Explore the hottest spots emerging in Downtown Houston from the first class accommodations at Hotel ICON.
Even amidst historic facilities, Hotel ICON has its sights set firmly on modern Houston and the future of Downtown. Located in a former bank bank building at the corner of Congress and Main, the hotel has become a part of the emerging Downtown neighborhood surrounding Market Square Park. While that alone may be worth a stay, it’s not the only reason that Hotel ICON is among the most ideal spots to discover Houston.
Instead, the hotel’s location and programs allow its guests, and its neighbors, the chance to take advantage of three distinct types of Houston experiences.
- Dining, Nightlife, and Downtown Entertainment – The main entrance on Congress is around the corner from Market Square Park and directly across the street from Batanga Tapas and Drinks and OKRA Charity Saloon. Goro & Gun and Bad News Bar are less than a block away and the nationally praised Oxheart is just few blocks further. That’s just to name drop a few. You’ll also find Nico Nico’s less than a block away in Market Square Park, which is surrounded by bars, restaurants and quirky Houston landmarks – old and new.
- Adventure, Recreation, and Fitness on Buffalo Bayou – Hotel ICON’s recent alliance with the Buffalo Bayou Partnership is helping its guests connect to the nearby greenbelt, offering chances to canoe or kayak the bayou itself. The new bike-sharing station at Market Square Park allows you to jump on two wheels and ride through the many renovated bike paths connecting the bayou to Downtown.
- Culture, Art and Events – Since the hotel is next to the 7.5 mile METROrail, you can stay in Downtown and still have quick and easy access to many of Houston’s premiere cultural, learning, and performing institutions. The rail line provides a direct link to the Museum District, the Children’s Zoo, Rice University, Hermann Park, the Texas Medical Center, and Reliant Center.
Of course, you can indulge and enjoy yourself without leaving the hotel. Line & Lariat, located in the historic lobby, serves up Texas surf and turf as well as full breakfasts and special Sunday buffets. Grab a drink at the L&L Bar. A full fitness center and spa offer a chance to pump up the endorphins or let go of their toxins.
Completed in 1911, the building originally housed the Union National Bank and the offices of many of Houston’s most celebrated financial and industrial types. Original historic details can be spied throughout the hotel, most notably the giant, round steel door behind the front desk that once kept many Houstonians’ prized assets secure.