1 . Hotel ZaZa

Houston, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (888) 880 - 3244

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This is it. Try you will, but we’re confident that you aren’t going to find a more decadently-chic Houston haven than Hotel ZaZa. Don’t believe us? How do velvet walls sound? Or whole suites that transport you to a Parisian paradise? And that’s just for starters at this AAA Four Diamond award recipient!

Like its sister resort in Dallas, this ultra-posh hotel exceeds the normal accommodation expectations tenfold. The suites alone look like something from a dream, and you’ll feel like you are in a faraway place when you stay in them. Some of the Concept Suites include the Geisha House, West Indies Room and the Soho Loft – all ornately-decorated to fit their names. One of our favorites was the Houston We Have a Problem suite, with its super modern style, unique bubble chair and its very own telescope to help you see stars if you didn’t already see them when you walked into Hotel ZaZa. Hosting the after-party? Magnificent Seven Suites will make it the most talked-about event of the year. Most are designed for larger crowds who are looking to be impressed and are truly the epitome of luxury at Hotel ZaZa. Velvet, leather, crystal – let the party begin!

Highlights

Feel like celebrating about the papers being final? Head to Hotel Zaza’s and indulge in The Divorce Party Package! There are 13 other packages, too!

Related Onsite Offerings

ZaSpa, Urban Oasis Pool and Monarch restaurant.

Getting there

Hotel ZaZa Houston is just 30 minutes south of the George Bush Intercontinental Airport and 20 minutes northwest of the William P. Hobby airport.

2 . Hyatt Regency Houston

Houston, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (713) 654 - 1234

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Luxury comes in small packages – literally – at the Hyatt Regency Houston. With its Baby Travel Lite partnership, you don’t have to worry about packing another suitcase that’s devoted to Junior’s diapers – just bring it for all the souvenirs you’ll get while exploring Houston!

That’s right, moms and dads, this downtown destination is tailored to make your stay as easy and convenient as possible when you’re traveling with your beloved brood. That doesn’t mean there’s not something for everyone at the monstrous, more than 900-room hotel. But surely parents will appreciate the easy-to-use program. Shop more than 1,000 name brand baby products on the Baby Travel Lite Web site and they’ll deliver your order just in time for you to check in and pick up the supplies at the front desk – it’s as simple as that! While baby is in good hands – err, good hotel – you don’t have to have a child in tow to appreciate the Hyatt’s fabulous Houston location. Adult and family-friendly attractions like the Main Street entertainment district, the downtown aquarium and Discovery Green are all within a mile of the hotel – perfect for a leisurely walking or stroller-pushing day trip!

Fun facts

The Hyatt Regency Houston has 947 guestrooms.

Highlights

The Hyatt Regency Houston is only five blocks from Houston’s Downtown Theater District.

Getting there

From George Bush Intercontinental Airport, take Beltway 8 west to I-45 South. Exit left at McKinney. Take McKinney to Milam. Turn right. Cross Louisiana street and enter motor lobby on right at the corner of Louisiana and Polk. Hyatt Regency Houston will be up ahead.

3 . Hilton Americas-Houston

Houston, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (713) 739 - 8000

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Everyone knows that Texas is known for liking everything big – big hair, big hats, big money. And the colossal 24-story, 1,203-room Hilton Americas-Houston is certainly no exception. We guarantee that when you get to this Houston hotspot, you’ll understand why bigger is better!

When you think of luxury, you don’t think of a one-bedroom efficiency room in a tiny hotel crouched along the highway, do you? Good, because the Hilton is far from that. Known as the largest convention hotel in Houston, it illustrates the true meaning of being big. Its whopping 91,500 sq. ft. of meeting space is divided into a 40,000-sq.-ft. Grand Ballroom that can accommodate 3,500 people, as well as the “smaller” Ballroom of the Americas, able to hold 2,500 people. Wow! Now that’s a lot of room for your debutante ball! The meeting rooms aren’t the only oversized amenities at this Green Seal-certified hotel. There are 36 lavishly-large one- and two-bedroom suites – including the Presidential and Chairman Suites – to sprawl out in after a good splashing around in the Olympic-sized infinity pool and a huge 24-oz. porterhouse steak meal from the onsite Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops. Now that’s what we call Texas-big!

