A Staycation at Hotel Sorella City Centre

If you live under a rock (how do you ever get some sun?!) then you probably didn’t know that my best gal pal Rachel came and visited me here in Houston! hotel sorella2

Rachel is my go-to girl for life advice, blogging advice, and outfit advice. We all have that friend that we text “Do you like these shoes with this outfit?!” …right? 🙂 Well, Rachel and I decided it would be fun to see Houston like tourists dropping in for the weekend. The perfect place for us to stay was Hotel Sorella in City Centre. With the shopping, restaurants, and views from the 12th floor, there’s plenty to do – even though we don’t want to leave our room because it’s so glam! Plus, it’s a short drive to downtown, so we were in the optimal place to explore for Instagram opportunities and great food,

Our hotel room and amenities

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If you’re a homebody like Rach and I are, then you probably also share a love for hotels. There’s something about coming home by 8 pm, putting on the fluffy hotel robe, putting on a face mask, and just people watching with a handful of m&ms. (No? …..Just us?)

hotel sorella houston, things to do in city centre houston

hotel sorella houston, things to do in city centre houston

hotel sorella houston, things to do in city centre houston

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Our room came with a full kitchen! I think for holiday’s like Memorial Day, Fourth of July, or New Years Eve, it would be great to staycation here and bring some food from HEB to cook in. You could eat it on the balcony over looking the city! Can you imagine?!….. Please invite me.

hotel sorella houston, things to do in city centre houston

hotel sorella houston, things to do in city centre houston

hotel sorella houston, things to do in city centre houston

This was definitely the perfect place to relax and unwind. It was a true home away from home, but the gorgeous view and glamorous decor made it a true treat. I think I could have sat in my robe watching Food Network all weekend!

hotel sorella houston, things to do in city centre houston

hotel sorella houston, things to do in city centre houston

hotel sorella houston, things to do in city centre houston

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Anne Klein chain strap bag is old, but this one here is the latest version and it’s darling!

Here, we had the perfect mix of a vacation and business trip. (And yes – it’s totally a thing!) We could spend our mornings diligently at work on our blogs in our living and dining space and then head down to the shops when we needed to stretch our legs and get some retail therapy. I had such a productive stay and felt totally rested when I got home – don’t know if I can say that for every trip!

hotel sorella houston, things to do in city centre houston

hotel sorella houston, things to do in city centre houston

hotel sorella houston, things to do in city centre houston

My room was so comfy and cozy! I’m totally taking major decor inspiration from here. (That mirror wall hang is to-die for!)

The neighborhood – City Centre Houston

I’ve been coming down to City Centre for shopping, sushi, and macarons since I could drive. (Seriously, ask my dad about the time my friend and I drove up here and didn’t know what the EZ tag line was about, so we flew through without paying our tolls…HA!)

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It was great to experience it as someone who was actually staying for the weekend. Rachel and I were able to take the elevator down to the lobby, exit the hotel, and go window shop (or do some damage to our wallets) considering Urban Outfitters and Free People were a hop, skip, and a jump away form us. (See a full list of stores in City Centre here!)

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Our first night in, we stopped at Yard House for dinner. (Rachel in true New England fashion was craving a warm sandwich and a drink.) I got the appetizer lettuce wraps with mushrooms, which were super yummy!

Shopping

City Centre is one of my favorite places to shop because they have all my favorite stores! (And in case you’re curious, that’s Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, LuLu Lemon, Kendra Scott, JCrew, H&M, Charming Charlie….is your mouth watering yet?!)

hotel sorella houston, things to do in city centre houston

hotel sorella houston, things to do in city centre houston

Rachel and I took our second day in town to wander around the shops and work off our lunch at my favorite Montrose place, The Burger Joint. Staying at the hotel allowed us to see JCrew from the lobby and scout out the places we wanted to pop into from our balcony. Both of us had been eyeing a new bralette from Urban, so that was the first stop and then we fell down the rabbit hole of perusing the new arrivals in each shop.

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I rounded up my absolute favorite pieces and trinkets from the stores we popped into!

Downtown Houston

Well I already gave away my favorite place to grab a (big) bite – The Burger Joint Houston. It’s about a 25 minute drive from Hotel Sorella to downtown, but that’s nothing!

hotel sorella houston, things to do in city centre houston

hotel sorella houston, things to do in city centre houston

You can see my other favorite spots in downtown Houston in this post. Also, Cam and I have a few vlogs that we filmed (and one was here in City Centre), so you can check those out here as well. Staying at Hotel Sorella allowed us to easily hop on the highway to visit the Museum District and even do some apartment hunting!

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I’ll never forget our stay! It was so nice to finally see Rachel after an entire year, collaborate together with our blogging, and explore Houston some more. I’ll definitely be back to Hotel Sorella soon! I already miss my comfy robe and the incredible view.

Where’s your favorite place to staycation where you live?

X,

Cristina

P.S. Read Rachel’s Hotel Sorella review here!

  • Girl, you did a fantastic job with these pictures. It’s not easy to shoot indoors but you handled it flawlessly! The hotel looked gorgeous on Snapchat, so I’m glad to see even more pics here on the blog! I went to Houston once for a work trip with Ryan and, although it was fun (and beautiful), I didn’t get to see like any of the city outside of the hotel. We stayed at La Torretta Resort off of Lake Conroe (if you’ve ever heard of it). I’d love to go back to Houston again to explore more!

