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Houston city guide

Houston's exhilarating combination of laidback cowboy charm, a strong emphasis on the arts, and its thriving business center make it something of an underrated metropolis. The prominent skyline ranks as the third tallest in North America, coupled with architectural styles from Italian Renaissance to space-age chic. Whether you find the ?real? Houston on a pub crawl of the historic Old Town, rifling through the racks on an Upper Kirby shopping spree or blasting out of town to visit NASA, the Texan city welcomes its visitors with enthusiasm and vigor.

Houston Neighborhoods

Museum District

Houston's Museum District lives up to its name, giving the seven million annual visitors more than 16 heritage institutes to browse, among them standouts like the Museum of Fine Arts, Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum and Rothko Chapel. With tree-lined parks and avenues, and an easily navigable center, wandering only enhances the experience.

Downtown: Central Business District and Theater District

Home to the Central Business District, as well as the 17-block Theater District, you can find Houston's working elite, performing arts companies and the city's four professional sports teams, all in the Downtown area. Head to the bars and restaurants of the Main Street Corridor and Preston Station when the sun dips low, or chill out with a frappe from Niko Niko's in Market Square Park.

Uptown: Galleria and River Oaks

Into fine dining and up-scale shopping? Stay uptown (actually to the west of the city center) so you can window-shop the boutiques of River Oaks and the chain stores of The Galleria mall, before settling down for a generous Italian meal at Tony restaurant, a Houston institution. Other dining options include the Mahatma Gandhi District to the southwest of town, where you can savor Indian and Pakistani cuisine.

Things to do

Johnson Space Center

The 45-minute drive out of the city to get to the Johnson Space Center is absolutely time well spent. Visiting NASA's center for human spaceflight training, research and flight control gives visitors young and old the chance to see mission control, view astronaut training activities, and take a tram ride around the history of space travel.

Houston Zoo

You can get a glimpse of more than 6,000 animals at Houston Zoo, but popular activities include feeding the long-tongued giraffes, watching otters frolic underwater or meeting the Texas giant centipede ? the impressive Bug House is a safe, eye-opening experience with insects that requires far more curiosity than bravery.

Minute Maid Park

This is the place to witness the Houston Astros in action. Take a sneak peek behind the scenes with a tour, or catch a baseball game at the 40,000+ capacity venue. And don?t forget to look up other sporting legends like the Houston Rockets, Houston Texans and the Houston Dynamos while you?re in town.

Annual events and festivals

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Beginning in late February, the city's signature event, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo lets you feel the thrill of championship rodeo, along with side events like wine shows and music concerts.

Bayou City Art Festival

Held in the spring and fall, you can find everything from modern mixed-media to traditional print-making at The Bayou City Art Festival, while munching on local foods all day long in Tranquility Park.

Theater District Day

Schedule your trip over the last Sunday in August and you?ll get free backstage passes, costume exhibitions and previews of upcoming shows in and around the city's lively Theater District.


Located 23 miles from Downtown, the George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) is where most travelers touch down. Rail passengers who prefer a more laid-back approach disembark at the station on Washington Avenue. To get around the city, Houston has over 160 miles of dedicated bikeways, and in Downtown Houston, walkers can drop in at restaurants and shops via a seven-mile network of underground pedestrian tunnels and skywalks.

Recently booked Houston hotels

Hotel Last booked Stars Price from
Club Quarters in Houston
17 minutes ago 3 stars $69
JW Marriott Houston
1 hour ago 4 stars $118
Hobby Airport Inn 1 hour ago 3 stars $49
The Houstonian Hotel Club & Spa
5 hours ago 5 stars $167
The Westin Oaks Houston at the Galleria
9 hours ago 4 stars $119
Courtyard Houston Medical Center
Museum District - Reliant Park
10 hours ago 3 stars $109
BEST WESTERN PLUS Westchase Mini-Suites
Energy Corridor
11 hours ago 3 stars $89
Hotel Derek
11 hours ago 4 stars $109
Comfort Inn & Suites Southwest Fwy at Westpark 11 hours ago 3 stars $99
Hilton Americas-Houston
12 hours ago 4 stars $89

Recently Rated Houston Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Hyatt North Houston
3.9 / 5
148 reviews
4 stars $71
Comfort Inn & Suites FM1960-Champions
3.0 / 5
2 reviews
2 stars $89
Club Quarters in Houston
3.8 / 5
343 reviews
3 stars $69
Hotel Derek
3.9 / 5
225 reviews
4 stars $109
Ramada Houston Intercontinental Airport South
2.9 / 5
15 reviews
3 stars $58
La Quinta Inn & Suites Houston Galleria Area
3.6 / 5
115 reviews
3 stars $79
Extended Stay America - Houston - Westchase - Westheimer
Energy Corridor
3.8 / 5
15 reviews
2 stars $89
Hobby Airport Inn
2.3 / 5
17 reviews
3 stars $49
Summit Inn and Suites
Museum District - Reliant Park
2.5 / 5
21 reviews
2 stars $49
Four Points by Sheraton Houston Southwest
3.4 / 5
293 reviews
3 stars $68

