New hotel in Houston marries nature with railway influences
Houston CityPlace Marriott at Springwoods Village is now open and accepting reservations for rooms, special events and dining. The 10-story property is the first full-service hotel in Springwoods Village, and the third hotel in the North Houston master-planned community, in addition to Courtyard by Marriott and Residence Inn by Marriott. Woodbine Development Corporation is the developer and the asset manager, and Aimbridge Hospitality serves as the management company for the hotel. Gensler is the architect and interior designer, and Austin Commercial is the general contractor.
Facing the CityPlace Park and lake system, Houston CityPlace Marriott at Springwoods Village is located at 1200 Lake Plaza Drive, next to the CityPlace Plaza at the eastern end of CityPlace, a 60-acre fully integrated, mixed-use district in Springwoods Village and sits within walking distance from the community’s largest employers – ExxonMobil and Southwestern Energy, as well as the almost completed ABS HQs and HP Inc. campus.
“We are excited to open our doors to visitors, area residents and employees, expanding the hospitality lineup in Springwoods Village,” said Mark Sampsell, Houston CityPlace Marriott at Springwoods Village General Manager. “With its unique design, a fantastic restaurant, beautifully appointed guest rooms and plentiful events space overlooking the lake system, we hope our hotel becomes the destination of choice in North Houston for many years to come.”
“Houston CityPlace Marriott is our third Marriott project inside Springwoods Village, but it’s the first full-service destination for the community, which means this upscale hotel serves to diversify and enhance the area’s hospitality offerings,” said King Scovell, managing partner and chief development officer at Woodbine. “Because the design, décor and restaurant and bar experiences have been inspired by the local railroad history and natural surroundings, this property has a true sense of place and gives locals and visitors a memorable place to meet, dine and stay.”
Blending industrial and nature elements, hotel interiors feature a mix of stone, tile, wood, metal and textured fabrics in natural and earthy hues—paired with upscale furnishings, fixtures and finishes. Nods to the railway traditions of the area and the nature of the region are woven throughout, from custom artwork; to carpeting and
lighting mimicking the pine needles on a forest path and water circles created by rain drops on the area ponds; train engine-inspired statement lobby lanterns in the great room; intertwining railway tracks pattern above the front desk and main lobby elevators; tooled-leather furniture and décor elements; restaurant uniforms utilizing denim to pay homage to railway workers; and more. All major light fixtures and 90 percent of the furniture has been custom designed and made for the hotel.
The hotel’s guest rooms offer modern, restful retreats, with signature tooled-leather headboards, comfortable lounge furniture and a flexible table/work station setup that allows for seamless transitions between work and relaxation. The 337 guest rooms include one presidential suite, two executive suites, 12 junior suites, 192 king rooms and 130 queen rooms. The exclusive M Club rooms are on high-level floors and offer beautiful lake views and access to the MClub Lounge on the Lobby level. Standard rooms are equipped with 55-inch TVs, while the suites feature 65-inch TVs. All TV sets are outfitted with Google Chromecast for guests who want to personalize their TV experience using their own apps. Each guest room also features a Keurig coffeemaker, mini-fridge and an in-room safe, along with wood-like flooring and modern bathrooms with sliding barn doors.
Public spaces reflect the needs of today’s travelers—providing a mix of inviting configurations and seating options for those looking to connect online or to connect with others around them. The hotel also features more than 30,000 square feet of flexible indoor/outdoor function space, including: a 10,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom, a 4,000-square-foot Junior Ballroom, four additional meeting rooms, three boardrooms, a pool bar event space and access to The CityPlace Plaza, an expansive outdoor event area. State-of-the-art AV equipment and support is also available on-site.
In addition to Marriott signature elements like the MClub Lounge, the lobby Great Rooms, and our Grab N Go market, the hotel also includes a three-meal-a-day restaurant and bar, SwitcHouse – Plates and Pours, the only full-service restaurant in the CityPlace area. The pool, pool bar and spacious outdoor patio and event space allows travelers to take advantage of the Texas sunshine and fair weather.
The hotel is pursuing LEED Gold certification in alignment with Springwoods Village’s commitment to sustainable development and conservation. Guests have immediate access to the community’s natural assets—with 290 acres of parks and natural corridors that connect to a network of trails, including the nearby 150-acre Springwoods Village Nature Preserve, an ecologically rich experience with a forest habitat, wetlands and pond, which will eventually become part of the greater 46-mile Spring Creek Greenway.
“With ExxonMobil campus, Southwestern Energy’s headquarters, CHI St. Luke’s hospital and soon-to-be completed ABS headquarters and HP Inc. campus, Springwoods Village has become a major employment center in north Houston, stimulating a new hotel submarket in the area,” said Warren Wilson, executive vice president of CDC Houston. “Houston CityPlace Marriott at Springwoods Village is the third hotel in our community, reflecting our strategy of providing a range of hotels at different price points and with different levels of service, all within walking distance to work, dining, retail and recreation. The hotel opening, paired with the completion of ABS headquarters and HP Inc. campus in the coming weeks, provides an exciting continued momentum for the entire community.”
Springwoods Village is a $10 billion, 2,000-acre sustainable master-planned community coming to life in Spring, just south of the Woodlands and 20 miles north of downtown Houston. Located at the confluence of I-45, the Hardy Toll Road and the Grand Parkway, the community is a new model of sustainability and greener living for the Houston region, preserving its natural ecosystems, building energy smart homes, and reducing dependence on the car by providing a walkable mix of retail, dining, offices and public amenities. CityPlace, which will offer 4.4 million square feet of office and retail space within Springwoods Village, is being developed by a master development venture comprising Patrinely Group, USAA Real Estate Company and CDC Houston.