Hotel Details - About Hotel Icon
The Modern Icon: Genuine. Grounded. Generous.
At Hotel Icon, you'll experience Houston’s famed goodwill at its easy going, friendly best. Once the Union National Bank in one of the nation’s earliest skyscrapers, our hotel located in the heart of downtown Houston is now the home of blue chip hospitality - with attentive service, rooms where you can relax and unwind after a busy day, and plenty of spaces for meetings, events & celebrations, all served up with a Houston-sized serving of pride. Native Houstonians congregate here because nowhere else in downtown do the past, present and future come together the way they do here.
Your Guide To The Extraordinary
Exactly like nothing else, the Autograph Collection is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Each destination has been hand selected for its quality, bold originality, rich character and uncommon details. From near to far, iconic to historic, the result is an array of properties that is nothing less than unique, nothing short of collectively exceptional. For more information please visit www.autographhotels.com.
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A History of Currency. Now Perfectly Current.
Few hotels in Houston speak as eloquently to the rich history of our celebrated city as Hotel Icon. The very name evokes our legendary presence in a bold urban landscape built by those whose imaginations were inspired within our very corridors.
Originally constructed to house one of the state’s most prominent financial institutions at the time, the Union National Bank, the building was erected in 1911 by renowned architectural firm Mauran, Russell & Crowell. At 12 stories, it was one of the nation’s first concrete and steel skyscrapers.
An Entrepreneurial Spirit
From the very beginning, the magnificent building was a stunning homage to the entrepreneurial spirit of Houston. The firm’s neoclassical concept for the structure was a marvelous nod to Grecian design: classic Corinthian columns span the exterior and decorative keystones and thirty-foot Doric columns lining the interior. Hermes, the ancient Greek God of Commerce, greets today’s entrepreneurs, titans, movers and shakers as they enter our doors.
The building soon became a magnet for an impressive list of illustrious tenants, including Jesse H. Jones, architect John Staub, international construction firm Brown and Root, and law firm Fulbright & Jaworksi. For 35 years, it was also home to Neuhaus & Co., the first investment banking firm in Texas.
Now Perfectly Current
In 2004, this historic landmark was restored and transformed into Hotel ICON. The building retained its distinguished Bedford limestone and brick facade while sporting a lustrous new interior created by the San Francisco-based design firm, Candra Scott and Anderson. In 2012, the interior was refreshed and revitalized to capture the contemporary energy of Houston’s invigorating modern urban atmosphere and provide an even more genuine Texas experience. The original 1911 bank vault remains in just behind our front desk - a living reminder of our building’s heritage as home to Houston’s most prominent financial institutions
A house of commerce for decades, now our spaces are designed for modern guests, with attentive service, rooms where you can take stock of your day, and plenty of spaces for making deals, fueling up and slowing down— all served up with a Houston-sized serving of pride.