Hotels Close to the Houston Museum of Natural Science

by Andrea Whyte

The Houston Museum of Natural Science is in Hermann Park, across the street from the Miller Outdoor Theater and blocks away from Rice University, Texas Medical Center and the Houston Zoo. Several Houston hotels occupy the perimeter of Hermann Park in the Museum District and provide a variety of options for staying close to the natural science museum.

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Hotel Zaza

Only steps away from the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Hotel Zaza is in the heart of the Museum District, adjacent to Hermann Park. The hotel provides a chic yet fun place to stay when visiting the museum, with its playful decor and friendly atmosphere. The Hotel Zaza is all about style, and the rooms and public spaces are decorated with bright colors, bold fabrics and lots of texture, from silk to leather. Frommer's rates it one of the best, and one of the most expensive, hotels in Houston. Amenities at Hotel Zaza include an outdoor pool with a large terrace and cabana bar, a spa, concierge service, in-room massage and Monarch, a fine dining restaurant and lounge.

Houston Marriott at the Texas Medical Center

On the south side of Hermann Park, the Houston Marriott at the Texas Medical Center provides accommodation for those with midrange budgets. The Houston Marriott is conveniently located on Houston's MetroRail, which provides transportation to a variety of Houston attractions, including Reliant Stadium. The Marriott is also attached to the Houston Medical Center, and clientele frequently include business travelers and conference attendees. The Marriott is suitable for families, however, and even allows pets. Amenities include laundry and dry cleaning, wireless Internet and delivery of food from local restaurants. If all you need from a hotel is a place to sleep after exploring Houston, the Marriott offers comfortable and affordable lodging in a convenient location.

Hilton Houston Plaza/Medical Center

The Hilton Houston Plaza offers luxury accommodation a few blocks away from the Houston Museum of Natural Science, in the same complex as the Houston Marriott at the Texas Medical Center. The Hilton Houston Plaza offers more amenities and services than the Marriott, and in turn comes with a higher price tag. Eighty percent of the rooms at the Hilton are suites, complete with refrigerator, wet bar, coffeemaker and sitting area. Connecting rooms are available, which may appeal to traveling families. Hotel amenities include an outdoor pool with a private jogging track, full service business center, babysitting service and fitness center.

Robin's Nest Bed and Breakfast Inn

If you are looking for a quieter and more intimate place to stay, you may try a nearby bed and breakfast such as Robin's Nest. The inn, within walking distance of the museum in three renovated early 20th-century homes, has nine apartments, three of which are suitable for extended stays. Well-behaved children and pets are welcome. There are two breakfast options to choose from, both prepared with organic foods. Public transit may be found nearby, including the MetroRail and buses. Robin's Nest also hosts weddings and receptions and may particularly appeal to those looking for a romantic getaway in Houston's Museum District.

About the Author

Andrea Whyte has worked as an academic and commercial writer since 2005. She has contributed to the "Canadian Film Encyclopedia" and written informative articles as a copywriter for a major Internet-marketing firm. Whyte holds a Master of Arts in cinema studies from the University of Toronto.