When Billionaire Dollar Buyer reality TV star and Houston Rockets owner Tilman J. Fertitta made plans to build a hotel in his hometown of Houston, he conceived it with the intention of it becoming Texas’ most luxurious property.
Debuting in March 2018, and set upon 10 acres of prime real estate just minutes from the Houston Galleria, The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston is housed in a 38-story mixed-use tower with bells and whistles in the form of a helipad, a two-story Rolls-Royce dealership, millions of dollars in art from contemporary greats such as Frank Stella and a 5,000-square-foot presidential suite with unobstructed views of the downtown skyline.
But that’s just the tip of the extravagant iceberg when it comes to this lavish 250-room Houston flagship. Here are five other things to love about The Post Oak Hotel.
The Extra-Luxe Accommodations
Waking up to a dramatic cityscape is never a bad thing. Waking up to a dramatic cityscape that slowly reveals itself with the push of a button from your bedside is an even better way to start your day.
Equipped with the latest tech — from Bluetooth-enabled, in-ceiling speakers to push-button drapes and multiple flat-screen TVs in every unit — standard accommodations at The Post Oak ring in at a cool 526 square feet, with 10-foot ceilings, walls of windows and residential amenities.
Among the extra-luxurious touches, we particularly love the 500-thread-count Egyptian cotton linens, the spa-like marble bathrooms, the tastefully chosen Assouline coffee table books, the in-room Technogym weight set and the Dean & Deluca-stocked minibar.
The Gourmet Goods
Houston is increasingly regarded as one of Texas’ culinary capitals, so while you’ll want to get out and explore the city’s breadth and variety of cuisines, there’s also plenty onsite to keep your taste buds intrigued.
Start your day with Parisian-style croissants and Illy coffee at the picturesque Bouchée Patisserie, where you can grab and go or sit down for a leisurely breakfast in a lovely setting.
You’ll find fresh-pressed juices, avocado toast and continental American cuisine at Bloom & Bee, the hotel’s all-day restaurant, which morphs into a more fine-dining experience at night with offerings like smoked beef tartare, Gulf Coast bouillabaisse or Maine lobster with gnocchi.
For gourmet burgers, thin-crust pizzas and beer on tap, Craft F & B is a trendy, casual option.
At the swanky H Bar, just off the lobby, unwind with an impeccably crafted cocktail while nibbling on sushi or mini lobster rolls.
Enjoy an elevated Texas-style steakhouse experience at the newly debuted Mastro’s Steakhouse — the state’s first location of this popular national chain — where you can order smoking seafood towers, A5 wagyu on the hot rock and tomahawk ribeyes.
If you can’t nab a reservation at Mastro’s, the new Willie G’s Seafood just across the driveway is also sure to please.
Tip: You can order from the Mastro’s or Willie G’s menu from anywhere on property, which means that if you’re nursing an Old Fashioned at H Bar or can’t bring yourself to leave your room, simply call room service to try a prime cut and a platter of king crab legs.
To the right of the lobby elevators, you’ll notice a glass-enclosed wine storage wall featuring rows upon rows of precious Cristal, Veuve Clicquot and Dom Pérignon champagne — and it’s not just for show. The display makes up part of the hotel’s 20,000-bottle, $3 million wine inventory.
Curated by master sommelier Keith Goldston and his team of advanced sommeliers, the ever-changing, leather-bound list is made up of labels from 25 different countries and vintages dating back to the 1800s. There are price points for every pocketbook, and wines can be ordered from anywhere on the hotel grounds.
The Instagrammable Style
This high-end Houston hotel is a style lover’s dream, covered head to toe in Instagrammable eye candy. In the lobby, for instance, the custom-made, nearly-16,000-piece Swarovski crystal chandelier was made for a striking entrance.
Chic eatery Bloom & Bee is already somewhat of a social media star thanks to its all-pink décor and ceiling filled with blush-colored, hand-blown glass sculptures channeling the work of artist Dale Chihuly.
Colorful French macarons sold in Tiffany-blue boxes at Bouchée Patisserie are the stuff of food bloggers’ dreams, and there’s no better spot to take a selfie than while you’re lounging half-submerged in crystal-clear water, frozen cocktail in hand, at the resort-style pool.
Let’s say you want tickets to a Rockets game or have a fashion emergency that requires a private session with a personal shopper at Neiman Marcus. No problem. The Post Oak Hotel’s team of Les Clefs d’Or concierges knows the ins and outs of Houston and can make it happen.
Beyond that, hotel staff will also acknowledge you by name wherever you go, greeting you as if you’re a regular after just one encounter.
And when you need transportation within a two-mile radius of the hotel, a complimentary chauffeured car service — in a Rolls-Royce or Bentley, naturally — is available on request.