Houston and Austin each have their own personalities. Austin continues to be the hip college town with a thriving music scene, while Houston is gaining a culinary reputation with its diverse food options, top-notch chefs, and culinary tours. Houston has been the underrated of the two for many years, but this seems to be changing, as the city was included on Travel + Leisure’s list of America’s favorite cities. When you visit these two Texas cities, these five downtown Texas hotels will put you in an ideal location.
Texas Hotels: Where to stay in Austin and Houston
Hearty Breakfasts at Hampton Inn & Suites Austin – Downtown / Convention Center
Located one block from the Austin Convention Center, the Hampton Inn & Suites is the best option if you’re attending an event or conference. You’ll also be close to historic Sixth Street, an entertainment district with plenty of bars, clubs, and music venues. With several restaurants within walking distance of the hotel, you won’t be short of dining options.
In the morning, the Hampton Inn & Suites Austin – Downtown / Convention Center lays out a great complimentary breakfast spread with hot and cold options. In the evening, don’t miss the free beer, wine, and snacks at happy hour.
Eco-Friendly Habitat Suites
Habitat Suites strives to capture Austin’s greenery and create a little oasis for its guests. The Texas hotels commitment to environmental and sustainable business practices has recently earned it a Gold Level Austin Green Business Leader award from the City of Austin. This extends to the new Living Green menu, which includes healthy breakfasts made from locally sourced, organic products. On the menu you’ll also find free-range eggs and gluten-free, vegan, and macrobiotic options.
Hilton Houston – Post Oak: For Shopaholics
If you enjoy shopping malls, stay at the Hilton Houston – Post Oak. It’s a 10-minute walk from The Galleria Mall, the largest of its kind in Texas. If you need help getting your shopping bags back to your room, the hotel offers shuttle service to and from the mall. Other shopping centers nearby include Centre at Post Oak and River Oaks District. Don’t miss a stop at the Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park, also nearby.
While this is an older hotel, all rooms received an upgrade in April 2016. Guest rooms are modern, bright, and spacious with step-out balconies.
Stay Near the Attractions at the Hilton Americas – Houston
The Hilton Americas – Houston is the first Texas hotels to receive the Green Seal certification for its eco-friendly measures. This is also the largest hotel in Houston, with 1,200 well-appointed guest rooms.
In addition, the Hilton Americas – Houston is ideally located near attractions like Discovery Green Park, the Toyota Center, BBVA Compass Stadium, Minute Maid Park, and the Bayou Place entertainment district. The hotel is also connected to the George R. Brown Convention Center via two skywalk bridges.
The Historic Hotel ICON Autograph Collection
For the perfect boutique Texas hotels stay, book your room at the Hotel ICON Autograph Collection. It’s a cozy hotel with 135 rooms, and it’s part of the Marriott family. This historic hotel was a bank in the early 20th century, and you can still see the original bank vault right behind the reception desk. The stunning lobby features large pillars, and the rooms have a perfect retro chic feel with wood accents. Nearby attractions include the Downtown Aquarium Houston and Jones Hall for Performing Arts.
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