By Steven Thomson www.culturemap.com
Hotel Sorella’s sizzling design scheme has caught the attention of one of the world’s most refined design-minded magazines, Wallpaper*, snagging a spot on the list of the top Best Business Hotels 2010 in the magazine’s September issue.
“The hotel is the crown jewel in west Houston’s CityCentre, a selfcontained community of shopping, fine dining and top notch office space,” reads the magazine’s website.
Teaming with Fortune magazine, the design rag employed a panel of discerning judges, who placed Sorella among the ranks of NYC’s Ace Hotel, Soho House in Berlin and Dubai’s new Armani Hotel. Explains Wallpaper*, “Our shortlist ranges from grand luxury openings to inspiring relaunches of old favourites and contemporary openings in up-and-coming destinations.”
The editors lavish praise upon Hotel Sorella for its inspired floor-to-ceiling windows, posh Italian-inspired contemporary décor, and dark hardwood-studded flooring. The Texas-sized closets and bathrooms receive their due. And, of course, Wallpaper* loves the complimentary luxury car service that runs to the Energy Corridor and any hotspot within a five mile radius.
The design scribes also find the dining quite tempting, explaining Bistro Alex’s owner, “Alex Brennan-Martin’s aim is to serve classics, but with enough cutting-edge cuisine to please foodies.”
We can expect to see a glossy spread on Hotel Sorella in the next edition of Wallpaper* City Guide Houston. Until then, wait out the last nights of the sultry summer amid their swank pool-side cabanas.