Four Seasons Hotel Houston

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Four Seasons Hotel Houston

Four Seasons Hotel Houston is a part of the Toronto-based Four Seasons chain of luxury hotels and resorts. Four Seasons Hotel Houston, the only AAA Five Diamond hotel in downtown Houston,[1] also has an Italian restaurant, Quattro with Chef Maurizio Ferrarese. Four Seasons Hotel Houston is located in Downtown Houston. The hotel includes Four Seasons Place, a group of 64 apartment units (42 one bedroom units, 21 two bedroom units, and 1 three bedroom unit).[2] It is a part of the Houston Center complex.

History[edit]

Four Seasons Hotel Houston opened in 1982.[3] It became the city’s first AAA Five-Diamond hotel[1] in 1996 and still holds that distinction today.[citation needed] In 2000 Crescent Real Estate Equities, the owner of Houston Center, sold the Four Seasons Hotel Houston to Maritz, Wolff & Co., a hotel investment group, for $105 million.[4]

In 2006, Institutional Investor ranked Four Seasons Hotel Houston the 87th "Best Hotel in the World". The hotel currently houses 404 guest rooms, including 12 suites, throughout 30 floors. The Four Seasons Hotel Houston was the site of 'Anatomy of Greed' author Brian Culver's conversation with an Enron executive who gave details on the "no bad news" culture that pervaded Enron before its collapse.[citation needed]

In 2013 Maritz, Wolff & Co. sold the property to Cascade Investment. Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, owned jointly by Cascade, Kingdom Holding Company and Triples Holdings, will continue to manage the hotel.[3]

Amenities[edit]

As with most Four Seasons properties, Four Seasons Hotel Houston is known for its services and amenities. Four Seasons Hotel Houston has one of the city’s premiere restaurants, Quattro, featuring an Italian-style menu. The Mobil Four Star restaurant[5] offers four different dining experiences: breakfast, lunch, dinner and an antipasto bar. The Houston Center Club, located within walking distance and offering racquetball courts, basketball courts, indoor jogging track and full gym, is complimentary for guests of the hotel. Some other amenities include spa services, pool, and fitness facilities.

Zoned schools[edit]

The Four Seasons Place apartments are zoned to Houston Independent School District schools. Residents are zoned to Bruce Elementary School,[6] Gregory Lincoln Education Center (Grades 6-8),[7] and Davis High School.[8]

By Spring 2011 Atherton Elementary School and E.O. Smith Education Center were consolidated with a new K-5 campus in the Atherton site.[9] As a result the building was rezoned from Smith to Gregory Lincoln for the middle school level.[7][10] As part of rezoning for the 2014-2015 school year, this tower will be rezoned from Bruce to Gregory-Lincoln K-8 for elementary school.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "[1]"
  2. ^ "Urban Sophistication." Four Seasons Hotel Houston. Retrieved on July 25, 2009.
  3. ^ a b Sarnoff, Nancy. "Bill Gates’ investment fund buys downtown hotel." Houston Chronicle. Wednesday September 25, 2013. Retrieved on September 25, 2013.
  4. ^ Bivins, Ralph. "A time to sell / Group buys Four Seasons / Downtown room crunch also spurs building." Houston Chronicle. Tuesday November 7, 2000. Business 1. Retrieved on November 15, 2009.
  5. ^ Mobil Four Star Award, Mobiltravelguide.com[unreliable source?]
  6. ^ "Bruce Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on July 25, 2009.
  7. ^ a b "Gregory Lincoln Middle Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on July 26, 2011.
  8. ^ "Davis High School Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on April 7, 2009.
  9. ^ "Board Approves School Closings and Consolidations." Houston Independent School District. November 14, 2008.
  10. ^ "E. O. Smith Middle Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on April 7, 2009.
  11. ^ "AGENDA Board of Education Meeting March 13, 2014." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on March 15, 2014. "Current Attendance Boundaries" New 03/06/04 Attachment F-2 March 2014 p. 31/119. and "Proposed Attendance Boundaries" New 03/06/04 Attachment F-2 March 2014 p. 32/119.

Coordinates: 29°45′15″N 95°21′46″W / 29.7543°N 95.3627°W / 29.7543; -95.3627

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