LOCAL Houston | The City Guide March 2017 - Page 38

DESTINATION AN HOUR AND A HALF AWAY ITALIAN ESCAPE Carla Valencia de Martinéz | Photography provided by Granduca Austin It’s pretty clear from the moment you drive up to the hillside basin where the HOTEL GRANDUCA AUSTIN sits that there really isn’t another place quite like this. Unless of course you’ve stayed at its sister property, the Granduca Houston. The familiar warm Tuscan palette covers the hotel – from the walls with detailed and layered crown molding to the lush textiles and antique furnishings. It’s these layers of understated luxury that make the Granduca feel more like a private Italian villa and less like a hotel. But the Austin location sits atop a beautiful hillside offering panoramic views that feel very European. This location was key to developer Giorgio Borlenghi and his family’s decision to open a second outpost of his hotel brand. The Duke of Monfallito’s 16th-century palazzo was the inspiration for the Granduca and the luxury property is exquisite in its attention to detail; from design to service, nothing is lacking. There are 194 rooms and suites, which feel like guest rooms rather than generic hotel rooms. Amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi, 24-hour concierge service, 24-hour business center, twice daily housekeeping, complimentary shoe shine, multilingual staff, saltwater pool, Jacuzzi, billiard room, outdoor courtyard and veranda – and the hotel is pet-friendly. Continued on page 45 38 LOCAL | march 17