Hotel at a Glance: Hotel Derek
Hotel Derek is Texas with an upscale twist. The name itself is a play on the derrick drilling rig, a nod to Houston’s oil-rich past. Located in the heart of the city’s Uptown neighborhood, this chic hotel is less than half a mile from The Galleria, a sprawling mall with hundreds of brand-name retailers, including Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus, as well as a slew of restaurants.
- Stylish guest rooms: Large windows in spacious superior rooms and lofts overlook uptown or downtown Houston.
- Onsite dining and nightlife: Enjoy drinks and elevated pub far at the sleek Revolve Bar and Kitchen; select options of this getaway include a $20 dining credit per night.
- Take a dip in the onsite pool.
- Nearby attractions: Multiple museums, including The Health Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Houston Zoo; Miller Outdoor Theatre; the Japanese Garden in Hermann Park; Minute Maid Park (home of the Astros)
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.