by Sarah J.F. Braley | October 01, 2006

Suites at the Hotel Zaza in Dallas


Clockwise from top left
at the Hotel Zaza, Dallas:
Red Shoes, Crouching Tiger,
Rock Star and Raven

In designing your own hotel, where would your fancy take you? You might follow the lead of Charlie Givens, developer of the 150-room Hotel Zaza in Dallas and the 315-room Zaza coming to Houston in December, who takes great joy in naming and decorating his suites.

Where Givens really shines is in his hotels’ Magnificent Seven enclaves. The Houston property’s seven over-the-top themed suites include Rock Star, a three-bedroom sanctuary with a private elevator from the restaurant, and Tycoon, a huge Texas-style layout with a little guest suite called Outlaw. The Dallas hotel offers the exotic Crouching Tiger, the romantic Dangerous Beauty and the very red Last Czar.

The Houston hotel will offer more meeting space than in Dallas (18,000 square feet of space vs. 4,000). In Houston, the Givens touch will be evident in the Phantom Ballroom, seating 500 for dinner. Its d}cor will be “Phantom of the Opera meets Cirque du Soleil meets Versace,” he promises. The boardroom, with a “Wall Streety” look, will be known as the Negotiator; anther breakout will be called A Room With a View.

Creative juices are sure to flow in the Kitchen of the Mind, a meeting room with a full kitchen and a 42-foot-long table under a rack filled with pots, tricycles, rubber chickens and “anything I can find that makes people think,” says Givens. “My concept is that great inventors often seem to come up with ideas at the kitchen table.”