The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
The Magnolia Hotel Houston is an elegant, four-star, high-rise boutique hotel in downtown Houston, Texas. The building was erected in 1926 and was originally the home of the Houston Post Dispatch newspaper. The hotel hosts wedding ceremonies and receptions as well as bridal luncheons and wedding rehearsals. Christ Church Cathedral is conveniently across from the hotel.
Magnolia Grand Ballroom. The 2,880-square-foot Magnolia Grand Ballroom is a flexible space that features upscale lighting and a sculpted ceiling as well as a complete audiovisual system. The ballroom accommodates up to 200 guests.
The Sterling Ballroom. The 2,300-square-foot Sterling Ballroom is off the grand foyer. The room features a neutral color scheme, floor-to-ceiling windows, a sculpted ceiling and chandeliers. The ballroom accommodates up to 150 guests.
The Lounge. The 6,000-square-foot Lounge is a sophisticated space that features a bar with a flat-screen TV, a billiards room and a library. The space, which is on the second floor of the hotel, accommodates up to 200 guests.
What You Should Know
Wedding planners help couples organize the details of their wedding and the culinary team helps couples create a custom menu. Full bar service is available and the venue applies a food and beverage minimum. The catering price includes cake cutting, setup and cleanup. Wedding packages include a complimentary menu tasting and butler service for passed hors d' oeuvres.
White linens are complimentary and specialty chair covers are available. The wedding package includes votive candles, a dance floor and a podium along with all needed banquet items, such as tableware and glassware. The bride and groom receive complimentary suite accommodations. The venue offers a "Perfect Vendor" consultation list so couples can easily find vendors who offer complementary wedding services.
The hotel supports Wish Upon a Wedding, an organization that helps couples who face great challenges. Wish Upon a Wedding provides weddings and vow renewals for couples who are enduring serious life-altering circumstances, including terminal illness.
Discounted group guestroom rates are available for wedding guests who want to stay overnight in one of the hotel's 314 rooms and suites. Upscale rooms have flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi service, mini bars, in-room safes and coffeemakers and suites add kitchens and separate living rooms. Hotel amenities include:
- Bedtime milk and cookie buffet
- Downtown town car transportation
- Rooftop pool and hot tub
- 24-hour exercise room
- Billiards room
From the Vendor
Here's to love, laughter and happy ever after!
The Magnolia Hotel Houston is housed in the historic former Post Dispatch Building near Minute Maid Park. The stunning 22-story building was built in 1926 and hailed as one of the most impressive buildings in the state of Texas. The boutique hotel in Houston opened in March 2003 after a full renovation, re-establishing the property as one of the area's most distinctive structures.
Amenities + Details
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$$ – Moderate
Ballroom, Historic Venue, Hotel, Restaurant, Rooftop
Bar + Drinks, Food + Catering, Planning, Rentals + Equipment, Service Staff, Shuttle Service, Transportation
Perfect Venue for a WeddingReviewed on 9/15/2013 Leslie D
The Magnolia Hotel was the perfect venue for our wedding weekend! We had many guests come from out of town, so we needed a hotel where we could all stay as well as have the ceremony and reception. Not only were hotel staff professional and attentive to us the entire weekend with special touches, but we received many compliments from our guests about the service also. Kristina was our catering manager and she could not have been more helpful - she answered my many questions patiently and organized every detail perfectly. A pleasure to work with. And the food here is fantastic, which was very important to us. I would certainly recommend this venue to other brides AND guests looking for a place to stay in Houston.
Everyone should have their wedding here!!!!Reviewed on 8/06/2013 Shekina W
This was the best experience Ever. Kristina B. and her staff were amazing! They made sure everything was perfect, adapted to our changes and were very knowledgeable! THey helped in everyway possible, and are some of the nicest people you will ever come across. Everyone is still talking about the food, the ambiance, and the drinks!!! Love this place! I'll definetly be thinking up more evernts to have here!
More than I could have imagined!Reviewed on 7/31/2013 Kimberly M
I selected the Sterling Ballroom for my wedding ceremony and reception in April 2013. The floor to ceiling windows were a fantastic feature that really showcased the downtown urban feel I was going for. Not only was the space gorgeous (check out their pictures!!) the food was superb, the bar was well stocked, and the service was above and beyond. I didn't have to worry about one thing on the day of my wedding....which was super important to me. Kristina, the catering manager, was there from booking the venue to the end of dinner service to ensure the event was stress free. The have a ton of perks like free linens, candlelight centerpieces, a suite for my husband and I.....how can you go wrong here? If you are looking for an inclusive venue that allows you to bring in your own vendors and doesn't break the bank...look no further than The Magnolia!
