Hotels in Houston
As a major business center, there are Houston hotels from most of the familiar hotel groups, including Four Seasons, JW Marriott, Westin and others. Most of the best hotels in Houston are concentrated either downtown or a 15-minute drive to the west, near the Galleria shopping mall. If you are headed to the city on a leisure trip, remember that hotels in Houston, especially those catering primarily to business travelers, often have good weekend deals.
Hotel ZaZa has one of the best locations for visitors who intend to make the most of the city's museum district (the Museum of Fine Arts is a block away). The former Hotel Warwick was reborn as the ZaZa in 2007 and every room has an enviable view—either of Rice University and Hermann Park to the south, or the downtown skyline to the north.
The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa has one of the most unusual locations of any big-city hotel, on its own 18-acre pine forest near the Galleria. Two of Houston's most famous residents, the first President Bush and his wife, frequently dine there.
Through a brass-and-beveled-glass door, you enter into more than just a small luxury hotel—you experience a bit of old New York, transported to Houston's theater district.
Houston's Four Seasons delivers all the sublime comfort, service, and dining that are trademarks of this hotel group.
In their ambitious 2002 top-to-bottom redo, the owners of the Hotel Icon went for a dramatic baroque look, with velvety, tasseled interiors swirling with reds and black and gold in one place and silver, sky blue, and yellow in another.
A bit of convincing English pretension snugly situated on a wooded lot near the Galleria mall, the St. Regis is the suburban answer to downtown's Four Seasons.
Opened in 2004, the 23-story Magnolia is the least designed of the downtown boutique hotels, with spacious and sunny guest rooms but a lobby with chartreuse velvet sofas and oversize floor lamps that look a bit out of date.
Business travelers love Omni hotels. Rooms are typically spacious, amenities such as bedside lighting and complimentary WiFi are standard, and the service is friendly and efficient, whether you’re looking for overnight dry cleaning or a 5 AM coffee and newspaper.
It may be impossible to say the name with a straight face, but the Hotel ZaZa’s location is seriously good. It lies close to the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), the shimmering façade of the Contemporary Arts Museum (CAM), and the spouting jets of Mecom Fountain.
Just down the street from the world-renowned Galleria shopping mall, this boutique hotel offers 314 guestrooms, including spacious suites, business studio rooms, and Lady Pink rooms, which are designed specifically for female travelers and benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Spacious rooms at this Uptown district hotel are reminiscent of small beach cottage-style appointments, decorated in shades of blues and violets, with murals of flowers or seascapes and hardwood floors.
This hunting lodge–style resort, set improbably in an 18-acre pine forest in Houston, is a secluded-yet-central low-rise property in the midst of a garden ringed by glass office towers.