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There are many reasons to book a Houston hotel – read on to discover some of the best.
Amid the skyscrapers, the giant shopping malls, the five-star Houston hotels, and the huge international attractions, such as Johnson Space Center, you can actually find some cultural treasures that don't scream and shout and demand your attention like a trying toddler. It's a surprising side to Houston that endears the city to visitors who might otherwise have been gearing themselves up for a dose of big-city brashness.
Add these nuggets of culture to the multi-cultural nature of lively Houston, and you are guaranteed to enjoy one of the best global cities in America.
The choice of cheap hotels in Houston is another benefit of taking holidays here. By using our guide on where to stay, below, you can get an idea of which area you’d like to stay in. When you’ve decided and are ready to book your ideal hotel in Houston, simply use the TravelSupermarket search tool to compare prices on the very best deals.
If shopping, eating well and being close to attractions are top priorities, consider the Uptown area around The Galleria mall.
Downtown is the place to be if you plan to visit the theatre, while hotels around the Museum District, in Hermann Park, are perfect for lovers of the arts and culture.
If your holiday entails a few days spent at Space Center Houston, you might want to consider hotels in nearby Clear Lake.
Good-value airport hotels can be booked in the city of Humble, just minutes from George Bush International Airport.
Houston Hotels are of a very good standard. Even budget hotels offer plenty of space and large beds. Luxury hotels are mostly found in Downtown and around The Galleria. And big names can be found in town. Look out for Best Western, Hilton, Holiday Inn, Americas Best Value Inn, Hampton Inn, Fairfield Inn, Westin, La Quinta, Super 8, Travelodge, Residence Inn and Ramada.
Houston is home to a huge range of attractions including NASA’s training and research centre, earning it the nickname “Space City”.
Top five attractions
Johnson Space Center
Take a giant leap into NASA's administration base for human spaceflight training and research. Visit Mission Control or learn about walking on the Moon.
Houston Museum District
A fascinating association of museums, galleries and exhibitions dedicated to promoting the arts, sciences and cultural attractions of Houston. There are 19 museums to look around and enjoy.
The home of the Houston Texans and the only natural grass stadium to have a retractable roof in the NFL, this immense cathedral of sport hosts an array of fascinating tours on non-event days.
Airline Farmers' Market
Open every day from 6am, this open-air Mexican market behind Canino Produce brings bargain-hunters flocking in their thousands. Bring plenty of loose change and small bills as most items sell cheap and vendors will only accept cash. Don't forget to visit the taco vans parked at the back when you get hungry.
With more than 6,000 animals and 900 species, Houston is home to one of the largest zoos in the USA. Make sure you get there early as this vast attraction will take an entire day to get around.
From sizzling sausages to Shakespeare’s sonnets, no-one can say the annual calendar of events in Houston isn’t varied!
World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest; February: This culinary contest is a not-to-be-missed annual pilgrimage for food lovers. Enjoy three days of cooking and eating in one of the world's smokiest and tastiest festivals.
Houston International Festival; April: Attracting more than a million visitors a year, it's easy to get lost in this annual celebration of culture. Head Downtown where the party is always in full swing to see food stalls, arts and crafts, exhibits and nearly 2,000 performers.
Houston Shakespeare Festival; August: While you wouldn't normally associate Texas with the Bard, this is arguably one of the largest Shakespeare festivals outside of the UK attracting half a million visitors each year. Treat yourself to a free performance at Miller Outdoor Theatre throughout the month.