Holidays are right around the corner! Traveling in and out of Houston, or to beautiful destinations, booking the right hotel is important. To guarantee your perfect stay, here's a list of top 5 luxury hotels in Houston for this holiday season. While with the busy season, I was lucky to take a tour of the hotel properties and meet with the pr/marketing department to get the insider guide to their holiday specials and brunch/dinner events. So keep scrolling down to learn more about what special holiday events you can attend & make personalized memories in Houston with these 5 luxury hotels!
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Four Seasons hotel is the luxury 5-star hotel in heart of downtown Houston. From relaxing spa and fitness center, pools, and social gatherings to fine dining options including authentic Italian cuisine, small plates and the finest wines, you will experience your perfect stay in Four Seasons Hotel Downtown Houston. You might want to check out their new hotel lobby that recently did a massive renovation on. Beautiful and chic design. Four Seasons Houston has a lot of classic artwork hanging around the walls and ceilings which is mesmerizing.
Below are some of their special holiday events:
2017 Holiday Tree Lighting
Four Seasons Hotel Houston is inviting you to kick off the festive seasons with the annual holiday tree lighting featuring live entertainment, cookies, hot cocoa, and champagne. The event will take place on November 21 from 5-6 PM with the tree lighting ceremony beginning at 5:45 PM. This event is complimentary.
2017 Thanksgiving Brunch
Quattro at Four Seasons Hotel Houston will be celebrating Thanksgiving with its annual extravagant Thanksgiving Brunch featuring live music. You can enjoy over 85 selections of holiday favorites such as a raw bar, sushi, Quattro's famous turkey with all the traditional accompaniments and a myriad of desserts. This event will take place on Thanksgiving Day from 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM and is $105 for adults and $49 for children ages 6 to 12.
You can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at Quattro with a special holiday menu, delicious buffet stations, and wine pairing options. $68 per person and an additional $40 per person for optional wine pairing.
You are invited to join Quattro at Four Seasons Hotel Houston for a gingerbread-themed afternoon tea throughout the month of December! In addition to traditional tea offerings, there will be activities for children such as ornament and cupcake decorating and gingerbread house building.
This event will take place on December 2, December 9, December 16 and December 23 from NOON - 4 PM. Gingerbread teas are $65 for adults, $45 for children ages 6 to 12 and complimentary for children age 5 and below.
Christmas Day Brunch
Four Seasons Hotel Houston is excited to host it's annual Christmas Day Brunch in Quattro Restaurant! Featuring holiday favorites such as carved beef, sushi, raw bar, charcuteries, lamb and fish along with a buffet of desserts, the Christmas Day Brunch is not to be missed. The brunch will take place on Christmas Day from 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM and is $105 for adults and $49 for children ages 6 to 12.
For those who can't make brunch, there will be a Christmas Day Dinner in Quattro with a special holiday menu, delicious buffet stations, and wine pairing options. $68 per person and an additional $40 per person for optional wine pairing.
New Years Eve
Guests of Four Seasons Hotel Houston will have two wonderful NYE events to choose from!
Quattro Restaurant will be hosting a five-course tasting menu with seatings beginning at 7:00 PM. In addition, to live music, there will be party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. $125 per person and an additional $60 per person for optional wine pairing.
Bayou & Bottle is throwing it back to the 80's to ring in the New Year! Beginning at 9 PM, you can enjoy an 80's themed NYE celebration complete with live music, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. A themed food menu will be available for you to enjoy a la carte. Cover charge starts at 9 PM is $30/person if purchased in advance and $38/person if purchased at the door. Table reservations will be taken with a $400 minimum spend per table, not including ticket price.
Hotel Sorella is the boutique 4-star hotel in the heart of Houston CityCentre surrounded by entertainment, fine dining, shopping and exciting events to perfect your Houston stay. Flexible meeting spaces and events, exclusive wedding amenities (packages start from $450), bar and rooftop pool, and penthouse suites, you can pretty much do everything while enjoying your stay at Hotel Sorella. Their interior has a lot of artwork, design is elaborate and sophisticated.
