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Plush New International Hotel Opens in Texas Medical Center, Luring Middle East Power Brokers

Houston's Hotel Game Takes Another Big Leap Forward

BY // 03.19.19
photography Alexander's Fine Portrait Design

What: InterContinental Houston — Medical Center Hotel grand opening

Where: In the heart of the Texas Medical Center at 6750 Main Street

PC Moment: Developer of the 21-floor, 354-room luxury hotel, Monzer Hourani, Medistar founder, held the oversized scissors with pride as he cut the symbolic ribbon that launched the festive hotel opening that featured entertainment by Virtuosi of Houston students musicians, tours of the hotel and a lavish Mediterranean-inspired  buffet from the hotel restaurant, Safina. Hourani, a Middle East immigrant and University of Texas graduate with double degrees, is a long-time patron of Virtuosi and a frequent guest conductor at the University of Houston Moores School of Music.

While the students entertained with classical music, a heady throng of power brokers, social figures and Middle Eastern notables made the rounds visiting the lavish suites, the state-of-the-art fitness center, the outdoor pool area and more. Among them were Mayor Sylvester Turner, Harris County Commissioner Steve Radack, Congressman Pete Olson, State Senator Larry Taylor, Consul General of Qatar Khamis Rashid Al-Kaaabi, Consul General of Saudi Arabia Sultan bin Abdullah Al Angari, and Consul General of Mexico Oscar Rodríguez Cabrera.

Perhaps most pleased with the evening was hotel GM Nathalie Urban, most recently of the W Retreat and Spa in Vieques, and Elie Maalouf, CEO, Americas, InterContinental Hotels (IHG).

The hotel is just the start of Hourani’s investment in this block of Main Street. Later this year, he is expected to begin construction on Innovation Tower, a 48-story, mixed-use development at 6700 Main Street.

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