Arrival/Check-In: I recently traveled with a colleague to Texas for a series of meetings in Dallas and Houston. After a productive day in Dallas, we took a short flight to Houston and went to the ZaZa Hotel. ZaZa is a Texas-based boutique property with locations in Dallas, Houston and one on the way in Austin. As we arrived, the strings of lights illuminating the driveway provided a warm welcome, and the valets tended to our vehicle and luggage quickly and professionally. At the registration desk, cheerful hosts greeted us and helped us on our way to our rooms. There was also a clever display of Tootsie Pops on the counter, a nice touch for guests after a long day of travel.
Guest Quarters: While the standard guestrooms are nicely appointed, ZaZa also offers seven concept suites with names like Houston We Have a Problem (a space suite). ZaZa also has seven themed suites they call the Magnificent Seven. I think I used up some of my luck when the hotel put me in the Tycoon suite with a beautiful Texas-themed décor, pictures of guests who have stayed in the suite — a who’s-who of the rich and famous — and an unbelievable balcony offering spectacular views of the Museum District and the Houston skyline. A unique touch on the balcony is a bathtub — not a hot tub but a real ceramic tub, probably requested by one of the rich and famous guests and now a fixture. And, yes, I did take advantage of the bathtub.
Services/Amenities: Given our short stay at ZaZa, we didn’t have a chance to experience many of the services and amenities, which was disappointing. We did tour through the spa, pool and state-of-the-art fitness facility, which was just redone. A unique service offered by ZaZa is the Butler Pantry, a coffee bar in the hallway by the elevator, which I took full advantage of. The next morning, we enjoyed breakfast at the Monarch restaurant; the service and food were great. Overall, the staff was attentive.
Hotel ZaZa features an extensive collection of unique meeting venues for occasions ranging from large-scale corporate events to intimate gatherings. Featuring grand ballrooms and one-of-a-kind concept suites, versatile event spaces ensure no two events are ever alike.
The Experience: Having the opportunity to stay in the Tycoon suite was an unexpected, amazing experience. Take the suite out of the experience, however, and ZaZa still creates an interesting and energizing environment through its hospitality and approach to unique décor, including the elevator. When traveling to Texas in the future, I’ll be sure to stay at ZaZa.
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Hotel ZaZa Houston
5701 Main St.
Houston, Texas 77005
tel 713 526 1991
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