I will be dropping by Houston on the way back to Singapore after a meeting in Atlanta towards the end of April. The initial plan was to visit (and stay) with friend who lives in Houston, but due to some personal reasons, I didn't want to impose and will instead be staying at a hotel and (probably) renting a car to get around.
I will be arriving on a Saturday afternoon and leaving on Monday late morning. The initial plan was to hang out with my friend, but will probably just meet for dinner instead and find other stuff to do.
The only sure thing is hitting the Premium Outlet at Hempstead (my wife has prepared a shopping list!) - I'm up for suggestions on stuff to do within my short stay here and hope you can help me with some questions:
1. Any good car rental firms in Houston? Will be doing an airport pickup and return. In my earlier trip to Hawaii, we rented through a car agency that gave us an Alamo booking - and the price was cheaper than what I could get from Alamo direct. Anything like that in Houston?
2. Any hotels to recommend? Probably somewhere with some nightlife, i.e. bars and restaurants where I can hang out in the evenings. Budget around $200 per night and free internet/wifi is preferable :)
Also, my flight out on Monday is at 11am, so I'd need to get to the airport by 830-9am (car rental return etc). So somewhere closer to the airport is preferable as I don't wanna risk getting caught in the morning rush hour and missing my flight! Was recommended the Hampton Inn at the Galleria, how is that?
3. Would the NASA Centre be a good place to visit for this short stay, or are there other things to do and see? I'm not really into museums and stuff (which I see a lot are featured on TA's page)