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701 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX 77002
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
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#1 of 603 hotels in Houston
2021 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best
The Lancaster Hotel is a historic luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Houston's vibrant downtown Theater District. The landmark hotel enjoys a legacy of nearly 100 years of providing exceptional service and hospitality. Taking inspiration from the classic Regency style, the redesigned hotel is accented with clean, elegant lines and an intimate yet open floor plan. Each of our 93 guestrooms and suites offer Frette linens, Waterworks bath fixtures, Bulgari bath amenities, luxurious bathrobes and slippers, Carrera marble and more. Our guests will also enjoy personalized stellar service with additional amenities that include an inclusive gourmet breakfast buffet, car service within the downtown area, premium high-speed wifi, in-room complimentary snacks and beverages, Nespresso in-room coffee and turn down service. The Lancaster Collection of over 200 pieces of contemporary works of art by artists with strong ties to Texas is displayed throughout the guestrooms and public spaces.
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Property amenities
Valet parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Free shuttle or taxi services
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
24-hour security
Bar / lounge
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary welcome drink
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Taxi service
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Allergy-free room
Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Sofa bed
Room service
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
On-demand movies
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Room types
City view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
Historic Hotel
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Jon L wrote a review Jul 24
1 contribution
Other hotels would be well advised to hire the management and staff at the Lancaster to teach them how to create a proper guest experience. Each interaction with a Lancaster team member was pleasant and consistent, from requesting a table at its restaurant, conversing with the person servicing the room or talking with the general manager, Tom, who always seemed to be out and about making sure everyone was taken care of. There is a heart and soul to this place that I’m not sure I realized was missing at other hotels until I stayed here. The food is far better than you would expect, there is curated art on the walls, and there are welcoming gifts when you arrive (glass of champagne, snacks in the room etc. Nothing is showy or over the top, but just well done. This place is outstanding.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled on business
Response from Lancaster Manager, General Manager at The Lancaster
Responded yesterday
As a family-owned hotel, we rely on guest feedback and your wonderful review has put smiles on our faces. We are delighted to hear that you had a very positive experience and that you enjoyed our unique amenities and service. Each and every one of our team members strive to ensure that your expectations are highly exceeded—and we are so happy to see we succeeded. We hope to welcome you back again soon! Tom Harwell, General Manager
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Aurelia S wrote a review Mar 2020
3 contributions4 helpful votes
Hotel's Favorite
This was my first and hopefully not my last stay at the stunning hotel. My room included stunning art work, luxurious bath toiletries, yummy COMPLEMENTARY snacks and ultra comfy bed. Upon my arrival to my room, I was greeted with a complimentary cheese plate to welcome my stay. Once I was able to get settled into my room, I headed downstairs to the restaurant to meet up with a friend for lunch. I decided the try the Lancaster salad and oh my goodness, that was the MOST delicious salad, I've ever tasted. The service at our meal was so amazing that we decided to head to the bar to continue our visit. At the bar we tried the Candied Pecan Old Fashion drink...sooo delicious! The hotel stay included the most delicious breakfast, complete with eggs, breakfast meats, potatoes, fruits, oatmeal and various breads and pastries, all complimentary and part of your stay. The hotel more than exceeded my expectations and made sure every tiny detail was taken care of. HIGHLY recommend The Lancaster Hotel
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Trip type: Traveled on business
Room Tip: No onsite parking available, must valet at hotel. hotel is conveniently location in theater...
