The Definitive Guide to Houston

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    Marriott Marquis Houston | 1777 Walker Street | Book Now» | Image courtesy of the Marriott Marquis.
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    Hotel Alessandra | 1070 Dallas Street | Book Now» | Image courtesy of Hotel Alessandra.
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    Four Seasons Hotel Houston | 1300 Lamar Street | Book Now» | Image courtesy of the Four Seasons Hotel Houston.
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    The Sam Houston Hotel | 1117 Prairie Street | Book Now» | Image courtesy of the Sam Houston Hotel
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    The Westin Houston Downtown | 1520 Texas Avenue | Book Now» | Image courtesy of the Westin Houston Downtown.
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    The Whitehall Houston | 1700 Smith Street | Book Now» | Image courtesy of the Whitehall.
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    Hilton Americas-Houston | 1600 Lamar Street | Book Now» | Image courtesy of Hilton Americas-Houston.
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    Hotel ICON | 220 S Main Street | Book Now» | Image courtesy of Hotel ICON.
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    JW Marriott Downtown Houston | 806 Main Street | Book Now» | Image courtesy of the JW Marriott Downtown Houston.
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    Magnolia Hotel | 1100 Texas Ave | Book Now» | Image courtesy of the Magnolia Hotel.

Look Inside the Best Hotels in Downtown Houston

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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.

Hotel Alessandra

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.

The Whitehall

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.

Hilton Americas-Houston

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.

Hotel ICON

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.

Magnolia Hotel

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

Noah is a Houston-based writer and photographer. You can find him exploring Houston's restaurant and museum scenes with his wife or catching a game at Minute Maid Park. He and his wife serve local businesses through their digital content company, Two Cats Communications.

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