Across the street from Houston's infamous shopping mecca, the Galleria mall, sits Hotel Derek. The name is a play on the "derrick" oil drilling rig, a nod to the city's black gold roots, which continues on the inside with black granite lobby floors. It's also gives you convenient access to Houston's 610 loop.
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Feeling Special at Houston’s Hotel Derek
Houston’s Hotel Derek invites you to be yourself by injecting your own personality into every element, with out-of-the-box thinking that includes a Western movie projected every night onto a wall of the outdoor pool, and a Starbucks coffee spot that morphs into a popup Eurobar in the evenings—a super-trendy experimental spot off the already well-stocked bar, the VIN. The restaurant has a great menu, but it’s the breakfast buffet that is a revelation; the chef clearly goes out of his way to make an impression.
Formerly a victim of the excessive moneyed masculinity of late 1980s décor, the property went through a transformation in 2013 of both remodeling and culture. It now prides itself on boutique, contemporary fun that attracts a similar vibe in its clientele. Whimsical touches throughout the hotel include a painted cow in the lobby named Mooshine, and oil derrick art and décor throughout (the name Derek is a play on the black gold that made Houston so rich).
Every piece of the hotel is well-designed and well-thought-out, from the amenities in the gym to the delightful rooms, which are both beautiful and exceptionally comfortable. The business traveler is catered to with a portion of each room devoted to a workspace, and free wi-fi throughout the hotel that’s not even password protected.
The Hotel Derek also welcomes animal lovers; dogs are welcome, with 25% of the $100 pet fee donated to the SPCA.