by Sarah J.F. Braley | December 22, 2016

The 1,000-room Marriott Marquis Houston, across the street from the George R. Brown Convention Center, will open as planned on Monday, Dec. 26. The property has 154,000 square feet of its own meeting space, including Houston's largest ballroom at 39,000 square feet.

Guest rooms feature Marriott's signature bedding and offer in-room technology options such as LCD televisions, a connectivity plug-in panel, and both wired and wireless Internet. All are equipped with custom-designed pivoting desks and ergonomic chairs.

An amenity deck with an infinity pool and Texas-shaped lazy river sits 110 feet above ground. Other amenities include a 5,000-square-foot, full-service Pure spa with seven treatment rooms, and a 5,000-square-foot fitness center. Among dining options are Biggio's (named for the Houston Astro's former second-baseman Craig Biggio); a tapas and wine bar called Cueva; the High Dive pool bar and grill; the Texas T coffee house; and the Walker Street Kitchen, serving American fare.

The hotel's meeting space includes 38 breakout rooms and the 39,716-square-foot Texas Ballroom, which can accommodate up to 4,400 people.

The property is a few blocks from Minute Maid Ballpark and the Toyota Center and anchors one side of the convention district's Discovery Green. A $1.5 billion revamp of the area around the convention center is finishing up, and the center itself is completing a $175 million renovation, adding multiple ground-floor restaurants. Four of six street lanes in front of the center are being turned into a pedestrian plaza running the length of the building, and the area is now called Avenida Houston. The center's entrance has been redone, and 90,000 square feet of contiguous foyer space was added.

A media preview was held this week. To see photographs of the finished product, click here.