Fun facts

You don’t have to give up your morning Starbucks fix when you stay at Hilton America-Houston – stop by the onsite Java Jive @ 1600!

Related Onsite Offerings

Business center, day spa, fitness center, convenience store, Jacuzzi, pool, sauna, onsite restaurant and bar, gift shop and concierge services.

Getting there

Exit Bush Airport and follow the directional signs to the 1-45/Beltway 8 Exit. Proceed onto Beltway 8 West, then exit onto I-45 South. Follow I-45 South to downtown. Exit McKinney St. and follow McKinney St. to La Branch. Turn right on La Branch. Go two blocks to Dallas and turn left on Dallas. Go two blocks and the Hilton Americas-Houston will be on the right.

4 . St. Regis Houston

Houston, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (713) 840 - 7600

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You’ll feel more than regal at the St. Regis Houston. This towering emperor reigns near River Oaks, the city's most exclusive residential neighborhood, and is ready to give you the royal treatment – we know America is a democratic nation, but you’ll be treated like a monarch here!

Your supreme Texas getaway starts in the Presidential Suite – the largest luxury hotel suite in Houston! Festooned with custom chandeliers, hardwood floors and Bose technology, this suite is rich in every aspect of the word. After a romp in the Italian Pratesi linens, soak in the master bathroom’s marble-surrounded Jacuzzi bath overlooking the city. If that doesn’t relax you and make you feel privileged, the Majestic Lulur Ritual spa treatment will! This ritual is described as the queen of body treatments and it’s no wonder – it’s been practiced in palaces of Central Java since the 17th century. Your body will be bejeweled with moisturizing and aromatic herbs and enveloped in a cocoon. Once you emerge, you’ll feel aflutter. Afterward, sip St. Regis own special blend and nibble on petits fours while a harpist plays softly in the background at the afternoon tea service. Ah, this is how it feels to be on top!

Fun facts

The St. Regis Houston has won the AAA Five Diamond Award in 2008.

Highlights

Are you a golfer? Then head to Memorial Golf Course, only two miles from the St. Regis Houston!

Getting there

Ideally located on a quiet business and residential street just 9 miles west of downtown, The St. Regis Houston resides in one of the city's most exclusive areas. Just minutes from Memorial Park, the hotel affords easy access to major traffic arteries, entertainment destinations, tourist attractions and world-class shopping.

5 . Renaissance Houston Hotel

Houston, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (713) 629 - 1200

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There’s no way you’ll feel alone in the Lone Star State when you stay at The Renaissance Houston Hotel in Greenway Plaza. Not far from The Galleria – the No. 1 shopping and tourist destination in Houston – it’s truly at Houston’s epicenter of activity. And you have the luxury of exploring it all!

This indulgent hotel, boasting amazing downtown skyline views, is a treat in itself, but we beg you to take advantage of its complimentary transportation to anywhere within a three-mile radius. Basically, you can conveniently go everywhere that matters in Houston when you stay here. And that is a very good thing for die-hard shoppers. Or anyone who likes buying stuff, really. And lucky for you, Renaissance Houston Hotel has specially-designed hotel packages that are sure to work you up into a fine fashion frenzy! The Shop ‘til You Drop package is your answer to guilt-free retail therapy. Ridiculously reasonable, it includes a tasty breakfast to fuel you up for a day at The Galleria. And the best part is, you get a $50 gift card to help you get started on the hunt for your next favorite pair of stilettos!

Fun facts

Renaissance Houston Hotel is pet-friendly!

Highlights

Renaissance Houston Hotel is a AAA Four Diamond, ENERGY STAR® labeled luxury hotel.

Getting there

From the George Bush Intercontinental/Houston Airport, take Highway 59 south to the Buffalo Speedway Exit. Exit and stay on the access road through the light at Buffalo Speedway. At Edloe (there is no traffic light) turn right. Renaissance Houston Hotel will be on the right.

