Looking for a unique and more intimate stay? A boutique hotel might be more your style if you prefer smaller spaces with fashionable designs and luxurious amenities. Houston’s boutique hotels offer cozy and stylish rooms within historical buildings, and are often adorned with works from talented artists of the city.
The Whitehall Houston
This mid-century landmark hotel boasts an in-house art gallery, private label bourbon, exclusive playlist and all the Southern hospitality needed to make you feel right at home. From Bayou City tour guides to stylish hotel rooms, featuring plush linens and bath amenities, you’ll find everything you desire on a getaway. 1700 Smith St.
La Colombe d’Or Hotel
Named after the famous La Colombe d’Or Hotel in France, this hotel is set in a vintage 1920s’ mansion nestled in the heart of Montrose. The hotel offers 32 suites with elevated room amenities, state-of-the-art fitness facility, social lounge, sunset terrace with outdoor dining, multiple gardens and a private park. 3410 Montrose Blvd.
Magnolia Hotel Houston, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel
The freshly renovated Magnolia Hotel Houston offers a boutique experience with complimentary Wi-Fi, marble bathrooms, and event and working spaces. The hotel creates a home away from Houston with a rooftop plunge pool and an exclusive dining experience at the Magnolia Lounge. Plus, you’ll stay walking distance from Minute Maid Park and have access to a free shuttle to Downtown shopping destinations. 1100 Texas Ave., Theater District
The Moran CityCentre
Massages, shopping, ample dining variety and live music is what you’ll find at the Moran CityCentre. Enjoy a mini vacation from the norm, settling in for an evening surrounded by cozy elegance. Each room boasts Egyptian cotton linens and goose down foam pillows, plush terry-cloth robes, in-room dining and a mini bar. With hardwood floors, chaise lounge and floor-to-ceiling windows, it will be hard to head home after a staycation at the Moran CityCentre. 800 Sorella Court.
Reminiscent of a private Italian villa, Hotel Granduca sits conveniently in Uptown Park, near the Galleria. If a shop-till-you-drop staycation is on your mind, this is the stay for you. The rooms and suites are designed to make you feel at home with essential amenities. Rooms include Italian accents, balconies overlooking the pool and gardens, sitting areas and full kitchens. While it may not be a trip to the shopping mecca that is Milan, a stay near Houston’s premier shopping district is a welcome staycation alternative. 1080 Uptown Park Blvd.
Hotel Ylem is not only a stylish and eclectic gem near the Museum District, but also passionately focused on charity and giving back. The hotel collaborates with local businesses, promotes nonprofits and supports local artists. A percentage of proceeds from Bar Esperanto and the art gallery go to an organization that supports safe, clean drinking water in remote parts of the world. Other charities and organizations supported by Hotel Ylem are Charity: Water, CB2, Work+Shelter, Lighthouse Louisiana, Bucketfeet, Janavi Folmsbee, FMW Fab, Clean The World, Miles Davis and Fredlyn Nut Co. Amenities include a complimentary shuttle to destinations near the hotel, complimentary breakfast, free coffee and late checkout. 8080 Main St.
Heights House Hotel
If “good vibes only” is on your 2022 bucket list, Heights House Hotel is your staycation destination. Jivar Foty and George Giannukos partnered on the resurrection of the hotel and transformed it into a vibrant and trendy Heights landmark. Visit for the live music and food trucks; stay for the spa-like amenities and massages. 100 W. Cavalcade St.
If you love a modern and aesthetically pleasing atmosphere, a stay at Hotel ZaZa is for you. Stay among uniquely designed interiors featuring animal print rugs, stainless steel kitchens, chandeliers and dazzling art displays, not to mention convenient room amenities, daily coffee service and balconies. Hotel Zaza, with 315 hotel rooms and themed rooms, recently added the Magnificent Seven rooms, which align with your zodiac. Picture settling in for the weekend in a room that matches all the quirks of your zodiac personality. 5701 Main St., Museum District.
Once the Union National Bank of Houston, Hotel Icon still has the bank’s original vault in the main lobby. Located in the heart of Downtown Houston, the hotel is a staple for anyone craving a weekend away with a focus on historical facts. With architecture modeled after Greek and Roman architecture, it will be difficult not to feel as if you’ve left Houston while in one of 135 rooms and 18 lavish suites. Rooms are designed with vibrant hues, plush linens, down blankets and custom covers. Hotel Icon is situated near Minute Maid Park, Revention Music Center, George R. Brown Convention Center and the Toyota Center. 220 Main St., Downtown.
Designed by notable Houston architect Joseph Finger, the Lancaster Hotel opened in 1926 and was originally named the Auditorium Hotel until renamed in 1983. Celebrity guests from musicians, actors, dancers and screenwriters to poets, authors, politicians, wrestlers and boxers have stayed at the hotel, situated in the Theater District. Amenities include a complimentary gourmet breakfast buffet, Nespresso in-room coffee, fitness room with Peloton bikes, Bulgari bathroom amenities and indulgent bedding. A stay here is exactly what you need and deserve. 701 Texas Ave., Theater District.