Whether you’re visiting Houston on business, want to enjoy a glamorous escape or a relaxing retreat, the Lone Star State’s largest city offers it all, including these especially standout accommodation options.
The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa
In a state known for doing pretty much everything up in a very big way, when it comes to luxury, The Houstonian takes it even further. Hidden among 18 wooded acres, it blends the allure of a nature retreat with the high-end amenities of an urban resort.
Set beside Memorial Park in the Galleria Area, it offers a tranquil, secluded feel, yet it’s still within a short drive to places like the Uptown Park Mall with its 50 shops, restaurants and bars. In addition to Four Diamond accommodations, including flat-screen TVs, forest views and even fireplaces and wet bars in some suites, it boasts a huge health club with an impressive offering of activities. Play a match on the indoor or outdoor tennis courts, a game of hoops on the basketball court, or even climb the rock climbing walls. There are also racquetballs courts, a massive fitness room and a spin studio.
The highlight for many is the pool complex which features three pools, a sports pool, garden pool and resort pool. The resort pool is a favorite hangout with its waterfalls, geysers and 32-foot slide. When it comes to dining and drinks, you’ll have a choice of two restaurants as well as a poolside grill and a bar.
Business travelers would do well to consider Hotel Icon, the only business district hotel on Houston’s light rail line. Downtown’s most glamourous hotel blends exceptional service, historic architecture and contemporary finishes to provide something a lot more than just a place to lie your head down at night after a busy day.
Located in the 1911 Union National Bank building, which also houses the Line & Lariat Restaurant and Bar as well as the Balance Day Spa, placing guests just steps away from a wide variety services. The hotel is also within walking distance to the convention center and multiple businesses, eateries and bars.
While the interior is decidedly sleek and urban, it still displays plenty of iconic Lone Star style, with touches like rawhide décor. Rooms feature large flat-screen TVs, marble bathrooms with Molton Brown bath products, Jacuzzi tubs, oversize safes for laptops, free Wi-Fi and a work desk with task lighting.
For glitz and glamour in the heart of the Museum District, you can’t go wrong with Hotel ZaZa. Inspired by the glamorous days of Old Hollywood, it features vintage film posters and theatrical chandeliers with whimsically-themed rooms. Guests can choose from rooms like the Love Shack, the space-centric Houston, We Have a Problem, and a music-focused Rock Star suite.
This funky boutique hotel also features a European-style outdoor pool with a bar, an onsite spa, 24-hour fitness center and business center, while the Monarch restaurant serves Southern-style cuisine in an upscale atmosphere. But what makes Hotel ZaZa really stand out may be its complimentary Magic Carpet Ride car service. Guests wanting to explore neighborhood hot spots can arrive in style in a shiny black car adorned with a cattle horn.