6 . The Houstonian Hotel, Club and Spa

Houston, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 231 - 2759

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Who knew you could find a wooded sanctuary in the heart of Houston? Well you can; it’s The Houstonian Hotel, Club and Spa. Its 18 acres, adorned with the 289-guestroom hotel and shaded pools, provides more than just a harbored haven to rest your weary head. Here, escape to the city – not from it.

We think luxury and privacy go hand in hand. And The Houstonian is a perfect mix of both. With its stone hearths, richly-hued textiles and pleasant B and B-style ambiance, this Texas destination looks and feels as though it could have been plucked straight from the East Coast. But once you see the tropic-like courtyard bedecked with blossoming azaleas and paved pathways to a plethora of pools, you’ll know you’re in the South. And floor-to-ceiling suite windows showcasing the surrounding forested beauty lets you know you’re secluded, too. Try you will to drag yourself from the antique leather wingback bed loaded with pillows in your Capitol Suite, but it’ll be hard. Just know that there is wondrous stuff to be experienced outside your suite’s door – like Trellis spa. Enlighten yourself through the rejuvenating powers of water with a series of refined treatments in its tranquil setting.

Fun facts

The Houstonian Club has an award-winning Aquatics department, recognized as the No. 1 aquatics program in Texas and the No.1 program among hotels.

Highlights

Hotel guests enjoy preferred rates at two of Houston’s finest golf clubs, The Tournament Course at Redstone Golf Club and BlackHorse Golf Club.

Getting there

From Bush Intercontinental Airport – Houston, exit on JFK Blvd. Follow the signs Sam Houston Tollway/Beltway 8 West. Take Sam Houston Tollway/Beltway 8 West to I-45 South (Downtown). Take I-45 South to Loop 610 West. Loop 610 West becomes Loop 610 South. Follow Loop 610 South to the Woodway exit. Make a right on Woodway to N. Post Oak Lane. Make a right on N. Post Oak Lane. The Houstonian is three blocks down on the left at the stop sign.

7 . Hotel Granduca

Houston, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (713) 418 - 1000

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Welcome home! Wait – you’re not home, but you’ll feel like it when you get to Hotel Granduca. Actually, this boutique-sized hotel might be more opulent than your own, and the history behind the inspiration for this Houston haven most certainly won’t be matched!

Waiting to greet you to the regal, six-story Hotel Granduca is Adalberto Malatesta himself – well, a statue of him, anyway. This born leader unwaveringly fought and succeeded in 1500’s Spanish battles, earning him the title of Granduca of Monfallito. Like the duke himself, the hotel is determined. And you’ll be able to tell it’s determined to please everyone who walks through its doors when you step into your spacious and well-appointed suite. It features a separate living room, dining area and completely equipped kitchen. Now that sounds home-like! Just because your suite has a kitchen doesn’t mean you actually need to use it. And there’s really no reason to either since the hotel serves breakfast in the calming morning room every day. This place thought of it all – 24-hour concierge, laundry and dry-cleaning services and even a shoeshine service!

Related Onsite Offerings

The onsite Ristorante Cavour offers delicious Northern Italian cuisine.

Highlights

Hotel Granduca is two minutes from the famous Galleria Shopping Complex.

Fun facts

Hotel Granduca is the only luxury hotel in Texas that is part of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World.

8 . Hotel ICON

Houston, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (713) 224 - 4266

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Luxury equals legendary. Legendary equals iconic. And what equals your must-stay Houston destination? Hotel ICON. As if you don’t already get it, this place is unforgettable, for all the right reasons. An award-winning restaurant, classically-posh décor and the best bathroom experience in Texas!

No, we aren’t talking about the porcelain god, but you’ll likely feel as if you’re taking part in something sacred when you experience Hotel ICON’s elite art of bathing. Yes, you read right. This progressive hotel takes pampering to new heights – or new rooms – with the option of your very own Bath Butler. The butler will make sure everything is ready for you to get the most out of your bathing ritual. From drawing a warm bubble bath in your antique claw-footed, garden or Jacuzzi tub, to readying just the right toiletries. Don’t think that because ICON butlers are at your beck and call that you can just float around in your lavish bath all day. Well, it is true, but you’d miss out on VOICE restaurant. Texas Monthly named this esteemed onsite eatery the No.1 spot to eat at in 2009. And by the sound of the one-of-a-kind American cuisine menu, we’d have to agree!

