Hotel at a Glance: Comfort Inn & Suites Southwest Houston
Comfort Inn & Suites Southwest Houston is located just off the Southwest Freeway, which makes it easy to zip into downtown Houston. The newly renovated hotel boasts an outdoor pool and fitness center stocked with cardio equipment. Large guest rooms are equipped with 32-inch flat-screen TVs, microwaves, refrigerators, and free WiFi.
- Walk to restaurants: The hotel is a short stroll from Indian, Peruvian, Mexican, and fast food restaurants.
- Make your own waffle at the free hot breakfast station, which also includes eggs, meat, fresh fruit, and yogurt.
- Distance from The Galleria shopping center: 4 miles
Houston: 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.