Houston: New convention hotel books an amazing 200,000 room-nightsHouston: New convention hotel books an amazing 200,000 room-nightshttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=107252015-10-07T05:00:00Z2015-10-07T12:00:00Z

​​HOUSTON - Boosted by the 2017 Super Bowl, the new 1000-room Marriott Marquis Houston, which will open next year, has booked almost 200,000 room-nights, a phenomenal amount of advance business, a hotel executive says.

The downtown hotel, 1777 Walker St., ​​which will be linked by skybridge to the convention center, has booked a sizable number of rooms for the Super Bowl. 

But the 200,000 rooms represents a lot more than just Super Bowl business, said Jay Marsella, director of sales and marketing for the downtown hotel.

Initial guests at the Marriott Marquis hotel are expected to check-in in September 2016 with room rates in excess of $200 a night.

The hotel’s group and convention business will start arriving in 2017, says Marsella, who expects occupancy rates of 68 percent in the first year and over 70 percent thereafter.

Houston-based RIDA Development is developing the $370 million hotel in conjunction with the Houston First Corp.

Downtown Houston is getting a lot of new hotels, which are under construction now: a 215-room Holiday Inn in the old Savoy Hotel building; a 223-room Hotel Alessandra by Midway and Valencia Group; the Aloft hotel being put in the historic Stowers building by Bill Franks; and two new hotels by Nick Massad: a 168-room Hampton Inn and a 132-suite Homewood Suites.

Check out the full Ralph Bivens story.​
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