By Steven Thomson

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.

Courtesy of Hotel Sorella
Courtesy of Hotel Sorella

“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.