When you're alone and life is making you lonely you can always go...downtown. There's nothing like a good old-fashioned staycation to help you forget all your troubles (forget all your cares), and you simply can't beat the convenience of Hotel Alessandra. The award-winning, 21-story luxury hotel on Dallas Street, which opened in late 2017, is but a stone's throw from downtown's biggest draws—the Toyota Center, Discovery Green, Minute Maid Park, Forever 21 (okay, maybe not exactly a "destination," but it is 160 feet from the door). It's also got plenty going for it inside. To wit:
First and foremost, we love these digs for the distinctive design, which blends a dash of Euro-elegance with modern flair. To enter the hotel is to immediately confront the dazzling marble staircase that serves as its grand entry. Understated luxury is the name of the game elsewhere in the hotel, accomplished through gilded accents, mid-century furniture, and plenty of art. Comfortable rooms feel more like home than hotel thanks to funky brass fixtures and pops of jade green.
Renowned Houston-based designer and interior architect Lauren Rottet hit it out of the park with this one; Interior Design magazine agreed, naming Hotel Alessandra the best hotel interior at 2018's International Property Awards. "The inspiration was a sophisticated European named Alessandra who develops a passion for Houston, with its mix of Southern charm and wildcatter spirit," Rottet said. Très chic.
A See-and-Be-Seen Bar
On one recent Saturday night, it became overwhelmingly clear that Bardot was the place to be. An almost suspiciously good-looking crowd had descended on the swanky second-floor bar above the atrium, dressed to the nines sipping champagne cocktails and whisky flights, and they were not all there together.
The vintage vibes continue here, too, via the well-designed ambience and the mod, geometric-print dresses and beehive-esque buns of the bartenders, who look like Mad Men extras in the best way possible. Another Mad Men touch: room service will bring a charming bar cart directly to you, should you prefer to craft your own Grey Goose martini ($16 per drink) in the comfort of your suite.
The hotel's other dining space, Lucienne, is also worth visiting, if only for the funky, futuristic atmosphere Rottet has achieved. The upscale, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine from Executive Chef Jose Hernandez is a draw, too, especially at brunch, when creme brûlée custard French toast, Tahitian vanilla bean waffles, and delectable French crepes are all on the menu.
"Though she but little, she is fierce." The same could be said for Alessandra's spa, an intimate space that serves as an urban refuge. Standard spa fare is on offer here—phenomenal massages, hydro-facials, and other treatments that rotate by season—and services are 20 percent off for Houston residents on weekdays (further staycation incentive). February's special: The hour-long, $185 "Sweet Cheeks," an anti-aging, full-body botanical treatment to nurture and hydrate sensitive or irritated skin with organic roses, steamed rosehips, and rich chocolate.
Just don't leave without a bag of the house-made luxuriant bath soak in whatever scent suits your fancy. We speak from experience: After a long night on the town, there's nothing better than coming back to your room, kicking off your heels, and sinking into the decadent soaking tub sprinkled with this crushed-up magic. Just prepare to emerge covered in dried flower petals. How very Alessandra.