The Lancaster Hotel, Houston has been well known as an independent minded jewel box of a historic hotel in the city’s vibrant downtown Theater District for over forty years.
Its distinct and eclectic history is only one of many reasons it is Houston’s premier boutique hotel. The Lancaster is always highly ranked on travel and lodging sites as having superb accommodations, amenities and service.
Currently undergoing a multi-million-dollar remodel and interior transformation, The Lancaster Hotel will re-open this July/August to a discerning audience of Houstonians and world travelers that appreciate the sterling personal service, warm, welcoming atmosphere, and luxurious amenities The Lancaster Hotel is known for.
Classically elegant and inviting is the benchmark of The Lancaster’s ninety-three guest rooms and suites. From the intimate classic king guest room to our spacious penthouse level guest rooms and suite accommodations, the essence of The Lancaster Hotel’s exemplar service and refinement will be felt throughout the hotel.
The Lancaster Hotel was originally named the Auditorium Hotel. It was designed by noted Houston Architect Joseph Finger (1887-1953) in 1926. Finger was also the architect of Houston’s City Hall, an art deco structure located a short distance from the hotel on Bagby Street as well as many other prominent buildings in Houston and Galveston.
The Auditorium Hotel took its name from the Houston City Auditorium, a performance venue that today is the site of the Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts. Many vaudeville performers from yesteryear to todays guest stars have stayed at the Auditorium Hotel and the Lancaster Hotel during their Houston runs. We are pleased to continue our association with all of the Theater District’s professional organizations.
Houston Investor, Michele DeGeorge (1850-1927) built and operated the Auditorium Hotel. The DeGeorge descendants, the DeGeorge and Lusk families, owned and operated the hotel continuously until its sale in 2017. The families should be congratulated for their governance and leadership as owners and caretakers of this important Houston landmark.
The Auditorium was renamed The Lancaster Hotel in 1983 and is the cornerstone of the Houston Theater District. Located across Texas Avenue from the Grammy award winning Houston Symphony’s Jones Hall for the Performing Arts and across Louisiana Street from the Tony award winning Alley Theater and the Houston Ballet and Grand Opera’s Wortham Center.
The Lancaster Art Collection
Displayed throughout the hotel’s public areas as well as its guestrooms and suites, the collection focuses on contemporary pieces by internationally recognized and respected artists with major ties to the state of Texas. At present, the carefully curated collection consists of over 217 paintings, sculptures, photography and limited edition prints by well established and promising emerging artists. The collection will be fluid in that it may be rotated at various times to continue an active exchange of new additions for our guests’ enjoyment. A compendium of the entire collection will be available for guests to enjoy in the lobby. In addition, hotel guests will have information on each piece of art in their particular guest room or suite.
Grille Nineteen 26
An intimate and warm restaurant and bar situated off the main lobby, Grille Nineteen 26 has the feel of a classically appointed European dining or club room. Named for the year The Lancaster Hotel was built, Grille Nineteen 26 is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A new menu is in creative development and promises inventive selections as well as favorite dishes you may remember from previous visits. In addition, the new European style al fresco sidewalk dining area is sure to enliven the corner of Texas Avenue and Louisiana Street. The perfect spot for a relaxing breakfast, lunch or casual dinner and a great spot to sip a cocktail or one of The Lancaster’s own Speedy Boy Coffees. We invite you to come feel the comfort and refinement that has always been The Lancaster Hotel. To our family of regular Lancaster guests, we look forward to having you…
fall in love with us all over again.
The Lancaster Hotel staff
Tom Harwell, General Manager