Hotel ZaZa is right at home in Houston’s Museum District, where its themed suites—not for minimalists—are as elaborate as any show in the nearby galleries. If you book the Rock Star Suite, expect all leopard print and mirrored walls. The Tycoon Suite has a trophy-size hundred-dollar bill mounted in the living room, and the West Indies Room feels like an island retreat. For all its eccentricities, the hotel never pushes quirk over quality. All the rooms have Italian linens, waterfall showerheads, and candlelight turndown service. The complimentary Magic Car Service will drive you to the best spots in the neighborhood, and ZaSpa has a fantastic infrared sauna. Plus, the outdoor pool is great for cooling down from the heat, and the bar’s DJ spins a great set. The eclectic sense of humor is just a bonus.

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