By Leslie Bowlin  Photography courtesy of Hotel Granduca 

The key to surviving a hot Texas summer? It lies in finding the perfect getaway… where you can relax poolside sipping a cocktail amid the lull of the fountains while the rest of the world melts away.

Imagine yourself transported to the beautifully-appointed Hotel Granduca, nestled in the heart of Houston’s Uptown Park. The gardens and veranda are lush with majestic palms, fountains and cozy intimate spaces for private conversation and individual contemplation.

It is here, luxuriating among the cozy and intimate cabanas, where those “in the know” spend the lazy days of summer. Although you are in the heart of the city, the serene, classical surroundings will transport you to the elegance and ambiance of Old World Italy, complete with Italian hospitality and charm.

When it’s time to take a break, Hotel Granduca features a variety of rooms and suites to fit your needs, all offering stunning views. For the ultimate in fine dining, the acclaimed Ristorante Cavour offers authentic Northern Italian cuisine, turning any evening into a special occasion.

The hotel was created by Giorgio Borlenghi, with interior design by his sister Ermy Borlenghi Bonfield. Many of the furnishings, photos and accessories found in the hotel came from the Borlenghi family home. Their vision was to build a remarkable boutique hotel, reminiscent of a private Italian villa, which would provide guests passage back in time via a genuinely personalized and luxurious experience.

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