By Mary Alice Foster
Houston
Texas
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Houston, Texas, was born of the dreams of two New York real estate brokers who wanted a place where people could come to be part of the new Republic of Texas. They admired General Sam Houston for all of his work and named their new city in his honor. Today, Houston is ranked as 4th largest city in the United States, and is a rare gem among cities with much to offer visitors.

EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your next holiday to Houston. The city can be reached through a few different airports. The first is Bush Intercontinental (IAH), located just 23 miles north of downtown between I-45 and Highway 59. The William P. Hobby Field (HOU) is just off I-45 and Monroe; 7 miles from the business district. Book your flight now with EscapeWizard.com. To do so, click on the link for flight arrangements (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). When you book your hotel with EscapeWizard.com, refer to our top selections for Houston hotels for help in finding a nice place to stay. We recommend the Hotel Indigo as the best place to stay in the entire city. Then vacationers can book their hotel experience by clicking on the following link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).

Once you arrive in Houston, there is an almost endless list of things to do. First, EscapeWizard.com recommends taking a trip to the Downtown Aquarium. It holds 500,000 gallons of aquarium exhibits. For your best deal, purchase an All-Day Adventure Pass which gives unlimited rides and access to the exhibits. There are several exhibits that are permanent such as: Louisiana Swamp, Shipwreck, Rainforest, Sunken Temple, Gulf of Mexico, Discovery Rig, and the White Tigers of the Maharajah’s Temple. This last exhibit is truly breathtaking. Travelers can walk into a room that transports you to a Maharajah’s Temple, and there are beautiful white tigers behind a glass wall walking around or lounging lazily throughout the room. You can take pictures of these beauties; they are truly gorgeous to look at. Vacationers get a great deal when visiting the Downtown Aquarium.

Another enjoyable place to visit is the Houston Zoo, which houses over 4,500 animals. If you happen to be in the city on the 1st Tuesday of any month, EscapeWizard.com recommends picking that day to visit the zoo because from 2 p.m. to closing there is free admittance. You will find a variety of different animals among the exhibits: mammals, African wild dogs, Birds in the aviary, aquariums, Asian Elephant habitat, the reptile House, primates and many others. Make plans to spend an entire day at the Zoo in Houston.

The next location that EscapeWizard.com recommends to anyone who enjoys science and space exploration is the NASA Space Center Houston. This facility has an amazing tram tour that you can go on, an astronaut gallery where you can view spacesuits and photographs, a room where you can take part in a Living in Space simulation, a Starship gallery where you will find actual spaceships used throughout the years, and several other exhibits.

Houston is a great place for nightlife. You will find an eclectic range of nightspots throughout the city. You will have so many choices to pick from as far as restaurants, bars and clubs. You may want to go for the country and western clubs or maybe a new jazz club is more your style. Whatever your preference may be, there is plenty to see and do at night in Houston, Texas.

EcapeWizard.com highly recommends a vacation to this fantastic city in Texas. The city has a little bit of everything for everybody no matter what your interests. Just click on the link up above and book your next stay in Houston with EscapeWizard.com.
Hotels in Houston
By Andrew Hemmelgarn
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Houston Intercontinental Airport
15747 JFK Boulevard, Houston, TX
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Your time in Texas begins at The DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton Hotel, Houston Intercontinental Airport.  They say that everything is bigger in Texas, and The DoubleTree Hotel utilizes this philosophy throughout the hotel.  From the workspace to amenities, the entire hotel is sure to meet your needs.

If you fly into George Bush Intercontinental Airport, you’ll be able to utilize The DoubleTree Hotel’s free airport shuttle.  The shuttle runs continuously to accommodate any late night flights.  Upon arriving, you’ll first be greeted by signature DoubleTree Hotel cookies and secondly by the warm, welcoming staff.  Check in begins at 3pm every day in the lobby, with a choice between a single, king size, or double bed suite.  All suites are also non-smoking.  Be sure to notice the baggage storage and newsstand as you pass through the lobby.  Also, there is a safety deposit box for any valuables you may be traveling with.  While unpacking you should notice the oversize desk, to accommodate your oversize workload if necessary.  There is also complimentary Wi-Fi in every room, as well as throughout the hotel. 

If you are planning a meeting or event, the hotel conveniently offers over 18,500 square feet of meeting/event space.  If space isn’t your desire, the hotel offers many additional accommodations for your business needs.   There is a 24 hour business center including complimentary printing services, fax, photocopying services, secretarial services, and meeting rooms.  In addition to any business needs, the DoubleTree Hotel can equally accommodate your pleasure needs.  There is a fitness room for exercise and relaxing pool for after your workout. 

