New Starwood Hotels in Texas

by Allison Westbrook

Starwood Hotels has properties all over the world, including Texas, whose many metropolitan areas are home to four recent developments by Starwood. One property opened in September 2010, two more are slated to open in December, and another is scheduled to open in spring of 2011.

Four Points by Sheraton Galveston

The Four Points by Sheraton opened on Sept. 24, 2010, in Galveston. Guests will find modern interiors with brightly colored decor. Starwood built the non-smoking hotel a few steps from the beaches of Galveston Island and close to all of the attractions in the area, including Schlitterbahn, Moody Gardens and the historic Strand district. The property features a lounge, restaurant, business center, complimentary high-speed Internet and a 24-hour fitness center. Additionally, guests can relax at the hotel pool and sundeck.

The W Austin

The W Austin is set to open on Dec. 9, 2010. Starwood's W hotels are traditionally chic and contemporary, catering to a young and hip crowd, and this one is no different, creating a playful and exciting environment with its "whatever/whenever" philosophy: Guests can have whatever they want as long as its legal. Even the most ridiculous requests will be honored. The W Austin houses a bar, lounge and restaurant, and sits next door to some of Austin's most popular nightlife.

Four Points by Sheraton Houston Hobby Airport

Set to open on Dec. 16, 2010, the Four Points by Sheraton at Houston Hobby Airport offers chic accommodations that cater to airport travelers. The hotel differentiates itself by offering some surprising free amenities, like bottled water. Guests can use the free hotel shuttle from and to the airport, as well as destinations within a five miles radius of the hotel. All rooms have workstations, flat-screen televisions and access to in-room dining.

The Westin Houston, Memorial City

Coming to Houston in April 2011, the Westin Houston Memorial City is connected to the Memorial City Hall near the city center of Houston. The hotel plans to cater to both business and leisure travelers and incorporate Westin's famous "Heavenly Beds" into every room and suite. Perhaps most innovative of the features is the sky-high, indoor "infiniti" swimming pool that overlooks the city of Houston with 360-degree glass walls. Business travelers will benefit from more than 29,000 square feet of meeting space, as well as a hotel business center and in-room work stations.