the omni returns

Iconic Galleria-area hotel reveals massive $30 million renovation and reopening date

Iconic Galleria hotel reveals massive renovation and reopening date

Omni Houston new library
The Omni's new library is meant to "bring the outside in."  Courtesy image
Omni Houston new Whiskey Room
The new, clubby Whiskey Room.  Courtesy image
Omni Houston new lobby
The Omni's lobby is meant to invoke nearby Memorial Park.  Courtesy image
Omni Houston new coffee bar
The open coffee bar is meant to encourage communal sharing. Courtesy image
Omni Houston new library
Omni Houston new Whiskey Room
Omni Houston new lobby
Omni Houston new coffee bar

An old-guard Galleria-area landmark is getting a fresh new look. Tragically hard-hit by Hurricane Harvey and currently closed, the Omni Houston Hotel is undergoing a $30 million renovation, and is set to reopen just in time for the holidays on November 1, 2018. 

Guests can expect a revitalized look that includes leathers, bronze, brass, and lush greens, one that pays homage to local areas — and according to a hotel statement, a “modern Texas.” A moss wall in the lobby harks to nearby Memorial Park, with natural light, floor-to-ceiling windows, and open communal spaces creating a sense of “bringing the outdoors inside.”

The evolution of the 378-room hotel continues throughout various common spaces, including a high-end retail venue, coffee and wine bar, and whiskey room that is said to pay homage to Houston’s history. The dining outlet has been re-concepted, and is meant to to encourage guests to gather and socialize around the curved shaped bar.

Black Swan, the Omni's ever-popular nightclub, will return with a similar modern design, while the lobby lounge that flows into the coffee bar offers plush sofas, leather armchairs, a bookshelf wall, and fireplace with a built-in bench.

In-house spa/salon Mokara gets a facelift with soft, whitewashed woods, stone, wood, and dark metals. Updated treatment rooms will use earthy elements such as raw wood accents and stone and pebbles weaved throughout to marry the spa with the natural outdoor landscape.

Meeting spaces on the first and second floors are also set for a redesign and will include an additional 2,500 square feet of flexible meeting space. The property will offer two new conference areas with boardrooms and breakout space.

The redesign and reopen will be helmed by its new general manager Allan Codore. “It is an exciting time for the hotel as we are navigating through a major renovation that will transform each space and position the property as the hotel of choice in the Galleria-area,” said Codore in a statement. “I am excited to return to Houston and be back at the Omni Houston Hotel to lead the team, oversee the progress of the renovation and to welcome our guests back this fall.”