Traveled to Houston for a wedding that was at The Derek. The hotel was chosen becuase of the great wedding rates, and location.
Great location, but traffic was rediculous all weekend because of The Galleria which was kiddy corner from the Hotel. (It took nearly 30 minutes just to get from the parking lot of the Galleria, to the hotel, because the main street, Westhiemer, get's severely backed up)
Upon check in, a few bellhops in particular, seemed a bit unexperienced, and maybe even under the influence of something, but the management and front desk were superb! They had mentioned that they were bought out 6 months ago by a Hotel Chain and went over some renovations.
When we walked in the room, I was very impress by the moderness, cleanliness, and overall layout of the room. However, you can sense there are certain areas that weren't as touched up as nicely as they could be, but it wasn't enough to overlook the moderness of the room.
After going out for dinner, I noticed when we got back, we had a tray of Chocolate covered strawberries and a letter signed from the management, saying thanks and welcome. Our room was also cleaned up a bit, from the short time we had when we checked in. Definitely was a nice suprising gesture.
Didn't get to check out many other ammenties in the Hotel, but the Ballroom was very modern and nice looking, and the Pool (pretty small) was in this outdoor enclosed area, with a waterfall.
Valet and pullup area gets rather crazy, because there is only 1 lane for any cars to get thru. But they try hard encouraging you to call ahead for your car (if they even pick up the phone), but it's only a 10 min max wait either way. $27 per day parking with unlimited ins/outs.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- EXPERIENCE A NEW KIND OF SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY - ONE WHERE UNPARALLELED SERVICE AND DESIGNER AMENITIES ALLOW YOU TO APPRECIATE BEING IN THE MOMENT AND IN THE LOOP. Named for Houston's black gold roots, a play on the "derrick" drilling rig, Hotel Derek's bold styled guestrooms and suites are overflowing with modern details and stylish comforts inspired by fashionably chic Texas decor. Photography by world-renowned Arthur Meyerson adorns our public areas and guestrooms, capturing the spirit of Texas wildcatters; while everything from our black granite lobby floors to bold textiles and colors pays homage to our city's rich heritage in the oil industry. ... more less
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