Whether you are planning a quick city break or a longer holiday, Houston is a fun-filled city that will make for a memorable vacation. Most travelers fall into one of these two categories – those looking for luxury, and those looking for best value for money. Houston offers plenty of great options for both these types of travelers. Home to luxury Houston hotels like the Houstonian Hotel Club and Spa, The Lancaster Hotel. Hotel Granduca, and the Four Seasons Houston, the city also offers plenty of best value charming bed-and-breakfast options. However, these aren’t all that Houston has to offer. H-Town is also home to a few classic Houston hotels that have colorful histories of their own, so much so that these hotels are actually tourist destinations in their own right. As you plan your trip to Houston this time around, have a look at some of these unique and historic Houston hotels to give your stay there an added edge.
One of the most popular Houston hotels, Hotel Icon is located in Downtown Houston. Established as the Union National Bank Building in 1911, this structure was one of the first steel-and-concrete skyscrapers in the country. In 2004, the building was renovated completely and reopened as the Hotel Icon. This 12-story building is well-known for being an architectural marvel, and is a tourist attraction in its own right. The façade boasts of intricately carved Corinthian columns on the outside, and enormous 30-foot Doric columns on the inside. The decorative plaster molding in the hotel is enchanting and demands a second, and often, third glance. This neo-classical architectural gem also has a long history of prominent guests. Tenants like architect John Staub who can be credited with creating local monuments such as the Bayou Bend and The Rienzi, and international companies like Brown and Root, and Jesse H. Jones’ Neuhaus & Co. have called this building home at one point in time. If you are an architecture fan, the Hotel Icon is one of the best Houston hotels you can stay at.
Where Cleopatra Said “I Do”
Hilton University of Houston Hotel and Conference Center is a unique gem of a hotel located inside the University of Houston campus. A fully-fledged Hilton hotel, this one is used as a teaching hotel by the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management. This institute has the only archive that is dedicated completely to the hospitality business. Another notable addition to the archive is the first wedding album of Elizabeth Taylor and Conrad Nicholson “Nicky” Hilton. Jr. Hilton was Taylor’s first husband back in 1950, although they divorced a year down the line. The archive also contains many industry journals dating back to 1880s, and the guest sign-in tomes from the Beverly Hills Hilton in 1955. Stop by to see when “Mr. and Mrs. Clark Gable” checked in! The archive is available for perusal by appointment only.
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