Thank you to Hotel Icon for allowing me experience a stay. All opinions are my own.
Houston, Texas offers an array of historical and modern sites, tastes and sounds to experience. From it’s many amazing restaurants to it’s gorgeous architecture, there’s no better place to take it all in than at Hotel ICON. Hotel ICON is located in the heart of Houston’s downtown area and in the middle of the Green Street District. This site-filled section of town is great for tasting the local fair as well as relaxing and taking in the scenery through the easy transportation provided by the electric trains that run through the area.
Hotel ICON‘s history spans back to 1911, when it was first built as the Union National Bank Building. Although it’s since been upgraded, the hotel features amazing attention to it’s historical detail, including a massive safe door embedded behind the welcome desk as well as the luxuries of modern day. The decor is reminiscent of old-world oil tycoon Texas with it’s hard metals, thickly animal skinned chairs and sofas and clock-like elevators. The staff’s charm and the elegance of the hotel certainly make for a time warped feel as you walk through the massive marble columns towards the mirror-filled elevators.
The hotel features many amenities such as a great downtown location, covered valet parking, WiFi internet and room service. Checking in we were warmly welcomed by the staff who were dressed to the T for the rodeo that was in town which only added to the flair of the hotel. Upon heading up to our room, we were greeted by a stunning red door to our suite. Walking inside, we were welcomed to a spacious living area with high ceilings; great for creating that feel of endless space. The view of the capitol building outside was beautiful during the day and evening. The bathroom was stunning with it’s early 1900’s type feel. The addition of a small, cowboy rubber duck on the edge of the clawfoot faucet-ed tub was playful and fun while the steer-head towel holder was a great rustic touch. As someone who travels a lot with kids (although this trip they didn’t accompany me) I loved that the hotel forwent the pressure activated snack and mini bar and instead went for an eye catching mirrored nook offering water, coffee and tea as well as a mini fridge.
If you’re looking for something to snack or sip, Hotel ICON offers a fine selection at their in house restaurant Line & Lariat available for both breakfast and dinner. Grab a few cocktails to start off your evening at the L&L Bar and then head out on the town. We had a wonderful, issue free stay while at Hotel ICON and I enjoyed taking in it’s beautiful and historic personality. I hope to visit again soon and have the chance to experience yet another wonderful stay within their walls.