HOUSTON - This weekend, as the World Series comes to Houston for only the second time in Astros history, hotels in downtown Houston are preparing for overflow crowds, and guests with no credit card limits.
That's good news for Le Meridien, one of several high end hotels recently opened in downtown. Houston celebrity Chef Bryan Caswell and his wife Jennifer took full advantage of the opportunity to open Hoggbirds, the new rooftop bar at the hotel.
The Caswells, avid Astros fans, made opening night a World Series watch party, and brought along Houston Rapper Bun B.
"I won't truly have my thirst quenched until we win the whole thing," said Caswell, nas he remembered the 2005 sweep suffered by the Astros. "This feels different, I'm ready for this."
If a roof top filled with strangers doesn't excite you, consider the Hotel Icon, where you can book the fancy Ritz Suite for you and 40 friends. It has a rooftop terrace that includes a view of Minute Maid Park.
"You're looking at $2,000 a night for this suite, but it's well worth it," said Icon General Manager Peter Wright. "If you can imagine sitting on an outdoor balcony, overlooking Minute Maid when the fireworks go off, your heart just beats to an incredible drum."
But even at that price, the Icon's suite is not available this weekend. That hotel, along with every other hotel in downtown, is fully booked.
At the Four Seasons, staff won't confirm rumors that the Dodgers may be staying there this weekend. However, General Manager Tom Segesta did take us through the 3,000 square feet Presidential Suite.
"This could go for anywhere from $8,000 to $12,000 dollars," he said, quoting a nightly price for the games. "It's an opportunity to enjoy a once in a life time event."
For those looking for actually available options, the Four Seasons says its Top Golf suites on the lobby level, where friends can book a suite and TV is available, do have some dates available for bookings during the World Series.
Around the corner, the new Hotel Alessandra, connected to the GreenStreet shopping development, has a few rooms available for this weekend. General Manager Ryan Guillion says the remaining rooms are being snapped up at $599 per night.
A bonus to staying at the Alessandra, the house car is a Maserati, available to ferry guests to Minute Maid.
Back at Hoggbirds, the Caswells say they will have the game showing on the roof top bar every night.
And Bun B has a prediction, "Astros win in five, and we win it at the Juice Box!"
We hope so, Bun B.
A 10-foot tall rooster, free hot dogs, head-shaving and pumpkin carvings: We've got all the World Series bases covered.
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