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Hotel Check: Marriott Marquis Houston, Texas

HOW MANY ROOMS? 1,000 rooms and suites

PROPERTY HIGHLIGHTS Connected to the convention center, this city center property was one of the game changers in town. It has helped bring larger events to the city, but it also wins out for its chef-driven dining that appeals to locals and a rooftop swimming pool with a lazy river in the shape of Texas. Yee-haw!

PRICE Internet rates for a traditional room on the random dates we checked start at $205

CONTACT Marriott Marquis Houston, 1777 Walker Street, Houston, Texas 77010, tel +1-713-654-1777, http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/houmq-marriott-marquis-houston/

VERDICT The rooftop pool in the shape of the Lone Star state says it all. This place is big and beautiful, and it knows it. The draw of conference groups is a major part of business here thanks to its connection with the convention center, but the modern guest rooms are perfect for frequent, individual business travelers.

BACKGROUND In the heart of town, the new Marriott Marquis is getting all the buzz for its Texas-shaped swimming pool and fanciful dining outlets. But, its mainstay of traffic is the business traveler and dutiful conferee.

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WHERE IS IT? Downtown hotels are a dime a dozen in Houston, but this large-scale operation offers up some of the newest digs connected to the convention center via skywalk. Nearly $175 million has been spent on a downtown project to reinvent the convention center and surrounding area into a vibrant and inviting space. The city worked with the Urban Land Institute to study the area and design what could serve as a “front door” to the city. It includes a new Discovery Green park with year-round activities like concerts, movies and ice skating, space for seven restaurants on the ground floor of the convention center, and five city blocks that will be transformed into a pedestrian friendly space. Don’t miss Wings Over Water within the Fountain of the Americas out front, which is a stunning display of interactive public art.

WHAT’S IT LIKE? The glass hotel towers over the nearby park and convention center with a modern vibe that begins when you step into the vast lobby. Plentiful seating areas and a welcoming staff make a fine first impression. The spacious pool deck with numerous splashing areas and a lazy river mean this becomes a perfect spot for conventioneers to bring their families. Houston is also blossoming in the arts scene with new museums and galleries opening up within the downtown core making it both a balanced business and cultural destination.

ROOM FACILITIES Guest rooms fit the flashy mold of most Marriott Marquis properties with colorful carpeting, plush bedding featuring pillowtop mattresses and thick duvets, and spacious work desks with ample power outlets and USB ports.

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Bedside power outlets and modern alarm clock stereos are signs of the times, and the armchairs by the windows are great for peering out over the skyline, Minute Maid Park, or the Texas-shaped lazy river that is the star of the popular pool deck. Bathrooms have glass shower stalls stocked with Thann toiletries, extra-bright mirrors, thick towels, makeup mirrors, and hairdryers. Refrigerators are great for keeping snacks and drinks cool, and all rooms come with full-length mirrors, safes, and coffeemakers. Premium level rooms and Marriott’s most frequent guests enjoy access to the executive lounge for complimentary breakfast and all-day snacks. Each evening, a light dinner spread and bar draw conventioneers with access from their rooms. Housekeeping here works hard with so many rooms, and they do a commendable job.

RESTAURANTS AND BARS Sports bar Biggio’s is popular for lunch and dinner thanks to swift service, plenty of TV screens with news and sports, and a casual atmosphere and menu. Those on the go can grab pastries, snacks, drinks, and Starbucks coffee at the Texas T stand in the lobby, but others prefer to linger over a glass of fine wine at Cueva while noshing on house made tapas. Walker Street Kitchen serves three meals a day from an American menu that includes an impressive breakfast buffet (remember, this is a convention property that needs to move many diners through at once). Still, the service is perfect Texan hospitality. Burgers, salads, and tasty ribs continue the menu for the rest of the day.

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Up on the pool deck, High Dive serves cocktails and light meals. Most impressive is Xochi by the highly acclaimed Hugo Ortega, which draws guests and locals for its inventive Mexican cuisine. It is truly a jewel in the hotel’s cap.

Houston Marriott Marquis fire pit

LEISURE FACILITIES The star here is the pool deck with several pools (one for kids, one for adults, whirlpools) including the Texas-shaped lazy river with plenty of floaties for guests to lounge in throughout the day.

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Later in the day, it becomes an adults-only space, and anyone that heads to the pool deck must show the wrist band provided at check-in. The hotel also boasts a fancy fitness center with every kind of cardio and weight equipment imaginable. Pure day spa offers massage and beauty treatments to guests and locals and also features relaxation lounges for pre or post-treatment enjoyment.

BUSINESS AND MEETING FACILITIES Despite being connected to the state-of-the-art convention center, the hotel also has meeting space of its own spanning more than 150,000 square feet across 52 different types of ballrooms and conference breakout areas. Free wireless Internet is provided to anyone that joins Marriott’s loyalty program.

Photos by Marriott Marquis Houston, http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/houmq-marriott-marquis-houston/

By Ramsey Qubein

Ramsey is a regular contributor to Business Traveler across all print, digital, web and social channels.  He travels more than 400,000 miles a year criss-crossing the globe to report on hotels, airlines, loyalty programs, and all things travel.

You can find more from Ramsey at http://www.ramseyq.com/, on Twitter - @dailytraveltips and Instagram - @dailytraveltips

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