introducing the moran

Bustling west Houston hotel checks in with new name and new look

Bustling west Houston hotel checks in with new name and new look

The Moran CityCentre exterior
CityCentre's Hotel Sorella has a new name for 2020.  Photo by Shannon O'Hara

One of west Houston’s hottest social destinations is toasting its 10-year anniversary with a new name and a new look. Hotel Sorella, a Memorial City and Town & Country hot spot, has been rebranded as the The Moran CityCentre. In addition to the new name, the hotel will be rejuvenated with a full-scale update, courtesy of HEI Hotels & Resorts.

The update addresses the goal of cementing the hotel’s role as the heart of the bustling, pedestrian-oriented district by further enhancing the guest experience with myriad shopping, dining, and entertainment offerings within and around the award-winning mixed-use environment, according to owner and operating group, Midway. (The hotel was previously operated by Valencia Hotel Group.) Updates are scheduled to begin in 2020. 

The renaming marks another important milestone: Midway founder Jim Moran passed away 20 years ago this year. “We are also honoring the man whose values guide every decision we make today,” said Midway chairman Brad Freels, in a statement.

Centered at the core of the 47-acre CityCentre, community, adjacent to a programmed green space framed by outdoor dining venues, the 266-room hotel soft-opened in August 2009 and formally launched in November of that year. Designed by Gensler with interiors by Remedios Siembieda, the stylish, modern setting has since become a popular backdrop for photo shoots, bridal portraits, and Instagram feeds.

The Sorella/Moran has become a staycation favorite, thanks in party to its presidential suite and 22 penthouse-level suites, which average 1,500 square feet and include walk-in closets, oversized bathrooms, and gourmet kitchens that can be stocked by request. The units range from one to three-bedrooms; the largest boasts two stories and approximately 3,000 square feet of living and entertaining space.

Another draw, the Radio Milano restaurant, bridges the hotel’s first two floors. At street level, Milano Bar offers indoor and patio seating, craft cocktails, light bites and a regular schedule of popular mixology programming. Upstairs, the main dining room serves farm-to-table Mediterranean fare for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, in addition to a by-reservation high tea service.

“We paid attention to the details when building CityCentre and this hotel,” said Jonathan Brinsden, Midway’s CEO, in a statement. “It’s the details that create the urban fabric and establish authenticity. And at The Moran CityCentre, guests are truly in the center of it all.”

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