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Valencia has Discovered a New Hotel Development Niche that Others May Soon Imitate

HOUSTON – Houston-based hospitality firm Valencia Group believes it has found a niche for further hotel expansion: college towns. The firm — which is building the luxury Hotel Alessandra Houston downtown in partnership with Midway — is positioning properties near universities such as Texas A&M, explains Valencia Executive Vice President John Keeling. “College Station is one of the strongest college ... Read More »

Oil’s Impact on Houston Hotel Development: The Q&A with Randy McCaslin

Houston’s lodging sector remains relatively strong, particularly with billions in petrochemical plants under construction in East Houston, expansions at the Texas Medical Center, last year’s opening of the Southwest Airlines International terminal at Hobby Airport and the 2016 NCAA Men’s Final Four. Next year Houston hosts the Super Bowl, which will further buoy the hospitality market. Where is the hotel ... Read More »

A Ritz-Carlton, Perhaps? – Simon Plans 30-Story Hotel/Condo Tower in The Galleria Complex

HOUSTON – Simon Property Group says it will move ahead with its plan to build a 30-story hotel and condo tower, probably similar to a Ritz-Carlton hotel/condo tower, in The Galleria in Houston. The hotel will be built on the site of a former Macy’s, along Sage Road on the western side of Galleria, a massive mixed-use development conceived by ... Read More »

New Westin Adds to Hotel Inventory in The Woodlands

HOUSTON – A new Westin has opened, adding to the hotel inventory in The Woodlands. The Westin at The Woodlands opened its doors in Town Center this month. The 302-room hotel is located at 2 Waterway Square Place. The Howard Hughes Corp., parent of The Woodlands Development Co., said it has completed 913 hotel rooms in The Woodlands over the ... Read More »

Florida Group Buys Sheraton Hotel near Houston Airport

HOUSTON – The Ecclestone Organization has acquired the 419-room Sheraton North Houston at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The 10-story hotel, 15700 JFK Boulevard, was built in 1982. Ecclestone, based in West Palm Beach, Fla., purchased the hotel from a joint venture of Driftwood Hospitality and Apollo Global. The seller was represented by HFF’s Dan Peek, John Bourret and Colby Mueck. ... Read More »

Transwestern to Lease the 40-Story KBR Tower in Downtown Houston’s Cullen Center

HOUSTON – Transwestern will lease the 40-story KBR Tower and the 20-story 500 Jefferson buildings in downtown Houston. Combined, the two buildings have 1.4 million SF of office space. The buildings, which are part of the Cullen Center complex, are owned by W.P. Carey. Michelle Wogan and Paula Musa of Transwestern will handle the assignment. The KBR Tower, located at ... Read More »

Q&A with David Songy, Developer of Two New Hotels in Houston’s Galleria Area

HOUSTON – Showing its confidence in the Houston lodging market, Atlanta-based commercial real estate firm Songy Highroads, LLC has opened not one but two hotels in the city over the past several months. The properties – the 325-room Hyatt Regency Houston Galleria and the 157-room, select-service Hyatt Place Houston Galleria, are part of a 7.6-acre mixed-use development. On strong a ... Read More »

Songy Develops Two Hyatt Hotels Next to Galleria

HOUSTON – Atlanta-based Songy Highroads has opened Hyatt Place Houston Galleria, a 157-room, select-service hotel located across from the Galleria shopping center. The 12-story hotel, situated at 5252 W. Alabama St., is managed by Aimbridge Hospitality. It contains three floors of common space and 10 guest-room floors with both suites and standard rooms Songy also developed an adjacent Hyatt property ... Read More »

35-Story Apartment Tower Planned Next to Texas Medical Center

HOUSTON – A joint venture of Greystar and Medistar Corp. have announced plans to develop Ascent Med Center, a 35-story apartment project on the western edge of the Texas Medical Center in Houston. Groundbreaking for the 375-unit project will be in the first quarter of 2016 with Hoar Construction as the general contractor. The project, located at the corner of ... Read More »

Hilton Introduces New Tru Brand Hotels

McLEAN, Va – Hilton Worldwide has announced its new Tru by Hilton, a mid-priced hotel product targeted for Millennials and other travelers. “Demonstrating owners’ desire for a forward-thinking and innovative midscale brand with a strong value proposition, Hilton Worldwide already has 102 hotels signed and an additional 30 hotels in various stages of approval in cities including Dallas, Houston, Chicago, ... Read More »

Magic Johnson Fund Sells Stake in Austin City Limits Theater and W Hotel

AUSTIN – A Magic Johnson investment fund has sold its stake in the W Austin Hotel and the Austin City Limits theater for $187.2 million. Austin-based Stratus Properties Inc. bought Canyon-Johnson Urban Fund II interest in the downtown Austin property. Stratus Properties announced Monday that it had completed a refinancing of the W Austin Hotel & Residences and Austin City ... Read More »

Realty News Report Awards: Best Hotel Project of the Year

Ralph Bivins’ Realty News Report Awards – The Best of Houston 2015 Realty News Report editor Ralph Bivins has selected the most significant projects, deals and ideas of the Houston real estate market for 2015. These aren’t necessarily the largest or the first. But the deals point to future trends, potential gold mines, noble visions and notable accomplishments by the ... Read More »

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