Fun facts

Condé Nast Traveler ranked this hotel in Houston one of the Top 700 Hotels in the World in January 2007 and one of the Top 100 New Hotels in the World in 2006.

Highlights

Hotel ICON represents the $35 million historic renovation of the former Union National Bank building – a landmark structure built in 1911.

Related Onsite Offerings

Spa, business center, onsite restaurant and lounge and fitness facility.

9 . Alden-Houston

Houston, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (877) 348 - 8800

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Hands down, the Alden-Houston is the most modernly-luxurious boutique hotel in Houston. This downtown destination is where classic architecture meets cutting-edge design. And it’s seamless, which means the transition from your hectic life into your hassle-free Texas vacation will be, too.

With less than 100 rooms, it’s easy to understand why Alden-Houston put so much effort into each. No, you won’t find multi-layered velvet curtains being held back by tassels or a general overabundance of bric-a-brac. This is where the contemporary side comes in. Sumptuousness is relayed through simplicity with crisp white bed linens – 400-thread count Egyptian cotton sheets, might we add – minimal wall hangings and soothing neutral tones. The muted color palette of the rooms are a far cry from the shockingly-vibrant red, award-winning *17 restaurant. Here, you can order a signature sipper and get revved up for a night on the town. Alden-Houston has partnered with many of Houston’s hottest cultural venues so be sure to take advantage of the exciting packages and tickets to world-class exhibits.

Related Onsite Offerings

You and your sweetie will love the So Smitten package at Alden-Houston, complete with fresh strawberries, homemade whipped cream and champagne.

Fun facts

Alden-Houston has 97 deluxe rooms and suites.

Getting there

From George Bush International Airport, exit toward the US-59 exit and stay left onto Will Clayton Parkway. Turn right on Easttex Freeway, US-59. Merge onto US-59 toward downtown Houston. Exit right onto Jackson Street and turn right onto Congress. Turn left onto Caroline and then right onto Prairie. Alden-Houston is located on the right.

10 . Houston Marriot West Loop

Houston, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (713) 960 - 0111

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Rounding out the last of our Top 10 Houston Luxury Resorts list is the Houston Marriott West Loop. It’s hard to find something wrong about this hotel, but that’s not the point. We did find that the luxury of its location was the best attribute – especially if you’re up for tasting the local flavor!

Situated just blocks from the Uptown Post Oak and Galleria shopping district, the Houston Marriott West Loop puts you in prime proximity to a bunch of Texas’ tastiest restaurants. But let’s not forget the Marriot’s own delicious Alexander Restaurant. Your stay won’t be complete without a sizzling Southwestern-style snack with a Texan Flair. The hotel’s fitness center and sparkling atrium pool will always be there to help you work off a yummy meal, so there’s no need to skimp when you head out into the city in search of true Texan cuisine. If you venture just one mile from the Marriot, we think you might find what your taste buds desire at Café Annie. It was voted by Zagat Guide as Houston’s Most Popular Fine Dining Restaurant. Wood-grilled gulf shrimp, slow-roasted suckling pig – its menus will stun your stomach and leave it growling for more.

Fun facts

The Houston Marriott West Loop has 302 rooms and suites.

Highlights

The Elite Loyalty Ambassador will greet you with your keys at the Houston Marriott West Loop.

Getting there

Follow signs out of the Bush Intercontinental/Houston Airport to Beltway 8 South/45 South. Take the Beltway 8 South to Interstate I-45 South. Take highway ramp to Interstate 610 West. Continue on Interstate 610 West to Interstate 610 South. Proceed on Interstate 610 South for approximately five miles. Exit Post Oak Blvd. Proceed on access road passing through Post Oak Blvd remaining on the feeder road of Interstate 610. The hotel entrance is on the right hand side of the access road of Interstate 610 South.

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