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Under the Houston sun: experience Tuscany at Hotel Granduca

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If you've ever seen the 2003 movie, “Under the Tuscan Sun”, if you’re like me, you instantly fell in love with the beauty of Tuscany, Italy through the film’s magnificent depiction and you wanted your own private villa; if so, then you will love Hotel Granduca as a one night stay, a weekend getaway, destination wedding without the travel expense or permanent residence as a local alternative. Nestled in the beautiful Galleria area near Uptown Park, it offers an elegant relaxing atmosphere and complimentary services that will make you feel like royalty, every moment of your stay.

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The hotel is designed to give you an authentic Tuscan villa experience and it does just that and more. The key is to take advantage of all of the amenities it has to offer. Plan a relaxing time, lying pool side in one of the luxurious cabanas, a nice calming swim or chill in the hot spa, all with cocktail service available to you. There are so many experiences to cherish in this brilliantly well thought out recreation of a little piece of Northern, Italy. You will really be blown away with the suites and the exquisite fully equipped full size kitchens in each and every one of them.

Don’t miss out on a soul soothing spa treatment, enjoy some quiet time in the library, a world class dining experience and kick back in the bar area and take in the smooth sounds of live music. If you can’t afford a trip to Tuscany quite yet, no worries, this is one place that will make you feel like you're in Tuscany and forget you never left Houston. And if you’re lucky enough to set up residence as a long stay resident, then please invite me over for afternoon tea; a tradition at Hotel Granduca that puts the icing on an already well made Italian cake. This is indeed one of the best kept secrets of Houston.