Hotels Near the Houston Light Rail

by Baldwin Ellis

The Houston METRORail provides a convenient way to navigate downtown Houston without having to rely on an automobile. Accommodations within walking distance of METRORail stations range from a business hotel offering quiet zones and sleep-aids to an upscale boutique property with themed suites fashioned after Japanese Geisha houses. The well-placed properties are also steps away from family-friendly attractions, cultural sites, corporate headquarters and professional sports venues.

Crowne Plaza Hotel Houston Downtown

The Crowne Plaza Hotel Houston-Downtown offers a refuge for business travelers near the Bell Street METRORrail station, Continental Airlines Corporate Headquarters, and Toyota Center, home of the Houston Rockets basketball team. Accommodations consist of traditionally furnished rooms with complimentary Wi-Fi access. The hotel offers a “Sleep Advantage Program,” which includes guest accommodations in quiet zones that are uninterrupted from 9 p.m. until 10 a.m., eye masks, ear plugs and sleep-aid CDs. Amenities include complimentary local shuttle service and dining at Barnes Restaurant and Lounge, which offers breakfast buffets as well as lobster, steak and cocktails for dinner.

SpringHill Suites Houston Medical Center Reliant Park

SpringHill Suites Houston Medical Center/Reliant Park offers home-style accommodations within a half mile of the Smithlands METRORail station. The hotel is near the Houston Medical Center; Chevron, Dr. Pepper and Shell Oil corporate headquarters; Reliant Stadium, home of the Houston Texans football team; the Astrodome and Reliant Arena. Accommodations consist of guest suites with contemporary decors, sofa beds and complimentary high-speed Internet access. Amenities include complimentary breakfast buffet and breakfast to go; a fitness center, heated outdoor pool and whirlpool; and free parking.

Hotel Icon Houston

The Hotel Icon Houston, within walking distance of the Preston METRORail station, is a European-style boutique hotel with a full-service spa. The property is steps away from Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros baseball team; and Verizon Wireless Theater. Accommodations include traditionally decorated guest rooms with clawfoot tubs; and suites with two-seater Jacuzzis and rainfall showers. Recreational amenities include a loft-style fitness center with cardio equipment and free weights; and a day spa offering massages, body wraps and relaxation therapy. Hotel dining is highlighted by Voice Restaurant and Lounge, a fashionable eatery serving up fresh fruits, yogurt parfaits and Belgian waffles for breakfast; and steamed mussels, bison burgers and red snapper for dinner.

Hotel ZaZa Houston

The Hotel ZaZa Houston is a modern boutique hotel within walking distance of the Museum District METRORail station. The hotel is nestled in the heart of Houston’s Museum district, near the Children’s Museum of Houston; Rice University, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft; and Herman Park, home to the Houston Zoo. Accommodations consist of contemporary guest rooms with marble baths, private balconies, and pool or city views. The property also offers “Concept Suites” with themes ranging from a Moulin Rouge-inspired room with velvet walls and canopy beds to a Japanese Geisha house featuring chandeliers and handcrafted masks with Asian motifs. Hotel dining includes the Monarch Urban Bistro and Lounge, a full-service Mediterranean eatery offering patio dining and vibrant nightlife.