Hotel Derek Houston Galleria
What We Love
- Chauffeured stretch SUV to take you to attractions within a three-mile radius
- Seriously pet-friendly
- A hoppin' bar scene and first-rate American comfort food (think grilled beef tagliata and pistachio-crusted lamb chops) at the hotel restaurant
- Re-styled pool area features a three-story, western-themed movie wall on the side of the hotel's parking garage
What To Know
- A groovy-meets-cozy vibe, with burnt orange and wood accents and modern amenities such as flat-screen TVs and free WiFi
- Hotel is popular with business travelers
- Self-parking is $20 per day, valet parking is at $28 per day
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
At the Hotel Derek, decorative touches abound from the ground up — starting with the lobby’s gleaming black-granite floor, set in a herringbone pattern. It’s a handsome base for cowhide rugs (in case you forget you’re in Texas) and an imaginative mix of lounge paraphernalia. Thanks to a multi-million dollar renovation in 2013, all 312 guestrooms have a groovy-meets-cozy vibe, with bold a color scheme, exposed pipes and hardwood floors adding a modern spin. Platform beds are eminently comfortable, while bathrooms have wall-to-wall mirrors, rainwater showerheads and high-end toiletries. Back downstairs, Derek is enhanced with a hoppin’ bar scene and first-rate American comfort food at Revolve Kitchen + Bar, a striking restaurant with a glossy black-and-purple decor. Choose between delectable eats from Executive Chef Shannen Tune such as the hangover hamburger (cheddar, bacon, potato hash and a sunny-side-up egg) or order lamb meatballs with polenta, olives, feta, smoked tomatoes and pine nut gremolata. And perhaps one of the best features of this hip hotel is the re-styled pool area that has a three-story, western-themed movie wall on the side of the hotel’s parking garage.
In the Area
You can’t visit Texas without eating barbecue, and the place to do that in Houston is Goode Company, not far from the hotel. The brisket goes down easy, along with lip-smacking sides such as jalapeño cheese bread. Buy some sauce and the famous pecan pie to bring a bit of Texas home with you. Afterwards, walk it off with a quick stroll over to a three-acre open space that features the 64-foot Gerald D. Hines Waterwall. Designed by architects Philip Johnson and John Burgee, the waterfall is a striking urban oasis, with water sliding down a curved wall of black obsidian. Then, take in some culture at the Menil Collection, where you can find artists ranging from Warhol to Matisse and Dali, or the serene nondenominational Rothko Chapel, where pieces by that master of understatement, Mark Rothko, invite you to sit, contemplate and reduce your blood pressure.
How to Get There
Stayed at the Hotel Derek during a long weekend and was (overall) very satisfied! It's clean, the staff is helpful and polite, and the room service was unreal. The only down-side is the value of the stay. For the price I'd expect for parking to have been free or at least a one-night waiver. The beds also don't include a duvet or comforter which for the standard of the hotel I just thought was odd. But, I'd DEF come back.
We had a deal on the CC and hence opted for this hotel, we got a free update to a superior king room on the 11th floor however wasn’t satisfied and below is why.
Not friendly customer service at the lobby, she was rude and it looked like we were bothering her.
Had to pay 50$ for parking alone cause it’s not free and it’s rented with a 3rd party. The parking spot was pathetic and smelling of urine.
Water isn’t free in the room, 7 dollars each for a bottle of water.
No room service for whatever reason. The room was as we left and wasn’t cleaned and the beds / towels weren’t changed oh also the bins haven’t been changed. In a 3 star hotel these are the least we expect.
Worst hotel I stayed at so far.
Hotel Derek was a hotel we’ve always drived by but thought was out of our price range. We booked it on a whim for a night and it was awesome. We got a free room upgrade, free parking, free WiFi, an extra hour for check out and ending up spending way less money than if we’d stay at a budget hotel or downtown. It’s still close and by lots of great stores. You have to try it!!