Popular with tourists and travelers for its many attractions and fine historic buildings, Houston, Texas offers fantastic lodging options regardless of your specific need or budget.
Those looking for a little luxury with their Houston experience can choose from a number of impressive properties. Leading the way is the elegant Hotel Granduca Houston, an Italian masterpiece that offers spacious rooms and suites in addition to great dining. Also worth considering at the higher end of the luxury scale are the grand suites at the exquisite Hotel ZaZa and the Four Seasons Houston, a fine offering from one of the world’s leading hotel brands.
Those on a business trip or looking for a great family trip will also find something suitable here. The JW Marriott Houston is a popular choice, with over 40,000 square feet of convention, meeting, and banquet space. Find a resort for your next visit with our list of the best resorts in Houston.
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1 Hotel Granduca Houston
The Granduca Hotel is one of Houston’s newer luxury offerings, having opened in 2006. Since then, the hotel has been one of the top hotels in the city. Part of the Interfin Hotels group, this Italian-inspired property is located in the popular Uptown Park area of the city. It offers 122 well-equipped and bright rooms and suites. Notable features of the larger 825 square foot Premiumuca suites include fully equipped kitchens with granite counter tops, separate dining and living areas, HDTVs, large walk-in closets and private balconies.
On-site amenities include the sophisticated Ristorante Cavour, with an emphasis on northern Italian cuisine, as well as the chance to enjoy weekend brunches and afternoon teas. The hotel also has a beautiful banquet hall and a ballroom. There is also a heated outdoor courtyard pool with plenty of comfortable lounge chairs for sunbathing and relaxing, and a well-equipped fitness center. Those in town for work will find the business center convenient, along with the conference and meeting rooms. Other great perks include newspaper delivery, shoe shine and dry cleaning services, and a chauffeur service that shuttles you around town in a Maserati.
Accommodation: Hotel Granduca Houston
2 Hotel ZaZa Museum District
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Located in the heart of Houston’s Museum Quarter, the beautifully named and quirky Hotel ZaZa is considered one of the city’s best boutique hotels. The accommodations are large and luxurious with a decor that can best be described as fun. The largest units feature separate master bedrooms with spacious bathrooms and separate bathtubs and showers, fully equipped kitchens with modern appliances, work desks, beautiful hardwood floors, HDTVs, laundry rooms and even butler’s pantries. If you’re really looking for luxury, you can book the 1,584-square-foot 2-bedroom suite complete with crystal chandeliers and a second bathroom. Some pet friendly rooms are available so please ask when making your reservation.
The on-site amenities are equally hip. Highlights include alfresco and restaurant dining (room service also available), a fitness center (TVs and headsets), and a full-service spa. There is also a heated outdoor swimming pool with a large and quiet terrace for sunbathing.
Accommodation: Hotel ZaZa Museum District
3 Hotel Sorella CITY CENTER
Located in the heart of Houston’s trendy new neighborhood CITYCENTRE, an upscale master-planned community of homes, accommodations, and office and retail space, the Hotel Sorella is a great option for those who enjoy the good life. In addition to its proximity to great shopping, dining and entertainment, the hotel offers plenty of opportunity for some old-fashioned rest and relaxation. Notable on-site amenities include a large, heated, outdoor pool; a restaurant; a state-of-the-art fitness center; plus ample meeting and function space. Valet parking, concierge services, dry cleaning and laundry services are also available.
The rooms are all bright and elegantly furnished, decorated with custom designer furniture and bedding and a distinctive European flair. This room features floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping city views, hardwood floors, a sitting area and work desk, and beautiful white marble bathrooms with separate showers and bathtubs. Upgrades include one and two bedroom penthouse suites.
Accommodation: Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE
4 Four Seasons Hotel Houston
Located in the heart of the city, Four Seasons Hotel Houston is a great choice for those exploring the area or conducting business. It is worth the stay to experience the hotel’s beautiful rooftop pool with its large terrace and stunning views of the city. Other notable features include valet parking, on-site dining (as well as private dining options), laundry and dry cleaning, plus concierge services. There is also a gym on site.
