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Groundwork laid for Galleria-area hotel

Interfin Cos. is seeking city approval to construct a 132-room hotel beside Uptown Park, the European-styled retail center at Post Oak and the West Loop.

City documents show plans for a hotel called the Granduca Hotel at 1080 Uptown Park Blvd., to be constructed between the Montebello and Villa d'Este high-rise condominiums, which were developed by Interfin.

Interfin President Giorgio Borlenghi says it is premature to discuss the possible development of a hotel. Interfin is considering a project on that site, but plans have not been finalized, he says.

"We're still in the exploratory stages," Borlenghi says. "We're not ready to start construction yet. We're not ready to move forward.

"We study projects all the time," he says. "Some of them we do; some of them we don't do."

Interfin is on track to complete a previously announced 21,000-square-foot retail addition to Uptown Park by June. Borlenghi is still not ready to release the names of the tenants in that development.

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Groundwork laid for Galleria-area hotel

Interfin Cos. is seeking city approval to construct a 132-room hotel beside Uptown Park, the European-styled retail center at Post Oak and the West Loop.

City documents show plans for a hotel called the Granduca Hotel at 1080 Uptown Park Blvd., to be constructed between the Montebello and Villa d'Este high-rise condominiums, which were developed by Interfin.

Interfin President Giorgio Borlenghi says it is premature to discuss the possible development of a hotel. Interfin is considering a project on that site, but plans have not been finalized, he says.

"We're still in the exploratory stages," Borlenghi says. "We're not ready to start construction yet. We're not ready to move forward.

"We study projects all the time," he says. "Some of them we do; some of them we don't do."

Interfin is on track to complete a previously announced 21,000-square-foot retail addition to Uptown Park by June. Borlenghi is still not ready to release the names of the tenants in that development.

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Does anyone know where that expansion of Uptown Park retail center is gonna happen? Is it across the street on Uptown Blvd? I remember there is an empty lot there.

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There's nothing but solid real estate to work with around Uptown Park. I hope the developers do a good job of incorporating these new projects with the rest of the area. I realize that some people don't like the faux urbanity of Uptown Park but I like the project and think it's a step in the right direction from your typical strip mall thinking.

Baby steps.

:D

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Giorgio Borlenghi, the real estate developer that created an upscale housing and shopping community just off the West Loop, is taking his chances on a new project for the city: a luxury extended-stay hotel.

The new hotel, called Granduca, is being built on the grounds of Uptown Park where Borlenghi has developed two condominium towers and an outdoor retail center that he sold last week for $69 million.

Read article here... http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/business/3215954

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June 8, 2005, 6:15AM

INNOVATION

Developer gambles on residential hotel

Granduca designed for high-end guests on extended visits

By NANCY SARNOFF

Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle

Giorgio Borlenghi, the real estate developer that created an upscale housing and shopping community just off the West Loop, is taking his chances on a new project for the city: a luxury extended-stay hotel.

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The new hotel, called Granduca, is being built on the grounds of Uptown Park where Borlenghi has developed two condominium towers and an outdoor retail center that he sold last week for $69 million.

With six stories and 132 rooms, the hotel will be small compared to other properties in the area. And there won't be a restaurant or any huge ballrooms there. Borlenghi said that's to give the guests more privacy.

Italian-born Borlenghi, head of Houston-based Interfin Cos., said the model for Granduca is based on a common European concept called a "residential hotel" where guests typically stay a week or longer.

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Wow. I check out the link, and the video that's on there. Seems like this going to be a great addition to uptown galleria. And the music on the website is grand, soft melody music. It reminds me of a romantic scene in a movie.

I can't wait until this grand palace to open it's doors in Autumn of 2006.

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memorial park does go past I-610 to the west for a little bit. It's not really used for recreation activity, it just can't be developed as part of the agreement with the city and the original owner of the parkland.

The hotel looks great. Uptown Park is really coming into its own.

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Will this be a 5 star hotel?

Apparently not. The website says it "will have many features of a 5-star hotel", although for all we know they could be referring to towels and matresses.

