Houston Airport Marriot ready for arrivalsHouston Airport Marriot ready for arrivalshttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=117332016-01-14T06:00:00Z2016-01-14T19:00:00Z

​​HOUSTON - The Houston Airport Marriott at George Bush Intercontinental Airport has completed its $53 million renovation and opened its doors.

The 573-room hotel adjoins the terminal complex at IAH and underwent property-wide renovations.

Improvements to the hotel, which was originally built in 1971, include enhancements to the front entrance and lobby areas. Guest rooms have also been completely renovated to feature more modern designs.

The hotel's 34 meeting rooms, totaling 30,000 sf, feature new furniture, carpet, wall coverings and technology.

A new restaurant, called Flight, and lounge, called MClub, have also been added to the hotel.

Hotel and airport officials petitioned the Houston City Council to agree to a renovation plan in the fall of 2013. At the time, Host Hotels and Resorts Inc., which built the hotel and leased the land from the city, expected to spend $40.5 million on the renovation if the city agreed to a 40-year lease extension and agreed to not build another hotel on airport grounds for at least ten years.

In the meantime, IAH has launched its own plans to expand.

United Airlines and the Houston Airport System broke ground in May 2015 on the airline’s new Terminal C North concourse, expected to be complete in early 2017.

The $244 million project will create a 265,000-sf concourse including 20 new dining and retail options along with 11 boarding gates. It will be 100,000 sf larger than the existing one.

The airport is also underway on plans for the new Terminal D international concourse. 

The $1.5 billion project calls for the airport to demolish the more than 20-year-old terminal and build a new one, named the Mickey Leland International Terminal, in its place.

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