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Airport Marriott Hotel 
to Get Makeover

December 13, 2013

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The Houston Airport Marriott Hotel was orginally buiilt in 1971.

Houston City Council members recently approved a deal that will give the Airport Marriott Hotel at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) a much-needed renovation, transforming the aging property into a leading hotel that meets the discerning tastes of all travelers.

“It's important to give travelers a true reflection of Houston and the highest level of hospitality during their stay in our great city,” said Janet Schafer, Assistant Director of Properties with the Houston Airport System.  “After the renovation, the Houston Airport Marriott Hotel will become a modern, relevant and opening-day fresh destination that will solidify its position in the market."

The Airport Marriott is conveniently located between Terminals B and C and connects to all terminals via an underground passenger train.

Host Hotels and Resorts, which built the hotel in 1971 and continues to lease the property from the City of Houston, will spend $40.5 million on the hotel’s renovation to elevate the guest experience.

The remodel will include an interior face-lift to the 1960’s architecture and incorporate the landscape of Houston into the design elements. The transformation will also add a state-of-the-art lobby and bar area with dining service, a trendy reception and lounge space, an upgraded fitness room and improvements to the infrastructure.

All of the 565 guest rooms will be redesigned with modern décor, along with plush linens and thicker mattresses, contemporary furniture and finishes. All of the existing furniture will be donated to local charities.

An industry day will be announced to facilitate the participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, Minority and Women Business Enterprises, Persons with Disabilities Enterprises and Small Business Enterprises in the renovation. The construction will create about 200 jobs and is expected to be completed by late 2016.

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