Hotel at a Glance: Sheraton Suites Houston Near The Galleria
With flat-screen LCD TVs and free WiFi in all 281 guest suites—not to mention an outdoor pool and whirlpool—the multilingual staff at Sheraton Suites Houston knows it might be hard to leave. It's with this hardship in mind that the team organizes complimentary shuttle rides to The Galleria, whose dramatic architecture and 2.4 million square feet host 400 shops and restaurants. Back at the hotel, adults say cheers at the Social Hour wine tastings, which take place three times per week.
- New American cuisine: Indulge in pan-seared diver scallops or an 18-ounce bone-in rib eye at the onsite restaurant, Sage.
- Eco-friendly hotel: The Sheraton has been deemed a GreenLeader by TripAdvisor.
- 24-hour fitness center with custom workouts designed to beat jet lag or reenergize after a day of sitting
- A day in the park: Stop by Hermann Park and visit the Houston Museum of Natural Science or the historic Miller Outdoor Theatre.
- Lions, tigers, and bears all have a home at the Houston Zoo, where kids can get up close to a variety of beasts at the specialized children's area.
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.