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
Last minute trip. Great room. Clean and outstanding service. One of the best hotels in Houston. A fairly small hotel. The junior suite is perfect for two. Living room and functioning kitchen. And it was very quiet. One knock , the coffee maker was not working other than that great stay.
I could never get room service to pick up the phone. Everytime I would call it would ring a dozen times and go to voicemail. I had to call the concierge to coordinate room service for me. The food that was delivered was cold.Concierge was very courteous and professional, that was the best part. Very good.The food in general was not impressive and was overpriced. $30 for 3 pancakes and some fruit, and $5 for a cup of coffee was excessive.The rooms were attractive, like a rustic italian feel, but there was not 'office' desk to work at. The lighting was a little light, too many lamps. Not helpful for business.Very clean, hotel and experience
The hotel is wonderful but the employees are fabulous! Every employee treats you so special, it is just special to stay at the Granduca. Also several times during my stay the front door genletemen took me ro near by restaurants and after dinner came to pick me up for my return to the hotel.
Location is good However is a standard building with some add on but far away from Luxury. Interiors are a bad fake of Italian classic style but can be accepted since we are in US. Nevertheless if you consider the price level you can compare to a real 3 star Hotel in Italy but with the difference that here you pay 10 times more. The Jim is clearly a room that was adapted to jim, the pool is small and not so much space around ( but we are in America!! All should be big) plus I gave clear indication for the billing that were completely dis attended. I will never book again and I do not recommend. Only good point is the staff. Kind and always smiling.
Much much better Hotels are available in town.
Is this 2018? How many high end hotels in the US have intermingled smoking and non-smoking rooms on the same floor, without a decent HVAC filter? My bad luck perhaps. I arrived late at night and was checked into room 321. The Lobby area was a red flag - it smelled like cigar smoke, perhaps the result of a night of reminiscing about the late GHW Bush in the dining room, although some folks here may remember Teddy Roosevelt. But ok, I figured it was just the lobby. I got to my floor and the whole hallway had a stench of cigar smoke that was trying to be masked by a heavy dose of febreeze. It reminded me of an 80's gas station restroom smell - cigarettes and urinal pucks. So I get to my room, and sure enough, smell is in there too. I was too tired from a 6 hour flight to deal with asking for a change, but I regretted it in the morning. I woke up feeling like I'd been out at a club and fell asleep in my clothes and wreaking of an after party in my room. Calling the front desk confirmed that there are smoking rooms on this floor, including one right next to me. In fairness, because of my late arrival I must have been booked into one of the worst rooms in the hotel, based on the smoke and the view of dumpsters (will try to upload pictures). The furnishings are no prize either and I see a hole in one of the curtains. Unfortunately this smoke problem is a recurring issue at this hotel going back many years, just search on "smoke", and one reviewer even shared a similar experience in this room 321. Apparently the hotel can't do anything about the smell, or chooses not to. Wouldn't it be nice if they told you when they checked you in that there might be some smoke smell, and offer another room, or some other token if they are out of rooms? Hey, they could always make it into a non-smoking hotel, but that would impinge on the rights of smokers right? Apparently their clientele likes to smoke. So if you want to smoke and like your decor in the Disneyland Faux-Italianate style, this place is for you. If you prefer to not have to dry clean all your clothes when you get home, or don't want to take the risk of sucking fumes all night, I'd strongly recommend booking elsewhere. Now excuse me while I go get myself scanned for lung cancer.