Seven years ago, I came to Houston for the very first time on a business trip. I didn’t know anything about the city, and really had no idea where to stay. Our travel agency booked me into a downtown hotel, assuming downtown was central and full of restaurants, etc. The hotel was nice, but I ended up driving to dinner every evening, because when the sun set, the area became deserted.
Things have changed, and now there’s so many restaurants, bars, and venues downtown, like Bayou Place, there’s plenty to see and do! Now, as a local living in the Houston suburbs, I don’t go downtown very often, and had never heard of the Hotel Icon, before our #GoHouston stay cation. It baffles me that I was unfamiliar with them, since they are a Marriott Autograph Collection hotel. Which means, I can earn points when staying there, and redeem points for a stay there….like maybe a romantic getaway!
Hotel Icon is now at the top of my list, for a romantic getaway, between the beautiful, whirlpool bathtub, combination of historical and contemporary elements, great food, and world class service, its actually the only place on my list. And…it just so happens that they have a special “Kiss and Tell” package offer at the moment, which includes: one dozen long-stem roses, one of the city’s most romantic rooms, a bottle of chilled champagne with strawberries and cream, breakfast in bed for two and a late 1 PM checkout. Did I mention they also have an on-site spa?
Located near the business, theater, legal and sports districts, you can walk, bike, or enjoy a complimentary ride to lots of nearby attractions. Visitors looking to explore and exercise, should check out the Houston Bcycle station nearby. It’s also the only downtown hotel on the 7.5 mile, state-of-the-art METROrail light rail line. If you don’t have a car, you can easily take the METRO to the Museum District, Children’s Zoo,Hermann Park, and the Reliant Center to see the Texans play! The hotel also offers a complimentary car service to attractions in the city.
Built in 1911, the landmark hotel, used to be the Union National Bank building, and you can see a lot of reminders like the vault behind the front desk, and the night deposit box on the outside of the building. Hotel Icon has recently undergone a $35 million renovation, and has a gorgeous two-level Presidential Suite and a three-level Penthouse Suite.
Many of the celebrities that perform in Houston, and some of the country’s most influential business people frequent the hotel, and you never know who might be seen in the lobby, or having a drink at Line & Lariat. Their breakfast is fantastic.
During my recent stay, they were hosting a Microsoft conference, and the valet vaguely mentioned Bill Gates, but truly, I don’t think it matters who you are, the staff at Hotel Icon treats everyone like rock stars!