Marriott Marquis Houston Opens Its Doors, Ready for the Super Bowl

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The Marriott Marquis Houston opened up only one day after Christmas, and it was a comfortably warm event. ABC 13 spoke with the first two people to check in, Steve and Elain McGough. “What a wonderful way to show off our city and just really excited to have the Super Bowl and another first class hotel in the downtown area,” Steve told the news.

This structure near Discovery Green Park will be the official hotel for media and the NFL during the Super Bowl held on February 5th at NRG Stadium, about 8 miles away.

According to the Star-Telegram, the 29-story, $370 million hotel will feature “1,000 guest rooms, an infinity pool along with the lazy river, a 5,000-square-foot fitness center, two restaurants, several bars and a café, 100,000 square feet of meeting space with two ballrooms and an open-air pavilion.”

Many Texans have already heard about the hotel’s now famous lazy river (called “Sky River”) since it’s in the shape of the Lone Star State. It was ceremoniously lit up on the 26th by Houston’s mayor Sylvester Turner while onlookers ooed and awed over the snazzy display.

Even thought the Marriott Marquis is ready, NRG Stadium still has more improvements to be made before the big game. Council Member Larry Green told ABC 13, “You’re not going to recognize it, it’s going to be beautiful.”