Hotel at a Glance: Holiday Inn Express & Suites West Road Houston
This Holiday Inn Express & Suites is designed for your convenience—the business center is open 24 hours a day, there are plenty of free amenities for tired travelers, and it’s located just off Beltway 8. Each of the hotel’s spacious and contemporary guest rooms provides a comfy place to stay when visiting downtown Houston, 18 miles away. You’ll be close to the city’s up-and-coming restaurant scene, the Sam Houston Race Park, several golf courses, shopping centers, and the Astrodome.
- Free hot breakfast bar with eggs, meat, cinnamon buns, pastries, and cereal
- Make a splash in the outdoor pool.
- Get your heart rate up in the onsite fitness center, where you’ll find weight machines, treadmills, and ellipticals.
- Complimentary manager’s reception: On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evening, you can enjoy beer, wine, and appetizers.
- Stay connected with free in-room WiFi and a 37-inch flat-screen TV.
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.