Opening in December of 2016, Houston’s sleek new Marriott Marquis is another jewel in the crown that is downtown. This new 1,000-room hotel will feature many unique and luxurious amenities, including a Texas-shaped lazy river, Houston’s largest ballroom, a custom wine cave, and a prime location downtown, overlooking Discovery Green park. The opening of the Marriott Marquis is one of the many ways that Houston has been preparing for the 2017 Super Bowl. The Marquis’ decor has been styled to mirror the energy and spirit of Houston itself.

The Marquis Director of Sales & Marketing, Jay Marsella, described why Houston was selected by Marriott for this newest development. He listed Houston’s “ever growing population,” “allure as a leisure destination,” and “increase in downtown convention business” as reasons for the decision to increase presence in the area. The hotel even includes a climate-controlled skybridge that connects the George R. Brown Convention Center to the largest ballroom in Houston at 39,000 square feet.

A crucial element to the creators of the Marriott Marquis was to make the hotel truly inspired by and representative of Houston. As part of that effort, Houston icons Chef Hugo Ortega and Craig Biggio signed on to bring their new restaurant concepts to the Marquis. Ortega’s exotic “Xochi” and Biggio’s baseball-inspired sports bar will anchor the Marquis as a hotspot for locals and tourists alike along the newly created Avenida dining district. Biggio’s menu is fit for foodies as well as sports fans. The upscale sports bar plans on offering high quality steaks, burgers, and wings as well as local craft beers, wines, and cocktails. More info will soon be release on Ortega’s “Xochi” concept.