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From $74

1 Omni Houston Hotel Westside

4 stars
4.2 / 5 91 reviews

13210 Katy Freeway Map

Rate includes $25 off

Luxury and comfort in an exotic paradiseThe Omni Hotel Houston Westside offers comfort and convenience to all guests traveling for business or leisure. The picturesque setting of the hotel provides... More

Great stay in the energy corridor
If you need to be in West Houston a great stay. The koi fish pond keeps the kiddos happy, room was clean and bed comfy.
Jul 21, 2014
From $49

2 Hobby Airport Inn

3 stars
2.3 / 5 17 reviews

8800 Airport Blvd Map

Complimentary Hobby Airport Shuttle

If youre flying into Houstons William P. Hobby Airport, stay at our Hobby Airport Inn Houston TX airport hotel, just (1) one mile from the airport " or a quick shuttle ride! Our Transportation... More

Not a pleasant journey
It may be due to the crowd of the Independence Day. The hotel got us waited an hour while we arrived 12 in the midnight to check us in, cause they only booked us for one night while we booked 2...
Jul 23, 2014
From $67

3 Hampton Inn Houston-Near The Galleria

3 stars
4.1 / 5 36 reviews

4500 Post Oak Pkwy. Map

Free On The HouseT hot breakfast, Wi-Fi

Experience the comforts of home in the Houston Galleria at the Hampton Inn Houston Galleria Hotel located in the posh Uptown Park district surrounded by upscale shopping and dining. Treat clients... More

The room was fantastic especially for the price. The location was perfect. I loved the bed
Jul 20, 2014
From $69

4 Club Quarters in Houston

3 stars
3.8 / 5 343 reviews

720 Fannin Street Map

Welcoming yet unconventional approaches to accommodations ensure that the Club Quarters in Houston is a unique boutique hotel. Comfort and practicality are in the details, from the de rigueur... More

Good enough
Just needed the room for the night to avoid driving after an event. Room was small but it was suitable for the one night.
Jul 24, 2014
From $71

5 Hyatt North Houston

4 stars
3.9 / 5 148 reviews

425 North Sam Houston Parkway East Map

Bed & Breakfast Package

Charming, cheerful hotel close to George Bush Intercontinental Hyatt North Houston offers comfort and charm in a prime location for business and leisure travelers. The hotel is situated... More

Wont be back
The room was fairly well appointed but the cleanliness was lacking. There are no counter tops in the bathroom. I had to keep my shaving kit in the room and keep going back into the room to get what...
Jul 25, 2014
From $109

6 Hotel Derek

4 stars
3.9 / 5 225 reviews

2525 West Loop South Map

Bold contemporary designs with features like hardwood and black granite floors, exposed pipes, and artwork by Arthur Meyerson ensure that Hotel Derek in Houston has a unique ambience compared with... More

clean-hip-spacious-modern-funky-cool that is my one-word review
Jul 24, 2014
From $79

7 Courtyard by Marriott Houston by The Galleria

3 stars
4.0 / 5 85 reviews

2900 Sage Road Map

Rate includes breakfast

Rising 15 stories into the Houston sky, rooms at the Courtyard by Marriott by The Galleria generally come with horizon views of the bright city lights. Larger suites have separate living areas and... More

weekend out
Ok. Poor access to parking. Pay for breakfast in advance. It's worth it.
Jul 21, 2014
From $119

8 The Westin Oaks Houston at the Galleria

4 stars
3.8 / 5 33 reviews

5011 Westheimer at Post Oak Map

Save 15% on your stay

Luxury Houston hotel adjacent to Galleria Mall, other shopping areas For the guest who is coming to Houston to go shopping, the Westin Oaks Houston is the perfect lodging choice. Conveniently... More

I cant beleive they charge you for WI-Fi
As expensive as it is this hotel, its unbeleivable that we paid 50 dls of WI-FI for 3 days!!!!
Mar 31, 2014
From $68

9 Four Points by Sheraton Houston Southwest

3 stars
3.4 / 5 293 reviews

2828 Southwest Freeway Map

Save 25% on your stay

Sophisticated elements provide comfort as well as style in the Four Points Hotel Houston. Its curved structure blends well with Houston's architecture, while presenting a unique space in the... More

Nice but expected a little more
Hotel was ok. Newer updates in lobby but the rooms were in need of updates. Didn't quite have that "comfortable" feeling. A little disappointed in the overall clean feeling of the room itself. Did...
Jul 22, 2014
From $89

10 Hilton Americas-Houston

4 stars
4.3 / 5 63 reviews

1600 Lamar Map

Book 3 Nights, Get Last Night Free

The Hilton Americas Hotel Houston is a top choice for events, with the city's largest column-free ballrooms and 91,500-square-feet of meeting space. A sparkling lobby features Venetian glass... More

Great for conferences
Had a great time at this hotel. Was right next to any sporting venue and also the conference center. Price wasn't exactly the best.
Jun 12, 2014
From $79

