Building Spotlight: The Royalton at River Oaks
When driving along Allen Parkway, there’s much to see to with many sites, but if you lived along this well-traveled road, you could enjoy it even more.
The Royalton at River Oaks, located at 3333 Allen Parkway, is a long-established high-rise with a history as rich as the city.
What was once the Gulf Publishing Company later became an apartment tower in 2001, but not without recognizing its history. An architectural frieze of concrete ornaments and spirals was taken off the Gulf Publishing Company building, reassembled and attached onto an exterior wall near the new apartment tower.
Between 2005-2006, it was renamed The Royalton at River Oaks and was revitalized as a luxury high-rise.
Today, it’s still all about luxury from top to bottom.
The 33-story tower with 253 units and two penthouses is set in the heart of the Inner Loop and is as central as you can get with access to nearly everything Houston has to offer. According to The Royalton’s board of director’s president, Dairus Deneui, The Royalton is less than two miles to downtown and 10 minutes or less to I-45, I-10, I-69, West Loop 610 and U.S. 290.
With this easy access to major thoroughfares, residents can visit major grocery stores, retail centers, entertainment venues and all types of restaurants.
Need to exercise or enjoy the outdoors? Buffalo Bayou Park and Memorial Park are practically outside your door.
“There are walking trails from Shepherd to downtown with walking access to Memorial Park,” said Deneui. “There are biking trails from Shepherd to downtown linking to other biking trails, and also bicycle rentals at Dunlavy and Allen Parkway and Sabine Street.”
Amenities are plentiful with even more on the way with renovations.
The Royalton offers a concierge, valet service, club room with complimentary Starbucks and soft drinks, guest suites for family and friends, and a fitness gym. Complimentary limousine service is available on Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
New at The Royalton is a state-of-the-art restricted off-leash pet area, an updated serenity sculpture garden and renovated gym including a stretching area and cutting-edge equipment. The luxury resort-style pool area update includes covered areas, improved security, Wi-Fi access and fire pits for evenings.
Future updates include EV charging stations in the garage.
Resident Annette Kuntz said she loves living at The Royalton simply because “it literally has everything I need or want” and is able to enjoy the “best life has to offer.”
“Shopping and dining could not be easier,” Kuntz said. “We have it all within minutes of either walking or a quick drive. Getting to the airport, the opera, the Medical Center or museums, you name it, and you can get to it from The Royalton with ease.”
Kuntz can also relax in various settings.
“Leisure is no problem. We have beautiful parks in every direction, and all it takes is to cross the street for a lovely picnic location or a nice breakfast or lunch at the Dunlavy. So much to do at your fingertips,” Kuntz said.
Most of all, Kuntz enjoys the view provided by The Royalton. “You do not know what you are missing until you see beautiful sunrises and sunsets. There is no beauty like nature. In a high-rise, you have a front row seat every day. At least at The Royalton, you do,” said Kuntz.