If you’ve got an upcoming trip to Downtown Houston, and have been trawling through travel sites trying to find a suitable hotel, then you’ve probably realized by now that the selection of bed and breakfasts, motels, and hotels is mind-boggling.
Thankfully, you’ve come to the right place. Over the years, I have spent much of my time staying in Houston, whether it’s visiting family, traveling for business, or simply there for a day of sightseeing and activities, and each time I look for somewhere new to stay.
By this point, my knowledge of the best hotels in Downtown Houston is pretty extensive. I’d like to think I’ve got good judgment, which is why I’ve put together this guide to help you narrow down your search for the best Downtown Houston hotels.
10 Top Hotels in Downtown Houston, TX
No matter your reason for traveling to Downtown Houston, after reading this selective guide, I will guarantee at least one of them will suit your requirements and budget.
I have tried to include a nice variety of hotels in Downtown Houston. For example, some of them allow kids to stay for free, are great for your family vacation, and some of them are even pet-friendly.
Some of these hotels also have added extras such as hot tubs and jacuzzis, onsite entertainment, and fine dining restaurants.
Lastly, you will see that I have given you a price per night. However, when you come to book your trip, this might vary depending on how long you plan to stay and the time of year; I have just given you this as a guideline.
1. The Laura Hotel, Houston Downtown, Autograph Collection
|Address||1070 Dallas Street, Houston, TX 77002|
|Price Per night||$195.00|
The Laura Hotel is a highly reputable, acclaimed hotel in Downtown Houston that offers a taste of the finer things in life. Art deco style, modern furnishings, and all the up-to-date mod cons make your stay relaxing and convenient while feeling classy and luxurious.
The contemporary rooms are all fitted with comfortable beds, blackout curtains, and air conditioning, which all make for a plush and relaxing visit. I would suggest requesting a room with a view when you book, so you can open your curtains and look over the city skyline each morning, an excellent way to start your day.
Talking of starting your day, The Laura also offers an outstanding breakfast at their onsite restaurant. However, this is not included in the price of your room.
Other amenities at the hotel include a fancy spa, where you can indulge in multiple relaxing treatments such as massages, facials, foot baths, and pedicures.
There is a free shuttle service available to get you to any of the local hot spots. If you’re looking for a good night out, I suggest visiting Pete’s Duelling Piano Bar for a night of song-singing, great music, and laughter.
Other nearby attractions include the Magic and Mayhem museum, great if you’re traveling with the family, and Brazos State Park.
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2. Courtyard Houston Downtown Convention Center
|Address||916 Dallas Street, Houston, TX 77002|
|Price Per night||$170.00|
If you’re looking for a suite with a city view or a family room with a comfortable lounge and kitchen to spend your evenings, then the Courtyard Houston at the Convention Center might be worth a look.
This three-star hotel has plenty to offer in terms of amenities, including an onsite gym, conference facilities, laundry service, private parking, valet, and an in-house restaurant.
The rooms are comfortable and recently decorated and include cable TV, a workspace, a coffee machine, and complimentary toiletries.
Access to the rest of Downtown Houston is easy due to the Downtown tunnels, which connect 55 buildings in the area. You can even get a guided tour of the tunnels which is worth doing while you’re in town. If you happen to be visiting during lousy weather, it’s also a helpful way of getting around while keeping dry.
Nearby restaurants include Burger Theory and Pappas Bros Steakhouse, both of which I highly recommend. You can read more about Pappa Bros in my guide to the best Steakhouses in Houston.
3. Four Seasons Hotel Houston
|Address||1300 Lamar Street, Houston, TX 77010|
|Price Per night||$670.00|
Suppose you’re looking for something extravagant, perhaps for a special occasion, anniversary, or special birthday. In that case, you’ll experience all the elegance you seek if you book a stay at the Four Seasons Hotel Houston.
Relax and unwind by the rooftop pool, enjoy a beverage by the water from their deck cafe, or enjoy a fine dining meal at their restaurant, which will even deliver your meal to your room if you wish.
