What lures Diddy, Justin Timberlake, One Direction, the Jonas Brothers & Cameron Diaz to a hotel named after an imaginary British rocker?
The best Houston Super Bowl star-gazing may be at the opulent yet urbane Hotel Derek, just across busy I-610 from the state’s largest mall, the Galleria. The Derek itself is a rock star: sexy, sleek and the place to preen and be seen. Ciara got engaged here -- Instagramming her 15-carat rock -- while Drake is so enraptured he’s rapped about it. So why do they care?
A rolling wardrobe rack and purple calla lilies greeted a superstar who arrived midweek at one of two 1,200-square-foot penthouses. Mid-Century modernists Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams dressed both, as well as TV’s The Good Wife sets, but a shower big enough for six was what enticed Shaquille O’Neal. All 312 rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and sexy snakeskin printed loos. Six concept suites -- with funky fleece chairs and psychedelic wallpaper -- would have Austin Powers exclaiming “Oh, behave!”