Hotel Derek

A haute boutique stay in Houston
Texan in spirit, bold in design, Hotel Derek is a modern boutique option in Houston’s hotel scene. Fresh off of a multimillion-dollar renovation completed in March 2013, this hotel sparkles from inside and out with new colors, art and furnishings by Dallas-based design firm Flick Mars.

Guest rooms mix modern architectural chic with 1960s kitsch. Bold, bright orange textiles infuse a pop of color against rich wood elements. For the most spectacular views, book a sky deluxe room, terrace suite or penthouse suite to enjoy unobstructed, panoramic vistas of the city.

Technology is also big at Hotel Derek. A cool “Pic and Post” iPad photo station is set up in the lobby for you to take selfies, which will automatically post to the hotel’s Facebook page. Elsewhere in the space, LCD screens showing clips from old movies and other artsy images form a mosaic.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • Hotel Derek is located in Houston's fashion forward Galleria shopping / dining district, matching the glamourous digs of the hotel.
  • Designed by Dallas-based Flick Mars, the theme of the oil derrick is seen in various design elements throughout the property, tying the Hotel Derek to Houston’s rich history as an oil city.
  • In the lobby, obsidian-colored granite flooring laid out in a herringbone pattern is meant to emulate the rich oil flowing throughout Texas, while commissioned artwork with oil derricks adorns the walls in the lobby, hallways and each guest room.
  • Though the Texan theme runs throughout, the overall look of the boutique hotel is fashion-forward and has a technologically advanced design that fits the new millennium. There’s even a mosaic of flat LCD screens projecting old movies in the lobby.
Things to Know
  • You also may want to time your visit to the Houston hotel with the many events that take place throughout year, including the Houston Livestock and Rodeo Show in the spring, or performing arts such as opera and ballet in the fall.
  • Houston also offers numerous sports for spectators year-round; catch home games to see the Rockets (basketball), the Texans (football), the Astros (baseball), the Dynamo (soccer) and more.
  • For the best in-room views, book accommodations on the top two floors, which boast spectacular panoramas.
  • For on-the-go guests, a full-service Starbucks bar is located in the Vin Bar for a coffee fix. The Starbucks morphs into a Caffeine Bar later in the day, when the baristas will concoct custom pick-me-up beverages with an energy drink like Red Bull or Monster.
The Rooms
  • Guest rooms at Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Hotel Derek have a cool, retro-modern look and feel to them. Modern touches include a frosted-glass desktop, minimalist desk chair and flat-screen televisions.
  • The retro element emulates 1960s kitsch, with a bit of Texan flair thrown in. Like a tastefully done Austin Powers movie set, the orange palette brings pops of color to each room.
  • Your eyes are immediately drawn to the bright orange banquette, which spans the width of the floor-to-ceiling windows, showing off fabulous views of the city below.
  • Wall art depicting oil derricks also project a vibrant orange background, which blends tastefully with abstract pieces hanging above the plush bed swathed in Egyptian cotton linens.
  • Restrooms complete the throwback feel with simple porcelain sinks and hip retro-mosaic prints. Fresh-smelling Destination Hotels bathroom amenities and a waffle bathrobe are available in all rooms as well.
The Restaurants
  • For dining, Hotel Derek’s Vin Bar offers an à la carte and buffet breakfast each morning, along with lunch and dinner service.
  • The morning buffet is a must-not-miss. The Texas-sized breakfast is served on sizzling-hot cast-iron skillets, and features favorites such as made-to-order Belgian waffles, eggs Benedict and grilled sausages.
  • Vin Bar recently introduced a gourmet burger menu, with items such as the already popular Hangover Burger (a black Angus beef patty with cheddar, bacon, potato hash and a sunny-side-up egg tucked inside a wheat bun), so named because it purportedly will get rid of any morning-after ailments.
  • Mondays through Fridays from 4 to 6 p.m., Vin Bar also plays host to a lively happy hour, with discounted drinks and special light bites (such as Gulf oyster BLTs with jicama slaw on a Parker House roll).
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Getting There
2525 West Loop South, Houston, Texas 77027
IAH (28 min)   HOU (23 min)  
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