The discerning Houston traveler has no shortage of high-end hotels from which to choose. But don’t lose any sleep over the decision. Consult this rundown of 10 of the best hotels in downtown Houston—then follow our recommendation and try them all, one by one.
The Marriott Marquis
Overlooking downtown’s beautiful Discovery Green and connected to the George R. Brown Convention Center, the Marriott Marquis scores major points for convenience. The amenities, too, are world-class, from the iconic Texas-shaped lazy river to award-winning restaurant Xochi from Hugo Ortega.
With Art Deco design influences, this luxury getaway in downtown’s Greenstreet development looks positively stunning. Also stunning? The cocktails at Bardot and the food at Lucienne, a pair of high-end on-site eateries. Add in the opulent Spa by Alessandra, and we can’t think of a good reason to ever leave.
Four Seasons Hotel Houston
It’s hard to beat the big-city vibes on tap at the Four Seasons, situated a block away from Discovery Green downtown. Don’t miss a chance to dine at Quattro, an on-site Italian restaurant widely recognized as one of Houston’s best.
The Sam Houston Hotel
First opened in 1924, The Sam underwent a stunning renovation in 2013. Sports, theater, shopping, and parks are all a short walk away—and don’t sleep on The Pearl, one of Houston’s best restaurants for regional dishes using only the freshest ingredients.
The Westin Houston Downtown
Like baseball? Look no further. The Westin is located directly across the street from Minute Maid Park, home of the world-champion Astros. Sports not your thing? This dog-friendly spot boasts a pair of great dining options in Vic & Anthony’s and the more casual Ballpark Cafe and is minutes from the best of downtown.
Perfect for the business traveler, this 1963 gem boasts 12,000 square feet of meeting space and is connected via skywalk to over 2 million square feet of upscale office space. It’s also a lot of fun—cafe Buffalo Bayou Coffee is a local gem, Edgar’s Hermano serves up delicious Mexican-Southern fusion, and Part & Parcel is home to some of the best craft cocktails in town.
If you’re in town for a convention, it’s hard to do better—the luxurious Hilton Americas-Houston is connected directly to the George R. Brown Convention Center. It’s a great ethical choice, too, as the first Green Seal certified hotel in Texas.
Love a luxurious bathroom? Hotel ICON is the place for you, with soothing rain showers, sumptuous whirlpools, and stately antique tubs. Once you towel off, hit the nearby theater district for an unforgettable night.
JW Marriott Downtown Houston
The elegant JW Marriott Houston Downtown seamlessly merges old and new. Case in point? An iPad awaits every guest of this historic hotel, which is housed in the beautiful 1910 Samuel F. Carter building.
Set in a landmark 1926 building, the beautifully-renovated Magnolia Hotel elevates design and hospitality to soaring heights. Don’t miss your chance to relax over breathtaking views in the stunning rooftop pool.
Cover photo courtesy of Hotel ICON