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Montrose’s La Colombe d’Or gears up to welcome more guests after renovation

The developers behind Montrose’s La Colombe d’Or are revealing more details about its ongoing renovation.

In addition to the previously announced 34-story building that will house The Residences at La Colombe d’Or, the hotel’s footprint will expand to add 32 more rooms situated across the mansion, tower and garden bungalows.

Steve Zimmerman and his sons — Dan Zimmerman and Mark Zimmerman — are collaborating with Hines Corporation on this project. They said the Colombe d’Or’s longstanding reputation as an upscale boutique lodging accommodation to endure despite its large-scale growth.

“La Colombe d’Or Hotel has served as a unique hospitality experience for guests traveling to the city of Houston and locals seeking an elevated dining ambiance for four decades,” Dan Zimmerman said in a prepared statement. “The renovations and additions gracefully merge the history and grandeur of the mansion while modernizing the overall aesthetic. We are passionate about evoking the essence of Montrose and the Museum District while also exceeding the evolving tastes and expectations of our guests.”

Design firm Rottet Studio is refreshing the mansion’s 1920s interior by adding some modern elements to its classic architectural styling, which includes 300-year-old French wood panels. The second floor will encompass five suites that range from 470 to 721 square feet. The upgrades include cosmetic details like new lighting, wood restoration, as well as personalized cooling and heating systems for the suites.


The tower — which was announced in 2016 — is being erected just behind the hotel’s primary building, the mansion, in what was once its parking lot. It’s connected to the mansion by garden and will feature 18 hotel suites on the lower level of The Residences at La Colombe d’Or. Envisioned by architecture firm Muniz + Albin and interiors by Rottet Studio, the hotel will stand in stark contrast to the mansion with its contemporary aesthetic. Each of the suites will span between 483 to 910 square feet.

Another walkway leads from that building to the Garden Bungalows: nine suites that surround a small courtyard. These units — which more closely resemble the mansion’s look — are intended for longer-stay guests who want to enjoy the convenience of the city without its bustling pace.

“It was important for us to offer a variety of accommodation types to suit the many needs of our guests at La Colombe d’Or Hotel,” Zimmerman said. “Paired with our central location, walkable neighborhood, hotel amenities and neighborhood attractions, future guests of La Colombe d’Or can expect a very memorable stay at our property.”

—HOUSTON CHRONICLE: Story by Darla Guillen Gilthorpe