The hotel portion of a two-in-one hotel and apartment development in the Texas Medical Center will be an Intercontinental-branded hotel, which speaks to the ethnic and geographic diversity of the medical center's clientele, the hotel's developers told the Houston Business Journal.

​U.K.-based InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (NYSE: IHG) will open its 21-story, 353
room Intercontinental Houston Medical Center in late 2018. The hotel, which will share a lobby with a Greystar apartment development dubbed Latitude Med Center, will include 11,800 square feet of meeting space, a 7,800-square-foot ballroom and more. The joint apartment and hotel project, located at 6750 Main St., is being developed by Houston-based Medistar Corp. and TRC Capital

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"It's a great project for Houston in general," said Joel Eisemann, chief development officer of The Americas for Intercontinental Hotels Group. "Having a hotel like this will attract more demand into Houston." Plans for the development first emerged in 2014, when TRC Capital Partners announced that it would develop and own a 250-room hotel with 40 to 60 apartment units alongside Medistar. Plans for the number of apartment units have since changed, Medistar's Paul McCleary told the Houston Business Journal in January. It's unclear how many units there will be, but units at Greystar's complex will range from 349 square feet to 3,767 square feet. The apartment will also open in 2018, a Medistar representative said. Developers hope the apartment captures the business of nearly every kind of patient, practitioner and student in the medical center.

The hotel will also capture the business of family members visiting patients with long stays in the medical center, a Medistar spokesperson said. The Texas Medical Center can be viewed as a separate economic ecosystem from the broader Houston economy, Eisemann said. The International Hotels brand is viewing this as a multidecade investment in Houston's growing international community, rather than being deterred by the state of Houston's oil markets.

"I think the first time I visited the (medical center) site was probably three-and-a- half or four years ago, and I know my team has been working on this even prior to that," Eisemann said. "So, when a project is of this size and magnitude in terms of investment, and is a bit complicated … sometimes it takes a while to put it together."

California-based PCCP LLC issued a $73.1 million senior construction loan to Medistar for the construction of the hotel, the real estate finance firm announced in a release. Other costs associated with the project weren't disclosed.

The project broke ground earlier in the spring and should deliver near the end of 2018. Regarding the apartment, Greystar is the general partner and the developer, while Medistar is the limited partner. Atlanta-based The Preston Partnership is the architect; Hoar Construction was tapped as the general contractor. On the hotel side, St. Louis-based HOK designed the hotel’s exterior; HOK’s New York office designed the interior. GHJ Construction is the general contractor.


Cara Smith Reporter
Houston Business Journal


Medistar to Joint Venture with TRC Capital to Develop Intercontinental Hotel in Texas Medical Center

InterContinental Houston Medical Center, which is being built next to the Texas Medical Center and down the street from Rice University, has reached its highest point.

A topping out ceremony for the 22-story tower was held on July 19. The hotel, at 6750 Main St., is expected to open in late 2018.

​Houston-based Medistar Corp. is developing the project through a joint venture partnership with TRC Capital Partners, formerly The Redstone Cos. Once completed, Medistar will own the hotel, and InterContinental Hotels Group will manage it.

St. Louis-based HOK designed the hotel’s exterior; HOK’s New York office designed the interior. GHJ Construction is the general contractor.

The hotel will feature 353 guest rooms and suites, upscale dining, meeting spaces and a 7,800-square-foot ballroom. The project will share a lobby with a Greystar apartment development dubbed Latitude Med Center.

This is the first full-service luxury hotel to be built in the immediate TMC area in several decades, according to Medistar. However, Lubbock, Texas-based Pearl Hospitality also plans to build an Embassy Suites up the street from the InterContinental. That project, at 1709 Dryden, could break ground around the end of the year.

Meanwhile, proximity to the TMC has been a major factor in some recent hotel acquisitions.

Earlier this month, Houston-based HH&S Hospitality LLC purchased the Candlewood Suites Medical Center from Pika Hotel Group, a Webster-area hotel group. In June, St. Louis-based Midas Hospitality bought a Staybridge Suites near the Med Center from Beaumont-based Pride Management Inc. The Candlewood Suites is at 10025 South Main, just south of Loop 610, and the Staybridge is at 9000 S. Main St., closer to NRG Stadium.​

​Olivia Pulsinelli 
Houston Business Journal 

Intercontinental Houston Medical Center Hotel Reaches Highest Point