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Described by locals as the Palace of the Duke, the stunning Hotel Granduca Houston is inspired by the life and history of Adalberto Malatesta, Granduca of Monfallito.

Born in 1524 in Rimini, Italy, Adalberto and his family were forced to flee their homeland due to territorial wars and civil unrest when he was four years old.

The Malatesta family settled in Savoy, where Adalberto’s mother was a relative of the ruling Savoias. By age 20, Adalberto married Marina di Savoia, who brought him a dowry, a palace, and 1800 acres in Monfallito. A born leader, Adalberto served in the Savoian army and was instrumental in helping Spain defeat the French in the battle of San Quintino in 1556.

As a result of his success at San Quintino, King Phillip II proudly appointed Adalberto the Granduca of Monfallito. As Granduca, Adalberto dedicated his life to helping Savoias maintain their dominance and rule of northern Italy until his death in 1588 at age 64.

Today, his legacy continues in Houston as his 16th century palazzo is the inspiration for Hotel Granduca.


Since opening in 2006, Hotel Granduca Houston has set the standard for every guest’s ultimate experience. Created by innovative developer Giorgio Borlenghi, Granduca Houston is the first jewel in the crown of the Granduca Hotels hospitality group.

Located in the heart of Uptown Park near the Galleria, the property is reminiscent of a private Italian villa. Our collection of 122 rooms and suites are designed to reflect the comfort of home and feature luxurious amenities combined with Italian accents. In-room amenities include balconies overlooking the property’s pool and gardens, small sitting areas, full kitchens, walk-in closets, Acqua di Parma toiletries and flat screen HDTVs.

Additional features within the hotel include the award-winning Ristorante Cavour, which highlights Northern Italian cuisine combined with seasonal offerings; Salone Rialto, a stunning private event space; a beautiful courtyard and pool oasis with adjacent fitness facilities, as well as four state-of-the-art conference rooms available for business or personal use.

A leader in luxury hotels, Granduca Houston has received a variety awards including Conde Nast Travelers Gold list, Conde Nast’s Readers’ Choice “Top 15 Hotels in Texas” and Forbes Four Star rating. Granduca Houston and its sister property, Granduca Austin, are the only hotels in Texas to receive Leading Hotels of the World designations.

Continuing Granduca Hotels’ tradition of offering exceptional service, fabulous suites, splendid dining and luxurious amenities, Hotel Granduca Houston gives guests an unparalleled experience in a one-of-a-kind setting.

Awards & Accolades

Member of the Leading Hotels of the World

2014 Conde Nast Gold List of Hotels

Forbes Four Star 2014

2013 Conde Nast Readers’ Choice “Top 15 Hotels in Texas”

Virtuoso Hotels and Resorts

Forbes Four Star 2011

Ospitalita Italiana 2011

Open Table’s Diner’s Choice Winners – Best Ambiance, Best Service, Best Italian

Houston Press Best Risotto 2009

Fodor’s Choice 2008

Houston Press Best Italian Restaurant 2008-2010

2007 Audience Winner – Luxury Hotel

2007 Editorial Winner – Business Hotel

Houston Press Best Business Hotel 2007

Connoisseur’s Choice 2007

About Giorgio Borlenghi and Interfin Companies, LP

Created by innovative developer Giorgio Borlenghi, Hotel Granduca Houston is part of the Houston-based Granduca Hotels hospitality group.

Mr. Borlenghi’s vision was to build a remarkable boutique hotel reminiscent of a private Italian villa that offers a personalized and luxurious experience for every guest. The hotel itself serves as an elegant testimony to the Borlenghi family’s history and Italian heritage; many of the antique furnishings, photos, and decorations come from the Borlenghi family home, and are incorporated throughout the hotel and its suites.

Granduca Houston’s interior also showcases Italian flair throughout including hand-painted murals, intricately detailed mosaic tile designs, patterned wood floors and antique carpets. Charming exposed beams and wooden elements have a naturally aged patina, combining the traditional ambiance of an Italian Palazzo and rustic Texas charm.

Founded by Mr. Borlenghi in 1978, The Interfin Companies, LP is a Houston-based, diversified real estate company specializing in the development, construction, and management of landmark residential and commercial real estate projects. Interfin has gained a national and international reputation for combining elegant architecture with high-quality construction to provide one-of-a-kind working and living developments.

Interfin is continually expanding its portfolio of world-class business and personal environments. The staff and team of Interfin are skilled professionals who exhibit hands-on management capabilities and superior customer service. Moving into the luxury hospitality industry was a natural step forward and Mr. Borlenghi’s devotion to providing his guests with a one-of-a-kind luxury experience continues with Hotel Granduca Austin, the newest member of Granduca Hotels.

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