by Sarah J.F. Braley | November 08, 2018
The 378-room Omni Houston Hotel in the city's Galleria area has reopened following $30 million renovation. The property had been closed since Hurricane Harvey struck in late August 2017, reportedly flooded the first two floors of the hotel. According to the Houston Business Journal, Omni worked with a civil engineering firm to create a new flood-mitigation plan for the property.
The first floor now sports local touches of leather, bronze, brass and lush greens. Floor‐to‐ceiling windows bring natural light into open communal spaces. Welcoming guests are three copper reception desks in front of a moss wall.
"Throughout this renovation, we collaborated with the design team to showcase Houston's natural surroundings while also giving a nod to the city's rich history," said Laura McKoy, vice president of interior design and creative director for Omni Hotels & Resorts. "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."
The ground floor also features La Reserve whiskey lounge, Birdies Cafe & Bar and CommonColor, a high-end boutique with items from What Goes Around Comes Around, such as vintage handbags and jewelry from Chanel, Hermés, Louis Vuitton and more. The Lobby Library offers plush sofas, leather armchairs, a bookshelf wall and a fireplace; the hotel's vibrant nightclub, Black Swan, has returned, and the on-site Mokara Spa & Salon was redesigned. Meeting space on the first and second floors was renovated, with 2,500 square feet added for a total of more than 25,000 square feet.
"Our new renovation allows us to amplify the excellent guest service we are known for," said Allan Codore, general manager of the Omni Houston. "We can't wait to help create memorable experiences for our guests, regardless if they're here for business, leisure or upcoming holiday travel."