ABOUT

 

The Crystal Ballroom is a 1913 historic ballroom located in the heart of downtown Houston’s Rice Hotel. Originally the capitol of the Republic of Texas, this is one of Houston's most unique and historic landmarks. The ballroom’s unique space can accommodate large gatherings in the main ballroom or host an intimate event in one of the adjoining private rooms.

 

AMENITIES

Receptions: 800 guests

Seated Dinner: 400 guests

Private dressing room

Mahogany French doors

5,000 sq.ft. with a 1,500 sq.ft parlor

Original 1913 design

Elegant lobby entrance with crystal chandeliers

Full wrap-around balcony and covered terrace


35’ ceilings

Full stage

Dance floor

 


CONVENIENT TO:

   George R. Brown Convention Center

   Hobby Airport

   Minute Maid Park

   The Theatre District

 

A PLACE WHERE HISTORY WAS MADE, FROM GENERALS TO PRESIDENTS...

General Sam Houston walked these grounds, weighted with concerns for Texas. President Benjamin Harrison spoke from the balcony before lunching with his wife. President Taft addressed “ten acres of people” from that same balcony. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his wife thought the dining room was the most beautiful place to eat in Houston. When in town, the couple frequently enjoyed The Rice. President Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower slept here. President John F. Kennedy and Jackie made a historic visit here. As First Lady, Jackie Kennedy made her one and only political speech in the Crystal Ballroom to Texas representatives of LULAC. Other notable “stars” to grace the Crystal Ballroom include Clark Gable, Will Rogers, Perry Como, Shirley Temple and Mick Jagger.

 

 

Premier location for business meetings, charity events, Houston weddings, Houston wedding receptions, Houston event and party space & Houston banquet halls. For more information, contact our Event Manager at 713.227.7423.