For the final weekend in Houston we checked into Hotel Granduca – an Italian-themed oasis in Texas. Located in the heart of Uptown Park, we found a sanctuary that transported us back to 16th century Italy. Oh, and room service to our private balcony didn’t hurt either.
Hotel Granduca’s pool isolates you from the rest of the world… in the best way possible. Reserved for only the elite – a.k.a., the hotel guests, the chairs are plush, the service is pool-side, and the scenery is picture-perfect.
With lion-head statues, and asymmetrical cabanas, The Granduca outside area is literally the perfect Instagram backdrop. Palm trees surround the outside area add to the secluded feel of the hotel.
Adjacent to the pool, Hotel Granduca’s newest addition, Il Giordino, is ready to serve some of the best pizza you’ve had in your life. The outdoor dining area is surrounded by bright, open, yellow curtains, keeping the dining experience personal. Open for all meals, we spent our last lunch here in the afternoon overlooking the water.
Picture this: king-sized bed, feather pillows, and thick Italian duvets. Sound dreamy yet? Thought so. The Executive Granduca Suite also comes equipped with a full kitchen, private balcony, and stellar view of the pool. And by now, you know I’m sucker for 24-hour room service. Add that to mix as well as 24-hour concierge and your basically in your own private Italian palace.
And if that’s not fancy enough for you – Hotel Granduca has a few knight in shining armors to guard your way to the room.
What’s a hotel without a whimsical bar? The hotel’s bar is held in Club Malatesta – a cozy room off from the lobby. Take a step inside and snag the Granduca Signature Cocktail or La Veranda. Or both. Hey, I’m on stay-cation.
We then made our way through the knight-lined hallway and grabbed a bite in Ristorante Covour – recognized as one of Houston’s best Italian restaurants. We started the oh-so-delicious meal off with Crudo Di Tonno – Raw Ahi Tuna with shaved fennel. If there’s truffle on any menu, ever, in the entire world, I’m ordering it. For my entree, I had a truffle white-wine strozzapretti pasta with clams while the boyfriend opted for Ricotta Spinach Gnocchi with Lobster in a curry sauce. Both… TDF.
And we didn’t stop there. The kitchen was kind enough to send us three desserts; a tiramisu with Gianduja Hazelnut Cream, Chocolate Mousse with White Chocolate Snow, and a Raspberry Panna Cotta. All of which we left not even a bite. Ah, the suite life.