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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
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Houston Medical Center/Reliant Park
Museum District - Reliant Park
20 minutes ago 3 stars $89
Hampton Inn Houston-Near The Galleria
36 minutes ago 3 stars $67
The Houstonian Hotel Club & Spa
1 hour ago 5 stars $167
Club Quarters in Houston
3 hours ago 3 stars $79
Four Points by Sheraton Houston Southwest 7 hours ago 3 stars $68
Hilton Houston Post Oak
8 hours ago 4 stars $99
11 hours ago 3 stars $90
Aloft Houston by the Galleria
12 hours ago 3 stars $89
Hyatt North Houston 12 hours ago 4 stars $71
Sheraton Suites Houston at the Galleria
13 hours ago 4 stars $79

Recently Rated Houston Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Hobby Airport Inn
2.1 / 5
10 reviews
3 stars $49
Hyatt North Houston
3.9 / 5
144 reviews
4 stars $71
Howard Johnson Houston
3.3 / 5
163 reviews
2 stars $47
Embassy Suites Houston - Near the Galleria
3.8 / 5
20 reviews
4 stars $98
Hotel Derek
3.9 / 5
223 reviews
4 stars $99
Houston Marriott South at Hobby Airport
4.1 / 5
88 reviews
3 stars $79
Americas Best Value Inn
Museum District - Reliant Park
2.7 / 5
35 reviews
2 stars $64
Sun Suites of Westchase, Houston
Energy Corridor
1.8 / 5
31 reviews
2 stars $60
La Quinta Inn & Suites Houston Bush IAH South
4.0 / 5
99 reviews
3 stars $69
Howard Johnson Houston NASA-Clearlake
2.8 / 5
31 reviews
2 stars $63

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From $79

1 Sheraton Suites Houston at the Galleria

4 stars
4.1 / 5 271 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

Nice, but some problems.
The location is fine. Everything in Houston involves a car, so that's to be expected. It's a nice enough hotel, but there were some rough finishes in the room despite their claim that it was just...
Jun 23, 2014
From $67

2 Hampton Inn Houston-Near The Galleria

3 stars
4.1 / 5 33 reviews

4500 Post Oak Pkwy. Map

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

Great for its star rating
We stayed at this hotel for one night as a family of two adults, one first-grader, and a baby. We chose this hotel based on location, reviews, and the price. The room was comfortable and clean and...
May 31, 2014
From $90


3 stars
4.3 / 5 104 reviews


Innovation as standard This trendy hotel is located in the center of Houston's renowned Galleria district and it sits in an ideal location for exploring the cultural heart of the city. Facilities... More

Great location
Nice hotel and fantastic location. No pool or exercise facility.
May 27, 2014
From $104

4 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 $118

5 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 $49

6 Hobby Airport Inn

3 stars
2.1 / 5 10 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

A bad choice
Room was on second floor ..had flying bugs.. no place to park my car.. Front door was jammed so had to push hard to open it. Flickering bathroom lights. I was really tired and need to stay for only...
Jul 8, 2014
From $119

7 The Westin Galleria Houston

4 stars
4.2 / 5 51 reviews

5060 West Alabama Map

Save 15% on your stay

Bright light filters through floor-to-ceiling windows inside the Parlor Suites at The Westin Galleria Houston, while Traditional Rooms are adorned with cherry wood tones, and the Luxury Suites... More

Great time, food and accommodation.
very well located, near galleria. I will recommend this hotel to my friends.
Jun 2, 2014
From $87

8 Courtyard by Marriott Houston by The Galleria

3 stars
4.0 / 5 83 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

Amazing Stay
This hotel is in an EXTREMELY convenient location and within walking distance to luxury shopping at the Galleria, it's a 5-10 minute drive to Lakewood Church, there are many exquisite restaurants...
Jun 18, 2014
From $99

9 Drury Inn & Suites Houston Galleria

3 stars
4.0 / 5 82 reviews

1615 West Loop South Map

The Extras Aren't Extra at Drury Hotels. Your great rate includes FREE hot food and cold beverages at our 5:30 Kickback. FREE hot breakfast, FREE wireless Internet access and FREE long distance.... More

Great hotel for the price
Very clean, up-to-date facility. One of the few hotels near the Galleria with free parking. Staff was universally helpful. Breakfast was nicer than most at this price point (still not exactly...
Mar 3, 2014
From $92

10 DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Houston by the Galleria

3 stars
4.1 / 5 59 reviews

5353 Westheimer Road Map

Bed and Breakfast - includes breakfast

Luxury and comfort abound in this Houston hotel near the Galleria area DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Houston by the Galleria provides comfort and elegance in the heart of Houston's... More

