Hotel at a Glance: Historic Four-Star Downtown Houston Hotel
Everything about the 4-star hotel in Houston is designed to feel exclusive. In addition to luxe accommodations, the hotel offers a slew of complimentary services and amenities, including access to a club living room with free refreshments, yoga kits that can be delivered right to your room, and even chilled, purified bottled water stations on every floor.
- Downtown location a short walk from GreenStreet, the Theater District, museums, and nightlife
- Onsite restaurant: Table 7 Bistro
- In-room amenities: premium bedding, LCD TV, free WiFi, and complimentary fitness kits; kitchenettes in suites and superior rooms
- TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2015
Houston, Texas: Space History, Museums, and World-Class Dining in Nation’s Fourth-Largest City
As the nation’s fourth-largest city by population, Houston has established itself as one of the Gulf Coast’s most thriving cultural hubs. The city has 19 museums covering everything from history to art to science. For art lovers, the Menil Collection—which Frommer’s calls “one of the world’s great private collections”—is a must-see. Here, you’ll browse a wide array of 20th-century art from Jasper Johns, René Magritte, and Andy Warhol, as well as artifacts from Africa and the Pacific Islands.
You could also spend an entire day exploring Houston’s science institutions. When Apollo 13 astronaut Jim Lovell famously stated, “Houston, we have a problem,” he was talking to mission control at Space Center Houston. Here, visitors can tour the historic mission-control room and get a behind-the-scenes look at astronauts training for the International Space Station. Along Houston’s Hermann Park, The Health Museum exhibits a large-scale human body that you can enter to learn about how your organs operate.
For shopping, visit Uptown Park, an outdoor mall that brings to mind an Italian piazza through Romanesque columns, stone fountains, and open-air bistros with strings of twinkling lights. According to a Zagat survey, Houstonians dine out more than anyone else in the country, and this mall offers some of the city’s best eats, from sushi to Spanish tapas to creamy cupcakes.