The thing about Houston is that it can get HOT. Like melt your freshly Drybar'd hair hot. Like beads of sweat rolling down your back hot. Like why did we decide to take the outdoor tram tour at NASA hot. What's the best way to combat a sweltering fall-ish day in Texas? Staying tucked in the cool white sheets of your lush Hotel Alessandra bed, beautifully appointed with jade green embroidered pillows!
I say all the time that to me - the best part of traveling is the hotel. Of course I site-see, I shoot, I eat out (A LOT), but nothing compares to taking a shower in a super glam black & white marble bathroom, curling up in a delightfully enormous hotel towel, and lounging around reading a book or catching up on sleep. My boy-tographer, on the other hand, loves to walk endlessly around cities and the hotter the day, the better. Honestly, thank goodness hotel rooms always come with two keys.
Hotel Alessandra is a dreamy spot in the heart of downtown Houston where modern luxury meets subtle Texan flair. In my real life, I would never have a stark white world because real life can be messy, but this was the hotel of my dreams with all of the crisp white and marble aesthetic. The bathroom alone is reason enough to book a night there, with it's LED-lit mirror and gorgeous black and white tile. Everything is just smooth, cool, and visually pleasing in this hotel. I felt immediately relaxed when I walked in and surveyed the one - the vibe is definitely one of comfortable and easy glamour.
This hotel hit every mark on my "How to Make An Influencer Happy" list: amazing natural lighting, open and airy shooting space, a waterfall showerhead, a stylish design, and of course - an amazing cheese plate! Even more bonus points for the chic bottle of Cab that accompanied it. Hotel Alessandra is home to Lucienne and Bardot, the later of which I can thank for the most adorable and delicious welcome snack. If you give me fresh brie, plump blueberries, and honeyed walnuts - I can be happy pretty much anywhere. While Lucienne is a stunning upscale Mediterranean restaurant, Bardot is a vibed out bar and lounge decorated with images of the French icon herself and serving chilly hand-crafted cocktails.
The one thing I wish I would have taken advantage of at Hotel Alessandra was the rooftop pool (don't you just love a rooftop pool?) with groovy little beds sprawled under umbrellas - perfect for lounging. I just didn't pack a swimsuit because I was in denial about it being 90 degrees in October, but if you find yourself there on a warm day, despite the season, please take a dip for me!
As for things to do in Houston, I'm always a fan of any museum situation and they have some gorgeous ones in their district. The Houston Space Center is a must at least once, and I like the retro-y Kemah Boardwalk on days it isn't basically 100 degrees F outside. The Galleria, of course, for all the Louis and Fendi you could want. Rice Village has a Shake Shack - that's worth the trip alone.
Hotel Alessandra Houston
1070 Dallas Street Houston,