The story of The Laura Hotel is inextricably linked to the steamboat of the same name which inspired the property’s rebirth. Just as The Laura once forged intrepidly ahead, navigating waters once thought impassable, our hotel will help to take Downtown Houston into a brave new future filled with culinary excellence, inspiring creativity, and opportunities for both business and pleasure too numerous to count.
The Republic of Texas wins its independence from Mexico and chooses Houston as the capital city of is newly sovereign nation. Families from throughout Europe flock to this new land of opportunity.
Developers John K. Allen and Augustus C. Allen move to Houston, intent on making the city the center of commerce and culture in the new republic. That January, they steam through the Buffalo Bayou, proving that Houston was a viable port city and paving the way for its future prosperity.
Texas becomes the 28th state of the expanding United States of America. Trade expands with other states throughout the union, aided by the city’s active port.
Houston is now one of the most active ports in the world, with the critical Houston Shipping Channel operating through what was once Buffalo Bayou. Industry here employs 1.2 million Americans, enables over $265 billion in revenue and has created a vibrant downtown.
The Laura Hotel continues in the pioneering footsteps of her namesake, catering to those visiting Houston for everything from ballgames to business ventures. The southern hospitality, welcoming spirit and unapologetic passion for living life to the fullest that compelled a little steamer to do the impossible inspires us to this day.