Tucked away off of a busy highway and at the edge of a bustling shopping center is Houston’s Italian retreat, Hotel Granduca. Designed to resemble Adalberto Malatesta’s Tuscan villa, this Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel is in a league of its own. Though you wouldn’t expect to find such a Mediterranean destination right in the heart of Houston’s Uptown Park and Galleria districts, it works. The moment you walk into the lobby adorned with hand-painted walls with wood accents, you’ll be transported across the Atlantic and into Tuscany. Located at 1080 Uptown Park Blvd., the luxury Houston hotel is easily accessible to the ritziest neighborhood in town, River Oaks, the shopping Mecca that is the Galleria and just a short drive to Houston’s financial district. Just off Houston’s main drag, the 610 Loop, this urban retreat feels like a world away from it all.