Once construction is complete in early 2017, the George R. Brown Convention Center (GRB), 1,200-room Hilton Americas-Houston, the new, 1,000-room Marriott Marquis Houston, 12-acre Discovery Green park, along with various dining options will make up “Avenida Houston”. The two hotels will be connected to the convention center via skybridge, while north, south and central parking garages, also connected, will ensure that parking is always available.
The front of the GRB has been transformed to include 5 new restaurants and a flexible outdoor event space, grand entrance, full concourse and many stunning art pieces. Guests will also have gorgeous views of Downtown Houston from inside the building and on one of its many balconies. The Marriott Marquis will also add restaurants to the area, providing local and diverse dining options, adding to the two restaurants already in the Hilton Americas-Houston.
Marriott’s new hotel to the north end of the GRB has amenities you won’t find anywhere else; rooms will have gorgeous skyline views and excellent dining options. However, the feature that has taken national attention is its Texas-shaped lazy river. The Marquis will become a hotel where convention attendees will want to stay just one more day.
Guests will not be short on activities, as the GRB sits next to the Toyota Center and Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Rockets, Houston Astros and dozens of annual concerts. A few short blocks away, soccer fans can see the Houston Dynamo or Dash, the professional men’s and women’s soccer teams. The area around Avenida Houston also has many other activities and dining options for guests, as well as unique meeting spaces for evening receptions.
Once conference sessions are done for the day, you will be able to taste why Houston is named the Culinary and Cultural Capital of the South. The city’s diverse culture has fused to bring out new flavors and classic favorites that are sure to please. Avenida Houston will serve as the gateway to excellent cuisine from land and sea, and only feet from your hotel with over 15 immediate dining options.
For the downtown area, construction hasn’t been focused just around the GRB. Only two blocks away, the new Hampton Inn/Homewood Suites combined hotel was completed in spring 2016. The redevelopment of a historic, 1913 building was completed in the fall of 2016 as a new, 168-key Aloft hotel. Transportation options have also expanded with new light rail lines that can connect Avenida Houston to the Theater District, many downtown options and even NRG Park, home of the Houston Texans, RodeoHouston and more.
For those looking for transportation around the city, downtown Houston taxis can get your around town, to the airport and more. Uber ride-sharing is another option, offering a flat rate of $7.13 within the I-610 loop and the Galleria/Uptown area.
Additionally, Greenlink buses offer free transportation along a downtown route, arriving at stations every 7-10 minutes. Light rail lines to Avenida Houston have also been completed recently, giving riders options to east downtown destinations, downtown and even NRG Park.
Learn more about Avendia Houston, coming January 2017 by visiting www.AvenidaHouston.com. You can also find out what’s happening in the Avenida through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.