Conrad Hilton began his hotel empire because he wanted to ‘spread the light and warmth of hospitality’ to the world. Today, almost 100 years later, that sentiment is alive and well in Hiltons across the globe and is especially felt right here in Houston – after all, ‘Southern Hospitality’ is practically our middle name. With the same warmth that Conrad expressed, the Homewood Suites Fallbrook opened this August and has made a name for itself by ingraining Houston’s vibrant arts culture directly into its very fiber.
“Houston is so alive and diverse and welcoming,” Aly Valiani, President of New Horizons Hospitality (Homewood Suites Fallbrook’s management company), states. “The Houston art scene is absolutely vital to our culture, and I couldn’t imagine a better way to introduce it to guests than to include it in the hotel.”
And included it is; as you pull up and walk into the hotel, you feel a sense distinction. With large murals adorning its walls in numerous locations outside, local artisan woodwork in the lobby, and hand-selected pieces of colorful artwork throughout the hotel and in every guest room, your eyes have a veritable art buffet to feast upon.
Most of this eye-candy – both indoors and out – hails from one of Houston’s most celebrated artists, Sebastien Boileau, aka Mr.D. “Houston is my chosen home,” Boileau smiles, “show me somewhere else that has people as intensely passionate about their city, food, and art. I love it here.” Ever the modest artistic genius, Boileau is the mastermind behind some of Houston’s beloved, photographed, and internationally famous murals: the Montrose Paint Wall, Preservons la Creation, Florence and the Machine Wall, and many more.
After meeting at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport last year during an art installation reveal party for Boileau, a friendship formed between Boileau and Valiani, and the pair set about designing original murals for Valiani’s newest hotel – the first murals of their kind at any Hilton in the world. The pool mural, in particular, is a knockout and has been hashtagged the #HomewoodArtWall. Boileau absolutely outdid himself with the stunning water lily design fashioned out of a block pattern that cascades down a 20-foot wall like a close-up of a modern day Degas.
Fellow artist and painter, Thomas Kinkade, once said, “Art transcends cultural boundaries,” and there’s no doubt that arts and culture enthusiasts will love calling the Homewood Suites Fallbrook home during their Houston stay. “We cater to guests searching for an art oasis in the city,” Valiani concludes. If that sounds like you, then what are you waiting for? Book your stay at the Homewood Suites Fallbrook today to marvel at the #HomewoodArtWall! Come on, do it for the ‘gram.
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