Houston’s luxury hotels may be found in many parts of the city. However, for those who value easy access to airports, business services, fine dining and excellent shopping, the choices quickly narrow down to the area near the Galleria Mall near I-610, West Loop South and downtown. This selection includes award-winning boutique styles and “classic” five-star accommodations.
The Houstonian Hotel  
111 N. Post Oak Lane
Houston, TX 77024
(713) 680-2626

The Houstonian Hotel has long been the preferred venue for celebrations, banquets and weddings in Houston’s leading social, business and political circles. With 18 acres, 289 elegant wood-paneled guest rooms and 32,000 square feet of meeting and dining rooms, the Houstonian can host many different elegant events simultaneously without anyone feeling crowded, rushed or overlooked. The staff is attentive to every need of every guest at every event. The club has 125,000 square feet of exercise equipment.Related: The World’s Coolest Train Stations

Hilton Houston Post Oak    
2001 Post Oak Blvd.
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 961-9300

The Hilton Houston Post Oak is an ideal location for business and leisure travelers, in short walking distance along tree-lined Post Oak Road to the Galleria Mall – the 4th largest mall in the USA and home to dozens of the finest designer stores, fine restaurants and corporate offices. The location on Post Oak Road offers easy access to and from both Bush International and Hobby Airports. The hotel is designed by world famous architect I.M. Pei, with a 14-story atrium and French-inspired ballroom, located about 15 minutes from downtown Houston. Apart from the many fine restaurants in the area, the hotel features The Promenade for casual dining and The Brittany Bar for a cozier, relaxing drink. The Hotel has 17 meeting rooms and high-speed Internet access. When not working, guests can enjoy the rooftop pool or the 24-hour fitness center. The Hotel offers a free shuttle to attractions within three miles, including the 64-foot Williams Tower waterfall and Memorial Park.

Hotel Derek    
2525 West Loop S.
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 961-3000‎

Hotel Derek offers a business-friendly environment with 13 meeting rooms (18,000 square feet), a self-service business center and complimentary Wi-Fi Internet connections. Guests can also enjoy the outdoor pool, 24-hour fitness center with treadmills and cardiovascular and strength-training equipment and elliptical trainers. The Hotel Derek is only two blocks from the Galleria Mall and four from the Williams Tower Waterfall. It is also within five miles of the River Oaks, Rice University and Rice Village, and the eclectic Montrose District, known for local art galleries, theaters and unique restaurants. Nearby highway connections offer easy access to Bush International Airport, Hobby Airport and downtown Houston.

The Sam Houston Hotel    
1117 Prairie St.
Houston, TX 77002
(832) 200-8800

The Sam Houston Hotel is the quintessential venue for elegant events in downtown Houston. The original structure was built in 1923 and is included in the National Register of Historic Places. It underwent a complete renovation in early 2013, retaining authentic taste described as a “clean décor with contemporary touches.” “The Sam” offers 100 well-appointed rooms, 3,000 feet of meeting room and event space, the splendid “17 Restaurant” and Sam Bar,” a 24-hour fitness center, complimentary wi-fi and a morning paper for each room. The hotel is centrally located with convenient access to the George R. Brown Convention Center, Toyota Center, Court Houses and many fine restaurants.

Hotel Granduca    
1080 Uptown Park Blvd.
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 418-1000

The Granduca is Houston’s newest luxury hotel designed by Giorgio Borlenghi to offer the finest in old world style, featuring 122 suites with décor inspired from Tuscany in northern Italy. The Ristorante Cavor offers authentic northern Italian cuisine with excellent service. Guests can enjoy the tasteful courtyard and pool, with an adjacent fitness center. Business travelers will enjoy the complimentary business center, wifi and seven state-of-the-art conference rooms along with the unforgettable Salone Rialto. The Granduca is located across the street and a few steps away from the Uptown Park Shopping Center, 1.3 miles north of the Galleria and about 15 minutes from Houston’s Theatre District, the Medical Center and Rice University.

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