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com

    • cristina

      Thank you so much, Kayla, that means so much!! I’ve been to the Lake Conroe area before but I’ve only stayed on the lake in family friend’s lake houses. That’s so cool that ya’ll got to visit! You definitely need to come to Houston and explore – I’ll be here, so just let me know if you’re ever in the area 🙂

  • CRISTINA! These photos came out amazing!!! Loved spending a long weekend with you in Houston!

    Rachel / http://www.seashellsandsparkles.com

  • This trip looks absolutely amazing! I loved following y’alls adventures via social media. One day I hope to have a blogging tribe like y’all do !

    • cristina

      Thank you so much Michaela, you are so sweet!

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  • Natalia

    Omgosh, you and Rachel are blogger bestie goals! I’ve been wanting to go to texas for the longest time now and I think this just sold me on it. These pics are absolutely amazing too! Great job!

    • cristina

      You are so sweet! And you should totally come to Texas!

  • Oh my goodness what a GORGEOUS hotel! These photos are amazing, you did a great job! This is such a fun idea for ‘getting away’ with friends and relaxing – definitely planning something like this for the future. You guys looked like you had a blast!

    • cristina

      Thanks so much, Shelby! I definitely want to have more staycations with friends in the future. It was so fun!

  • Oh my gosh your hotel room is gorgeous! I love all the natural light from those windows. I’m so intrigued by that picture of the body + bath oil and body polish – do you think I could find them online?

    You and Rachel are the absolute cutest and major #bloggergoals 🙂

    // Hannah

  • Oh this looks amazing! I’ve been struggling to find a good hotel in Houston for when I go down to see the opera every year with my parents (I really like the Zaza but my parents don’t care for it). I’ll have to add the Hotel Sorella to the list!
    XO Amanda | http://www.glitterandspice.com

    • cristina

      Oh yes I’ve heard of ZaZa! I think this one is a really great location because you can just stay in CityCentre and walk to go eat or shop. And then it would probably only be a 15 min drive to the opera 🙂 Thanks for reading, girl!

  • Okay I was totally in love with your snapchat stories of your Staycation with Rachel, so obviously I loved this post as well! It looks like you two had so much fun!
    Rebecca
    http://www.sunnyrebecca.com

  • We go to Houston all the time, but never stayed here! Saw it on Snapchat also, looks amazing!

    Alix | http://www.apintsizedlife.com

  • I’m glad you had an enjoyable stay. The room looks gorgeous!
    Kayla || Keynotes from Kay

  • I am obsessed with Yard House! I always have to stop there when I am in City Centre. I am so glad y’all had a fabulous time! I wish I could have come visited but, next time we will get together!

  • This hotel looks awesome! Amazing pictures!

  • Ok, I haven’t been to Houston in ages, but I’m thinking maybe I need to go back…and I agree with Kayla, you did an amazing job with the indoor photography!! What a beautiful hotel!

    http://www.mollyonthemoveblog.com

  • michelle mink

    my best friend and i love doing stay cations at hotels. and oh my gosh would we love to be that close to the shops! we have yard house out here in California and didn’t realize it was out in Texas too.

  • I’m totally jealous – I was following along the whole weekend on snapchat and that balcony looked seriously amazing! Sometimes a staycation is exactly what you need!

    Pick Your Beau

  • Amy

    Ok, I need to visit Houston just to stay in this hotel, it’s beautiful!! I loved watching yours and Rachel’s snaps during your stay together. You guys are definitely #bestfriendgoals. Great job on putting this post together and I hope you have a wonderful rest of your week!! (:
    xoxo
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  • Ashley

    What a beautiful place for a staycation!! Definitely somewhere I would want to stay!

    xo Ashley

  • Teresa

    What a gorgeous hotel! That marble bathroom is EVERYTHING. I want to visit Houston so bad. I’ll have to check out Hotel Sorella!

  • Ahh this looks like a dream vacay (stacay?) haha! I’m so glad you got to see your local area from a tourist’s eyes and Rachel seems to have had so much fun on her trip! I love girls trips like this!!

  • The Southern Stylista

    I think a stay-cation is such a fun idea and this seems like the perfect location to do so! I love your idea of spending the entire weekend in a fluffy robe watching food network…count me in!

    xoox, SS

    The Southern Stylista

  • It looks like you had the ultimate girls staycation! I have a girlfriend who is my version of Rachel and she and I always meet in the city but we’ve never done a staycation and I think we need to asap!

  • This hotel looks absolutely beautiful! I wish I could have a staycation but in the city it’s expensive!

  • What a gorgeous hotel! Staycations are so much fun!! Looks like you girls had a great time!

    Stephanie | http://www.stephanietherese.com

  • I loved following along with y’alls girls trip on SnapChat! Your hotel, or should I say mansion, looked fabulous!

  • Wow, what a beautiful hotel! I’d definitely like to visit if I’m ever in the area!

  • So fun!! Nothing better than a staycation!! I love when hotel rooms come with a kitchen… It just makes everything so much easier! This place looks gorgeous.

    xo,
    Sara Kate Styling