Hotel Vesper mixes it up with Houston roots and Parisian flair

Located in the heart of Houston, Hotel Vesper underwent a transformative redesign led by Pixel Design Collaborative. The client, Driftwood Hospitality Management, sought to reposition the hotel as a boutique lifestyle destination, offering guests an unforgettable experience that celebrates both style and substance…

checked floor with pink sofa in the lobby at Hotel Vesper

Pixel Design Collaborative worked on the public spaces and guestrooms of Hotel Vesper to blend timeless elegance with modern luxury in spaces that transition seamlessly from day to night. The design narrative was based on the fictional persona named ‘Vesper’– a figure Pixel Design Collaborative determined has Houston roots and Parisian flair, evoking a sense of feminine mystique and sophistication throughout the hotel. The personality positioned the design to reflect a style that is a bit enigmatic, yet still welcoming and comfortable.

patterned blue wallpaper and arched blue entrance at Hotel Vesper

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The hotel’s proximity to the Galleria, one of the most premier shopping locations in the region, inspired elements of fashion and luxury throughout the design narrative, adding a distinctive charm to the space and reflecting the vibrant culture of the surrounding area. A grand entrance, painted in a garnet hue, welcomes guests into a space adorned with intricate chandeliers and plush furnishings, setting the tone for the hotel’s refined ambiance. Moving into the reception area, antique mirrors and jewel-like accents create an inviting atmosphere, reflecting the hotel’s commitment to hospitality and comfort.

Over in the Cache Cocktail lounge, vibrant wallcoverings and rich textures offer guests a culinary haven and intimate refuge, respectively. Throughout the design process, the Pixel team remained focused on the guest experience. With this in mind, they intentionally chose to keep the daytime-focused café open and visually accessible to guests, while the private bar is more moody, set behind a door with a glass screen that provides a hint of light from the bar in the lobby for a more intimate setting. Inspired by the beauty of nature, the space features an opulent bar with ample seating, along with high-contrast flora and fauna-themed furnishings and art throughout.

teal blue with orange accents in the bar at hotel vesper

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Bold hues and sumptuous textures create a sanctuary of comfort and relaxation in the guest rooms without sacrificing the luxurious mood set by the public space, with bespoke custom furnishings elevating the space to new heights. Notable brands such as Renwil, Soho, and Paul+ dress the space and further dignify the design aesthetic. Minimalist design and luxurious amenities in the wellness centre provide a tranquil oasis for guests to escape and rejuvenate.

fan headboard and table detail in hotel guestroom

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Hotel Vesper stands as a testament to Pixel Design Collaborative’s commitment to creating immersive and memorable experiences. With its fusion of elegance, functionality, and local influence, the hotel invites guests to embark on a journey of indulgence and discovery, promising an unforgettable stay in the heart of Houston’s vibrant landscape.

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