Good Stay!
Great stay ! Comfortable bed & very spacious room! We got the king kitchen suite w/ living room ! The only thing I didn't like was the mobile shower water was pretty much all over the floor but...
Feb 23, 2014
From $71

11 Hyatt North Houston

4 stars
3.9 / 5 144 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

Very nice place
From our first contact with the bellman to our departure we throughly enjoyed this hotel.
Jul 8, 2014

12 JW Marriott Houston Downtown

5 stars
Not yet reviewed

806 Main Street Map

Rate Includes Breakfast

As the fourth largest city in America, Houston hums with energy and resonates with independent spirit, history and culture. In the midst of this urban buzz, the new JW Marriott Houston Downtown... More

From $103

13 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 $87

14 Houston Marriott West Loop by The Galleria

3 stars
3.9 / 5 40 reviews

1750 West Loop South Map

Rate includes breakfast

Our stylish hotel in Houston, TX, the Houston Marriott West Loop by the Galleria, welcomes you with contemporary décor, outstanding amenities, and signature Marriott service. Enjoy a vibrant... More

Great location+great staff=great place to stay!
Couldn't have asked for more for the value. Only wish I'd had more time to take advantage of the fitness center and othe amenities.
Jun 10, 2014
From $98

15 Homewood Suites by Hilton Houston Near the Galleria

3 stars
4.3 / 5 27 reviews

2950 Sage Road Map

Escape to your high-rise home in Houston GalleriaAdmire city views from our Homewood Suites by Hilton® Houston near the Galleria hotel. Our award-winning, high-rise hotel is across the street from... More

Awesome after surgery
I stayed here for 5 days after having a very extensive surgical procedure. The staff was great! They were so kind... Some of the staff members actually hugged my friend and I as we left. The best...
Jun 11, 2014
From $239

16 ZaZa Houston

4 stars
4.4 / 5 53 reviews

5701 Main st. Map

Luxury, comfort and convenience in a cultural settingThis AAA Four Diamond boutique hotel provides comfort and convenience. Situated in the downtown cultural area of Houston, the Hotel ZaZa Houston... More

Favorite Hotel in Houston
I cannot recommend the ZaZa highly enough. It is my second time here in five years. There has been no drop in quality, cleanliness, decor or hip-ness of this hotel during that time. Great location...
Dec 20, 2013
From $99

17 Hilton Houston Post Oak

4 stars
3.7 / 5 63 reviews

2001 Post Oak Blvd. Map

Rate includes Breakfast

Classic details and sophisticated style give the Hilton Post Oak Hotel Houston its character.  Emphasis on glass features comes from the imagination of renowned architect, I.M. Pei - archways... More

Great hotel, great location!
The hotel is large, spacious and is perfectly located, near the Galleria, restaurants, and very close to freeways that make all areas of Houston accessible. Just so you are not surprised: parking...
Jun 23, 2014
From $129

18 Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston

4 stars
3.7 / 5 47 reviews

2222 West Loop South Map

The Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston a 4 diamond hotel offers 485 well-appointed guest rooms. 24-hour fitness center- roof top swimming pool- business center- restaurant- lounge and fifty thousand... More

Pageant getaway
Over Crowd long line to check in and then I had to come back after 5. The elevator was a long line plus the all of them was very hot. The room was nice but the wall are very thin.....
Jun 18, 2014
From $85

19 La Quinta Inn & Suites Houston Galleria Area

3 stars
3.6 / 5 113 reviews

1625 West Loop South Map

Not many hotels in the Houston Galleria area offer spacious, clean and comfortable accommodations at such affordable rates as La Quinta Inn & Suites. Take a breather from the hustle and bustle... More

Good Value at Great Location
This is the hotel I have stayed many time when visiting Houston. It is right in the Galleria area, and very close to I610, convenient for my purpose. It has all the adequate amenities, and free...
Jun 23, 2014
From $93

20 Hilton Garden Inn Houston/Galleria Area

3 stars
4.1 / 5 31 reviews

3201 Sage Road Map

The Hilton Garden Inn Houston/Galleria Area hotel is located in the heart of Uptown District just a few steps away from the world-renowned Galleria Shopping Mall, the city's most cosmopolitan area... More

Super staff and room
I had eye sugery and went straight to hotel afterwards. I asked the young lady at front desk if i could get several extra pillows sent to room as i had to sleep sitting up that night. They brought...
Mar 30, 2014