Luxury Speakeasy Opens at Downtown Houston Hotel

Although the C. Baldwin hotel opened downtown a few years ago, the debut of its new speakeasy is likely to grant the destination location plenty of fresh eyes — and guests. Parlor Hideaway is a chic, sophisticated space with elegant feminine touches and a contemporary-yet-classic vibe. It is accessed via a secret door near the Lobby Bar, and serves as an exclusive private event space that accommodates up to 65 guests for occasions such as personal parties, corporate events and other celebrations.

Event hosts and their guests will be privy to an exclusive cocktail and catering menu developed by celebrity chef Chris Cosentino, who is the original talent behind Rosalie Italian Soul, the hotel’s existing restaurant. Highlights include luxury caviar servicea premium cocktail and champagne menu and plated dishes such as Truffle-Talleggio Grilled CheeseBacalao Fritters (salted cod) served with Mentaiko Aioli (spicy cured pollack roe), and jalapeño Arancini Poppers† All this can be enjoyed beneath the custom-designed eight-foot diameter crystal chandelier in the center of the room.

Parlor Hideaway bar area
The bar area of ​​Parlor Hideaway, the speakeasy at the C. Baldwin Hotel. Photo by Julie Soefer.

Charlotte Baldwin Allen is both the hotel’s namesake and Parlor Hideaway’s design inspiration — along with women in general. “The space was inspired by the traditional speakeasy, but not defined by it,” said its award-winning designer Kate Rohrer, of Philadelphia’s ROHE Creative† “We wanted the space to tell the story of a woman’s many complexities. While beautiful on the surface, there is always a soul.” The room’s foundation includes a pink bar, jade green artwork and marble fireplace lounge area with numerous custom elements: Victorian millwork, botanical wallpaper and velvet pillows.

“C. Baldwin represents the best of what downtown Houston has become, and the new Parlor Hideaway continues that narrative,” said Chris Niederschulte, General Manager of C. Baldwin. “We created an intriguing event space unlike anything else Houston has to offer, and we are thrilled to open our doors.”

Reservations are accepted daily, and can be made by emailing the events contact


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