Urban Oasis resort-style pool with Cabanas and Pool Villas
After 80 some odd years as one of Houston’s most lauded and refined hotels, the historic Warwick Hotel went from Bach to rock, when new owners gave it a slick makeover and renamed it Hotel ZaZa in 2007. A bold beacon in the Museum District, the dimly lit hotel is a virtual playground for adults, with daring decor, baroque details, and an outdoor pool with private piazza-themed cabanas. While it maintains much of its original 1920s architectural elegance and details, including Baccarat chandeliers, the interior walls are splashed with modern art and iconic editorial-photo shots of beloved celebs.
Many rooms and event spaces are themed, including the space-inspired “Houston, We Have a Problem” Suite and the Conspiracy Room, which nods to Prohibition. A recent refresh includes newly renovated 11th-floor meeting rooms, new mattresses, new carpet, spa and fitness center upgrades (including treatment room tweaks and the addition of innovative infrared saunas), and new in-room flat-screen TVs. Bottom line: even an overnight stay feels like a true escape.
Sleep in Style at Hotel ZaZa
Hotel ZaZa is literally across the street from the Museum of Fine Arts and a very short drive from other galleries in Houston‘s Museum District. It’s also near Hermann Park, a massive park that houses the zoo, a Japanese garden, and a lovely outdoor theater called Miller Outdoor. Everything about ZaZa screams decadence and there is a certain aura about this hotel that just can’t quite be replicated. Photo via hotelzaza.com
It’s easy to imagine a night of role playing in this theatrical hotel in the heart of Houston’s Museum District, which plays up its fun quota in its 315 guestrooms and seven concept suites. There’s an astronaut’s suit and lava lamps to outfit the “Houston, We Have a Problem” room, and you’ll find red lacquered furnishings and a teakwood shower in the Geisha House. After sleeping in, head to the Monarch for a mimosa brunch and refuel on chilaquiles made with queso fresco, salsa, and farm fresh eggs.