Megan Pruitt Winder
- July 15, 2013
Two downtown landmark boutique hotels are undergoing big changes. First up, the Alden Houston returns to its original moniker, Sam Houston Hotel, under new GM Nick Massad III. This historic property dates back to 1924, when it originally opened as the Sam Houston, named after the larger-then-life Texas statesman. Eighty years after the grand opening, the hotel underwent an extensive renovation in 2002 and became the Alden Houston in 2005. Insider’s tip for parties: The second-floor Veranda, a breathtaking room that offers skyline views, can be configured into an indoor or rooftop space … Heading west, Theater District mainstay The Lancaster Hotel harkens back to the roaring ‘20s, when it originally opened as the Auditorium Hotel. Sixty years later, the name was changed to The Lancaster. The property is still owned by the descendants of founder Michele DeGeorge; the Lusk family has committed to a handsome $10 million renovation, set to complete this summer (the hotel remains open during reno). The work is being overseen by Gensler and interior designer Charlene Lusk Dwyer of Dwyer Interiors, descendant of the original founder. We love that their new interiors bow to the Jazz Age with men’s-suiting fabrics, upgraded suites with luxurious bedding by In2Green, and bathroom fixtures and fittings by WaterWorks. Owner and president Charles M. Lusk III presides over the eight-figure upgrade.