FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

The Lancaster Hotel Review

by Barbara and Jim Twardowski

Sep 20, 2023

© Jay Brousseau

eFlyer Reviews

Located in the heart of Houston’s Theatre District, the recently renovated Lancaster Hotel originally opened in 1926. The classic interior with an abundance of natural light floods the two-story lobby. A shimmering chandelier and elegant marble floors juxtapose nicely with the contemporary art displayed on the salon staircase wall.

A refined boutique beauty with 93 rooms (including nine suites), the property buzzed with activity during our weekend visit. Upon check-in, every guest is greeted with a glass of sparkling wine.

Our third-floor, two-bed guestroom featured Art Deco-inspired furnishings, a coffee station, mini fridge, and flatscreen TV. The neutral color pallete accented with pops of gold and warm browns created a calm atmosphere. The hotel’s monogram on luxurious Frette bedding added an upscale touch. Extra blankets, bathrobes and slippers insured we were cozy.

The marble bathroom counter contained much appreciated individual size Bulgari bath products. Jim and I were pleasantly surprised to learn all of the in-room snacks and beverages were complimentary. He devoured the chocolate-covered cherries and an espresso while I skimmed a local magazine.

The Lancaster

© Terry Vine

Another upscale dining option is afternoon tea — offered at noon and 2:30 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. Initiated in the spring, the three-course traditional service is quite popular and reservations are recommended.

In the evening, we walked next door to the Alley Theatre for the world premiere of Agatha Christie’s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. The light-hearted whodunit drew a crowd. After the performance, we snagged seats in the Lancaster’s restaurant, Cultivated F+B, where we shared a lemon tart and sipped on cocktails. The bistro-like, street-level bar and eatery is an ideal spot for people-watching.

Sunday morning, we rode the elevator to the Mezzanine for yet another complimentary guest amenity — the breakfast buffet. After finishing a second cup of coffee, we decided to spend the afternoon exploring Houston’s Museum District, which is roughly 3 miles from the hotel.

The luxe Lancaster Hotel exudes the elegance of a bygone era while pampering guests with modern day amenities. The downtown location guarantees proximity to some of the city’s most impressive cultural attractions. If you appreciate a sophisticated stay in an intimate setting, make a reservation at The Lancaster.

The Lancaster Hotel

701 Texas Ave.
Houston, TX 77002
tel 713 228 9500


FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Explore Excursions


Insta Feed
November 2023
Dec 1, 2023

Night on the Town: Bangkok Bustles with Spectacular Entertainment

More than 22 million visitors pour into Bangkok each year, adding to the roughly 11 million residents of the Thai capital famous for its bustling streets. Packed with food carts, markets and cultural spectacles, life in Bangkok is unusually defined by its vibrant street scene, both day and night. That means you don’t necessarily need a solid plan when heading out on any given evening.

Share Your Travel Preferences with Global Traveler in a Short Survey & Win

Learning more about our readers’ travel habits and preferences ensures Global Traveler delivers the content you desire. As the travel industry has adapted and changed over the last few years, it’s more important than ever to connect. To best meet your short- and long-term travel content needs, please help us!

Dec 1, 2023

Kokomo Restaurant Offers Modern Caribbean Cuisine, Music and Art in Transformed NYC Neighborhood

As first-time restaurateurs, but with plenty of hospitality-related experience, Ria and Kevol (Kev) Graham were not entirely comfortable opening their first restaurant in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg, where several upscale restaurants and 5-star hotel dining is just a block away. And to make matters worse, they opened in July 2020, when New York City was in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dec 1, 2023

The River Less Traveled: 3 Compelling River Cruise Itineraries Debuting in 2024

In addition to intimate settings, smaller staff-to-passenger ratios, and personalized food and beverage options, river cruises have the advantage of providing a deeper dive into a region’s culture, food and history. The Rhine, Rhône and Danube in Europe and the Mississippi River and St. Lawrence in North America have much to offer travelers with their itineraries, tying together beloved cities and lesser-known destinations along their routes.

Hit the High Notes in Nashville

Nashville’s once-modest skyline continues to evolve as its luxury market grows. Lavish hotel properties are added to the landscape while acclaimed chefs stake claim in the robust culinary scene and premier cultural offerings round out the city’s repertoire.

December 2023
Dec 1, 2023

Global Traveler Celebrates the Winners of the 20th Annual GT Tested Reader Survey Awards

As another phenomenal year of travel comes to an end, it’s time, as always, for Global Traveler to celebrate and award those who do it best as we announce the 2023 winners of the GT Tested Reader Survey awards. But that's not the only cause for celebration here: We've hit another major milestone, as this marks our 20th year honoring the best of the best inn world of travel!

Nov 30, 2023

Ski Season Begins in Jungfrau Region of Switzerland

With winter kicking in, it’s time for skiers and snowboarders to pick up their equipment and hit slopes around the world. This year, travelers should head to the Jungfrau Region of Switzerland.

The Argosaronic Islands Are Calling

The Saronic or Argo Saronic Islands of Greece call travelers to explore its seven small islands and islets brimming with history, natural sites and more. With most easily accessible by boat, the islands’ proximity to ports of Athens make the Saronic Islands an ideal destination for those preferring shorter boat rides. In fact, trips from Athens ports to the islands take only between 10 minutes and two hours, depending on the island you choose, making them perfect for day or weekend trips. From Piraeus port, you can access Hydra, Spetses, Aegina and Poros directly. Come explore these stunning islands with us and find the inspiration to plan your next trip to these islands. Hydra Hydra town curves around a slope overlooking the Argosaronic Gulf like an amphitheater and is considered one of the most romantic destinations in Greece. Most unique to the island is its lack of vehicles. People on the island get around on mules and donkeys as well as water taxis, making for a peaceful and laid-back day. Hydra lies a two-hour ferry ride from Piraeus port in Athens.

Nov 30, 2023