Odessa, Texas, is a small city with a big future. So promises Dallas-based developer Gatehouse Capital, which is preparing to unveil a game-changing development in downtown Odessa: the brand-new Odessa Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
. Scheduled to open in summer 2019, the property began construction in spring 2017 and celebrated its topping out this past August. Totaling 328,000 gross square feet, it will include a 217-room Marriott hotel, a 79,000-square-foot conference center -- the largest in the region -- and a 22,500-square-foot plaza.
Featuring an interior design inspired by Odessa's rich oil and mineral history -- natural wood and stone will figure prominently in honor of the local landscape -- the hotel will include a club-level lounge, a Southwestern-themed steak house, an outdoor resort-style swimming pool, a high-tech business center, a 24-hour fitness center and a full-service on-site Starbucks.
The conference center will offer 33,374 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. Highlights will include an 18,636-square-foot grand ballroom for groups of up to 1,500 people, a 7,452-square-foot junior ballroom for up to 600, over 5,000 square feet of breakout space and two 525-square-foot boardrooms, not to mention an event garden for special events and access to the historic Ector Theater, which was built in 1951 and is currently being refurbished with seating for up to 800 guests.
The development is expected to be an asset for locals and visitors alike.
"There's a legitimate underserved market in secondary cities where hotel and conference development can be catalytic," Gatehouse Capital CEO Marty Collins said upon announcing the project in fall 2016. "This development will be an engine for dynamic growth in downtown Odessa and the broader community."
Toby Eoff of Eofficial Enterprises, Gatehouse's local development partner, agrees. "I'm not sure that everyone realizes how much this means to us and to Odessa," he said in August at the topping-out ceremony. "We think it's going to be the start of many things to come for downtown."