Downtown hotel’s new speakeasy event space unleashes feminine charm

A downtown hotel has unveiled a speakeasy-style event space that is sure to become the setting for many happy occasions. Dubbed Parlor Hideaway, the new private event space is tucked away near the lobby of the C. Baldwin Hotel.

Designed by Kate Rohrer of Philadelphia’s ROHE Creative, Parlor Hideaway is a women-designed space in a hotel named after Charlotte Baldwin Allen, the “mother of Houston” whose legacy enabled her husband, Augustus Chapman Allen, and his brother-in-law, John Kirby Allen, to found Houston in 1836.

Upon entering, a visitor’s eyes will be drawn to the massive 8-foot chandelier and a pink bar. Other elements include custom Victorian millwork and wall paneling with custom botanical wallpaper, a marble fireplace lounge area with scale wingback chairs, and deep leather sofas with custom velor pillows.

“The space was inspired by the traditional speakeasy, but not defined by it,” Rohrer said in a statement. “We wanted the space to tell the story of a woman’s many complexities. Although beautiful on the surface, there is still a soul.

Celebrity chef Chris Cosentino, who oversees the hotel restaurant Rosalie Italian Soul, has created a menu of upscale snacks that complement the champagne and caviar. Choices include Truffle-Talleggio grilled cheese, Baccalao donuts served with Mentaiko aioli, and Jalapeno Arancini poppers, among others.

Unfortunately, the space is not open to the public. Rather than offering it as an alternative to high-end cocktail bars like Bayou & Bottle at the Four Seasons, the C. Baldwin only intends to use the 65-seat space for events.

David H. Henry