Mark Sampsell is Appointed General Manager of Houston Marriott Cityplace at Springwoods Village
Aimbridge Hospitality today announced the appointment of Mark Sampsell as general manager of Houston Marriot CityPlace in Springwoods Village, now under construction and scheduled to open in early October 2018. The 10-story, 337-room full-service property will be the first full-service hotel within the North Houston master-planned community, and the third hotel Woodbine Development has developed for the area.
Sampsell has more than 20 years of hospitality experience and most recently served as the general manager of the Embassy Suites Houston West - Katy. In his new role, Sampsell will oversee the completion of the Houston Marriott CityPlace construction and its operations once the hotel opens. Previously, Sampsell opened and managed a number of properties for Aimbridge Hospitality and Wyndham Worldwide. Prior to that he has held various hospitality positions, including food and beverage manager. Sampsell is a graduate of Niagara University and holds a bachelor's degree in hotel and restaurant administration. He sits on the board of directors of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Houston Marriott CityPlace will serve as the eastern end of CityPlace, a 60-acre fully integrated, mixed-use district in Springwoods Village, facing CityPlace Park and next to the public CityPlace Plaza. Woodbine is the developer and the asset manager, and Aimbridge Hospitality serves as the management company for the hotel. Gensler is the architect and interior designer, and Austin Commercial is the general contractor.
In addition to Marriott signature elements like MClub Lounge, Great Rooms, Great Room Bar and Grab N Go, the hotel will also include a three-meal-a-day restaurant, Switchouse. The pool, pool bar and spacious outdoor patio and event space will allow travelers to take advantage of the Texas sunshine and fair weather. The hotel will also be host to 33,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor function space, including a grand ballroom, a junior ballroom, five meeting rooms, three boardrooms, a pool bar event space and access to The CityPlace Plaza, an expansive outdoor event area.
Houston Marriott CityPlace will have an open feel and contemporary design informed and inspired by the meandering paths, forest trails and flowing creeks of the surrounding Springwoods Village community. The handsome interiors will feature a mix of stone, tile, wood, metal and textured fabrics in natural and earthy hues-paired with upscale furnishings, fixtures and finishes. Nods to the railway traditions of the area and the nature of the region will be woven throughout.
Public spaces will reflect the needs of today's travelers-providing a mix of inviting configurations and seating options for those looking to connect online or to connect with others around them. Meanwhile, the 337 guest rooms will offer modern, restful retreats, with comfortable lounge furniture and a flexible table/work station setup that allows for seamless transitions between work and relaxation.
The design of Houston Marriott CityPlace at Springwoods Village has been developed with the goal of pursuing LEED Gold certification, reflecting Springwoods Village's commitment to sustainable development and conservation. Guests will be able to enjoy the community's natural assets, including more than 290 acres of parks and natural corridors that connect to a network of trails. The nearby 150-acre Springwoods Village Nature Preserve is an ecologically rich experience with a forest habitat, wetlands and pond, and will eventually become part of the greater 46-mile Spring Creek Greenway.
Springwoods Village is a $10 billion, 2,000-acre sustainable master-planned community coming to life in Spring, just south of the Woodlands and 20 miles north of downtown Houston. Located at the confluence of I-45, the Hardy Toll Road and the Grand Parkway, the community is a new model of sustainability and greener living for the Houston region, preserving its natural ecosystems, building energy smart homes, and reducing dependence on the car by providing a walkable mix of retail, dining, offices and public amenities. CityPlace, which will offer 4.4 million square feet of office and retail space within Springwoods Village, is being developed by a master development venture comprising Patrinely Group, USAA Real Estate Company and CDC Houston.