5 Most Famous Hotels in Houston, Texas

Houston, Texas, USA downtown city skyline over Root Square

5 Most Famous Hotels in Houston, Texas






Are you looking for a great place to stay in Houston, Texas? You’ve got lots of great options!

A few of the top hotels are the Marriott Marquis, the Sam, Hotel Icon, Hotel ZaZa, and St. Regis. Comfort, modernity, and excellent customer service abound!

One: Marriott Marquis Houston

Marriott Marquis Houston - 5 Most Famous Hotels in Houston, Texas
Marriott Marquis Houston

Whether you want to overlook the park, the city, or the pools, the Marriott Marquis can offer a suitable room, and you can also enjoy a spectacular skywalk to the George R. Brown Convention Center.

With an amazing lap lazy river pool that winds in a full circle, plus another swimming pool, the Marriott Marquis is a combination of a hotel and waterpark blended together, so it’s ideal for families wanting to enjoy some summer splashing.

It is worth being aware that the pools and poolside area are also open to non-guests who carry day passes, which can lead to a crowded experience at times, and some guests have found they have problems getting space to swim and enjoy the pool. However, it’s still a great design and very unique.

Two: The Sam Houston Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton

The Sam Houston Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton - 5 Most Famous Hotels in Houston, Texas
The Sam Houston Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton

If you value history, this hotel is for you, because it’s the oldest operating hotel in all of Houston, and yet manages to balance its history with modern twists to maximize guest convenience. It offers free Wi-Fi, and some top-notch tech.

Enjoy the forty-inch flat screen televisions, ergonomic chairs for ultimate comfort, and luxury blue granite bathrooms. The showers are glass and sleek, and there is a stunning rooftop veranda for functions and business events.

The Pearl Restaurant is as special as it sounds, with a whole range of coastal cuisine perfectly suited to its situation. The wine list is extensive and international, with local beers on offer too, and a whole assortment of available cocktails.

In the surrounding area, the George R. Brown Convention Center and Minute Maid Park are just short walks away. There is also some great nightlife, and a downtown light rail system.

Bask in some history, remembering when rooms were sold for $2 per night, while enjoying beautifully recreated interiors and all the luxury you could desire.

Three: Hotel ICON, Autograph Collection

Hotel ICON, Autograph Collection - 5 Most Famous Hotels in Houston, Texas
Hotel ICON, Autograph Collection

For guests who love architecture, the Hotel Icon is the perfect place to stay. It was opened in 2004, but it was a refurbishment of a 1912 bank, and retains much of the original architecture.

It was one of the earliest steel and concrete skyscrapers built in the country, and it features egg and dart molding, and Doric columns that are almost thirty feet tall. Its lobby spans a whole floor, and it has a European twist that lends it elegance and sophistication.

This is coupled with a very welcoming atmosphere and some superb food and drink in the Line and Lariat, which serves some wonderful Texan dishes, alongside traditional and new-take cocktails, superb wines, and a selection of beers.

The hotel includes a spa with four different treatment suites so you can feel spoiled, as well as an amazing ballroom, a mezzanine loft, and a Den. Functions are very welcomed and accommodated at this hotel, which also offers a Wine Vault.

Guests can enjoy garden tubs, rain showers, antique baths and – for those in the penthouse – a rooftop lounge and private terrace. This hotel has it all!

Four: Hotel ZaZa Houston Memorial City

Hotel ZaZa Houston Memorial City - 5 Most Famous Hotels in Houston, Texas
Hotel ZaZa Houston Memorial City

If modernity is what matters to you, the Hotel ZaZa has to be a top option. It is filled with luxuries, including a spa, a resort-style pool, and the option to have massages or enjoy the DJ. The hotel is modern, clean, and has fabulously atmospheric dining.

The rooms are generously sized so whether you are traveling alone or with family, you can be sure everyone will have enough space, and there is excellent access to all sorts of local attractions. These include indoor skydiving, superb shops, and some great restaurants such as the Kuu Restaurant and Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille. You also have easy access to some airports, like the George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

The hotel also offers a shuttle that will transport hotel guests for free within a five mile radius of the hotel, which is a nice touch to help travelers access the city easily. The reviews particularly rate the hotel for its friendly staff and superb customer service, so it’s certainly worth considering a stay if you appreciate being valued and looked after.

Five: The St. Regis Houston

The St. Regis Houston - 5 Most Famous Hotels in Houston, Texas
The St. Regis Houston

Another older hotel – though you wouldn’t know it from the features on offer – St. Regis was originally opened in 1982 under a different name. It welcomes both national and international visitors, and is popular with traveling business people and with vacationers.

Its situation is excellent, as it is close to both major corporate offices and not far from downtown Houston (although you do need to drive to reach it). The hotel has put a lot of effort into its convenience offering and attention to detail, and it offers twenty-four hour dining in guests’ rooms, as well as a restaurant and a bar.

The restaurant serves simple American cuisine, and the bar offers casual food and cocktails, making it perfect if you just want a quick, easy bite to eat. You can also enjoy afternoon tea in the Tea Lounge, consisting of snacks and drinks.

There’s a large outdoor pool, and a superb fitness center fitted with plenty of modern equipment. The hotel boasts impressive, atmospheric, and very beautiful rooms, with carefully thought-out designs.

From the hotel, you can easily access the Heights, or explore some amazing shopping destinations. Children and adults alike will love visiting the Houston Space Center, or exploring the museum district and learning about the amazing local history.

If you’re a keen golfer, you’re also a convenient distance from some top-rated courses, so you can easily get out and enjoy yourself, even if your trip is mostly business.


There are some fantastic places to stay in Houston, Texas, and whether you want high luxury or simple, beautiful spaces, there are hotels to meet your needs. Explore Houston while staying in a wonderful, comfortable hotel, and make your trip straightforward and memorable.

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