Autograph Collection Adds Historic Houston Landmark to Portfolio

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    Autograph Collection has announced that Hotel ICON will join its unique collection of independent hotels from around the world. The 12-story, neo-classical property first debuted as a luxury hotel in 2004 following a $35-million investment in the renovation and rehabilitation of the 1912 Union National Bank building.Located in the heart of Houston’s downtown historic district, the landmark now boasts 135 guestrooms and suites. Since opening, the hotel has played an integral role in the revival of the area, winning numerous awards and accolades in the process. The addition of Hotel ICON – managed by Sage Hospitality – will round out Autograph Collection’s presence in the southwestern United States, which currently includes hotels in New Mexico, Colorado and Nevada.

    Under the direction of new building stewards, Canyon-Johnson Urban Funds and Centurion Partners, who took ownership of the property in December 2011, Hotel ICON is now in the midst of substantial capital improvements geared to further enhance the guest experience and engage the senses. An early result is the recent addition of LINE & LARIAT Restaurant and L&L Bar, named to reference the regionally inspired dishes that reflect the bounty of Texas’ coast, waterways, farms and ranches.

    Additional amenities include BALANCE Urban Spa, which incorporates four treatment suites and offers a complete range of services for both men and women; an expansive and state-of-the-art fitness facility with around-the-clock access; and approximately 8,000 square feet of unique and flexible function space, including the gracious ballroom, underground Wine Vault, intimate Den and mezzanine level Loft.

    Steps from a myriad of top business and leisure attractions, ranging from the George R. Brown Convention Center and Discovery Green to Toyota Center and Market Square, Hotel ICON also offers guests direct access to the METRO light rail line with service to the Texas Medical Center, Rice University, Museum District, Hermann Park and Reliant Center sports and convention complex.

    Daniel Fountain / 24.10.2011

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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