The Omni Houston Hotel has reopened its doors after undergoing a 15-month, $30 million renovation, which was prompted by Hurricane Harvey’s stay at the hotel over a year ago. Guests are welcome to come and experience the upgrades to the hotel.
The urban resort located at 4 Riverway took this renovation as an opportunity to implement Houston’s natural surroundings throughout the interior of the hotel, as well as give credence to the city’s rich history.
“Each space is a testament to Omni’s ‘local flavor’ and you’ll see various colors, materials, textures, and patterns highlighting this throughout the newly designed hotel,” said Laura McKoy, vice president of interior design and creative director for Omni Hotels & Resorts.
This embrace of Houston’s culture begins on the first floor, with touches of leather, bronze, brass and lush green complemented with open spaces and floor-to-ceiling windows that bring in plenty of natural light.
The artwork that was chosen to hang in the hotel all connect to a piece of the city’s history. In one area three large paintings hang, two of astronauts and one of an astronaut’s helmet, which if you look into closely enough will reveal a monkey’s face. On another wall is a mural of Houstonians through the ages, from cowboys to a modern woman listening to music.
A wall of live moss is featured behind three copper reception desks in the lobby, setting a welcoming contrast of color. Another live moss wall is featured in the lobby with a few binoculars set in as if looking through a hedge. When looking through each pair of binoculars, you’re met with various historical houses in Houston.
The Omni offers use of a few public spaces on its first floor, including La Reserve Whiskey Lounge, which is set in dim lighting with orange, brown and black accents that gives the lounge a cozy atmosphere. Two walls in the lounge are covered in black and white photographs of different times in Houston’s history. The lounge serves premium blends and Texas tapas.
Next to reception is COMMONCOLOR, a high-end retail venue showcasing goods from What Goes Around Comes Around, vintage handbags and jewelry from Chanel, Hermès, Louis Vuitton and more.
What’s dubbed as the lobby “library,” features plush sofas, leather armchairs, a bookshelf wall and fireplace, giving the lobby an inviting and communal feel.
Taking inspiration from Memorial Park’s lavish green scenery, the hotel’s new Birdies Cafe & Bar gives visitors view of the outdoor landscape through the large windows that line the space. The restaurant takes its name from former first lady, Lady Bird Johnson, for her impact on the outdoor beautification movement and wildflowers throughout the state.
The hotel’s iconic nightclub, Black Swan, also makes a comeback with modern designs that bring luxury and energy together. To give homage to its name, the club’s walls are covered in a custom wallpaper of black swans.
Soft, whitewashed woods and green walls make up the new aesthetic of Mokara Spa & Salon inside the hotel. Guests are treated to earthy elements of raw wood, stone and pebble accents to merge the spa with the natural outdoors for a serene experience.
On the first and second floors, meeting spaces were redesigned to include extra space for flexible meeting areas. The hotel now offers two new conference areas with boardrooms and breakout space.
“Our new renovation allows us to amplify the excellent guest service we are known for,” said Allan Codore, general manager of Omni Houston Hotel.
Experience the Omni’s Black Swan Night Club this New Year’s Eve as it celebrates the end of 2018 with Mix 96.5 and 95.7 The Spot, or catch brunch on New Year’s Day at Birdies Cafe & Bar from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.