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No Car-Which area is best for shopping

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No Car-Which area is best for shopping

Me and my mum are coming to houston for 4 days and were looking at the drury suites near galleria but as we dont have a car we need somewhere within walking distance to shops and eateries.Is the galleria area the best for shopping.what are the bus services like, say if we wanted to get from galleria into downtown.Im so confused as I dont wana pick a hotel that is far out from our shopping trips.Our budget is approx $150 per nite or less.

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1. Re: No Car-Which area is best for shopping

The Galleria is an excellent place to be based because of the good shopping and dining options all around you. You also have Uptown Park and Highland Village, near the Galleria area.

For public transportation like bus and light rail, look at www.ridemetro.org for routes and fares.

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One thing to keep in mind also, is that many of the hotels offer free shuttle service within a limited area around the hotel. Often they will have shuttle service within a 3-mile area, or to specific points of interest in the area. You could check the info for some of the hotels in the general vicinity of the Galleria, and that way you might not have to stay so close to the Galleria and pay those higher prices. You are more likely to stay within your $150 limit if you are not as close to the Galleria. There are other areas for shopping, but the Galleria is probably best. Many of the shops there are upscale, Tiffany's, Neiman Marcus, etc. but there are still many more moderate stores as well. If you don't to spend time with all the upscale places, you could try staying up north in the Woodlands - there is a sizeable shopping area up there, although I haven't really spent much time there. The area is pretty nice though. Out west of town, there is Memorial City Mall and WestOaks Mall. There is also a nice outdoor shopping area just to the south and east of Memorial City, with several shops on the slightly more upscale end, but I can't remember the name of that shopping center. To the extreme west would be the Katy Mills outlet mall in the town of Katy. As far as an area that has both shopping and dining, the Galleria is still probably the best choice, but the area around Memorial City wouldn't be too bad either. Houston is a difficult place to get around in, without a car.

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Thank you all both for your kind replies, I have looked at a decent rate at the hilton and it provides free shuttle within 3 mile radius, so im happy to go ahead with the galleria area.

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Double check to see if you'll be staying at the Hilton Post Oak or the Hilton Garden Inn Galleria. Hilton Post Oak is close to the main shopping intersection of Houston of Westheimer and Post Oak Boulevard. The Hilton Garden Inn is behind the Galleria and just a block away from the old Macy's, which is connected to the Galleria.

Plenty to see and shop around the Galleria and Highland Village area, which is within the 3-5mile radius from either hotel.

Also, if you plan to do a bunch of shopping, you could consider stopping by the Texas Tax Back office located inside the Galleria. I can't remember the exact details, but it's similar to the tax free scheme in most of Europe and other countries. Most if not all stores in the Galleria, depending on the minimum amount to qualify for tax back, which you need to add 8.25% to the price of goods, fall under this scheme, as well as a few stores and shopping locations outside of the Galleria. I do know purchases made at Katy Mills Outlet Mall qualify for tax back at the Galleria. You will receive either cash back or charge back to major credit card and you will need to bring passport and airline itinerary for the paperwork.

Hope this helps and let us know if you have any other questions!

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Try the Embassy Suites at the Galleria... right behind the mall and very , very nice.. excellant service .. breakfast awesome and included... dh

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6. Re: No Car-Which area is best for shopping

The Galleria area is far and away the best choice. When walking anywhere in Houston watch carefully for traffic in all directions when crossing, because walkers are less common than in many large cities and drivers are less aware. So mind the traffic lights for Walk and No Walk.

City bus service east from the Galleria to central downtown Houston is excellent and inexpensive (# 82 Westheimer, each way). Westheimer Road is a major east west street that adjoins the Galleria Mall to the north, and bus stops are for this route are easy to find. One is about 100 meter west of the intersection of Post Oak and Westheimer, on the south side of Westheimer.

Downtown shopping is much more modest than the Galleria Mall, but Houston's signature buildings, sports areans and museums can all be had in this area. The museums will require changing from this bus onto a trolly that runs south from downtown about 4 miles to both fine arts and natural science museums that are top rate. Herman Park and Rice University just to the south of these two facilities offer reasonable green space walking, picnic potential and a small but very nice Zoo. Downtown also has a fun lunch, dinner and entertainment district on and around Main Street in the central downtown area.

Also remember that Houston's spring ends in mid March with increasing summer temperatures and frequent short term rain in the afternoon making Houston much like Singapore and very little like NI.

Jack

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