Agent Review: The Lancaster Hotel, Houston
Along with several other FROSCH agents, recently visited the newly renovated Lancaster Hotel. Since 1926, the hotel has been hosting both performers and attendees for the many venues in the Houston Theater District. The Lancaster Hotel just finished a $10 million renovation, its first major renovation since 1983. The results of this renovation are spectacular. The renovation has retained the classic and elegant styling while adding a fresh look to everything.
One of my favorite parts about the hotel is the location. The Lancaster hotel is in the downtown Houston Theater District. While we enjoyed the view from a guest room window, our hostess pointed out the Alley Theater, the Wortham Theater, the Hobby Center, and, of course, Jones Hall which is directly across the street. The new decorations in the rooms consist mainly of playbills and posters. I enjoyed stopping to read them and getting a taste of the many shows and performances which take place just a few steps from the hotel. The small number of rooms (only 93) gives it a more homelike feeling, which I liked.
The rooms are comfortable and classic. The incredibly soft bedspread shows off a lion, the hotel mascot. The spacious rooms are very welcoming and filled with light. The bathrooms, with their gold colored fixtures and many mirrors, are impressive. The attention to detail is obvious – the towels are even held by a golden lion.
The Lancaster renovation added significant technology to their guest rooms: 42-inch flat screen TVs, multiple outlets to accommodate the smartphones, laptops, iPads, etc. that all need to be charged. Smart TVs with internet access are in the VIP rooms. Wi-Fi is available throughout the entire hotel.
The lobby is now more open and welcoming, letting in natural light and encouraging guests to relax and stay a while, or to head to the Bistro restaurant. Our luncheon in the Bistro was delicious. We started with the chef’s famous crab cakes, which were outstanding. Many people who are not staying at the Lancaster will go to the Bistro before their show starts. I would definitely return to the Bistro just to enjoy the crab cakes before my next trip to Jones Hall! I enjoyed my Caesar salad with grilled salmon very much – the salmon was cooked to perfection. My fellow FROSCH agents, with their roasted tomato and basil soup, shrimp tamales (both pictured), and salads, all agreed that the food was outstanding.
I would highly recommend the Lancaster hotel to someone who wants to say in the Theater District in a classic, elegant hotel with an excellent restaurant.
By Mary Therese Malone