The DoubleTree Hotel also serves to meet your dining needs throughout the day.  If you’re in a hurry, stop by the Starbucks® coffee bar for a quick espresso.  If you have time to spare, Oakley’s restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch.  Everything from American to international is served, with a special something for everyone.  As the day progresses, Derrick’s Saloon opens to serve for lunch and dinner.  Here you can find Texas sized meals and TVs to catch any of the local professional teams. 

The DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton Houston Intercontinental Airport serves up Texas sized experiences, whether your travel for business or pleasure.  Start your trip today at EscapeWizard.com (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Houston
By Elizabeth DeCicco
St. Regis Houston
1919 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston, TX
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Reserve a room at the St. Regis Houston for a memorable visit in the capitol of Texas.
The hotel is located 18 miles from George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The Galleria Mall is situated one mile away, as well as the Houston Museum of Natural Science and Fine Arts six miles close. An airport shuttle requires a fee. Guests have complimentary transportation service around the hotel location. Guest advantages include family amenities, afternoon tea service, St. Regis butler service, 24-hour front desk and a concierge desk, as well as a business center. Check-in time begins at 3 p.m.
   
Guest rooms at the St. Regis Houston feature luxurious linens and a down comforter, with a choice of king or double sized beds. Each room offers in-room movies, cable channels, a daily newspaper, 37” flat screen LCD HD television and Bose Wave® music system. High speed internet access requires a daily fee. Its marble bathroom includes Remede® bath products, a hairdryer, bathrobe and slippers. Guests also have access to 24-hour meal service and a supplied honor bar.
   
At the hotel's outdoor heated swimming pool and deck area, guests can unwind with refreshment service. Guests can also plan special events at this hotel area. A dry sauna is also available at the hotel swimming pool. Hotel guests who want some R and R can visit the Spa at St. Regis Houston which specializes in a selection of treatments, or request an in-room appointment. The spa gives massage, skin care and body treatments, such as Ayurvedic rituals and Shirodhara. The Remington Restaurant prepares breakfast, lunch and dinner in a business casual hotel setting for guests.
   
Express check out ends at noon. Located 9 miles from downtown Houston, The St. Regis is short distance to visitor destinations and exceptional shopping. EscapeWizard.com provides travelers easy ways to find their preferred hotel accommodations at the most affordable rates (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Houston
By Summer Brons
Hotel Indigo
5160 Hidalgo Street, Houston, TX
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Hotel Indigo brings a unique twist to modern Houston lodging with fresh colors and creative design. This boutique-style hotel is located at Houston's fashionable Galleria Mall, in the heart of the uptown district, and is just a short drive from downtown.     

Indigo was created with comfort in mind, and caters to both the business and leisure traveler. The hotel features social areas with plush couches and chairs, wireless Internet access, four function rooms, and 131 guest rooms. Additionally, 24-hour business and StayFitTM fitness centers are available, and Priority Club Rewards members earn points for each stay. Hotel Indigo has its own restaurant, too; The Golden Bean Café & Phi Bar. The Golden Bean offers breakfast and dinner, and features a tasty, clever menu and Starbucks coffee in a colorful café setting.     

Accommodations in each guest room are everything a visitor needs to regroup after a busy day in Houston. Cozy pillowtop mattresses and deluxe bedding, premium cable, spa-inspired showers with Aveda bath products, hardwood flooring, and a unique design in each room are standard at Hotel Indigo. Suites are also available for those in Houston on an extended stay, or guests simply looking for a little extra space to stretch out. Varieties of special packages are available when booking a stay at the hotel, and offer a combination of everything from breakfast to movies.     
For guests looking for a change of pace from regular lodging options, look no further than Hotel Indigo at Houston Galleria. Visitors will find themselves in a relaxing, inspiring environment at a convenient city location, all at an affordable rate. Just click here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl), to book with EscapeWizard.com today.
Hotels in Houston
By Summer Brons
The Whitehall Houston
1700 Smith Street, Houston, TX
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Situated conveniently in downtown Houston, the The Whitehall Houston (formally the Crowne Plaza hotel) offers an ideal location and rich accommodations. Houston visitors will appreciate the amenities of this hotel whether in town for pleasure or business.     

The The Whitehall Houston is just minutes from the Houston Theater District, Houston Galleria, and the Houston Zoo; as well as endless dining and entertainment options. Many major business companies are also within minutes of the hotel, making the The Whitehall Houston ideal for folks in town for that big client presentation or contract negotiation.        

