Described as the Palace of the Duke, the stunning Hotel Granduca Houston is inspired by the life and history of Adalberto Malatesta, Granduca of Monfallito. Granduca Houston is the first jewel in the crown of the Interfin Hotels hospitality group, and we have proudly upheld a high standard of luxury and service since opening our doors in 2006. Our architecture is inspired directly by the 16th-century palazzo of the Granduca of Monfallito, with authentic Italian touches at every turn—from our hand-painted ballroom ceilings to our lush gardens, to the timeless décor featured in each guest room.
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 the age of 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 Grancuda 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 the age of 64. Today, his legacy continues in Houston as his 16th-century palazzo is the inspiration for Hotel Granduca.