We had our reception here on April 23,2016. Magnolia Hotel and the coordinators I worked with made the whole evening flawless and worry-free! I had a vision in mind and they worked with all my vendors to execute it perfectly. We had 200 guests, so they transformed the 2nd floor lounge into the reception area. From floor plans, table numbers, food displays, and the schedule of the entire day, I couldn't have asked for a better experience. We were worried because all guests have to valet park since the hotel is in the heart of downtown. It didn't seem to be an issue at all.
My wedding block was held here. They treated me like royalty even though we weren't actually holding the wedding there. My vendors were well taken care of with parking & accommodations. I would recommend this stylish boutique hotel of Houston to anyone looking for a room block. Not only was Kiana incredibly responsive, she was also very kind & took her time with my mom & I to answer all the questions we had. Thank y'all so much for giving me such a beautiful room to get ready in & hang out with all my girlfriends & family. Thank you!
We selected Magnolia Hotel for our wedding and reception, because most of our guests were from out-of-town and we wanted a venue that would be fun, relaxing and convenient for us and our guests. We loved our event and our guests loved staying at the hotel. The event went off without a hitch, their in-house coordinators were right there keeping things organized and it was all so nice and professional. Our cocktail hour and food was amazing, the venue has a good flow and over and over again people told us that it was one of the best weddings they had ever attended. Our guests loved the free breakfast, happy hour and cookie bar. I caught my mother, aunt and cousin playing cards in the library, so they all made themselves at home. The downtown shuttle was a bonus for our guests to use and the availability of plenty of restaurants within walking distance of the hotel worked very well. All in all we were very pleased with the experience from the time we toured and booked all the way through the tasting and the actual event. Our wedding date was 11/21/2015.
The Magnolia was a fantastic place to host our wedding reception and our guests. We booked the 2nd floor lounge and loved the open flow of the space and the staircase (which we used for our bridal party entrance). The billiard room off behind the bar was a nice feature, as some of the teenagers and bridal party set up in there during the reception. We used the “library” for the photo booth which worked out perfectly. Lauren Miller was extremely pleasant and professional to work with, promptly answering all our questions and emails. She kept everything moving at the reception, and there was never a lull in service. We booked a buffet dinner and the food was excellent; I had many compliments from our guests on how good the food was. Dino the catering manager was fantastic to work with during planning, and made us custom jalapeno-infused vodka that our guests continue to rave about. Two nights before the wedding, the groomsmen booked a conference room for them to hang out, and the hotel was extremely accommodating and set the room up to meet their needs. The guest rooms are lovely, and our guests enjoyed the free breakfast and the cookies/milk happy hour every night. The room rate they offer for the room block is extremely competitive for a downtown hotel; I do wish I was able to extend the negotiated weekend rate for all my family and wedding party that came in early, although they did offer a discounted rate for those guests. One hitch; the person handling the room block was not quite at the level of the rest of the people we worked with – the online portal never matched the list they had, so it was difficult to track our room block. The Magnolia does a lot of weddings and they are excellent at it. I never felt we were just a number – we received very personal service from Dino and Lauren. My wedding reception was lovely, and I'm so glad we chose the Magnolia.
The Magnolia is AmazingReviewed on 1/12/2015 Crystal B
I had my reception at the Magnolia in the 2nd floor lounge and it was beautiful. From the very beginning, Lauren was extremely helpful. She not only made sure we got the wedding date we needed, but helped us in every step of the process from booking rooms to choosing food to making sure we were contacting the right people. She even helped with vendor suggestions. I was worried about parking for the weekend of, but the valet and the front desk were very willing to work with us. There was even another event happening the same night as the wedding, but I felt like they were focused on me completely. The ONLY downside is that we didn't get to stay and relax at the hotel a few more nights because we had to get back to work. I would recommend the Magnolia to anyone looking for a wedding venue.
Great Hotel!Reviewed on 9/26/2012 Meredith M
The Magnolia hotel was very accommodating and the rooms were great. It was directly across the street from our church with was convenient.
Great Venue!Reviewed on 6/25/2012 Clarisa P
I had my wedding here on June 9 and everything was perfect! Kristina became our coordinator after the previous coordinator had moved to another position. She picked up right were we had left off and was very knowledagable about everything. Even on the day of the event, she was able to make some changes to some of my minor concerns. All of my guest had a great time!
Perfect Guest AccomodationsReviewed on 5/25/2012 Kimberly L
The Magnolia was great for getting ready and for my guests! A unique Houston treasure :)
Fairy Tale ReceptionReviewed on 5/01/2012 LaQuisha A
My wedding reception was held at the Magnolia Hotel in Houston, TX. The special events coordinator was so accommodating and made this a wonderful experience. I would definitely refer the Magnolia Hotel to anyone who wants a hassle free absolutely beautiful wedding reception venue!
