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About Houston

This city may be largely built on oil and gas wealth but it also has a relaxed, laidback, fun attitude to life. Barbecues, rodeos, jeans and pick-up trucks are as much what it's about as flashy cars and skyscrapers. There's a great food scene, a nationally renowned arts scene and an amazing number of green spaces for a metropolis that is also America's fourth-largest city. And it's big: it covers a larger area than New Jersey. The whole city is renowned for its wealth of eating-out choices, plus cutting-edge chefs and even culinary tours that take in taco trucks and ethinc markets. As for nightlife, head to Washington Avenue; very cool, very where it's at. Our choice of the best places to stay in Houston allow you to make the most of the city's attractions.

What Not To Miss

  • A good place to get a sense of the city is from the Chase Tower's 'sky lobby', the highest tower in Texas.
  • Then you could explore the Museum District where around 18 different attractions vie for your attention. From the Museum of Fine Arts and the Holocaust Museum to the avant-garde Art Car Museum.
  • The Downtown area is arts central, home to nationally recognised ballet, opera, theatre and symphony companies.
  • Other unique attractions include the Rothko Chapel with huge paintings by the American abstract expressionist and an Underground tunnel tour in the Downtown area. Some of the finest buildings are in the historic Heights area while the Montrose district has some cute and quirky shops and eateries.
  • Don't forget that two of the city's most famous attractions – NASA's Space Center Houston in Clear Lake and Galveston Island – are a 45-minute drive outside the city.
  • When you want to chill out the city has over 650 green spaces including Memorial Park whose 1500 acres include a pool, hiking trails and tennis courts as well as a farmers' market.

Our pick of the best places to stay in Houston is ideally located downtown, so perfect for sightseeing, shopping, bars and restaurants.

The best places to stay in Houston

For Downtown Houston

  • With a pool, spa, rooftop bar and Italian restaurant, plus bikes to rent, the Hotel Sorella ticks plenty of boxes and is close to shops and the sights. Rooms are sleek, modern and airy with great city views.

For an apartment

  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option this holiday - don't hesitate to visit our online partner Booking.com for a great selection of centrally-located properties, ideal for exploring all the city has to offer.

Travel Information

  • Fly to George Bush Intercontinental Airport located 32km (20 miles) from Houston with a wide selection of flights across both the U.S and Internationally.
  • Alternatively, Houston is on the Sunset Limited line Amtrak rail route.
  • If you want to rent a car to visit all of Houston's sights and beyond - for prices visit our online partner,Rentalcars
  • Best time to visit - the Autumn from September to November provides pleasant temperatures for exploring the city.

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Best Hotels in Houston

  • Sara's Inn Houston (Texas) 15 rooms from £69

    Local exploring  -  Historically, the area is known for its diverse turn-of-the-century architecture with Colonial Revival and Queen Anne influences
    Value chic  -  Beautifully decorated rooms at a great price
    Sights nearby  -  Only 4 miles from downtown Houston but more locally, explore the historic 19th street which has an eclectic collection of shops
    Romantic  -  With its lavishly designed rooms and suites, this is a good romantic hideaway

    An affordable, themed boutique B&B situated in the heart of the historic area of Houston Heights. Eclectic, victorian and western-style rooms with traditional wooden beds and fantastically bold wallpapers. Delicious breakfast range from pancakes to fresh fruit. A truly unforgettable stay! See More

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  • The Sam Houston by Hilton Houston 100 rooms from £121

    Families  -  Family packages are offered making this a great option for those travelling with children
    Local exploring  -  Ideally located in downtown Houston near the city's Theater District and Minute Maid Park
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
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    A slick operation ideally located in Downtown Houston. Contemporary rooms are simply designed with a touch of Texan style seen in the cow skin print cushions. The award-winning Pearl restaurant serves up regional cuisine alongside an excellent wine list. See More

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  • Lancaster Hotel Downtown Houston 93 rooms from £162

    Local exploring  -  Perfect for theatre goers - within walking distince to award-winning threatres such as Jones Hall and the Alley Theater
    Restaurant  -  The restaurant, Cultivated F+B, serves Contemporary American Fine Dining