On-site services include 24-hour business and fitness centers, an outdoor pool, complimentary local shuttle, wireless Internet access, and 12,000 square feet of function space for meetings and other events. The The Whitehall Houston has its own dining option as well, the Brazos Restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Brazos also includes a lounge and a room service menu.     

After a busy day around the city, guests can relax in one of 259 private rooms. Rooms feature a 32" flat screen television, premium cable, coffee maker, iron and board, hair dryer, and upscale bath amenities. The Whitehall Houston also offers a unique Sleep Advantage Program, which includes a Tempur-Pedic bed, guaranteed wake-up call, quiet zone room location, sleep CD, and sleep amenities like an eye mask and earplugs. All Priority Club Rewards members will also earn points for their stay here.    

With fantastic accommodations and an unbeatable location, the The Whitehall Houston is an ideal choice for any Houston visitor. Convenience and plush amenities cater to all guests at this lovely downtown hotel. Just click here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl), to book with EscapeWizard.com.
Hotels in Houston
By Kathy Heydasch
Element Houston Vintage Park
14555 Vintage Preserve Parkway, Houston, TX
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Energize yourself while on vacation or business travel at the Element Houston Vintage Park in Houston’s bustling Northwest district. Fly into George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) for an exciting adventure in the beautiful city of Houston. EscapeWizard.com can take you there!

Room accommodations at the Element Houston Vintage Park include a wide selection of options. Guests can choose from a Deluxe Room or an Executive Suite (complete with dining area), with other suite options that include one or two bedrooms and roomy living space. All rooms come with The Heavenly Bed®, a kitchenette with microwave, refrigerator and sink, and high-speed Internet access.

Element Houston Vintage Park has a 456-square foot meeting room that can accommodate guests for just about any function, from a birthday celebration to a high-stakes business meeting. Features include a flexible layout, a 50” flat panel television, and complimentary Wi-Fi for all.

Eighteen minutes from downtown and 25 minutes from George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Element Houston Vintage Park is a respite away from the hustle and bustle of large cities. It is located close to the famous Willowbrook shopping complexes, so guests can dine and shop in style.

If you want to relax in your hotel, look no further than the Element Houston Vintage Park’s amenities, which include a business center for all your needs and an outdoor pool and patio. Four nights a week, they host an evening reception where guests can meet and relax.

Visitors can grab a wholesome complimentary breakfast at the Element Houston Vintage Park, plus enjoy the convenience of a grab-and-go market where you can buy snacks and even meals to cook in your room for a wholesome option to dining out.

While in Houston, be sure to visit nearby attractions. The hotel is conveniently located within 6 miles of attractions like St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, the Windrose Golf Club, and Mountasia, a family fun resort with bumper boats and go-karts. Or guests can shop at the nearby Willowbrook Mall.

Element Houston Vintage Park is an excellent selection for hotel accommodations in Houston. It can be booked by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to EscapeWizard.com.
Hotels in Houston
By Keleigh M. Quinn
Westin Houston, Memorial City
945 Gessner Road, Houston, TX
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With an ideal location and luxurious amenities, The Westin Houston, Memorial City, is a perfect choice for your stay in the Houston area. The hotel is close to many of the area’s most desired attractions, including the Contemporary Art Museum, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Bayou Bend, and the Houston Holocaust Museum. You will also find outstanding restaurants and nightlife right outside the door. The Westin Houston, Memorial City is next to the Memorial City Mall and very close to the City Centre area.

The guest rooms at The Westin Houston, Memorial City are designed for comfort. You can choose from a variety of rooms and suites, depending on your needs. Some suites include bar and dining areas perfect for entertaining. All rooms make it easy to stay productive and connected while on the road with separate work areas, dual-line speakerphones, and high speed internet access, available for a fee. The rooms also feature a coffee maker and complimentary Starbucks® coffee; you will also have a refrigerator, which can be stocked before or after arrival on request. Stay entertained with a 37-Inch LCD TV with cable channels and a daily newspaper delivered to your room, and you will certainly have a restful night’s sleep on the Westin Heavenly Bed®.

The Westin Houston, Memorial City offers several dining options in addition to 24-hour room service. The Ingredients Café offers coffee and a variety of quick, to-go meals throughout the day, while the 024 Lounge offers cocktails and small plates in a modern setting with both indoor and outdoor seating options. Also available is Trattoria Il Mulino, an Italian restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The extensive wine list and rustic décor is sure to please any traveler.

