Opened in 2007, this hotel brings a touch of Tuscany to Texas. When Houston developer Giorgio Borlenghi envisioned Hotel Granduca, he was inspired by the life of Adalberto Malatesta, the Granduca of Monfallito—its namesake. Referred to as “the Palace of the Duke,” the statuesque property resembles an Italian villa with a palm tree–lined facade. Inside, opulent Italian antiques and low-key lighting give the space an intimacy and Old World sophistication. An attentive but discreet staff brings the southern hospitality.
Guest rooms and suites are equally inviting, with fine Italian linens and grand marble vanities stocked with Aqua Di Parma amenities—not to mention pool and garden views. The hotel provides wireless Internet, 24-hour concierge service, and transportation within three miles. Accommodations for longer stays are also available.
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Nestled into Uptown Park, a cluster of upscale eateries and shops, the hotel is five minutes from several other shopping-rich districts, social staple RDG+Bar Annie, and newcomer Peska Seafood Culture. The Galleria is about a mile away, on the same side of Loop 610 as Hotel Granduca. With 2.4 million square feet of space and more than 400 stores (including Neiman Marcus, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton) and restaurants, such as Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse and Peli Peli, it’s the state’s largest shopping center. Just on the other side of the freeway from the Galleria, guests can walk through outdoor shopping centers Highland Village and the new River Oaks District, which is home to several fine restaurants, a movie theater, and luxury brands like Tom Ford, Etro, Hermes, and Cartier.
Need to Know
Rooms: 20 rooms, 102 suites (all include a kitchen). From $225. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options:Award-winning Ristorante Cavour serves authentic northern Italian cuisine and seasonal specialties with world-class wine pairings for alfresco or indoor fine dining. The restaurant prepares a Sunday brunch and a daily afternoon tea. Bar Malatesta accommodates all-day dining, features live music every night, and has an Italian-style happy hour (aperitivo) on Thursday nights. Spa and gym details:There is no spa on the property, but a Serente Spa and Ceron Hair Studio are adjacent to the property and will cater to hotel guests. The fitness center is open 24 hours, and there’s also a pool and billiards room.
Who's it for: Luxury and international travelers (the hotel has a multilingual staff with command of more than 20 languages); couples seeking a romantic getaway. Our favorite rooms: The hotel’s Residenza Imperatore, which sleeps as many as five guests, has its own private entrance and veranda. The master bedroom has a walk-in closet and soaking tub, and the suite’s Tuscan-inspired living and dining areas overlook the pool. It also has a study, guest bedroom, and bath. The 2,100-square-foot, three-bedroom Villa suite is also superb and sleeps up to seven guests. The king master bedroom has a soaking tub and overlooks the pool, plus there’s a custom-designed kitchen, dining room, a trio of televisions, and a full-size washer and dryer. Good to know:Butler service is available by request. Pets weighing less than 75 pounds are welcome.