Retail & Hospitality

With its high concentration of daytime employment, growing residential base, expanding convention business and strong destination driven visitations, Downtown offers a retail environment with great potential for success. Dining and nightlife remains the single biggest occupier of Downtown retail space, but a growing residential population also creates a high demand for the day-to-day convenience goods and soft-good merchandise.

Although one will find retail throughout Downtown, Downtown’s major activity centers are located in the Historic District, a quirky mix of dining and nightlife establishments; Main Street Square, home to GreenStreet, The Shops at Houston and within a short walking distance is Downtown’s grocery store Phoenicia Specialty Foods; and Avenida Houston, a new pedestrian plaza between George R. Brown Convention Center and Discovery Green with restaurants, soft good retail, art and public programming.

Why Downtown?

  • A diverse and extensive customer base
  • Affluent demographic with high disposable income and active lifestyle
  • Availability and cost retail space
  • Best access to METRO’S transit system
  • Investing in Houston’s history

Downtown’s 7,800 luxury rooms in 25 hotels are always in high demand, averaging about 70 percent occupancy. A variety of hotel types and styles call Downtown home, ranging from some of the largest global 5-star brands, including Marriott Marquis, Hilton, JW Marriott and Hyatt, to boutique hotels, such as Aloft, Hotel Icon and The Whitehall.

Thanks to Downtown’s excellent walkability, residents, employees, and visitors can seamlessly move between restaurants, hotels and retail stores.

Major Hotels

Aloft Hotel Downtown

Club Quarters

Doubletree by Hilton Downtown Houston

Embassy Suites

Four Seasons Hotel Houston

Hampton Inn/Homewood Suites

Hilton Americas Houston

Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn Express

Hotel Alessandra

Hotel Icon Autograph Collection

Hyatt Regency

JW Marriott

Lancaster Hotel

Le Meridien

Marriott Marquis Houston

Westin Houston Downtown

The Whitehall

Featured Retail

XXI Forever

Jos. A Banks Clothiers


Phoenicia Specialty Foods

The Tipping Point


Featured Restaurants


Bombay Pizza

Bovine & Barley

Conservatory Food Hall

Finn Hall

Flying Saucer

Frank’s Pizza


The Grove


House of Blues

Jackson Street BBQ

Local Foods



The Moonshiners

Morton’s Steakhouse

Niko Niko’s

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

Parc du Brasserie


Theodore Rex


Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse