Everything is bigger in Texas: The Post Oak Hotel opens

With a 20,000-bottle wine cellar and a two-story Rolls-Royce showroom, Houston’s newest luxury hotel is extravagant in every way.

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Businessman Tilman J. Fertitta is setting a new standard of opulence in the United States’ fourth largest city with opening of The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston. The soon-to-be five-star property includes unique features such as as a two-level Rolls Royce dealership inside the 38-story tower, a dazzling lobby with art by American artist Frank Stella, and a glittering 1480-square-metre Grand Ballroom with a private entrance.

Fertitta, chairman, CEO, and sole owner of Landry’s, Inc., Golden Nugget Casinos and the Houston Rockets, has created the luxury destination in a lush four-hectare setting located in Houston’s tony Post Oak Uptown area, just steps away from The Galleria shopping mecca and a short drive to downtown Houston.

“Houston has never had a property like this and I wanted to be the one to deliver it,” said Fertitta. “The Post Oak will stand up to the world’s best hotels. Guests will see the attention to detail we put into every touchpoint and the level of luxury they will not find anywhere else in Houston. It will certainly be a game changer.”

The centerpiece of the development is The Post Oak Hotel, with 250 ultra-modern guest rooms – each over 46 square metres – and VIP suites with dramatic views of the surrounding area. The hotel also includes a 464-square-metre Presidential Suite with a wraparound terrace, a private elevator, fitness room and catering kitchen; a 140-square-metre Post Oak Suite; and 22 residential apartment units with full kitchens, a washer and dryer, large walk-in closets, and deluxe accommodations that can be rented on a short or long-term basis.

Upon entering the three-story glass lobby, guests will be mesmerised by a grand chandelier inspired by the Dubai Opera House. The cascading fixture was custom built in the Czech Republic with 15,719 crystals, including 739 Swarovski crystal balls, and 1,428 LED light sources, and shipped to Houston for installation.

The lobby, with custom Calacatta marble flooring, Ebony Woodridge stone pillars, custom fabric wall panels, a hand-tufted silk abstract rug, and multiple works of art from Frank Stella that it is affectionately dubbed the “Stella Lobby,” also provides a spectacular view of the pool area through floor-to-ceiling windows.

Other works of art from Fertitta’s private American art collection, including pieces by Robert MotherwellAlex KatzDonald SultanJoseph GlascoFriedel Dzubas, and Howard Hodgkin, are strategically placed throughout the hotel, giving it a museum-quality feel.

Four restaurants and bars on the first floor provide an array of dining options, from pastries to haute cuisine. The dining offerings promise an elevated level of culinary excellence that will also attract Houstonians looking for the newest and best that the city’s food scene has to offer. Celebrating their soft opening, Bloom & Bee, the hotel’s main restaurant, emphasises fresh locally-inspired cuisine and H Bar now serves up light bites with fine spirits, exotic cocktails and libations. Slated to open mid-February, Craft F&B will offer a pub-style fare with wood-fire pizzas, burgers and craft brews while Bouchée Patisserie serves as the hotel’s patisserie offering homemade pastries and speciality coffee.

Adjacent to the hotel, guests will find Houston’s premier restaurants, Mastro’s Steakhouse and Willie G’s Seafood. Since opening its first Texas location in late 2017, Mastro’s has become the gathering spot for the glamorous see-and-be-seen crowd. Willie G’s Seafood, a Houston institution that relocated to The Post Oak Hotel in January 2018, features a display of fresh seafood, from whole Gold Spot sea bass to gigantic Maine lobsters and fresh-shucked Gulf oysters, and offers dining options that range from casual and white tablecloth service to an outdoor terrace.

Both Mastro’s and Willie G’s carry an extensive wine list. If a guest is looking for something extra special, more than 20,000 bottles are available and can be quickly delivered to any of the property’s restaurants or the guest’s room from the hotel’s massive wine cellar, The Cellar at The Post Oak. With over 2,000 labels and rare vintages dating back to the 1800s, Master Sommelier Keith Goldston is available for recommendations on the best wines from the cellar’s $3 million inventory.

The master-planned mixed-use project also features 11 stories of office space as well as a designer retail boutique, chic salon, spa, and fitness centre. In addition to the two-story Rolls Royce showroom located inside the hotel, an on-property dealership, Post Oak Motors, offers Bentleys and Bugattis available for purchase or just admiring.

The hotel’s luxury multi-brand boutique, 29° North, is open on the first floor where guests and local fashionistas can find exclusive, first to Texas designers for men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, fine jewellery, accessories and seasonal selections. Labels include Masion Ullens, Zeynep Arcay, Tortoise, Isaac Reina, Stubbs + Wootton, Ormonde Jayne, Carner, Globe – Trotter and Magglia Francesco, and more.

Before their arrival, guests will be contacted to ensure that their every want or need is met during their stay including preferred room temperature, allergy notifications and any necessary travel arrangements.

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