Houston Area Hotels

by Nicole Harms
Houston is the state's largest city, and it houses many styles of lodging.

Houston is the state's largest city, and it houses many styles of lodging.

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Houston is both a business and tourism hub in the state of Texas. Some visitors come to do business in the biggest city in Texas, which is home to 18 Fortune 500 companies and the nation’s largest port in international tonnage. Others come to see its attractions, such as the NASA Space Center or the Houston Zoo. If your travels bring you to Houston, a wide range of accommodation options await to make your stay comfortable.

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Boutique Hotels

Situated in the museum district, the Hotel ZaZa embraces the opulence and level of service expected in this part of Houston. Distinct designs like leopard print carpets and zebra print upholstery help the hotel stand out, while down comforters and high-thread count linens keep guests comfortable. Hotel ZaZa welcomes pets for a $50 nonrefundable deposit as of 2010, and pets receive treats upon arrival. Accommodations include guest rooms, suites, extended stay rooms, pool bungalows and villas. Some suites and extended stay options have kitchen facilities. The Concept Suites are lavishly decorated in themes like West Indies, Geisha House or the Morocco-inspired Casa Blanca. Hotel Derek, the first modern boutique hotel built in the city, offers rooms filled with trendy furnishings, such as glasswork desks and bathroom countertops, fully stocked mini bars and bathrobes for all guests. Amenities at Hotel Derek include an outdoor pool with poolside beverage service, in-house clothes pressing and overnight shoe shine service, and a 24-hour fitness center. The hotel welcomes pets and is located near the Galleria.

Upscale Options

Hotel Sorella sits in the CITYCENTRE region and offers upscale amenities like the option for goose-down pillows, 300-thread count Egyptian cotton linens covering custom designed beds and floor to ceiling windows. The hotel accommodates all travelers, but appeals particularly to business travelers with its location and meeting space, earning a spot on Fortune’s “15 Best New Business Hotels” list in 2010. It also earned the 11th spot on Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Travel Awards for the “Best Hotels in the United States.” Hotel ICON also earned a spot Conde Nast Traveler’s “Best Hotels in the United States” list. Accommodations in this AAA four-diamond hotel feature themed bathrooms built around claw-footed, garden or whirlpool tubs, and the hotel offers a Bath Butler service, where a staff member draws a bubble bath for you to enter when you are ready.

Chain Hotels

If you prefer a more predictable chain hotel experience, the Houston area has many to offer. If your travels bring you downtown, consider the Doubletree Hotel Houston Downtown, a AAA three-diamond hotel with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the city. This hotel charges for Internet access and welcomes pets for a $100 nonrefundable fee. The Four Seasons Hotel Houston, also located downtown, offers guest rooms and suites with down pillows and duvets. Guests here may use an outdoor pool, on-site spa and fitness center, and children receive a welcome gift bag upon arrival along with complimentary milk and cookies during their stay. If you face budgetary constraints, consider the more affordable Econo Lodge near the Sam Houston Race Track. Rooms here are equipped with refrigerators and microwaves, and the hotel provides free Internet access and serves a complimentary continental breakfast each morning.

Historic Hotels

The Magnolia Hotel occupies a building that was named to the National Register of Historic Places. It sits conveniently located within walking distance of many of Houston’s major corporations, including JP Morgan Chase and Cooper Industries, as well as the Theatre district and the Toyota Center. In the hotel’s guest rooms, you will sip Starbucks coffee while using the in-room work desk and high-speed wireless Internet connectivity. The Magnolia has a fitness center, pool and whirlpool on its rooftop, which is the only rooftop pool in the city. The Lancaster Hotel in the downtown region was built in 1926 at the birth of the Houston Theater District, making it a favorite among theater stars throughout its history. It is the only hotel in Houston to be a member of the Historic Hotels of America and is also a Texas State Landmark. Amenities here include courtesy car service throughout the downtown region, shoe shine service, Internet access and a fitness center. Rooms are decorated in period style to match its historic nature, with four poster beds and dark wood furnishings contrasting green and red walls, linens and curtains.

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