Hotel Granduca Houston
What We Love
- The focus on wining and dining, with bonus meals like afternoon tea and Sunday brunch
- The artful, Tuscan-inspired suites, including villas for up to 7 guests
- The brunch at Ristorante Cavour includes prosecco and mimosas.
- Free transportation within 3 miles of the hotel
What To Know
- WiFi is free
- The fitness center is open 24 hours
- While it might recall an Italian country villa, the hotel is very much in the heart of the city
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Inspired by the 16th century Tuscan palazzo of Adalberto Malatesta, the Granduca of Monfallito, this 122-room urban retreat was conceived by owner Giorgio Borlenghi, whose vision included making sure every room had an elaborate kitchen like his nonna’s back in Italy. This attention to detail continues in the public spaces, which feature antique rugs, chandeliers, mosaics, fountains, and other Old World flourishes. Guests can dine on Northern Italian specialties, as well as partake in afternoon tea and hearty Mediterranean-style brunches, in one of many serene venues throughout the hotel.
In the Area
Take advantage of the hotel’s free local car service and hit the upscale stores at The Galleria (staff from the hotel can even retrieve your packages and return them to the hotel while you continue your retail spree.) The Houston Museum District, meanwhile, offers a more cerebral take on the city: 19 museums are showcased within a 1.5 mile radius, from the Holocaust Museum to the excellent Contemporary Arts Museum. Don’t miss the Rothko Chapel, a beautiful space welcoming all faiths, with interiors inspired by the American Modernist painter.
How to Get There
I was part of the US/Saudi Delegation that traveled to the Offshore Technical Conference (OTC) in Houston Texas during the 1st week of May 2018. I had booked and prepaid for a suite at the Granduca and for a regular room at the Houstonian Hotel, Club and Spa. The dates of my stay were 28 April - 04 May 2018. Unfortunately, the other person (senior member of the delegation) was not able to attend because of family health issues. I had called the Granduca and tried to cancel the suite, but was told it wasn't possible because I had booked through Hotels.com. I called Hotels.com and their management was willing to cancel the reservation provided that the Granduca agreed to the cancellation request. The management at the Granduca refused to cancel the reservation and return the money. Their argument was that it would be impossible to rebook on short notice. In my opinion from attending numerous OTCs over the past 20 years in Houston, this is not true as there is normally a standby list for rooms during this time period. The Granduca's managment was willing to cancel my reservation, but would not return the money and would rebook the suite --- in effect getting double the exorbitant price that they were already charging for the suite. I then went to the Houstonian Hotel, Club and Spa and ask them if it was possible to cancel my room there (booked through Hotels.com also). The Houstonian manager called Hotels.com and explained the reason (one suite / Granduca and one room at the Houstonian) for the cancellation and in 15 minutes, I was refunded my money in full. Since I was part of the US/Saudi delegation, I made sure that the entire delegation was aware of the lack of courtesy and cooperation extended to me by the Granduca. Additionally as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Business Association in the Middle East, I have made sure that all of my associates are aware of the lack of cooperation by the Granduca. The Granduca does have one good quality and that is the concierge and hotel employees at the front door; they were very helpful and very friendly.
I love having the opportunity to stay at the Granduca when on business in Houston. The staff is impeccable! Friendly, helpful, gracious -- they make me feel like royalty. The pool and poolside cabanas are a welcome refuge after a long day of teaching at the office. And the Bar Malatesta makes a great martini! And it's quiet, quiet, quiet. You can really unwind here.
The staff and hotel are top notch! Specifically, Laura Fowler, the hotel concierge, went over and beyond to make a birthday weekend really special. Thank you all for such an amazing experience! We’ll be back!
Accommodations were superb! Staff was more than helpful. Very grand hotel but didn’t lost comfort or friendliness! I have already rebooked this hotel and plan to make it my first choice in Houston!!!!
Great spot with ample size rooms , lovely secluded pool area with cabanas providing shelter from the hot Texas sun . The furnishings are a little dated and could use an upgrade and i felt the prices of in hotel dining was rather high