We were invited to stay at Hotel Zaza for a wedding. It is the go to spot for Houston’s premiere events and high society. Hotel Zaza is located in the very trendy Museum District in the heartbeat of Houston. Formerly known as, The Warwick, it was completely renovated to a boutique style and hipster Hotel Zaza. The hotel is gorgeous and has layers of fancy decor, special packages and plenty of room for all kinds of events. Since there are many weddings in the Hermann Park area and gazebos, Hotel Zaza is a prime choice for receptions, ceremonies and guest accommodations.
The address for the hotel is 5701 Main St. and it is right in front of the Mecom Fountain at the cross section of Main and Montrose street. From 59 frwy you would take the N. Main exit and head into the Medical Center. Just look for the fountain you can’t miss it.
A family member had made all the arrangements for us by calling ahead and speaking to a group sales rep since we were reserving a block of rooms. For the guests who were attending the wedding but not included in the wedding party (advanced booking), they had to reserve rooms online. This hotel has all kind of rooms and it is best to view them online and pick your style. One thing’s for sure all the rooms are stylish, lavish and eclectic.
They even have “themed” rooms on the 11th floor and that is what the wedding party stayed in. My theme was the “Soho Loft” and it did look right out of New York.
When you pull up to the hotel Zaza
you will notice a half-moon driveway loaded with valet attendants.
Valet is mandatory because they have NO parking. The area is high traffic and full of venues so it’s already a tight squeeze to find anything. The valet runs 30.00 a night (unless there is a special) and it’s not included in the room charge but sometimes they give you free valet on group rates. I found the valet attendants very annoying and there were too many just hanging out, it felt like overkill and from what I saw they mostly stood around horse playing. Really they were not polished and immature compared to valet service I am used to.
The hotel is tall, colorful, grand and very elegant with a fashionable vibe. The hotel was extremely busy and from what I’m told stays busy year round. It has a restaurant/lounge/club combo called The Monarch and several huge ballrooms always hosting an event.
When we went to check in there were several concierge men to greet us at the door. They were friendly, helpful and quite pleasant. We made our way to the front desk full of young girls with attitude. I guess they thought the snobbish attitude fit the décor. Anyways we received our keys and proceeded to check in (the service was slow).
Huge chandeliers adorn every area of the hotel from driveway, to lobby and all the ballrooms. The interior of the hotel is dark, posh and very swanky. Literally all the hotel (every floor) was covered in celebrity and historical art portraits. It was unlike anything I had ever seen. From a mug shot of Frank Sinatra to crushed velvet sofas, I didn’t know what to expect from this hotel. It was far from boring and very cool.
This lavish hotel has everything
from a deluxe boudoir gift shop, large swimming pool, work out room and vintage onsite book room with tons of special edition reading hardback bound. It has meeting rooms, a spa, piano lounge, and a bar.
As I mentioned before they have concept suites, which all have a different theme. We stayed in the Soho Loft theme and the rest of the wedding party stayed in the other themed rooms. The other rooms were just as lovely from Geisha room, West Indies, An Affair to Remember concepts.
This was our room.
It had an amazing tub and separate shower and both were so spacious. It had a big wet bar with mini fridge, a huge bed and designer furniture fitting with the concept. The photos don’t do it justice, they really went all out on the décor. This room is the size of a one bedroom apartment.
The view was a magical city/park scape scene. I could see Hermann Park, parts of the museum, the running trails and Miller Outdoor Theatre. It was stunning and gave me a new perspective of my city.
So we had a wedding to get ready for and as I mentioned the hotel was packed with guests and non-guests just hanging out so it did feel busy and crowded. All of us thought it would be a good idea to go and enjoy the pool and relax before the wedding events started. The pool was nice and it had a bar and poolside food service available to snack on.
Later that night we had the rehearsal dinner at the hotel and they catered all the food, it was ritzy and delicious. They offered a great assortment of gourmet finger foods and appetizers with some sweet treats mixed in. From hummus, to cheese plates, shrimp shooters, sushi, macaroons and cheesecake bites. We ate until we could bust it was delectable. Oh did I mention the chandelier in our ballroom was funky and emerald……too jazzy.
The next morning we all attended the wedding and the hotel did a fantastic job of handling everything and again the attention to the decorating details were so perfect. Even more impressive than the ballroom décor were the ballroom restrooms. It was utter luxury and felt like John Dillinger’s bathroom.
The day after the wedding we still had many out of town guests left over from the bride and groom’s family who wanted to tour Houston. Since I was the native Houstonian I was in charge of setting the itinerary for the next 2 days of fun and adventure for the visitors. The hotel is a perfect location so we really didn’t need to drive anywhere and besides the hotel had a free shuttle that would take us anywhere within a 5 mile radius.
After breakfast I showed everyone around the museum district right next to our hotel. Like I said before it’s all next door to each other and we just walked from place to place. We toured the Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Natural Science, Hermann Park and two more special places that were crowd pleasers. The Cockrell Butterfly Center, houses over a hundred species of butterflies and it is 3 levels of fluttering loveliness. The butterflies even land on you.
Next was the Houston ZOO. Yes it is adjacent to the hotel and it was a great way for the newly introduced families from the wedding to get to know each other better. It had a great petting zoo for the kids and tons of animals to see.
Last stop on our agenda was Lucky Strike Bowling alley. It’s not your typical bowling alley. It has social lounge style seating, live DJ’s, an amazing bar and appetizer menu and they are widely popular for their Sunday Jazz Brunch festivities.
On the last day of everyone’s visit we celebrated farewell with an amazing 4 course brunch prepared by the hotel with eggs, sausages and other meats, fresh fruit and feta kebobs and countless other lush goodies with plenty of coffee and juice. The breakfast was sensational.
We all proceeded to check out by just turning in our keys.
I wanted everyone to have a bit more relaxation today since we spent the previous day walking all over the surrounding venues. I decided we should go hear some great music at House of Blues. It would be a nice place to converse and chill. It was only about 3 minutes from the hotel and the complimentary shuttle took us so no one would have to worry about drink limits or driving impaired. I thought it was very nice that the hotel still offered us the shuttle even though we had already checked out. It saved everyone cab fare.
All in all we had a great time in Zaza
It was a bit more crowded than I’d like but it was a very happening scene and there was never a dull moment. I have mixed feelings about the staff, particularly the valet when we left to go home, we waited for over 20 minutes for our car while they stood around and goofed off. Some staff were really courteous and polished and others were just kids and loudly immature. The rooms were the masterpiece of the stay. All uniquely different, showy and gave you a feeling of elegance and exclusivity. This is an adult couple’s wonderland for sure and I think I will return if for any other reason than to stay in more of the concept suites that were so upscale. It felt more like a 24 hour bar/club than a hotel but I do enjoy my peace & quiet but it was a great change of pace for me. It’s not cheap so this is not the place to stay on a budget but the quality did match the price but the staff’s behavior did not. The location is perfect you can get anywhere in the city within minutes from the hotel but there is plenty to do within walking distance also. This place is definitely a must try for everyone!