If you ever plan to visit Houston, Texas, or simply want a quick staycation, Hotel Alessandra might just be the place for you. The Hotel has been open for less than a year and has already become the destination for many tourist as well as locals so I had to see what all the buzz was about.
LOCATION: Hotel Alessandra is located right in the heart of Downtown Houston. It is walking distance to Toyota Center and the George R. Brown Convention Center and minutes away from Minute Maid Park. The hotel is surrounded by eateries, and entertainment such as the Houston House of Blues and Lucky Strikes Bowling Alley. It is also right next door to Forever 21 as well as BCBG Maxazria so you can shop, eat and have some fun all in one central location.
FOOD: Lucienne Restaurant is located on the second floor of the hotel. It serves Mediterranean cuisines and is open for breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner. The restaurant space was very chic with Tiffany colored chairs I adore. The menu ranged from crepes, French omelets and crab bendedicts for breakfast and brunch, to jumbo lump crab burgers, Angus steak and roasted chicken breast for lunch. Dinner options includes a 4 or 6 course tasting menu paired with wine for one set price. Some of those selections were duck pastrami for starters, escargots for your second dish followed by duck , lamb lion and thin apple tart for desert. Very good selection on the menu and I give the restaurant two thumbs up.
BAR: Bar Bardot is also located on the 2nd floor of the hotel as well. It is open 7 days a week with happy hour served daily for 3pm-6pm. The bar area is very spacious with lots of seating area. It serves hand crafted cocktails and small bites such as ceviche, salmon tartare and lobster dogs. They also have cheese plates and charcuterie plates for bigger parties. Bar Bardot is the perfect place to grab a cocktail when you want to unwind after a long day or start your evening with a glass of wine and light bites before headed out for a fun night.
ROOM DESIGN: The room was simple yet sophisticated with custom Valencia group bedding and lounge seating. The highlight of the entire room for me was the bathroom. I loved the free standing tub in the gorgeous marble-clad bathroom. I had a wonderful view of Downtown Houston which was even more beautiful at night. The bed was comfy and the room included a refrigerator and mini bar which is pretty standard in most hotels.
SERVICE: I often asked for some sort of accommodations when I arrive to a hotel. I enjoy staying on higher floors and I like a great view and good lighting. I usually take blog photos during my stay so lighting is very important. If a hotel is not able to accommodate any or all of my wishes, I don’t make a fuss about it, after all I do realize that hotels are often busy and you have to get what is available. Fortunate enough for me, the staff was able to grant all of my request. The front desk staff were very pleasant and one of the staff members even walked me to the elevator. I was really impressed with the concierge and valet. They were genuinely nice and very attentive. They grabbed my bags quickly, I didn’t have to wait long for my car to arrive and they gave water to those that were arriving and leaving the hotel which was much needed for the hot day it was here in Houston.
OVERALL: I think the hotel is beautiful and I would definitely recommend. The rate for a standard room is between $260-$300 a night. They also have a Spa and a nice pool that I did not have a chance to experience. The hotel also has package deals for those that are celebrating a special occasion.