The Lancaster Hotel
Welcoming from the moment one approaches the brass and beveled glass front doors is the classically historic Lancaster, set in the heart of Houston’s theater district. Built in 1926, as the Auditorium Hotel, the Italian renaissance style hotel has exquisite detailing on its upper floors. Entering the lobby the sweeping staircase flows from the dramatic mezzanine above, giving credence to its designation as one of Houston’s ‘most romantic hotels’ in Houston.
The Lancaster is the city’s only family owned and managed boutique hotel in Houston, and that friendly, personal feeling is found in their service and attention to detail. Still owned by the granddaughters of builder Michele De George, the building was designed by Joseph Fingers, a distinguished Houston architect. During the 1920’s Houston grew by leaps and bounds and became a transportation hub. Houston’s port, the railroad and bus lines all developed during this period creating a need for travelers to stay when coming to this new and growing state. The Lancaster was a part of the construction boom of Houston. Today it allows visitors to walk to numerous destinations in the business, theater and nightlife districts. Part and parcel of the nightlife scene, The Lancaster offers the hugely popular Bistro Bar, next door to the Bistro Restaurant.
The Auditorium Hotel was built across the street from the now demolished City Auditorium. This connection provided the basis for the Lancaster Hotels to receive be designated a Houston Landmark in 1984. The hotel also served as a place for service men and woman to relax as they listened to the donated services of performers such as Gene Autry in the Auditorium Stage and Cantina. While visiting downtown Houston don’t miss the 100 year-old Longhorn pecan tree at 509 Louisiana Ave, where Michele De George would gather pecans to bring home to his granddaughter.
In December 1942, service men and women were entertained by performers such as Gene Autry in the Stage Canteen, which was located in the basement of the original Auditorium Hotel.
Original Property Opened: 1926
Street Address: 701 Texas Ave
Historic Hotels of America toll-free reservations number (800) 678-8946
The Jazz Age, 1919 ~ 1928
Welcoming from the moment one approaches the brass and beveled glass front doors is the classically historic Lancaster, set in the heart of Houston’s theater district. Built in 1926, as the Auditorium Hotel, the Italian renaissance style hotel has exquisite detailing on its upper floors.