    The only luxury hotel located in the famous Theatre district of Houston. Rooms are elegant with Carrera tiled marble bathrooms and Bulgari bath products. There is a super modern art collection and the restaurant serves delicious contemporary dishes. The perfect stay for arts and culture fanatics. See More

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  • Hotel ZaZa Houston Memorial City Houston (Memorial City) 159 rooms from £163

    Romantic Break  -  Ideal for a romantic getaway, with sultry room decor, plush Egyptian cotton linens and couples services in the spa
    City Style  -  Stylish and trendy with a bold aesthetic and original artworks throughout
    Sights nearby  -  A short journey from Houston Zoo and the Downtown Aquarium, or the Bear Creek Pioneers Park
    Restaurant  -  The Tipping Point Restaurant and Terrace specialises in seafood and steak dishes
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    An ultra stylish retreat boasting a range of conceptual rooms and suites, spanning a raft of aesthetic flavours and themes, just outside of the city centre. Ideal for couples, with a glamourous and romantic restaurant and spa boasting a range of couples treatments. See More

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  • The Moran Houston (Texas) 244 rooms from £183

    Tennis  -  Is nearby for all.
    Sights nearby  -  Moody Gardens.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
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    This lively Westside Houston hotel has a pool and spa. Vast rooms with ceiling-to-floor windows, all the mod-cons and modern bathrooms. Radio Milano offers Italian dishes and crafted cocktails. By night a hotspot with in-house Monnalisa by the pool, and by day relax with a spa day or exploring. See More

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  • Hotel Zaza Museum District Houston (Texas) 314 rooms from £187

    Families  -  Spacious rooms and great access to sights such as the Houston Zoo, Houston Aquarium, and the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
    Local exploring  -  The hotel is perfectly located in the Museum District which has 19 museums
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the NGR- Americas largest and most versatile complex, able to host large exhibitions, concerts and sporting events
    Views  -  Rooms have delightful views of the Museum of Fine Arts and the Mecom Fountain
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    A hip boutique hotel, right in the heart of the Museum District. Themed rooms range from Parisian extravagance to Rock Star and feature funky artwork and rain forest showers. Indulge in the spa or lounge by the pool. Spend evenings feasting on a signature lobster roll while sipping a cocktail. See More

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  • The Whitehall Houston 259 rooms from £191

    Business meetings  -  One of the city's most popular hotels for meetings & events - there is 12,000 sq ft of flexible spaces that seat up to 400
    Short break  -  Great base if you're nipping into the city for an event or function with its good location, pool and dining options
    Restaurant  -  There's a coffee shop, casual southern Tex-Mex restaurant and atmospheric courtyard restaurant with live-music and cocktails
    Great walks  -  1km from the hotel is the spacious urban Eleanor Tinsley Park with trails, lawns for lounging and scenic skyline views
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    Business-orientated downtown hotel. The mid-century tower dates from the 1960s but has a light-filled contemporary feel. Traditional rooms channel an antique vibe with wooden floors & reproduction furniture. Enjoy three restaurants, including lively outdoor dining, city-view outdoor pool & terrace. See More

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  • Hotel Granduca Houston (Texas) 122 rooms from £199

    Local exploring  -  Located in the trendy area of Uptown District, the hotel is within walking distance to lovely parks, restaurants and museums
    Sights nearby  -  Memorial Park is less than a mile away with golf courses, tennis courts and 30 miles of hiking trails
    Restaurant  -  Ristorante Cavour, highlights Northern Italian cuisine combined with seasonal offerings
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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    A luxury boutique hotel set in the hip area of Uptown District. The hotel is reminiscent of an Italian villa with the pool surrounded by Roman-sculptures and colonnades. Rooms are beautifully decorated, spacious and have high-ceiling with great city views. An elegant Texan stay. See More

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  • The Houstonian Hotel Houston (Texas) 294 rooms from £210

    Active Holiday  -  From tennis and basketball to tri-athalon training this hotel offers an opportunities for an action-packed holiday
    Families  -  Spacious rooms and suites plus the Houstonian Club is the perfect place for families with a host of activities
    Kids Club  -  Not a traditional kids club but there are lots of summer programs that kids can enjoy such as Triatholon training
    Sights nearby  -  Located just by Houston's 1,500-acre Memorial Park, perfect for running and walking
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    A family-friendly luxury hotel, with a vast sports club, set in a 27-acre wooded oasis. Elegant and spacious rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows that offer stunning park views. Complete with three pools, great dining options and endless activities. Ideal for active families! See More