If you’re looking for some relaxation on your trip to Houston, you can schedule a spa treatment either in your room or at the spa facility. There is also a roof-top, heated infinity pool and deck available for your use, complete with a food and beverage service. You can also take advantage of the WestinWORKOUT® gym, featuring individual TVs and a yoga area.

No matter what your reason for traveling to Houston, the Westin in Memorial City will meet your every need. Click here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to make your reservations through WhatsCheaper.com.
Hotels in Houston
By Chrystyne Jackson
Four Points by Sheraton Memorial City
10655 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX
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Make the most of your trip to Houston by staying at the Four Points by Sheraton Houston Hotel and Suites, Memorial City. This hotel boasts 171 guestrooms and 81 two-room suites, featuring a parlor. Guests will appreciate the express check in and check out service.

The Four Points by Sheraton offers guests their choice of one king or two full-size beds. All rooms have a flat screen television, and in room movies. Free high speed Internet is available. You will also enjoy the complimentary national daily paper.

The hotel has a gift/sundry shop, where guests can take care of their miscellaneous needs. Keep up with your fitness program by working out at the state of the art fitness center, featuring cardio and strength equipment and free weights. Take a swim in the outdoor pool. The Restaurant offers American cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Evening you can socialize over cocktails in the Lounge. While in Houston be sure to visit the Museum of Fine Arts, housing more than 62,000 works from six continents covering a 6,000-year period, the Holocaust Museum Houston, the fourth largest Holocaust memorial museum in the United States, the Children’s Museum of Houston, featuring 14 galleries of hands on exhibits, the Houston Museum of Natural History, the Houston Downtown Aquarium, which houses over 200 species of aquatic animals, and the Houston Zoo, boasting over 6,000 animals belonging to over 900 species. A day trip will take you to NASA/Johnson Space Center, the official visitor center commemorating human spaceflight.

Turn your visit to Houston into a memorable occasion by staying at the Four Points by Sheraton Houston Hotel and Suites, Memorial City. EscapeWizard.com can assist with booking your hotel reservations. Just click on this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to get started today.
Hotels in Houston
By Chrystyne Jackson
Sheraton Houston Brookhollow Hotel
3000 North Loop West Freeway, Houston, TX
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Make your memories of your visit to Houston as big as the state of Texas by staying at the Sheraton Houston Brookhollow Hotel. This beautiful hotel features 382 spacious and well-appointed guestrooms and suites. The facilities are 100% smoke-free. Pets are welcome.

The Sheraton strives to make guests feel at home. Slip into the luxurious bathrobe provided and enjoy in room movies on the television. Complimentary high speed Internet access is available. You can even get a Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Dog Bed for your pampered pet.

Guests at the hotel can take a swim in the outdoor pool, or unwind and relax in the whirlpool. If you like to hit the links, there are golf courses nearby. You can maintain your fitness regimen at the 24-hour Fitness Facility, which features state of the art strength and cardio equipment. Cimarron offers American cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Tuxedo’s is open for lunch and dinner and serves American fare as well. While in Houston be sure to visit the Museum of Fine Arts, which exhibits over 62,000 works from a 6,000 year period from six continents, the Museum of Natural Science, the Children’s Museum of Houston, featuring 14 galleries of hands on exhibits, Battleship Texas, a retired United States Navy ship that saw action in World War I and World War II, San Jacinto Battleground, the Downtown Aquarium, Hermann Park Zoo, Sam Houston Racetrack, which features both Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse races, Gulf Greyhound Park, where you can see the dogs race, and Moody Gardens, a tourist complex with a zoo, gardens, a beach and waterslides.

Make the most of your visit to Houston by staying at the Sheraton Houston Brookhollow Hotel. EscapeWizard.com can assist with booking your hotel reservations. Just click on this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to get started today.
Hotels in Houston
By Jessica Howell
DoubleTree by Hilton Houston Hobby Airport
8181 Airport Boulevard, Houston, TX
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Whether you in town for an important business expo at the George R. Brown Convention Center or to catch a game at Minute Maid Field, the DoubleTree Hilton Houston Hobby Airport hotel is the perfect place for you to stay during your trip to Houston.  Less than one half mile from William P. Hobby Airport in Houston, this hotel provides guests with the ideal location without the hassle of a long journey to and from the airport.  EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your room at the DoubleTree Hilton Houston Hobby Airport today. 

