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C. Baldwin, a Curio Collection by Hilton Review

by Barbara and Jim Twardowski

Sep 28, 2022

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Nestled amongst the high-rise offices of downtown Houston, C. Baldwin, a Curio Collection by Hilton hotel, provides an oasis of contemporary comfort and thoughtfully designed green space.

From the moment we spotted the wall of overhanging vines clinging above the hotel entrance, we knew the property would be different. The skyscraper’s exterior softened and instantly felt welcoming. The valet staff was a well-orchestrated team eager to assist and whisk away our bags.

Beside the hotel’s reception area hangs a portrait of Charlotte Baldwin Allen, a pioneering businesswoman credited with naming the fourth-largest city in the country. The inscription describes her as “an un-acknowledged visionary and go-getter.”

As a rancher who raised cattle, surely Charlotte would appreciate the whimsical seating in the hotel’s lobby. Comfy upholstered chairs are accented with faux horse tails on their backsides, and cow prints add a dramatic pop to the modern armchairs. Dozens of lighted orbs illuminate the sunken Lobby Bar, surrounded by a jungle of towering plants. By day, the space is bright and welcoming; at night, the dazzling lights create a festive mood. The wall of windows behind the bar faces a lush, artistically arranged courtyard where guests and locals gather for cocktails.

C. Baldwin, a Curio Collection by Hilton

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Our sixth-floor guestroom with a king-sized bed and angled sitting area overlooked a communal outdoor space. The room’s color palette of neutrals was warmed by a wood-paneled wall and gold metal accents. Combined with the clean lines of the furniture, the overall effect was updated Mid-Century Modern.

The hotel offers a 24-hour fitness center. For those who want to explore the city and exercise, bicycles are available to rent. Whether on a bike or on foot, the 10-acre Sam Houston Park is conveniently located across the street. Nature enthusiasts might want to consider purchasing the hotel’s Buffalo Bayou Park Exploration offer, with special discounts and perks.

C. Baldwin, a Curio Collection by Hilton

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We dined at Rosalie Italian Soul where old-world traditions are reinterpreted by Top Chef Masters winner Chef Chris Cosentino. The intimate restaurant with a cozy bar is tucked in a corner of the first floor. Known for his Italian American dishes, the chef combines local Houston ingredients with classic Italian fare inspired by his great-grandmother. Try the Texas wild boar ragu.

After dinner, we sat under the stars on the outdoor courtyard. Access to nature and relaxing spots to unwind are features we crave when traveling — C. Baldwin delivers both.

C. Baldwin, a Curio Collection by Hilton

400 Dallas St.
Houston, TX 77002
tel 713 759 0202

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