The Sweet and Southern Side of Houston’s Boutique Hotels

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Houston is a melting pot of cultures, neighborhoods, and cuisines. This grand metropolis is also home to a wide variety of accommodations, with everything from hostels to five-star luxury hotels. With all the different accommodation options in Houston, price points, and styles, you might be hard-pressed to make a solid decision. Take a closer look at these five options that showcase the city’s historic Southern heritage.

Historic House in Houston Heights

Nothing says “Southern” quite like a nice, big Victorian mansion, and Sara’s Inn is just that. This historic home turned bed and breakfast is the ultimate treat. History buffs should take note that Sara’s Inn was originally built before the turn of the century as a one-story house. Over the years, the change of ownership led to the addition of second and third floors.

Today, Sara’s Inn is a pleasant haven. Southern comfort best describes the interior, which boasts neutral shades, statement furniture, and golden details. Find everything you would enjoy in a luxury hotel right here. Pillow-top mattresses, down comforters, round-the-clock coffee service, and a deluxe bathroom come standard at this Houston Heights inn.

Boutique Hotel With a Lone Star Lineage

 

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This downtown Houston hotel has a fascinating history. It was once the corporate office for the Shell Oil Company, but before that, it was the headquarters of the Houston Post Dispatch Newspaper. After some extensive renovations, the building reopened in 2003 as the Magnolia Hotel.

It’s presently become one of Houston’s most recognized historical buildings, and it’s a premier boutique hotel to boot. The soft color schemes, velvet drapes, and custom furnishings bring life back into this 1926 landmark. Find everything you need in the generously furnished rooms and suites. If you’re looking for dining options, you needn’t venture far. The Magnolia Hotel has an on-site restaurant and bar for dinner and late-night nosh.

A Mod, Mod World 

First built in 1969, The Whitehall has lived through some exciting years. The recently renovated property boasts 259 guest rooms, a rooftop pool, three on-site dining options, and a round-the-clock fitness center. The Whitehall is centrally located in downtown Houston, and it’s steps away from many city attractions. This property is also a member of the Historic Hotels of America. 

Urban Culture in the Museum District

 

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Stay in the middle of the Museum District, a colorful neighborhood bursting with culture and the arts, and make Hotel Zaza your home base for all your exploring. This premier boutique hotel is not only conveniently located, but it also offers guests an experience fit for royalty. Retreat to lavishly decorated rooms with lush velvet chairs, marble details, and floor-to-ceiling windows. 

Italian Heritage in the Heart of Texas

The Lancaster Hotel is a member of the Historic Hotels of America for good reason. The hotel was built in 1926 by Sicilian investor Michele DiGiorgio and designed by architect Joseph Finger. For years, it went by the original name, The Auditorium, but when the hotel switched its name to The Lancaster in 1983, it became Houston’s first boutique hotel.

The hotel’s upper floors were inspired by Renaissance, and the original grandeur lives on today. Large rooms include a sleeping area, seating area, workspace, and a bathroom with ample closet space. End the day between ultra-soft comforters, and enjoy other luxe amenities like marble floors, a gourmet breakfast buffet, and car service around the downtown area.

Whether you’re looking for an intimate getaway or a glamour-filled outing, Houston has the ideal accommodation to fit your every need.

 

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Erika is a writer and content creator exploring the globe boldly and slowly one destination at a time. Her travels and rich upbringing as an Asian-American fuel many of her stories where she endeavors to write about the human condition. Although she might presently call NE Florida home, her heart remains listless for her home in Maui. She is an advocate for "experiences over possessions," a Marquez fan, and a self-proclaimed introvert.

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