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Thanks in large part to the deal on United that offered flights for as low as $130 RT to fly from Houston – Detroit or Detroit – Houston in first class, I have been getting many questions today about things to do in Houston, and in particular my favorite Hyatt in Houston. Some of the Houston activities I recommend are visiting the many museums downtown (Children’s Museum and Museum of Natural Science for the younger crew), Houston Zoo (though gets quite hot in the summer), Moody Gardens or Schlitterbahn in Galveston, Downtown Aquarium (small amusement park and aquarium restaurant), Space Center Houston, and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo that runs from March 4 – March 23.
If you are staying downtown Houston and doing most of your activities there, the Hyatt Regency Houston should be fine. I haven’t stayed there in years, but remember it being fine, though not necessarily exciting. Since I live here, I don’t actually stay in many hotels in the area.
My favorite Hyatt in the Houston area is actually not in Houston, but rather in The Woodlands about 20 miles north of Houston. It is the Hyatt Market Street and it is located in a commercial area with many shops, restaurants, and a small play area in walking distance. It is a very commercial area, but it is pretty nice for a night or two. Again, since I live here, I haven’t stayed at this hotel in almost two years, but the last time we did it was a bunch of fun. The hotel was converted to a Hyatt a few years ago, but still retained some of its “boutique feel”.
On our last stay here we rented a suite for my husband’s birthday, so had plenty of room to spread out. Do note that the base rooms here are on the smaller side, as is the base suite a Diamond certificate often upgrades you into. We had a master patio suite shown below which did cost extra, but was worth it to us for this event.
Here is a view from the patio in the suite both of the surrounding walkable shopping area and the pool.
Again our stay was a while back, but the bed was great (though I do remember hearing our loud neighbors), and the bathroom was awesome!
The pool area wasn’t overtly family friendly as lots of people were hanging out having drinks and appetizers around the pool, but no one objected to our daughter playing. At the time, she was still very young so playing on the steps made for a perfect depth for her.
Diamond breakfast was provided in the on-site restaurant, which I remember enjoying.
Apologies for the lack of tons of details in this older review, but it should give you an idea of one of the hotel options in the Houston area that I really like. If you want a hotel close to the airport, the Hyatt North Houston was also fine, and often has very cheap upgrades into even their largest suites. I’ve only been there on a mattress run, but it seemed fine if you want to stick near the airport.
Houston has no solid public transportation to speak of, so if you are doing anything more than just an overnight near the airport then you will need to rent a car. Some of the activities I mentioned are a good hour apart from each other, so factor that in when making your agenda. Houston is big, spread out, and extremely hot in the summer…but it can also be a lot of fun. Let me know if you have any additional questions and I’ll do my best to help you out.