Hotel Alessandra

by Rottet Studio


Project Size: 17490.9482 square meters
Budget: Confidential

Hotel Alessandra is personified as the eldest of three European-born sisters—she is glamorous, refined and well-traveled with an unmistakable sensuality and sense of style. Her Houston incarnation thrives as a transplant in a city that welcomes newcomers from every conceivable background and offers charming contrasts of polish and carefree eccentricity at every turn. Alessandra is a contemporary reinterpretation of Old World elegance, grandeur and European charm.

A lean, contemporary jigsaw of planes and glass, the exterior creates an element of mystery for what lies within Hotel Alessandra’s modern shell. The interior architecture is devoid of any true old world details as it is a contemporary statement about the grandeur of arches, tall ceilings and architectural volumes. The experience begins in an intimate, soaring lobby anchored by a marble grand staircase surrounded by sepia mirrored walls, stone floors and floating groin vault ceilings. First introduced here, a color scheme of white, graphite, gold and jade is repeated subtly throughout the property. Surrounding the entry vestibule are the second story public spaces including Bar Bardot, Lucienne Restaurant and reception area with niche seating, mirrored wall elements and back-lit knife edge ceiling which offers dramatic affects upon arrival. Behind the reception desk is a captivating piece by Reinhard Görner which sets the tone for the guests’ stay—it is intimate, profound and mysterious, like Alessandra herself.

The design approach was to create a modern space that referenced the past authentically without trying to deceive the guest. Classical architectural elements appear in new forms as if they are plaster castings of the historical structure. Groin and barrel vaults are seen floating throughout, free of visible structural mechanisms, as the forms were carefully dissolved and cut to define and organize the spaces of the hotel, magnified by light to ensure the truth is revealed and celebrated.


Rottet Studio is an international architecture and design firm with an extensive portfolio of corporate, hospitality, residential and maritime projects for the world’s leading companies and brands. In the last decade, Founder Lauren Rottet, FAIA, FIIDA has developed Rottet Studio into one of the finest interior design practices in the United States, which is consistently ranked among the corporate and hospitality Top 100 Design Giants by Interior Design magazine and was recently recognized as one of the Top 3 Most Admired Design Firms in the World by Interior Design magazine.

The WBE-certified firm boasts more than 60 million square feet of built design and a vast array of award-winning projects and furniture designs. The firm’s principals have worked together for over 35 years offering a broad range of services including architecture and interior design, furniture design, graphic design, product design, branding and art selection.
Rottet Studio is known in the marketplace as innovators, not followers. Reflecting a desire to improve the human experience through the built environment.

Rottet Studio provides innovative architectural solutions characterized by precise attention to detail with a direct response to the client’s brand and project goals. Through thoughtful design, we deliver environments that not only satisfy our clients’ needs, but allow them to achieve a level of enjoyment and success beyond their expectations because we create more efficient, less expensive, healthier, and in the long run, much better investments through timeless sustainable design.