Staycations have been increasing in popularity over the past few years and we owe it mostly in part to the rising costs of travel. While traveling to your favorite destination now has to be a justified expense, choosing to spend the weekend in a nearby hotel certainly has more benefits than ever (and perks); especially when you get to enjoy the same feeling of being away from home.

Hotel Derek, located in the Galleria area, has been known as the one of the swankiest hotels inside the loop. From the decor, to Revolve Kitchen + Bar (its restaurant), to the unique events and trendy rooms, it is ideal for a weekend away and is easily transformed into a “getaway” without really getting away.

I have a few ideas for upgrading your staycation and booking a room is just the start: opt for a girl’s weekend, go for a themed stay, or spend a few days cuddled up with your main squeeze. The possibilities are endless…

Girl’s Weekend

Invite a few of your besties for a weekend spent shopping, enjoying the Houston nightlife, getting pampered, and just having some downtime connecting with your girls. Hotel Derek offers a “Summertime Shopping Package” which includes accommodations in The Sky Deluxe, a refreshing cocktail upon your arrival, breakfast to get you going the following morning, and access to complimentary chauffeured car services to nearby points of interest. Take the car on over to Uptown Park and spend a day relaxing at Serente Spa and while the night is still young, you can take the town by storm!

Game Night

During our visit to Hotel Derek, we upgraded our staycation to an official game night. We are fairly competitive and game night is a big deal so you know we went all out. We had delicious food delivered along with bottle service to our Penthouse Suite just to get the party started. Equipped with our favorite game, Taboo, we were all set. As various courses arrived, our guests were able to enjoy lobster tacos, gourmet pizza, a plethora of desserts, and much more. We don’t have to go into details but you already know who won. It is a fun way to get a group of your friends together when you want a change of scenery.

Romantic Getaway

This is a great option to have an exciting weekend with just the two of you. It doesn’t require much planning as Hotel Derek has laid out many options including their new “Float & Flick” where you can have a really cool date night poolside at the SPLASH Pool and Movie Wall (this event occurs the last Friday of each month). And honestly, the rooms are so cozy, you may opt to just spend your time there. There is no rule against actually leaving the room once you arrive.


Urban Swank did receive a complimentary stay at Hotel Derek.

Shanna Jones

Shanna is the co-founder and editor of Urban Swank. She focuses on food and travel.


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