by Sarah J.F. Braley | May 14, 2018
The 378-room Omni Houston Hotel, which has been closed since Hurricane Harvey struck the city in late August 2017, is undergoing a $30 million renovation and will reopen on Nov. 1. "It is an exciting time for the hotel as we are navigating through a major renovation that will transform each space and position the property as the hotel of choice in the Galleria-area," said Allan Codore, the hotel's new general manager. "I am excited to return to Houston and be back at the Omni Houston Hotel to lead the team, oversee the progress of the renovation and to welcome our guests back this fall."
For the property's first floor, which was flooded during the storm, the new aesthetic goes local with leathers, bronze, brass and lush greens. Natural light will flood through floor-to-ceiling windows, and new communal spaces will aim to bring the outdoors in. A high-end retail venue, a coffee and wine bar, and a whiskey room also will pay homage to Houston's history. The  first-floor restaurant will be revamped, and the property's nightclub, Black Swan, will get a new modern design. 
The 30,000 square feet of meeting space on the first and second floors will be redesigned and will get an additional 2,500 square feet of space. The Mokara Spa and Salon will also be revamped. 
The 400-room Omni Houston Hotel at Westside, which also closed in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, reopened before the end of last year. Any of the property's meeting space and dining options that hadn't reopened at that time now are welcoming groups and guests.