How do you define luxury?
As the sole owner of over 500 properties spanning 50 unique brands, Houston tycoon Tilman Fertitta is uniquely poised to set that standard. The uncompromising Landry’s head and proud new owner of the Houston Rockets can always be counted on to deliver excellence, and the world can expect that and more from his latest development, the hotly-anticipated Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston.
The property broke ground in April of 2015, with a master plan and interior and exterior architecture provided by San Francisco-based firm Gensler and general contracting from Houston-based firm Tellepsen. At its early 2018 opening, The Post Oak realizes its destiny as Houston’s first vertical mixed-use development, a lavish combination of upscale residences, well-appointed offices, a 16,000 square-foot ballroom, exclusive designer shopping, a two-story spa, unforgettable dining, a multi-story showroom displaying Bentley and Rolls-Royce automobiles, and a 240-room hotel, promising discerning travelers to Houston the finest in accommodation and service.
Why did the star of CNBC’s Billion Dollar Buyer choose Houston for this staggering display of luxury?
“I’ve always wanted to build a luxury hotel in Houston,” he reveals. “The one thing I hear as I travel across the country is, ‘Guys, where do you stay in Houston?’” It was an opportunity Mr. Fertitta was not going to pass up.
He approached it as only he could, with a keen sense for the truly upscale, always keeping his target audience in mind.
“It’s a luxury hotel in an urban area,” he explains. “It’s going to have a great pool, a great spa, great restaurants—I think the business traveler is going to love it, but it will appeal to the discerning tourist, too.”
As the 38-story Uptown destination anticipates playing host to some of the most selective Houston visitors, Fertitta is recruiting the top professionals in the business. His first hire was GM Jorge Gonzalez, previously of the Mandarin Oriental in Miami, one of only 11 hotels to earn Forbes’ coveted triple Five Star award, honoring the property’s hotel, restaurant, and spa. Fertitta has named Jean Luc Royere, also formerly of the Mandarin Oriental Miami, executive chef. Royere’s CV is an impressive list of Forbes Five-Star luxury properties, and he has also been inducted into the coveted “Maîtres Cuisiniers de France”—who could be better suited to oversee the property’s array of luxury restaurants and banquet halls?
I’ve always wanted to build a luxury hotel in Houston.
The Post Oak will be a thrill for all the senses. “We are searching all over the world for artwork that will complement special areas in the hotel,” Fertitta reveals. “The art pieces alone will be worth millions of dollars.”
That’s not to mention the property’s unique homage to craftsmanship—a stunning two-story Bentley and Rolls-Royce private showroom, catering to celebrities, athletes, and others who demand the crème de la crème. The tower will also offer direct helicopter pad access, perfect for those who always arrive in style.
Within the hotel, the last word in amenities awaits. The hotel is comprised of 240 sleek, extravagant guest rooms and suites. At 5,000 square feet, the Presidential Suite is one of the largest in the city and affords its guests unmatched opulence—plus sweeping city views. She who holds the key to the Presidential Suite is also master of a private elevator, top-of-the-line media room, fitness space, and secluded terrace. This dedication to privacy perfectly suits the celebrity, public figure, or sybaritic guest.
The Post Oak’s two-story, full-service spa promises a serene, stunningly-designed space—the ultimate oasis for visitors to relax and rejuvenate. There is even an on-site boutique, expertly-curated with coveted finds. The Landry’s owner elaborates, “It will carry international brands, and some unique brands that come out of the East and West Coasts. The clothes will be very unique.”
“I can tell you this,” Mr. Fertitta adds, “People who are spending the night at this hotel won’t have to leave the property to find the perfect place to eat.”
True to his word, the finest dining waits within the property, including Texas’ first Mastro’s Steakhouse. This noted institution needs no introduction—its reputation as a preferred destination of celebrities and the elite precedes it. Its elevated menu, featuring over 16 steaks and chops, is sure to please discerning palates, while nightly live music pairs perfectly with a glass of bloodred wine. With sister locations in Beverly Hills, Chicago, and Manhattan, Mastro’s brings the best of urban dining to Space City.
I can tell you this—people who are spending the night at this hotel won’t have to leave the property to find the perfect place to eat.
A Houston institution for 35 years, Willie G’s is also a natural fit for The Post Oak’s exemplary dining scene. As the concept relocates to this fresh space, come experience the new, special changes made to the iconic restaurant.
“I think it caters to a younger crowd, as well as the original patrons of Willie G’s,” Mr. Fertitta asserts. “Your long-time favorites are going to be there, but you’re going to see a lot of new things on the menu, too.”
Indulge in the finest seafood and wine on the spacious outdoor patio beneath a canopy of oak trees, or take your meal in the beautiful dining room. No matter your choice, the experience will be marked by the unforgettable atmosphere of Willie G’s.
The same can be said of the entire Post Oak property. Headed by one of Houston’s greatest influencers and dedicated to the elite, The Post Oak is an homage to the extraordinary. Avail yourself of the lush property’s first-class amenities, and take comfort in knowing that it will always be waiting to welcome you back when you return to Houston.
The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Park will open in early 2018.
Cover rendering courtesy of The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Park.
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