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HoustonUnited States of America

An icon of America's Deep South, the city of Houston combines modern theme parks and galleries with a rich local tradition to create a distinctive Texan flavour.

Born on the Buffalo Bayou in 1837, the city of Houston is named after the great Texan freedom fighter Sam Houston who led a courageous surprise attack to win independence from Mexico. This battle is commemorated at the battleground in San Jacinto, about 80 kilometres out of the city, by the towering San Jacinto Monument, a great place to learn about local history.

Climb to the top and you’ll get a breath-taking panorama across Galveston Bay towards the renowned Battleship Texas and the modern pyramids of Moody Gardens. The man-made golden beaches and theme parks of Kemah Boardwalk are near here too, perfect for an afternoon’s entertainment. If it’s hot, you can also take a short drive north of Downtown and cool off in the popular Splashtown water park.

Try out the local seafood, which is caught fresh daily in the Gulf and sold throughout the city and surrounding area. One taste of the intense, punchy flavours of Cajun Shrimp and you’ll be hooked for life!

Houston is a staple of modern science fiction and real-life space travel thanks to the world-famous Space Centre Houston, less than an hour’s drive from the city by car. You can’t help but get excited when visiting this incredible building, which has housed the dreams of a Nation for decades.

Back in the city centre, there is a wealth of things to do. Art buffs will be in heaven as Houston is a hub of modern and classical art. Visit the extraordinary Menil Collection or the immense Houston Museum of Fine Arts, housed across several buildings, to see many of the famous masterpieces from the last 100 years.

You may be surprised to find beautiful meadows and landscaped gardens right in the centre of the Metropolis, with numerous parks including the sporty Memorial Park, the theatres and flea markets of Discovery Green and the wilderness of the Houston Arboretum and Nature Centre. To get even closer to some of the wildlife, head to Hermann Park which houses Houston Zoo or take a trip to the Downtown Aquarium.

Hire a car during your stay to get the most out of the area. There is a metro within the city, but some of the attractions are a bit of a drive away.

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Where to stay in Houston

Top hotels in Houston

Hotel Derek
Hotel Derek
4 out of 5
2525 West Loop S, Houston, TX
The price is NZ$169 per night from 4 Feb. to 5 Feb.

Located in The Galleria, this romantic hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Westheimer Rd and within 3 miles (5 km) of Greenway Plaza and Lakewood Church. Memorial ...

3.9/5Good! (1,883 reviews)

"Had a nice stay overnight well recommended for everyone who like the finer things"…"

Reviewed on 3 Jan. 2021

Hotel Derek
Hilton Americas - Houston
Hilton Americas - Houston
4 out of 5
1600 Lamar Street, Houston, TX
The price is NZ$208 per night from 7 Feb. to 8 Feb.

Located in Downtown Houston, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of George R. Brown Convention Center, Toyota Center, and Discovery Green. Minute Maid ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,271 reviews)

"The property is very nice including the rooms The staff were really nice"…"

Reviewed on 4 Jan. 2021

Hilton Americas - Houston
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston - Greenway Plaza
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston - Greenway Plaza
4 out of 5
6 Greenway Plaza East, Houston, TX
The price is NZ$136 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.

Located in Greenway Plaza-Upper Kirby, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Greenway Plaza and Lakewood Church. Rice University and Menil Collection are ...

4/5Very Good! (975 reviews)

"Great place. They do charge for parking, but I didn’t need parking. 24 hour fitness center"…"

Reviewed on 9 Jan. 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston - Greenway Plaza
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Houston

Sonesta ES Suites Houston Galleria
Sonesta ES Suites Houston Galleria
3 out of 5
5190 Hidalgo St, Houston, TX
The price is NZ$146 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.

Located in The Galleria, this aparthotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Richmond Avenue and within 3 miles (5 km) of Greenway Plaza and Lakewood Church. Westheimer ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,607 reviews)

"Great location beautiful property, great bed and comfortable room"…"

Reviewed on 16 Jan. 2021

Sonesta ES Suites Houston Galleria
HYATT house Houston/Galleria
HYATT house Houston/Galleria
3 out of 5
3440 Sage Rd, Houston, TX
The price is NZ$147 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.

Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, Memorial Park and Karbach Brewing. NRG Stadium and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,625 reviews)
Fair price for Decent Accommodations

"The breakfast option stated it was cooked to order but it is actually all prepackaged food due to the CornonaVirus. The options weren't that healthy but they did satisfy basic breakfast needs. The staff was very helpful. The kitchen was stocked with the number of people you reserved. Daily cleaning ..."…"

Reviewed on 2 Oct. 2020

HYATT house Houston/Galleria
Staybridge Suites Houston IAH - Beltway 8
Staybridge Suites Houston IAH - Beltway 8
3 out of 5
1910 N Sam Houston Pkwy E, Houston, TX
The price is NZ$123 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.

Located in Aldine, this aparthotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Houston Police Department Museum and within 6 miles (10 km) of Greenspoint Mall and Crowley, W. E. ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (358 reviews)

"Great ambiance clean great Quality and Affordable"…"

Reviewed on 16 Jan. 2021

Staybridge Suites Houston IAH - Beltway 8
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Houston

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Mar. 2020

great city with much to see and do. space centre the best and could have spent extra day there

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

19 Feb. 2020

We were only there one night, got in quite late, went next door to the DoubleTree for a drink and a bite to eat, was perfect way to end the night and our short stay in HOUSTON.

3/5 - Okay

SR

3 Feb. 2020

Unless you have a specific reason to be in Houston, divert and go to Austin or Dallas instead!!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

22 Jan. 2020

NASA Space Centre really interesting and well worth the visit.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

20 Jan. 2020

Great city to take a young family. Very easy to get around and considering Houston is the 4th largest city in the U.S., it never appears to be crowded or congested. People in Houston are very friendly and accommodating too.

3/5 - Okay

Traveller

18 Jan. 2020

Houston is not much chop. Driving is dangerous, terrible drivers. Space centre was outstanding!

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