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  • Four Seasons Houston Downtown Houston 404 rooms from £217

    Families  -  Spacious rooms and kid-friendly menus. Kids can enjoy pizza making and poolside games whilst parents can relax in the spa
    Restaurant  -  Enjoy flavourful dishes from the celebrity chef Richard Sandoval at Bayou & Bottle as well as Italian and poolside dining
    Sights nearby  -  Sport lovers will enjoy being only minutes from Minute Maid Park, the Toyota Center and BBVA Compass Stadium
    Spa  -  Enjoy the hotel's signature hydrafacial or a specialised massage from skilled therapists
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    A downtown hotel that offers the best of that famous Texan hospitality. Chic rooms with neutral palettes, amazing city views and spacious bathrooms. Try the signature luxury cocktail LX Huntsman and the world-class food of Richard Sandoval. Poolside cabanas are available to rent - a luxury stay. See More

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  • Magnolia Hotel, Houston Houston 314 rooms from £217

    Business meetings  -  Home to large-scale luxury meeting and event rooms, interesting break-out spaces, ballroom and seating for up to 300 people
    Local exploring  -  Vibrant Downtown Houston is known for its lively theare district, sports and live-music venues and major attractions
    Restaurant  -  The Magnolia Lounge & Bar offers relaxed all-day dining in a large contemporary space. Cookies & milk are offered each evening
    Sights nearby  -  Catch a baseball game at Minute Maid Park, a concert at the Toyota Centre or visit the famous Downtown Houston quarium
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    Downtown hotel for business or leisure. Traditional public spaces showcase modern decor, while spacious and elegant rooms channel contemporary-luxe vibes with velvet furniture & moody accent walls. Expansive apartment-like suites work for long stays. Fab skyscraper-facing rooftop terrace and pool. See More

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  • Hotel ICON Houston 135 rooms from £241

    Local exploring  -  Set right in the heart of the city with many of the main attractions within walking distance
    City Style  -  A grand Neo-Classical building with period interiors to match
    Whirlpool Bathtub  -  Deluxe rooms and suites offer bathrooms with whirlpool tubs
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    Set in the heart of the city, this grand Neo-Classical building is the perfect choice for a touch of old-school glamour. Suites, so large you could get lost in them, are filled with period antiques and bathrooms feature roll-top baths. Sip cocktails in the Great Gatsby-esque bar. A luxurious stay. See More

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  • Post Oak Hotel Uptown Houston 250 rooms from £285

    Local exploring  -  Located in the Uptown area of Houston- with all the cities attractions, shopping experiences and theatre's very close by
    Artworks  -  Multimillion-dollar art collection including works by Alex Katz, Frank Stella and Robert Motherwell
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Houston Zoo, Space Center Houston, Downtown Aquarium, Kemah Boardwalk and Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier
    Spa  -  The spa mixes a balance of healing, wellness and beauty using gorgeous essential oils from Aromatherapy Associates
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    A sleek and elegant luxury hotel in the Uptown District. Rooms are modern and sophisticated with marble bathrooms. Indulge at the spoiling spa and order cocktails from your own poolside cabana. Exquisite dining experiences with a huge range of options. The perfect city break. See More

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  • St Regis Houston Houston (River Oaks) 232 rooms from £343

    Local exploring  -  Ideally located to explore both the museums and cultural sites of the city centre and the sprawling parks of the outer districts
    City Style  -  A stylish hotel featuring classically elegant rooms, a short distance from fashionable downtown Houston
    Great walks  -  A short distance from some of Houston's excellent parks, such as Waterwall Park and the Houston Memorial Park
    Restaurant  -  The Remington Restaurant serves a range of gourmet American Classics, high tea available in the Tea Lounge
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    The 12 floors and grounds boast an outdoor pool, a gym, a spa, and rooms designed with a soothing, neutral palette and air of classic elegance. A range of restaurants, lounges, and bars serve classic American cuisine with a gourmet twist, sophisticated high teas, and California's finest wines. See More

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