Hotel at a Glance: Crowne Plaza Northwest Houston
From this award-winning hotel, it’s just a 15-minute drive to reach downtown Houston or the Galleria mall uptown. The hotel’s convenient location also puts you within easy reach of dozens of restaurants and some championship golf courses. After exploring the city, you’ll return to a guest room that features custom bedding and free WiFi.
- Remington’s Bar & Grill, the onsite restaurant, serves Texas-style rib eye and lemon-pepper-infused salmon; head down bright and early for the buffet breakfast.
- Take a dip in the hotel’s pool and hot tub.
- Grab a drink at the onsite lounge, where you can shoot pool and watch sports on big-screen TVs; outdoor seating is available.
- A local shuttle can be scheduled to take guests to shopping, dining, and entertainment venues within a 5-mile radius.
- Recent recognition: TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence in 2014
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.