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The Heights Gets its Own Boutique Hotel — and It’s Replacing a Demolished Historic 1904 Home

Looking Ahead to Houston's Travel Future?

BY // 01.05.19

Uninitiated Texas outsiders may still be catching on, but Houston is so worth the trip. Some people may turn up their noses and consider Austin a better tourist spot instead, but that’s their loss.

Space City is more of a destination than ever. Bloomberg even put it on its exclusive list of Where to Go in 2019: Best Places to Travel. It’s no wonder, then, that Houston’s hotel and B&B game is getting a decided upgrade.

One developer’s planning on making major moves with a new boutique hotel in The Heights, according to documents filed with the City of Houston’s Planning & Development Department.

The historic Heights neighborhood is now booming. Once known for its charm, it’s now all about prime real estate. And, consequently, tearing down historic homes to make way for the new developments. It’s actually been happening all over Houston, from Downtown to Montrose.

Wood Lane Partners is eager to create a 37-room, five-story hotel dubbed Maison Roberts  at 347 West 20th Street. The developers landed the 28,000 square foot site on the corner of West 20th and Ashland back in May.

The historic 1904 home that previously sat on the lot was recently demolished.  But the Live Oaks all along West 20th and Ashland will remain, alongside new trees.

Wood Lane Partners proposes 19 parking spaces on the hotel’s parcel and 13 spaces across Ashland to replace the floral shop. Other touches: a courtyard, a rooftop terrace and a swimming pool.

There’s one potential obstacle — the developers want the hotels’ gift shop to be built closer to West 20th street than is typically allowed under city ordinances.

Soon, in-the-know visitors could be ready to check it out — and check in.

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