Houston, TX

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Known for its beef, oil and gas industry, ‘H Town’ buzzes with creative energy too. Ballet and theater happily coexist with rodeos and gridiron. 

Named after General Sam Houston, the first President of the Republic of Texas, the city was founded on the banks of the Buffalo Bayou in 1837. Thanks to successful port and railroad industries and the discovery of oil in 1901, it‘s enjoyed decades of prosperity. Today, only New York has more Fortune 500 companies.

Many of the city’s best attractions lie within easy reach of Downtown. Head to the Museum District where the Houston Museum of Fine Arts and the Menil Collection both have works by Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. Stroll the tranquil grounds of Hermann Park, which has the Houston Zoo and the Downtown Aquarium.

A civic passion for sport and a temperate climate year-round makes Houston a good destination to explore the outdoors. Head to Discovery Green for playgrounds and bike trails. Eight miles (13 kilometers) west of Downtown, Memorial Park has more expansive running and biking trails and a golf course. While there, drop by the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center and stroll through nature walks or enjoy some quiet time in one of the special gardens. Stimulate your sight, sound and smell in the Carol Tatkon Sensory Garden or get some hands-on education about Houston's flora and fauna in the Discovery Room.

Science enthusiasts should take the 40-minute drive to NASA’s Space Center Houston. The Center has decommissioned space craft and artifacts, and a tour that goes through the old Mission Control areas.

For family-oriented fun, drive 50 miles (80 kilometers) to The Moody Gardens theme park on Galveston Island. The Kemah Boardwalk is a little closer, but still by the sea. Stroll the promenade, dine, shop or take a ride on the Ferris Wheel, Carousel or Wipeout. If it’s hot, cool off at popular Splashtown, which is an easy drive north of Downtown.

Relive the battle for Texan Independence 20 miles (32 kilometers) east of Downtown at the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site. Here you’ll find the world’s tallest monument tower and the Battleship Texas.

Houston may be big, but friendly locals give it a small-town vibe.

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Where to stay in Houston

Hyatt Regency Houston West
Hyatt Regency Houston West
3.5 out of 5
13210 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX
The price is ¥10,173 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
Located in Memorial, this hotel is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Bear Creek Pioneers Park and within 12 mi (20 km) of Memorial City Mall and Katy Mills Mall. Downtown Aquarium ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,098 reviews)
"The woman that was managing the front desk during the graveyard shift from Friday to Saturday gave me exceptional service, her act of kindness was incredible and would solely come back over and over again because of her. If I had her name I would have sent her a bouquet of flowers. Please tell her ..."

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2021

Hyatt Regency Houston West
The Grand Tuscany Hotel
The Grand Tuscany Hotel
4 out of 5
12801 Northwest Fwy, Houston, TX
The price is ¥13,587 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 2
Located near the airport, this family-friendly hotel is 8.1 mi (13.1 km) from Sam Houston Race Park and 8.5 mi (13.6 km) from CityCentre. Revention Music Center ...
3.9/5 Good! (591 reviews)
"It was nice and clean"

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2021

The Grand Tuscany Hotel
Club Quarters Hotel in Houston
Club Quarters Hotel in Houston
4 out of 5
720 Fannin Street, Houston, TX
The price is ¥10,893 per night from Nov 11 to Nov 11
Located in Downtown Houston, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Houston JPMorgan Chase Tower, Shops at Houston Center, and Jesse H. Jones Hall. Alley Theater ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (2,148 reviews)
"It was a nice hotel. The room was pretty small, but was clean and nice."

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Club Quarters Hotel in Houston
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Home2 Suites by Hilton at the Galleria
Home2 Suites by Hilton at the Galleria
3 out of 5
3414 Sage Rd, Houston, TX
The price is ¥9,134 per night from Nov 21 to Nov 21
Situated in Houston, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Richmond Avenue, Westheimer Rd, and Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park. Williams Tower and River ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (196 reviews)
"I liked it had a full size refrigerator and microwave. The hotel was very clean. What I didn't like they didn't have a good breakfast selection and the area wasn't that great you have take uber or lyft everywhere you go and that is expensive. I did enjoy may stay"

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton at the Galleria
HYATT house Houston/Galleria
HYATT house Houston/Galleria
3 out of 5
3440 Sage Rd, Houston, TX
The price is ¥10,952 per night from Nov 9 to Nov 9
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, Memorial Park, and Children's Museum of Houston. Karbach ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,753 reviews)
"I forgot the young lady name that check me in she was very nice. The property was nice my room was alright and the breakfast was delightful. I enjoyed my stay and u only 4 mins from the galleria mall."

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2021

HYATT house Houston/Galleria
Sonesta ES Suites Houston Galleria
Sonesta ES Suites Houston Galleria
3 out of 5
5190 Hidalgo St, Houston, TX
The price is ¥12,181 per night from Nov 25 to Nov 25
Located in The Galleria, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Richmond Avenue and Westheimer Rd. Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park and Williams Tower are ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,734 reviews)
"Nice stay, the pool wasn’t available ."

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2021

Sonesta ES Suites Houston Galleria
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