Located in the heart of downtown, the Four Seasons Hotel Houston is an expansive hotel with the sort of state-of-the-art facilities and lavish amenities business travelers and families can enjoy. Kid-friendly touches like mini-me bathrobes, complimentary milk and cookies, and babysitting services will keep little Jimmy happy while you enjoy some well-deserved grown-up time at the roof-top pool to end all pools, with its spectacular city views and a fully stocked bar for R&R starved parents. It might be family friendly, but it’s still a downtown hot spot with an elegant Italian hotel restaurant Quattro (see the EAT chapter of our guide for more on this).
This luxury boutique hotel recalls an Italian palazzo, with its sumptuous brocaded rooms in autumnal colors. And it’s not just a pretty face. Located in Post Oak, Houston’s choice shopping district, Hotel Granduca offers all the necessary comforts for an H-town tourist. Sizeable suites come with a full kitchen that’s likely to remain untouched once you venture to one of the city’s most iconic restaurants only a stone’s throw (or even an elevator ride) away. Not that you have to leave the hotel for a good time—travelers and Houstonians alike flock to the hotel restaurant, Ristorante Cavour, and the intimate bar often hosts local musicians. There’s also a gym, should you be feeling virtuous.
An excellent choice for the young professional traveler, this hotel offers cozy guest rooms full of character, as well as extended stay suites. The hotel is as comfortable as it is functional, and as convenient as it is charming. Yes, the gym has cardio and weight machines, but they're a vibrant fire engine red. Yes, there is immediate access to Houston’s legal and business districts, but there’s also a lively lounge that showcases an inspired cocktail menu, and Voice, the eclectic hotel restaurant with Chef Greg Lowry at the helm, buzzes with activity.
Hotel Sorella is an understated oasis in the heart of Houston's CITYCENTRE shopping development, boasting sleek design … not to mention great perks like complimentary continental breakfast, available every morning in a lobby that boasts beautiful views of the gardens beyond the hotel. With modern accommodations for over 200, the hotel offers its guests spacious and sleekly designed rooms and suites, sophisticated onsite dining at Bistro Alex and Bistro Bar, a pool, a meeting and event space, and a luxe spa and fitness center.
Hotel Zaza is located in the serene Museum District of downtown Houston, giving art buffs easy access to the impressive Museum of Fine Arts among other cultural hubs. Within the walls of the hotel are a host of amenities including a spa, fitness center, and the trendy Monarch restaurant. Guestrooms are sexy—with pop art on the walls and wild animal print furniture that bring a touch of chic. But they’re also plush (and practical) with high-speed internet and down comforters. It’s one of the hottest spots in Houston, constantly buzzing and consistently delivering exceptional service.
The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa sits on an 18-acre wooded oasis right in the heart of the city. Combining first-class comfort with casual elegance and attentive, personalized service, this classic Houston hotel is kitted out for the most discerning visitor. And it’s pretty darned lavish—the grandeur of this palatial hotel is equaled only by the 125,000 square foot fitness facility, where walking from one side to the other could be considered a workout. All this luxury draws a thriving business in high-end weddings. With a gargantuan kiddie Centre Pompidou-like climbing complex in the spa, we suspect you won’t see much of your kids while you’re here.
La Colombe d'Or is one of the most singular hotels in Houston. While many hotels in the city cater to the bigger-is-better crowd, this luxury hotel is one of the smallest in the world. The main building is a mansion that houses five spacious one-bedroom suites, some featuring sitting areas and dining rooms. And across the street sit the Villas at the Court of Colombe with one- or two-bedroom suites with separate living areas and kitchens. The hotel is optimally located for tourists, minutes away from some of the city's best museums and attractions. And for the culinary minded, Cinq at La Colombe d'Or is perfect fit for this luxurious and intimate hotel.