-room dining. Nightstands and dressers will have a duplex outlet and USB ports. In-room amenities will include flat-screen TVs, a beverage station and a refrigerator.

The rooms will use a color palette of blue mixed with taupe, complementing the textures of tweeds and linen-like materials throughout the space. Finishes will consist of mahogany wood combined with a blend of stainless steel and bronze metal finishes. The guestrooms will showcase custom wall graphics designed by local Houston artists that will be printed and applied as a wall covering on the side wall near the bed. The guestrooms similarly will include wall murals created by Houston-based artists such as Justin Garcia, Nicola Paremta, Jonathan Paul Jackson and Melinda Laszczynski. Each mural will measure 6 feet by 4  feet.


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In the bathrooms, the traditional bathroom door will be removed; in its place, a wall-mounted, sliding door will be featured. The traditional shower and bathtub space will be replaced with a frameless glass, 3-foot-by-5-foot enclosure and the addition of high-end materials such as Botticino marble mixed with a glass mosaic. There will be a backlit mirror measuring 42 inches by 54 inches with a dimmable function and nightlight, as well as an electric magnified makeup and shaving mirror located above the granite top vanity. Also inside the bathroom, there will be artwork created by Houston’s Mabry Campbell.

In addition to the guestroom renovation, the guest corridors will be reimagined. The corridors will include a textured cut-and-loop carpet conceived in a transitional pattern, energy-efficient LED 2700 K lamps and artwork from local Houston artists.  

Guests are now greeted by unique carpeting patterns throughout the hotel. The lobby has geometric slants and circular shapes, inspired by the basket weave pattern on the building’s facade. This carpeting pattern continues to the meeting and event space, which spans three levels with each extending over one city block.

The 26,000-square-foot Junior Ballroom and prefunction area on the second level recently were renovated, while the 40,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom and prefunction area on the fourth level will be completed later this year. The three boardrooms, 25 meeting rooms and prefunction area on the third level will be finalized in 2020. Throughout the three levels, the design team maintained the ornate glass chandeliers and a color palette of blues and taupes with touches of terra cotta.

Photo credit: Wilson Associates