Chill by the pool and sip some cocktails at the Monnalisa bar.
Annual Monnalisa bar party at Hotel Sorella
Monnalisa is the hottest spot for nightlife in Houston's CityCentre! This stylish and hip New Year's Eve party is always the toast of the town!
Quite the Night, New Year's Eve in Monnalisa Package
Start the evening early and enjoy live music in the lobby lounge, then make your way to the party in Monnalisa® where the live music continues. Dance the night away and when the clock strikes midnight, enjoy a balloon drop and a champagne toast. This Houston New Year's Eve Hotel Package includes:
Quite the Night - New Year's Eve Party & New Year's Day Brunch Package
Ring in the New Year at the Monnalisa party and the following day start the New Year off right with New Year's Day Brunch in Radio Milano. This Houston New Year's Eve Hotel Package includes:
Hotel Sorella Citycentre also recently launched their high-tea program with Radio Milano which will include Houston's largest tea selections paired with French-Inspired Fare.
Starting November 3rd, the high tea service featuring teas from renowned French-based Dammann Frères. This afternoon tea will be available daily from 12pm to 4pm. For tea lovers like you and me, there's a wide selection to choose from. Traditional choices like Chinese and Japanese tea to English Breakfast, Chamomile, Earl Grey, and Vert Jasmin. The culinary menu will be showcasing three different sections consisting 3, 4, and 6-course menus priced at $25, $35, and $45 per person, respectively.
You can expect small bite sandwiches and hors d'oeuvres, including crudités, grilled cheese, smoked salmon and dill, antipasto skewers as well as sweet treats such as profiteroles, madeleines, Crème brûlée, tea cakes and scones. Craft cocktails and wide range of wine will be available as well.
Additionally, if you are looking for a spa to wind down, you can visit Lifespa at Life Time Athletic. For beauty & wellness treatments, feel free to check out BHRC Med Spa in Houston. They do anti-aging treatments, hydrafacial, laser hair removal, and more!
Hilton Americas hotel is a 4-star luxury hotel located in downtown Houston offering elegant rooms, fine dining and full-service spa. They contain the city’s largest number of guest rooms, ballrooms, hotel meeting space, and the most technologically advanced services available under one roof. The hotel is just few steps away from Toyota Center, Minute Maid Park, Discovery Green and George R. Brown Convention Center.
Some of their holiday special events include:
Their hand-made 2.5 ton, 7.6 million calorie gingerbread and chocolate reaches toward the ceiling of the main lobby rotunda, towering over chocolate holiday scene set below. Reaching almost as high as the hotel’s iconic blown-glass chandelier, the immense holiday house is handcrafted from 750 pounds of gingerbread, 1,200 pounds of dark chocolate and 726 pounds of sugar – the largest of its kind in Houston. Check out their two-day time-lapse video of the two-day setup below.
It took them an "estimated 1850 man hours and five months of creative work and construction" (WOW!) into the making of this intricately carved and sculpted confectionery creation.
'Tis the Season
You will able to experience the indoor lighted winter wonderland will be in the lobby starting November 22. The festively-decked lobby features traditional seasonal décor, presented in elegant fashion featuring thousands of twinkling, sparkling lights.
Breakfast with Santa
You will have the opportunity to talk and dine with Santa in Saturday and Sunday mornings, December 2nd through December 17th at 1600 Bar+Grille, located adjacent to the
gingerbread house. Photos with Santa are always a must, and you will find the perfect
Santa spot in the lobby near the restaurant!
1600 bar + grille is Hilton Americas-Houston upscale casual dining restaurant located in lobby-level. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.
This is their lobby bar where you can relax while sipping on your favorite martini or sip a glass of wine. The map is so fascinating, love it. What do you think?
