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The Lifestyle Hotel of the Year is in Houston: Cool rooms nab a major international award

The Lifestyle Hotel of the Year is in Houston: Cool rooms nab a major international award

Hotel Sorella
Hotel Sorella at CityCentre Courtesy of Gensler
MonnaLisa Bar
Monnalisa bar by the pool Courtesy of Gensler
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Hotel Sorella's Penthouse Suite Courtesy of Hotel Sorella
Hotel Sorella
MonnaLisa Bar
News_Marcy_Houston's most luxurious hotel suites_May 2012_Hotel Sorella Suite_Penthouse Suite

What makes a boutique hotel? Luxurious amenities? A strong sense of style? Maybe it's a little bit of both.

One Houston hotel that seems to have those qualities in spades is Hotel Sorella, the anchor of the ever-expanding CityCentre complex. This month Sorella was named "Lifestyle Hotel of the Year," at the Third Annual Boutique & Lifestyle Hospitality Awards, presented by the Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association trade show.

To be awarded best Lifestyle hotel ( a category for properties with 120 to 400 rooms), Sorella was judged based on its "unique style and design, upscale amenities and food & beverage, personalized customer focus," and more. Hotel Sorella was joined in the winner's circle by Miami's Betsy Hotel, which won Boutique Hotel of the Year and Boutique & Lifestyle Hotel of the Year for its owner, Jonathan Plutzik.

It's not the first recognition for Hotel Sorella. Since it opened in 2009, Sorella has earned a spot on the Condé Nast Gold List — twice — and been named among the best business hotels by Fortune and Wallpaper.