Amazing!Reviewed on 4/29/2012 Clarisia P
I love love love the Magnolia Hotel! From the moment you walk in you just feel like you're in a movie. It's just so elegant and completely my style. We had our reception on the second floor in the lounge and it was just so perfect. I didn't want a traditional ballroom and the lounge was everything I envisioned my wedding reception would be. The staircase in the room is so beautiful and being able to walk down it was such a great way to make our entrance. Our guests had nothing but great things to say not only about the reception but about their accommodations. The rooms are so spacious and so pretty. Don't let the exterior of this downtown hotel fool you, it's an amazing hotel and I highly recommend it!
Guest Accommodations/MagnoliaReviewed on 4/19/2012 Maria r
The guests that stayed at The Magnolia raved about the hotel!! They said it was a perfect distance from the venue, etc! They enjoyed it being in downtown so they could walk to different places. They enjoyed the bar in the hotel and the nice restaurant.
Lovely!Reviewed on 4/19/2011 Sarah S
We had our wedding and reception here. It turned out very, very lovely! There were a few small mishaps on coordination, but I definitely would recommend the Magnolia Hotel for a wedding.
Great venue with amazing rooftop views!Reviewed on 3/31/2011 Kendra S
We had our ceremony and reception here and had a wonderful time. It was great for out of town guests because everything was in one location. The ballroom has great lighting and a gorgeous backdrop. Plus, the rooftop in the pool area has amazing views of Downtown Houston for photo ops. The only disappointments were some of the customer service issues we encountered with valet staff and the front desk. Overall, I enjoyed the venue and our guests had a great time.
lovely, cool locationReviewed on 3/08/2011 jo m
loved the venue. if you use the club room, you have a very cool open space. there's great art work all around to give it a cool, unconventional feel. the food was great. staff was helpful/nice.
Great reception location!Reviewed on 11/23/2010 rachel b
We used the Magnolia Hotel as our reception location because I really liked the whole decor and style of the hotel. It is trendy and modern, a place that seemed like we could throw a great party. I was really happy with everything. The coordinator, Claudia, was very helpful, we had a lot of compliments on how great the food was, plus we definitely enjoyed our complimentary presidential suite for the night as newlyweds! The only thing I can complain about it that the bar ran out of some of the liquor that we paid for about 45 minutes before the event was over and they tried serving Scotch out of a Crown Royal bottle and thought no one would notice! Also, I heard from some of my guests that during the cocktail hour the lines at the bar were ridiculous and they never served passed wine as they were supposed to.
angrybrideReviewed on 11/22/2010 Brian F
I don't even know where to start. First, the service was AWFUL. I understand that I only had my ceremony at the hotel, and that there was another much larger, much more extravagant wedding after mine. But the vendors were setting up for the next wedding before my ceremony. Since the coordinator for the hotel was no where in site, my coordinator had to tell the vendors 3 times to move their flowers since they were encroaching into my ballroom. My coordinator also had to ask 3 times for valet validation stickers. In the end, the hotel had to print out 2 sets. We still have no idea where the first set is, and whether or not guests from other functions were using my validation stickers. Second, I did not see or hear from the hotel coordinator at all the entire day. She did not call. She did not drop by the room to see how things were going. The service was AWFUL. I felt like the hotel would not work with me at all. Unless you are the big ticket for the evening, I would not even consider having your wedding here.
LOVED magnolia hotel!Reviewed on 11/19/2010 Anna K
This review is for the Magnolia Hotel in Houston. I would give 5 stars for the venue. Beautiful place. They have a ballroom, but we didn't use it. We got married in a church, used the third floor for the cocktail hour and then guests came down to the second floor for the reception. I loved and I'm sure all the guests appreciated that there was an actual bar and not a bar setup there. I don't think anyone had to wait for drinks. We had a 10 person band and the dance floor they provided, plus 210 guests all fit on the 2nd floor. We got reduced rates for our guests and they gave us a free night's stay at the hotel. Food was great (one of the things we really looked for in a venue) and reasonably priced for wedding food. As for the service, I'd give 3 stars because of the catering manager. Not sure who the catering manager is now, but at the time we were planning our wedding, her name was Claudia and she made things more difficult than they had to be---sooo glad we had a wedding coordinator to deal with that. She was really unorganized and would say one thing, but it would be written differently in our contract. We had to revise SEVERAL times to finally get in writing what she agreed to. They were very accommodating though so I'll give them that! Above all, I'm very happy we went with the Magnolia Hotel for our wedding reception.
lovely reception locationReviewed on 11/17/2010 Teresa D
I really enjoyed this hotel for our reception site. Our hotel event coordinator did the job well, but without any enthusiasm. Everything else went smoothly and was beautiful. The hotel is beautiful by itself, so it does not need a lot of decoration. If you can, stay in the Presidential suite for free. Its AMAZING.