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Lavish new downtown Houston hotel bash draws athletes, A-listers, and a disco diva

Lavish downtown hotel bash draws athletes, A-listers, and a disco diva

C. Baldwin grand opening 2019 Gloria Gaynor
Gloria Gaynor rocked the house.  Photo by Michelle Watson
C. Baldwin grand opening 2019 DeAndre Hopkins
The stylish Texan DeAndre Hopkins made an appearance.  Photo by Michelle Watson
C. Baldwin grand opening 2019 Kim Jones Hannah Stegman Amy Kemp
Kim Jones, Hanna Stegman, and Amy Kemp. Photo by Wilson Parrish
C. Baldwin grand opening 2019 Duke Ejiofor, DJ Reader, Justin Reid, Chris Cosentino, Whitney Mercilus, Peter Kalambayi
Duke Ejiofor, DJ Reader, Justin Reid, Chris Cosentino, Whitney Mercilus, and Peter Kalambayi.
C. Baldwin grand opening 2019 Duyen Marc Nguyen
Duyen and Marc Nguyen.  Photo by Michelle Watson
C. Baldwin grand opening 2019 Bill Polly McKeon
Bill and Polly McKeon.  Photo by Wilson Parrish
C. Baldwin grand opening 2019 Melissa Compian Lainie Fritz
Melissa Compian and Lainie Fritz. Photo by Wilson Parrish
C. Baldwin grand opening 2019 Travis & Charlotte McShane
Travis and Charlotte McShane. Photo by Michelle Watson
C. Baldwin grand opening 2019 Leanna Chandler Mann
Chandler and Leanna Mann. Photo by Michelle Watson
C. Baldwin grand opening 2019 Natalie Chambers and Michael Chabala
Natalie Chambers and Michael Chabala. Photo by Wilson Parrish
C. Baldwin grand opening 2019 Amanda Abiassi Dj Reader
Amanda Abiassi and Dj Reader. Photo by Michelle Watson
C. Baldwin grand opening 2019 Slim Thug Kayla Jones
Slim Thug and Kayla Jones.  Photo by Michelle Watson
C. Baldwin grand opening 2019 Whitney Mercilus, Miya Shay, Justin Reid
Whitney Mercilus, Miya Shay, and Justin Reid. Photo by Michelle Watson
C. Baldwin grand opening 2019 Romy Mitchell, Trent Hrncir
Trent Hrncir and Romy Mitchell. Photo by Michelle Watson
C. Baldwin grand opening 2019 Stan Amanda Abiassi
Stan and Amanda Abiassi. Photo by Michelle Watson
C. Baldwin grand opening 2019 Karli Gillum Lauren Craft
Karli Gillum and Lauren Craft. Photo by Wilson Parrish
C. Baldwin grand opening 2019 selfies
Selfies galore.  Photo by Wilson Parrish
C. Baldwin grand opening 2019 Acho Azvike, Chris Oramasionwu
Acho Azvike and Chris Oramasionwu. Photo by Michelle Watson
C. Baldwin grand opening 2019 Chris Cosentino
Chris Cosentino.  Photo by Michelle Watson
C. Baldwin grand opening 2019 Gloria Gaynor
C. Baldwin grand opening 2019 DeAndre Hopkins
C. Baldwin grand opening 2019 Kim Jones Hannah Stegman Amy Kemp
C. Baldwin grand opening 2019 Duke Ejiofor, DJ Reader, Justin Reid, Chris Cosentino, Whitney Mercilus, Peter Kalambayi
C. Baldwin grand opening 2019 Duyen Marc Nguyen
C. Baldwin grand opening 2019 Bill Polly McKeon
C. Baldwin grand opening 2019 Melissa Compian Lainie Fritz
C. Baldwin grand opening 2019 Travis & Charlotte McShane
C. Baldwin grand opening 2019 Leanna Chandler Mann
C. Baldwin grand opening 2019 Natalie Chambers and Michael Chabala
C. Baldwin grand opening 2019 Amanda Abiassi Dj Reader
C. Baldwin grand opening 2019 Slim Thug Kayla Jones
C. Baldwin grand opening 2019 Whitney Mercilus, Miya Shay, Justin Reid
C. Baldwin grand opening 2019 Romy Mitchell, Trent Hrncir
C. Baldwin grand opening 2019 Stan Amanda Abiassi
C. Baldwin grand opening 2019 Karli Gillum Lauren Craft
C. Baldwin grand opening 2019 selfies
C. Baldwin grand opening 2019 Acho Azvike, Chris Oramasionwu
C. Baldwin grand opening 2019 Chris Cosentino