Royal Sonesta Houston is a 4-star luxury hotel located near Galleria with casual sophistication with modern appeal. From dining at ARA restaurant, winding down at Axis Lounge or getting a quick coffee break from PJ's to various meeting spaces, weddings and other gala and social events, Royal Sonesta Houston got you all covered for this holiday season. If you are fascinated by the artworks in the hotel, you are not alone. They have some gorgeous pieces hanging!
Royal Sonesta is my favorite out of all because of their excellent customer service. The employees were friendly and welcoming including Pete Ells, the general manager of Royal Sonesta. He gave me a detailed tour/guide of the property and I was able to see every single place of the hotel. Did you know that their artworks are inspired by the theme, space & constellations?
One unique feature they have in the rooms is the motion sensor light underneath the night table. This feature is great because you don't have to turn the lights on at night and able to walk without worrying to fall down.
Some of their holiday events include Thanksgiving where they will be serving turkey special (turkey, stuffing, mash, cranberry sauce, gravy, green bean casserole) for lunch and dinner in ARA and Axis Lounge for $27. At Axis Lounge, you can choose your drink from 200+ bourbons and whiskeys from around the world. More, they have specialized red and white wines and craft beer selections.
For Black Friday, you will be able to get the "leftover" turkey/brie sandwich special just for $12.
Welcomed by some warm apple cider station in the lobby, your Christmas Eve in Royal Sonesta will include prime rib night in ARA and Axis Lounge for $32. On Christmas Day, Tournedos Rossini will be featured for lunch and dinner for $45.
Finally for New Year's Eve there will be an early seating in ARA with regular a la carte menu plus white truffle flatbread which will be $100 per person and some specials in the bar.
The Houstonian Hotel, Club, and Spa is a 4-star hotel and Houston's premier destination if you are seeking for the resort experience. With few minutes from dynamic downtown Houston, Memorial Park and the Houston Galleria, The Houstonian appeal to travelers all over the world with exquisite hospitality and amenities including the spa, weddings, meeting spaces, and restaurants.
Unlike other hotels here in Houston, The Houstonian definitely has the unique cozy and warm mansion feels. You will feel like you are at home but a historic and cooler one where it's all Texas vibes. More, they have spa, tennis facility, three resort pools, jacuzzi, and other relaxing amenities where you can enjoy your comfort on the property.
Some of the holiday events they have are:
Thanksgiving Day Brunch
In Grande Ballroom at The Houstonian, you will be greeted with herb roasted turkey, prime rib, bourbon and brown sugar glazed country ham, roasted salmon with garlic butter shrimp scampi, classic eggs benedict, panettone french toast, nutella-mascarpone cheese blintzes and more classic brunch selections.
In Olivette Restaurant in The Houstonian Hotel, you will be able to experience "Texas-Style" seated Thanksgiving with holiday season options such as wild mushroom bisque, Texas angus filet mignon, famous banana french toast with fresh berries & vanilla syrup, and more.
In Manor House Restaurant, they are offering their signature seafood gumbo, pastrami tuna, crab cake with corn, black pepper crusted prime rib and desserts with classic vanilla creme brulee or pecan pie to choose from.
"Merry Mansions" Performances
Starting from November 27th through December 16th, from 6-7pm, they will be having performances which will be available open to public.
"Merry Mansions" Holiday Tour Package
On November 24th, there will be the gingerbread in the hotel's Great Room Lobby celebrating some of Houston's most historic homes decorated in holiday fashion. Package includes:
12 Days of Holiday Market
From 12/4 to 12/15, you can enjoy the 12 days of holiday market with unique pop-up vendors of everyone's favorite jewelry, clothing, gifts, delicious food and more!
New Year's Eve at The Houstonian Package
This package will make your evening a private and cozy celebration sipping sparkling wine and followed by a luxury dinner. The package includes:
Whether you are traveling to Houston for holidays for pleasure or business trip, choosing the right hotel is important. Many of these hotels are located in the heart of Houston so you don't have to worry about driving too far. With these top 5 luxury hotels in Houston and the holiday details including Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Eve, I hope you have a wonderful holiday and great visit to Houston!
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