Hotelier wants to build 200-room Marriott, convention center in downtown Conroe


A hotelier wants to build a four-star Marriott in the middle of downtown Conroe—and a convention center to boot.

Jay Patel of Rocket Hotels, which owns 12 hotels in the Houston area and manages 40, told Conroe City Council Thursday night that he wants to build a four-star, 200-room Delta by Marriott hotel in downtown Conroe. His company has developed, redeveloped and operated hotels for 35 years, Patel said.

“The only way Marriott will give us this brand of hotel is if we do a convention center with it,” Patel said. “This would be a really good opportunity for us to grow the downtown area. It would employ over 50 employees and bring some business to the restaurants and bars and all the businesses around the downtown area.”

Patel requested help from city council building the convention center, and suggested conducting further studies if the council is interested.

“The hotels I have in Houston are strategically located,” Patel said. “I think it would be a good opportunity for the Conroe area to grow, especially the downtown area, which needs some help.”

His other hotels in Houston include the Holiday Inn at 7625 Katy Fwy. and the Hyatt House at 15405 Katy Fwy.

Dean Bass, CEO of Spirit of Texas Bank, said Patel has been interested in the idea of a downtown Conroe hotel for four years.

“[Patel] has been very interested in helping put a successful hotel in this area, one we think would help downtown,” Bass said. “We know of nothing else better for the downtown area.”

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  1. I like Downtown just the way it is. What right does Jay Patel have to say that the downtown needs some help? And who says we want downtown to change? I like it just the way it is! I don’t want a huge hotel and convention center in downtown Conroe. What business will be displaced for this? Not a good idea!!

  2. A huge hotel and convention center would just ruin the look of historic downtown Conroe.! I really hope they talk to the residents and vote on it. Downtown Conroe is fine the way it is.

  3. Derek Mahaffey

    This will be great for downtown Conroe. When it comes to nightlife downtown Conroe is one of the best in the county. Not as snobby as the waterway and offers better live music instead of cover bands. The quality of food is also better. But for out of towners the closest option to rest is Super 8. Downtown Conroe wont lose character but will gain so much more business from weddings to festivals and cut down on the DWIs.

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Jules Rogers
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Jules Rogers has been covering community journalism and urban trade news since 2014. She moved to Houston in June 2018 to become an editor with Community Impact Newspaper after four years of reporting for various newspapers affiliated with the Portland Tribune in Oregon, including two years at the Portland Business Tribune. Before that, Jules spent time reporting for the Grants Pass Daily Courier in Southern Oregon. Her favorite beats to cover are business, economic development and urban planning.
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