Houston’s Exclusive Urban Resort in the Heart of the City

- Sameer Poonja, Raised in a family of luxury tour operators, Sameer Poonja, Kiwi Collection's Vice President of Technology, was literally "born to do this." As a member of the "100 mile club," Sameer has visited more than 100 countries and learned more and more about the luxury travel industry in each and every one of them. He is a consummate professional and conducts himself - professionally and personally - with a grace and candor that befit his background and experience. Never doubting his choice, Sameer has spent his entire career working in the hospitality and luxury hotel industry. As a licensed university teacher of hospitality graduates, he also has the ability to impart his wealth of knowledge upon those who wish to follow a similar path to his. As a technology expert, Sameer has been involved in the creation of various technology solutions for the hospitality industry, such as Property Management Systems and Online Booking Engines. He was also instrumental in developing Coca Cola's first Canadian wireless vending solution for hotels, enabling authorization to be carried out dynamically through the hotel property management system. Considering the amount of time and energy that Sameer has spent traveling around the world, it may come as no surprise that he speaks 4 languages. A modern day "Renaissance Man," he enjoys everything from acting to scuba-diving, white-water rafting to sky-diving, mountain safaris to sports, music and theatre to reading and traveling. Kiwi Collection is proud to have him as part of the team.

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Although Houston is the fourth largest city in America, a stay at The Houstonian’s immaculate 18-acre wooded oasis right in the heart of city might make you forget you’re in a city all together.

Upon entering The Houstonian, the lobby exudes a colonial ambiance that looks like an exclusive cigar lounge. With rich colors and textures this is luxury at its best. Guest rooms were plush with character and have every modern convenience right at your finger tips. And the floor-to-ceiling windows offer ample lighting along with exquisite view of their well manicured landscape surroundings.

If you are here for business, after a hard days’ work, the executive lounge provides all facilities that a business traveler would require and is the perfect escape for a much needed evening cocktail.

Their health & spa centre is something you must indulge in and is an oasis on its own. With modern facilities that cater to your every desire, from three outdoor pools, an expansive gym with indoor track, full size basketball court, Pilates room, Yoga, and more. The locker rooms had luxurious lounges with free coffee and tea, plus there was a cafe inside the gym for those who require something extra. The pool water was quite warm, so even with cool temperatures you could still swim outdoors or use the outdoor hot tub.

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The Houstonian’s exclusive spa, Trellis, is a gem of excellence. Complete with an indoor heated plunge pool to use while waiting for your massage, hot tub, steam room, and deluge shower. Or, you could wait upstairs by the fireplace and have coffee. Lastly, if you are there at the right time of the day, you may cross paths with former President George Bush, Senior.

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If you are looking for a fabulous meal, the hotels exclusive restaurant Olivette is considered to be one of the best dining experiences in Houston. Their Executive Chef presents the best of modern American cuisine with a Mediterranean touch that is an absolute delight and a well kept secret.

I would definitely recommend The Houstonian Hotel, Club and Spa for any nature of your travels. With staff that caters to every guest requirement from business to leisure to romance, when it comes to Houston hotels, there truly is nothing like The Houstonian.

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