While a variety of room types are available, popular options include the bright standard king-size rooms, luxurious bedding, elegant marble bathrooms (bathrobes) and great views of the city. A nice perk is the inclusion of breakfast and free newspapers, as well as the chance to enjoy a meal in your room. And for those traveling with children, they will be spoiled with a nice welcome gift, their own bathrobes and toiletries and special menus (babysitting service is available).
Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Houston
5 The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa
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One of the few independently owned luxury hotels in Houston, The Houstonian is worth considering when visiting this vibrant city. Situated on its own beautiful 18-acre wooded lot near the city center, this elegant hotel offers guests access to a variety of great amenities, including a members’ health club with three excellent swimming pools (guests also have access to the hotel’s pool), a large fitness center and smoothie bar. In addition to a world-class restaurant, guests can also enjoy the full spa (it has 20 treatment rooms, a lounge on the second floor and a hair salon).
The rooms are equally attractive. Popular options include the deluxe two-room suites, ideal for couples looking for a romantic getaway. Features of these spacious accommodations include a separate bedroom, custom furniture, a work desk and a beautiful view over the forest. If you can rock it, book one of the deluxe concierge level rooms. Doing so gives you access to a personal concierge and a stylish lounge area, where you can enjoy complimentary breakfast, snacks, hors d’oeuvres and even desserts.
Accommodation: The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa
6 The St Regis Hotel Houston
The St. Regis Hotel is an excellent choice for those seeking a luxury stay in Houston, near the upscale residential River Oaks area and The Galleria, an upscale shopping and entertainment complex. A popular option when it comes to accommodations are the Grand Luxe rooms. These spacious, bright luxury accommodations feature floor-to-ceiling windows with great city views, comfortable pillow-top beds, a separate sitting area with custom furnishings (including a sleeper sofa), HDTVs and butler service.
Highlights of your stay include spending time at the full-service spa and dining at the world-class restaurant. There is also a fitness center, sauna, business center, tea room, concierge services and valet parking. Also visit the swimming pool with a large heated outdoor pool and a terrace.
Accommodation: The St. Regis Hotel Houston
7 Hotel Alessandra
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Considered something of a modern masterpiece among downtown Houston hotels, the Hotel Alessandra is certainly a great option for those who like a different class with their accommodations. All of the hotel’s 223 guestrooms are elegantly appointed with custom furnishings and bright, contemporary décor, floor-to-ceiling windows, premium bedding and linens, and large marble bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers (plus bathrobes). Other notable features of these spacious rooms include comfortable living areas, large closets and tea and coffee making facilities. If you’re looking for an upgrade, check out the larger junior suites. These 750 square foot accommodations feature a private deck with seating and two HDTVs.
On-site amenities include a concierge service, a great spa and a gourmet restaurant. The hotel also has a spacious rooftop pool with ample lounge seating (some in the shallow end of the pool), a business center with meeting space and a fitness center. Another nice perk is on-site bike sharing. In addition to valet parking, the hotel offers guests a shuttle service in a luxury Maserati.
Accommodation: Hotel Alessandra
8 JW Marriott Houston
Another leading luxury hotel brand with a presence in the city, the JW Marriott Houston is worth considering when planning a stay in this dynamic city. The ritzy Galleria, a short walk from the largest shopping mall in Texas, the hotel’s rooms and suites are all elegantly decorated and furnished. A popular option for those seeking a high level of pampering are the one bedroom suites. These spacious accommodations range in size from 900 to 1,200 square feet and feature separate sleeping and living areas (the latter with ample seating and a sleeper sofa), a king-sized bed, desk, small refrigerator, and large bathroom with separate tub and showers (comfortable bathrobes and slippers provided). Upgrade to the concierge level suites and you’ll also enjoy access to a private lounge area.
There are also plenty of things to do around the hotel. Highlights include a meal at Destino, the hotel’s fine dining restaurant; work out in the fitness center; and take a dip in the heated rooftop pool. The hotel also features over 40,000 square feet of meeting and convention space, as well as a business center. Valet parking and dry cleaning services are also available.
Accommodation: JW Marriott Houston