Doesn't that website come off as a bit over-the-top, with the "Palace of the Grand Duke" busines etc? Somehow I picture it being narrated by someone like Ricardo Montalban.

What does everybody think about the residential hotel concept? Do you think it will work here?

Seems like an idea that would work well. There are already plenty of Residence Inns around, and this is basically just a luxury version. Both the Plaza and Warwick hotels started with the same concept.

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Apparently not.  The website says it "will have many features of a 5-star hotel", although for all we know they could be referring to towels and matresses. 

Doesn't that website come off as a bit over-the-top, with the "Palace of the Grand Duke" busines etc?  Somehow I picture it being narrated by someone like Ricardo Montalban. 

Seems like an idea that would work well.  There are already plenty of Residence Inns around, and this is basically just a luxury version.  Both the Plaza and Warwick hotels started with the same concept.

Bad idea. Hotel development is for Hoteliers. This is not a business in which you should dabble.

If you don't believe me, as the guys at ICON.

Bad idea.

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I think this is under construction. Perhaps someone could get closer and actually check it out. I saw it while I was getting some construction pics of seven riverway (post in a few days). I may try and check the site again.

BTW what I saw appeared to already be around two stories. Is there something else in that area, behind uptown park between montebello and ville d'este/

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*winces slightly*

The rendering looks like an italianate version of the Calais. This is better, but, I still shudder at the resemblance.

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I think this is under construction.  Perhaps someone could get closer and actually check it out.  I saw it while I was getting some construction pics of seven riverway (post in a few days).  I may try and check the site again.

BTW what I saw appeared to already be around two stories.  Is there something else in that area, behind uptown park between montebello and ville d'este/

Yeah it already going up. Went by while at Uptown Park Friday.

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Look at this one they built in Italy. I like it 100% better. Its more class and less..... less...... "Mexico Style."

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Have you actually seen the real thing (the Houston one)? I will note that I have not seen it recently, but it seems odd that we are judging it based on renderings when I believe it is nearing completion.

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Have you actually seen the real thing (the Houston one)? I will note that I have not seen it recently, but it seems odd that we are judging it based on renderings when I believe it is nearing completion.

I was thinking that to. That is a really bad rendering and the real one can't possibly look like its been colored.

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Have you actually seen the real thing (the Houston one)? I will note that I have not seen it recently, but it seems odd that we are judging it based on renderings when I believe it is nearing completion.

I've seen it many times from the West Loop. It just isn't my style.

Neither is Citykid's Italian alternative, however. I live in Houston. I could care less about attempting to imitate architectural styles. All I want to see is some originality.

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Look at this one they built in Italy. I like it 100% better. Its more class and less..... less...... "Mexico Style."

overview2.jpg

You're talking apples and oranges here. The "Granduca" (it's hard to write that without getting a bit ill) isn't meant to be a true luxury hotel or resort. It's just a hotel using fairly standard construction and design that is meant to serve visitors to the Galleria. Think of it as "luxury" marketing applied to a standard "suites" hotel, and you get the picture.

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I don't like the building, it looks kind of ugly to me.

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I was in Houston today and I went by the Hotel. It looks really nice and fits in with the uptown park area. For some reason some stuff in Houston looks better in person than in pictures.

I also thought about going into one of the condo buildings right by Uptown Park but did not know how to go about doing so. I wanted to see how the condos looked inside and everything else. I wonder do they have a model condo for viewing?

I think it was Montebello.

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I also passed through Highland Village Also and notice that a lot of places have closed there. Do any of you know why?

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so has anyone gone to visit this hotel?

it's ok. there is no kitchen in this hotel as it's kind of expected for you to order from nearby venues in uptown park, but they have a relationship with them so if u want to order something they can bring it for you, which i think is pretty cool B)

the units are spacious, and the closets are HUGE, lol. which would make sence since it is a hotel. however, i don't really like the millwork that is being used. fixtures are decent also. the 'kitchen' area has a sink and microwave, that's laid out nicely. if u get one of the inner rooms facing inward to the unit u can see the pool, which is pretty big! the millwork and columns are all faux. i wasn't all impressed, but it's not bad either :) maybe later on they'll do some sort of covered parking???????

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