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3 Helpful votes
Response from Lancaster Manager, General Manager at The Lancaster
Responded Mar 15, 2020
Thank you for recommending The Lancaster Hotel and thank you for the lovely 5 star review. It’s great to hear that you especially loved our restaurant, Cultivated F+B and our bar. Many of the other items that you mentioned are guest favorites - like our amazingly comfortable beds and delicious gourmet breakfast. Thanks again for choosing The Lancaster. It was a pleasure to serve you. Tom Harwell, General Manager
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Bruce Fike wrote a review Jul 23
2 contributions
Visiting Houston twice a month, I had typically staid at the Four Season which is wonderful, until a friend asked if i had stayed at The Lancaster in the Theater District. The Lancaster is now my first choice in Houston. My visit this week is a great example why the Hotel and the people endear themselves. The glass of champagne greeting each time entering the lobby is a lovely touch. Rooms are lovingly appointed and fresh as new. Within the rooms i always receive a warm hand written note from the General Manager with fruit. Every day the room is replenished with free chilled fresh sodas, juices and water as well a separate drawer of free coffees and snacks and candies. Such a nice thoughtful touch. Each morning on the Mezzanine is a handsome free breakfast buffet offered to the hotel guests. Not skimpy but a broad offering of European style meats and cheeses as well as American offerings of eggs and meats, pancakes and bread varieties. Pardon the detail but so much more than i could expect to be free with a pleasantly priced room. Should mention the remarkable art work that graces each room and floor. So tasteful. I have now stayed at The Lancaster for several years so i know their superb high level of service and food is sustained at this high level over all that time. Not often do i write reviews but the people of The Lancaster are so deserving that i hope others who have not yet experienced this remarkable boutique gem will do so. Bruce E. Fike
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Date of stay: July 2021
Response from Lancaster Manager, General Manager at The Lancaster
Responded yesterday
Mr. Fike, thank you for your kind review and for being a loyal guest. We are delighted to hear of your wonderful experiences at The Lancaster Hotel. We take great pride in providing an excellent guest experience and we are pleased to see that you enjoy our amenities and unique accommodations. Thank you again for sharing your experience with other travelers, we look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Tom Harwell, General Manager
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Jay H wrote a review Jul 15
3 contributions4 helpful votes
The hotel is beautiful and well maintained. The food is good. The staff are pleasant. However, the bartender, David Thompson, has a horrible attitude and lacks social skills. My first night stopped and asked when he closed. He shrugged his shoulders with with upward hands in annoyance. He did not speak a word. After a long pause, I asked him again and he flatly responded “Whenever the last person leaves.” I went back later. David was already talking to guests about his stance on COVID-19, vaccines, theories, and politics. The next evening David became friendlier. He took shots of Courvoisier and asked me to smoke pot with him. He suggested that we go to a small walkway between the hotel and the building next door. After I declined, David became rude again. I spent roughly $200.00 daily on food and always tipped David a minimum of 20%. The final night I was there I asked for the bill and he just tossed it in front of me. I paid the $184.03 and graciously gave him a $2.00 tip. David grabbed the receipt and walked quickly to the front desk where Keim K. was standing. I could see David and Keim K. talking for a few minutes. I ordered an Uber and went to the front desk to get my bag (a front desk clerk held my bag for me earlier). As I approached Keim H., he was visually upset. I asked for my luggage. I told him that I couldn’t find it as I searched my pockets. He responded harshly. “I won’t give you your bag unless you hand me a claim ticket.” I explained that my passport was in my bag so he could verify. He refused over and over. He then angrily told me “You can call the police if you want, but I won’t give you your bag until you hand me a ticket!” I believe Keim K.’s comment was a veiled threat that he would call the police. I told Keim H. that I would begin to film how he was treating me. He quickly unlocked the door and gave me my bag. I re-ordered an Uber and paid a $10.12 cancellation fee due to the amount of time Keim K. held me hostage. Side note: The Lancaster is a small hotel and luggage is stored next to the front desk. Also, we’d spoken at least two of the four days I was checked in. There are many fantastic people working at The Lancaster. It sucks that bad apples can ruin, an otherwise. Great experience.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
Response from Lancaster Manager, General Manager at The Lancaster
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for your review. We take your allegations very seriously. We have thoroughly investigated these allegations and have been in touch with you. Tom Harwell, General Manager
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bayoulady2015 wrote a review Jul 14
Marthaville, Louisiana24 contributions6 helpful votes
This hotel had excellent customer service. It was extremely clean and comfortable. The extra perks like in room snacks and drinks was nice. They also provided two nice snack packs for our Houston Astros baseball game. The breakfast was delicious with protein and fresh fruit. They even had blueberry lemon pound cake which was delicious!
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Date of stay: July 2021
Sleep Quality
Response from Lancaster Manager, General Manager at The Lancaster
Responded yesterday
Thank you for your delightful review! We are thrilled to see you had a pleasant experience and that you will be staying with us again soon. Our gourmet breakfast buffet is certainly a guest favorite and we are pleased to hear you enjoyed our unique offerings like our blueberry lemon pound cake. We look forward to your next visit! Tom Harwell, General Manager
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$199 - $363 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Lancaster
Which popular attractions are close to The Lancaster?
Nearby attractions include Nightly Spirits (0.2 miles), Houston Symphony (0.06 miles), and Alley Theatre (0.04 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Lancaster?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at The Lancaster?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at The Lancaster?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Lancaster?
Yes, valet parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Lancaster?
Conveniently located restaurants include Frank's Pizza, Flying Saucer, and Hearsay.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Lancaster?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness center during their stay.
Does The Lancaster have an airport shuttle?
Yes, The Lancaster offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is The Lancaster located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.8 miles away from the center of Houston.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Lancaster?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does The Lancaster offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.