There is an onsite spa which is a beautiful oasis for relaxation, serenity, and tranquility. It makes the perfect addition to a luxurious rest bite.
This is also a popular choice for weddings, and you can see why people think it’s the perfect venue with lavish decor, enchanted surroundings, and a stunning bridal suite.
There is plenty to do within walking distance. You can take a trip to the well-renowned Museum District or enjoy a stroll around Discovery Green.
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4. Aloft Houston Downtown
|Address||820 Fannin Street, Houston, TX 77002|
|Price Per night||$140.00|
Aloft Houston offers guests a brilliant service, situated right in the heart of Downtown Houston, close to all the most popular attractions, and just a 10-minute drive from Hobby Airport.
I have always been more than satisfied with the attentiveness and welcoming vibes I get from the staff here. It’s like nothing is ever too much trouble.
There is excellent access to public transport nearby, so getting out to see the rest of Houston is a piece of cake.
The hotel offers a complimentary breakfast with plenty of options, including fresh fruit and a fully cooked option.
The rooftop pool is a pleasant addition, and for me was a nice surprise as I didn’t even realize it was there for a while. I enjoyed a couple of evenings relaxing by the water with a cocktail in hand.
The rooms are equipped with everything you need, such as cable TV, a safe, a coffee maker, and bottled water. They also have a comfortable seating area, which I always look for in hotels. I’m never one for getting back at night and climbing straight into bed.
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5. JW Marriott Houston Downtown
|Address||806 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002|
|Price Per night||$280.00|
JW Marriott Houston Downtown always springs to mind when people ask me about the best hotels in Houston. Its contemporary style stands out from anywhere else I’ve ever stayed, making it exceptionally unique.
The style is extremely minimalistic regarding the interior. Yet, it still gives off vibes of artistic styles, such as the wall art in the lobby and the unusual furniture.
The dining room is stunning, almost gothic, while remaining in keeping with the rest of the modern interior, with black chairs, dark wooden floors, and grey pillars. To top off all that, it serves some fantastic food and a fabulous breakfast, including made-to-order omelets.
I would say this would suit everyone, especially couples looking for a romantic weekend or celebrating an anniversary. The staff at the hotel will ensure that your stay is one to remember.
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6. Club Quarters Hotel Downton, Houston
|Address||720 Fannin Street, Houston, TX 77002|
|Price Per night||$120.00|
Coming down slightly in price, and offering excellent value for money, is Club Quarters Hotel, Downtown Houston, which I happen to have stayed at recently, and enjoyed a fabulous stay.
What steered me towards this hotel initially was the fact that it was set within a historic building, and I’m a sucker for anything with a bit of history.
When I arrived at the hotel, I was unsure what to expect, as I hadn’t done much research beforehand. I always think it’s better to find out for myself. However, I was pleasantly surprised as soon as I set foot inside. The interior feels grand and historic while being new and brightly lit, and it felt like a highly upper-class hotel despite the relatively low price.
The rooms are lovely, the beds are comfortable, the food is out of this world, and the service is on point, so overall, there isn’t anything wrong I can say about this hotel. It might be one of my all-time favorites when I consider what you get for your money.
The metro light rail is close too, so you’re in a great location to explore the city.
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7. Athens Hotel Suites
|Address||1308 Clay Street, Houston, TX 77002|
|Price Per night||$85.00|
Sometimes when traveling for short periods or on a purposeful visit, you’re not bothered about lavish hotels and extravagant amenities. Instead, you just want somewhere comfortable to get your head down for the night. If that’s what you’re here for, then the Athens Hotel Suites will be well suited.
Each of the 22 rooms is like your own personal little apartment, fitted with a kitchenette, a comfortable bed, and a private bathroom, and housekeeping is available throughout your stay.
