Real Estate 2012
The name game

Sweet dreams in style: Two Houston hotels soon-to-be rebranded as part of Sonesta chain

Sweet dreams in style: Two Houston hotels soon-to-be rebranded as part of Sonesta chain

There's a new name coming to the Houston hotel market. The Sonesta Collection is taking over management of the InterContinental Houston Near the Galleria and the Staybridge Suites in the Galleria area. Sonesta has owned and managed upscale hotels, resorts, and cruise ships since 1943, though the current name only dates back to 1970.

The chain operates a smattering of hotels domestically, with locations in Baltimore, Boston, Miami and a well-known outpost on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. The company also has a large presence in South America and Egypt.

 The InterContinental, a favorite of charity fundraisers because of its large ballroom, will be renamed The Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston on July 16. 

The InterContinental, a favorite of Houston charity fundraisers because of its large ballroom, will be renamed The Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston on July 16. With 485 rooms, the hotel will be one of the company's largest, in addition to being the first of the brand in Texas.

A mile away from the new Royal Sonesta, the company plans to take over management of the InterContinental's Staybridge Suites on August 13, rebranding it as a Sonesta Extended Stay Suites, the third of the company's new extended-stay hotel brand.

The newly launched Royal Sonesta Houston Hotel website is currently taking reservations, while the Sonesta ES Suites website says reservations will be available soon.

 
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Courtesy of Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau
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Royal Sonesta in New Orleans Courtesy of Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans
Staybridge, hotel, the Galleria
Staybridge Suites near The Galleria Orbitz.com