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
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- 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
Pros:comftorable beds, nice view, complimentary drinks,
Cons:small pool, not really for family with small kids, overnight parking $25, mini fridge is already stacked with things to purchase not room for personal use
Expensive upgrades and additional charges paired with a 30 min wait for the room to be ready. In additon the room had old lettuce on the floor. When I pay for a room upgrade I don’t expect to have any problems. Especially at the “ritzy Derek.”
The front desk is awesome nice and friendly, how stay on two different occasion and the air conditioning and jacuzzi tub didnt work. Called the front desk and nothing could be done. I really don't have anything else to say.
The only part I liked about my stay was that the breakfast and breakfast staff were superb!!!! I would never stay here again because I did not feel the rooms and cleanliness matched what I paid, however I would probably eat at the restauarant again. The manager was very understanding and helped comp part of the fees, regardless I would probably not stay there again.
Hotel rooms are outdated, you have to wait 15-20 minutes for valet, no complementary water, room service closes at 11:00, rooms need maintenance on AC, parking garage elevator does not work, HIDDEN CHARGES AND FEES, hotel manager Nyece is rude and unhelpful.