Known as the city’s new epicenter of dining, entertainment, and more, Avenida Houston is quickly becoming an integral part of meetings and conventions in the Greater Houston area. Named after Avenida de las Americas, the boulevard that fronts the George R. Brown Convention Center (GRB), the 97,000-square-foot Avenida Houston is home to public art installations, two convention headquarter hotels, and Discovery Green, a 12-acre park.
Within the plaza are several places to call home during events. The Hilton Americas-Houston has 1,200 rooms, an onsite spa and health club, and a FedEx Office in the hotel. It was the first property in Texas to receive Green Seal certification, thanks to its extensive recycling program and use of low-energy fixtures and energy-saving light bulbs. On the other end of the GRB is the new Marriott Marquis Houston, which has 1,000 rooms and is home to six on-property dining establishments, including a two-story sports bar. Also unique to the property is the 530-foot-long Texas-shaped lazy river and rooftop infinity pool, which offers spacious views of the adjacent Discovery Green.
Both properties are connected to the GRB via air-controlled skywalks, offering your attendees easy access to their accommodations and events. With a total of 7,700 hotel rooms in downtown, attendees can choose from a variety of amenities and budgets for their accommodation needs during their time in Houston, including close proximity to Avenida Houston.
Meeting attendees can explore Avenida Houston and nearby downtown neighborhoods using the METRORail, which provides service along 23 miles of central Houston. This rail service connects Avenida Houston to the Theater District and many hot spots throughout town, including NRG Park (home of the Houston Texans), Rodeo Houston, and more. In case attendees want to drive to Avenida Houston or the GRB, they’ll find three main parking garages in the immediate area — Avenida North, South, and Central garages — for a combined total of 4,000 covered parking spaces. Other transportation options in the area include ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft, as well as the free Greenlink bus system for an eco-friendly commute through downtown Houston.
Once business is done for the day, groups and individuals can explore the nightlife and dining options of Avenida Houston. The epicenter is perfect for after-work cocktails, a business meeting, or networking with peers. With nearly 20 restaurants in the immediate vicinity, including five in the GRB, it is a gateway to exquisite cuisine.
As both a nod to “Space City” and the launching of new items, popular retailer LAUNCH showcases the work of local designers and artisans, rotating through different ones each month. As another showcase for the local arts community, mini murals and sculptures have been added to the Avenida Houston area. Two massive sculptural works, “Soaring in the Clouds” by Ed Wilson and “Wings Over Water” by Joe O’ Connell and Creative Machines, greet visitors to the Avenida district, along with many local artists featured throughout the GRB.
Discover what Avenida Houston has to offer your next meeting or convention — entertainment, accommodations, and plenty of fun to experience after the conference! Learn more at AvenidaHouston.com.