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Where to stay downtown close to convention center&shopping?

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Where to stay downtown close to convention center&shopping?

My 69 yr old mother will be accompanying me to a 4 day conference at the convention center the end of June. While I am away at lectures most of the day, she will want to go out and explore ... shopping, etc. ... but I know that she will want to do all of her exploring by foot and not take public transportation (unless I'm with her). We also want to check out some museums and go to NASA. We will not have a car. We also would like breakfast included in the room rate daily if possible.

Options for hotels at discounted conference rates are Hilton Americas (headquarter hotel), Courtyard Houston Downtown, Crowne Plaza, Doubletree, Embassy Suites, Four Seasons, Hotel Icon, Hyatt Regency, or Residence Inn. There will be a shuttle provided from some of these hotels to the convention center.

Any suggestions for which hotel to choose which has shopping/restaurants nearby? Thank you!

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1. Re: Where to stay downtown close to convention center&shopping?

Hi Nikki,

I think the Residence Inn Downtown would probably suit your needs best; the rooms are large and comfy, and it gets great ratings here on TA.. There isn't a lot of shopping downtown, but there are a few nice places to stroll and shop:

www.downtownhouston.org/district/shopping/

Your Mom would probably enjoy the Galleria; it's very large, and has all kinds of great shopping and lunch options (Cheesecake Factory, etc). If you don't have to stay downtown,you could stay there at the Galleria; the Westin is right in the front of the Galleria, itself:http://deals.westin.com/Westin-Galleria-Houston-Hotel-1053/so.htm?PS=PS_aa_WestSouthwest_Bing_westin_galleria_houston_Broad_121510_NAD_FM

This way your Mom could go and shop, and then just walk back to the hotel, if she is ready for a rest. The Daily Grill in the Galleria has a great happy hour and appetizers:

http://www.opentable.com/daily-grill-houston

Things in Downtown are sometimes blocks apart, but taxis would be reasonable. The light rail will get you moving around some of it,as well.

ridemetro.org/SchedulesMaps/RailSched.aspx

Hope this helps, and you all enjoy Houston!

cc,

Cupcake

Edited: 18 December 2011, 00:54
Hudson, Ohio
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2. Re: Where to stay downtown close to convention center&shopping?

Cuptake, thanks for the tips!

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3. Re: Where to stay downtown close to convention center&shopping?

This is kinda difficult. You have three options. Stay DT, Galleria or by the museum district. The 'discounted' hotels such as Four Seasons, Hyatt will be pricey even with the discount. Galleria is the most central but not the easiest with transport. If you stay DT the metro rail is there to get to the museum district and she can take the light rail. The other is to stay at teh museum district (such as ZaZa) and you take the light rail (and walk) to the convention center and she can walk to all the museums. In the eve both can take a bus to the Galleria.

NASA is another chapter all together. Best would be to rent a car for the day.

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4. Re: Where to stay downtown close to convention center&shopping?

There is a smaller mall downtown. It is connected to the tunnel system and faces the park in front of the convention center. I haven't been there in a few years, but the kids always enjoyed it. I believe it is called the Houston Center. It never looked like a mall from the outside, to me.

The tunnels are interesting to explore. There isn't much shopping in general, but there are some places that I have enjoyed finding unique items.

Please let us know what y'all discovered.

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5. Re: Where to stay downtown close to convention center&shopping?

I am also 69 and on a visit to Houston in October I was on a charter bus trip and had about 4 hours to spare so I decided to go exploring. I had not been downtown in about 3 years. When I visit the Convention Center for the Quilt Show I always eat at the food court at The Shops of Houston Center downtownhouston.org/news/…

Not only is there a very nice food court, but there are about 6 other small food eateries adjacent to the food court including a Starbucks.

Immediately across the street from the building where the food court is was a new “gem” for Houston. It is the Phoenicia Foods which is huge and has a wonderful deli. Click this website and look at the videos. http://phoeniciafoods.com/ This is great for guests in nearby down hotels as Phoenicia is open until about 11pm and also open for breakfast. Conventioners who a dead tired can grab an entire meal, drink, alcohol etc. and take it to their room.

Then I walked to Main Street and visited Macy’s Dept. Store and also observed the Rail Car station on Main. This will take you to the Museum District. More on that later. www.houstonmuseumdistrict.org/default.asp… After Macy’s I walked about 2 blocks to Books-A-Million bookstore which is in a tiny center with a few shops and some restaurants and clubs in the next block. http://www.houstonpavilions.com/ I looked inside about 4 of the restaurants and they were lovely and I plan to try some of them next time I go to Houston (I live near Austin).

Lastly, for lunch she could also try Jason’s Deli on side street off Main near Macy’s. We have this chain in Austin and I love their salad bar and soups and great sandwiches. It’s at 901 McKinney www.jasonsdeli.com

I did not have time to walk in the theatre district or see the Aquarium.

aquariumrestaurants.com/downtownaquariumhous…

The Museum District (URL above) is about a 10 min Rail ride from downtown and the Museum of Fine Art is currently housing King Tut touring exhibit. http://www.mfah.org/

Across the way in Hermann Park is the beautiful Science Musuem. http://www.hmns.org/

I have no trouble doing all that walking, however, in June it can be very hot. Cab ride back would not be pricey.

Lastly, there is the infamous Houston Tunnel System. It is downtown and connects tunnels to downtown office buildings. http://www.houstontunnels.com/ I cannot help you here, because it’s been over 30 years since I was in the tunnels. It’s primarly for office workers to run errands at shops and have lunch in climate controlled tunnels and stay out of the heat, cold or rain.

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