by Adolfo Pesquera
Houston (Harris County) — The Houston Planning Commission will consider today plans for a high-end, nine-room boutique hotel by Goodnight Hospitality that will be located in a Montrose neighborhood on Dunlavy Street.
The variance request is to permit a hotel with less then 75 rooms in a residential area.
Goodnight Hospitality is the partnership of David Keck, Felipe Riccio, Peter McCarthy and June Rodil. The partners have been all in on enhancing the already retail rich and walkable Westheimer Road section of Montrose, a neighborhood known for its variety of restaurants and bars, and a haven for artists and the LGBTQ community.
The hotel will occupy 2509 Dunlavy Street, a lot that was most recently a small apartment community. Last year, Goodnight Hospitality hired JTB Services, a Houston demolition company, to tear down the two apartment structures. The partners started the demolition process in 2017 and took title to the property in April 2018, according to county land records.
The two-structure apartment complex that occupied the site (above), and a southwest corner perspective (below) of the future Montrose Hotel. Courtesy: Google Maps and HHDD.
The partners noted on their application that recent re-development has accelerated the neighborhood’s conversion into a walkable community with restaurants, coffee shops and shopping catered to a wide range of interests.
“The lively, diverse, and unique qualities that create Montrose’s charm make it a prime destination for out of town guests who seek an authentic Houston experience. A strong Airbnb presence and a handful of residences billed as hotels show the need for additional, established lodging options within Montrose.”
The Montrose Hotel, as it will be known, is three stories–a height that is of appropriate scale in context to adjacent properties, the partners claim.
“It replaces a dilapidated apartment complex requiring off street parking with a self-sustaining 100% valet lot on site. This controlled parking environment will reduce traffic and street parking load. The parking will be obscured by a decorative wall covered in plants with a green roof overhead.
“The sole entry for hotel guests is highly visible, fronting Dunlavy. North of the entry, the main staircase is shrouded by a brick screen that will be illuminated from the inside, providing a lantern effect in the evenings,” the applicants stated.
Early concept site plan of The Montrose Hotel. Courtesy: Goodnight Hospitality.
Goodnight Hospitality hopes to begin construction the fourth quarter of this year, according to a statement in the Houston Business Journal, and complete construction in late 2020.
HR Design Department (HRDD) prepared the architectural concept renderings for the hotel. In its project description, HRDD said, “The building holds the front building setback with a lush landscaped wall and perforated brick screen that provides a softly glowing lantern along Dunlavy Street in the evening. A small bar and lounge occupies the ground floor and opens onto a landscaped outdoor living space.
“The compact, three story hotel’s rooms orient towards the private courtyard space and a large green roof over covered parking.”
The partners chose a site that is within walking distance to their other developments and hope to create a synergy that will benefit their other projects. If hotel guests have parking requirements that overload the on-site lot, valet can move excess vehicles to one of the nearby properties owned by Goodnight Hospitality.
Last year, they opened Goodnight Charlie’s, an after-hours restaurant bar with live entertainment.
The Goodnight Hospitality properties (in red) are surrounded by popular Montrose restaurants and retail. Across from the future Montrose Hotel on Dunlavy Street, for instance, is the Kau Ba Saigon Bar.
In the Fall 2018, they demolished a strip center in the 1600 block of Westheimer and began construction on a two-story, 10,200-square-foot commercial building that will be the future home to three retail businesses–Montrose Cheese and Wine; a European café called Rosie Cannonball; and an upscale Mediterranean restaurant called March.
They hired R.B. Ratcliff Associates as general contractor on the commercial building, and Curtis & Windham Inc. as the architect.
Goodnight Hospitality began construction on a two-story, three-tenant commercial building, located at Westheimer and Keuster south of Goodnight Charlie’s. An architectural rendering of the building is shown lower right. Courtesy: Google Streets and Curtis & Windham Inc.