The Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston has just undergone a $25 million renovation that solidifies its place as the city’s premier luxury accommodation. Stylish and grand, Sonesta’s Texas-sized renovation is a thrilling addition to the famed Galleria district of shopping and dining. From the vast, sun-drenched atrium lobby of the 23-story hotel to the elegant color schemes of each and every room, no detail has been overlooked.
“This is one of the largest and most impactful hotel renovations in the city, creating a luxury property that will stand alone in its look and feel,” said General Manager Monte Hansen. “We will serve as an asset to the area by supporting a critical need for upscale and experiential lodgings for the sophisticated business and leisure traveler.”
Indeed, any traveler will quickly warm up to the hotel’s unique look and feel. The beauty of this renovation lies in its refusal to bow to Texas cliché. You won’t find over-the-top flourishes of cattle and cowboys here. Instead, the energy, medical, and space industries that have helped define modern-day Houston provided the inspiration to our design team. For instance, large starlike sculptural light fixtures, floor-to-ceiling windows and a backlit reception desk match the scale of the lobby; while a mix of metal and wood finishes, vibrant carpet patterns created from views of Houston from space, and contemporary wall art with a nod to energy and medical influences offer a more intimate and welcoming touch to corridors and rooms.
The hotel is also leaning into the future with its exciting new dining and lounge venues. ARA Restaurant offers internationally inspired cuisine in an elegant setting of hardwood floors, leather banquette seating, and a stellar wine cellar. At the new Axis Lounge, the best of Texas is infused with a global flair, from our “Liquid Art” cocktails and wines and other curated beverages to a diverse small-plate menu. And you can lift off at Launch with its glass-wall façade which not only provides sundries to begin and end your day; it also now brews fresh PJ’s coffee, the beloved roast of the south.
Generously designed meeting spaces make the Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston a hub for conferences and all manner of gatherings. The grand Legends Ballroom, our largest space at 11,000 square feet, is the perfect venue for weddings and trade shows with its high ceilings and elegant touches. The Champions Conference Center, perched high above Legends, boasts a light-filled mezzanine and an executive boardroom. All told, six newly renovated meeting rooms total 50,000 square feet. Equipped with the latest technology, they are ready to host your meeting or function.
Soothing color schemes, chrome lighting, and stylish yet functional furniture create a homey feel in our guestrooms. And when you’re ready to step away and relax, the rooftop pool area and its separate Jacuzzi provide the perfect retreat.
We invite you to experience Houston’s latest in luxury! Reserve today!