Medicine-focused Houston hotel gets a makeover

FA few miles from downtown Houston and 40 miles from George Bush Intercontinental Airport is the Texas Medical Center, a concentration of treatment and teaching facilities in many medical specialties. This month, one of the largest hotels on this campus unveiled a multi-million dollar renovation focused on areas of particular interest to meeting groups.

At the 398-room Houston Marriott Medical Center/Museum District, renovations to the lobby, restaurants, lounges, private reception areas, and fitness center brought more open space containing new furniture and decor in natural colors. Additionally, there are new lighting features throughout as well as greater use of natural light from the property’s large atrium.

Two new restaurants are located on the second floor: Curate and Main & Green. Curate offers American cuisine with a Texan twist and features a contemporary bar. Main & Green serves as the central meeting place at Texas Medical Center where those who work on campus can join hotel guests for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with healthy, modern twists on traditional favorites. Additionally, the Oak Room is an exclusive event space located in Main & Green for meetings or social gatherings for up to 30 people. The space has a private entrance and a built-in widescreen TV for presentations.

In addition to the new restaurants, a 1,900 square foot M Club has been added to the property. For frequent Marriott guests, it offers upgraded amenities such as free daily breakfast, bar service, evening hors d’oeuvres, desserts, large-screen TVs, and banquette-style seating and salon.

HoustonMarriottMedCtr1.pngOne floor above the restaurants, the Marriott has 8,700 square feet of formal meeting space. This includes the Grand Ballroom, which seats up to 550 people in 5,600 square feet and is divisible by seven. There are five other dedicated breakout rooms and two meeting rooms.

Within the Texas Medical Center are the Woman’s Hospital of Texas, Texas Children’s Hospital, MD Anderson Cancer Center, DeBakey VA Medical Center, and Baylor College of Medicine. A half mile south is the Texas Orthopedic Hospital. The center is also located adjacent to Rice Village and University of Rice. For social events, nearby venues include the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Museum of Fine Arts, and Houston Zoo.

The property is one block from the Hilton Houston Medical Center and three blocks from the Intercontinental Houston Medical Center.

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