With the exception of an imminent Houston Astros World Series celebration (fingers crossed), the grand opening bash at the new downtown C. Baldwin hotel may very well turn out to be the party of the year in Houston.

Celebs? Check. Models? Check. Raucous entertainment? Check. The brass at Brookfield Properties, which has reimagined the former Doubletree at Allen Center, pulled out all the stops to christen the hotel named for Charlotte Baldwin Allen, known as a savior of early Houston.

And what a party for dear Charlotte. The chic crowd of more than 2,000 rounded off a veritable society checklist. Houston Texans star and style stud DeAndre Hopkins and muscular man-about-town, Whitney Mercilus, made surprise appearances, joined by a bevy of their teammates, including Justin Reid and DJ Reader. Guests were greeted by the McNeese State University marching band, comely check-in models, and Insta-worthy backdrops including a wall heralding the phrase, “Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History.”

How else to celebrate urbanity and girl power? Why not disco diva Gloria Gaynor, who was flown in for the party. Gaynor brought the house down with “I Will Survive” and other classics. She was joined by The Suffers, The Dolls, and DJ Shante.

Social mavens Lynn Wyatt, Becca Cason Thrash, Vivian Wise, and Elizabeth Petersen showed up. The business world was well represented by Texas Medical Center CEO, Bill McKeon; Gow Media CEO, David Gow; Downtown District/Central Houston head honcho Bob Eury; BMW West general manager Maria Moncada Alaoui; and Paloma’s Maryam Naderi.

Houston rapper Slim Thug and Willie D were in the house, as were foodie favorites Dominick Lee of Poitín, Riel’s Ryan Lachaine, and mixologist Linda Salinas. Media was repped by TV talent Linda Lorelle, Ernie Manouse, Isiah Carey, and Miya Shay. Some of Houston’s brightest performing arts stars showed up in the form of Houston Ballet principal dancers Harper Watters, Oliver Halkowich, and Chun Wei Chun; the Alley Theatre’s Brandon Weinbrenner; and Houston Arts Alliance president, Leigh Smith.    

Hip influencers and scenesters Lauren Craft, Matt Johns, Jose Solis, James Glassman, Saba Jawda, Kara Smith, Jonathan Beitler, Michael Chabala, Neera Patidar, and Amanda Abiassi stopped by as well.

Adding to the buzz was rock star chef Chris Cosentino (who has just opened his highly anticipated restaurant, Rosalie Italian Soul). Cosentino oversaw the copious amount of tasty bites that seemed to magically appear at every turn, flowing as fast and easy as the endless supply of libations.

The new C. Baldwin boasts stylish accommodations and common areas; state-of-the-art meeting and event spaces; the aforementioned signature restaurant Rosalie Italian Soul; the soon-to-be open beauty retreat, Paloma; and experiential boutique, Sloan/Hall.The modern design was brought to life by internationally renowned Lauren Rottet of Houston-based Rottet Studio, as well as award-winning Kate Rohrer of Philadelphia’s ROHE Creative.

As for the hotel: C. Baldwin’s guest rooms and suites are outfitted with modern décor and boast floor-to-ceiling windows. Premium rooms and suites on floors 15 to 20 provide views of the city and the surrounding Allen Center. Original portraits of Houston women with flashy cars shot by local photojournalist Elizabeth Conley adorn the walls. Select corner rooms are even outfitted with Peloton cycles.

Missed the party? No worries: The hotel’s circular lobby bar – complete with show-stopping chandelier – is sure to be a hot downtown gathering spot.