I was a little dubious when I stayed at this place because I read some not-so-great reviews. However, either I got lucky on this occasion, or these bad reviews were based on people who had set their expectations a little too high. If you understand your booking budget, you shouldn’t be surprised to learn that you’re getting a budget service.
However, I think for the money, the service was ample for what I needed during my stay, I had the chance to cook my food, I had an excellent night’s sleep, and the location was great, close to the Toyota Center, which was ideal for me as I was in town to catch the NBA game on this occasion.
Overall, a peaceful, clean, and comfortable stay, offering convenience and inexpensive rooms.
8. Le Meridien Houston Downtown
|Address||1121 Walker Street, Houston, TX 77002|
|Price Per night||$205.00|
Le Meridien Houston Downtown offers guests an authentic Southern experience with a hint of Mid-Century vibes. It is ideally situated for visiting some of Downtown Houston’s best aspects, such as the Toyota Center and Minute Maid Park.
The hotel is super welcoming and has a cozy feel about it, almost like a home-from-home in some ways. The rooms are clean, modern, and well-equipped with amenities such as blackout curtains, WiFi, a phone and radio, a sofa, a hair dryer, and a comfortable seating area.
The only downside I would say about this hotel is the fact that both times I’ve stayed here, I’ve had a problem with the water, once being no pressure, and another time running hot and cold. However, the staff was extremely accommodating and attentive on both of these occasions.
If you’re into sports and leisure activities, then you’ll always have something to keep you active, with racquetball, bicycle rental, and bowling all close to the hotel.
Kids stay free here too, which you’ll be glad to hear if you’re looking for somewhere for your next family vacation, and you can even bring along the dog if you desire, as it’s pet-friendly too. They even offer a babysitting service, music to your ears, right?
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9. Hyatt Regency Houston
|Address||1200 Louisiana Street, Houston, TX 77002|
|Price Per night||$190.00|
I have stayed at many Hyatt hotels in my time (as you’ve probably gathered, I travel a lot). I am always impressed by their service and ability to make any trip feel that little bit extra special.
If your reason for being in Houston is work, then by staying here, you’ll find yourself with everything you need and the perfect location right in the heart of Houston’s primary business district.
However, if you’re in town to catch a game, you’ll also be glad to hear that you’re within walking distance of the Toyota Center and Minute Maid Park, so you won’t need to worry about catching public transport to get to the game on time.
The rooms here offer a city view, daily housekeeping, and plenty of mod-cons and amenities, including a docking station, flatscreen TV, and a laptop safe.
There is plenty to choose from when it comes to dining places if you decide not to eat at the hotel. Nearby eateries include Shula’s Steak House, Spindletop, and Morton’s The Steakhouse. I recommend Spindletop for a rooftop dinner with a difference.
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10. AC Hotel by Marriott Houston Downtown
|Address||723 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002|
|Price Per night||$125.00|
I love the laid-back feel of the AC hotel by Marriott and its casual, homely, and authentic Texan vibe. The staff is friendly, the services are on point, and there is everything on offer that you would expect from any Marriott group hotel.
The hotel is extremely modern and in keeping with current requirements and tastes, such as having a Starbucks onsite and offering small plates of tapas-style dishes at their restaurants. This makes it a popular hotel with younger couples and anyone traveling for business. However, this hotel welcomes anyone, including families with children and pets.
There is plenty to do in the evening, close to nightclubs such as Nightly Spirits and attractions such as the Alley Theater and Houston Symphony.
The rooms are lovely, they have everything you need in the form of facilities, and there are plenty of little extras too, which I thought was a pleasant surprise.
The onsite restaurant is stunning, although it is pretty pricey, so if you’re looking for something to eat nearby that’s a little more budget-friendly, I recommend trying Frank’s Pizza for casual-style dining and tasty, low-priced food.
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So, I bet you’ve got a good idea of where you’ll be staying next time you visit Downtown Houston, but now that you’ve established that, why don’t you get your itinerary together and plan some things too, for example, ice skating in Houston, or visiting some of the best amusement parks in Houston, TX.