What’s in a name? The history of hotels in Texas
As hotel rooms and restaurants proliferated in the city, so did the names.
A few cities had more names, like Austin or Houston, but the names of major hotels tended to stick around.
There was Austin, Houston, and Houston, a city, according to its official name.
But by the 1920s, the name was getting less popular.
“I think we could say that the real estate boom was really a lot of new names, more and more commercial ones,” says Bob Miller, a Texas history professor at the University of Texas at Austin.
“People were just trying to be recognizable.”
As cities like Austin, Austin, and Austin grew, so too did their name, which became increasingly generic.
The most notable examples include the hotels in the modern city of Houston, the historic city of San Antonio, and the trendy city of Austin, Texas.
The Houston Hotel Company, founded in 1872, opened its first building in Houston in 1905, and its first two hotels, the Hotel LeGrand and the Houston Inn, are now part of the city’s skyline.
But the hotel industry had a more complicated history, with its roots in the Mexican-American communities of Houston and the Southwest.
“Houston was an integral part of Texas, the center of the South,” says John Pyle, a Houston historian and author of The Houston Historic District.
“There were Mexicans who settled in Houston and built the hotels.
The Mexicans, in many ways, were the backbone of the Houston hotel industry.
The Houston Inn opened its doors in 1924, with a grand opening on Aug. 5, 1925. “
That’s when the hotels came into being.”
The Houston Inn opened its doors in 1924, with a grand opening on Aug. 5, 1925.
The hotel was located in the Old Town neighborhood, on the western edge of the downtown area.
The Hilton Houston in the old city of downtown Houston opened its door in 1921.
The first hotel in the former center of Houston was the Hotel La Villa on Aug, 12, 1924, the same year that the hotel was first built.
“The hotel industry was quite complicated,” Miller says.
Houston Hotel Co., the company that owned the hotel, changed its name to the Houston Hotels Company in 1934. “
In the early 1930s, Houstonians became more accustomed to more generic names, including the Houston Express and the Hotel Houston.
Houston Hotel Co., the company that owned the hotel, changed its name to the Houston Hotels Company in 1934.
In 1936, the Houston Hotel Corporation was incorporated, which merged with the Hotel Company of Houston in 1939.
The modern name Houston Hotel and Spa opened its grand opening in January 1940.
Houston Hilton opened its Houston Hotel & Spa in March 1940, the last of the six Houston hotels that were to be built.
Today, the hotel occupies the corner of East Ninth Street and East Main Street in downtown Houston.
Miller says that when Houston Hotel opened in 1920, it was just a few blocks away from the former headquarters of the American Tobacco Company.
The company that had its headquarters here had a lot more history, he says.
“And in addition to that, they were also an insurance company. “
It’s pretty well known that the American tobacco company had an office on East Ninth and East Ninth,” Miller explains.
“And in addition to that, they were also an insurance company.
So the American insurance company was a big investor in Houston.”
But by 1940, hotel prices had skyrocketed and there were few options for people to stay in Houston.
“Houses were going for $100 a night in the 1940s, $150 a night by the 1950s, and then you had to move into a big house in a big city,” Miller recalls.
“So the hotel business was a very lucrative business for a long time.”
It wasn’t until 1949, when the city was finally able to sell its hotel property, that Houston became a major tourist destination. It wasn