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Hotel Occupancy and Room Rates

Occupancy rates in Houston hotels increased temporarily due to Hurricane Harvey but have since returned to near normal levels.
Published on 3/22/19
Hotel Occupancy and Room Rate
  • Houston’s hotel occupancy, approximately 91,000 rooms across 924 properties, averaged 58.5 percent in the fourth quarter of ’18, down from 72.5 in Q4/17. The average daily room rate during this period was $102.26 and revenue per available room (RevPAR) averaged $59.82 per day compared to $110.12 and $79.83 a year earlier.

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  • The region’s average occupancy was 63.2 percent for the four quarters ending Q4/18, down from 66.6 percent a year ago. Hurricane Harvey caused a spike in hotel demand, first from evacuees and then from out-of-town workers in Houston to assist with recovery efforts. Without a similar event to boost demand in the near future, the four-quarter occupancy rate will likely decrease, drawing down both the four-quarter average daily room rate and RevPAR.
  • More than 4,000 rooms across 36 properties were under construction in Q4/18. Another 3,700 rooms across 33 properties have confirmed construction starts in the next 12 months. The number of hostels under construction is slightly lower than during Q4/17, when nearly 4,000 rooms across 33 properties were under construction. Confirmed construction starts, in contrast, were significantly higher a year ago, with over 5,000 rooms across 48 properties in the final planning stage.

Patrick Jankowski, CERP
Senior Vice President, Research

Melissa Verhoef
Analyst, Research

Real Estate Building Activity
4,000 rooms

Over 4,000 hotel rooms were under construction in Q4/18


Houston's average daily room rate in Q4/18

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