Guests at the DoubleTree Hilton Houston Hobby Airport hotel can begin checking in at 3 p.m. and check out is at 12 noon.  After a long flight, boring business meeting, or exhausting day exploring the city, fall into the comfort of the Serenity Bed, which includes an exclusive Sweet Dreams by mattress and box springs, Super Topper mattress pad, crisp sheets, down comforters, and fluffy down pillows.  Guests will also enjoy watching in-room, on-demand, or pay-per view movies on an LCD flat panel TV.  Cable TV, standard networks, and premium cable channels are also available in every guest room. 

Because of its location near many prominent businesses, the DoubleTree Hilton Houston Hobby Airport hotel understands that many guests require technological amenities that many hotels may not provide.  However, you will be happy to learn that you can find the following amenities right in the comfort of your guest room or suite:  Two telephones with voicemail, dual-lines, dataport, speaker phone, and voicemail, complimentary remote printing, desk level HSIA connection, spacious work desk with chair, and high speed internet access.

EscapeWizard.com recommends the DoubleTree Hilton Houston Hobby Airport hotel for anyone traveling to the Houston area.  Visit the following link to book your room today:  (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).    
Hotels in Houston
By Brandi N.R. Rhone
Homewood Suites by Hilton Houston-Beltway
1340 North Sam Houston Parkway East, Houston, TX
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Traveling to Houston Texas and you are looking for and upscale hotel with accommodations that fill like home? Homewood Suited by Hilton Houston Airport Hotel has everything you need. Located only 15 minutes from Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Homewood Suites Houston offers courtesy shuttle service from 4:30 am to midnight to and from the hotel or you can take a taxi. There is a parking lot on premise. Call the hotel for more details on car rentals and available parking. Check in time is 3 p.m. and check out time is 12 p.m.

Homewood Suites Houston has 64 roomy suites. Studios with king or queen size beds and one and two bedroom suites with separate living space. Smoking, non-smoking rooms and accessible rooms are available at the Homewood Suites Houston property. Standard amenities include fully equipped kitchen with microwave, two burner stove top, dish washer and refrigerator. 42” TV with premium cable service, free high speed internet in suite (in lobby Wi-Fi), coffee maker in room and USA today weekday delivery service. Cribs, high chairs and children's video rental available at Homewood Suites Houston.
Business guests have access to a business center for printer, copying and faxing services. The Homewood Suites Hilton Houston fitness center is open 24hrs a day. Homewood Suites has a pool and whirlpool spa for relaxing in your spare time.
Homewood Suites Hilton Houston guests are invited to Suite Start Breakfast offered daily in the on-site lobby style seating eating area, and Monday thru Thursday evenings they treat the guest to the Welcome Home Reception serving refreshments and a light meal. Homewood Suites Houston also has the Suite Shop that offers snack and beverages 24 hours a day.

A touch of home with first class amenities, your stay is Houston Texas will be terrific with Homewood Suites. Book your next stay in Houston at Homewood Suites Hilton Houston Airport Hotel here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Houston
By Jessica Howell
Hilton Garden Inn Houston/Galleria Area
3201 Sage Road, Houston, TX
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Surrounded by a lively mix of shops and restaurants, the Hilton Garden Inn Houston/Galleria Area hotel offers guests comfortable accommodations and convenient amenities in the ideal location.  Accessible via several major highways including Highway 59, Interstate 10, Interstate 45, Westpark Tollway and Loop 610, you can hop off the freeway and right into the comfort of The Garden Sleep System bedding; dive into the hotel swimming pool; or dig into a meal at the hotel’s delicious restaurant.  No matter what you are looking for in a hotel, you can find it at the Hilton Garden Inn Houston/Galleria Area facility.

Guests can begin checking into the Hilton Garden Inn Houston/Galleria Area hotel at 3 p.m. and check out is at 12 noon.  Featuring 182 comfortable guest rooms or suites and 2800 square feet of function space, this hotel can accommodate large groups visiting for a business meeting, convention or special event.  Along with a delicious hotel restaurant, the Hilton Garden Inn Houston/Galleria Area also offers an on-site catering service.

If you are looking for a delicious, leisurely meal, then choose one of the tantalizing options from the Great American Grill, conveniently located in the hotel lobby.  If you are hungry but don’t have time for a sit-down meal, then grab a meal-on-the-go at the 24-hour Pavilion Pantry convenient store.

The Hilton Garden Inn Houston/Galleria Area hotel also features a fitness center and pool and a 24-hour business center with free wireless internet and remote control printing for your convenience. 

Designed with your comfort and convenience in mind, the Hilton Garden Inn Houston/Galleria Area hotel is the perfect place to hang your hat on your trip to Houston.  EscapeWizard.com would be happy to assist with your booking today.  Click on the following link to get started:  (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).