11 Aloft Houston by the Galleria

3 stars
3.7 / 5 47 reviews

5415 Westheimer Road Map

Save 20% on your stay

A funky hotel in the heart of Houston, TexasThe Aloft Houston by the Galleria is a hip hotel located in the high-end Uptown district of Houston, Texas. Located close to many local attractions, this... More

Great short stay
Hotel was perfect for my needs. Staff was excellent. Room was clean and my overall experience was excellent.
Jul 14, 2014
From $62

12 La Quinta Inn Houston Northwest

3 stars
3.4 / 5 88 reviews

11130 Northwest Fwy Map

The La Quinta Inn-Houston Northwest was recently named a 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award winner! NEW! Samsung Flat-panel TVs with 30 channels of HD programming. Easy-access... More

Overnight trip
Staff very nice. Enjoyed my short stay. Clean and quiet.
Jun 16, 2014
From $107

13 Sheraton Suites Houston at the Galleria

4 stars
4.1 / 5 273 reviews

2400 West Loop South Map

Save 20% on your stay

This all-suites hotel ensures that guests get top-notch amenities and services, while enjoying their time at the Sheraton Suites Houston at the Galleria. Refurbished rooms boast Sweet Sleeper beds... More

Sheraton Suites Houston at Galeria
NO free breakfast,NO free breakfast,NO free breakfast,NO free breakfast,NO free breakfast,NO free breakfast,NO free breakfast,NO free breakfast,NO free breakfast,NO free breakfast,NO free...
Jul 22, 2014
From $118

14 JW Marriott Houston

4 stars
4.1 / 5 66 reviews

5150 Westheimer Road Map

Rate includes breakfast

The JW Marriott Hotel Houston's modern design features bold color choices throughout the building, emphasizing the hotel's distinctive architectural details. Meet and mingle with fellow guests in... More

One of my favorite JW's!
Wonderful staff! Very friendly and professional.Awesome appetizers/food for Marriott Award members.Awesome location.It's in the middle of Houston.Not far from most things.
Jun 3, 2014
From $109

15 Courtyard Houston Medical Center

3 stars
4.1 / 5 36 reviews

Houston Medical Center, 7702 Main Street Map

Rate includes breakfast

The New Courtyard by Marriott Houston Medical Center provides greater flexibility and choices for all our guests. This Medical Center/Reliant Park hotel is within minutes to major centers in... More

Great Hotel!
Very clean room! Only real complaint is the lack of free breakfast in the morning, but it isn't even a very big deal. The staff was very helpful.
Jul 15, 2014
From $94

16 Omni Houston Hotel

4 stars
4.0 / 5 61 reviews

Four Riverway Map

Rate includes $25 off

Treat yourself to a plush experience with a stay at the Omni Hotel Houston. Lavishly equipped with beautiful furniture, rooms that boast views out across the neighborhood or the sparkling swimming... More

At least we got breakfast
We were checking in when the staff member told us that there were issues regarding house keeping and so our room wasn't ready. So they offered us free breakfast vouchers for the next day. Overall...
Jun 23, 2014
From $98

17 Hyatt Regency Houston

4 stars
4.0 / 5 116 reviews

1200 Louisiana St Map

Save 10% on your stay

When you first walk in, be sure to step back and take in the beautiful atrium at the Hyatt Regency Houston, which stretches 30 stories up. This is a great spot to sit back and quench your thirst... More

Great for the business trip
Everything either met or exceeded our expectations. The late dinner at Shulas was excellent. The steak was perfectly done. Would use again if visiting.
Jul 19, 2014
From $107

18 Embassy Suites Houston - Near the Galleria

4 stars
3.8 / 5 21 reviews

2911 Sage Road Map

Free cooked-to-order breakfast, Evening Reception

Traveling is about the destination, but it's also about where you stay, and the Embassy Suites Hotel Houston truly embodies the Hilton brand, providing guests with an inspiring venue. Set in the... More

I was looking for something a little special for my birthday, dnt find it:(
Jul 21, 2014
From $58

19 Ramada Houston Intercontinental Airport South

3 stars
2.9 / 5 15 reviews

15350 John F Kennedy Blvd Map

Stay 3, Save 20%

The elegant lobby ambiance welcomes you to a relaxing stay at the Ramada Houston Intercontinental Airport South in Houston, Texas. Our property is conveniently surrounded by major businesses and... More

Ramada South
Would not recommend. Ramada East far superior. Delays in shuttle often Chips on tubs and sinks almost always. Certainly not worst hotel but nothing more than marginal. Not good value
Jul 24, 2014
From $81

20 HYATT house Houston Galleria

3 stars
3.9 / 5 70 reviews

3440 Sage Rd Map

Save 15% on your stay

Cozy and comfortable retreat set in Houston's Uptown DistrictThe HYATT house Houston Galleria offers comfort in a cozy and relaxed atmosphere. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, guests... More

Frisco Dad
Overall was above average, but the location was very convenient.
Jun 15, 2014